Monthly Archives: August 2012

Morning musing: Decline of the doctorate?

Of late, I have noted, among a subset of scientists, a disposition that the quality of the PhD candidate and/or PhD training declined. Of course, this is based on purely subjective measures – usually centered on the degree of independence … Continue reading

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Churning (fake) butter: More safety questions for food manufacturers

In case you missed it, check out this post for context. August seems to be turning into a month of popcorn toxicology. While doing a bit of house blogkeeping this morning, I ran across a release about a new study on a diacetyl … Continue reading

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Science, reporting, & communication

Last night, I posted about a basic research paper that has gotten some press attention. As is often the case, much of the nuance and context of the original work is missing from the press coverage or buried at the … Continue reading

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Popping up trouble with butter and Alzheimer’s

Love popcorn? Been having trouble with your memory lately? Perhaps you saw the story popping on news and health websites about the link between popcorn flavoring and Alzheimer’s disease and panicked. What have I been doing to my brain all these years? But … Continue reading

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Silence speaks

I typically don’t write about politics (for lack of a better word) here (though I am a little less successful on Twitter). It is simply not my schtick and does not particularly fit with style or content here. Today I’m … Continue reading

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