Sunday, August 30, 2015

Skeptical Meme of the Week, August 30, 2015

Here is you skeptical meme of the week, via Kavin Senapathy - Writer, Science Defender


Stories of the Day, August 30, 2015

Seeing Freedom in Their Future, Psychics Reveal All: ‘It’s a Scam, Sir’

Is it real? Or a bunch of baloney? It’s a question New Yorkers and visitors to the city may ask themselves when they pass any of the seemingly...

Food Babe Selling Erucic Acid (Gasp!)

Hot damn, it’s Friday!  That means payday here at Monsanto my nondescript, innocent-looking company.  You guys know what that means…

Some Brands Are Labeling Products “GMO-free” Even if They Don’t Have Genes

It seems unneccessary for salt to be advertised as “GMO-free.” After all, it’s awfully hard to genetically modify salt because it has no genes.

Woman loses legal bid to force NHS to provide homeopathic medicine

Honor Watt, 73, sued Lothian Health Board in Edinburgh's Court of Session after the authority stopped providing homeopathic treatments to patients.

Disaster for British Homeopathic Association after Judicial Review fails over Provision of Homeopathy on NHS

Like many parts of the NHS, Lothian Health Board had recently made the sensible decision to stop funding homeopathy. It made this decision...

Buying organic veggies at the supermarket is a waste of money

It has happened to all of us. You’re standing in the produce aisle, just trying to buy some zucchini, when you face the inevitable choice:

Ghost-hunter up in court for damaging ‘haunted’ hall..

High spirits left a tipsy Hucknall ghost-hunter hearing voices from the other side. But sadly for Darren Brentnall the voices came from the...

Hook, Line, and Sinker

Maine treasure hunter Greg Brooks found the world’s richest shipwreck off the coast of Cape Cod. Or at least that’s what he told investors.

Bizarre Mars photos: Signs of life, or signs the Internet has lost its mind?

For most of us Earthlings, the photos of Mars taken by the Curiosity rover reveal little more than a desolate red landscape inhabited mostly...



Bond denied for Albemarle psychic accused of fraud

A woman who claimed she had a “gift from God” and could see into the past and future pleaded not guilty Friday to federal charges that she...

Friday, August 28, 2015

Stories of the Day, August 28, 2015

Anti-GMO in the NEJM

A recent commentary published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) by Philip J. Landrigan and Charles Benbrook has sparked some controversy.

AUTISM, CANNABIS OIL, AND THE TRAGEDY OF HOPE | VOL. 2 / NO. 43.3

Few situations are more trying to a skeptic’s worldview than that of a suffering loved one for whom there is as yet no adequate scientifically-supported...

Family sues Fay School in Southboro, claims Wi-Fi made son ill

The family of a student at the Fay School in Southboro has filed a lawsuit claiming the school’s strong Wi-Fi signal caused the boy to become ill.

Ashley Madison looks like it was always a big sad scam

Annalee Newitz reports that very few of the female profiles at the hacked site appear to represent real people. The world of Ashley Madison...

Shocking: Prominent climate denier gets money from Big Coal

Christopher Horner has made his career fighting climate change, but not in the way you’re thinking: He’s been fighting the notion that it exists...

Canadian Medical Association wants schools to seek proof of vaccination

Every student in Canada should be required to present a “declaration of immunization” before being admitted to school, the country’s top doctors’...

Russell Wilson claims $3 water from a company he's invested in prevented him from getting a concussion

In a profile published on Wednesday in Rolling Stone, Russell Wilson offered a peculiar answer to how he recovered from a head injury he suffered...

Minden 'psychic' fails to foresee need for job

A Minden psychic, who was arrested in July 2014 and released on probation for obtaining money under false pretenses, did not show up for court...

Feature: Revealing the hidden dangers of dietary supplements

Pieter Cohen’s brush with death came at a most inconvenient time: just as he was about to nail another menacing ingredient in a dietary supplement.

Digging into big coal's climate connections

Have you heard about the group that has abused open records laws to harass climate scientists across the United States? The organization behind...

The Frightening Power of the Home-Schooling Lobby

Thanks to a small but fierce group, home schooling is barely regulated in much of the U.S. That means child neglect—and even abuse—is falling...

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Skeptical Meme of the Week, August 23, 2015

Here is you skeptical meme of the week, via SMBC Comics


Stories of the Day, August 23, 2015

IRS Getting Pressured To Crack Down On Televangelists Following John Oliver’s Segment

The IRS is getting pressured to begin cracking down on televangelists following a John Oliver segment on HBO’s “Last Week Tonight.”

NASA Denies Asteroid To Strike Earth Next Month

The space agency noted that a number of web postings are "erroneously" claiming a disaster will happen between 15 and 28 September this year.

'Winged Monster' Rock Art Finally Deciphered

The mystery surrounding the ancient rock paintings of Utah's Black Dragon Canyon has finally been solved. For decades, researchers and creationists...

Dr. Mark Hyman Selling “Dangerous” Toothpaste

It’s not uncommon to find quack doctors contradicting themselves on the internet these days, giving medical advice that directly contradicts...

Recalls of Organic Food on the Rise, Report Says

New data collected by Stericycle, a company that handles recalls for businesses, shows a sharp jump in the number of recalls of organic food...





Curry Confirms Denial with Classic Climategate (Mis)Quote

For some time now, Georgia Tech's Judith Curry has been operating in the space somewhere between legitimate-scientist-that's-skeptical-on-climate-change...

Scientists reject claims of lab-grown mini human brain

On Tuesday, all the above appeared as headlines for one particular story. What was it all about? Mini-brains 3 to 4 millimetres across have...

WATCH: Scientist gulps down 50 homeopathic sleeping pills to prove a point

“I don’t know about you, but if I’ve just had an allergic reaction I don’t want the homeopathic version of epinephrine for my medication,”...

Genetically modified trees are being 'strangled' by red tape

US researchers say it has become "virtually impossible" to plant genetically modified trees in any part of the world. They argue that the GM...

'Clean food' is a dangerous fad

The supermarket aisle has become a confusing place. It used to be full of recognisable items like cheese and butter; now you find yourself...

7 prosecuted in major psychic scam to find remains of war martyrs

Quang Tri prosecutors’ office has announced charges against 7 people in a high-profile case, including a leading self-proclaimed psychic, for...

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Stories of the Day, August 20, 2015

MH17: Recording of CIA agents 'conspiring to bring down flight' ridiculed after errors expose it as Russian propaganda

As tales of high-stakes espionage go, it is a bit more Carry On Spying than John le Carré. An audio recording purporting to be two American...

SCIENCE OF ORGANIC FOOD – ARE THEY HEALTHIER?

Organic foods have been increasingly popular these days moving from local co-ops and farmer’s markets to large retail chains that specialize...

What magicians, con-artists, and scammers can teach us about humility and humanity

Before we had names for them or a science to study their impact, the people who could claim the most expertise on biases, fallacies, heuristics...

Food Babe Selling “Toxic” Product: Nutiva Chia Seeds

I haven’t been shopping at FoodBabe.com in a while, and I must admit I miss the experience.  It’s true that I’ve been surprised once...

Why People Oppose GMOs Even Though Science Says They Are Safe

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have met with enormous public opposition over the past two decades. Many people believe that GMOs are...

Do video games make people violent?

More than 200 academics have signed an open letter criticising controversial new research suggesting a link between violent video games and...

Monday, August 17, 2015

Stories of the Day, August 17, 2015

KEEP CALIFORNIA HEALTHY - KEEP DR. PAN
Dr. Richard Pan has dedicated his life to solving problems and serving the community.  As a pediatrician, he cares primarily for uninsured...
If global warming really did pause, the planet just pressed ‘play’ again

In June, in a bombshell study in Science, federal researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Centers for...

Experts: Health 'gurus' spread food fears

With a cacophony of food gurus and self-appointed experts advocating for often contradictory quick-fix diet plans, navigating the basic task...

The Woo Boat, or: How far Andrew Wakefield has fallen

File this one under the category: You can’t make stuff like this up. (At least, I can’t.) Let’s say you’re a diehard all-conspiracy conspiracy...

Toxic Spill in Animas River Spawns Conspiracies

Earlier this month contractors working for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) accidentally released about 3 million gallons of...

Mystery ‘light’ on Mars appears to move around in Curiosity photos

Another day, another fun mystery brought to you by the creatures on Mars! Well, that or NASA’s rover Curiosity just experienced a little glitch...

It’s just water: how homeopathy debunks itself

Homeopathy is one of the most popular and fastest growing alternative “medicines.” People are drawn to its alluring claims of “treating the...