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The Way Science Works

Scientists in Ottawa were attempting to calculate the number of myocarditis (inflammation of the heart) cases that could be anticipated after a Covid vaccination. They determined that it was 1 in a thousand and wrote a paper that was released in pre-print (i.e. before it was peer reviewed). This pre-print was noticed by anti-vaxxers and used to attack the vaccines.

While readying the paper for peer review the scientists discovered an error in their data – Study saying COVID-19 vaccines cause heart inflammation that was hyped by anti-vaxxers, withdrawn due to miscalculation:

However, the study has been retracted due to a miscalculation, Reuters reported.

The rate of myocarditis – the inflammation of the heart muscle – was calculated by dividing the number of COVID-19 vaccines in Ottawa by the number of incidences of the heart condition.

By their calculations, the risk of myocarditis was 1 in 1,000 or 0.1%.

However, the numbers used by the study were wrong. The authors largely underestimated the amount of vaccines delivered, giving a number 25 times smaller than the actual amount.

They initially said that the number of vaccines delivered was 32,379 – when it was actually 854,930.

You make your study and get ready to publish the results. If your results are shown to be erroneous, you admit it and correct the error. After more than 100 years we are still testing Einstein’s works – it’s what scientists do…


1 Badtux { 10.18.21 at 3:03 pm }

What, you mean that research isn’t just poogling things while you sit on the toilet, like the anti-vaxxers do? Wow!

– Badtux the Snarky Penguin

2 Bryan { 10.18.21 at 7:56 pm }

Or watching agitprop networks staffed by the detritus of prep schools & the Ivy League, and failed politicians or hangers-on…

3 Badtux { 10.19.21 at 11:54 pm }
4 Kryten42 { 10.24.21 at 3:33 am }

I posted a timely tweet about the complete willful ignorance of morons regarding the difference between “Scientific Theory” and the way they use the word “theory” about a week ago.


Here… I needed a good laugh! I’m a sharing kinda guy! No idea if this was faked, or how it would be. Still hilarious though! I won’t spoil it. 😉 😆


And lastly… This is scary stuff! The Glaciers are melting faster than anyone thought! @ScieneGirl did a somewhat unscientific test intended to simplify it to show how bad:

Hope you are all well and everything is working out for you. (Trying to be positive these days is exhausting!)

I watched the new Dune: Part One movie last night. Not really sure what I think of it. It was better than the ’84 movie for sure. But I’ll have to watch Part Two first I think, whenever that’s released. Sadly, the Dune book story have become a Video trope and mem by Marvel & the like the past 20+ years! That spoils it.🙄🤷‍♂️

Going to binge watch the Alien Nation movie series tonight! Got microwave popcorn with butter ready! 👍😎😏

5 Bryan { 10.24.21 at 10:14 pm }

I follow you on Twitter but haven’t responded yet. @ScienceGirl is a trip and a good source for non-tech people wanting to understand things.

As for Rocky the flying squirrel – the bit of the squirrel getting in the cockpit is straight, but there’s no squirrel in the cockpit on the flying scenes. He should have put a stuffed squirrel in there, but didn’t. Still, it was better than a number of films and tv shows I’ve seen.

You are correct about the movie death. I have yet to see or investigate “an accidental shooting”, but have seen a lot of criminally negligent shootings. There is no reason to have live ammo on a movie lot. No one should ever be allowed to touch a weapon who hasn’t had and passed a firearms safety course. You always verify the loaded/unloaded status of a weapon yourself. The armorer on that set is personally liable for the shooting and not giving weapons safety training to anyone who would be touching weapons.

6 Bryan { 10.24.21 at 10:37 pm }

Oh, I’m fine. I just got my Pfizer booster and am dealing with Autumn allergies, but no sweat.

I’m waiting to re-read Dune before venturing into a theater. I’m hoping for a midweek matinee so I don’t have to deal with people.

7 Kryten42 { 10.24.21 at 10:59 pm }

Oops… A couple typo’s in my comment! Yes, I really like @ScienceGirl – I’ve been watching her vids on YT for a couple years now. A few others also.

I was thinking about the Rocky vid last night, and yes. I suspected pretty much as you said above. Especially as the model was remote controlled. 😉 But it was still funny. LOL

I replied to the movie set shooting thread to my friend Scotty with your comment above & my own comment added. Scotty is a good one & worth following if you want. (He started the #GeeksResist Twitter group a couple years ago which has grown fairly large. A lot of geeks really despise (or hate) the GOP & Dotard. It has a few forums where we chat. One is strictly about geeky fun stuff. And food. LOL)

I didn’t reference your Twitter handle or name as I didn’t think you’d want to be annoyed by anyone. 🙂


Another Youtuber & Twit I enjoy is @Thoughty2 – He does in depth research on a wide range of interesting & just plain weird subjects. He also fact checks ‘conspiracy theories’ that are often amusing! He had this one recently about why NK doesn’t need Nukes to win a war.