The Starbucks I go to is now selling magic beans. Well, matcha tea lattes actually, which are like magic beans in the sense that they possess special powers: Detox the … Continue Reading Um Starbucks, could you not?
I’ve posted a piece at Psychology Today on the methodological problems surrounding Britain’s new alcohol consumption guidelines: The UK government has published new guidelines on healthy alcohol consumption and, yes, as might be predicted, … Continue Reading On alcohol guidelines and social desirability
It’s early January. That time when other people’s New Year’s resolutions mean that you get lots of emails. About really important stuff that you simply must deal with, like, immediately. … Continue Reading Some pieces and bits
So, last week I had the pleasure of enjoying this delicious meal while exploring some backstreet neighbourhoods in Muscat, Oman. See can you guess what the green stuff is… Here’s … Continue Reading Results being “due to” causes somehow doesn’t imply causality
I’ve concluded that they’re right. Mobile phones DO addle the brain. They DO interfere with competent cognition. They DO cause people to become rambling, incoherent, and negligent thinkers, and to talk ever-more-ridiculous … Continue Reading Won’t somebody *please* think of the validity?
Well, for geek pet owners at any rate… Although it must be pointed out that said Science Diet does not appear to be up to much:
The week in six bits: 1. NASA startled by ‘Jelly Donut’ on Mars. Probably not a doughnut, though. Personally, I’m more startled by how dumbed down USA Today actually managed to … Continue Reading Favourites List (24.01.14)
Thank you, thank you, thank you, to blogger James Kennedy, for this: You see, regular foodstuffs found in nature are chock full of E-numbers, sugars, acids, and things ending in “-ose” … Continue Reading All-natural produce is full of (eek!) chemicals!
It turns out that Lucozade Sport doesn’t hydrate and fuel better than water after all. In the UK, our old friends the ASA have finally told them to quit saying … Continue Reading Sports drink ad fuels complaints, producer ordered to water down claim
Okay, 2013 is as good as over, and you’re no doubt currently bombarded by countdowns and reviews describing cultural highlights from the last 12 months. Basically, it was all twerking, … Continue Reading Yes, it’s a list! Five Profoundest Scientific Breakthroughs of 2013
The week in six bits: 1. What would it feel like to touch a human brain? We’re always told it’s jelly-like and yet, when I held it in my undergrad … Continue Reading Favourites List (22.11.13)
It’s all bad news this week, I’m afraid. Literally. Not only does it look bad and sound bad, but it also has bad effects on you. It’s all-round baaaaaaaaad. First of … Continue Reading Bad things are bad for you. As are good things.
So, I’ve concluded that we might as well give up on trying to spread the word about the correlation-causation fallacy. People just don’t seem to be getting it. I do … Continue Reading Correlation? Causation? YOU decide! (It’s as good an approach as any…)
Recipe for a long life: overweight people have lower death risk #tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/tk7UxlYJ — The Independent (@Independent) January 1, 2013 I must be getting old. Things are beginning to repeat … Continue Reading Overweight people have lower death risk…#yesterdaysnewstoday
Yesterday I drew attention to a study claiming that students who bring water into exams get better grades. I made the point that at this time of year the media … Continue Reading Aside: More on the science of college exams
It’s coming up to that time of year again (in the Northern Hemisphere, at least). The daylight creeps longer into the evening hours, leaves on tree and shrub begin to … Continue Reading Water on the brain