“LEAD MAKES THE MIND GIVE WAY” Old news, from a doc in Rome–in the second century BC, quoted by William Finnegan in the New Yorker. Finnegan’s is a fine angry summary of thousands of years
The headlines called it “incredibly condescending” (Alexandra Petri, ComPost), “unrealistic” (Jia Tolentino, Jezebel), and “bonkers” (Olga Khazan and Julie Beck, The Atlantic.) The post from the aptly named Brandy Zadrozny at The Daily Beast) was
THE MESS IN PSYCHOLOGY AND OTHER SCIENCES TOO You’d think that the just-published Science paper, recounting a massive attempt at replication of 100 selected research projects published in the top psychology journals in 2008, would
IMMUNOTHERAPY FOR JIMMY CARTER’S CANCER The immunotherapy Jimmy Carter is getting in addition to radiation for the metastisized melanoma that has invaded his brain and liver is startlingly effective in some patients and not at
So, exciting new drugs for treating Alzheimer’s disease, right? Wrong. Or, rather, let’s allow for semi-miraculous outcomes and say instead that this recent news is unlikely to be right. Most of the news concerned research
Concussion, traumatic brain injury, and life’s hard knocks Search “concussion” in the media and you’ll come away thinking hard knocks to the head are chiefly a problem for kids and football players (or kid football
The great plague is coming The lede on Joel Shurkin’s three-part post on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias at Inside Science is stark and discouraging: “The great plague is coming. After 100 years of research
Devil in a blue dress See, this is part of the reason why people don’t trust science. People crave complete explanations for the phenomena of life. Science is frustrating because mostly it can generate only
Dietary committee not sweet on sugar So, what’s most noteworthy about the big fat report just issued by the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC)? The declaration that dietary cholesterol is next to irrelevant?
RIP ScienceOnline, cave art in Indonesia is as old as European cave art, how human were Neandertals?
This just in: RIP ScienceOnline (#scioX) ScienceOnline, which for the past few years has run the small annual meeting in North Carolina that brought together a disparate bunch of scientists and science groupies, most of