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General Science

Fake Snake News: How Not to Identify a Poisonous Snake

10 Jul 2018

There are almost no poisonous snakes. That’s because for something to be poisonous means it’s toxic if ingested. Like hemlock.

Pangolins use rocks in lieu of teeth

31 May 2018

Pangolins, or scaly anteaters, are amazing little mammals. There are eight species of them, and they are the only living creatures in their order of Pholidota. Spread throughout Asia and Africa,...

Correactology® or How to Identify a Pseudoscience

10 May 2018

What makes something “pseudoscientific”? The answer to this question—of how to discriminate between genuine science and a wolf in science’s clothing—can be very complex, as it actually falls under...

The Right Chemistry: The Nobel and Ig Nobel awards

9 May 2018

Video of Dr. Joe Schwarcz talks about the Nobel and Ig Nobel awards

Cancer: What Scientists Know Vs. What the Public Believes

3 May 2018

Horror writer H.P. Lovecraft wrote in Supernatural Horror in Literature that “the oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown”....

Performance Enhancing...Headphones?

24 Apr 2018

Sport headphones are usually designed to be to be small, light, waterproof, and wireless so that they don’t get in the way while working out. Given this design standard, a pair of bulky over-ear...

Aristotle: The First Real Scientist

17 Apr 2018

What an amazing man Aristotle was! He lived in the third century BC yet he was so influential that his ideas dominated western scientific thought for almost two thousand years. This is especially...

Homeopathy: Aware or Beware?

12 Apr 2018

April 10-16 is “World Homeopathy Awareness Week” with the stated aim of “celebrating homeopaths and those who have been healed with homeopathy.” While I don’t think anyone has ever been healed with...

Science Is Not Just for Kids

29 Mar 2018

A persistent idea in the minds of the lay public is that science is for kids, and a recent survey does nothing to reassure me that this saddening and restrictive notion is being overturned.