Of course a single study, even if a sizeable one like Burkert et al., is not sufficient for general conclusions and even less for determining the direction of causality. It is however strikingly divergent, in fact the opposite, of what current mainstream consensus tends to claim. So one thing we can say is that things are not as simple and monocausal as vegetarian propagandists would have us believe. Read the rest of this entry »
I wanted to rubbish Alcock et al. but again found Feynman’s rule on primary sources confirmed. From the Nature’s research highlights through the abstract to results the interpretation better fits the data moving from utter nonsense to quite a sensible analysis. That said their data are open to an alternative analysis. Both groups Read the rest of this entry »
If someone tells me, his result “was achieved through Microsoft Excel 2003′s summation function”, which is more or less what Jennings & Waters do, I know, he has not understood simple addition. What they offer is junior high school stuff: Throwing a dice n times, what is the probability never to get a single six? Like not finding a rare tool in a small sample this too rapidly diminishes with sample size. Read the rest of this entry »
Contrary to Braun et al.‘s headline there are no magnetic monopoles, only dipoles of seriously distorted geometry. While the first were a sensation, the second is, to my mind, a case of “so what?” The rest of this week’s stuff speaks for itself.
Cahill and Ingalhalikar finally offer proof that women’s and men’s brains really are different. This adds a question Hazari et al. did not even consider: Are male and female interests genuinely different so that inequal numbers in different subjects are not a problem in need of being solved?
In Birney and Prüfer several high quality genomes of Denisovans and Neanderthals from the Middle Palaeolithic have produced signs of high rates of inbreeding. From all the Upper Palaeolithic we do not yet have a single genome of a quality to address this question (Raghavan). Read the rest of this entry »
Previous analyses of archaeological finds and experimental results by e.g. Craddock (1999) and Rovira (2003) have shown that copper smelting in a poorly reducing atmosphere – presumably chosen on purpose to exclude iron – also prevents the reduction and inclusion of tin, leaving it in the slag. Read the rest of this entry »