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Something I find frustrating sometimes is the idea that, if something is “natural”, it is safe and good for you. (And don’t get me started on the “no chemicals” thing!)

It is an especially dangerous trope in the field of herbal medicine. You don’t have to go much further than “deadly nightshade is natural” to disprove “natural=safe”, but many people don’t get that far. So while a study may not have been strictly necessary, it is nonetheless useful that a review has been done.

(Also, someone has clearly been doing some publicising here. I read about the study in the SMH, and when I went searching to see if I could find the article, there were a lot of other newspaper (etc) stories about it. It’s nice to see some reporting of a paper like this!)


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I love evolution.

A Guardian article about how “whales may be descended from a small deer-like creature”.

For some reason, I really like this idea! (Although I hate the headline: “How Bambi evolved into Moby Dick”.)

And at the bottom, there was a link to the latest article (ok, 3 months ago, but I missed it!) about what looks like it will be called H. floresiensis.

Which is, as one of the researchers is quoted as saying, “a little shot to our over-inflated modern human egos.” Nice.

And spot on!

What’s also interesting to note is that researcher’s comment that one group will be completely proved wrong and one will be completely proved right. As he notes, that’s unusual in science.

Like I said, I love evolution!

[First posted here.]

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