drinking in oxygen?

Last weekend I noticed a story in the Herald about an ‘oxygen bar‘ – somewhere where one pays to breathe in 95% oxygen for a fixed period of time. All sorts of health claims have been made for this, & it was good to see prominence given to the scientific viewpoint: that most folks’ blood […]

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the amazing hCG ‘diet’, redux

A while back, I wrote about the so-called hCG ‘diet’ drops: homeopathic drops that might just possibly (depending on dilution) contain a molecule of human chorionic gonadotropin (or maybe not), and which supposedly help one to lose weight.  Ooops, nearly forgot to mention that you need to accompany your daily dose of magic water with […]

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cloning neandertals – can we? should we? is it true?

The Telegraph has a story on the possibility of cloning Neanderthals, with the fetching headline: ‘I can create Neanderthal baby, I just need willing woman.’ (You can read the NZ version on Stuff.) My first thought was ‘eeewww’. (And, as a friend commented, it’s stories like this that get science a bad name.) Once past that […]

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letting a good story get in the way of a few facts?

Today in the Herald I learned that eye colour can reflect personality. Apparently [r]esearchers from the University of Queensland and the University of NSW analysed the eye colour of 336 Australians – most with a northern European background. They answered a series of questionnaires measuring aspects of their personality like agreeableness, conscientiousness and neuroticism. The […]

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