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Stories by Nikhil Swaminathan

Newsweek denies the existence of global warming*

Maybe it's because I don't have the faith in people that I should, but I find this Newsweek cover really irresponsible. Actually, it's due to the polls cited in the article--and those I have seen elsewhere--that suggest that the American public thinks, among other things, that scientists are still trying to determine if global warming is for real and that it's a major issue in the upcoming Presidential election...

August 8, 2007 — Nikhil Swaminathan

A Gene to Better Remember Traumatic Events

Gene variant (found in 30 percent of Caucasian population and 12 percent of African-Americans) leads to more vivid recollections of emotionally powerful episodes—both good and bad

July 30, 2007 — Nikhil Swaminathan

Would your favorite 17th, 18th or 19th-century scientist be a creationist today?

Odds are: Not bloody likely. Shout out to Phil at Bad Astronomy for alerting me to a ridiculous, recent op-ed from The Boston Globe. Conservative columnist Jeff Jacoby puts forward a little thought experiment where he evaluates the chances of a long-deceased, young-Earth creationist, who happened to possess possibly the greatest scientific mind of all-time, getting employment as a professor in a scientific discipline at a modern university...

July 25, 2007 — Nikhil Swaminathan
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