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How to (seriously) read a scientific paper
Reading becomes easier with experience, but it is up to each scientist to identify the techniques that work best for them.
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Seeing students glare at them over the years has convinced me that it must have taken a lot of reading and re-reading back in the triassic.. Forgotten if I ever was in a situation where they appeared illegible..
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Knigel Holmes

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'Nodes of Science Genetics and GMO Digest April 28 2016'
Few people have the time to keep up with the many science and skepticism communities, so here is a curated digest of Nodes of Science, Skepti-Forum, and friends. From this, you all can have a sampl…
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Nodes of Science & Skepti-Forum Newsletter April 2016
Nodes of Science and Skepti-Forum have undergone many changes in the last while. Many of those changes are likely to cause some confusion, so an announcement of some of those changes is due. If …
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"Perhaps not surprisingly, there is a lack of evidence showing that GSE has any effectiveness for any condition."

https://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/not-natural-not-safe-grapefruit-seed-extract/
Grapefruit-seed extract is claimed to be a cure-all for nearly every type of infection. But there's a dangerous problem with GSE that supplement manufacturers haven't fixed.
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What would happen if the US or the world banned the use of GMO (genetically modified organism) crops? A new study out of Purdue addresses that question. The...
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The story of how genetic engineering saved the Hawaiian papaya industry gets lost in the discussion of agronomic crop uses of the technology. This story is important because this is not just a story of technology. It is the story of people. Joni Kamiya tells the story of growing up on her ...
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Mark Lynas' very thorough and well written rebuttal to the Zika conspiracy theories.
http://www.marklynas.org/2016/02/another-day-another-zika-conspiracy-theory/
One of the defining characteristics of conspiracy theorists is how they will switch rapidly between seemingly competing implausible theories to explain unconnected events in any way that confirms their biases. So it is with the anti-GMO lobby, which seems to be behind the latest attempt to exonerate Aedes aegypti mosquitoes for any role in causing … Read more...
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Science Media  - 
Advocates masquerading as scientists to try and establish credibility for biased claims do the public, and science, serious harm. And journalists who fail to call them out and report biased studies as fact compound the damage.
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Cordyceps, or caterpillar fungus, one of the most sought-after and expensive ingredients in traditional Chinese medicine, has been deemed a danger to human health by China’s main food and drug regulator, mainland media report....
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An excellent TED talk by Sam Harris about whether science can be applied to morality. https://www.ted.com/talks/sam_harris_science_can_show_what_s_right?language=en
Questions of good and evil, right and wrong are commonly thought unanswerable by science. But Sam Harris argues that science can — and should — be an authority on moral issues, shaping human values and setting out what constitutes a good life.
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Knigel Holmes

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Nodes of Science News Digest April 28 2016
Here are some worthwhile articles shared in our Nodes of Science, Skepti-Forum, and related communities. Check out the articles then jump into the threads to share your thoughts. Likely, if you lik…
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Knigel Holmes

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A new directory of groups and projects on social media
Welcome to our Nodes of Science Directory. Since our project applies the concept of networked nodes across social media, you can use some information below as a basic road map. Our philosophy is th…
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Lecture 1: Science Based Medicine vs.Evidence Based Medicine - John Cthinker - Google+
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Higher food prices, a significant boost in greenhouse gas emissions due to land use change and major loss of forest... Read More
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"The “cure” developed by the University of Florida plant biologists is ingenious: They inserted a gene isolated from the Arabidopsis plant, a member of the mustard family, to create enhanced resistance to greening and reduced disease severity; several trees remained disease-free after 36 months in a field with a high number of diseased trees."

"Nevertheless, it will be a decade or more before these disease-resistant trees have received regulatory approvals, been planted widely and are yielding fruit. Until then, there is only one effective treatment: a soil drench of neonicotinoid (“neonic”) pesticide (derived from the naturally occurring nicotine found in plants) at the base of the young citrus tree’s trunk."

http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/op-ed/article52941540.html?fb_action_ids=926171454131545&fb_action_types=og.comments
We might be able to avoid the $50 glass of O.J. after all.
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I would have thought Pamela Ronald would have done this first. She and her husband have been talking about this for quite some time.

http://infotel.ca/newsitem/okanagan-man-wants-to-grow-worlds-first-organic-gmo-crop/it27401
"I’VE HAD DEATH THREATS."KELOWNA – An Osoyoos man is leading the fight for more genetically modified food by growing the world's f
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The food system is awash in chemicals and additives. One woman has made a career out of investigating them. But a cadre of critics says she's creating more confusion than clarity about food.
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The Fear Babe is in my Wackos Gallery. http://wackos.gallery
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Food  - 
A recent article from Western Producer titled “Canada has a world-class food system” was recently re-posted by the Genetic Literacy Project (GLP). GLP, whose stated mission is to “…
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