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Science is not always easy to understand or report. Here is an collection of scientific mistakes, frauds and "unexplained" phenomena with a more mundane scientific explanation.

Why coenzyme Q10 won't stop you from aging. The popular dietary supplement ubiquinone, also known as Coenzyme Q10, is widely believed to function as an antioxidant, protecting cells against damage from free radicals.

Why coenzyme Q10 won't stop you from aging

But a new study in Nature Communications finds that ubiquinone is not a crucial antioxidant—and that consuming it is unlikely to provide any benefit. Ubiquinone is a lipid-like substance found naturally in all cells of the body. Cells need it to produce energy from nutrients and oxygen—a function performed by tiny structures, known as mitochondria, within cells. Because it was also thought to function as an antioxidant, ubiquinone has been recommended for a variety of ills and as an anti-aging supplement; global sales of the substance are estimated to amount to hundreds of millions of dollars a year. A waste of money? “Dietary supplements cost a lot of money to patients throughout the world—money that would be better spent on healthy food. The Canadian Institutes of Health Research supported the study. Bad Science. Bad Science. Preamble This page is maintained by Alistair B.

Bad Science

Fraser in an attempt to sensitize teachers and students to examples of the bad science often taught in schools, universities, and offered in popular articles and even textbooks. Here, I explain what I mean by bad science and provide pointers to specialized pages on bad science within various disciplines. In particular this page points to Bad Meteorology , a page also maintained by Alistair B.

Fraser. When I created this page, in January, 1995, I naïvely expected that other frustrated teachers would rush to build sites devoted to, say, Bad Archeology and Bad Biology. The Bad Science and Bad Meteorology pages have been cited by over 3000 other web pages, and in books, magazines, and on TV. What is Bad Science? Bad Science abounds and comes in many guises. What this page is NOT about.

Improbable Research. The Baloney Detection Kit: Carl Sagan’s Rules for Bullshit-Busting and Crit. By Maria Popova Necessary cognitive fortification against propaganda, pseudoscience, and general falsehood.

The Baloney Detection Kit: Carl Sagan’s Rules for Bullshit-Busting and Crit

Carl Sagan was many things — a cosmic sage, voracious reader, hopeless romantic, and brilliant philosopher. But above all, he endures as our era’s greatest patron saint of reason and common sense, a master of the vital balance between skepticism and openness. In The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark (public library) — the same indispensable volume that gave us Sagan’s timeless meditation on science and spirituality, published mere months before his death in 1996 — Sagan shares his secret to upholding the rites of reason, even in the face of society’s most shameless untruths and outrageous propaganda.

Through their training, scientists are equipped with what Sagan calls a “baloney detection kit” — a set of cognitive tools and techniques that fortify the mind against penetration by falsehoods: Sagan ends the chapter with a necessary disclaimer: Donating = Loving. 15 Inaccuracies in Common Science Illustrations. By Big Think Editors Your high school teachers had the best intentions, but they likely featured educational illustrations on the walls of their classrooms that weren't telling you the whole truth.

15 Inaccuracies in Common Science Illustrations

Our friends at Mental Floss painstakingly point out 15 gross oversimplifications found in common science illustrations. From the map of our earth to what atoms actually look like to the misleading images of featherless velociraptors, here's the video that undues this accidental conspiracy. Image credit: Ian#7/Flickr. Which sugar can and can’t affect behavior. Recently Discovered Meteorite Buddha with Swastika Likely a Fake - SPIEGEL. It was a story that rapidly circled the globe at the end of September.

Recently Discovered Meteorite Buddha with Swastika Likely a Fake - SPIEGEL

A statue of Buddha, allegedly collected by the Nazis during a late 1930s expedition to Tibet, had been carved out of meteorite. Referred to as the "Iron Man," the 24 centimeter-tall figure with a swastika on its chest was thought to be 1,000 years old. The statue's previous owner, researchers wrote in their Sept. 27 report, had said that it was brought to Germany by the SS expedition led by ethnologist Ernst Schäfer. Many experts, however, have begun to doubt that version of events. For one, many elements of the carving are not consistent with Buddha statues created a millennium ago.

Indeed, there are growing indications that it might be nothing but a fake. 'Speculative' Indeed, as Bayer points out, Buchner was more concerned with identifying the chemical make-up of the statue. Exact List. The Galileo Thermometer was not invented by Galileo. The so-called "Galilean thermometer.

The Galileo Thermometer was not invented by Galileo

" The object known as the Galileo Thermometer is a vertical glass tube filled with a liquid in which are suspended a number of weighted glass balls. As the temperature of the liquid changes, so does the density. Since each glass ball is set to float at equilibrium in a sightly different density of the liquid, as the temperature increases, each glass ball sinks to the bottom.

It turns out that this thermometer was actually invented by a team of instrument inventors that formed a scientific society who had the impressive motto “Probando e Reprobando,” which in English means “testing and retesting.” Another spiral "UFO" lights up the sky. And it IS a spaceship.