Glaciers are giant canaries, and we’re all coal miners

Introduction: Glaciers are fascinating and important.  They help to control water distribution and moderate Earth’s climate.  Unfortunately, there is no doubt that most of the Earth’s glaciers are retreating due to climate change.  These changes are expected to be harmful … Continued

Polar bears, climate change, and the derailing power of appeals to emotion

Introduction: Polar bears are often depicted as lovable mascots for the arctic (Fig 1) and horribly threatened by climate change.  They may be lovable.  And they may be threatened by climate change.  But the fact that we don’t like dead … Continued

Gun control, 10 bad arguments, and maybe some ammunition for productive conversations

Introduction: Tragically, yet another mass shooting in the U.S.A. has sparked some somber conversation.  Slightly less tragic, but still horrible, are the irrational tropes that are derailing some potentially constructive arguments (Figure 1).  This article will quickly examine some of … Continued

Why you should read scientific journal articles and 7 tips on how to do it

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Introduction: Scientific journal articles are generally considered to be only for other scientists.  But you don’t have to be a scientist to be science-minded or scientifically literate.  Anyone can benefit from reading science articles.  And, correspondingly, everyone does benefit from … Continued

Dietary supplements: costly snake oil perpetuated by greed and gullibility

Introduction: Some conditions require the use of dietary supplements, but they are mostly unnecessary with modern diets.  But this doesn’t stop the supplement industry from making buckets of money.  Dietary supplements raked in $32 billion in profits in 2012 and … Continued

Quick analysis of a woo-poll (a survey on woo annoyance) and unexpected discussion on the perceived “harmlessness” of GMO-woo and scientific illiteracy

Introduction: I conducted a quick, unscientific poll using a third-party Facebook app to test the app and the general interest in polls.  The poll was designed to be easy to take and appealing to the followers of the Scienceosaurus blog.  … Continued

The oldest human ancestors may be European and much older than previously thought

Introduction: New research suggests that the earliest human ancestors may have evolved in Europe hundreds of thousands of years before African hominids.  This evidence contradicts the current scientific consensus that Humans evolved in Africa and migrated later to Europe. Background: … Continued

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