With the UN Climate Summit approaching, there’s going to be a lot of talk about climate change. So this seems like a good moment to let images speak for themselves. Below, you will find a small gallery of images from UK artists Robert Graves and Didier Madoc-Jones depicting the potential impact of climate change onContinue reading “Science art: Picturing the future with climate change just got easier”
Category Archives: controversial science
Cold fusion continued | Of John Bockris and paradigms
Cold fusion is possibly the most well known fringe science of the 20th century. Will it ever enter mainstream science?
Modelling controversies: Pons and Fleischmann’s cold fusion
Fleischmann and Pons holding ‘cold fusion’ experiment In 1989, two chemists claimed that they had produced cold fusion (fusion that would occur at room temperate) through a simple experiment. The chemists, Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann became overnight sensations. Pons and Fleischmann had been collaborating with a research team headed by Steven E Jones fromContinue reading “Modelling controversies: Pons and Fleischmann’s cold fusion”
Science with a bang: Making explosive claims about Mt. Fuji
A month ago, international headlines said that Japan’s iconic volcano – Mt Fuji – was in a critical state. The headlines originated with this a press release and interviews with the lead author from a study on seismic activities in Japan’s crust, Doctor Frolent Brenguier. Dr. Brenguier made some very interesting statements about Mt. Fuji.Continue reading “Science with a bang: Making explosive claims about Mt. Fuji”
Sexy science: what’s with all the hype?
In the last week or so, as I’ve been looking into controversial science, I’ve come across a recurring theme of concern that ‘big’ journals (like Nature and Science) are damaging science. Someone who provides a good synopsis of this problem is Randy Schekman, a cell biologist and Nobel prize winner, who is firmly of the opinionContinue reading “Sexy science: what’s with all the hype?”
What do marine scientists have against the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week?
Shark Week is a week-long program block on the Discovery Channel that (unsurprisingly) focuses on sharks. Shark Week has run since 1988 with the aim to raise awareness and respect for sharks. So, why do marine scientists have a problem with the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week? Over the years, the week has turned from education to entertainment. This year, the mainContinue reading “What do marine scientists have against the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week?”
Let’s talk about sharks
This week is Shark Week and it just so happens that yesterday I visited Underwater World in Mooloolaba, Queensland to see some of these powerful creatures. We all know about sharks, right? The big horrific creature in Jaws. The predator lying in wait for innocent swimmers. Well, as it turns out, that’s not quite right.Continue reading “Let’s talk about sharks”
Debating the existence of megalodon
Source: http://rt.com/news/165096-super-predator-shark-australia/ “Massive Sea Creature Attacks, Kills And Eats A 3 Meter Long Great White Shark” said headlines on June 9. The stories stemmed from this video, a trailer for a documentary by filmmaker David Riggs which was featured on the Smithsonian Channel. Information from the tracking tag of the three meter shark reportedly showedContinue reading “Debating the existence of megalodon”
Exploring controversial science
If you haven’t heard of Meryl Dorey, then maybe you’ve heard of her lobby group – the Australian (Anti)Vaccination Network. This group is comprised of people who are ”very concerned about the lack of scientifically-based information on the ‘other side’ of the vaccination issue”. Meryl and her colleagues have involved themselves in controversy in New SouthContinue reading “Exploring controversial science”