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How genetically modified rice could save the world

July 4, 2013 // 4 Comments

By: Anders Ekergård Short, if I Myers can make posts about his carnivorous plants, I think I can share my experiment with hydroponics and unusual leafy vegetables before I move on to the main topic. The smaller plant is purslane and the leaf in the foreground belongs to shiso *. It’s really interesting, hydroponics is growing without soil, and the experiment was inspired by the book The taste of tomorrow by Josh Schonwald, both crops are mentioned in the book. I’m curious about [...]

Heidi Stevenson Update

May 6, 2013 // 2 Comments

Heidi Stevenson has shown her self to be like every other bullshit spewing, anti-vaccination moron on the internet by not been able to stand up to the basic amount of criticism. I posted a comment with a link to my article on her post last night and by this morning it had been removed. Not only was my comment removed but I was also banned from commenting on her post in the future. If you have to silence people to protect your “truth” about vaccinations then it was never the truth in [...]

Truther – Troll Accounts and Despicable Comments

March 5, 2013 // 3 Comments

Apparently on the internet it is ok to make multiple YouTube accounts and post the most despicable comments. The channels below are just a few of the ones I have found made by the same Irish guy. He is also responsible for one of the most disgusting comments I have ever seen. “i’m sorry you werent on that bus that got blown up in [...]

Truther – Among the Truthers

February 7, 2013 // 8 Comments

UPDATE – Unfortunately the project has been cancelled due to people dropping out :(   I am currently at the beginning of a yearlong project to find out more about British conspiracy theorists, a group of people I did not know existed until recently. I discovered that there are groups all over the UK who regularly meet up. I decided that I would attend one of these meetings in Manchester to try and learn more about the movement, what they stand for and what they hope to achieve. Like [...]

The curious case of Dr. Pettenkofer

October 29, 2012 // 2 Comments

By: James Gurney I want you to come back in time with me to the end of the 19th century. Science was becoming increasingly important in people’s daily lives and it had a lot to say about almost every aspect of life. Cities had grown massively in the past 100 years thanks to the products of the industrial revolution, which were fueled by the application of science. Cogs and belts whizzed and steel lurched to preform the work of a 1000 horses. But something else lurks in the shadows; there are [...]

My banter with a pathogen

September 30, 2012 // 5 Comments

By: James Gurney There are trillions of bacteria on and in your body right now and they’re talking to each other… about you. A statement that said on a park bench or in the pub might be passed off as madness or at least make you want to switch seats, but in the lab, it is serious research. Life relies on communication. Bird songs, for example, may be pleasurable to our ears but the birds do not call for us. You’d be forgiven for thinking that social lives are the domain of animals and [...]

Teach the Controversy: Shadow of the Leviathan (Part 2)

September 29, 2012 // 1 Comment

By:  David Chimpanzees are like us in many ways. They form alliances, maybe even friendship, and maintain these alliances by aiding each other in conflicts. Other behaviours we would recognise in ourselves are an obsession with social climbing, swapping dinner for sex and, slightly less light-hearted, the penchant for actively killing their neighbours out of boredom … or if the price is right But, on a fundamental level, they just don’t give a shit about one another. There was a paper in [...]

Teach The Controversy (Part 1): From “one for all” to “all for me”

September 3, 2012 // 4 Comments

By:  David While strolling through the merry lanes of cyberspace (The very fact I’m still using that word makes me feel old, fucking ‘web 2.0′) I happened upon this article. Yes, the National Trust has decided to include a Creationist perspective on the formation the the Giant’s Causeway – which, for those that don’t know, is made up of a lot of stone columns that stretch out to form, well, a causeway the size of which a giant might use. I do genuinely wonder what exactly their [...]

What has civilisation ever done for us?

February 27, 2012 // 1 Comment

By:  David Generally I try to read as much as I can, and often get quite obsessive about it; I am more than happy to, for instance, forgo sleep on a work night if it means pouring over a particularly gripping storyline into the small hours. Also I really must read to the end of a chapter before putting a book down; stopping halfway is wrong, WRONG. *ahem* Unfortunately the one thing a PhD fosters in you is the unnerving, haunting feeling that if you have time to read the latest science [...]

Watched Over by Documentary Makers of Loving Grace

February 27, 2012 // 0 Comments

By:  David Recently the BBC finished broadcasting the last of documentary maker Adam Curtis’ latest series “All watched over by machines of loving grace”. I’m usually a fan of Mr Curtis, his shows are often interesting and insightful, and highlight the contradictions in social themes and movements that have taken over the western world in the last century.  Case in point would be this segment from new-swipe about how the framing of conflicts by the media into simplegood/evil makes [...]

Why the Plural of Anecdote is not Data

February 18, 2012 // 1 Comment

By: Gavin Giles, Twitter A common theme when I see bad science on the TV or internet is the personal testimony pitch – for me, this holds about as much water as a bucket with no bottom, but not everyone knows why anecdotes do not count as evidence. When talking to people about alternative medicine or psychics, I always get told “but it worked for me, how can you explain that?” It can be explained very easily actually – if I went around to a large enough number of people and [...]