Episode Guide - General Science

1/26/16Bad Science on PBS (Skeptoid #503) - Does PBS bother to distance itself from the pseudoscience informercials aired during pledge drives?
Read | Listen (13:13) | Discuss
1/12/16Schrodinger's Cat and the Bomb Detector (Skeptoid #501) - Whatever you think you know about Schrödinger's famous cat is probably wrong.
Read | Listen (12:27) | Discuss
12/15/15A Skeptical Look at the Rorschach Test (Skeptoid #497) - Most consider the famous inkblot test to be a window to the subconscious. Is it?
Read | Listen (12:39) | Discuss
12/8/15The Russian Sleep Experiment (Skeptoid #496) - Russian test subjects are said to have done unspeakably horrible things when sleep deprived.
Read | Listen (13:00) | Discuss
11/17/15How Real Is the Stockholm Syndrome? (Skeptoid #493) - Is the Stockholm syndrome a real psychological phenomenon, or a media buzzword?
Read | Listen (12:41) | Discuss
10/27/15Deconstructing the Tasaday Tribe (Skeptoid #490) - Some say this tribe of "gentle savages", discovered in 1971, was just a hoax. Was it?
Read | Listen (13:12) | Discuss
10/20/15The Science of X-Ray Specs and Sea Monkeys (Skeptoid #489) - These products advertised in the back of comic books promised improbable feats of science.
Read | Listen (12:07) | Discuss
10/6/15About That 1970s Global Cooling... (Skeptoid #487) - Is it true that climatologists in the 1970s said we're headed into an ice age?
Read | Listen (12:13) | Discuss
9/15/15More Unsung Women of Science (Skeptoid #484) - Some women you haven't heard of who made significant contributions to science.
Read | Listen (12:56) | Discuss
9/8/15Unsung Women of Science (Skeptoid #483) - These important scientists are virtually unknown. Let's see if we can fix that.
Read | Listen (13:13) | Discuss
8/11/15Chemicals (Skeptoid #479) - Chemicals are deadly, delicious, essential and basically, everything.
Read | Listen (14:28) | Discuss
5/12/155 Answers for Creationists (Skeptoid #466) - Creationists have presented 5 questions they don't think 'evolutionists' can answer. Here are some answers.
Read | Listen (13:48) | Discuss
4/21/15Transgender: Fact or Fiction? (Skeptoid #463) - The Internet believes a lot of things about transgender people. But how much of it is true?
Read | Listen (14:31) | Discuss
3/17/15Science Fails (Skeptoid #458) - Science has let you down time after time, and that's one reason why it gets better and better.
Read | Listen (14:11) | Discuss
2/17/15GMO Facts and Fiction (Skeptoid #454) - See if you know how many of these GMO "facts" are right.
Read | Listen (13:15) | Discuss
1/27/15Ideomotor Response (Skeptoid #451) - The Ideomotor Response underlies a number of occult phenomena and alt-med practices.
Read | Listen (13:55) | Discuss
12/23/14The Fallibility of Memory (Skeptoid #446) - We are a story our brain tells itself. And our brains are habitual liars.
Read | Listen (11:57) | Discuss
10/21/14Tube Amplifiers (Skeptoid #437) - Are tube amplifiers superior to solid state?
Read | Listen (14:57 ) | Discuss
9/23/14The Water Woo of Masaru Emoto (Skeptoid #433) - Masaru Emoto believes that water entagles with human consciousness and emotion, a concept he calls 'hado'. Is there anything behind Emoto's water woo?
Read | Listen (13:28) | Discuss
9/9/14Acupuncture (Skeptoid #431) - Is acupuncture really ancient Chinese medicine? Does it work? Is it safe?
Read | Listen (15:07) | Discuss
7/29/14Albino Facts and Fiction (Skeptoid #425) - Even in developed countries, myths persist about people who have albinism.
Read | Listen (13:49) | Discuss
7/22/14The Santa Barbara Simoom of 1859 (Skeptoid #424) - Stories of a lethally hot storm wind in Santa Barbara in 1859 persist to this day.
Read | Listen (12:27) | Discuss
7/15/1412 Step Programs (Skeptoid #423) - Are religious-based twelve step programs better at stopping addiction than other programs?
Read | Listen (12:44) | Discuss
7/8/14Lie Detection (Skeptoid #422) - Has technology ever been able to reliably discriminate between lies and truths?
Read | Listen (13:25) | Discuss
6/10/14Left Brained, Right Brained, or Hare Brained? (Skeptoid #418) - Pop psychology tells us we're all either left brain dominant or right brain dominant. Really?
Read | Listen (12:36) | Discuss
4/22/14Your Body's Alleged Energy Fields (Skeptoid #411) - We are constantly bombarded with marketing references to your body's energy field. Is there such a thing?
Read | Listen (12:50) | Discuss
4/1/1415 Phreaky Phobias (Skeptoid #408) - Are phobias really irrational, or does the brain have a better reason for creating them?
Read | Listen (12:44) | Discuss
2/4/14It's Just Science (Skeptoid #400) - Some pseudoscience promoters attack the messenger rather than the evidence.
Read | Listen (3:04) | Discuss
1/14/14Fukushima vs Chernobyl vs Three Mile Island (Skeptoid #397) - Years after the disaster, some claim that Fukushima radiation is still going to cause widespread death.
Read | Listen (13:09) | Discuss
1/7/14The Biggest, the Oldest, and the Baddest (Skeptoid #396) - A tour of the Earth's biggest, oldest, and most lethal living creatures.
Read | Listen (13:42) | Discuss
10/1/13Into the Maelstrom (or Not) (Skeptoid #382) - Infamous legends tell of a maelstrom that devours ships and men. Is such a thing possible?
Read | Listen (11:14) | Discuss
9/24/13An Enthusiast's Primer on Study Types (Skeptoid #381) - A quick look at many of the most common scientific study types.
Read | Listen (12:20) | Discuss
7/9/13The Science of Muzak (Skeptoid #370) - Can background music really influence our buying decisions?
Read | Listen (11:53) | Discuss
6/25/13Legislating Pseudoscience (Skeptoid #368) - Lawmakers are often pressured by ideologues to pass laws based on bad science.
Read | Listen (12:34) | Discuss
6/11/13The Sedona Energy Vortex (Skeptoid #366) - Do a series of spiritual energy vortexes, of a type unknown to science, exist in Sedona, AZ?
Read | Listen (12:32) | Discuss
5/21/13All About Graphology (Skeptoid #363) - Can handwriting analysis really tell us about the personality and aptitudes of the writer?
Read | Listen (12:42) | Discuss
4/9/13The Aquatic Ape Theory (Skeptoid #357) - There is a popular fringe theory about human evolution that claims we went through an aquatic phase.
Read | Listen (10:33) | Discuss
3/5/13Facts and Fiction of the Schumann Resonance (Skeptoid #352) - This cavity in our atmosphere resonates radio frequency at 7.83 Hz. But is that all it does?
Read | Listen (13:26) | Discuss
2/12/13Top 10 Best Pro-Science Celebrities (Skeptoid #349) - A list of ten Hollywood celebrities who have leveraged their fame into the promotion of science.
Read | Listen (12:34) | Discuss
1/15/13The Cult of Nikola Tesla (Skeptoid #345) - The name of Nikola Tesla is associated with crazy conspiracy claims at least as much as with the real man and his real accomplishments.
Read | Listen (14:52) | Discuss
12/25/12Was the Wow! Signal Alien? (Skeptoid #342) - A signal received by a radio telescope in 1977 may be the best evidence yet for extraterrestrial intelligence.
Read | Listen (12:16) | Discuss
12/18/12Free Energy Machines (Skeptoid #341) - Some believe they've cracked the secret of free energy forever with no fuel needed. Is it true?
Read | Listen (12:39) | Discuss
11/13/12How to Tell a Good Website from a Crap Website (Skeptoid #336) - When you find a science article on the web, how do you know whether it's reliable or not?
Read | Listen (13:33) | Discuss
10/2/12Hypnotism: Hijacking Your Brain? (Skeptoid #330) - The facts and the fiction of one of the most intriguing psychological phenomena.
Read | Listen (12:29) | Discuss
9/25/12Is She Real, or Is She Fictional? (Skeptoid #329) - A look at some famous women through history. Do you know who's real and who's not?
Read | Listen (15:48) | Discuss
9/18/12Secrets of the Stradivarius (Skeptoid #328) - What is the secret of the incomparable sound of history's greatest stringed instrument, the Stradivarius violin?
Read | Listen (12:10) | Discuss
9/4/12The Mystery of the Vitrified Forts (Skeptoid #326) - About sixty prehistoric stone forts in Scotland have vitrified walls, where the stone was melted into glass. How was it done?
Read | Listen (12:23) | Discuss
8/28/12The Golden Ratio (Skeptoid #325) - For centuries, claims both scientific and pseudoscientific have been made for the golden ratio.
Read | Listen (13:18) | Discuss
8/7/12Negative Calorie Food Myths (Skeptoid #322) - Negative calorie foods, said to require more energy to digest than they provide, are a popular food fad.
Read | Listen (11:28) | Discuss
7/3/12Attack of the Nanobots! (Skeptoid #317) - Is it possible for nanotechnology to result in an army of self-replicating machines that consume and destroy our society?
Read | Listen (13:34) | Discuss
5/15/12Left Handed Myths and Facts (Skeptoid #310) - There are many popular anecdotes about how and why some people are left-handed, but the true facts are even more interesting.
Read | Listen (13:42) | Discuss
4/10/12I Can't Believe They Did That: Human Guinea Pigs (Skeptoid #305) - A look at some of history's most famous scientists who experimented upon themselves.
Read | Listen (12:32) | Discuss
3/27/12Are Vinyl Recordings Better than Digital? (Skeptoid #303) - Many audio aficionados split into two camps, those supporting modern digital audio, and those supporting vinyl records.
Read | Listen (12:14) | Discuss
2/28/12Star Jelly (Skeptoid #299) - Jellylike blobs have been reported to fall from the sky during meteor showers. What are they?
Read | Listen (12:07) | Discuss
1/3/12The Toxic Lady (Skeptoid #291) - In 1994, fumes from a woman's body knocked out most of an emergency room staff. What happened?
Read | Listen (12:37) | Discuss
12/13/11Pit Bull Attack! (Skeptoid #288) - Pit bulls have a reputation for being the most dangerous dog breed. Is this reputation deserved?
Read | Listen (12:13) | Discuss
11/8/11Top 10 Worst Anti-Science Websites (Skeptoid #283) - My list of the worst offenders on the web in the promotion of scientific and factual misinformation.
Read | Listen (14:50) | Discuss
10/25/11The Science of Voting (Skeptoid #281) - Are democratic elections actually as free and fair as we think they are?
Read | Listen (11:03) | Discuss
10/11/11Noah's Ark: Sea Trials (Skeptoid #279) - Could a wooden vessel like Noah's Ark actually have been made seaworthy?
Read | Listen (12:11) | Discuss
8/30/11Wi-Fi, Smart Meters, and Other Radio Bogeymen (Skeptoid #273) - Are common radio transmitters carcinogenic or otherwise harmful?
Read | Listen (12:34) | Discuss
8/23/11Are We Alone? (Skeptoid #272) - Are we alone in the galaxy, or might we have been visited by other civilizations?
Read | Listen (11:52) | Discuss
7/19/11Zeno's Paradoxes (Skeptoid #267) - Greek philosopher Zeno proved that movement was impossible with a few simple paradoxes.
Read | Listen (12:11) | Discuss
2/8/11Nuclear War and Nuclear Winter (Skeptoid #244) - Will atmospheric smoke from a nuclear war result in devastating global cooling?
Read | Listen (11:49) | Discuss
1/11/11Mystery Spots (Skeptoid #240) - Are the various "mystery spots" around the world actually gravitational anomalies, or might the explanation lie elsewhere?
Read | Listen (12:02) | Discuss
12/14/10Whales and Sonar (Skeptoid #236) - Navy sonar is said to be lethal to whales. What does the latest research actually tell us?
Read | Listen (12:59) | Discuss
12/7/10IQ Testing (Skeptoid #235) - How valid are IQ tests, what do they really measure, and where do you fit in?
Read | Listen (13:22) | Discuss
11/30/10The South Atlantic Anomaly (Skeptoid #234) - Was this mysterious region in the south Atlantic responsible for the crash of Air France flight 447?
Read | Listen (11:36) | Discuss
11/2/10DDT: Secret Life of a Pesticide (Skeptoid #230) - Is DDT a killer of birds, a savior against malaria, or a little of each?
Read | Listen (13:42) | Discuss
10/5/10The Brown Mountain Lights (Skeptoid #226) - A ghost light in North Carolina has people scratching their heads. What's the explanation?
Read | Listen (14:47) | Discuss
9/21/10Alien Downpour: The Red Rain of India (Skeptoid #224) - News agencies have long been promoting a 2001 red rainfall as being of alien origin. What's the evidence?
Read | Listen (12:23) | Discuss
9/14/10The Frog in the Stone (Skeptoid #223) - Stories abound of living frogs being found encased in solid rock. What's really going on here?
Read | Listen (12:49) | Discuss
8/31/10The Myers-Briggs Personality Test (Skeptoid #221) - A critical look at the world's most popular psychological metric, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.
Read | Listen (13:10) | Discuss
7/27/10The Things We Eat... (Skeptoid #216) - Do you really know which kinds of food are good for you, and which are bad?
Read | Listen (12:08) | Discuss
2/9/10Ball Lightning (Skeptoid #192) - We've all heard of it, we all believe it exists - but what does science have to say?
Read | Listen (11:58) | Discuss
1/26/10The Bell Island Boom (Skeptoid #190) - Was the cause of this shattering boom in Newfoundland natural, or a test of a superweapon?
Read | Listen (12:02) | Discuss
11/17/09Vaccine Ingredients (Skeptoid #180) - Do vaccines really contain the horrifying poisons claimed by antivaccine activists?
Read | Listen (12:50) | Discuss
10/27/09The Bloop (Skeptoid #177) - A mysterious sound captured by NOAA hydrophones... could it be a sea monster?
Read | Listen (14:48) | Discuss
9/22/09Daylight Saving Time Myths (Skeptoid #172) - What does daylight saving time really do for us, and what are the real reasons we have it?
Read | Listen (11:10) | Discuss
5/19/09Was Chuck Yeager the First to Break the Sound Barrier? (Skeptoid #154) - We all know that Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in 1947, but did others beat him to it?
Read | Listen (17:24) | Discuss
3/24/09How Old Is the Mount St. Helens Lava Dome? (Skeptoid #146) - Young Earthers point to an infamous dating error as evidence that the Earth is only as old as the Bible says.
Read | Listen (13:00) | Discuss
3/10/09The Case of the Strange Skulls (Skeptoid #144) - A collection of bizarre human skulls from around the world.
Read | Listen (15:13) | Discuss
12/23/08Chasing the Min Min Light (Skeptoid #133) - What is the source of the Australian outback's mysterious channel country jack o' lantern?
Read | Listen (10:45) | Discuss
10/7/08HAARP Myths (Skeptoid #122) - A close look at HAARP, the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, and the claim that it's a superweapon.
Read | Listen (12:59) | Discuss
9/30/08Scalar Weapons: Tesla's Doomsday Machine? (Skeptoid #121) - Did Nikola Tesla really design a superweapon capable of vaporizing whole parts of the earth?
Read | Listen (10:45) | Discuss
9/2/08How Dangerous Is Cell Phone Radiation? (Skeptoid #117) - Popular stories and Internet videos say that cell phone signals are dangerous. Is there any truth to this?
Read | Listen (11:07) | Discuss
8/19/08Search for the Missing Cosmonauts (Skeptoid #115) - Did a young pair of Italian brothers uncover evidence of Soviet cosmonauts dying in space?
Read | Listen (13:38) | Discuss
7/15/08Will the Large Hadron Collider Destroy the Earth? (Skeptoid #109) - Some people believe that CERN's new Large Hadron Collider will create black holes that will destroy the Earth.
Read | Listen (11:22) | Discuss
5/27/08What You Didn't Know about the Stanford Prison Experiment (Skeptoid #102) - Did the infamous Stanford Prison Experiment prove that evil environments produce evil behavior, or were there serious flaws in the experiment?
Read | Listen (10:16) | Discuss
3/4/08Can You Hear the Hum? (Skeptoid #90) - An exploration of the mysterious rumble that some people hear all over the world.
Read | Listen (11:35) | Discuss
9/11/07How to Debate a Young Earth Creationist (Skeptoid #65) - Learn the basic arguments against science made by Young Earthers, and how to rebut them.
Read | Listen (15:35) | Discuss
7/15/07Mercury, Autism, and Chelation: A Recipe for Risk (Skeptoid #55) - An examination of the lethal pop-culture fad of chelating autistic children.
Read | Listen (10:36) | Discuss
6/30/07Science Magazines Violating Their Own Missions (Skeptoid #52) - Do science magazines undermine themselves by publishing ads for pseudoscientific products?
Read | Listen (7:19) | Discuss
6/25/07Ethanol: Miracle Fuel, or Not? (Skeptoid #51) - Is ethanol really nature's wonder fuel? Is corn really going to save us?
Read | Listen (7:58) | Discuss
6/15/07How to Identify a "Good" Scientific Journal (Skeptoid #50) - Everyone says their scientific journal is more reputable than your scientific journal. Who's right?
Read | Listen (10:05) | Discuss
4/21/07Neanderthals in Present Day Asia (Skeptoid #40) - Does the legendary Almas represent a population of relic Neanderthals?
Read | Listen (8:30) | Discuss
2/15/07Chemtrails: Real or Not? (Skeptoid #27) - What you always thought were simply contrails are really dangerous chemicals being sprayed.
Read | Listen (9:06) | Discuss
2/5/07Scientists Are Not Created Equal (Skeptoid #25) - Does calling someone a "scientist" mean that he knows anything at all?
Read | Listen (6:51) | Discuss
12/15/06Cell Phones on Airplanes (Skeptoid #14) - Cell phones are perfectly safe on airplanes. So why can't we use them?
Read | Listen (6:35) | Discuss
12/11/06A Primer on Scientific Testing (Skeptoid #13) - Understand the basics of scientific testing.
Read | Listen (7:15) | Discuss
10/3/06New Age Energy (Skeptoid #1) - An examination of energy, as new agers use the term.
Read | Listen (6:07) | Discuss


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