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

Crystals are not magic! vanadinite edition

Introduction: Vanadinite is a beautiful crystal (Figure 1).  However, some woo practitioners, who are inspired by its attractiveness and inhibited by their own ignorance, think that this mineral has magical powers.  This is not the case. Vanadinite background: Firstly, vanadinite … Continued

We’ve polluted hadal zones (deep sea trenches) before we could even explore them

Introduction: Researchers have just found pollutants that were banned since the 1970’s have become concentrated in today’s deep-sea environments (hadal zones).  These pollutants are likely toxic (Figure 1) and seem to be stuck in the food chain. Background: What pollutants … Continued

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