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Monthly Archives: June 2014

This article was originally posted on RealClearScience.

It is known that there is a link between schizophrenia and smoking marijuana. However, much to the chagrin of researchers, it is not ethical to randomly assign people to smoke pot to determine if they develop schizophrenia at some point. As a result, it remains unknown if smoking pot causes schizophrenia, if schizophrenics are more likely to smoke pot, or if some unknown third variable links the two. Read More »

This article was originally posted on RealClearScience.

Admittedly, I’m not a big shopper. My wife, however, can spend hours in a single department store at the mall. One of her favorite places is Costco, a store that she might successfully drag me to once every five years. Somehow, she manages to go every week. If any of our neighbors ever runs out of cereal or toilet paper, we’ve definitely got them covered. Read More »

This article was originally posted on RealClearScience.

The organic food market is estimated at $63 billion globally, with more than half of those sales occuring in the United States. (If “natural products” are included, the organic market is $290 billion in the U.S. alone.) It’s no wonder, then, why Wal-Mart and other mainstream retailers are jumping onto the organic bandwagon. There is an awful lot of money to be made. Read More »

This article was originally posted on RealClearScience.

Just like women, hurricanes are unpredictable. At least that’s what meteorologists before the 1970s thought, so that is why they gave all hurricanes feminine names. (Yes, this is a true story.) Then, society decided that gender stereotypes weren’t funny, and meteorologists — not wanting to be labeled “sexist” — implemented the current system in which hurricanes alternate between male and female names.  Read More »