Media coverage of your publications will increase readership among scientists and enlighten non-scientists about the value of the work you do. Only a minority of publications catch the attention of the press, but there are steps you an take to put your work in the spotlight. When you first submit a paper.... Contact the press … Continue reading Hey scientists, want your research to get media attention? Follow these tips.
We’ve been hearing a lot about declining bee populations. As scientists, we’re concerned about our pollinator friends. So we interviewed 8 entomologists, bee-keepers, and other pollinator experts to cut through the buzz about bees.
Honeybees are okay, but wild pollinators are at risk. The biggest threat is habitat loss, but climate change, insecticides, and diseases also spell trouble. Certain agricultural practices can help, and we can all do our part by planting flowers instead of keeping grassy lawns and encouraging city planners to do the same. If you got one of those wildflower packages from Cheerios, consider ditching those seeds for native ones instead.
To bee or not to bee
We asked the experts whether or not bees are in trouble. The overwhelming response: WHICH bees?
Honey bees are commercially managed by beekeepers and trucked around to pollinate crops from almonds to zucchinis. The “beepocalypse” first gained attention…
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A while back I posted a picture on twitter of a process called the "floral dip" which is science-speak for dipping a whole dang plant in a bath of microbes to make a GMO. Someone asked in the comments if there was an explanation of this process anywhere. I couldn't find one, so I decided … Continue reading New Video: “Are GMOs Natural?”
Gluten-free diets are all the rage. I mean, if your yogurt label says ‘gluten-free’ then gluten must be bad right? But wait, what about those recent headlines claiming there’s arsenic in gluten-free foods? Is it safe to eat literally anything? If you feel this way trying to navigate nutrition advice, you’re not alone. According to … Continue reading Gluten probably won’t kill you and a gluten-free diet probably won’t either
Scientists are organizing to march on Washington, but why? The short answer is outrage over the minimal role scientific evidence plays in informing policy. A longer answer would also have to account for the fact that voters drive policy and there is a clear disconnect between scientists and the general public. But perhaps the more … Continue reading Science denialism is a bipartisan issue
Jet lag. Daylight savings woes. Exhaustion and insomnia with a side of appetite change and indigestion. We’ve all experienced the side effects, but why are we so sensitive to changes in our schedules? The answer lies in our genetic makeup and, new research suggests, also in the bacterial passengers that make up over half the … Continue reading The bacteria in your gut might be scheduling your daily routine.
The Woman’s lifestyle magazine M2Woman recently ran the headline “Science reveals that this commonly used kitchen staple is carcinogenic”**** The accused kitchen staple is vegetable oil: canola, sunflower, and olive specifically. M2Woman claims these common cooking emollients are “proven to be carcinogenic”. But what does the science really say about vegetable oils and cancer? Following … Continue reading “What does science REALLY say about vegetable oils and cancer?”
You’ve probably seen the headlines:
“New research confirms that kids get their intelligence from mom” -GH Sep 12, 2016
“Science says you can thank (or blame) your mum for your intelligence”-Yahoo Sep 14, 2016
“Children inherit their intelligence from their mother not their father, science says”-UK Independent. Oct 7, 2016
But what is this “new research” and what does science really say about the source of our smarts?
It turns out the mother of all these headlines isn’t actually new research at all. These articles refer to a blog post that references studies ranging from 1972 to 2012. We reviewed these studies, contacted the scientists, and dug into the literature on IQ inheritance to figure out what the science really says.
First, intelligence is tough to define. IQ tests clearly don’t reveal a natural ability, because scores improve with practice. And…
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Republicans and democrats in the Senate have reached a compromise on federal GMO labeling. The push to “just label it” has drawn on for years, but it’s not that simple. GMOs are tough to even define, and the FDA does not have the jurisdiction to mandate a label that is not relevant to health and … Continue reading GMO labeling compromise: the good, the bad, and the ugly
If you’ve ever talked to anyone passionately opposed to GMOs or modern agriculture, they’ve probably name-dropped Monsanto. A company smaller than Whole Foods would go bankrupt if their payroll included all the members of the USDA, EPA, FDA, AAAS, WHO, European Commission, and many more. Still, scientists echoing the conclusions of these organizations on the … Continue reading My summer with Monsanto