Exclusive: Watchdog group sues Walmart for selling “nonsense” homeopathic remedies
May 22, 2019

By Rina Raphael Walmart is being sued for selling questionable alternative remedies. The Center for Inquiry (CFI), a nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that “pseudoscience is prevented from harming society,” filed a complaint Monday on behalf of residents in Washington, D.C., against the giant retailer. The organization claims the superstore deliberately “creates a false and misleading …

Jack Dorsey Is Gwyneth Paltrow for Silicon Valley
May 3, 2019

By Nellie Bowles Young men are staggering around, hungry for days. They are throwing themselves into ice baths and cryotherapy pods. There are not enough beds at the silent vegan meditation centers to accommodate them. They need more near-infrared bulbs. They are the followers of Jack Dorsey, Silicon Valley’s answer to the mega-influencer Gwyneth Paltrow. …

“Doctor” Accused of Killing Patients Promoting Dangerous Autism “Cure” on Facebook
Apr 26, 2019

By Katie Joy A British woman on the run from law enforcement is promoting an unregulated blood product as a cure for autism on Facebook. Amanda Mary Jewell promises parents of autistic children that a product called GcMAF will cure autism by improving their immune system. However, Jewell is not a doctor and the product …

Journal Claims Russian Troops Have Psychic Powers
Apr 9, 2019

By Kyle Mizokami An article in an official army periodical is being ridiculed for claiming that the Russian military has psychic abilities and has used them in wartime. The article makes big claims but outside Russian critics claim it’s all nonsense and that the article should never have appeared in a Russian military publication. The …

Uri Geller: I Will “Telepathically” Stop Brexit by Sending Energy to Theresa May
Mar 25, 2019 · 5 

By Hemant Mehta Self-proclaimed paranormalist Uri Geller, the famously debunked “psychic” who “predicted” Donald Trump‘s 2016 victory because he has 11 letters in his name, has found a new way to get attention. He says he will “telepathically” stop British Prime Minister Theresa May from following through with Brexit. He plans to transmit his psychic energy into May’s brain at the “very mystical time” of …

Inside the Secret Sting Operations to Expose Celebrity Psychics
Feb 26, 2019

By Jack Hitt When you’re setting up fake Facebook pages, it’s the little details that can mess things up. On a group computer call last winter, Susan Gerbic was going through her checklist of tips for her team’s latest sting operation — this one focused on infiltrating the audience of a psychic. It all started …

Truth detectives: the know-it-all skeptics railing against fakery
Jan 29, 2019

By Alex Moshakis One rainy Saturday morning in October, several hundred people gathered at a Manchester hotel for QED, the UK’s largest convention of science and skepticism (they prefer the American spelling). Pitched towards rationalists, the event is an opportunity to hear popular science communicators discuss the issues that concern skeptics the most: the rising tide …

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 …