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Top 10 Worst Anti-Science Websites

By Brian Dunning, Skeptoid Podcast Episode 283, November 08, 2011 The Internet is a dangerous place. It's full of resources, both good and bad; full of citations linking one to another, sometimes helpfully, sometimes not. Today we're going to point the skeptical eye at ten of the worst web sites in terms of quality of science information that they promote. To make this list, they not only need to have bad information, they also need to be popular enough to warrant our attention. Many of these sites promote some particular ideology, but I want to be clear that that's not why they're here. As a measure of each site's popularity, I'm giving its ranking on as of this writing.

Let's begin at the bottom of our list of the worst offenders, with a site that nevertheless has staggering amounts of traffic: 10. Alexa ranked #23 Google PageRank 8 9. 8. 7. 9/11 6. Genome Browser. NCBI UniGene. About the Science Education Alliance. Enjoy Books, DVDs, CDs, Computer Classes, Live Events, Videos & More. THE MERCK MANUAL: The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy. Important: The authors, reviewers, and editors of this book have made extensive efforts to ensure that treatments, drugs, and dosage regimens are accurate and conform to the standards accepted at the time of publication.

THE MERCK MANUAL: The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy

However, constant changes in information resulting from continuing research and clinical experience, reasonable differences in opinions among authorities, unique aspects of individual clinical situations, and the possibility of human error in preparing such an extensive text require that the reader exercise individual judgment when making a clinical decision and, if necessary, consult and compare information from other sources. In particular, the reader is advised to check the product information provided by the manufacturer of a drug product before prescribing or administering it, especially if the drug is unfamiliar or is used infrequently. FavScientist's Channel.

Scholarpedia. Encyclopedia of Life. Science. The Naked Scientists Online, Science Podcast and Science Radio Show. Hollywood star whose invention paved the way for Wi-Fi. Jonathan Keats, contributor "HEDY LAMARR, screen actress, was revealed today in a new role, that of an inventor," reported The New York Times on 1 October 1941.

Hollywood star whose invention paved the way for Wi-Fi

"So vital is her discovery to national defense that government officials will not allow publication of its details. " The invention was not her first. Lamarr previously experimented with cola-flavoured bouillon cubes for homemade soft drinks. But her new idea, which officials would only say was "related to remote control of apparatus employed in warfare", would become a signal innovation of the century, the technology now underlying cellphones and Wi-Fi.

When Lamarr turned her attention to national defence, following the tragic sinking of a ship full of refugees by a German U-boat in 1940, she knew far more about armaments than most movie stars. At least that was the analogy - and the analogy was what sunk their plan. The Lamarr-Antheil saga reveals much about the nature of innovation.