Category Archives: Nature

Is the human eye irreducibly complex?

Behold, the human eye. There’s a lot going on in there. The average human eye only weighs about 7 or 8 grams, but they are absolutely jam packed full of stuff. Chances are, you’re the proud owner of two of these … Continue reading

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Sweet Poison, Breastfeeding, Banned Foods, and Zombies

While I’ve spent way too much time this week responding to blog comments here on Skeptoid, I watched so many pieces of bad science flow through my social media feeds this week that it makes me weep knowing how poorly … Continue reading

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The Science Behind the Aurorae

My last post was about how various old mythologies explained the Northern and Southern Lights, so it seems appropriate to talk about the amazing science behind the aurorae, next. In short, the phenomena is caused by charged particles that stream … Continue reading

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The Photon Belt

Some new age channellers state that, sometime in the not too distant future, the Earth will come into contact with something that they call the “photon band”, or “photon belt.” When this happens, they say, our planet will be rained … Continue reading

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Chlamydia Infection Devastates Australia’s Koala Population

We have decided to remove this post. The story of chlamydia’s damage to the koalas is an important one, and deserves to be thoroughly and properly reported with high regard to scientific accuracy. The version of this article that was … Continue reading

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Magnetic Wine Aging

Energy, electric fields, and magnetic fields are difficult concepts for anyone to understand, even a student of physics. It takes practice to calculate these quantities, and to also understand how they are all related. Chemists also use some of these … Continue reading

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The end of cooler forests

Let’s face it: climate change is real. If you disagree, then perhaps you are reading the wrong “skeptical” website. In any case, the science behind it is rock solid. I wrote here previously about how sometimes these scientific results show … Continue reading

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The Mystery of The Yeti, Solved

“British scientist may have solved the mystery of the Yeti.”, that was a teaser in the news cycle last week. It involved web and print articles as well as television news. In my opinion not a great day for science reporting. The … Continue reading

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Non-toxicants: Substances That Won’t Make You High

Remember those kids from high school who could make a bong out of absolutely anything? Those young MacGyvers who, having mastered the journeyman’s apple bong, had moved onto spring loaded, Rube Goldberg-inspired smoking contraptions? They hung out in the parking … Continue reading

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All GM Foods Are Not Created Equal

The Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe is a podcast that I enjoy every week. This week, the panel discussed the topic of GM foods; and while I don’t disagree with anything they said, I did have to grit my teeth … Continue reading

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