Weekly Roundup

Which diet is best? According to new research, none of them.

Cosmos continues to attract controversy as Creationists demand equal time for their theories on the program.

Cancer care in hospitals should not include unproven treatments like reflexology and reiki, argues Brian Palmer at Slate. And nearly half of Americans believe at least one medical conspiracy theory, according to a BMJ survey.

Users of the new Spreadsheets app have gamified their sexual encounters. Here’s a map showing the average duration of intercourse in each American state. And here’s a series of (PG-rated) sketches of animal mating rituals, if they were performed by humans.

As a nice change from contemporary parenting debates, here’s a look into the way parents dealt with teenagers during the Middle Ages.

A paper on climate change deniers’ belief in conspiracy theories has been pulled from Frontiers in Psychology due to the “legal context” created by allegations of defamation.

A postdoc was sabotaged by one of her peers, reports Science (paywall-protected), and claims in a lawsuit that she received inadequate response from the school and her supervisor.

A buzzword-induced fetish for innovation is not the same as a robust technology policy, argues Evgeny Morozov at the New Republic.

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales responds to a petition criticizing the representation of holistic medicine: “What we won’t do is pretend that the work of lunatic charlatans is the equivalent of ‘true scientific discourse’. It isn’t.”

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