Nov 29 2014

Thinktank: Pseudoscience Part II

Oh dear. My post yesterday detailed the lack of response from Birmingham’s science museum, Thinktank, to my complaint regarding rampant pseudoscience in several of their exhibits. One was their ascribing woo health and astrological claims to rocks they were selling to kids, the other was a GMO exhibit that was, well, devoid of any science …

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Nov 28 2014

Thinktank: the Birmingham Museum of Pseudoscience

Birmingham in the heart of England has a wonderful scientific heritage as well as an industrial one – it was Birmingham that sparked the Industrial Revolution – and it also boasts an excellent science museum, Thinktank. For my money it’s better than the one in London, especially for small children. But it’s allowed pseudoscience and other dangerous cognitive …

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Nov 18 2014

Ebola. #E30la. E-Bob-la. And ‘Celebrity’ Tax Dodgers…

So, ‘Saint’ Bob Geldof is at it again. Many say his motives in getting his latest gang of ill-informed celebrity do-gooders to rework one of the worst songs of all time is well-intentioned – and may even help the situation. I’m not buying in to the hype. Sorry, Bob. Well, no I’m not, actually. Here’s …

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Oct 31 2014

Abstinence Makes the Church Grow Fondlers

Africa isn’t the place to be right now; Ebola in the west, polio in the middle due to mad mullahs and now the Catholic Church has weighed in against tetanus vaccination in Kenya. Given maternal and neonatal tetanus causes 110,000 entirely preventable deaths in Africa every year, I would have thought the church would be …

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Oct 15 2014

Airborne My Arse!

Gotta love the Daily Mail. When it comes to science “reporting” the Fail can makes seamlessly weaving half-facts, logical fallacies, non-sequiturs and Utter, Utter Bollocks (µ²B) into a science-free, sensationalist headline seem truly effortless – and that takes real skill. And remember this is a newspaper that is so scientifically illiterate it still defends the indefensible Andrew …

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Oct 05 2014

Ebola now epidemic. We’re all going to die. Official.

According to the WHO Ebola is now at epidemic proportions and no longer a mere outbreak. And it’s true – we’re all going to die. Just not from sodding Ebola. I was back-of-house in a very exclusive London hotel last week where the kitchens have been festooned with Ebola posters by a chemical manufacturer. This …

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Sep 04 2014

Crab extinction due to human intervention

An academic paper just published confirms we have managed to drive yet another species to the verge of extinction – but no one seems to care. The WWF don’t list it and still has the panda as its mascot – which has to be the most useless animal ever: I say anything too lazy even to have …

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Aug 22 2014

Bugs Up Your Arse Cause Voices In Your Head

Several sources including IFLScience have set the Social Meeja Intertubes alight with the fascinating suggestion that your gut microbiota control your appetite. [NOTE: This article was written in the United Arab Emirates where rectofossal.com is a banned website; in the UAE homosexuality is illegal, rape victims are jailed, it’s customary to wipe your arse with your hand but …

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Aug 18 2014

More Hot Poop: Turd Transplants

So, you all know we’re just social care and transport systems for Our Microbial Overlords, the number of whose cells we carry on and in us outnumber our own but 10 to 100-fold, right? Anyway, if our relationship with them falls into disharmony it can cause problems. If bowel flora get somewhere they shouldn’t (like …

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Aug 16 2014

Virus lives on bacteria in your poop: meet crAssphage!

Oh Dear. Never let microbiologists name stuff. We can’t even classify Strep properly so when a new virus is discovered that lives up half the human race’s Chocolate Starfishes you just know it’s not going to end well. Newly-discovered crAssphage (seriously!) doesn’t infect us: it attacks some of the resident bacteria among the thousands of species …

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