Director Of Office Of Research Integrity Resigns, Calls It Worst Job He’s Ever Had

By: Friday March 14, 2014 9:32 am

The Director of the Office of Research Integrity (ORI), David Wright (no relation), has resigned. His resignation letter reads as a comprehensive indictment of the federal bureaucracy which he worked for and called “remarkably dysfunctional” raising questions over the future of American research and innovation. Wright had the job for 2 years and came to [...]

Study Proves Campaign Donations Buy Access

By: Thursday March 13, 2014 11:12 am

Warning: this may be painfully obvious. Just in case you, for some reason I can’t fathom, had doubts that money buys influence in Washington our friends in the ivory tower decided to perform a scientific experiment to prove it. Joshua Kalla at Yale University and David Broockman at the University of California, Berkeley wanted to [...]

Damon Linker Misses The Point Entirely On Homophobia

By: Thursday February 13, 2014 8:42 am

During the debate between scientist Bill Nye and creationist Ken Ham one of Ham’s most frequent responses to being challenged by Nye to present evidence for creationism was “There’s a book.” The response was to invoke circular logic and say that refuting the Bible was wrong because the Bible says it is wrong. While it [...]

Syngenta Targeted Scientist Over Findings That Herbicide Caused Sexual Deformities

By: Friday February 7, 2014 8:30 am

According to a new report in the New Yorker, agribusiness giant Syngenta waged an underhanded campaign to destroy scientist Tyrone Hayes after his research showed that the company’s lucrative herbicide, atrazine, impeded sexual development in frogs. Atrazine is an extremely popular herbicide and is reportedly applied to more than half the corn in the United [...]

Congressman Rohrabacher Calls Global Warming A ‘Total Fraud’

By: Monday August 12, 2013 10:14 am

Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, who sits on the House Science Committee, went on a tirade against climate change and the political motivations of those calling for regulating greenhouse emissions. In response to his fellow Congressional representative from California, Senator Barbara Boxer calling for a response to forest fires, Rohrabacher told a congressional town hall audience that climate [...]

Ruling Class Shows No Effects of Physiological Stress

By: Tuesday September 25, 2012 8:57 am

This is my This is my favorite scientific study of the year so far, even if it falls under the category of “scientific studies we didn’t need.” It turns out that the myth of high-stress positions of power is unfounded. Our lords of industry, our masters of the universe get along just fine. And if [...]

Study Finds Tumors, Organ Damage in Lab Mice from Exposure to Genetically Modified Food

By: Thursday September 20, 2012 7:35 am

Lab mice fed Monsanto’s genetically modified corn and water exposed to their herbicide Roundup led to tumors and organ damage, reports a French study that could have resonance in the debate over GMOs. The peer-reviewed study, the first of its kind to show potential damage from lifetime exposure to GMOs, appeared in the journal Food [...]

Hansen: Harsh Weather Shows Evidence of Effects of Climate Change

By: Monday August 6, 2012 1:42 pm

James Hansen, the climate scientist who first alerted the world that we might have a planetary warming problem, noted over the weekend that we’re already seeing the effects. My projections about increasing global temperature have been proved true. But I failed to fully explore how quickly that average rise would drive an increase in extreme [...]

Leading Climate Skeptic Changes Position: Global Warming is Real, and Man-Made

By: Monday July 30, 2012 1:03 pm

This news from the Berkeley Earth Project should get more attention. Richard Muller, the head of the project, was a confirmed climate skeptic, and he got plenty of attention from the right side of the spectrum for his views. In fact he got funding, including $150,000 from the Koch Brothers, to study climate science and [...]

Study: Fluids Can Migrate in Marcellus Shale Area

By: Tuesday July 10, 2012 6:55 am

A new study of the Marcellus Shale region, which has been one of the most prominent places for hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, shows that fluids buried deep under the surface are seeping into drinking water. The study does not indict fracking as the cause or claim that fracking fluids are among those finding their [...]

The Administration’s Muzzling of the FDA

By: Tuesday April 3, 2012 8:22 am

Gardiner Harris paints a very one-sided picture of an FDA desiring to use its regulatory power and a White House dedicated to constraining them. When you look at the results, however, either some FDA officials are trying to tell their side of the story, or the article is dead-on about the White House’s love affair [...]

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