Author Archives: Thoughtscapism

About Thoughtscapism

Cell Biologist, volunteer science communicator, and fiction writer.

No, The UN Did Not Dismiss Pesticides as Unnecessary

The authors of this report unfortunately do the discussion on pesticide use a disservice by relying on hyperbole from activist organisations rather than focusing on peer-reviewed sources. Continue reading

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Radioactive Reflections – A Radiochemist’s Take on Nuclear Power, Frog Legs, and Cigarettes

When Eerika Häkkinen was young, she used to carry a “Nuclear, No Thanks” -badge with her wherever she went. Later she began to study chemistry at the University of Helsinki, and thought that majoring in radiochemistry would be a great … Continue reading

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On the Nature of ‘Natural’

Is something good because it’s natural? The word natural is often used when we want to convey something good, and imply that the object of discussion is not, in some way, the product of a humans-only process. To note, this … Continue reading

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IARC Under Fire from Scientists: Mission Outdated, Methods Lacking

Considering recently published scientific reviews on the International Agency on Cancer Research (IARC) concerning their methods and overall mission, as well as their specific conclusion on glyphosate, I thought the topic deserved an update of its own. I have written … Continue reading

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The Perils of Science Speak

What would you say if you were worried about chemical X in your environment, and to reassure you, someone told you: Scientists finished their devious plot called project ABC, which looks at chemicals in our homes to see if they are … Continue reading

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Mothers for Nuclear – My story

Mothers for Nuclear is a new environmental organization started by two mothers, Heather Matteson and Kristin Zaitz, to organize pro-nuclear mothers to speak out and begin an international dialogue about nuclear power and environmental protection. Like them, I used to … Continue reading

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Research On Infant Feeding Favours Having Options: Breast and Bottle

After the introduction of modern formula in the mid-20th century, for a time in the developed world, breastfeeding was almost shunned upon. Today the balance is well shifted and breastfeeding is recommended to all mothers who are able to do so. … Continue reading

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