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Bad Ads?

I have been writing recently about the role of science in advertising as the “new glam.” A Yoplait television ad brings a new dimension to this discussion. Is it possible for TV ads to deliver subliminal potentially harmful messages, whether intentional or not?

Dear readers, I am delighted that I have joined journalist Chris Mooney at The Intersection, his blog for Discover magazine as a guest blogger. My first post addresses the question, Sexy Science: The New “Sizzle” in Advertising? I look forward to your comments.

Shaming “No Chemicals”

Have you ever bought something that contained “no chemicals”? If you have, please let me know and share with Mary Carmichael, a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT.

Sperm: As Strong As Ever?

Source. Sperm counts declining due to environment and chemical hazards is, seemingly, commonplace knowledge. But a startling study just published in the journal Epidemiology debunks the concept.

Fast, Hot Ships And Teenage Scientists

British teenage students have re-discovered a classical physical phenomenon, the Leidenfrost effect that could someday help ships glide through oceans more efficiently.

“An explosive power the size of a Hiroshima bomb – once a week.” Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Like most Americans, I would love to be able to drive without having to fill up with increasingly expensive gas – costly not only to our wallets, but to the environment and to geopolitics. Why not switch to…

“Clever as a” Fox Science News?

According to Fox News: The World Science Festival is launched today, June 1, in New York City, and: … promises a number of mind blowing revelations. Just consider these ideas, among the many to be presented over the next few days: * The first person who will live 1,000 years has already been born; *…

A Cry Is Just A Cry

Every parent knows the frustration of responding to a baby’s cries. Are they hungry? Wet? In pain? Need a hug? Tired? According to Dunstan Baby Language, you can interpret these cries with confidence, reducing your stress and making you a better parent. Really?

Source. The Art of Science Learning is a superb blog about STEM education. Their posts provide us with insights from experts in science education. What would a young science student have to say?

Science Four Ways?

Still from Woman in the Moon (1929, Fritz Lang) (via filmmuseum-potsdam.de) Walking on the moon without spacesuits! Portrayal of science and scientists in media and film has for generations misrepresented what we do and who we are. Caricatures of the lone mad scientist toiling in the laboratory might capture our passion, but miss an essential…