The hot sauce linking violence to video games

The hot sauce linking violence to video games It's literally hot sauce—sometimes loudness—and that's why the evidence linking violent video games to real world violence is problematic. “Mario Party 9 is considered violent, because the characters purposely hop on other...

Death by Bacon: Did the News get to the Meat of the Matter?

The conclusions were guaranteed to make headlines around the world: processed meats, such as bacon, were carcinogenic—and red meat was a “probable” carcinogen. The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer had surveyed over 800 studies on...

Black Coffee is Not a Sign You Are a Sadist

Black coffee drinkers are more likely to be psychopaths and sadists, screamed a slew of recent headlines (see: Huffington Post and Quartz). And the content of some of these stories was equally hyperbolic: “Are you wondering whether to trust someone you recently met?...

Causation vs Correlation

Journalists are constantly being reminded that “correlation doesn’t imply causation;” yet, conflating the two remains one of the most common errors in news reporting on scientific and health-related studies. In theory, these are easy to distinguish—an action or...

The Drink of Death?

How reliable is the claim that sugary drinks are killing 184,000 people every year?   Sugar-Sweetened Beverages (SSBs)—soda, fruit juice, iced tea to the non-academic—have increasingly been blamed for fattening and sickening the world; now, according to a new study...

Fracking and Babies: It’s Complicated

A new study finds an association between living close to fracking wells and babies who were born small for their gestational age. Small for gestational age (SGA) is a particular diagnosis; if a baby is born below the tenth percentile for weight among babies born with...
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