Our weekly linkpost, bringing you interesting and informative links on science policy issues buzzing about the internet.
Critics’ review unexpectedly supports scientific consensus on global warming – A team of UC Berkeleyphysicists and statisticians that set out to challenge the scientific consensus on global warming is finding that its data-crunching effort is producing results nearly identical to those underlying the prevailing view. The Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project was launched by physics professor Richard Muller, a longtime critic of government-led climate studies, to address what he called “the legitimate concerns” of skeptics who believe that global warming is exaggerated. (via Los Angeles Times, by Margot Roosevelt)
Baseball commissioner Bud Selig wants ban on chewing tobacco – Always a hidebound sport, baseball has accepted interleague play, the wild card and even video replay in the last 20 years. Now a campaign backed by members of Congress and Commissioner Bud Selig is taking on something that’s been a part of the game’s culture for well over 150 years — chewing tobacco on the field. Public health groups have gained traction with a classic argument: When ballplayers are seen chewing a wad of tobacco or using dip — products collectively known as smokeless tobacco — they set a bad health example for kids who look up to the athletes as role models. (via MassLive.com, by Frederic J. Frommer)
X-Rays No Help Against Lung Cancer – Annual chest X-rays didn’t significantly reduce the death rate from lung cancer in a study involving more than 150,000 patients that reflects the challenges of using early detection to save lives in the battle against malignancies. The findings suggest the best strategy for discovering lung tumors in an early, more treatable stage is screening with more-costly CT scans, which were shown in a separate recent study to lower the death rate by 20% despite a high percentage of false-positive results. (via The Wall Street Journal, by Ron Winslow)
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