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Practicing Evidence-Based Medicine

By Steven Novella An excellent article in ProPublica by David Epstein discusses the problem of doctors not adhering to the best evidence-based standards. The full article is worth a read, and I won’t just repeat it here, but I do want to highlight a few points which align well with what I have been writing here […]

This Hinged Skull Helps Dragonfish Eat Prey Bigger Than Its Head

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By Jackson Landers Don’t try to eat anything bigger than your own head. That’s good advice for most living things, but a group of creatures called the dragonfishes found an evolutionary way to break that rule. A pair of scientists have discovered how the dragonfishes are able to swallow prey that is almost as big […]

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Hundreds of Babies Harmed by Homeopathic Remedies, Families Say

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By Sheila Kaplan WASHINGTON — Case 7682299: Aug. 1, 2010. A mother gives her toddler three homeopathic pills to relieve her teething pain. Within minutes, the baby stops breathing. “My daughter had a seizure, lost consciousness, and stopped breathing about 30 minutes after I gave her three Hyland’s Teething Tablets,” the mother later told the […]

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Same-sex marriage policy linked to drop in teen suicide attempts

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By Maarten Rikken Suicide is the second leading cause of death in young people between the ages of 15 and 24, and for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and questioning students the risk is much higher. In a new JAMA Pediatricsstudy, Julia Raifman and colleagues, report that state-enacted laws that legalize same-sex marriage were linked to a […]

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Could Pluto Regain Its Planethood?

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By Mike Wall Advocates of Pluto’s planethood are about to fire another salvo in the decade-long debate about the famous object’s status. Scientists on NASA’s New Horizons mission, which performed the first-ever flyby of Pluto in July 2015, will officially propose a new definition of “planet” next month, at the 48th Lunar and Planetary Science […]

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A West Virginia Native Is Trying To Keep Senate Bill From Destroying State Vaccination Rates

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By Kavin Senapathy A West Virginia grassroots network is calling on lawmakers to not allow religious or philosophical vaccine exemptions for children attending public school or state-regulated child care centers. “West Virginia is in trouble,” Meredith Snead, a concerned native of the state who is spearheading the effort, told me of Senate Bill 359. “No […]

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Most wood energy schemes are a ‘disaster’ for climate change

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By Matt McGrath Using wood pellets to generate low-carbon electricity is a flawed policy that is speeding up not slowing down climate warming. That’s according to a new study which says wood is not carbon neutral and emissions from pellets are higher than coal. Subsidies for biomass should be immediately reviewed, the author says. Energy […]

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Every Day Is Sunday: As atheism rises, nonbelievers find one another

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By Shelia M. Poole Jeff Newport can cite the Bible chapter and verse. He went to Christian schools, attended church every Sunday and delivered his first sermon at 13. In 1996, he was called to pastor a small Baptist church in Jesup with a congregation of about 30 for Sunday morning services. “Everything revolved around […]

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Meet the frog that can sit on a thumbnail

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By Helen Briggs Four new frogs so tiny that they can sit on a thumbnail have been discovered in the forests of India. Among the smallest frogs in the world, they live on the forest floor and make insect-like calls at night. Three larger species were also found, bringing to seven the number of night […]

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SpaceX Cargo Craft Fails To Dock With Space Station, Will Try Again

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By Rebecca Hersher Early Wednesday morning, a space capsule carrying 5,500 pounds of cargo approached the International Space Station. The SpaceX Dragon cargo ship was scheduled to arrive at the station around 6 a.m. ET. If all went as planned, astronauts Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency and Shane Kimbrough of NASA would use […]

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