Category Archives: Technology

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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Seven bucks per centimer of audio woo

One of my favourite blogs I follow is Big Picture from Bobby Owsinski, producer, audio engineer and author of several books on audio recording and engineering. Mr Owsinski from time to time posts articles that expose some frauds and hoaxes … Continue reading

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3D-scanning Napoleon’s battlefield at Borodino

The company Artec 3D recently reported on work they did for the Russian academy of sciences in scanning the battlefield of Borodino. This is the site of the major battle in Napoleon’s 1812 campaign in Russia, and probably one of … Continue reading

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Testing the road to ITER

You may have heard of ITER, the international collaboration project to build a huge experimental fusion reactor in the south of France. As Wikipedia indicates, its goal is to increase our understanding of nuclear fusion, in order to be able … Continue reading

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Is It Time To Give Up Facebook?

We all know that the mainstream media loves a good, link-baiting headline, and that they are prone to simplification and exaggeration when it comes to science discoveries. So whenever I see the news feeds light up with the sensational results … Continue reading

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Readers as Editors: CNN Continues to Embarrass Itself

A few years ago, to much fanfare, CNN.com dissolved its science department and replaced it with The Belief Blog and The Empowered Patient. In effect, this was to eliminate the costs of needing anyone to review anything they wanted to … Continue reading

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Frankenmeatophobia

Over ten years ago, I wrote a short piece about the potential for meat grown in a laboratory. The process is straightforward: acquire muscle tissue from an animal and endlessly propagate it to produce meat, but without harming animals (at … Continue reading

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