Science and medicine
Articles on science, pharmacology, astrophysics and philosophy of science

Can ultrasound damage your hearing?
It's been claimed that American diplomats in Cuba are being harassed by a sonic weapon. Is such a thing possible?

The theory that just won't die
Beta-amyloid has been studied for 30 years, and we are no closer to a cure.

How close are they to real AI?
We read the textbook on ‘deep learning’ so you don't have to.

Does lack of sleep cause Alzheimer's disease?
There's a strong correlation, but the evidence is still circumstantial.

Global warming and CFCs
A remarkable paper has provided strong evidence that global warming was not caused by carbon dioxide, but by chlorofluorocarbons.

Reality, multiverses, and artificial intelligence
Pretending something doesn't exist doesn't make it go away. Or does it?

Not your grandfather's theory of evolution, Part 1
Darwin's theory of natural selection has mutated almost beyond recognition.

Weird science news: Can chickens really do arithmetic?
Maybe, but they can't do calculus. Reason: they are chicken.

Antimatter in thunderclouds
Lightning produces gamma rays and antimatter. Some researchers may have even detected neutrons.

Submarines, whales, drones, and ocean pressure
Manned submarines can only dive to two or three times their own length.

Do flickering lights cure Alzheimer's disease?
Here's a summary of what Iaccarino et al. really found in that craaaa-zy Nature paper.

Forging the universe
Why is there something instead of nothing? Science, religion, and philosophy have different ideas.

Aliens from outer space are sending me messages
A recent paper sees possible evidence for extraterrestrials in 234 stellar spectra. Is it real or an artifact?

Does the theory of relativity prove that the world is a simulation?
On unfalsifiable tautologies in popular science.

Is solanezumab curtains for the beta-amyloid theory?
Not a chance. Here's what you need to know about Eli Lilly's anti-Alzheimer antibody.

Swearing as a human distress call
Ever wondered why it's so hard to stop yourself from cursing? It's a preprogrammed response. But what is its real purpose?

Subcortical vascular dementia
Vascular dementia is the loss of mental faculties caused by a problem in the blood vessels in the brain.

How cerebrovascular disease has affected American history
Two US presidents had devastating strokes while in office. The strokes changed the course of history. Also, background information on Hillary's CVST.

The ozone layer cured global warming
The global warming 'pause' began only a few years after the Montreal Protocol went into effect. Coincidence?

Cold facts on global warming
Even though global warming has become mostly an academic concern now that the climate has moved into a cooling phase, it's still important to understand what is and is not factual about the climate.

Tinnitus: Causes and Treatment
Recent research suggests that tinnitus is easier to cure when treatment is given early. In this article, I will discuss what is known about tinnitus and what tinnitus sufferers can do about their affliction.

The future of medicine
In the future things will be ... uh, better ... mostly

Nietzsche and the girl from treponema
Recent evidence proves that Nietzsche's dementia was not caused by syphilis.

Let me tell you about my trouble with girls in the lab
Male and female brains are wired differently for pain.

Science Under Siege, Part III
Understanding what causes bad science is critical to reforming it.

Science Under Siege, Part II
People say there are no jokes in scientific papers. But I found one.

Science under siege, Part I
Bogus claims about the reproducibility of scientific research will not die on their own. We must give them a push.

Why are there still hippies?
Risk-taking behavior violates the principles of Darwinian selection. So why haven't hippies all died out?

Celebrating our petrochemical culture
Our chemical industry may not be glamorous, but to the engineering mind its purpose makes it beautiful.

Little-known facts about the Moon
The Moon really does have a dark side. And an atmosphere ... sort of.

Traumatic brain injury and paroxysmal coughing
Traumatic brain injury and paroxysmal coughing don't add up to a single malady. Or do they?

Breakthrough in Alzheimer's disease
Alzheimer's disease may be caused by an immune reaction in the brain gone haywire.

Jurassic Park for Humans
Manipulating the human genome is the ultimate grab for power. It would be the biggest gamble mankind has ever taken.

Causation
Without cause and effect, nothing would ever happen. But what actually is it?

Will intelligent robots really kill us all?
The idea that artificial intelligence is dangerous betrays a lack of confidence in the strength of our own values.

Rethinking ozone: the short version
Nearly 30 years after CFCs were banned, something doesn't add up. Nontechnical version of my ozone article for readers who aren't interested in the chemistry.

The Hydrogenated Bomb: Science and the Cholesterol Scandal
Saturated fat and cholesterol are now good for you again. There will be a quiz.

What can science learn from Paul Tillich?
Profound ideas from a maverick theologian.

What is Depression?
The question whether major clinical depression is a physical disease or a psychological ailment is meaningless.

Fraud in Science
Where there's misconduct in science, there's invariably a deep reservoir of social and managerial pathology that creates it.

Is Science Dying?
Science is drowning in a rising tide of malaise, but many of the proposed solutions will only make things worse.

Molecular biology, Raelians, and the mysterious doctrine of transubstantiation
A flying saucer cult confirms Thomas Aquinas using modern molecular biology techniques.

Antisocial personality disorder
What are the differences between psychopaths, sociopaths, and psychotics?

What is the value of computer modeling?
If mathematical models are done badly, they will discredit an entire branch of science. It's happened before.

How to identify bad science
Here are some tips on how to identify a scientific snowjob.

Indeterminacy in Science
Is the universe indeterminate at the smallest level? If so, what about free will?

Does Anesthesia Cause Dementia?

Science, Religion and Other Crazy Ideas
What do scientists really think about religion?

Is the universe mathematical?
We use mathematics to deconstruct the universe. Could it also build one?

Dreams
Freud called dreams the royal road to the unconscious. But the road still has many potholes.

Is Alzheimer's disease caused by a fungus?
A possible new direction in view of the failures of antiamyloid therapy.

Narcissistic Personality Disorder
Politicians can be narcissistic, and so can the organizations they manage.

Is Schizophrenia a Real Disease?
The idea that schizophrenia is a medical conditions is on shaky ground.

What Causes Alzheimer's Disease?
Alzheimer's disease is a devastating and mysterious illness that strikes people with increasing frequency as they age. In this article, I will discuss the current theories and epidemiological results that might explain the molecular basis of sporadic Alzheimer's disease.

Women and Math Part 2
Science has made many advances in the past decade documenting cognitive and neuroanatomic differences between men and women.

Women and Math Part 1
Scientific evidence long ago disproved the myth that the brains of men and women are the same. Yet some feminists are still promoting the myth, to the detriment of both men and women.

How to Drive on Snow
Tips on driving on snow-covered roads and driving up hills in winter without getting killed.

Bad Pharma: Fact or Myth?
The pharmaceutical industry is dying. When it's gone, some of the blame for its loss will be laid at the feet of the authors of all those pharma-bashing books.

What Does Science Say About Life After Death?
The Buddhists had a lot to say about the afterlife, but science is starting to catch up.

What's so great about Euler's formula?
What does Euler's formula tell us about the real world? How can we understand it?

Does the concept of free will have any meaning?
Free will actually means two unrelated things.

Ten tips to writing scientific resumes
I am often called upon to hire junior scientists, postdocs, and technicians. Here are some tips that I have discovered.

Why do so many drugs fail?
Nine of every ten new drugs fail in clinical phase II or III testing. Why is this?

Should you pursue a career in science? Some advice from a professional scientist
Being a research scientist can be a highly rewarding career. What you discover could change how people make their toast in the morning, or it could change how civilization evolves--maybe even prevent the next Dark Ages.

Noise-induced hearing loss
Loud noises can produce both temporary and permanent hearing loss. This article describes what types of sound constitute a hazard and what you can do to mitigate the hearing damage if you are accidentally exposed to a loud noise.

Introduction to population dynamics
Population growth can be calculated by a number of mathematical models. The two simplest models are the Malthusian, or exponential model, and the Verhulst, or logistic model.

Cholesterol and alzheimer's disease
Almost all of the major risk factors for Alzheimer's disease, with the exception of head trauma, involve cholesterol in one way or another.

Mercury cleanup procedures
Mercury is extremely toxic. When spilled, vapor accumulates and is absorbed by inhalation, causing long-term neurological and kidney damage.

Hazards of liquid nitrogen
Liquid nitrogen is not just a frostbite hazard--sample vials stored in the liquid phase of liquid nitrogen can cause serious injury if improperly sealed.

Photographing Fluorescently-Stained 2D Gels
This article discusses some of the common fluorescent dyes and describes how to build a light source for photographing fluorescent 2D gels using a CCD camera.

Intelligent Design: Is it a theory?
What is this all about? Is intelligent design really an alternative to Darwinian evolution? Is it a valid scientific theory? As scientists we must remain open to all new ideas, no matter how bizarre. Many scientists have strong religious beliefs. At the same time, if intelligent design is not a valid scientific theory we should be honest and say so.

articles received from colleagues

Interactions between Space-time, Gravity and Consciousness by Amrit Srecko Sorli, Slovenia. html format

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