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N=1: What can we learn from a case report

Jack Auty Nov 01, 2018

Warning: this blog is on a sensitive subject of adult themes. In medicine a case report is when a detailed description of a patient is published because something can be learnt from this one case. Case reports are a kind of evidence that must be scrutinized carefully because ultimately it’s just an N of 1 (only one person in the … Read More

N=1: What can we learn from a case report

Jack Auty Nov 01, 2018

Warning: this blog is on a sensitive subject of adult themes. In medicine a case report is when a detailed description of a patient is published because something can be learnt from this one case. Case reports are a kind of evidence that must be scrutinized carefully because ultimately it’s just an N of 1 (only one person in the … Read More

Proteins- not just a food group

Jack Auty Mar 26, 2018

Research that focuses on the fundamental, nitty gritty, seemingly inapplicable, minutia of the world is not very appealing or engaging, and on the surface seems like a waste of taxpayer money. But fundamental research is essential,  underfunded and hugely important. You can only build a beautiful building on solid foundations but unfortunately very few people care about what is under … Read More

Polling, landlines and the age of everybody is an expert

Jack Auty Sep 15, 2017

Polls can be wrong. But the Brexit polls had the race at 50/50 right before the election and that was a pretty good estimate of what happened (1). The Trump/Hillary polls estimated about a 71% chance of Hillary winning and you could argue that the polls were wrong, but that is like arguing that a coin that lands on heads … Read More

50% of people who lived in 1917 were intellectually disabled

Jack Auty Jan 07, 2017

More than half the world was intellectually disabled prior to 1917 CE….. if you extrapolate the Flynn effect. This blog will be an interesting dive into IQ, intellectual disability, crime, time travel and the Flynn effect. Let’s start by saying that you are probably “smarter” (whatever that means) than your parents. That’s right, when you were a pimply, hormone-fillfed teenager … Read More

Do New Year’s Resolutions Work?

Jack Auty Dec 20, 2016

New year’s resolutions- the Babylonians did it, the Romans did it and now we do it; with one survey suggesting that this ancient tradition is still popular reporting that over 40%  of Americans take part. Evidence can also be found in trends of Google searches, there is an annual cycle of Google searchers for the word “diet” nearly … Read More

Is science censored?

Jack Auty Aug 03, 2016

There was a recent piece in New Zealand news about mass governmental censorship of scientists. Starting with apocalyptic images of the Fukushima nuclear power plant incident to instill fear, they painted a picture of mass governmental meddling with scientists reporting their results, with the clear insinuation that our lives could be at risk because of this censorship. Read More

Cyborg bugs? Juvenile insects have gears in their butts

Tristan Wadsworth Jun 20, 2016

Cybugs. Scientists at the University of Cambridge have found that a genus of insects have tiny biological butt-gears that synchronise its legs when it jumps. Head through this link to watch the video. The buttgears of the Issus coleoptratus. Image: © Burrows and Sutton. The nymphs (juvenile forms) of the genus Issus, known for its … Read More