Category Archives: Cool Stuff

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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QED 2016 in Manchester: A Complete Success

Last weekend I attended the QED (Question Explore Discover) conference in Manchester, UK. It was the sixth installment of this very successful skeptical conference. It was the first I’ve attended, and I regret only one thing: that I didn’t go … 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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Scoring a Goal Just Before the Break: A Myth That Doesn’t Score

The European Football Championship is currently running in France. This has occasioned, of course, multiple self-declared experts and whatnots to discuss various aspects of the game (sometimes called “soccer”): how the players, the fields, or the coach’s tie color might be influential to … Continue reading

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Grinding Grains, Then and Now

In many science and heritage museums, especially when there is a focus on archaeology or how our ancestors lived, there is the possibility to grind your own grain. You have two stones, throw some grains in it, and grind away … Continue reading

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Introducing “The Conspirators”

Introducing the newest series from Skeptoid Media, The Conspirators. It’s our first foray into animation and into comedy, and we really hope you’ll enjoy it. It features some voices you’ll recognize, such as Brian Keith Dalton (aka Mr. Deity), Maynard, … Continue reading

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The Art of Selling a Mule Story

I’m convinced that there are two distinct career paths in journalism. One is (hypothetically speaking) the journalist proper who pens a well-written piece showing the different, nuanced aspects of a story. The other one is the title editor, whose job … Continue reading

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Malaria Medicine from Chinese Herbs

There’s a common refrain you’ll find on Skeptoid blog entries about traditional out alternative medicines: “Alternative medicine that works is just called medicine.” A lot of this stuff comes from supposedly ancient Chinese treatments of questionable derivation. One recent example … Continue reading

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How Does an Airplane Stay in the Air?

For the longest time, I thought I knew why an airplane stayed in the air. It was because the wings were curved, and in such a way that the top was more curved than the underside. Air moving over the … Continue reading

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Oh No! Oh Yes! The Ig Nobel Prize is Coming

Fall is approaching, and hence the annual Ig Nobel Prize is, too. The prize was created in 1991 by Marc Abrahams, the editor of the Annals of Improbable Research. Although its name recalls the Darwin Awards—given to people who help evolution by opting … Continue reading

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