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10 November 2010

Power Bracelet Quackery Spreads To Universities

No blog post I’ve ever written has had more comment than the one about these so called “magic power bracelets” being sold on cable TV. You know the ads- They promise this little bracelet will harness your bodies natural energy field and correct all kinds of problems. Issues like balance and the sudden urge to eat dog food among others. They don’t, however, seem to correct the urge to throw …

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26 October 2010

Autumn Twisters On The Prowl

When most folks think of tornadoes, they imagine a warm spring afternoon suddenly turning stormy. More often than not this is true but there are glaring exceptions. Last night was one and Tuesday will be another. A powerful storm system has been winding up  in the Plains. Last night a band of storms from Texas to Alabama brought tornadoes and large hail. Here in North Alabama, I was up for much …

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8 October 2010

Science Friday Needs Our Help

Unlike the UK, where a TV and Radio license  fee pays for the BBC’s slew of excellent educational programming, we have only NPR and PBS here in America. I’ve frequently compared NPR to the BBC with no money. That really about covers it….except. NPR is still fabulous. In an era where scientific ignorance seems to be at it’s peak, we have very few excellent programs on Science available. Yes, NOVA …

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1 September 2010

Denialism and The Age of Disinformation

Chris Mooney and Michael Specter along with others did a lecture at MIT last April. MIT has put the video up online and it is well worth a view. The topic was denialism and disinformation. How can so many people believe things that someone tells them with no critical thinking. (My post on Authoritarians goes along with this quite well I suspect) I regularly get asked if the world is …

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23 August 2010

Keep Looking Up Jack and RIP

His signature sign-off was “KEEP LOOKING UP!” Jack Horkheimer was the star of the PBS series Star Gazer and taught millions to look up at the night sky in wonder. He was a grand ambassador for science. He died on Friday, and the astronomy world is the poorer for it. There are astronomers to be who will have gotten the star bug from Jack Horkheimer. He leaves a great legacy. …

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16 August 2010

iRenew and Q-Ray Scams- A Follow-Up

In the two months since I wrote the post about what a scam the iRenew bracelet was, I have had more comments than any other post I have ever written. Mostly from people who like me are amazed that people will fall for it. Many other comments explain very well why these scammers will make millions of dollars. The adverts are now all over Fox news and other outlets on …

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27 June 2010

I- Renew Bracelet – Why is MSNBC airing this Junk? (Are there really that many stupid people in America?)

(Note this post has been updated as of 15 Aug.) So I turn on MSNBC here in the hotel today to catch up on the days news and on pops this commercial for the i-Renew bracelet. Here is the advert below. I went to the company web site and they have a photo of a Mr. Scott Becker MD who is also in their commercial. Look at the quote: From …

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23 April 2010

Update: Deadly Tornado Outbreak More Likley Now

A deadly weekend tornado outbreak is becoming more likely this evening. Conditions are coming together for potentially violent long track tornadoes across much of Mississippi and Alabama on Saturday. Tennessee, Arkansas and Louisiana are also threatened. It is quite possible conditions may reach the threshold for a rare High Risk outlook from the Storm Prediction Center (NOAA) in Norman. Several of the tornado watches tomorrow will be PDS watches. (Particularly …

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Deadly Tornado Outbreak This Weekend??

It may sound crass and I do not mean it to be that way, but there are likely to be deaths from tornadoes in the next 48 hours. If only we could only say exactly where! What we can say is that conditions are coming together to make the development of a few strong tornadoes and they will likely be in Mississippi and Alabama on Saturday. Here in Alabama there …

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3 April 2010

TV Weather People and Climate Change

A lot of TV weather people avoid talking about climate change on air. There are multiple reasons for this. Among them are the fact that the person you see doing the weather on TV in many cases does not know that much about science. (Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to stop some from saying some really silly things.) The number one reason is the political overtones involved in it. This is …

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