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Charity Lists Top Celebrity Science Abusers In 2012
2012-12-28 10:18:47

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Each year around Christmas, a campaign comes forward and lists the top celebrity abuses against science for the year. And in 2012 there has been no shortage of scientific abuse by notable personalities. This year´s top offenders, highlighted by the charity Sense About Science (SAS), include The X Factor judge Simon Cowell, Mad Men actress January Jones and ex-presidential candidate Mitt Romney. SAS each year records the silly...

2011 Celebrities And Science List Announced
2011-12-28 09:45:24

Simon Cowell and Gwyneth Paltrow are among the celebrities who have made the annual list of bad science this year, an undertaking by the Sense About Science (SAS) charity. Along with celebrities, often comes fad diets, miracle cure-alls, and misunderstandings about science, and this year´s list of celebrity science feats are definitely out there. In 2011, X Factor producer Simon Cowell though it would be better to have vitamins delivered intravenously and news TV host Bill...

2011-12-01 10:44:35

As thousands more emails from the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit (CRU) are leaked on the internet, the latest issue of Index on Censorship magazine, 'Dark Matter', calls for a debate into science and transparency. Emails were previously leaked from the CRU back in 2009. In his article, 'Information Gap', leading science writer Fred Pearce argues that 'if CRU had been more open with its data from the start, a great deal of time and angst on the part of its scientists...

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2009-08-22 07:20:00

The World Health Organization is warning against the use of homeopathic therapies to treat serious health conditions. One group, the Voice of Young Science Network addressed a letter to WHO in June urging the organization to "condemn the promotion of homeopathy for treating TB, infant diarrhea, influenza, malaria and HIV." "Homeopathy does not protect people from, or treat, these diseases," they added. "Those of us working with the most rural and impoverished people of the world already...

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2009-01-05 14:47:46

Scientists warn there is no conclusive evidence that products widely promoted to help the body "detox" work. After a review of 15 products, from bottled water to face scrub, the charitable trust Sense About Science found many detox claims were "meaningless". The trust found that anyone worried about the after-effects of Christmas overindulgence would get the same benefits from eating healthy and getting plenty of sleep. Advertising regulators said they looked at such issues on a case-by-case...

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2008-03-11 01:00:00

Medical Experts are warning the public that many "Ëœdo-it-yourself' health tests may be inaccurate and even harmful.  The doctors, in partnership with the Sense About Science charity, have also objected to the way these tests are being marketed to the public, and calling on government to improve regulation of the $200 million industry. The report comes on the heels of a warning by government advisors last December that private firms should stop offering body scans. The...


Word of the Day
tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.