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Herbivores All the Way Down

Back in the 1980s and 1990s, a revolution in the way dinosaurs were conceived to have evolved occurred, in which a basal stock of croc-ish animals (this was during the “thecodont origin of … everything (?)” phase of archosaur relationship hypotheses) developed into the dinosaurs we know today, basically divided into three groups: 2,607 more words


Strange Tid[w]ings

The new small theropod Yi qi was described 29 April, 2015, far too late to be a practical joke for All Fools’ Day (by 4 weeks, precisely). 2,853 more words


Talking Headlines: with Professor Jim Coyne

James Coyne is Emeritus Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also Director of Behavioral Oncology at the Abramson Cancer Centre and Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. 1,265 more words

News Stories


We discussed science and journalism in this week’s seminar. It was interesting as it could be linked to social media and the ‘verification process’ it requires. 290 more words

Seminar Term 2

The God Particle Discovered? Maybe not.

I haven’t finished writing my post on experimental design, but a discussion I’m engaged in elsewhere reminded me of a particularly dramatic example of the divide between scientific reporting and actual scientific research. 316 more words

NPR Station Gushes Over 'Psychic Detectives' and 'Forensic Astrologer'

Your Radio Has Let You Down

You turn on your radio, and are surprised to hear a talkshow host gushing “Oh wow!” over “psychic detectives” and “forensic astrologers.”  Did you accidentally tune in to the home of the fringe, “Coast to Coast?”  You check the dial.  2,914 more words


Our first blog assignment: Here is an example

Start by writing a headline that captures your point in a few words. Capitalize first letter of first word — not every word. Also use cap after a colon and for proper nouns.  438 more words