Tagged: research

vending machines bugged - Kagaku

Motoko Kakubayashi Nov 17, 2009

Small disease-carrying bugs are capable of finding their way into drink vending machines, says Japanese researchers. Researchers at Osaka Aoyama University wanted to see how many, and what kind of insects found their way into vending machines.  They set up four insect traps inside two outdoor vending machines, three indoor machines, and four traps around the outside base of a … Read More

Rats, Bad Decisions and Jelloshots - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Nov 13, 2009

It is an accepted fact of life that alcohol and good decision making have only loose a acquaintance  with one another. Like ships passing in the night, they may meet or they may not. This is true for the momentarily intoxicated but does that propensity for poor choices follow us even after the libations cease? [...] … Read More

Abortion is Maddening - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Nov 03, 2009

This Month’s British Journal of Psychiatry carries a research paper that should make all doctors signing abortion certificates on the basis of mental health concerns, think twice. The paper elegantly demonstrates that abortion worsens mental health outcomes. Unfortunately, I can only link to this article, rather than the paper itself, which is behind a pay-wall. [...] Related posts: … Read More

Spam Journalism #61 - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Oct 14, 2009

Spam Journalism: The spurious use of sensational headlines to add spice to an otherwise pointless article. Don’t you just love it when headlines say the exact opposite of the main body of the article? Mobile phone cancer link charted Studies on whether mobile phones can cause cancer, especially brain tumors, vary widely in quality and there may be [...] … Read More

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Oct 10, 2009

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sufferers the world over will be very happy that there is now reliable evidence that the  virus XMRV is a likely cause of CFS. XMRV is a retrovirus found in rats, which has previously been implicated in certain type of aggressive prostate cancer. This study ably demonstrates that 67% of CFS sufferers carry the [...] … Read More

No Relief - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Oct 08, 2009

So John Key is going to make pseudoephedrine only available on doctor’s prescription. And he’s not stopping there, either: Mr Key has asked for Medsafe to consider a total ban on pseudoephedrine, which is used to make the illegal drug “P”, pure methamphetamine. Unfortunately Mr. Key is being poorly advised on this matter by his science advisor, [...] … Read More