Thursday, May 28, 2015

Stories of the Day, May 28, 2015

How to deal with those nasty NITS

The rise of NITS is a growing problem today and regulators do not know how to control their viral spread across the European Union and the US.

The inconvenient truth about GMO labeling

Over the past few months, there have been several big stories on the labeling of GMOs: Chipotle, a chain of restaurants popular in the United...




Florida strikes out against Brian Clement

Brian Clement is a charlatan. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be a problem for the State of Florida. I made two (which turned into three)...


How is it that I’ve never heard of David Avocado Wolfe before?

I’ve been at this skeptical blogging thing for over a decade now. I realize that I periodically remind you, my readers, of this and that perhaps...


Psychic cheats heartbroken man out of $700K after girlfriend dies

A “psychic” swindler preyed on a lovelorn Brooklyn man for nearly two years, using his girlfriend’s death as an excuse to dupe him out of more...

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Stories of the Day, May 27, 2015

Scottish Government: creationism banned from science class

CAMPAIGNERS who called for an official ban on teaching creationism in schools have welcomed a "clear statement" from a Scottish Government...

The Creepy Fundamentalist Homeschool Cult That Trained the Duggars

You know about the Duggars, the evangelical Christian family whose 19 children catapulted them to fame through Discovery Health specials and...

Economists: Tax Organic Products To Solve CA Water Crisis

Environmentally-savvy economists have a novel solution for tackling the California water crisis that may anger some on the left: tax organic...

Science has taken a few pretty serious hits recently. Try as we might to control for our human biases, their influence can be overwhelming.



This past Saturday, a small group gathered outside the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel to protest the presentation by Kerri Rivera at the AutismOne...





May has been a good month for health and well-being, at least for the science of preventing preventible illnesses.  Here’s why: two new research...


A local town council was looking for volunteers to help them move the giant, heavy goalposts on the soccer field so that maintenance crews...



When it comes to the use of what is sometimes called “complementary and alternative medicine” (CAM) or, increasingly, “integrative medicine,”...

Guest Post: Similac Goes Non-GMO and Reaches a New Low

If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know that I’ve been very open on why and how I started my blog: first, I had seen a lot of information...


I Fooled Millions Into Thinking Chocolate Helps Weight Loss. Here's How.

“Slim by Chocolate!” the headlines blared. A team of German researchers had found that people on a low-carb diet lost weight 10 percent faster...

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Stories of the Day, May 26, 2015

Charlie Charlie Challenge: Kids Try To Summon Demon In Scary Ritual — Watch

There’s a new Twitter craze out there, and it’s pretty darn scary! The Charlie Charlie Challenge is taking over social media and kids everywhere...





Manufacturing doubt about climate consensus

Scientists have observed distinctive greenhouse patterns such as winters warming faster than summers and a cooling upper atmosphere. This...




The cruel sham that is “right to try” continues to spread, part 2

When I wrote yesterday about the cruel sham that is “right-to-try,” , one criticism (among many) that I made of these misguided, profoundly...



The last thing Africa needs to be debating is GMOs

Joe DeVries is American, but he has spent three decades in Africa, helping farmers improve yields, fight pests and control disease. I met...

Farmers: 'Farm-to-table' movement mostly hype

The growing farm-to-table movement seems like it would be a win-win for Louisiana. Farmers get to sell and spotlight their products on local...






MPs call for police inquiry into bogus 'cancer cures’ offer by alternative medicine practitioners

One alternative ''cure’’ involves the use of industrial strength bleach to treat autism and HIV. Cancer patients are being offered “fake cures’”...

“Young Blood” Anti-Aging Mechanism Called into Question

A protein in the blood of young mice that seemed to rejuvenate older animals may do the opposite. The hunt for the fountain of youth is back...



Were You There?

As a creationist kid, I was determined not to learn about evolution. A 10th-grader perches on the edge of her chair as her biology teacher...




Escharotic Treatment for Cervical Dysplasia: A New Incarnation of Black Salve?

Cervical dysplasia is a precancerous condition picked up by Pap smears. It is most often caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) infection.  Mild...

Monday, May 25, 2015

Stories of the Day, May 25, 2015

The fake cancer cure conference the 'healers' tried to keep secret

"That's what I need!" an elderly lady called out from the audience, her frail voice filled with excitement. It was a surreal scene at the Spirit...








Paranormal investigations a fast-growing hobby

Saurabh Singh is a commercial pilot who’s just conquered a deep fear. It wasn’t fear of flying but a dread of the dark and of what he might...

Everybody needs to stop freaking out about laundry pods

America's small children are facing an unprecedented new threat. It's prompted thousands of calls to poison control centers, dire warnings...



The cruel sham that is “right to try” continues to spread

Last year, I did several posts on what I consider to be a profoundly misguided and potentially harmful type of law known as “right-to-try.”

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Skeptical Meme of the Week, May 24, 2015

Here is your skeptical meme of the week, via My room was clean, but then i needed something....


Stories of the Day, May 24, 2015

Vaccine-free childcare 'potentially catastrophic', says industry group

Prospect of day care centres aimed at parents of unvaccinated children who are losing the childcare benefit condemned by Early Childhood Australia.



What’s Behind Big Science Frauds?

IN December, Science published a paper claiming that people could change their minds about same-sex marriage after talking for just 20 minutes...

What Is Quiverfull? Here’s a look inside the Duggars’ dangerous Christian cult

Vyckie Garrison was once a minor celebrity in the Quiverfull Movement, made famous by TV’s Duggar family. As a devout, Bible-believing Christian...
The Monstrous Compendium of Cryptids and Creatures

Cryptozoology is the study of “hidden” animals. It is a pseudoscience that involves the search for animals or creatures whose existence has...
Will Restaurants Ever Take the Gluten-Free Diet Seriously Despite the Imposters?

Call it a “girl who cried gluten” phenomenon. To say it was an awkward moment would be an understatement. While dining at a downtown Boston...
MAMyths: Standing Up for Science

When I heard about a counter protest for March Against Monsanto, my eyes kind of glazed over and I didn't think it was the best use of time.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Stories of the Day, May 23, 2015

Seven common myths about meditation

There’s no scientific consensus that meditation can cure your mind, body or soul - so don’t swallow the idea that there is a Buddha Pill




California lawmakers act to mandate vaccines for day care workers

California lawmakers acted Friday on a measure that would require workers in day care centers to get vaccinated as part of an effort to protect...

The Science of Coincidence

What are we to make of coincidence? From the numerological cats cradles we weave around famous events to the curious ways human lives converge...






Scientists in Chhattisgarh develop high-zinc rice that may play crucial role in fighting malnutrition

Scientists here have developed a high zinc-enriched variety of rice that is expected to play a crucial role in fighting malnutrition in tribal...

Kerrie Rivera will speak on how to torture children with Autism at Loews O'Hare Hotel Rosemont Chicago

On Saturday May 23, 2015 Loews O'Hare Hotel Rosemont Chicago is set to have CD Autism’s Kerrie Rivera speak on their hotel grounds. Rivera...








Maine lawmakers back one bill to toughen vaccine opt-out policy, but reject another

A legislative committee endorses a proposal to require parents to consult with medical professionals, while voting down a measure that would...

The King of Bullsh*t News

How a small British news agency and its founder fill your Facebook feed with stories that are wonderful, wacky – and often wrong. Last November...


A Plea for Culinary Modernism

The obsession with eating natural and artisanal is ahistorical. We should demand more high-quality industrial food. Modern, fast, processed...






March Against Monsanto Faces Counter-Protest

Demonstrating in Washington DC, the 2015 March Against Monsanto reached the Monsanto Headquarters, where a counter-protest had already formed.

Sun Staring Won’t Treat Anything, But Might Make You Go Blind

One of the most absurd aspects of alternative medicine is probably when proponents advocate ineffective and dangerous treatments for things...

Children May Not Have as Many Mental Health Disorders as Suspected

Despite concerns that mental illness is rapidly spreading, a new report in the New England Journal of Medicine has found that in children...