11.13.2017

What if China finds aliens? And where should you keep tomatoes? Find out in our Nov 6-12 2017 #sciseekpicks #scicomm

This week, the ScienceSeeker editors pick include these and many other subjects in their favourite posts within their respective areas of interest and expertise. Here is the full round-up of the Science Seeker Editors’ Selections for the past week:

Credit: June Yarham, used under Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 licence

Credit: NASA Chandra X-ray Observatory
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11.06.2017

How old is life? Could we drink the ocean more easily? Find out in our Oct 30-Nov 5 2017 #sciseekpicks #scicomm





In the world of science, poop can be data, and we can tell when wine has too much water. This week, the ScienceSeeker editors pick include these and many other subjects in their favourite posts within their respective areas of interest and expertise. Here is the full round-up of the Science Seeker Editors’ Selections for the past week:
Image credit Hilda Bastian, used under CC BY-NC-ND license

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11.03.2017

When scientists disagree: 5 (or 6) steps to understanding scientific controversy

With real scientists, the gloves are off. Credit: Ryan McGuire/StockSnap
by Gaia Cantelli, PhD

US scientists’ research on how to promote healthy eating in schools is deeply flawed, watchdog researchers have found. The original studies gained much media attention, secured millions of dollars in funding and are being implemented in thousands in schools. But independent scientists have found that they are filled with problems, including mathematical impossibilities and duplications. 

If you ever look up scientific theories online, it won’t be long until you encounter at least one story like this. Because science is a living subject and constantly evolving, scientists will inevitably disagree and controversy will arise. Choosing who to believe when you are not a subject expert yourself is tricky and confusing, especially if you are trying to use science to make an important decision. Here are 5 (or maybe 6) steps you might want to consider to make up your mind.