Here are the recordings:
Symposium, Day 2 - Sara Seager: "The Search for Earth 2.0" & Joe Nickell - "UFO Mythologies"
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Latest OSS Blog Articles:
Seeds of Hope
Why would anyone oppose a technology that dramatically increases crop yields and protects farmers from excessive exposure to pesticides? Because of irrational fears about the technology involved, which is of course genetic modification. Read More.
As we get ready for winter here and watch news reports of unseasonable plummeting temperatures in some parts of North America, it is hard to be concerned about global warming. But climate change is here and it comes with baggage. Read More.
Your cell phone wakes you up in the morning. No big deal. You reach over to turn off the alarm, touch another button, and suddenly the smell of freshly brewed coffee wafts into your nose. But no point reaching for the cup, there isn’t one. Read More.
Dr Oz and phthalates
The title of the segment on the Dr. Oz Show was “The Secret Ingredient Companies are Hiding in Your Food.” What could that be? Some opiate to keep you coming back for more? Tetrahydrocannabinol to increase appetite? No. Read More.
Opioid peptides: the heroin within?
If you were to hear the words ‘opioid peptides’, they might not trigger much within your brain, other than that the former sounds a bit like opium and together they sound quite scientific. Opium (also known as poppy tears) is a dried substance or latex that originates, as the alternative name suggests, from the opium poppy. Read More.
Did You Know?
Peanuts have a bizarre history. The Indians of South America were the first to cultivate them and the Spaniards introduced them to Europe from where they found their way to Africa. Here slave traders made use of the high fat content of peanuts and used them to fatten slaves for the auction block. African slaves brought peanuts to America and eventually a former slave, George Washington Carver, became an outstanding scientist and promoted the use of peanut products in the manufacture of items ranging from ink and shampoo to axle grease and cooking oil. Not everyone is fond of peanuts. People who suffer from “arachibutyrophobia” have a morbid fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of their mouth.
For more interesting facts, please make sure to check out our "Did You Know?" section.
Most Recent Science Links:
Sex with funny, rich men linked with more orgasms
“Women have stronger orgasms if their partner is funny – and rich”, says the Mail Online.
This headline is wrong. And the research it’s based on, while fascinating, is rather inconclusive.
Are pollution and attention problems related?
“Could ADHD be triggered by mothers being exposed to air pollution while pregnant?,” asks the Mail Online.
Pregnant women have enough to worry about, without going round in a gas mask or moving to the country. Fortunately, the study that this news relates to doesn’t find a connection between exposure to pollution while pregnant and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Read More.
Researchers suspect diet may play role in possible reduced risk
People who are lactose-intolerant may be less likely to develop certain types of cancer, a new study suggests.
And, the researchers suspect the reduced risk may be related to diet. Read More.
What Interstellar Got Right and Wrong About Science
If you’re one of the estimated 3 gajillion people who have seen or will see Chris Nolan’s blockbuster movie Interstellar, one thing is already clear to you: this is not a documentary. That means it’s fiction, specifically science fiction, which is how you get the sci and the fi in the sci-fi pairing. So if you go into the movie looking for a lot of scientific ‘gotcha’ moments, let’s stipulate up front that you’re going to find some. Read More.