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Scientific truth and its real enemies today
Javier Cuadros | 25 July 2014 |
tags: climate change, funding, science
The scramble for funds and the pursuit of relevance make us all losers.


Rereading mediaeval science
Tom McLeish , Giles Gasper and Hannah Smithson | 28 April 2014 |
tags: faith and science, history, Middle Ages, science
The world of the 13th century bishop, poet, politician, mathematician and scientist Robert Grosseteste is finally being explored.


Stem cell debacle déjà vu
Michael Cook | 08 April 2014 |
tags: Japan, research ethics, scientism, stem cells
A young Japanese scientist is at the centre of a storm about unethical research. Why?


Why genes + environment ≠ Us
Daan van Schalkwijk | 30 January 2014 |
tags: biological determinism, genetics, Tourette's syndrome
A battle against Tourette's syndrome suggests that there is more to human beings than evolutionary biology tells us.


Does science have answers to absolutely everything?
Denyse O'Leary | 28 January 2014 |
tags: philosophy, science, scientism, Steven Pinker
Science provides only one approach to the human condition -- and not always the most pertinent one.


Faith and science: a dialogue, not a debate
Megan Hodder | 28 January 2014 |
tags: obituaries, science and faith
Ian Barbour’s life demonstrated the harmony between physics and faith.


“I will” means something after all
Denyse O'Leary | 03 December 2013 |
tags: free will, neuroscience
Is free will becoming fashionable again in neuroscience?


What’s wrong with Richard Dawkins?
Richard Bastien | 05 November 2013 |
tags: atheism, Darwinism, evolution, Richard Dawkins
For starters, his arguments for Darwinism are not very scientific.


Permanent Present Tense
Francis Phillips | 21 October 2013 |
tags: book reviews, memory, neuroscience
The moving story of a man whose memory was limited to what happened 30 seconds ago.


The world’s most famous physicist tells his own story
Patrick Cusworth | 11 October 2013 |
tags: book reviews, physics, Stephen Hawking
Stephen Hawking's autobiography is a thoroughly enjoyable introduction to the achievements of a cultural icon.


Discovered: the secret of morality
Michael Cook | 24 September 2013 |
tags: morality, science
American scientists contend that the way to make people more moral is to get them to think about science.


The UN’s climate change chief puts politics first
Donna Laframboise | 23 September 2013 |
tags: climate change, IPCC, Rajendra Pachauri, United Nations
Rajendra Pachauri, the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, is a non-stop train wreck.


New malaria vaccine the first to offer complete protection
Akshat Rathi | 12 August 2013 |
tags: malaria, public health
Looking for good news? Scientists now think that within six or seven years we will have a cheap and effective fix.


Safeguards needed for genetic privacy
Michael Cook | 26 July 2013 |
tags: genetic privacy, genetics, privacy, surveillance
If your genome can be digitized, it can be hacked.


Fraud threatens the integrity of social psychology
Michael Cook | 04 May 2013 |
tags: scientific method, social psychology
Scientific studies are used to support controversial social policies like same-sex marriage. But can we rely on them?


Human evolution: science’s golden child or spoilt brat?
Darren Curnoe | 12 April 2013 |
tags: evolution, science journals
Why are science journals so fascinated by fossils of ancient man? Don't other discoveries merit even more attention?


Brain explosion: big neuroscience teams up with Obama
Denyse O'Leary | 08 March 2013 |
tags: economics, love, neuroscience
The US President is backing a brain activity map project that would cost billions and may be fatally flawed.


The New Eugenics
Michael Cook | 14 December 2012 |
tags: eugenics, evolution, genetics
Some scientists are haunted by the idea of genetic degeneracy.


How education hijacked brain research
Max Coltheart | 11 December 2012 |
tags: education, neuroscience
Some governments and schools are considering high-cost brain training programs despite a lack of evidence of any educational benefits.


AIDS and medical ethics: a great betrayal
Matthew Hanley | 25 September 2012 |
tags: HIVAIDS, medical ethics, philosophy
The risk reduction ethic only aims to sanitise and thereby perpetuate hazardous behaviour.


Reverend Moon versus the scientists
Carolyn Moynihan | 04 September 2012 |
tags: cults, human enhancement, science
The Moonie founder was not the only one with a messiah complex.


Higgs - the musical
Archil Kobakhidze | 20 July 2012 |
tags: Higgs boson, science
If you find the "God particle" baffling, perhaps listening to it would help.


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