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Exclusive: New, Legally Binding Treaty Emerges on First Day of UN’s Lima Climate Conference

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 - by Cathie Adams

At a United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change meeting in Lima, Peru, delegates from 196 parties are drafting a new legally binding treaty to replace the 1997 Kyoto Protocol that is to be completed next year in Paris, France. At the outset of negotiations, environmentalists are calling for the new treaty to mandate a […]

Increased Activity Could Protect Against Parkinson’s Disease

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

Good news for a change. Spending around an hour a day commuting, doing house work, gardening or exercising could protect against Parkinson’s Disease, a new study suggests. Researchers found that even a moderate amount of activity had a significant protective effect. People who were active for just six hours a week, less than one hours […]

HuffPo Already Hyperventilating About Post-Election Shift In Energy Policy

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

“ZOMG-IT’S PETROLEUMMMMMM!” There is enough hot air in this post to finally almost make humans the cause of climate change. Most of it could serve as fodder for some psychology grad work on “projection”. Let’s just grab a couple nuggets to pick apart. Pop the Champagne corks in Washington! It’s party time for Big Energy. […]

Touchdown! Europeans Successfully Land a Space Probe on a Comet

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

First the first time ever, humans have an outpost on a comet. The European Space Agency’s 10-year Rosetta mission successfully landed its Philae probe on the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Fifty seconds after landing, Philae took a scheduled image and sent it back to earth. The comet is so far away that the image, traveling through space at […]

NASA-Contracted Rocket Bound for Space Station Suffers ‘Catastrophic Anomaly,’ Explodes

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

A NASA-contracted rocket headed for the International Space Station carrying food and other needed supplies exploded upon liftoff from an island off the Virginia coast. NASA said the Orbital Sciences Corp.’s Antares rocket, on its third resupply mission, “suffered a catastrophic anomaly shortly after liftoff” at 6:22 p.m. EST. “The Orbital Sciences team is executing its contingency procedures, securing the […]

Are Michelle Obama’s Skimpy School Lunches Going to Make Kids Dumb?

Thursday, October 16th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

First Lady Michelle Obama is not a dietitian by profession, she is a lawyer. She also studied sociology. Here is a photo of one of Michelle Obama’s FDA-mandated school lunches. It’s from Oklahoma. The school superintendent is not impressed. Chickasha superintendent David Cash agrees the skimpy lunches need to be addressed. “You’ve got in some […]

POTUS Official Twitter Account Instructs Fans to ‘Stick It To’ Climate Change Deniers

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

Have to call them out for confrontational political language. Remember, these are the people who blame every act of violence in America on “right wing rhetoric”. This is a big moment in the fight against climate change—stick it to climate change deniers by adding your name: http://t.co/fkCzkiMhFw — Barack Obama (@BarackObama) October 14, 2014  

CDC Director on Lack of Travel Ban: ‘The Bottom Line Is Reducing Risk to Americans’

Monday, October 13th, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

President Obama added an afternoon Ebola meeting to his otherwise open Columbus Day schedule after a nurse was confirmed to have contracted the virus from a now-deceased Liberian patient in Dallas. The Oval Office meeting was small, including Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, National Security Advisor Susan Rice, and Assistant to the President for Homeland Security […]

Is CDC Omitting Ebola Data in Its Weekly Reporting?

Friday, October 10th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

This is a time when the American public hangs on every official word about Ebola. And it’s a time when American’s are extremely sensitive and anxious about full transparency. Given this, it’s hard to understand why the CDC’s latest weekly infectious report may be missing vital Ebola data that the public already knows about. The Morbidity […]

‘Think Progress,’ or Think Poorly?

Thursday, October 9th, 2014 - by Nathan D. Lichtman

Why? Why do I follow Think Progress on Facebook? Well, two reasons—one is that I think it’s important to know what the other side is saying. The other reason is because sometimes it’s downright hilarious. This falls into both camps. Think Progress thinks it embarrasses conservatives anytime they express even the slightest doubt that man-made […]

But Of Course, Record Antarctic Ice Is a Sign of Global Warming Too

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

Just makin’ stuff up. Scientists have recently learned and reported that the near record-high sea ice levels near Antarctica don’t mean that global warming is not a factor at play. In fact, scientists believe the opposite is true. Last month, on September 20th the ice level peaked at 7.78 million square miles. The 2014 level […]

British Baby Born 1 Week Under Abortion Limit Celebrates Healthy 1st Birthday

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

One for the good guys. A premature baby who was given little chance of survival when he was born at 23 weeks has celebrated his first birthday. The case of Lucas Moore will reignite debate over the 24-week time limit for abortions after he suffered no significant long-term health problems, despite weighing just 1lb 1oz […]

Headline of the Day: ‘Ebola-Killing Robot Developed in Texas’

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Bring your puny superbug into the Lone Star State, and we shall build a weapon and kill it. San Antonio, TX (KENS) – A local invention may turn out to be a key piece of technology in the fight against Ebola. It’s a robot used by hospitals to disinfect and destroy bacteria and viruses. Meet […]

Don’t Call It A Comeback: Tobacco Plant May Take Center Stage In Developing Ebola Drugs

Friday, October 3rd, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

BIG TOBACCO As Thomas Eric Duncan remains in isolation at a hospital in Dallas, and American journalist Ashoka Mukpo prepares to be transported home, many are wondering: Will they receive an experimental drug like other Ebola patients treated in the United States? Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol received an experimental serum called ZMapp, engineered […]

30 Second Vid Of Chuck Schumer Epitomizes Dems’ Climate Demagoguery

Monday, September 29th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

Step 1: Posit something that is demonstrably false. Step 2: Run away before anyone can question it. Blather, rinse, repeat.

Mystery Virus Causing Paralysis in Children Has CDC Stumped

Saturday, September 27th, 2014 - by Rick Moran

Nine Colorado children have experienced “muscle weakness” and paralysis after becoming ill with a mystery virus that may be connected to a respiratory infection that has been detected in 19 states. The paralyzed children all carry the enterovirus 68 — a virus first detected in 1962 — and experienced respiratory sickness within a couple of […]

Man Loses Half His Skull. 3D Printing Gives Him the Lost Half Back

Thursday, August 28th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

3D printing is incredibly disruptive technology. It has already impacted the debate over guns. Researchers are using it to recreate antique musical instruments. At 3DPrint.com, they have the story of a Chinese man who lost half of his skull in a fall. 3D printing will give him that half of his skull back. The 46-year-old […]

Is It Time for Medicaid to Cover Species Dysphoria?

Friday, August 22nd, 2014 - by Scott Ott

Janice Hickok’s Mom knew she that was different from other children as early as kindergarten. “She kind of kept to herself,” Belinda Fenwell-Hickok says. “She could be affectionate when she felt like it, but even then, when I’d lean over to give her a hug, she’d turn her shoulder and just, sort of, rub it […]

‘MythBusters’ Drops Kari, Grant and Tory

Friday, August 22nd, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Discovery Channel’s lone remaining science series, MythBusters, has lost 60% of its cast. The show announced Thursday night that that episode would be the last to feature Kari Byron, Tory Belleci and Grant Imahara. MythBusters started out with just the two main cast members, Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, special effects gurus who used their […]

The Bad News: There’s a Huge Asteroid Zooming Toward Earth. The Good News…

Friday, August 15th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

We have about 35 generations to figure out what to do about it. Scientists have moved closer to being able to stop a huge asteroid colliding with the Earth and potentially wiping out human life. Researchers at the University of Tennessee have discovered that blowing the space rock up could make the collision worse by […]

Suffering and Sobriety

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

It’s a heavy day around here. But here’s a story of overcoming. True fact: I knew the writer of this piece when he was going through his addiction. We were university classmates. While I knew him at the time in the sense that I knew who he was and had had conversations with him, clearly […]

Ann Coulter’s Condition Downgraded to ‘Heartless and Cruel’

Thursday, August 7th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Ann Coulter used her national megaphone to trash Dr. Kent Brantly Wednesday. Brantly is the American doctor who traveled to Liberia to use his medical skills and training to serve the poor there. He and Nancy Writebol served patients who have Ebola, and have now come down with the deadly virus themselves. Coulter can be […]

White House Inexplicably Shuts Press Out of Apollo 11 Remembrance

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

President Obama met with the crew of Apollo 11 to mark the 45th anniversary of the first mission to land on the Moon in an event mysteriously closed to the press. The White House allowed a stills-only pool spray at the top of the meeting in the Oval Office. No reporters or TV cameras were […]

Life Imitates Satire: CDC Handling of Disease Specimens More ‘Over The Top’ Than My Parody

Friday, July 18th, 2014 - by Scott Ott

The other day, I wrote a “fake” news story at ScrappleFace.com about the Centers for Disease Control’s “discovery” of a lot of highly-infectious stuff — hundreds of vials of small pox, influenza, dengue, etc. — that they had misplaced…for decades. When I write satire, I try to make it sufficiently “over the top” (OTT, in […]

Elections Matter: Aussie Parliament Repeals Carbon Tax Based on ‘Absolute Crap’ Climate Science

Friday, July 18th, 2014 - by Scott Ott

The Australian Parliament yesterday repealed its punitive tax on carbon emissions, following through on a promise from Prime Minister Tony Abbott to get rid of the measure he said, back in 2009, was based on “absolute crap” climate science. The unpopular job-killing levy has reportedly felled at least two prime ministers, and one of Abbott’s […]

Challenge or Pre-Existing Condition?

Thursday, July 17th, 2014 - by Nathan D. Lichtman

It’s been 45 years since the moon landing. And it’s been 52 years since President Kennedy challenged the nation to go there and to formulate the NASA program, “Not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” Watch Bill Whittle’s new Afterburner, ‘Apogee,’ on PJTV. He outlines how America has suffered from hypo-challenge for […]

Preventable Medical Errors Third-Leading Cause of Death, Senate Panel Told

Thursday, July 17th, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

A Senate committee heard today that preventable medical mistakes in hospitals are surpassed only by heart disease and cancer in causes of death for Americans. Dr. Peter Pronovost of Johns Hopkins University told the Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging that blood clots, overexposure to radiation, infections, drug reactions, diagnostic mistakes and falls are […]

Shun the Non-Alarmist: New York Times Spotlights Sophomoric Treatment of Climate Science Pariah

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 - by Scott Ott

It’s no longer enough to believe that the climate is changing, and that man’s activities may have a role in it. In order to avoid an Amish-caliber shunning by the AGW cabal, you must set your hair on fire. This comes from that great slayer of trees, the New York Times, which profiles Prof. John […]

Some Good People Might Be Thrown Out, or Defective Ones Chosen

Saturday, July 12th, 2014 - by Scott Ott

As I read this New York Times story – ‘Fertility Clinics Scan for the Strongest Embryo — about chromosomal testing of in-vitro fertilization embryos, I kept waiting for the counterpoint to the idea that scientists could help create a purer race. Finally, the opposition arose: Still, critics say, if the test is at all inaccurate, some […]

Government Stumbles Upon Small Pox Virus Vials Slated for Destruction 35 Years Ago, Opens Them

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 - by Scott Ott

In 1979, when the World Health Assembly announced victory over the global scourge called small pox, the call went out to gather and destroy all remaining samples of the variola virus from every laboratory in the world. Small pox is the only human disease ever declared eradicated. Until now, the only known samples of the […]

Standardized Genetic Design of Electric Fish Stuns Biologists

Thursday, June 26th, 2014 - by Scott Ott

I was dragging my knuckles across the landscape of the internet today — as evangelical Christians do when we’re foraging for information that reinforces our primitive, superstitious worldview — when I accidentally stumbled upon some science, first at NPR.org then at Phys.org. I should have known the latter had something to do with science, but […]

Former Johns Hopkins Psychiatrist: Transgender Surgery Isn’t the Solution

Friday, June 13th, 2014 - by Paula Bolyard

A former psychiatrist in chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital has written an explosive editorial at the Wall Street Journal saying, “Policy makers and the media are doing no favors either to the public or the transgendered by treating their confusions as a right in need of defending rather than as a mental disorder that deserves understanding, […]

Results of Obama’s First Medical Exam Since 2011

Thursday, June 12th, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

The White House released President Obama’s medical report today, showing that he takes ibuprofen for heel pain, has “occasional use” of nicotine gum and takes Vitamin D daily to address a “mild” deficiency. “The President’s overall health is excellent. All clinical data indicates that the President is currently healthy and that he will remain so […]

If You’re Skeptical of Man-Made Climate Change, Barack Obama (Who Is Not a Scientist) Is Very Unhappy With You

Monday, June 9th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Scraped from Mashable. In an interview airing on Monday night, President Obama reveals his frustration with lawmakers who question the very existence of manmade global warming. The interview, conducted for the Showtime documentary series “Years of Living Dangerously,” features a revealing exchange between New York Times columnist Tom Friedman and Obama, in which the president admits to […]

What’s the Difference Between a Politician and a Rat?

Monday, June 9th, 2014 - by Scott Ott

A: The rat can experience regret. That was my first thought, when I learned that scientists have discovered that rats can experience regret. However, if you read the story, the differences between the rodent and the politician vanish, since the experiment observed the rat’s reaction to learning that he had missed out on a better […]