The SGU Cutting Room Floor (June 30 2014)
As is true every week, there are too many news items for us to cover in one episode. Here are some of the “cuts” we had to make from Episode #468:
Dutch “Gay Only” village was only a hoax, yet the press seemed to fall for it wholesale. From the article in The Guardian:
The state broadcaster NOS and the national daily newspaper NRC reacted angrily on Thursday after they fell for the hoax a day earlier by publishing stories about plans for a community outside Tilburg specifically for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender residents … The state broadcaster NOS and the national daily newspaper NRC reacted angrily on Thursday after they fell for the hoax a day earlier by publishing stories about plans for a community outside Tilburg specifically for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender residents.
David Gorski effectively took down Dr. Thoman Seyfried and his quack specialty, The Ketogenic Diet.
“… Dr. Seyfried and other advocates who so passionately believe that ketogenic diets will greatly help patients with brain cancer do no one any favors by claiming unequivocally that cancer is a metabolic disease and saying that ketogenic diets are more beneficial than chemotherapy for patients with brain tumors.”
Three American friends hospitalised after becoming ‘possessed’ following Ouija board game in Mexican village. Yes. that’s the headline from The Daily Mail article:
Victor Demesa, 46, the director of public safety in the nearby town of Tepoztlan, said: ‘The medical rescue of these three young people was very complicated … “They had involuntary movements and it was difficult to transfer them to the nearest hospital because they were so erratic. “It appeared as if they were in a trance-like state, apparently after playing with the Ouija board. “They spoke of feeling numbness, double vision, blindness, deafness, hallucinations, muscle spasm and difficulty swallowing.” He added that whether the trio were really possessed, or had simply convinced themselves that they were, was not for doctors to comment on.
The headline from NBC News reads: Researcher Charged in HIV Vaccine Fraud Case. From the article:
Responding to a major case of research misconduct, federal prosecutors have taken the rare step of filing charges against a scientist after he admitted falsifying data that led to millions in grants and hopes of a breakthrough in AIDS vaccine research. Investigators say former Iowa State University laboratory manager Dong-Pyou Han has confessed to spiking samples of rabbit blood with human antibodies to make an experimental HIV vaccine appear to have great promise.
Do you prefer Pi or Tau? According to Scientific American, there is a growing movement argues that killing pi would make mathematics simpler, easier and even more beautiful. From the article:
At its heart, pi refers to a semicircle, whereas tau refers to the circle in its entirety. Mathematician and poet Mike Keith once wrote a 10,000 word poem dedicated to the first 10,000 digits of pi. He is now a proponent of tau. According to a PBS article from last year, he said that thinking in terms of pi is like reaching your destination and saying you’re twice halfway there.