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The Men Who Manufacture Scientific Doubt

last weekArts : Hyperallergic

Merchants of Doubt, the latest documentary film by director Robert Kenner (Food, Inc., among others) uses a magician's sleight of hand as an allegory for the conning of the American public by a handful of corporate lobbyists and public-relations mercenaries.

What Does 'Hypoallergenic' Mean? Apparently Whatever Manufacturers Want It To Mean, Scientists Say

Have we all been fooled? A new video from the American Chemical Society (above) reveals that many household products labeled as "hypoallergenic" -- from cosmetics to baby products -- are not backed by scientific evidence indicating that...Show More Summary

Scientific Advice For A Better Sex Life: Sleep, And Watch Porn

2 weeks agoNews : Huffington Post

Is your sex life lagging? Two new studies might offer scientific guidance for both sexes for combatting sexual dysfunction, which affects roughly 43 percent of American women and 31 percent of men. The research suggests that women looking to boost their sex lives should focus on spending more time between the sheets -- sleeping, that is. Show More Summary

American Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting, Palm Springs, May 13-16

The American Pain Society (APS),, will host its 34th annual scientific meeting May 13-16 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Pain research is a major focus of the meeting, and the nation's leading pain scientists will present their latest discoveries during the conference.

Study Finds Baroreflex Activation Therapy Effectively Treats Heart Failure

Results of a clinical trial announced today at the American College of Cardiology Annual Scientific Session show a new type of therapy is safe and effective for symptomatic advanced heart failure patients who are already receiving optimum drug and device therapy. The study also published in JACC Heart Failure.

Friends Keep Kids Active, Preventing Future Weight Problems

According to a new study presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology/Lifestyle Scientific Sessions 2015, friends are the most important weapon against childhood weight problems.  Children being physically active with a friend may accomplish more than hearing encouragement or being active with a parent, researchers have found. Show More Summary

Scientific Meetings Are Becoming MOC Training Sessions

2 weeks agoIndustries / Medical : Dr. Wes

Tomorrow marks the beginning of the 2015 American College of Cardiology (ACC) Scientific Sessions in San Diego, CA.  This morning I was struck by the "Schedule At-a-Glance" sent to registrants participating in these sessions: ACC.15Show More Summary

Memo to chemists: Move away from the molecule

Derek's latest post on the 'end of synthesis' reminded of this perspicacious essay by George Whitesides from last year which I had blogged about on Scientific American. I am reposting the piece here. Harvard chemist George Whitesides...Show More Summary

American College of Cardiology to Honor Two Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute Physicians During Annual Meeting

Two Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute physician-researchers are to receive prestigious awards from the American College of Cardiology during the medical society's 64th Annual Scientific Session & Expo.

Mystery solved: How chameleons change their skin color

There are plenty of mysteries in nature that have yet to be solved, but you can mark this one off the list. Scientific American reports that a recent study has outed the secret of how chameleons change the color of their skin. DON’TShow More Summary

Where Will Social Media Be in Five Years?

3 weeks agoIndustries / Medical : Dr. Wes

Where will social media be in five years? Will it be dead? Will it be thriving? What will it look like? This was just one question posed to me as a speaker in this topic for the 2015 American College of Cardiology Scientific Sessions...Show More Summary

Artist Cuts Extinct Animals Out of Their Illustrations

3 weeks agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

American artist Brandon Ballengée doubles as a biologist, and draws inspiration from his ecological field and laboratory research. The scientific artist's "The Frameworks of Absence" pays tribute to the animals that have been erased off the earth by erasing them from acquired natural history lithographs. Show More Summary

New studies fail to find cardiovascular risk with testosterone therapy

Two studies scheduled for presentation at the American College of Cardiology's 64th Annual Scientific Session in San Diego failed to find a connection between testosterone therapy in men and heart problems, contradicting research that prompted the U.S. Show More Summary

Comment period extension requested for 2015 Dietary Guidelines report - AgMinute for March 4, 2015

The North American Meat Institute has asked USDA and Department of Health and Human Services to extend the comment period for the scientific report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee from 45 days to 120 days. For more information visit

Scientific Society Objects to Investigation of Its Anti-Science Members

The American Meteorological Society's executive director, Keith Seitter, has condemned a Congressional investigation of the potential corruption of scientific testimony on climate change by AMS members. The investigation was launched by Rep. Show More Summary

Food Labels: Decoding Food Terms

March is National Nutrition Month. As Americans strive to better understand the new dietary recommendations set forth in the Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, many struggle to best understand just what we are eating. Decoding food labels and food marketing buzz words can be a challenge, especially when so many of the terms […]

On getting paid (or not) to write

Danielle Lee writes the Urban Scientist blog for Scientific American. In 2013 she wrote a post about an ugly incident in which she was invited to write for Biology Online, asked about payment, declined the offer when she learned there would be none, and was called a whore. Scientific American took down the post an […]

20th Annual Scientific Session of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology

The ASNC2015 Program Committee invites physicians, fellows, residents, and technologists to submit abstracts through April 16, 2015. Submit original scientific investigations for presentation at the 20th Annual Scientific Session of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, which will be held September 17-20 in Washington, DC.

These Motorized Skates from 1906 Have Tiny Gasoline Engines

4 weeks agoHumor / odd : Neatorama

A 1906 issue of Scientific American examines motorized roller skates exhibited at that year's Paris Automobile Show. There were several models in development by different inventors at the time, including these by French inventor M. Constantini. Show More Summary

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