Bad Ideas On Television: An Antivaccination “View”

Jenny McCarthy has been hired as a “personality” on “The View,” ABC’s morning TV show, and this is, most likely, a very bad thing. It will give her a platform from which to proclaim bad ideas, primarily the idea that vaccines cause autism. Vaccines do not cause autism. Multiple scientific studies have found no connection…
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Facebook Fear Factor: Cake And Pancake Mixes

What the warning (incorrectly) says: When they get old cake mixes grow spores that can kill you, which is why it’s so important to throw out your expired cake mix — it is toxic. What the warning leaves out: Cake mix does not develop spores over time, but cake mix that isn’t sealed (like lots…
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Scare Tactics On Facebook: BVO

Lately it seems like Facebook is trying to scare us all to death with ominous warnings about brominated vegetable oil, deadly cake mix, killer brown recluse spiders and child-abducting men in silver cars, or cops who beat up civilians and might get their jobs back. Then there’s the “fun facts” type posts about the main…
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Hovercrafts, Children And Other Magic Science

Had I realized I would be explaining the inner workings of a hovercraft to a classroom of adorable first-graders at Gussner Elementary School here in Jamestown, I would have prepared a little bit more. As it was, I did the best I could to answer all the questions they had, both before I started reading…
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Happy Ada Lovelace Day!

It’s Ada Lovelace Day, a good day to celebrate women in technology careers! If you don’t know who Ada Lovelace is, check out this wonderful Science Chicks blog post. She was the first computer programmer. Not the first woman programmer, the first programmer, and she did it without having a computer to program anything on.…
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