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Faster-Than-Light Neutrinos Definitely Not a Statistical Blunder

Last week, when scientists at CERN published evidence that some particles may be able to travel faster than light, the scientific world was taken aback. Criticism poured in, with many physicists dismissing the results as “hard to believe,” “simply wrong,” and an “embarrassing gaffe.” Now one of those early critics is saying he’s the one…

After weight-loss surgery, new gut bacteria keep obesity away

A study of lab mice, published on Wednesday, begs to differ. It concludes that one of the most common and effective forms of bariatric surgery, called Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, melts away pounds not – or not only – by re-routing the digestive tract, as long thought, but by changing the bacteria in the gut. Tags:…

Lord Monckton evicted from UN climate summit

LOL – this is classic: After the news conference, and as diplomats gathered for the climate conference president’s assessment of how close countries are to agreement, Monckton quietly slipped into the seat reserved for the delegation of Myanmar and clicked the button to speak. “In the 16 years we have been coming to these conferences,…

Why Bad Science Is Like Bad Religion

In both religion and science, some people are dishonest, exploitative, incompetent and exhibit other human failings. My concern here is with the bigger picture. I have been a scientist for more than 40 years, having studied at Cambridge and Harvard. I researched and taught at Cambridge University, was a research fellow of the Royal Society,…