Tag Archive | Data

CDC Undersells Research Finding

Interesting. The CDC is apparently afraid of what the results of a recent study may lead to if they become public. Here is Trevor Butterworth’s take: Sometimes, it seems as if the nation’s public health mandarins are the only responsible adults in a country swarming with perpetual teenagers; and, as with teenagers or children, sometimes […]

Faster than the Speed of Light?

A new study at CERN in Europe seems to have the potential to turn Physics on its head. (HT: Messiah College Physicist Abaz Kryemadhi) The problem? Neutrinos sent from CERN in Switzerland to a lab in Italy arrived faster than expected. In fact, they arrived in a time faster than the speed of light would […]

Pop Medicine versus Real Science

Trevor Butterworth hits another topic on target, this time on Forbes.com. He tackles the recent hub-bub over Dr. Oz’s dire warnings about apple juice and arsenic. Here is the intro: If the reaction in the news media to Dr. Oz’s absurd claims about the dangers of arsenic in apple juice has been enormously heartening (essentially […]

Discussion of Data on Religious Practice

Recently there has been discussion of Barna Research Group findings about the declining prevalence of religious faith and practice. Meanwhile, the popular discussion ignored the results of a Baylor study that showed no change whatsoever. Why the difference? In the opinion of Rodney Stark and Byron Johnson, there is good reason to prefer the Baylor […]

E-Textbooks: the Future?

Thanks to colleague Gene Rohrbaugh, Computer and Information Sciences professor here at Messiah College, for pointing me toward this interesting post from The Chronicle about an e-text program at Indiana University. I have some thoughts and concerns. Here are the basics of the program: A game-changing e-textbook project at Indiana University—in which the university requires […]

The Future of Our Genetic Information

What will the future of genetics look like? This TED talk seems to offer a look that is potentially life-saving, but also potentially scary.

Pop Quiz

Ok, this one should be easy. What is wrong with the following quote from a blurb in yesterday’s USA Today? The Class of 2011 logged the lowest SAT reading scores ever, while the combined reading and math scores hit their lowest point in 16 years, the College Board said today. Just over 40% of the […]

Climate Change Consensus?

From FoxNews.com yesterday comes a story about a Nobel Prize winning physicist withdrawing from his professional organization over the politics of climate change. Dr.Ivar Giaever resigned due to the American Physical Society‘s official statement of policy on the subject. Giaever was cooled to the statement on warming theory by a line claiming that “the evidence […]

Is SpongeBob Corrupting Your Kids?

Well, not just SpongeBob, but fast-paced kids programming in general. A study out of the University of Virginia suggests that short exposure (9 minutes) to fast-paced programs (the study used SpongeBob as their example) had a significant effect on cognitive tests immediately after. Most studies I have heard of compared long-term effects of watching such […]

Education and Faith: Enemies?

A recent article in Inside Higher Ed says that they are not really the enemies that some assume: For years, a commonly held belief has been that more educated Americans are less likely to embrace religion. But an article forthcoming (abstract available here) in The Review of Religious Research suggests that the relationship between education […]