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“Cigarettes are good for you”– science

Summarizing from PLoS Blogs:
A review article in the highly acclaimed CMAJ finds cigarettes may be beneficial for long distance runners.

Serum hemoglobin is related to endurance running performance. Smoking is known to enhance serum hemoglobin levels and (added bonus), alcohol may further enhance this beneficial adaptation.
Lung volume also correlates with running performance, and training increases

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NYT op-ed: Martin Lindström misunderstands love, brain and iPhone

On the OP-ed column of New York Times last Friday Martin Lindström effectively misunderstands basic concepts of brain functioning and causality. This is made all the more sadder by the fact Lindström is an author of Buyology – Tryth and Lies About Why We Buy and Brandwashed, in the former of which he claims to have gathered&#133 Read the rest

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How Advertising Creates Memories That Never Happened


A newly published study by two marketing professors suggests that advertising can create memories of experiences that never happened, simply by including sufficiently evocative imagery and descriptions in the ad.

Exposure to an imagery-evoking ad can increase the likelihood that consumer mistakenly believes that s/he has experience with the advertised product when in fact s/he does not. Moreover such

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Washington Post Fails at Ranking High Schools

The Washington Post has taken it upon itself to rank all U.S. high schools. The ranking system they use is generally referred to as the Challenge index:

The formula is simple: Divide the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or other college-level tests a school gave in 2010 by the number of graduating seniors.

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Black Women are Less Attractive (If Your Idea of Black Women Comes from TV)

Everything you need to know is in blue letters at the top.

At least, not according to evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa. Psychology Today published an article by the London School of Economics psychologist that concludes that black women are less attractive based on some dicey and very biased statistical analysis of very subjective opinions obtained from a longitudinal study of adolescent health (Add Health). This is the article as it originally&#133 Read the rest

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Vaccines Cause Autism, p<0.05

A friend of mine recently posted a letter from Kevin Donka, a chiropractor, criticizing a CBS report on vaccine safety in 2004. Unfortunately, as far as I can tell the full text is only available on Facebook, and I’m not sure if Donka actually made it public or if I can see it because he and I have&#133 Read the rest

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Males like it when a woman ovulates. (No they don’t.)

In a as yet unpublished study in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 80% of male monkeys tested were able to tell which female was ovulating by picture alone.

They presented male monkeys with two pictures of the same female’s face: one from a day on which she was ovulating, and one from a time before she was

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Men can tell when a lap dancer is ovulating. Not really.

Normally cycling participants earned about US$335 per 5-h shift during estrus, US$260 per shift during the luteal phase, and US$185 per shift during menstruation. By contrast, participants using contraceptive pills showed no estrous earnings peak… These results have clear implications for human evolution, sexuality, and economics.

No they don’t.
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National Academy of Sciences study finds that FBI’s anthrax evidence is inconclusive. Now to the voir dire

If the origin of the anthrax cannot be determined conclusively through science, should a jury be able to conclude based on their assessment of non-scientific evidence that the anthrax originated from a suspect beyond a reasonable doubt? Likewise, should a jury simply ignore the other non-scientific evidence and conclude that the inconclusive scientific results constitute reasonable doubt?
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