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Skeptoid Episode Guide - General Science

 

What Really Happened at Tunguska (Skeptoid #803) - History and old photos tell us that something destructive happened over a Siberian forest in 1908, knocking down trees over 300 square kilometers. And though it's usually said that this was the result of an exploding meteor, many alternate theories have been proposed as well. And so we're forced to wonder: What really did happen at Tunguska, and more importantly, how do we know that?
October 26, 2021
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Pop Quiz: 15 for 15 (Skeptoid #802) - Skeptoid is the podcast about the true history and true science behind our urban legends and strange beliefs, and learning about how and why smart people come to believe weird things. And so by studying them, we end up learning a lot of random facts about all these popular stories. Today we're going to see just how many of these random facts about our world you've absorbed... with another pop quiz.
October 19, 2021
Read | Listen (15:42)
 
Why You Need to Care About Methane (Skeptoid #797) - For all the talk about carbon dioxide's role in climate change, we hear surprisingly little about methane. Some say it represents even a greater threat, but if that's so, why isn't it getting more attention? Today we're going to see what the science really says, and what we should be doing about it.
September 14, 2021
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Is the Existence of Billionaires Inherently Harmful? (Skeptoid #790) - You can hardly turn around these days without hearing someone lecture about how immoral it is that billionaires exist. It's a popular view. But is this just an emotional or ideological reaction, or does economic theory also show that the existence of billionaires is actually harmful to a nation's economy or its people?
July 27, 2021
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Desalination vs. A National Water Grid (Skeptoid #785) - As global warming causes floods to worsen in the eastern US, it also causes droughts to worsen in the west, a trend which will continue. Today we're going to look at the science behind two proposals to help with the west's new water-starved normal: desalination and a national water grid.
June 22, 2021
Read | Listen (14:16)
 
Head Transplants (Skeptoid #784) - We've all heard the tales of mad scientists switching the heads of dogs and monkeys and sometimes even of people, to the point where many aren't even sure any more where the fiction ends and the reality begins. Today we've got a roundup for you of the true state of the science behind head transplants.
June 15, 2021
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Space Junk: The Real Risk and What to Do About It (Skeptoid #781) - What happens when one satellite crashes into another, and then another? Can such collisions actually trigger an irreversible cascade that eventually destroys everything we've got in orbit, and makes Earth's local space a useless zone of death? Luckily we don't have to wonder, because we've got the science-based answer for you.
May 25, 2021
Read | Listen (14:01)
 
Bitcoin Fact and Fiction (Skeptoid #774) - Bitcoin, the best known cryptocurrency, has made millionaires and billionaires worldwide. Some say that it's a currency immune from the problems that plague national currencies, and some say it's all just a flash-in-the-pan fad with no real value. We're going to separate the fact from the fiction today and see how much of the fuss is justified.
April 6, 2021
Read | Listen (13:43)
 
Top 10 Pro-Science Fictional Characters (Skeptoid #773) - So many of us who are fans of science and reality got our start by absorbing science fiction and fantasy. From these worlds arose our most inspirational characters, the household names who exist only in fictional universes, but who made science eternally cool. Today we're going to list the ten very most famous.
March 30, 2021
Read | Listen (14:38)
 
The Year's Best of Skeptoid (Skeptoid #767) - My personal favorite Skeptoid episodes from each and every year of its production.
February 16, 2021
Read | Listen (16:07)
 
Learning Styles, Re-examined (Skeptoid #764) - Most teachers believe that students have different learning styles and curricula can be tailored to it. Not so much.
January 26, 2021
Read | Listen (13:42)
 
Havana Syndrome, Microwaves, and Hearing RF (Skeptoid #761) - The lone exception to the science fact that radio cannot hurt you.
January 5, 2021
Read | Listen (14:55)
 
Percy Schmeiser vs Monsanto (Skeptoid #759) - Everyone's heard about how Monsanto, the world's largest producer of genetically engineered crop seeds, is notorious for suing any farmer whose field happens to become accidentally contaminated when the wind blows seeds onto their land. But, as is the case with so many things that "everyone has heard," there's no truth at all in this one.
December 22, 2020
Read | Listen (14:09)
 
About That Life on Mars... (Skeptoid #754) - Remember that time you heard that scientists discovered life on Mars? It's been reported, several different times, in fact. The problem is that none of those were true -- and yet, it got reported anyway, resulting in a science communication fail. Today we're going to find out what happens when scientists speak too soon and out of place.
November 17, 2020
Read | Listen (14:09)
 
Observing the Bystander Effect (Skeptoid #749) - Have you ever heard of the Bystander Effect? It's when you're the only one around, you're more likely to spring into action if there's some emergency; but if there are lots of people around, nobody tends to do anything, like they're all expecting someone else will do it. It's been a staple of behavioral psychology for a long time, but newer work might cast some doubt on whether this truly does represent what real people do in the real world. Will you take action next time you have a chance?
October 13, 2020
Read | Listen (12:41)
 
Who Sank the Maine? (Skeptoid #748) - When the USS Maine blew up and sank in Havana harbor in 1898, it plunged the United States and Spain into a costly and bloody war. And almost immediately, fingers began pointing in all directions over who blew it up. Was it a false flag attack by the Americans? Was it done by the Cubans to force the US into a war against the Spanish occupiers? More than a century later we have better forensic and other data than ever... and maybe even the answer to this long standing riddle.
October 6, 2020
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Phineas Gage, on Second Thought (Skeptoid #744) - In 1848 a man named Phineas Gage blew a crowbar right through his head with blasting powder, but somehow survived the appalling injury. It became a bedrock case in neurology. If you've heard his story, you might have heard that his personality completely changed as a result of the brain injury. But today, neurologists are taking another look, and correcting some of the ways poor Phineas has been misused by the textbooks.
September 8, 2020
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The Wisdom and Stupidity of Crowds (Skeptoid #741) - The "wisdom of crowds" is an idea, backed by experimental validation, that a big group of random people can collectively guess at something and do better than trained experts -- a very frustrating proposition for those experts. But while this concept sounds like it might be the miracle solution everyone's looking for to solve any complicated problem, the reality is very different.
August 18, 2020
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Learning Languages from Brain Injuries (Skeptoid #716) - Every so often we get a news story about someone who wakes up from a coma, and suddenly they're speaking a different language -- one that they did not know before their injury. Or sometimes, they wake up speaking only in some strange foreign accent. That's the way these stories are reported by the popular press, but when we point the skeptical eye at them, we find out that whatever is going on is something else entirely.
February 25, 2020
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The Trashy Secret of Plastic Bag Bans (Skeptoid #711) - We all want to do our part to save the planet -- so long as it's not too inconvenient. Banning plastic bags has always seemed like a great low-hanging fruit for fighting pollution and global warming, but when you look at the science, one starts to wonder whether any economists, climatologists, or materials scientists were consulted in developing these bans. Because the science sure doesn't look like it...
January 21, 2020
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All About Sex Addiction (Skeptoid #708) - Sex addicts make for great Hollywood movies. They make for saucy reading in saucy magazines and novels. They even find their way into our courtrooms, where sex addiction has been used as a defense. But when you ask psychologists whether it's even a real thing or not, you might be surprised to hear what they have to say. Or, what most of them have to say, anyway.
December 31, 2019
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Your Weirdest Thing, Vol. 3 (Skeptoid #703) - Skeptoid is the podcast the examines the true history and science behind urban legends, but today we're giving that same treatment to your own personal experiences. We're going to start with a freaky tale that happened to one listener whose group, while in the Mojave Desert, found themselves surrounded by shimmering strips fluttering down through the sky. What could it have been, and can Skeptoid find out?
November 26, 2019
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Seneca Guns and Skyquakes (Skeptoid #701) - The most famous of these are called the Seneca Guns, named after Seneca Lake in New York, explosive sounds like distant artillery but with no apparent source. And it turns out there are many such phenomena all around the world: Europe, Japan, the Philippines. What kind of artillery or explosions could be going on in these places, sometimes for hundreds of years, but with nobody ever finding a source for them?
November 12, 2019
Read | Listen (14:19)
 
Radon in Your Basement (Skeptoid #698) - Is this gas a risk you should worry about, or is it just another homeowner scam?
October 22, 2019
Read | Listen (12:42)
 
Reactionless Space Drives (Skeptoid #697) - Conspiracy theorists and alternate science believers continue to claim triumph over the laws of nature.
October 15, 2019
Read | Listen (12:45)
 
Fighting Global Warming with Economics (Skeptoid #695) - There's always been an easy solution to global warming on the table, and it won't hurt the economy.
October 1, 2019
Read | Listen (13:30)
 
Video Games and Violence (Skeptoid #690) - Data does not support the popular belief that video games promote violent behavior.
August 27, 2019
Read | Listen (13:22)
 
No, Electric Cars Don't Pollute More (Skeptoid #687) - Popularly shared articles claim electric cars produce more greenhouses gases than internal combustion cars.
August 6, 2019
Read | Listen (13:25)
 
Prehistoric Supersonic Monster Tides (Skeptoid #683) - An astronomical look at the idea that Earth's early history had enormous destructive tides.
July 9, 2019
Read | Listen (14:43)
 
5G: Upgrade or Uncertainty? (Skeptoid #677) - An examination of the claims that 5G cell phone data service is potentially harmful to life.
May 28, 2019
Read | Listen (14:38)
 
China, Imported Recyclables, and Ocean Plastic (Skeptoid #671) - Addressing the facts and the fictions around China's ending its overseas purchases of recyclable plastic.
April 16, 2019
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A Science Based Ghost Hunting Toolkit (Skeptoid #668) - How a TV ghost hunting show might look if they did what they claim, and used science.
March 26, 2019
Read | Listen (13:09)
 
All About Mindfulness (Skeptoid #647) - An examination of this super-trendy meditation technique to see whether it lives up to the hype.
October 30, 2018
Read | Listen (13:37)
 
Animal Earthquake Prediction (Skeptoid #646) - Many people believe animals have the ability to predict earthquakes. The facts tell a different story.
October 23, 2018
Read | Listen (13:27)
 
The Horsey History of Clever Hans (Skeptoid #633) - This early-1900s horse appeared to be able to do math and other feats, and we learned a lot from him.
July 24, 2018
Read | Listen (13:02)
 
Lucid Dreaming (Skeptoid #632) - Some people can control their dreams and do anything they want in them -- or can they?
July 17, 2018
Read | Listen (13:25)
 
The Apes Who Learned Sign Language (Skeptoid #630) - Although many regard Koko as an ape who used sign language, science tells us that ability probably doesn't exist.
July 3, 2018
Read | Listen (13:37)
 
Your Weird Turn (Skeptoid #625) - We try to figure out some of the creepiest stories ever sent in by Skeptoid listeners.
May 29, 2018
Read | Listen (12:07)
 
Zuma, The Phantom Satellite (Skeptoid #624) - The malfunction said to have doomed this spacecraft may have just been a cover story.
May 22, 2018
Read | Listen (14:19)
 
Alcohol Myths (Skeptoid #619) - We point the skeptical eye at five popular beliefs about alcoholic beverages.
April 17, 2018
Read | Listen (14:26)
 
10 Great Science Hoaxes (Skeptoid #617) - A look at those few times when hoaxers came closest to fooling those who knew better.
April 3, 2018
Read | Listen (14:49)
 
Abiotic Oil (Skeptoid #616) - Some believe that oil comes from geological processes rather than from ancient biomass.
March 27, 2018
Read | Listen (14:35)
 
All About Grounding (Skeptoid #611) - Some New Agers believe that you can heal virtually any ailment simply by taking off your shoes.
February 20, 2018
Read | Listen (12:48)
 
Do Lobsters Feel Pain? (Skeptoid #607) - What the science says on whether we need to change the way we eat crustaceans.
January 23, 2018
Read | Listen (13:15)
 
Net Neutrality Reexamined (Skeptoid #604) - A skeptic's guide for organizing the issues raised by Net Neutrality.
January 2, 2018
Read | Listen (15:44)
 
Sonic Weapons in Cuba (Skeptoid #603) - There is a much better explanation than sonic weapons for reported attacks against US diplomats in Cuba.
December 26, 2017
Read | Listen (13:54)
 
I Still Can't Believe They Did That: More Human Guinea Pigs (Skeptoid #593) - A further look at ten more scientists who experimented on themselves for the benefit of mankind.
October 17, 2017
Read | Listen (14:04)
 
Ouija Boards (Skeptoid #591) - Real effects far more interesting than spiritualism claims are behind these famous talking boards.
October 3, 2017
Read | Listen (12:27)
 
Celebrity Pseudoscience: 2017 Edition (Skeptoid #588) - A look at which celebrities are currently working hardest to erode the public intellect.
September 12, 2017
Read | Listen (14:35)
 
Volkswagen Dieselgate Reexamined (Skeptoid #586) - In the wake of VW Dieselgate, the government took the wrong steps to solve the wrong problem.
August 29, 2017
Read | Listen (14:56)
 
Eclipse Myths and Science (Skeptoid #584) - A look at the science-based myths and misconceptions about eclipses, plus some things you might not know.
August 15, 2017
Read | Listen (13:02)
 
Are You Following a Crank? (Skeptoid #581) - Let's have a look at the traits that define a crank, to make sure your new hero isn't one.
July 25, 2017
Read | Listen (13:19)
 
How to Surprise a Skeptical Podcaster: Part 2 (Skeptoid #575) - Here are the podcast episodes with conclusions that surprised me the most (part 2).
June 13, 2017
Read | Listen (13:07)
 
How to Surprise a Skeptical Podcaster: Part 1 (Skeptoid #574) - Here are the podcast episodes with conclusions that surprised me the most (part 1).
June 6, 2017
Read | Listen (12:51)
 
True or False Pregnancy (Skeptoid #572) - False pregnancies are not only real, they're probably more complex than you imagined.
May 23, 2017
Read | Listen (12:57)
 
More Space Missions You Should Know (Skeptoid #570) - We take a look at some more of the most exciting space missions, past, present, and future.
May 9, 2017
Read | Listen (13:40)
 
Beethoven's Hair (Skeptoid #561) - Popular stories claim Beethoven died of lead poisoning, but the science so far doesn't hold up.
March 7, 2017
Read | Listen (15:05)
 
Remembering the Mandela Effect (Skeptoid #560) - Some claim that certain common false memories are evidence for alternate realities.
February 28, 2017
Read | Listen (12:54)
 
Thorium Reactors: Fact and Fiction (Skeptoid #555) - These next-generation reactors have attracted a nearly cultish following. Here are the real facts.
January 24, 2017
Read | Listen (13:18)
 
How Your Credit Card Got Stolen (Skeptoid #554) - Here are the most likely ways that your credit card got stolen, and how you can prevent it in the future.
January 17, 2017
Read | Listen (13:31)
 
How Your Password Got Stolen (Skeptoid #553) - The facts, fiction, and real risk to you of all these high-profile data breaches online.
January 10, 2017
Read | Listen (12:39)
 
Space Missions You Should Know (Skeptoid #551) - A roundup of the most exciting and important space missions you really need to know about.
December 27, 2016
Read | Listen (13:13)
 
The Simple Proof of Man-Made Global Warming (Skeptoid #549) - The two most basic Smoking Guns proving that carbon from fossil fuels is warming the Earth.
December 13, 2016
Read | Listen (13:18)
 
There's No Such Thing as Race... Or Is There? (Skeptoid #546) - Genetically, race does not exist; but there are still inconvenient places for it in science.
November 22, 2016
Read | Listen (12:51)
 
White Hat Journal Hoaxes (Skeptoid #543) - Sometimes the best way to scrutinize an open access journal is to hoax them.
November 1, 2016
Read | Listen (13:36)
 
Photographic Memory (Skeptoid #542) - Pop culture tells us that some people have photographic memories, but the truth is quite different.
October 25, 2016
Read | Listen (12:50)
 
Feng Shui Today (Skeptoid #540) - Feng shui is much more than just a debunked way to magically arrange furniture.
October 11, 2016
Read | Listen (12:47)
 
Earthquake Lights: Do They Exist? (Skeptoid #534) - One of those things everyone seems to believe in, but for which there's almost no evidence.
August 30, 2016
Read | Listen (14:16)
 
Sky Trumpets (Skeptoid #526) - From all over the world come reports of strange trumpet-like blasts from the sky.
July 5, 2016
Read | Listen (13:34)
 
How Do Homing Pigeons Navigate? (Skeptoid #523) - The latest and greatest research reveals that we still have no clue how birds accomplish this amazing feat.
June 14, 2016
Read | Listen (13:05)
 
The New Flat Earthers (Skeptoid #521) - The reinvented Flat Earth fad is less about geology and more about conspiracy mongering.
May 31, 2016
Read | Listen (12:50)
 
Why Musical Aliens Probably Use the Same Scale We Do (Skeptoid #513) - Reliance on universal mathematical principles may mean alien music is similar to our own.
April 5, 2016
Read | Listen (12:44)
 
Bad Science on PBS (Skeptoid #503) - The reasons why PBS is so quick to promote pseudoscience informercials during pledge drives.
January 26, 2016
Read | Listen (13:13)
 
Schrodinger's Cat and the Bomb Detector (Skeptoid #501) - Whatever you think you know about Schrödinger's famous cat is probably wrong.
January 12, 2016
Read | Listen (12:27)
 
A Skeptical Look at the Rorschach Test (Skeptoid #497) - The famous Rorschach inkblot test is not a window into the subconscious, and doesn't tell us anything useful.
December 15, 2015
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How Real Is the Stockholm Syndrome? (Skeptoid #493) - While the Stockholm syndrome sounds like a mere media buzzword, it does actually sometimes happen.
November 17, 2015
Read | Listen (12:41)
 
Deconstructing the Tasaday Tribe (Skeptoid #490) - Some say this tribe of "gentle savages", discovered in 1971, was just a hoax. The truth isn't quite so simple.
October 27, 2015
Read | Listen (13:12)
 
The Science of X-Ray Specs and Sea Monkeys (Skeptoid #489) - These products advertised in the back of comic books promised improbable feats of science.
October 20, 2015
Read | Listen (12:07)
 
About That 1970s Global Cooling... (Skeptoid #487) - No, climatologists in the 1970s did not believe we're headed into another ice age.
October 6, 2015
Read | Listen (12:13)
 
More Unsung Women of Science (Skeptoid #484) - Some women you haven't heard of who made significant contributions to science.
September 15, 2015
Read | Listen (12:56)
 
Unsung Women of Science (Skeptoid #483) - These important scientists are virtually unknown. Let's see if we can fix that.
September 8, 2015
Read | Listen (13:13)
 
Chemicals (Skeptoid #479) - Chemicals are deadly, delicious, essential and basically, everything.
August 11, 2015
Read | Listen (14:28)
 
5 Answers for Creationists (Skeptoid #466) - Creationists have presented 5 questions they don't think 'evolutionists' can answer. Here are some answers.
May 12, 2015
Read | Listen (13:48)
 
Transgender: Fact or Fiction? (Skeptoid #463) - The Internet believes a lot of things about transgender people, but much of it isn't true.
April 21, 2015
Read | Listen (14:31)
 
Science Fails (Skeptoid #458) - Science has let you down time after time, and that's one reason why it gets better and better.
March 17, 2015
Read | Listen (14:11)
 
GMO Facts and Fiction (Skeptoid #454) - See if you know how many of these GMO "facts" are right.
February 17, 2015
Read | Listen (13:15)
 
Ideomotor Response (Skeptoid #451) - The Ideomotor Response underlies a number of occult phenomena and alt-med practices.
January 27, 2015
Read | Listen (13:55)
 
The Fallibility of Memory (Skeptoid #446) - We are a story our brain tells itself. And our brains are habitual liars.
December 23, 2014
Read | Listen (11:57)
 
Tube Amplifiers (Skeptoid #437) - The audiophile preference for tube amps over solid state is based more on emotion than on science.
October 21, 2014
Read | Listen (14:57 )
 
The Water Woo of Masaru Emoto (Skeptoid #433) - Masaru Emoto invented a New Age mythology in which water crystals reflect human consciousness.
September 23, 2014
Read | Listen (13:28)
 
Acupuncture (Skeptoid #431) - Acupuncture, the safe and effective ancient Chinese medical treatment, turns out to be none of those things.
September 9, 2014
Read | Listen (15:07)
 
Albinism Facts and Fiction (Skeptoid #425) - Even in developed countries, myths persist about people who have albinism.
July 29, 2014
Read | Listen (13:49)
 
The Santa Barbara Simoom of 1859 (Skeptoid #424) - Stories of a lethally hot storm wind in Santa Barbara in 1859 persist to this day.
July 22, 2014
Read | Listen (12:27)
 
12 Step Programs (Skeptoid #423) - Religious-based twelve step programs are no better at stopping addiction than other programs.
July 15, 2014
Read | Listen (12:44)
 
Lie Detection (Skeptoid #422) - Polygraphs are no better than a roll of the dice at determining whether you're lying.
July 8, 2014
Read | Listen (13:25)
 
Left Brained, Right Brained, or Hare Brained? (Skeptoid #418) - Pop psychology tells us we're all either left brain or right brain dominant, a concept with no scientific support.
June 10, 2014
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Your Body's Alleged Energy Fields (Skeptoid #411) - There is no such thing as your body's energy field.
April 22, 2014
Read | Listen (12:50)
 
15 Phreaky Phobias (Skeptoid #408) - Phobias are irrational, yet the brain surprisingly has a good reason for creating them.
April 1, 2014
Read | Listen (12:44)
 
It's Just Science (Skeptoid #400) - Some pseudoscience promoters attack the messenger rather than the evidence.
February 4, 2014
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Fukushima vs Chernobyl vs Three Mile Island (Skeptoid #397) - Years after the disaster, some claim that Fukushima radiation is still going to cause widespread death.
January 14, 2014
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The Biggest, the Oldest, and the Baddest (Skeptoid #396) - A tour of the Earth's biggest, oldest, and most lethal living creatures.
January 7, 2014
Read | Listen (13:42)
 
Into the Maelstrom (or Not) (Skeptoid #382) - A look into the plausibility and historicity of the ferocious maelstrom of legend.
October 1, 2013
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An Enthusiast's Primer on Study Types (Skeptoid #381) - A quick look at many of the most common scientific study types.
September 24, 2013
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The Science of Muzak (Skeptoid #370) - Background music really can influence our buying decisions in a shopping environment.
July 9, 2013
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Legislating Pseudoscience (Skeptoid #368) - Lawmakers are often pressured by ideologues to pass laws based on bad science.
June 25, 2013
Read | Listen (12:34)
 
The Sedona Energy Vortex (Skeptoid #366) - Vortexes of spiritual energy are claimed to exist in Sedona, but science suggests we remain skeptical.
June 11, 2013
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All About Graphology (Skeptoid #363) - In fact, handwriting analysis tells us nothing useful about the personality and aptitudes of the writer.
May 21, 2013
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The Aquatic Ape Theory (Skeptoid #357) - There is a popular fringe theory about human evolution that claims we went through an aquatic phase.
April 9, 2013
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Facts and Fiction of the Schumann Resonance (Skeptoid #352) - The Schumann Resonance, 7.83Hz, is one natural radio band in our atmosphere, but holds no mystical powers.
March 5, 2013
Read | Listen (13:26)
 
Top 10 Best Pro-Science Celebrities (Skeptoid #349) - A list of ten Hollywood celebrities who have leveraged their fame into the promotion of science.
February 12, 2013
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The Cult of Nikola Tesla (Skeptoid #345) - The name of Nikola Tesla is associated with crazy conspiracy claims that have nothing to do with his real work.
January 15, 2013
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Was the Wow! Signal Alien? (Skeptoid #342) - A signal received by a radio telescope in 1977 may be the best evidence yet for extraterrestrial intelligence.
December 25, 2012
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Free Energy Machines (Skeptoid #341) - Someone somewhere is always claiming to have cracked the secret of free energy forever, no fuel needed.
December 18, 2012
Read | Listen (12:39)
 
How to Tell a Good Website from a Crap Website (Skeptoid #336) - How to tell whether a science article on the web is reliable or not.
November 13, 2012
Read | Listen (13:33)
 
Hypnotism: Hijacking Your Brain? (Skeptoid #330) - The facts and the fiction of one of the most intriguing psychological phenomena.
October 2, 2012
Read | Listen (12:29)
 
Is She Real, or Is She Fictional? (Skeptoid #329) - See if you can tell which of these famous women from history are real, and which are fictional.
September 25, 2012
Read | Listen (15:48)
 
Secrets of the Stradivarius (Skeptoid #328) - The secret of history's greatest stringed instrument, the Stradivarius violin, is that there is no secret.
September 18, 2012
Read | Listen (12:10)
 
The Mystery of the Vitrified Forts (Skeptoid #326) - Some 60 ancient stone forts in Scotland have vitrified walls, with the stone melted into glass. Here's what we know.
September 4, 2012
Read | Listen (12:23)
 
The Golden Ratio (Skeptoid #325) - For centuries, claims both scientific and pseudoscientific have been made for the golden ratio.
August 28, 2012
Read | Listen (13:18)
 
Negative Calorie Food Myths (Skeptoid #322) - Negative calorie foods, said to require more energy to digest than they provide, are a popular food fad.
August 7, 2012
Read | Listen (11:28)
 
Attack of the Nanobots! (Skeptoid #317) - A look at the belief that nanotechnology may result in an army of self-replicating machines that consume society.
July 3, 2012
Read | Listen (13:34)
 
Left Handed Myths and Facts (Skeptoid #310) - Many popular anecdotes tell how and why some people are left-handed, but the true facts are even more interesting.
May 15, 2012
Read | Listen (13:42)
 
I 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.
April 10, 2012
Read | Listen (12:32)
 
Are Vinyl Recordings Better than Digital? (Skeptoid #303) - Many audio aficionados split into two camps, those supporting modern digital audio, and those supporting vinyl records.
March 27, 2012
Read | Listen (12:14)
 
Star Jelly (Skeptoid #299) - Jellylike blobs have been reported to fall from the sky during meteor showers. Aliens? No, science.
February 28, 2012
Read | Listen (12:07)
 
The Toxic Lady (Skeptoid #291) - The story goes that in 1994, fumes from a woman's body knocked out most of an emergency room staff.
January 3, 2012
Read | Listen (12:37)
 
Pit Bull Attack! (Skeptoid #288) - Pit bulls have a reputation for being the most dangerous dog breed. Turns out the facts just don't support that.
December 13, 2011
Read | Listen (12:13)
 
Top 10 Worst Anti-Science Websites (Skeptoid #283) - My list of the worst offenders on the web in the promotion of scientific and factual misinformation.
November 8, 2011
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The Science of Voting (Skeptoid #281) - Most election methods are fundamentally broken, but can be fixed with any of a number of tweaks.
October 25, 2011
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Noah's Ark: Sea Trials (Skeptoid #279) - Why it's impossible for a wooden vessel the size of Noah's Ark to be seaworthy.
October 11, 2011
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Wi-Fi, Smart Meters, and Other Radio Bogeymen (Skeptoid #273) - Demonizing radio transmitters as carcinogenic is popular, but is not supported by any reasonable science.
August 30, 2011
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Are We Alone? (Skeptoid #272) - We are not alone in the galaxy. Here's why that doesn't mean we've been visited by anyone.
August 23, 2011
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Zeno's Paradoxes (Skeptoid #267) - Greek philosopher Zeno apparently proved that movement was impossible with a few simple paradoxes.
July 19, 2011
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Nuclear War and Nuclear Winter (Skeptoid #244) - Atmospheric smoke from a nuclear war would not result in devastating global cooling.
February 8, 2011
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Mystery Spots (Skeptoid #240) - Various "gravitational anomalies" around the world have fascinating real science behind them.
January 11, 2011
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Whales and Sonar (Skeptoid #236) - Navy sonar is claimed to be lethal to whales, but the latest research tells a very different story.
December 14, 2010
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IQ Testing (Skeptoid #235) - IQ tests are fundamentally flawed, hopelessly inconsistent, and almost completely useless.
December 7, 2010
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The South Atlantic Anomaly (Skeptoid #234) - This mysterious region in the south Atlantic was not responsible for the crash of Air France flight 447.
November 30, 2010
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DDT: Secret Life of a Pesticide (Skeptoid #230) - DDT can be both a killer of birds and a savior against malaria. Rarely is a question as black and white as we'd like.
November 2, 2010
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The Brown Mountain Lights (Skeptoid #226) - A ghost light in North Carolina has people scratching their heads, but researchers solved it a century ago.
October 5, 2010
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Alien Downpour: The Red Rain of India (Skeptoid #224) - News agencies have long promoted a 2001 red rainfall as alien, but a better explanation was already there.
September 21, 2010
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The Frog in the Stone (Skeptoid #223) - Stories of living frogs being found encased in solid rock have a more interesting (and reality-based) explanation.
September 14, 2010
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The Myers-Briggs Personality Test (Skeptoid #221) - A critical look at the world's most popular psychological metric, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.
August 31, 2010
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The Things We Eat... (Skeptoid #216) - A look at what's really in food reveals the foolishness of the idea of "good food" and "bad food".
July 27, 2010
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Ball Lightning (Skeptoid #192) - Everyone believes in ball lightning, but when we stick to the science, there's probably nothing there.
February 9, 2010
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The Bell Island Boom (Skeptoid #190) - This shattering boom in Newfoundland was more likely a natural phenomenon than a superweapon test.
January 26, 2010
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Vaccine Ingredients (Skeptoid #180) - The claims made about the dangerous chemicals in vaccines are all either false or misrepresented.
November 17, 2009
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The Bloop (Skeptoid #177) - This mysterious sound captured by NOAA hydrophones was not a sea monster.
October 27, 2009
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Daylight Saving Time Myths (Skeptoid #172) - All the reasons you've ever heard for Daylight Saving Time are nonsense. Here is the real one.
September 22, 2009
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Was Chuck Yeager the First to Break the Sound Barrier? (Skeptoid #154) - Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in 1947, but others almost certainly did so before him.
May 19, 2009
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How 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.
March 24, 2009
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The Case of the Strange Skulls (Skeptoid #144) - A collection of bizarre human skulls from around the world.
March 10, 2009
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Chasing the Min Min Light (Skeptoid #133) - The Australian outback's mysterious jack o' lantern has sparked some good stories, but some even better science.
December 23, 2008
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HAARP Myths (Skeptoid #122) - A close look at HAARP, the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, and the claim that it's a superweapon.
October 7, 2008
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Scalar Weapons: Tesla's Doomsday Machine? (Skeptoid #121) - No, Nikola Tesla did not design a superweapon capable of vaporizing whole parts of the earth.
September 30, 2008
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How Dangerous Is Cell Phone Radiation? (Skeptoid #117) - There is neither evidence nor plausible hypothetical foundation for cell phone signals to be at all dangerous.
September 2, 2008
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Search for the Missing Cosmonauts (Skeptoid #115) - A pair of young Italian brothers probably didn't uncover evidence of Soviet cosmonauts dying in space.
August 19, 2008
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Will the Large Hadron Collider Destroy the Earth? (Skeptoid #109) - Some people believe that CERN's Large Hadron Collider will create black holes that will destroy the Earth.
July 15, 2008
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What You Didn't Know about the Stanford Prison Experiment (Skeptoid #102) - The Stanford Prison Experiment, said to have proven that evil environments produce evil behavior, was completely unscientific and unreliable.
May 27, 2008
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Can You Hear the Hum? (Skeptoid #90) - An exploration of the mysterious rumble that some people hear all over the world.
March 4, 2008
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How to Debate a Young Earth Creationist (Skeptoid #65) - Learn the basic arguments against science made by Young Earthers, and how to rebut them.
September 11, 2007
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Autism and Chelation: A Recipe for Risk (Skeptoid #55) - An examination of the lethal pop-culture fad of chelating autistic children.
July 15, 2007
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Science Magazines Violating Their Own Missions (Skeptoid #52) - Science magazines continue to undermine themselves by publishing ads for pseudoscientific products.
June 30, 2007
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Ethanol: Miracle Fuel, or Not? (Skeptoid #51) - Ethanol as a fuel may be carbon neutral, but offers few other benefits.
June 25, 2007
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How to Identify a "Good" Scientific Journal (Skeptoid #50) - Here is how to tell whose "scientific journal" article is actually more reputable.
June 15, 2007
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Neanderthals in Present Day Asia (Skeptoid #40) - Some claim that a legendary wildman, the Almas, is a population of relict Neanderthals.
April 21, 2007
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Chemtrails: Real or Not? (Skeptoid #27) - Some believe that airplane contrails are really dangerous chemicals being sprayed by the government.
February 15, 2007
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Scientists Are Not Created Equal (Skeptoid #25) - The word "scientist" can mean just about anything you want it to mean.
February 5, 2007
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Cell Phones on Airplanes (Skeptoid #14) - Cell phones are perfectly safe on airplanes, despite continued claims of danger.
December 15, 2006
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A Primer on Scientific Testing (Skeptoid #13) - Understand the basics of scientific testing.
December 11, 2006
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New Age Energy (Skeptoid #2) - An examination of energy, as new agers use the term.
October 11, 2006
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