So, let’s take it from the top: Men’s and women’s brains really are different. No they’re not. This study did not look at anybody’s brains, nor did it compare the brains of one … Continue Reading That story on sex differences in the brain, line by line
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?
I know that a picture is worth a thousand words. Sometimes words can be used to paint pictures. In return, therefore, sometimes word-based pictures can end up saying a thousand … Continue Reading Come back ‘Weekly World News’, all is forgiven
Here is a Guest Blog I was invited to write for the folks over at Neuroscience Ireland. I guess this is because I’ve recently been taxonomised as a “Neuroblogger.” It … Continue Reading “On Correlations and Bias”
So here’s something to get the pulse racing. And that’s all there is to it. Sorry if it means absolutely nothing. Despite a tidal wave of news coverage, the only newsworthy … Continue Reading ‘Smart bra’ only works if you’re stupid enough to believe it
Here’s an interesting way to report the latest Science News: “Adam and Eve Were Real According to Study Out” declares the headline in the Guardian Liberty Voice. So, I assume … Continue Reading Science news latest: Adam and Eve “real”, Noah’s Ark “actually round”
More news from the crazy world of time travelling: it’s still impossible. A team of intrepid researchers have trawled the Internet looking for references to Pope Francis that preceded his becoming … Continue Reading Evidence for time travel on Twitter is not there, unsurprisingly
Here are the top ten most read posts on The Science Bit in 2013:
Hopefully I will get a few more hits on here now that I have posted something with ‘Sex’ in the title. But you’ll have to consider this one a quickie. … Continue Reading Sex + Everlasting life = Science!
“New Study Debunks Prior Belief” is a pretty common format for science news headlines, especially in any area of science that deals with how human beings behave, what they believe, … Continue Reading New research reveals same findings as old research
Well done Ali Razeghi, who’s only just gone and invented a time machine. And what a time machine it is. Despite the near wall-to-wall use of Back to the Future … Continue Reading How to predict the future
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…)
Well, kind of. Here is a video of the keynote lecture I gave as part of the #celt12 ‘Written Word’ conference held last June in Galway, Ireland. Why not set aside … Continue Reading At last: “Science Bit–The MOVIE!”
We’ve previously discussed the whole “oh-my-god-vaccines-are-terrible” carry-on that seems to have gripped the popular Luddite imagination since, well, since vaccines were basically invented. Well, they’ve been at it again. This … Continue Reading Guess what: Cancer vaccines don’t cause cancer
What is it with some media outlets and their tendency to gloss over the difference between ‘weather‘ and ‘climate‘? Let me give you the basics. Here’s the Wikipedia* explanation of … Continue Reading Once more, with feeling: ‘Weather’ is NOT ‘climate’