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On toxic couches and carcinogens: Chemophobia, deconstructed.

Academics / Chemistry : The Curious Wavefunction

Last week I attended a great session on chemophobia at ScienceOnline 2013 headed by Carmen Drahl and Dr. Rubidium. The session emphasized how "trigger words" - alarmist phrases judiciously placed in the middle of otherwise well-inte...

Splenda and - wait for it - DDT? You've got to be kidding me

Academics / Chemistry : The Curious Wavefunction

Just when you think the perpetrators of chemophobia (actually this particular case makes chemophobia look like a knight in shining armor) cannot outdo themselves, someone seems to hit a new high. This time it's "alternative" "medici...

How to recognize (and talk to) a chemophobe

Academics / Chemistry : The Curious Wavefunction

Over the last few years there has been a lot of discussion of chemophobia in the popular press and on blogs. But it seems to me that there have been few summaries of the general features of chemophobia and how to exorcise them. So I...

The Dirt on Earth Day: Chemophobia Masquerading As Environmentalism

Business & Finance : Forbes: Business

Earth Day has degenerated into a technology bash-fest, with pesticides and genetic engineering favorite targets. Instead, it should promote greater scientific literacy, because having more than a passing acquaintance with science is...

Casey Affleck Covers Variety, Dishes on Career Post-Oscar Nomination

Fashion / Men's Fashion : The Fashionisto

Promoting his new movie, Manchester by the Sea, Casey Affleck covers Variety magazine. Yu Tsai photographs the actor and filmmaker for the magazine’s October 18th issue. Affleck speaks candidly with Variety, discussing his career af...


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