Autism

A new theory of relativity — from a twelve-year-old?!? The Daily Mail reports that young Jake Barnett has “embarked on his most ambitious project yet – his own ‘expanded version of Einstein’s theory of relativity'” Here’s a video of the little genius explaining some of the finer points of calculus, with some of the Mail‘s story below:





Via Technoccult: Klint Finley: Could you give us a brief overview of what “neurodiversity” means, or at least what it means to you? Kassiane: Neurodiversity, the word, simply means the whole variety…


Great question, and it’s not only ABC News who screws science up royally. John Timmer writes on ars technica:

Media LiesThe year is only a couple of weeks old, but it’s already been a strange one for science news. With a steady flow of coverage on a huge range of complex subjects, it’s easy for things to go wrong, and for journalists to come up with material that doesn’t get the science right. But a few recent cases appear to involve news organizations that have gone out of their way to get a science story wrong. The news industry tends to respond badly to cases where people make up the contents of their stories—witness Jayson Blair and the fake Bush National Guard records. But, so far, the response to the recent science news-related events has been complete indifference.



With public suspicion of the Swine Flu vaccine growing, and controversy regarding the possible (or impossible?) link between autism and mercury found in vaccinations, Wired chronologizes some of the most notable events…