Simplifying Science

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A piece from the NY Times last week. My prediction: what's being called dumb today will be held up as dangerous in a week or a month or a year. Why are products like this available?

Selling the Young on ‘Gaming Fuel’

Two popular video gamers in black T-shirts posed as snipers wielding real semi-automatic guns at an outdoor range, blasting orbs of fruit and cups of deep orange liquid in ultra slow motion. “Introducing Blood...Read More

Winning Video Games but Losing Bone Density

Why does screen time lower bone mineral density among boys but increase it among girls? This could be a good example of a study where correlation is not causation - in other words, two things seem to be related to each other but really they are not. It's sort of like saying a blue sky causes the temperature to be hot. The sky may be blue and the weather may be warm, but the two are unrelated. Almost everyone has experienced feeling freezing cold on a perfectly clear day...

Teens' Screen Time May Affect Their Bone Health: Study

Spending too much time sitting in front of screens may be linked to poorer bone health in teen boys, according to a new study from Norway. It included 484 boys and 463 girls...Read More