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  • eric@phact.org
    The following is a neat update from the author of the excellent book: Voodoo Science - the road from foolishness to fraud : ... From: What s New
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      The following is a neat update from the author of the excellent book:
      "Voodoo Science - the road from foolishness to fraud":


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      From: What's New whatsnew@...
      Date: Fri, 03 Dec 2004 15:07:06 -0500
      To: eric@...
      Subject: WHAT'S NEW Friday, December 03, 2004


      WHAT'S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 3 Dec 04 Washington, DC

      1. COLD, COLD FUSION: SO AFTER 15 YEARS, WHAT HAS BEEN LEARNED?
      We've learned that DOE should stop playing games with the Federal
      Advisory Committee Act while shrouding its review in secrecy
      http://www.aps.org/WN/WN04/wn091704.cfm. Beyond that, we haven't
      learned much. The report released this week is an attempt to
      summarize individual comments from 18 unidentified reviewers.
      The conclusions at the end of the report were: 1) "significant
      progress has been made in sophistication of calorimeters," and
      2)"conclusions reached by reviewers today are similar to those
      found in the 1989 review." That's it? After 15 years we've got
      better calorimeters? The 1989 review called for no more cold
      fusion research. Good advice. Proponents now prefer "low energy
      nuclear reactions," but "no more" is still good advice.

      2. PROLIFERATION: IRAN IS STILL MAKING NUCLEAR-WEAPONS HEADLINES.
      The question is: is Iran making nuclear weapons? Nobody seems to
      know. Last week, WN reported that Iran said it would continue to
      operate 20 uranium enrichment centrifuges for peaceful research,
      violating a deal it had just made with European nations. The
      next day Iran flip-flopped again agreeing to give up the civilian
      centrifuges. Citing new intelligence, the International Atomic
      Energy Agency is now seeking access to two military locations to
      look for evidence of nuclear weapons development, leading to
      speculation that the civilian flip-flops had been a diversion.

      3. PRAYER STUDY: COLUMBIA PROFESSOR REMOVES HIS NAME FROM PAPER.
      We have been tracking the sordid story of the Columbia prayer
      study for three years http://www.aps.org/WN/WN01/wn100501.cfm .
      It claimed that women for whom total strangers prayed were twice
      as likely to become pregnant from in-vitro fertilization as
      others; it was published in the Journal of Reproductive Medicine.
      At the time we were unaware of the background of the study, but
      knew it had to be wrong; the first assumption of science is that
      events result from natural causes. The lead author, Rugerio
      Lobo, who at the time was Chair of Obstetrics, now says he had no
      role in the study. The author who set up the study is doing five
      years for fraud in a separate case, and his partner hanged
      himself in jail. Another author left Columbia and isn't talking.
      The Journal has never acknowledged any responsibility, and after
      withdrawing the paper for "scrutiny," has put it back on the web.
      Nor has the Journal published letters critical of the study.
      Columbia has never acknowledged any responsibility. All of this
      has come out due to the persistence of Bruce Flamm, MD. The
      science community should flatly refuse all proposals or papers
      that invoke any supernatural explanation for physical phenomena.

      THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND.
      Opinions are the author's and not necessarily shared by the
      University of Maryland, but they should be.
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