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Jenny McCarthy infects Chicago

October 22, 2012 | By

Splash, a style magazine in Chicago, is reporting that they’ve hired Jenny McCarthy to be their new daily blogger. Yes, you read that right. But it gets better. And by better, I mean worse. Besides a daily blog, she’s being given a weekly advice column called "Ask Jenny", where, among other things, she will "tackle […]

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STEREO catches an eruptive prominence

October 15, 2012 | By

Via Jenny Winder on Google+ I saw this way cool video of an eruptive prominence on the Sun: a towering arc of plasma held aloft by the Sun’s magnetic fields. Sometimes these field lines are unstable, and the plasma can blast away from the Sun and out into space: This video was taken by one […]

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Water bomb

September 26, 2012 | By

Via Jenny Winder, I saw this video showing footage from underwater nuclear bomb tests in 1958. It’s astonishing. The awesome power and energy released is difficult to wrap your head around. Think on this: a cubic meter of water weighs a ton. Now imagine taking a single cubic meter of water and lifting it, say, […]

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Debunking doomsday

February 23, 2012 | By

In January, I was interviewed live on WHYY radio in Philadelphia about 2012 doomsday conspiracy theories. NASA astrobiologist (and my old pal) David Morrison was there as well, and we talked about some of the (wrong) ideas behind 2012 end-of-the-world prophecies, their impact, and why people believe them. Here’s a direct link to the archived […]

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Stop antivaxxers. Now.

December 29, 2011 | By

There are times when reality is so obvious, so clear, so rock-solid 100% amazingly in-your-face incontrovertible, that it is beyond belief that anyone could deny it. And yet, antivaccination groups exist. Let me be very, very clear: they are wrong. Vaccines save lives. Vaccines save millions of lives. And not just directly, like they did […]

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We are (temporarily) vaccinated against Jenny McCarthy

July 31, 2011 | By

A couple of years back, Oprah Winfrey offered notorious antivaxxer Jenny McCarthy her own show on Oprah’s health network. Needless to say, a lot of people were unhappy about this, including me. Ms. McCarthy’s ideas about health and medicine are not only demonstrably wrong, they are what I consider to be a public health threat. […]

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More news on preventable diseases

April 7, 2011 | By

I know I just wrote about vaccine-preventable diseases on the rise once again, but even in the past couple of days there’s more news: 1) Houston is seeing the first case of measles in six years. The victim? An 11-month-old baby. Let’s hope she has a full and swift recovery, and no one else falls […]

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Indexed takes on antivaxxers

February 28, 2011 | By

Jessica Hagy has a terrific website called Indexed, where she uses simple, hand-drawn charts and Venn diagrams to make some pithy point in a funny way. She’s tackles all kinds of topics, and recently, to my heart’s delight, made a very simple point about vaccines: Yup. Hard to be any more succinct than that. [Speaking […]

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Doonesbury tackles McCarthyism

February 20, 2011 | By

The long-running comic strip Doonesbury does a lot of political humor of course, so it was no surprise he went after J. McCarthy today. After all, McCarthy used an environment of fear to terrify people into behaving contrary to their own best interests, ramping up an imaginary problem into a national concern, and putting thousands […]

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Getting sick of Jenny McCarthy

February 14, 2011 | By

How do you define irony? People getting sick at a fund raiser for Jenny McCarthy’s antivax organization. I’ll note that all the press for this has talked about how it was at the Playboy mansion, but missed the connection with McCarthy. Coincidence, surely, and seriously, my sympathies to the victims and I hope everyone recovers […]

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