Stem cell biologist Haruko Obokata resigned from RIKEN the other day, on the heels of the announcement from the Japanese science institute that their latest efforts to reproduce her results have failed.
Crop Circles (a.k.a. Crop Formations), when done correctly, are beautiful. Shapes and patterns made by the flattening of tall grasses, they are impressive in both their design and scale. They have the added bonus of being an excellent visual exercise in how to be skeptical about supernatural claims.
Human have proven themselves capable of incredible ideas and accomplishments. Unfortunately, we’re equally good at turning out some really bad and unscientific ideas. Here are five more instances where we continue to prove ourselves equally incredible when it comes to being ridiculous.
The war against anti-science agents in the public school systems around the United States never ends. Battles are fought in perpetuity in all 50 states. Here is one battle in Arizona which involves the censorship of science thanks to the efforts of a few activists on the opposing side.