Texas judges absolve cancer doctor Burzynski of most charges

Two Texas judges released their findings Oct. 12 in the case of Stanislaw Burzynski, the controversial Houston cancer doctor who’s been accused of deceptive advertising, making medical errors, and treating patients with untested combinations of drugs that amounted to “experimentation.” On most of these charges, the judges failed to find enough evidence of wrongdoing to discipline …

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Fish wrappers and encyclopedias: how can we fix newspapers’ update problem?

There is so much to love in Craig Silverman and the Tow Center’s new report, “Lies, Damn Lies and Viral Content” — from the very first sentence. “News organizations are meant to play a critical role in the dissemination of quality, accurate information in society.” Indeed! I feel a bit like that dorky kid who plays Dungeons …

“The Truth Market’s Always Going to Be Smaller Than the Story Market”

Good TLDR podcast this week (as every week) from On The Media. Alex Goldman and PJ Vogt looked at two attempts to slow the spread of viral hoaxes on the web: Paulo Ordoveza's PicPedant Twitter feed, and Adrienne LaFrance's Antiviral column on Gawker. My favorite bit was this exchange: LaFrance: I think as humans we probably …

West Virginia Spill: A Big Fail for Science Communication

Is the water safe to drink? It seems such a simple question. Yet the people of West Virginia have been given no easy answers. Lax chemical regulation is the ultimate cause - but poor science communication, particularly on the part of public officials, has made matters worse. First, the background: on January 9, a substance …

I’ll be at NECSS!

Just a quick note to say I've registered for the Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism, April 11-13 in New York City. Very excited for my first skeptical event - I've been toying with going for years. I'm interested to see what they come up with for the Science Communication workshop stream, and most of …