Playing victim: People who claim grievances more likely to lie and cheat, but victim status comes with evolutionary benefits

Playing victim: People who claim grievances more likely to lie and cheat, but victim status comes with evolutionary benefits

Victimhood is defined in negative terms: “the condition of having been hurt, damaged, or made to suffer.” Yet humans have ...
Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue — Part 5: Soil health ― When synthetic pesticides are more sustainable than 'natural' organics

Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue — Part 5: Soil health ― When synthetic pesticides are more sustainable than ‘natural’ organics

Most consumers believe organic farming avoids pesticides and prioritizes the health of the environment more than conventional farming. However, this ...
Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue — Part 4: How do organic pesticides compare to synthetic pesticides?

Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue — Part 4: How do organic pesticides compare to synthetic pesticides?

Many consumers choose to buy higher-priced organic produce because they believe organic foods are not grown using pesticides and therefore ...
Should ‘race’ be abandoned as surrogate for population differences in medical research?

Should ‘race’ be abandoned as surrogate for population differences in medical research?

Race was originally introduced in US medical curricula in 1790 by Benjamin Rush, who asserted that blackness was a particular ...
The mRNA vaccines battling COVID-19 are revolutionizing virus fighting strategies. Here’s how

The mRNA vaccines battling COVID-19 are revolutionizing virus fighting strategies. Here’s how

British economist Thomas Babington Macaulay challenged a thread of pessimism writing in 1830: “On what principle is it that, when ...
Pesticides and Food: It's not a black or white issue — Part 1: Has pesticide use decreased?

Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue — Part 1: Has pesticide use decreased?

What is the truth about crop pesticides and their residues in food in 2018? ...
Exploring Prophet Muhammad’s Hebraic descent

Exploring Prophet Muhammad’s Hebraic descent

In the West, the discussion on the origins of Prophet Muhammad has been the subject of limited studies. Traditional and ...
Viewpoint: Here's what 'whole grain' really means—and it's not the health claim you've been told it is

Viewpoint: Here’s what ‘whole grain’ really means—and it’s not the health claim you’ve been told it is

Consumers have been so saturated with vague marketing claims that nearly 50 percent can't correctly identify what is claimed to ...
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Taboo: Why has Africa emerged as the global coronavirus ‘Cold Spot’ — and why are we afraid to talk about it?

The first COVID-19 case in Africa was confirmed on February 14th, 2020, in Egypt. The first in sub-Saharan Africa appeared ...
Afraid of Environmental Working Group’s 'Dirty Dozen' list? Here’s 12 reasons you shouldn’t be

Afraid of Environmental Working Group’s ‘Dirty Dozen’ list? Here’s 12 reasons you shouldn’t be

Many regular food shoppers anxiously await the results of the Environmental Working Group’s annual “Dirty Dozen” list. Even if you ...
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Viewpoint: Will 5G harm you? Activist groups succeed in stirring conspiracy health risk phobias, as New York State legislature prepares to debate ‘growing evidence’ of harm

Two bills were recently introduced in the New York State legislature (in the Assembly and in the Senate) to establish ...
Anti-GMO activists launch final effort to block AquaBounty’s fast-growing, sustainable GM salmon as US sales loom

Anti-GMO activists launch final effort to block AquaBounty’s fast-growing, sustainable GM salmon as US sales loom

As biotech firm AquaBounty prepares to harvest its GE AquAdvantage salmon for sale in the US, activist groups have trotted ...
Was the devout evangelical Christian who murdered 8 people in Atlanta suffering from 'sex addiction'?

Was the devout evangelical Christian who murdered 8 people in Atlanta suffering from ‘sex addiction’?

A 21-year-old white man is alleged to have entered three different spas in the greater Atlanta area on March 16 ...
Viewpoint: Skeptical of pesticides? That's because you don't know what life is like without them

Viewpoint: Skeptical of pesticides? That’s because you don’t know what life is like without them

Our greatest public health challenge isn’t chemicals -- it's ignorance and fear-mongering about them ...
About bats and COVID: Why the Wuhan 'lab leak' theory shouldn't be dismissed out of hand, and other reflections one year into the crisis

About bats and COVID: Why the Wuhan ‘lab leak’ theory shouldn’t be dismissed out of hand, and other reflections one year into the crisis

Winston Churchill famously observed that in wartime the truth must be surrounded by a bodyguard of lies. Many of my ...
Viewpoint: Consumer-focused GM and gene-edited products throw anti-GMO movement's future into doubt

Viewpoint: Consumer-focused GM and gene-edited products throw anti-GMO movement’s future into doubt

The bizarre QAnon conspiracy theory that has swept the nation and embedded itself in our political discourse is a prime ...
Viewpoint: How a God-like superintelligent AI set free in the world could destroy us

Viewpoint: How a God-like superintelligent AI set free in the world could destroy us

The person in the photo that sits to the left of this paragraph does not exist. It was generated using Artificial ...
Viewpoint: Biden Interior Secretary's opposition to pesticides and GM crops puts endangered species in jeopardy

Viewpoint: Biden Interior Secretary’s opposition to pesticides and GM crops puts endangered species in jeopardy

Deb Haaland’s nomination to head the Interior Department has advanced to the full Senate, but the New Mexico representative weathered ...
Did you hear the story about the GMO that almost destroyed the world?

Did you hear the story about the GMO that almost destroyed the world?

An old myth has resurfaced that a GMO almost destroyed all life on Earth — but what's the real story? ...
Just how ‘green’ are biofuels? Why turning crops into energy might not be a worthwhile climate change solution

Just how ‘green’ are biofuels? Why turning crops into energy might not be a worthwhile climate change solution

Biofuels are liquid fuels made from biomass (plant or animal organic materials) and used primarily in transportation, which is almost ...
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Could there ever be a vaccine for breast cancer?

Triple-negative breast cancer, about 10% of all breast cancers, is one of the most aggressive and deadliest forms of this ...
Glyphosate on trial: In an 'unequal contest' between science and emotion, can evidence overcome pesticide-cancer fears?

Glyphosate on trial: In an ‘unequal contest’ between science and emotion, can evidence overcome pesticide-cancer fears?

Recently, I was asked to speak about the weedkiller glyphosate on Radio Colombia. As is often the case with media ...
Vasectomies are becoming a political statement

Vasectomies are becoming a political statement

The fate of male reproductive organs is not a traditional concern in debates about the environment. But this is the ...
The Anti-Vaxx Playbook: Exposing the 5-step anti-vaxx conversion program escalating the COVID pandemic. Its proponents include Barbara Loe Fisher, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and Sherri Tenpenny

The Anti-Vaxx Playbook: Exposing the 5-step anti-vaxx conversion program escalating the COVID pandemic. Its proponents include Barbara Loe Fisher, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and Sherri Tenpenny

The Anti-Vaxx Playbook is based on in-depth analysis of speeches and presentations by leading digital anti-vaccine advocates at a meeting ...
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Viewpoint: Fact-checking anti-GMO activist Vandana Shiva’s ‘Poison-Free, Fossil-Free’ food lecture

The event was a missed opportunity to have the more nuanced discussion that such an important topic deserves ...
Viewpoint: Evidence or ‘junk science’—Will the Biden Administration ban essential pesticides experts say are safe?

Viewpoint: Evidence or ‘junk science’—Will the Biden Administration ban essential pesticides experts say are safe?

Within days of being sworn in, President Joe Biden elevated the science adviser to the president to Cabinet rank, with ...
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