Many people, especially scientists, seem to assume that science denialism is a republican problem. In addition to being untrue, this assumption can be counterproductive.
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 cells in the human body.
There is constantly a new headline claiming some common household good causes cancer. The latest is vegetable oil, but what does the science really say?
There was recently a viral blog post claiming that we inherit intelligence from our mothers. This claim is way off base. Here's what the science really says.
The new federal labeling guidelines are far from perfect. Here's what they got right and what really needs improvement.
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 →
Scientists are constantly attaching new words to the suffix "omics": genomics, proteomics, transcriptomics..... So what exactly does "omic" mean, and how is it useful?
This post is an editorial summary of the National Academy of Science's Consensus Report on genetically engineered crops