My battle against dry eye: I never thought things would get *this* bad…

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My battle against dry eye: I never thought things would get *this* bad…

07/23/2014 14:21:10 PM

Readers might remember that I got nice new frames for my spectacles lately. Of course, the same visit to the optometrist revealed me to have ‘dry eye’, a condition associated with being pregnant, suffering a stroke, and other things (su

‘Miracle’ cure removes cancer, HIV, autism. By killing you

07/11/2014 10:45:20 AM

Hat tip to c*nty_mc_sh*tb*lls over on Reddit for this one. Irish patients warned ‘miracle cure’ from US church is bleach A CONTROVERSIAL American Church which is coming to Ireland this weekend is promising a “miracle” cure for patient

Suarez: Nature or nurture? BBC expert unable to specify, quoted extensively nonetheless

06/25/2014 07:40:44 AM

Reasons why footballer-biting-other-footballer resulted from nature (i.e., the passing of traits from parent to offspring at a biological, or genetic, level): “I would suggest he is hard-wired in this way. It’s not something that’

I like TBUTs and I cannot lie

06/24/2014 16:13:30 PM

Today, I had my head examined. Well, part of my head. Okay then, my eyes. I had an eye test. The usual results transpired. My macular degeneration continues to degenerate my maculae, and I need to get new lenses. And... Read More ›

Bandwagon latest: ‘Science news’ with tenuous World Cup relevance doing the rounds right now

06/18/2014 05:32:09 AM

1. Analyzing John Brooks’ Dream About Scoring the Winning Goal Source: Time.com, ‘HEALTH’ section (17 June) One-line summary:  A US soccer player scored a goal and then says he previously had a dream about doing so. So then, can

Neanderthal man is 150 years old today, and Irish (kind of)

05/24/2014 07:00:28 AM

My university has a number of interesting claims to fame. And one of the coolest, certainly, is this. Neanderthal Man, remember him? Well, he’s basically an alumnus. Well, to be slightly more accurate, the term ‘Homo neanderthalensisR

Breaking: UFO not flying, not unidentified, still an object

05/21/2014 03:59:35 AM

I guess this was a fast-moving story. After all, by the time the sub-editor had finished writing that headline, it emerged that this particular UFO was neither U nor F. Apparently, it “turned out to be” a piece of a... Read More ›

Marriage causes germs (kind of)

05/05/2014 04:30:00 AM

Yesterday morning I watched an interesting breakfast TV show here in Accra, on Ghana’s GTV. Interesting for three reasons: (a) because it illustrated the passionately articulate and comfortably personable nature of many Ghanaians, with whom jus

Results being “due to” causes somehow doesn’t imply causality

05/01/2014 11:39:58 AM

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 a closer look… And here it is listed on the... Read M

White = lovely = handsome

04/25/2014 02:42:56 AM

Remember ‘Fair & Lovely‘? The face cream popular in India due to its skin-lightening properties? The one with the dodgy branding that invoked DNA (and thus eugenicist) undertones, not to mention a motif that could well be subtitled “

Keep away from camels; crowds (of humans) okay

04/18/2014 09:48:07 AM

Greetings from Riyadh Airport. Saudi Arabia is, well, different. And, moving on… Here in Riyadh the government have been having to deal with mass panic over an outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), which has taken the lives of...

Ukraine, where *are* you?

04/10/2014 07:55:12 AM

One of the prerequisites for launching a military intervention in someplace like Ukraine is to figure out exactly where Ukraine actually is. So you can see what the problem is going to be here… Some folks think it’s somewhere around Mis

“How to Not Die”

04/10/2014 07:23:57 AM

Good news everyone. I’ll be giving a keynote at next month’s Psychology, Health, & Medicine conference in Limerick. Here’s the abstract: How to Not Die: What we really know about stress and heart disease Everyone knows that stress i

Einstein = Mylie Cyrus squared. Or something

04/05/2014 08:29:29 AM

Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! Here are some tweets… Yes, fans’ favourite Adam Rutherford makes a highly reasonable observation on The Guardian‘s use of media frames to pitch us the theory of special relativity. He’s right, you

The homeopathic drugs DO work. Because they’re drugs

03/29/2014 12:06:53 PM

So, how can it be that homeopathy sometimes seems to work? Well there are a few possible explanations: The universe is broken Placebo etc. They’re cutting the stuff with real penicillin Full marks to those of you who selected #3.... Read More &

True that

03/25/2014 15:03:45 PM

Waterford, Michigan apparently. As seen on imgur…Filed under: Animals, Evolution, imgur, Paleontology, Science

The passengers on MH370 deserve better than this

03/23/2014 07:44:51 AM

The search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 is a vastly complex endeavour. But it’s an empirical endeavour — it requires valid and reliable measurement and scanning methods, and an ability to objectively verify and triangu

Trust me, I’m a healthologist (and now you can be one too…)

03/18/2014 06:00:29 AM

I am pleased to announce the establishment of the World Certifying Body for the Certification of Certified Healthologists, or WCBCCH. We’re seeking to recognise the rise of public interest in all things healthological, evidenced by cutting-edg

Stop Press: Some kids are crap at computer games, one chimp is not

03/16/2014 15:35:43 PM

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 — you know, the one based on observations of 40 adults in... Read Mor

Won’t somebody *please* think of the validity?

03/12/2014 06:00:18 AM

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 garbage. But

Telling parents how vaccines are safe makes them *less* likely to vaccinate their kids

03/06/2014 05:00:55 AM

Here’s a classic science communication fiasco. Many of us believe empiricism enables the resolution of uncertainty with data, and that more information is better than less. That’s why we do science. One of the moral imperatives that drive

“Should we ditch the meal and go out with these boys?”

03/05/2014 02:35:35 AM

Stephen Hawking encounters a stag-do in Cambridge: From The Telegraph: Chris Hallam, 29, and ten friends…turned a corner and bumped into Stephen Hawking getting out of his car. And they were stunned when the Brief History of Time author agreed.

Just a few (i.e. 120) “gibberish” research papers redacted

03/02/2014 04:36:18 AM

It’s akin to the Sokal hoax of our digital age, with a touch of Frankenstein in there too, and possibly some monkeys with typewriters. Two major publishers, Springer and IEEE, have identified over 120 papers that made it through their peer-rev

New Zambia soccer jersey features spermatozoa design, presumably not on purpose

03/01/2014 10:35:22 AM

From footballshirtculture.com: This the new Zambia Home football shirt to be worn throughout 2014, by Nike. The 2012 African Cup of Nations champions’ green shirt is embellished with a complex patterned sublimated watermark, with the stitched c

‘Science Diet.’ You know, for geeks

02/26/2014 20:54:28 PM

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: Hill’s Science Diet Adult Dog Food is a plant-based kibble using a below average amount of named... Read More &

Po Chai Pills: May contain stuff, etc.

02/25/2014 04:00:00 AM

So I got me some of them reasonably famous Po Chai Pills here in Hong Kong. The name means “protective aid” pills, but you won’t be able to tell much from that. And the box info deploys the standard ass-covering... Read More ›

Who cares about these darned rabbits?

02/22/2014 07:43:00 AM

When I first sniffed the internet buzz surrounding a woman being attacked by a stampede of rabbits, I admit I was both confused and intrigued. But basically, this is what happened: And this is all. The International Business Times reckoned... Read Mo

Being bitten by a cat causellates depression

02/20/2014 22:17:25 PM

Consider this a test post. Testing internet access from here (Hong Kong Airport- yay for free WiFi), WordPress access from here, and your nerves from everywhere. Popular Science are going with “Cat Bites are Linked To Depression,” using t

How to Survive a Plane Crash (Non-survival also a possibility)

02/19/2014 13:00:15 PM

I’m travelling to China in the morning, on some university work in Hong Kong and Shantou. It takes two days to travel between here and there, and I’ll be away for 8 days. So yes, I’ll be spending half my... Read More ›

Half-full glass latest: Americans beginning to accept heliocentrism

02/16/2014 10:08:07 AM

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, huh? I mean, the opposing view — that the Eart

“Adultery could save your marriage”, or “How to churn out science news by riffing on Valentine’s Day”

02/15/2014 05:33:44 AM

“Could” is an awesome word. I “could” be in a position to help you. That dream job “could” be yours. Eating fish oil “could” make you smarter, or it “could” cause cancer. Or whatever. And, o

Polarity. It’s a useful concept

02/13/2014 08:19:13 AM

I’m on a bus, ploughing its way through an excessive headwind as yet another Atlantic storm blasts us to colour-coded distress (we’re are Code Red now; there are no more colours left). But even in distress, we have clever scientifically..

How good is Google’s semantic processing of our dumb questions?

02/09/2014 17:29:14 PM

This good is how: Thanks to h0norb0und for posting that to reddit. In a related vein, I will always, and forever, stand by the following screendump (of my own discovery) as representing the sine qua non of autocomplete genius: Ouch! A real... Read

Come back ‘Weekly World News’, all is forgiven

02/07/2014 15:12:39 PM

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 words. And here’s one of them: I mean seriously. Australia?... Read

Why give penguins antidepressants when they don’t even work?

02/07/2014 08:33:02 AM

Penguins. Nature’s best dressed flightless birds. Apparently, the UK climate is getting them down, what with all that rain. And contrary to meteorophobic stereotype, penguins actually like it sunny. So what to do? That’s right. Happy pill

Fretting about Twitter is eroding this guy’s ability to think for himself

02/06/2014 05:13:25 AM

Uh oh. Social media is rotting our brains. Or at least that’s what this particular researcher has discovered. Specifically, his concern is that using social media is undermining our capacity for original thought. So, shall you tell him or shall

So I got this email from Noam Chomsky today, looking for my opinion…

02/03/2014 11:59:45 AM

…as did 20,000 other recipients (making their target sample an interesting n = 20,001): Dear Colleague: You have received this survey along with 20,000 other academics globally. This survey is meant to assess the attitude of the scientific comm

“On Correlations and Bias”

01/31/2014 03:28:02 AM

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 has heft, but such is the nature of being a... Read More ›

What (non-Greek) scientists say

01/30/2014 03:57:00 AM

Infographics are all the rage at the moment. Here’s a nice one from the folks at Twisted Doodles: Feel free to add to the list yourself. Incidentally, when people think “Eureka!” you’ll probably hear them say something like &#

‘Smart bra’ only works if you’re stupid enough to believe it

01/27/2014 09:43:38 AM

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 element here is that the manufacturers of this so-called “

Science news latest: Adam and Eve “real”, Noah’s Ark “actually round”

01/25/2014 06:11:27 AM

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 a study has shown that Adam and Eve were real.... Read Mo

Favourites List (24.01.14)

01/24/2014 08:59:42 AM

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 make this report. 2. Conflicts of interest. It’s

Scientists now working on the perfect joke (Not a joke)

01/22/2014 06:19:53 AM

Here is a table showing you how funny various errors made while texting actually are: You see, “I’ve sent you my fart” is much funnier than “Waited half n hour in the buss stop.” Good to know. So, scientists are... Read

Zoology special: Entirely justified post featuring talking squirrel

01/21/2014 04:30:40 AM

Here’s this guy: I just wanted an excuse to post that Vine (on what is supposed to be a science blog). I was wondering what I could say. Then I looked up squirrels. Apparently, they chew incessantly — just like... Read More ›

Reverse the Earth’s rotation? I’d want to get off

01/20/2014 06:59:15 AM

Here is the spinning globe atop the University of São Paulo’s international webpage. Tut, tut, tut: I know what you’re thinking: “That’s the wrong direction of rotation! Why, if the Earth rotated in that direction, we’

All-natural produce is full of (eek!) chemicals!

01/18/2014 14:49:15 PM

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” and “-dehyde” and “-zene”. I

Namaste!

01/18/2014 08:57:48 AM

Blatant Plug Alert follows. ALERT!!! As mentioned elsewhere, my own academic background is in the behavioural and health sciences, specifically psychology. And aside from my research on various biological and physiological aspects of behaviour, one o

Favourites List (17.01.14)

01/17/2014 04:30:00 AM

The week in six bits: 1. Nope, pruny fingers and toes don’t give you a “better grip”. Researchers claim to demonstrate that people with wrinkly hands are no better at set-up tasks requiring grip acuity. However, does this really dis

Sports drink ad fuels complaints, producer ordered to water down claim

01/16/2014 04:30:00 AM

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 so in their celebrity-laden ads. I guess it always did... Read More ›

Aliens latest: Iran claims US run by extra-terrestrial Nazis, Washington Post frets about foreign relations

01/14/2014 15:08:03 PM

Our old friend, ex-Canadian Defence Minister Paul Hellyer is back in the news, this time featuring in a story on the website of Iranian news agency, Fars. It turns out that prior to appearing on SophieCo to explain the true... Read More ›

Women in science

01/13/2014 04:30:02 AM

My three-year old daughter is now doing ‘science’ in pre-school. It’s all neat contrasts: stuff that floats vs. stuff that doesn’t; stuff that is magnetic vs. stuff that isn’t; stuff that is soluble vs. stuff that is 

The Death of a Disease: India Eradicates Polio

01/13/2014 03:04:39 AM

Reblogged from Scepticemia: Today (13th January, 2014) is a landmark day in the history of public health in India. It is exactly three years since the last Polio case was detected in India. Ruksha Shah, from the Subharara village in... Read More R

“Scientists distort the publication process, not editors”

01/11/2014 16:15:19 PM

As reported before, the angst regarding traditional scientific journals rumbles on. Previously, the growth of ‘Open Access’ was greeted with much fanfare as representing a David-style stone lob by researchers (and their public funders) in

Blame Canada (for those extra-terrestrials walking among us)

01/10/2014 06:47:21 AM

Sophie Shevardnadze is the presenter of SophieCo on Russian satellite TV station, RT. Normally SophieCo is a sedate affair. Recent guests have included social entrepreneur and Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales, and fo

“Polar vortex”? That’s what they WANT you to believe…

01/09/2014 06:21:33 AM

Baby, it’s cold outside, what with polar vortexes and the like. Except maybe it isn’t. Maybe it’s a conspiracy. Maybe it’s a left-wing conspiracy, designed to blame right-wingers for climate change. Here’s conservative U

Evidence for time travel on Twitter is not there, unsurprisingly

01/08/2014 05:39:04 AM

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 a pope (i.e., the Catholic one; there are othe

Top Ten Popular Posts on The Science Bit, 2013

01/06/2014 04:51:32 AM

Here are the top ten most read posts on The Science Bit in 2013: 1. Correlation? Causation? YOU decide! (It’s as good an approach as any…) After reading a Daily Mail article on how eating vegetables makes you more conscientious,... Read More R

Reading this can damage your health

01/03/2014 06:35:59 AM

Remember, folks, if (a) it’s new, (b) it’s popular, and (c) it’s invisible, then you know what it is. That’s right. It’s a cancer-causing death ray inflicted by lazy-minded bureaucrats who wilfully want to kill your kids

Trajectory of poop and wee is non-random. I knew it!

01/02/2014 06:44:04 AM

It’s official. Dogs poop and wee in non-random directions, taking their cue from the Earth’s magnetic field: Several mammalian species spontaneously align their body axis with respect to the Earth’s magnetic field (MF) lines in dive

Yes, it’s a list! Five Profoundest Scientific Breakthroughs of 2013

12/30/2013 15:10:14 PM

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, One Direction, Rob Ford, North West-Kardashian, Edward Sno

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