I hate cell phones. The real danger is that people who use cellphones while driving are about 3 times more likely to die in a car crash in a given year. Texting is even worse. But anyway, increasing tumor probability by 50% is pretty significant. This is just one type of tumor. How many other specific risks have not yet been studied? How many studies have found harm, but have then been subverted by the corporations? A recent polling of scientists found that 30% of scientists have been asked or pressured by corporations to change their scientific results to fit the corporation’s desires. Cell-phones are a huge growth market, so this is one of the industries most likely to have its results interfered with.
February 16, 2008
February 11, 2008
Do you know why curvaceous women produce smart kids? Interesting study of 16,000 women — turns out those with hourglass figures are actually smarter, and more likely to have smarter children. I guess big boobs don’t automatically mean ditzy :) Latest Anti-Pot Quack Science: ‘Marijuana Makes Your Teeth Fall Out’. A sensible article dispelling many of the “Reefer Madness”-type articles that have come out in the last few months. The War On Drugs creates so much bad science; just a few decades ago they said smoking pot would make men grow breasts!
Pot + Curvy = this picture?
February 7, 2008
LINKS: Dear Babyboomers:Thanks for the debt; Free sex changes in Iran; Cellphones = poorer sperm quality?Posted by Clint under Articles, Biology, Dad, Hardware, Ian B, News, People, Politics, Ryan S, Science, Sexual Freedom, Technology
Dear Babyboomers: The National Debt is a Grandchild Tax. Thanks for less than nothing! Ryan Somma has captured exactly how I feel once again, with his sarcastic congratulatory letter to babyboomers are are about to retire. So long, and thanks for all the
fish debt! My dad predictably quipped “Every generation thinks the last screwed up the world for him”. Of course, he grew up during the 1950s — the most prosperous generation in American history. And inherited ~$1M from his parents. So… It’s quite easy for anyone to cynically quip “every generation had it this bad” while sitting atop an ivory tower. As Ian so profoundly said: “Not caring — the privilege of the rich.”
And: Remember when Iran’s president said they have no gays in Iran? Perhaps this explains why people get free sex changes in Iran. “in traditional societies there is more pressure to conform to standard gender roles”. Odd indeed. And in some ways, more progressive than America. In other ways, it’s ass-backwards, because you can’t be both gay and have a dick. But on the other hand, hey: Free surgery. (I’m thinking of “Deep Thoughts” where Jack Handy says “Hey, free dummy!”) And, they let people be who they want to be without standing in the way with such excuses as, say, money. In many ways, that is superior to how America handles it (only the rich get what they want). Of course, Iran is a sucky shithole of a country, but still.
Heavy cell phone use tied to poorer sperm quality. Of course, correlation is not causation. However, it’s also good to be cautious. Me? I will now be buying a cellphone just to put it into my pants as birth control.
January 15, 2008
LINKS: Catnip repells mosquitos, but not government agents who shoot terminal cancer patients to death.Posted by Clint under Articles, Biology, Medicine, News, Politics, Science, The War On Drugs