Category Archives: Technology

In Defense of Electric Silence

For some time now, a few activists have proposed that a danger of electric cars is their silence to unsuspecting pedestrians. According to this claim, pedestrians are more likely to be struck by cars that they cannot hear coming. A … Continue reading

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Another E-Cat Test: Success?

Andrea Rossi’s E-Cat machine has been wowing folks for some time now. This device is claimed to produce considerable amounts of energy via Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR). I’ve written about LENR and Rossi before. Results of additional testing on … Continue reading

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The Anti-Vaccine Playbook: Freedom of Speech

Writer’s Note: I wanted to write my own collection of nonsense spewed by pseudoscience peddlers. I will be starting with vaccines, but I may expand it into other topics as well at some point. I want to provide short examples … Continue reading

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Truvada, the Preventative HIV Drug

The preventative HIV drug Truvada, one of several HIV pre-exposure prophylaxes (PrEP) endorsed by the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease control, has renewed discourse surrounding sexual health in the LGBT community. The drug represents a major breakthrough … Continue reading

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GMO Labeling: Consumer Protection or Fear Mongering?

The use of Genetically Modified Organisms, better known as GMO, is an area of debate among skeptics. GMO is actually a broad term that has a lot of moving parts. Forced labeling for consumer foods containing GMOs in the United States … Continue reading

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About That Turing Test Win…

This past weekend, the media was all abuzz about how the Turing test had just been passed by a computer. This was an amazing achievement that heralded a new milestone in computing history. Or was it? Let’s take a look at … Continue reading

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2013 predictions in technology – really predictions or just extrapolations?

I want to join the skeptical meme to evaluate past predictions to see if they came through. Not astrological or any other psychic babble, but like last year I’m going to analyse the predictions in IT and technology made by Strategic … Continue reading

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A Blogger Goes Looking For A Catchy Title. You Will Be Shocked at What He Found!

Writing titles for my blog posts here on Skeptoid have always been a bit of a conundrum. It ends up being a mix of thinking back to my high school English classes, influences from modern internet writing, and my desire … Continue reading

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Why Would Bill Gates Want to Kill One Billion People?

Viral video aggregator Upworthy has been in the news a lot lately, mostly for their meteoric rise in popularity and maddening-yet-effective headline writing style. One element of the site that didn’t get much press, however, was an announcement they made … Continue reading

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Some more 3D scanning in science

One of the finer moments when writing for this blog, is when people who you mention in the article, contact you. In my post on Napoleon’s battlefield in Borodino (Russia) the podcaster Cameron Reilly contacted me to discuss why the campaign wasn’t … Continue reading

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