Vlog 22: Can Fidget Spinners Help With ADHD?

Fidget spinners are all the rage, but is there scientific evidence that they can help children with ADHD and autism? Jonathan investigates. --- TRANSCRIPT: Hey, this is Jonathan from The Body of Evidence, If you want to get my attention in a social situation, just say, "You know, that thing that's really popular? Apparently, there's scientific evidence behind it". Today, we talk fidget spinners. It's like a dreidel but with no rules, look... I transfer…

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#423 Built On Bones

This week we dig into the world of bioarchaeology to discover what a bunch of dead people's bones can tell us about our past. We spend the hour with Brenna Hassett, bioarchaeologist and author of the new book Built on Bones: 15,000 Years of Urban Life and Death", learning about the surprising information stashed away in teeth, bones, and mass graves.

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Commissioning SciArt Illustrations? Know what you want and what you can spend. (Using Images-A Best Practices Primer, Part 6)

This article is the sixth in a series aimed at helping you enhance your #scicommand #sciart by avoiding #visualplagiarism. It will do so by laying out some best practices for dealing with images (which are, by their nature) visual intellectual property protected by copyrights. Please chime in, in the comments or by contacting me, if you have suggestions … Continue reading Commissioning SciArt Illustrations? Know what you want and what you can spend. (Using Images-A Best Practices Primer,…

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Interview – Timothy Caulfield

  Jonathan interviews Timothy Caulfield, author of the book Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything? Topics include Trudeau's cupping marks; pseudoscience tailor made for athletes; the importance of anecdotes; Bill Nye and bridge destruction; the white hat bias in meditation research; the state of stem cell therapies; Tim Caulfield's legal career path; celebrity culture; cognitive biases; J.K. Rowling's experiment on luck; direct-to-consumer genetic testing for wine tasting; the science of science communication; the ironically postmodern…

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#422 Is Our Children Learning

This week on science for the people, we're taking on the educational system. We'll be talking with Ulrich Boser about what people think they know about education. It turns out that education is a lot like driving: everyone thinks they're well above average in their knowledge, which means half of us are probably wrong. Then, we'll speak with education researcher Luis Leyva about how math education privileges some at the expense of others. We may…

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Intermittent Fasting

Does Intermittent Fasting work? That depends on what you mean by work. Even though the concept has gotten really popular, the evidence doesn't really support the idea that this form of dieting is any better than conventional diets. You can read the full Montreal Gazette article here: http://montrealgazette.com/opinion/opinion-alternate-day-fasting-vs-a-classic-weight-loss-diet  and then marvel at the controversial foot picture. ******************************************************* The other day, over dinner, I got into a debate with some friends about intermittent fasting. It’s a…

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Vlog 21: Monsanto and the University of Saskatchewan

The CBC recently brought forth allegations that Professor Peter Phillips of the University of Saskatchewan was Monsanto's sock puppet. How do they know? Because of emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. Jonathan investigates. *** TRANSCRIPT: Hey, this is Jonathan from The Body of Evidence. Today, I want to talk about some fairly serious allegations made against a scientist by the CBC. The scientist in question is Peter Phillips, Ph.D., of the University…

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SciArt illustration contracts for your science communication project (Using Images-A Best Practices Primer, Part 5)

This article is the fifth in a series aimed at helping you enhance your #scicommand #sciart by avoiding #visualplagiarism. It will do so by laying out some best practices for dealing with images (which are, by their nature) visual intellectual property protected by copyrights. Please chime in, in the comments or by contacting me, if you have suggestions … Continue reading SciArt illustration contracts for your science communication project (Using Images-A Best Practices Primer, Part 5)

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Episode 76: Hydrodynamics

The shape of an animal is a reflection of the way it interacts with the physical world around it. By studying the mechanical laws which influence the evolution of modern animals, we can better understand the lives of their ancestors. Hydrodynamics examines the movement of water in contact with an organism, and can include everything from body shape to blood flow. In this episode we spoke to Dr Tom Fletcher, University of Leicester, about hydrodynamics…

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