Atlantis Found (Again)! And Exasperated Scientists (Again) Raise Their Eyebrows
Nov 28, 2018 · 1 

By Laura Geggel Nearly 2,400 years ago, the philosopher Plato described Atlantis as a mighty state that possessed 10,000 chariots, advanced technologies, vast numbers of elephants and bulls, and a series of complex canals. And now, in a new documentary, a U.K.-based group claims to have discovered the ruins of this once-flourishing society on what …

Oumuamua and the Alien Hypothesis
Nov 5, 2018

By Steven Novella One year ago, in October 2017, astronomers detected the first confirmed interstellar visitor to our solar system – an asteroid dubbed Oumuamua. The name is Hawaiian for “scout”, as if the asteroid is a messenger from a distant system. A Hawaiian name was chose because the object was discovered by the Panoramic Survey Telescope and …

The God Engine
Oct 25, 2018 · 4 

By James Alcock Whatever its form, religion is powerful and pervasive and, for billions of people, obviously important. Yet, while major religions such as Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism have endured since ancient times, others, despite having enjoyed great appeal for centuries, have disappeared into the history books. No longer does anyone worship Zeus, the supreme …

Medical Doctor: 90% of Goop’s “Wellness” Products Aren’t Supported by Science
Oct 15, 2018 · 2 

By Hemant Mehta Gwyneth Paltrow recently sat down for an interview with the BBC, and when the reporter pointed out that many of the products she sells on Goop are in the “area of pseudoscience,” she offered this jaw-dropping defense: “We disagree with that whole-heartedly.” Paltrow also claimed she was met with resistance because she was …

Peer-reviewed homeopathy study sparks uproar in Italy
Oct 10, 2018

By Giorgia Guglielmi A study1 that claims to show that a homeopathic treatment can ease pain in rats has caused uproar after it was published in a peer-reviewed journal. Groups that promote homeopathy in Italy, where there is currently a debate about how to label homeopathic remedies, have held the study up as evidence that the practice …

The Lie Generator: Inside the Black Mirror World of Polygraph Job Screenings
Oct 9, 2018 · 1 

By Mark Harris Christopher Talbot thought he would make a great police officer. He was 29 years old, fit, and had a clean background record. Talbot had military experience, including a tour of Iraq as a US Marine, and his commanding officer had written him a glowing recommendation. In 2014, armed with an associate degree in …

WHO Endorses Traditional Chinese Medicine. Expect Deaths To Rise
Oct 9, 2018 · 3 

By Steven Salzberg A few days ago, a news story in the journal Nature reported that the World Health Organization, which is supposed to be devoted to improving the health and medical care of people around the globe, will for the first time endorse a belief system called “traditional Chinese medicine.” I’m labeling TCM a belief system because that’s …

Why Chinese medicine is heading for clinics around the world
Sep 27, 2018

By David Cyranoski Choi Seung-hoon thought he had an impossible assignment. On a grey autumn day in Beijing in 2004, he embarked on a marathon effort to get a couple of dozen representatives from Asian nations to boil down thousands of years of knowledge about traditional Chinese medicine into one tidy classification system. Because practices vary …

Sharks, dishwashers and guns: A running list of viral hoaxes about Hurricane Florence
Sep 25, 2018

By Abby Ohlheiser The Internet exists, and so does Hurricane Florence. The inevitable result? An ever-growing tally of online hoaxes about the dangerous storm, hoping to go viral on the good intentions of people who are trying to find and share the latest information. We’ve been here before. As we have in the past, the …

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop Will Pay $145,000 to Settles Lawsuit Over Vaginal Eggs
Sep 5, 2018 · 2 

By Hemant Mehta When people make fun of Gwyneth Paltrow‘s pseudoscience-purveying company Goop, the first thing that probably comes to mind is the jade egg. These were the eggs which women were told to stick up their vaginas in order to — ahem — “cultivate sexual energy, increase orgasm, balance the cycle, stimulate key reflexology around vaginal walls, tighten and tone, …

Why Creationists Are More Likely to Buy into Conspiracy Theories
Aug 28, 2018 · 3 

By Kimberly Hickok When something occurs that’s hard to explain, many people say that “everything happens for a reason” and that the event was “meant to be.” The thought provides a purpose for what, in reality, was a random, accidental event. This type of thinking, called teleological thinking, is what gives rise to creationism, which, in …

The truth about new study claiming ex-gay conversion therapy works
Aug 24, 2018 · 1 

By Zack Ford A newly published study that purports to show the benefits of ex-gay conversion therapy is exciting anti-LGBTQ groups like the Liberty Counsel that oppose attempts to ban the harmful and ineffective treatment. Unfortunately for those groups, the study’s scientific credentials are lacking and the research isn’t even new. The study, “Effects of Therapy on …