Mohammed is the Most Popular Name for a Boy

December 1, 2014

Every news medium appears to be carrying the story that Mohammed is now the most popular boys name in the UK often accompanied by a top ten list such as in this piece. I couldn’t help thinking that this seems to almost intentionally designed to feed into right-wing paranoia so decided to look into the story. Read the rest of this entry »

Are Energy Efficient Boilers Any Good?

August 11, 2014

I ask because I recently received my energy usage statement from EdF and as a result I’m starting to have my doubts.
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Natural News on Fluoride Contamination

July 30, 2014

Mike Adams has stated that he has found heavy metal contamination in the fluoride that is added to water supplies. Read the rest of this entry »

Why You Should Read Beyond the Headline

May 6, 2014

The Daily Mail is making a headline claim that medical experts refuse the treatments they prescribe for the rest of us. The reality, as usual, is a little more complicated. Read the rest of this entry »

Shiitake Mushrooms and Cervical Cancer

April 18, 2014

The Daily Mail’s Project Oncology appears to have discovered shiitake mushrooms with an item headlined “Could MUSHROOMS prevent cervical cancer?” Inevitably, this possible natural cancer cure has been picked up by Natural News. Read the rest of this entry »

Bad Environmental Science

March 23, 2014
The Law of Unintended Consequences Strikes Again

Possibly not what Lewisham Council intended

Like many local authority housing blocks we have a recycling bin. We used to have three but two were taken away, with the result that the remaining one is permanently overflowing. I contacted Lewisham Council’s waste disposal team to point out the problem.

I was told that the other two bins were removed because wrong stuff, such as food scraps, was being put in them. I concede that this is a problem but still left me in the position that I have nowhere to put my recycling so it winds up in the general waste which I presume is not what they want. I therefore suggested that they issue me with my own recycling box, which I could put out on collection day.

I was told “we no longer issue those.”

Fucking marvelous.

Did an Earthquake Create the Turin Shroud?

February 18, 2014

Last week I read a claim that the Turin Shroud could in fact date from the time of Christ and is not a medieval forgery.

The reason for believing it to be a forgery is the fact that three independent tests have “concluded with 95% confidence that the shroud material dated to 1260–1390 AD”. So what does the Telegraph’s Science Correspondent have that might necessitate a rethink? Read the rest of this entry »

The Not So Clear Cut Link Between Mouthwashing and Heart Attacks

January 27, 2014

According to the Mail on Sunday, mouthwashes are a major health hazard. I’m not convinced. Read the rest of this entry »

The Science Behind the DNA Weight Loss Diet

January 13, 2014

I have now read the pdf on the science behind the DNA diet. I am now thinking that there may be something to it but that something is a little underwhelming and referring to advice based on it as “individually tailored” is a bit of a stretch. Read the rest of this entry »

DNA-Tailored Diets? I Don’t Think So!

January 8, 2014

It’s January so once again the dubious diet aids are being wheeeled out. The latest is a diet and exercise regime tailored to your DNA. This story has appeared in the Daily Mail and Metro as well as the Manchester press though currently the Daily Mail link is broken (I have emailed them about it) and it does not appear on the Metro’s website. Read the rest of this entry »