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No evidence 'cocktail of everyday chemicals' causes cancer

Earlier this week, a number of headlines proclaimed that everyday chemicals could have additive effects in causing cancer. I didn’t have time to cover this news item myself, but the NHS Behind The Headlines team did and excellent job looking at it. 10 more words


‘’Chocolate Accelerates Weight-Loss!’’ - Science Journalism 101

John Bohannon is a biologist and science journalist at Harvard University. He and a team of researchers in Germany, recently conducted a study which found that chocolate, combined with a low-carbohydrate diet, resulted in… 718 more words

General Science

Bee pupae 'contain large levels of aluminium without tangible evidence for cognitive dysfunction'

Original study

A new study finds that bumble bee pupae, the life stage during metamorphosis into fully formed bees takes place, contain extremely high levels of aluminium. 149 more words


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