Here are the recordings for the 2014 Trottier Symposium Are We Alone?:
Symposium, Day 2 - Sara Seager: "The Search for Earth 2.0" & Joe Nickell - "UFO Mythologies"
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Latest OSS Blog Articles:
You Asked: What are Bach flower remedies?
Bach flower remedies have been around for close to a hundred years and were the brainchild of Edward Bach a British physician. Actually, there doesn’t seem to have been much “brain” involved in the development of this curious alternative healing method. Read More.
If it quacks...
If it quacks …well it can’t quack anymore because its liver was removed by a homeopathic “remedy” producer. And that duck liver is enough to provide the world with “Oscillococcinum” for years. Read More.
You Asked: What is Rooibos tea?
I had a feeling that doing a PubMed search for Dr. Annique Theron would not yield much. In fact it yielded zero results. I can’t even find a biography of Dr. Theron, so I have no idea what sort of doctor she is. Read More.
How can a pharmacist believe the unbelievable?
How can anyone trained as a pharmacist, with courses in chemistry, biology, and physiology believe that ghostly impressions of molecules imprinted onto sugar can cure disease? Read More.
Chickens, toads, and gluten sensitivity
Keratosis pilaris is one of the many symptoms attributed to non-celiac gluten sensitivity in alternative medicine circles. Keratosis pilaris - or "chicken skin" - is a benign skin condition reminiscent of permanent goose bumps. Read More.
Did You Know?
While the odd Beatle has been known to get drunk, generally beetles are tee-totallers. But not the cetonia beetles of Northern Africa. These inch long bugs have a particular penchant for eating rotten fruits which have been partially fermented. Fermentation is a process by which carbohydrates are converted into alcohol by the action of yeast. Apparently the alcohol has quite an effect on the beetles. They exhibit standard drunken behavior, including staggering and getting into brawls. Cetonia beetles have become a collectors’ item, with at least one British pet store specializing in their sale. How do they get them? From trappers who catch the little beasts in banana-stuffed stockings soaked in beer. Nobody knows whether the cetonia beetles suffer from hangovers.
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Most Recent Science Links
Alcohol and Health: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
We’ve been getting a lot of mixed messages about alcohol.
On one hand, moderate amounts have been linked to health benefits. On the other hand, it is addictive and highly toxic when we drink too much of it. Read More.
FDA Approves Blood Test That Gauges Heart Attack Risk
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved a new blood test that can help determine a person's future odds for heart attack and other heart troubles. Read More.
Do We Need Another Leafy Green “Superfood”? We Have One!
Sometimes, because I am a person who writes about food on the Internet, public relations representatives offer to send me samples of new products to taste and (they hope) review. Read More.