Author Archives: Brian Dunning

About Brian Dunning

Science writer Brian Dunning is the host and producer of Skeptoid.

Mythbusters topics, from the Skeptoid files

Awesomely, a new season of Mythbusters is afoot, with new hosts Brian Louden and Jon Lung. They were selected by winning Mythbusters: The Search hosted by Skeptoid friend Kyle Hill (you may have also noted Skeptoid Media’s The Feeding Tube … Continue reading

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The news on the new film is…

My new film from Skeptoid Media, Principles of Curiosity, is finally in post production. This is the long-awaited sequel to my 2008 amateur film Here Be Dragons, and it is what I had originally hoped that film would be and … Continue reading

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Stop Criticizing Fracking and Pipelines

Many of my friends and colleagues often criticize me for refusing to embrace the popular anti-fracking rhetoric — or, as some like to fallaciously describe it — my “pro-fracking stance”. There’s a reason I refuse to condemn fracking, and it’s … Continue reading

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Still No Reason to Suspect ‘Earthquake Lights’ Are a Thing

Since the November 13, 2016 earthquake in New Zealand, my inbox has been bursting with reports of EQLs (earthquake lights). A number of YouTube videos have surfaced from locals who were quick on the draw with their phones in the … Continue reading

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3 Things for AGW Deniers to Stop Saying

I suppose it’s good for shipping traffic, but not for much else. Sea ice reflects a lot of solar radiation back out to space. When there’s a lot of it, it’s easier for the Earth to get cooler (the “Snowball … Continue reading

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What Skeptoid is doing about the election…

I just sent this email to everyone on Skeptoid Media’s opt-in mailing list (join in the Members Portal): For many, yesterday’s election was a stunner; for others, a victory. Whatever your thoughts on its social or economic implications, my wheelhouse … Continue reading

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No, that’s not Amelia Earhart’s skeleton.

I can hardly believe it — Ric Gillespie and TIGHAR are once again hoaxing news outlets with yet another absurd claim that he knows where Amelia Earhart is, in blatant defiance of known history. And, once again, the news outlets … Continue reading

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Giving the TV thing another go

It seems a surprising number of years ago now, but a while ago, Skeptoid Media partnered with New Rule Productions to form Skeptologist Partners. We shot a 1-hour TV pilot called The Skeptologists with an all-star cast of the top … Continue reading

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Introducing the Premium edition of the Skeptoid Podcast

Skeptoid is growing! So we’re changing things around a bit. And when I saw “we” I mean myself (Brian) and Skeptoid Media’s board of directors, for whom I work, strictly speaking. The basic change is that there will now be two … Continue reading

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A Jug of Atomized Aluminum, A Loaf of Ammonium Perchlorate, and Thou Beside Me

This week, I was invited by NASA to join them at a static firing test for the motor to power the SLS (Space Launch System), NASA’s next-generation heavy-lift rocket system, intended for a first flight in 2018. Enjoy this 2-minute video of … Continue reading

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