by Tyler Irving Chemistry subject editor Chemistry stories are inherently boring. At least, that’s how they’re often seen by the editors I pitch to. The producer of a prominent science news program once told me that every good chemistry story is really about either biology or physics. To me it always seemed kind of unfair that we appear to care about molecules only in terms of the effect (good or bad) they have on the human body, or that while the study of matter is indisputably the […]
On Saturday, a Salvin’s Albatross was sighted by birdwatchers on a tour just off the coast of Northern California. This is an extremely rare occurrence. How rare? A bird-blogger who was on the tour writes: Salvin’s Albatross are well-known for their habit of avoiding the northern hemisphere. It is so rare that I can’t really wrap my mind […]
How well can psychotherapists and their clients judge from personal experience whether therapy has been effective? Not well at all, according to a paper by Scott Lilienfeld and his colleagues. The fear is that this can lead to the continued practice of ineffective, or even harmful, treatments.The authors point out that, like the rest of us, clinicians are subject to four main biases that skew their ability to infer the effectiveness of their psychotherapeutic treatments. This includes the
When a headline starts with the little, head-shaking intro "No, ..." and the story's lede with a symmetrical "Yes,..." it is not unusual for the meaning to be: unlike what you may have heard from other outlets...
SciAm Blogs - Clara Moskowitz: No, Earth Wasn't Nearly Destroyed By a 2012 Solar Storm.
A recent press release from NASA recounted from two years ago a solar explosion, or coronal mass ejection, that blew gouts of plasma parading in Earth's direction and nearly hit us.
Here is a delightful story on classical science experiments with tension but, alas, an awful long wait between highlight reels. Also, not much that counts as practical information for nearly all readers who are not graduate students or beyond in materials science.
BBC - Jonathan Webb - Tedium, tragedy and tar: The slowest drops in science ; Many tracker readers may have heard the tale. In a few labs around the world pitch, the near-solid tar left after everything valuable has been cracked at