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NSERC and research fraud in Canada

Scientific fraud highlights problems with Canadian funding system: Expert  This article describes an anonymous scientist who used fraudulent experimental data in a research program. “Our present system doesn’t serve anyone well,” said James Turk, executive director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers. “It doesn’t serve the public well. It doesn’t serve those who are…

Scientists Worry over ‘Bizarre’ Trial on Earthquake Prediction

Scientists Worry over ‘Bizarre’ Trial on Earthquake Prediction: Scientific American. Six Italian scientists and one government official are set to go to trial today in Italy (Sept. 20) on charges of manslaughter for not warning the public aggressively enough of an impending earthquake that killed more than 300 people in 2009. While such a trial is…

Educator battles Mayan doomsday myth with science

North Jersey educator battles Mayan doomsday myth with science – NorthJersey.com. North Jersey tweens and teens are watching the calendar and counting down with concern. Armed with a little information about the Mayan calendar and doomsday speculation, they worry that on Dec. 21, 2012, something catastrophic will happen and the world will end.

Corn sugar ads and websites called misleading

FDA Scolds Big Corn For “Corn Sugar” Ads & Websites – The Consumerist. For more than a year, the folks at the Corn Refiners Association have been making a very public push to rebrand the controversial but widely used high fructose corn syrup as “corn sugar,” telling consumers that “sugar is sugar.” But newly uncovered…

Live Interactive Paranormal show coming to Lancaster (UK)

Paranormal show coming to Lancaster – Entertainment – Lancaster Guardian. This ground breaking and innovative show invites audience members on stage to take part in heart-stopping experiments, including live séances, sessions on the Ouija board and table tipping, plus lone vigils within the darkest depths of the building whilst the team on stage attempt to…

The puzzles of autism – Dealing with conflicting information on the Internet

The puzzles of autism. (Vancouver Sun) With so many misleading messages and conflicting perspectives about autism, making informed treatment decisions for children can seem like an impossible task. Further, new University of B.C. research suggests that such websites are one-sided and confusing. The researchers are taking a closer look at these sites and have found…

Surgeon’s criticism of ‘Boob Job’ cream was justified

Watchdog supports surgeon’s criticism of ‘Boob Job’ cream was justified – Health News, Health & Families – The Independent. A leading plastic surgeon who was threatened with libel action after questioning the claims made for a breast enhancement cream has been vindicated after a watchdog found no evidence that the product increased bust size.

‘Wi-fi refugees’ shelter in West Virginia mountains

BBC News – ‘Wi-fi refugees’ shelter in West Virginia mountains. There are five billion mobile phone subscriptions worldwide and advances in wireless technology make it increasingly difficult to escape the influence of mobile devices. But while most Americans seem to embrace continuous connectivity, some believe it’s making them physically ill.

Chiropractors Lash Out in Massive Campaign Against Accrediting Agency

Foundation for Vertebral Subluxation: Chiropractors Lash Out in Massive Campaign Against Accrediting Agency. This article describes that the Council on Chiropractic Education, that has an unusual degree of control over licensing chiropractic, is accused of trying to remake the practice into something more akin to modern medicine – by adding drugs and surgery and eliminating…