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‘Science-based farming optimized for reduced environmental impact’: What’s behind the hydroponic farming boom — and attempts to deny its sustainability advantages?

‘Science-based farming optimized for reduced environmental impact’: What’s behind the hydroponic farming boom — and attempts to deny its sustainability advantages?

Neurologica | 
Hydroponic farming allows for vertical farming, because it is not dependent on the soil. This allows for greater plant yield ...
Misinformation trifecta: How disinformation spreaders weaponize science

Misinformation trifecta: How disinformation spreaders weaponize science

Neurologica | 
Recently it has become more apparent to me that often there is a common strategy to weaponizing misinformation. It’s likely ...
It may sound fantastical, but some forms of brain cancer may be treatable with magnets

It may sound fantastical, but some forms of brain cancer may be treatable with magnets

Neurologica | 
I look at any therapeutic claims about magnets with a huge does of skepticism. Generally I assume it is a ...
How dogs and humans developed our symbiotic relationship

How dogs and humans developed our symbiotic relationship

Neurologica | 
Dogs show an incredible ability to understand their human companions, even without extensive training. The question is – how much ...
Pseudoscience takes hold with athletes at the Olympics

Pseudoscience takes hold with athletes at the Olympics

Science Based Medicine | 
In London in 2012 I noticed the almost ubiquitous multi-colored tape snaking in unusual patterns along the bodies of athletes ...
Viewpoint: This 11,000 page European Union report should end the debate over the ‘dangers’ posed by glyphosate weedkiller

Viewpoint: This 11,000 page European Union report should end the debate over the ‘dangers’ posed by glyphosate weedkiller

Genetic Literacy Project | 
Glyphosate is a weed killer widely used by the agricultural industry and also available for consumer use in products like ...
Organic farming has a sustainability problem — and now the EU is in a dilemma of their own making

Organic farming has a sustainability problem — and now the EU is in a dilemma of their own making

Neurologica | 
European Union (EU) agricultural scientists are in a bit of a pickle. I’m not sure to what extent it is ...
How does CRISPR’s ‘on-off switch’ work? How will it revolutionize genetic research and the development of therapies?

How does CRISPR’s ‘on-off switch’ work? How will it revolutionize genetic research and the development of therapies?

Neurologica | 
[R]esearchers have published perhaps the greatest advance since 2013 – a way to use CRISPR as an on-off switch for ...
Cavendish banana could ‘disappear’ in the 2020s. Can CRISPR gene editing save it from a deadly fungus?

Cavendish banana could ‘disappear’ in the 2020s. Can CRISPR gene editing save it from a deadly fungus?

Neurologica | 
[T]hat the Cavendish banana will disappear sometime in the 2020’s is extremely likely. It is being threatened by a fungus ...
A video claiming to show dangerous COVID vaccine side-effects has gone viral - but scientists are skeptical

A video claiming to show dangerous COVID vaccine side-effects has gone viral – but scientists are skeptical

Neurologica | 
[W]e are now living in a post-social media world. Information, even medical or scientific information, may get to the public ...
Why the COVID death rate is dropping even as case numbers soar

Why the COVID death rate is dropping even as case numbers soar

Neurologica | 
One recent study looking at the case fatality rate in the New York region from March to August found that the ...
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Viewpoint: GMOs don’t boost crop yields? Yes, they do. Here’s the evidence

Neurologica | 
[A]doption of GMOs does, in fact, increase ultimate crop yield. The myth that they don’t is mostly due to the ...
Have we done enough to prevent a second wave of COVID-19 infections?

Have we done enough to prevent a second wave of COVID-19 infections?

Science Based Medicine | 
As we are seeing the beginning of the end of the first wave of COVID-19, the burning question is – ...
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‘Spectacularly unimpressive’: Neural network AI asked to judge human personalities through photos

Neurologica | 
[If] personality traits have a significant genetic contribution (which seems clear) then we can ask – to what extent do ...
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How do you ‘boost’ your body’s immune function in the fight against the coronavirus? Answer: You can’t

Neurologica | 
The short answer to the question – how do you boost your immune system – is that you can’t. The ...
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Are we getting closer to understanding how our brains make memories?

Neurologica | 
How do memories work? That has been a burning question for over a century, since Richard Semon introduced the term ...
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Neurologist Steven Novella: Greenpeace opposition to Golden Rice approval will be ‘enduring stain’ on activist group’s reputation

Neurologica | 
[T]he Philippines have just approved Golden Rice as safe for human and animal consumption .... The Philippines is the first ...
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Viewpoint: YouTube, Facebook and Google should do more to stop spread of dangerous cancer quackery

Neurologica | 
Many outlets are covering the story of Mari Lopez, a YouTuber who claimed, along with her niece, Liz Johnson, that ...
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Replacing the polygraph: Brain imaging could give us a reliable lie detector

Neurologica | 
It’s fairly common knowledge at this point that the polygraph test for detecting who is lying is not reliable enough ...
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Neurologist Steven Novella: Here’s what latest science says about glyphosate-cancer link

Science Based Medicine | 
Glyphosate has been in the news recently because of the recent court case in which a jury awarded DeWayne Johnson ...
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Podcast: Yale neurologist Steven Novella debunks popular myths about GMO golden rice

Skeptic's Guide to the Universe | 
As Bangladesh prepares to release GMO golden rice, Yale University clinical neurologist Steven Novella and co-hosts debunk some popular myths ...
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With lab-grown meat coming to our plates, will we be eating animals in 50 years?

Neurologica | 
Climate change has altered the debate over the ethics of meat consumption, adding a new dimension that certainly changes the ...
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A breakthrough cure for cancer? Beware the hype

Science Based Medicine | 
There is a good rule of thumb – whenever a headline asks a question, especially a provocative question, the answer ...
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Viewpoint: Bipartisan opposition to GMOs driven more by activist ‘propaganda’ than politics

Blog | 
I have written extensively about GMOs....because it is the subject about which the difference between public opinion and the opinion of ...
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Experts must counter ‘simplistic’ anti-GMO narrative with facts, says neurologist Steven Novella

Neurologica | 
The Pew Research Center has recently published a large survey regarding American’s attitudes toward food, including genetic modification .... There ...
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Is ‘interstellar visitor’ an alien probe? ‘We should be appropriately skeptical’

Neurologica | 
One year ago, in October 2017, astronomers detected the first confirmed interstellar visitor to our solar system – an asteroid dubbed Oumuamua ...
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Viewpoint: Divide between GMO and organic is ‘arbitrary nonsense’

Neurologica | 
The organic food lobby has been successfully demonizing safe and effective biotechnology for the last two decades. Part of their ...
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With limited arable land available around the world, is organic farming sustainable?

Neurologica | 
This question comes up frequently in discussions of farming practices – how much arable land is there on the Earth, ...
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