articles tagged: skepticism
world of weird things podcast: close encounters of the ufo kind
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world of weird things podcast: close encounters of the ufo kind

Once again, stories of military officers spotting UFOs and never getting answers to their questions are making their way through the media. Why are these tales so common?

how google learned to stop trying to make cold fusion happen
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how google learned to stop trying to make cold fusion happen

For some inexplicable reason, Google funded an experiment to test whether cold fusion is possible. It's not and can't be unless everything we know about physics is wrong.

how to dive into the belly of the fake news beast
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how to dive into the belly of the fake news beast

Both Finland and the United States have a serious fake news problem, but only one of them has been successful in tacking it. How this played out is both instructive and disturbing

world of weird things podcast: sci-fi’s worst weapons
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world of weird things podcast: sci-fi’s worst weapons

Some of the most frequently seen and impressive sci-fi weapons in movies and TV shows have a dirty little secret. They wouldn’t actually work as advertised, if they work at all.

how theranos could’ve saved itself, and why it didn’t
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how theranos could’ve saved itself, and why it didn’t

Perhaps the worst thing about Theranos is not the lies, the fraud, or the failure. It’s that the company and its portable lab could have been salvaged and improved lives if its CEO didn’t drown in her own hype.

why india’s toxic nationalism and science don’t mix
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why india’s toxic nationalism and science don’t mix

An Indian science conference espoused the superiority of Hindu religion and legends over actual facts and history. And it’s just a small part of an alarming and accelerating trend...

great battles of crank magnetism: flat earth vs. pizzagate
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great battles of crank magnetism: flat earth vs. pizzagate

Pizzagaters and Flat Earthers were bound to share adherents by the rules of crank magnetism. That doesn't mean they're happy about it.

ok, maybe we should laugh a little less at david icke’s alien lizards…
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ok, maybe we should laugh a little less at david icke’s alien lizards…

Skeptical blogger Marlon Solomon lays out a persuasive case that we missed a toxic neo-Nazi ideology hiding under Icke's veneer of immortal alien reptilians.

does tough love really subdue real world conspiracy theories?
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does tough love really subdue real world conspiracy theories?

A new experiment shows that ridicule as almost as effective as debunking when it comes to dissuading people from falling for conspiracy theories.

the flat earth excuse
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the flat earth excuse

We've made it easy and virtually consequence-free to be ignorant of history and science. Now we're paying the price for coddling intellectual sloth.

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