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Mythbusting: guillotine edition

Everybody knows that the most popular method of execution during the French Revolution was the guillotine: there are though quite a few urban legends about it that the majority of people accepts as true. 69 more words


Does calorie counting really work? Part 1: Calories In


Calorie counting is predicated on the idea that weight management is a matter of “calories in and calories out”. This thought follows the law on thermodynamics. 1,141 more words


sunscreen: some myth-busting, inc. limits to the practicality and safety of DIY

The Beauty Brains (2014-08-20):
Some nice mythbusting: yes, you should wear sunscreen and no, it doesn’t make you vitamin D deficient.
(In “sunscreen” one should include all things protecting / screening you from the sun, including clothes, shade, and other avoidance.) 106 more words


Beliefs, mythbusting and the role of careers work.

Myths can useful, for example when I was very young and getting into mischief I was told Santa would find out and I wouldn’t be getting any presents.  1,348 more words


Flooded with Ignorance - All Bent Out of Shape

Last time we looked at polystrate fossils and how they do not, in the slightest way, constitute evidence for a world-wide flood. Now we move on to what Eric Hovind thinks counts as evidence. 499 more words


Being Color Blind to Bronchitis.

An October 2013 BMJ study compared patients aged 18-70 without underlying lung disease or immunosuppression, with an acute cough of less than one weeks duration. Cough with “discolored” sputum was a requirement of all patients, and they required at least one other symptom of lower respiratory tract infection (dyspnea, wheezing, chest pain or chest discomfort). 230 more words


I Read Things, August 9th 2014

Persistent Anti-GMO Myths
Steven Novella lists and dispels 5 anti-GMO myths. I can only assume I’ve angered the people I used to know who repeated stiff like this, because I rarely hear from them any more… 32 more words