Apple should make installer for OS X Mavericks available Grant Jacobs Jan 19

Apple – you’re leaving some of your users stranded. When Apple released the latest version of OS X—Yosemite—they removed the previous version of the operating system from App Store. Some suggest this might be because the hardware requirements for Mavericks and Yosemite are the same, and that users “should” favour the newer version. However this [...]

On the subject of beer and scholarship Grant Jacobs Jan 12

I would say this is inspired by Karl Safi’s guest post on his homebrewing efforts, but in truth distracted by would be more accurate. You know that word association thing? Beer + scholarship reminds me of Emerson’s.* I’m doomed, right?

If your Mac OS X web browsers constantly stall and a Cisco VPN client is installed Grant Jacobs Jan 11

- try uninstalling the Cisco VPN client. If you find that your Mac OS X web browsers are constantly ‘spinning the beachball’ at each scroll or click on a textbox or attempt to type text results in a long pause before anything happens* -

Hyperbole from university press offices Grant Jacobs Dec 11

A newly-released study suggests university press releases are a key source of hyperbole seen in science stories in media, concluding that – Exaggeration in news is strongly associated with exaggeration in press releases. Improving the accuracy of academic press releases could represent a key opportunity for reducing misleading health related news. The study is now [...]

Calling science bloggers Grant Jacobs Dec 02

Ph.D. candidate Paige Brown Jarreau at Louisiana State University is surveying science bloggers about their blogging practices as part of her PhD project in the science of science blogging. Qualifying science blogs can examine “scientific research, science communication, science policy, science in society, science in academia, and/or other science-related concepts or events.” (That should cover just [...]

Homeopath, Ebola and New Zealand – a follow-up Grant Jacobs Nov 23

About three weeks ago I wrote in a comment following a post about a New Zealand member of Parliament supporting homeopathy to treat Ebola: Also, it would be interesting to see if governments (internationally) will step up and condemn these homeopaths that aim to push their remedies on Ebola patients, in a similar way that [...]

Incoming European Commission President scraps Chief Scientific Adviser role Grant Jacobs Nov 19

Last week European science reveled in landing a spacecraft on a comet, a triumph reported quietly in New Zealand. Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield—who famously performed Bowie’s Space Oddity on the International Space Station—alluded to the long arc of scientific progress on Facebook, writing “Last night I held in my hands original works of Galileo & Newton. Today we landed on [...]

All about your inner fish Grant Jacobs Nov 07

One of the winners of the 2014 Kalvi Science Journalism Awards is the three-part PBS television series, Your Inner Fish. As far as I know the series not freely-available, but in it’s place you can watch this excellent presentation by Neil Shubin. If you’ve an hour of your time in the weekend, rather than watch some silly thing [...]

Supporting homeopathy for Ebola loses natural health brief but more needed Grant Jacobs Nov 04

In a step in the right direction for evidence-based policy, Green Party member of parliament Steffan Browning has been stripped of his natural health portfolio by his party’s caucus but more is needed. As I related in my previous piece, his is not a idle blunder but an example of his thinking. This line of [...]

New Zealand political spokesperson for GE and more endorses homeopathy for Ebola Grant Jacobs Oct 31

(Opinion on one of stupider things I’ve seen endorsed by a politician in a while and it’s relation to other science-based policy, including genetic engineering.) Green Party MP Steffan Browning has been widely reported as endorsing a petition to apply homeopathy to Ebola. To be frank this is an idea of rank stupidity. Homeopathic ‘remedies’ [...]

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