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These volunteers get malaria on purpose so we’ll know how to fight it - Vox
To test malaria vaccines, researchers give volunteers malaria. I asked one volunteer what it’s like.
medicine  science  malaria  vaccines 
14 days ago by pozorvlak
The MBA Myth and the Cult of the CEO | Institutional Investor
We found no statistically significant alphas — despite testing every possible school with a reasonable sample size. MBA programs simply do not produce CEOs who are better at running companies, if performance is measured by stock price return.
management  business  education  science  statistics 
17 days ago by pozorvlak
Scientists Crack A 50-Year-Old Mystery About The Measles Vaccine : Goats and Soda : NPR
"We found measles predisposes children to all other infectious diseases for up to a few years," Mina says.
medicine  science  vaccines  bio 
20 days ago by pozorvlak
Problems with the Standard Model Higgs | Azimuth
Here is a conversation I had with Scott Aaronson. It started on his blog, in a discussion about 'fine-tuning'. Some say the Standard Model of particle physics can't be the whole story, because in this theory you need to fine-tune the fundamental constants to keep the Higgs mass from becoming huge. Others say this argument…
physics  disaster  cosmology  science 
23 days ago by pozorvlak
Human Life on Tidally Locked Planets Could Thrive - The Atlantic
“I’m from Minnesota. People manage to live in all sorts of places astronomers would describe as ‘not habitable.’”
science  astronomy  exoplanets  space 
27 days ago by pozorvlak
Orchestrating false beliefs about gender discrimination
In this article from the New York Times, they claim that there is extreme gender discrimination in tech: This turned out to be fake. (Twitter thread with details). The study doesn’t actually exist…
science  badscience  hiring  jobs  interviews  sexism  music 
28 days ago by pozorvlak
Polar Vortex 2019: Why Forecasts Are So Accurate Now - The Atlantic
The polar vortex is just the latest example of how reliable five-day forecasts have become.
weather  meteorology  climatechange  climate  usa  science 
7 weeks ago by pozorvlak
Yes, eating meat affects the environment, but cows are not killing the climate
Raising livestock has clear impacts on the environment, but contrary to what many critics say, it is not the biggest driver of climate change.
science  badscience  environmentalism  climatechange  vegetarianism  meat  farming 
8 weeks ago by pozorvlak
How Lichens Explain (And Re-explain) the World - The Atlantic
Lichens may be mini-ecosystems of >1 type of fungus living symbiotically/mutualistically/parasitically/we-don't-know yet. This is a great example of paradigm shift in action: before we had the ">1 fungus" paradigm, we ignored the evidence for many fungi, or didn't look for it.
science  bio  lichens  rationality  philosophy 
8 weeks ago by pozorvlak
Calorie restriction and longevity: Monkey study shows hunger doesn’t increase longevity, but type of food does.
Monkeys on a wholefood diet lived as long as the monkeys on a calorie-restricted "purified" diet; monkeys who were the control group in the purified-diet study were probably overfeeding themselves on a diet high in sugar.
science  bio  aging  badscience  food  monkeys  diet 
10 weeks ago by pozorvlak
Contest models highlight inherent inefficiencies of scientific funding competitions
We find that the effort researchers waste in writing proposals may be comparable to the total scientific value of the research that the funding supports, especially when only a few proposals can be funded. Moreover, when professional pressures motivate investigators to seek funding for reasons that extend beyond the value of the proposed science (e.g., promotion, prestige), the entire program can actually hamper scientific progress when the number of awards is small. We suggest that lost efficie...
science  badscience  economics 
10 weeks ago by pozorvlak
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