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Skeptoid Episode Guide - General Science

 

Thorium Reactors: Fact and Fiction (Skeptoid #555) - These next-generation reactors have attracted a nearly cultish following. Is it justified?
January 24, 2017
Read | Listen (13:18)
 
How Your Credit Card Got Stolen (Skeptoid #554) - It happens to all of us eventually; but do you know how your card is most likely to be stolen?
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) - We know that genetically, race does not exist; so why are we still using 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. What's the real story?
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) - Does PBS bother to distance itself from the pseudoscience informercials aired 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) - Most consider the famous inkblot test to be a window to the subconscious. Is it?
December 15, 2015
Read | Listen (12:39)
 
How Real Is the Stockholm Syndrome? (Skeptoid #493) - Is the Stockholm syndrome a real psychological phenomenon, or a media buzzword?
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. Was it?
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 how much of it is 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) - Are tube amplifiers superior to solid state?
October 21, 2014
Read | Listen (14:57 )
 
The Water Woo of Masaru Emoto (Skeptoid #433) - Masaru Emoto believes that water entangles with human consciousness. Is there anything behind Emoto's water woo?
September 23, 2014
Read | Listen (13:28)
 
Acupuncture (Skeptoid #431) - Is acupuncture really ancient Chinese medicine? Does it work? Is it safe?
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) - Are religious-based twelve step programs better at stopping addiction than other programs?
July 15, 2014
Read | Listen (12:44)
 
Lie Detection (Skeptoid #422) - Has technology ever been able to reliably discriminate between lies and truths?
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 dominant or right brain dominant. Really?
June 10, 2014
Read | Listen (12:36)
 
Your 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?
April 22, 2014
Read | Listen (12:50)
 
15 Phreaky Phobias (Skeptoid #408) - Are phobias really irrational, or does the brain have 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
Read | Listen (3:04)
 
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
Read | Listen (13:09)
 
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) - Infamous legends tell of a maelstrom that devours ships and men. Is such a thing possible?
October 1, 2013
Read | Listen (11:14)
 
An Enthusiast's Primer on Study Types (Skeptoid #381) - A quick look at many of the most common scientific study types.
September 24, 2013
Read | Listen (12:20)
 
The Science of Muzak (Skeptoid #370) - Can background music really influence our buying decisions?
July 9, 2013
Read | Listen (11:53)
 
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) - Do a series of spiritual energy vortexes, of a type unknown to science, exist in Sedona, AZ?
June 11, 2013
Read | Listen (12:32)
 
All About Graphology (Skeptoid #363) - Can handwriting analysis really tell us about the personality and aptitudes of the writer?
May 21, 2013
Read | Listen (12:42)
 
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
Read | Listen (10:33)
 
Facts 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?
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
Read | Listen (12:34)
 
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
Read | Listen (14:52)
 
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
Read | Listen (12:16)
 
Free Energy Machines (Skeptoid #341) - Some believe they've cracked the secret of free energy forever with no fuel needed. Is it true?
December 18, 2012
Read | Listen (12:39)
 
How 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?
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) - A look at some famous women through history. Do you know who's real and who's not?
September 25, 2012
Read | Listen (15:48)
 
Secrets of the Stradivarius (Skeptoid #328) - What is the secret of the incomparable sound of history's greatest stringed instrument, the Stradivarius violin?
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. How was it done?
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) - Is it possible for nanotechnology to result in an army of self-replicating machines that consume and destroy 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. What are they?
February 28, 2012
Read | Listen (12:07)
 
The Toxic Lady (Skeptoid #291) - In 1994, fumes from a woman's body knocked out most of an emergency room staff. What happened?
January 3, 2012
Read | Listen (12:37)
 
Pit Bull Attack! (Skeptoid #288) - Pit bulls have a reputation for being the most dangerous dog breed. Is this reputation deserved?
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
Read | Listen (14:50)
 
The Science of Voting (Skeptoid #281) - Are democratic elections actually as free and fair as we think they are?
October 25, 2011
Read | Listen (11:03)
 
Noah's Ark: Sea Trials (Skeptoid #279) - Could a wooden vessel like Noah's Ark actually have been made seaworthy?
October 11, 2011
Read | Listen (12:11)
 
Wi-Fi, Smart Meters, and Other Radio Bogeymen (Skeptoid #273) - Are common radio transmitters carcinogenic or otherwise harmful?
August 30, 2011
Read | Listen (12:34)
 
Are We Alone? (Skeptoid #272) - Are we alone in the galaxy, or might we have been visited by other civilizations?
August 23, 2011
Read | Listen (11:52)
 
Zeno's Paradoxes (Skeptoid #267) - Greek philosopher Zeno proved that movement was impossible with a few simple paradoxes.
July 19, 2011
Read | Listen (12:11)
 
Nuclear War and Nuclear Winter (Skeptoid #244) - Will atmospheric smoke from a nuclear war result in devastating global cooling?
February 8, 2011
Read | Listen (11:49)
 
Mystery Spots (Skeptoid #240) - Are various "mystery spots" around the world actually gravitational anomalies, or might the explanation lie elsewhere?
January 11, 2011
Read | Listen (12:02)
 
Whales and Sonar (Skeptoid #236) - Navy sonar is said to be lethal to whales. What does the latest research actually tell us?
December 14, 2010
Read | Listen (12:59)
 
IQ Testing (Skeptoid #235) - How valid are IQ tests, what do they really measure, and where do you fit in?
December 7, 2010
Read | Listen (13:22)
 
The South Atlantic Anomaly (Skeptoid #234) - Was this mysterious region in the south Atlantic responsible for the crash of Air France flight 447?
November 30, 2010
Read | Listen (11:36)
 
DDT: Secret Life of a Pesticide (Skeptoid #230) - Is DDT a killer of birds, a savior against malaria, or a little of each?
November 2, 2010
Read | Listen (13:42)
 
The Brown Mountain Lights (Skeptoid #226) - A ghost light in North Carolina has people scratching their heads. What's the explanation?
October 5, 2010
Read | Listen (14:47)
 
Alien 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?
September 21, 2010
Read | Listen (12:23)
 
The Frog in the Stone (Skeptoid #223) - Stories abound of living frogs being found encased in solid rock. What's really going on here?
September 14, 2010
Read | Listen (12:49)
 
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
Read | Listen (13:10)
 
The Things We Eat... (Skeptoid #216) - Do you really know which kinds of food are good for you, and which are bad?
July 27, 2010
Read | Listen (12:08)
 
Ball Lightning (Skeptoid #192) - We've all heard of it, we all believe it exists - but what does science have to say?
February 9, 2010
Read | Listen (11:58)
 
The Bell Island Boom (Skeptoid #190) - Was the cause of this shattering boom in Newfoundland natural, or a test of a superweapon?
January 26, 2010
Read | Listen (12:02)
 
Vaccine Ingredients (Skeptoid #180) - Do vaccines really contain the horrifying poisons claimed by antivaccine activists?
November 17, 2009
Read | Listen (12:50)
 
The Bloop (Skeptoid #177) - A mysterious sound captured by NOAA hydrophones... could it be a sea monster?
October 27, 2009
Read | Listen (14:48)
 
Daylight Saving Time Myths (Skeptoid #172) - What does daylight saving time really do for us, and what are the real reasons we have it?
September 22, 2009
Read | Listen (11:10)
 
Was 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?
May 19, 2009
Read | Listen (17:24)
 
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
Read | Listen (13:00)
 
The Case of the Strange Skulls (Skeptoid #144) - A collection of bizarre human skulls from around the world.
March 10, 2009
Read | Listen (15:13)
 
Chasing the Min Min Light (Skeptoid #133) - What is the source of the Australian outback's mysterious channel country jack o' lantern?
December 23, 2008
Read | Listen (10:45)
 
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
Read | Listen (12:59)
 
Scalar Weapons: Tesla's Doomsday Machine? (Skeptoid #121) - Did Nikola Tesla really design a superweapon capable of vaporizing whole parts of the earth?
September 30, 2008
Read | Listen (10:45)
 
How 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?
September 2, 2008
Read | Listen (11:07)
 
Search for the Missing Cosmonauts (Skeptoid #115) - Did a young pair of Italian brothers uncover evidence of Soviet cosmonauts dying in space?
August 19, 2008
Read | Listen (13:38)
 
Will 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.
July 15, 2008
Read | Listen (11:22)
 
What You Didn't Know about the Stanford Prison Experiment (Skeptoid #102) - Did the infamous Stanford Prison Experiment really prove that evil environments produce evil behavior?
May 27, 2008
Read | Listen (10:16)
 
Can You Hear the Hum? (Skeptoid #90) - An exploration of the mysterious rumble that some people hear all over the world.
March 4, 2008
Read | Listen (11:35)
 
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
Read | Listen (15:35)
 
Autism and Chelation: A Recipe for Risk (Skeptoid #55) - An examination of the lethal pop-culture fad of chelating autistic children.
July 15, 2007
Read | Listen (10:36)
 
Science Magazines Violating Their Own Missions (Skeptoid #52) - Do science magazines undermine themselves by publishing ads for pseudoscientific products?
June 30, 2007
Read | Listen (7:19)
 
Ethanol: Miracle Fuel, or Not? (Skeptoid #51) - Is ethanol really nature's wonder fuel? Is corn really going to save us?
June 25, 2007
Read | Listen (7:58)
 
How to Identify a "Good" Scientific Journal (Skeptoid #50) - Everyone says their scientific journal is more reputable than your scientific journal. Who's right?
June 15, 2007
Read | Listen (10:05)
 
Neanderthals in Present Day Asia (Skeptoid #40) - Does the legendary Almas represent a population of relic Neanderthals?
April 21, 2007
Read | Listen (8:30)
 
Chemtrails: Real or Not? (Skeptoid #27) - Some believe that airplane contrails are really dangerous chemicals being sprayed by the government.
February 15, 2007
Read | Listen (9:06)
 
Scientists Are Not Created Equal (Skeptoid #25) - Does calling someone a "scientist" mean that he knows anything at all?
February 5, 2007
Read | Listen (6:51)
 
Cell Phones on Airplanes (Skeptoid #14) - Cell phones are perfectly safe on airplanes. So why can't we use them?
December 15, 2006
Read | Listen (6:35)
 
A Primer on Scientific Testing (Skeptoid #13) - Understand the basics of scientific testing.
December 11, 2006
Read | Listen (9:22)
 
New Age Energy (Skeptoid #1) - An examination of energy, as new agers use the term.
October 3, 2006
Read | Listen (6:07)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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