I don’t want to be, well, argumentative. But this research does not show what the headline says it does. The headline implies that argumentative children do better in maths and … Continue Reading No, no, no, no, no
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
Is it me, or are sample sizes just getting smaller? I mean, last time round we had that scare story warning us that the art of parenting is being destroyed by smartphones — … Continue Reading Stop Press: Some kids are crap at computer games, one chimp is not
Three quarters of Americans believe that the Earth orbits the Sun. Three quarters. That’s almost all of the quarters. It’s practically everyone who is awake at any one time. Good news, … Continue Reading Half-full glass latest: Americans beginning to accept heliocentrism
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”
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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.
Well, guess what. Only yet another cosmetics advert has been pulled. A cosmetics advert? Pulled? Honestly? Gee whizz. I am in total shock here. I mean, how could this possibly have happened?! … Continue Reading New rules for cosmetics advertising: Must contain science?
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
The scientific method is truly amazing. Not only can it be applied to such clichéd domains as physics, chemistry, biology, flying people to the moon, curing cancer, adding ears to … Continue Reading EXCLUSIVE: Britain facing boom in dodgy surveys
Either overusing the internet destroys your brain, or it doesn’t. If it does then I apologize (I’m assuming that as you’re reading this humble blog instead of, say, Art Project, … Continue Reading It’s official! Internet overuse causes brain damage! Oh wait…no, it doesn’t…
This week’s news that researchers had apparently debunked the link between dietary salt intake and heart disease was surprising to say the least, but for all that it was lapped … Continue Reading A study not worth its salt?
Last week, the news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP) issued a press release with the title, “Rightwing candidates are better looking, says study”. The item described a study conducted by Swedish … Continue Reading Right-wingers are better looking, study doesn’t show