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Skeptical Inquirer is the official journal of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. It is published by the Center for Inquiry in association with the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. Six times per year Skeptical Inquirer publishes critical scientific evaluations of all manner of controversial and extraordinary claims, including but not limited to paranormal and fringe-science matters, and informed discussion of all relevant issues. In addition to news, articles, book reviews, and investigations on a wide variety of topics, Skeptical Inquirer has a stellar stable of regular columnists including Joe Nickell (“Investigative Files”), Massimo Polidoro (“Notes on a Strange World”), Massimo Pigluicci (“Thinking About Science”), Robert Sheaffer (“Psychic Vibrations”), and SI managing editor Benjamin Radford's reader-driven (“The Skeptical Inquiree”). Yale University neurologist Steven Novella, M.D., founder of the New England Skeptical Society and executive editor of the Science-Based Medicine blog, contributes a new "The Science of Medicine" column, and contributing editor Kenneth W. Krause adds a regular science column, "ScienceWatch."

Scientific Reasoning at the USAF Academy: An Examination into Titanium-Treated Necklaces

Scientific Reasoning at the USAF Academy: An Examination into Titanium-Treated Necklaces

by Craig A. Foster, Christopher K, McClernon, and Richard F. Reich
Volume 40.3, May/June 2016

Feature

We used a classroom experiment at the United States Air Force Academy to examine whether 
necklaces infused with microscopic-particle titanium, such as those sold by Phiten Corporation, 
improve emotional well-being.

Stick It In Your Ear! How Not To Do Science

Stick It In Your Ear! How Not To Do Science

by Harriet Hall
Volume 40.3, May/June 2016

Feature

Ear acupuncture claims to relieve sore throats. A new study seeming to support that idea is so poorly done that it provides a textbook example of how to distinguish between good and bad science.

Gallows Ghosts? Mystery at Brisbane’s Tower Mill

Gallows Ghosts? Mystery at Brisbane’s Tower Mill

by Joe Nickell
Volume 40.3, May/June 2016

Investigative Files

Residents in the neighborhood in the mid-twentieth century reported that “sometimes when they looked up at the small window facing the street they could see a faint glow and a figure inside the tower, swinging gently from side to side.”

Theresa Caputo: The Fake Long Island Medium

Theresa Caputo: The Fake Long Island Medium

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 40.3, May/June 2016

Notes on a Strange World

Today mediums really have an easy life.

Don’t Fear a Franken Public

Don’t Fear a Franken Public

by Matt Nisbet
Volume 40.3, May/June 2016

The Science of Science Communication

Certainly if the food industry were to support mandatory GM labeling, the precise impact on consumers remains unkown. But to continue to battle against labeling rules is also risky business.

Pseudorelatos sobre el chupacabras

Pseudorelatos sobre el chupacabras

by Benjamin Radford, traducido por Alejandro Borgo – CFI/Argentina
Volume 40.1, January/February 2016

Online Extra

La mayoría de la gente da por sentado que el chupacabras, como sus hermanos Piegrande y Nessie, apareció hace décadas o siglos. Sin embargo, el origen de este misterioso vampiro bestial se remonta a un testigo portorriqueño que vio la película Species en 1995, en la que aparecía un monstruo casi idéntico.

La búsqueda de evidencia negativa

by Joe Nickell & James McGaha, translated by Alejandro Borgo
Volume 39.6, November/December 2015

Online Extra

A todo el mundo le gustan los misterios. Resuelva uno en el campo científico y enseguida vendrán los elogios.

A Numerate Life

A Numerate Life

by John Allen Paulos
Volume 40.2, March/April 2016

Feature

The man who brought us Innumeracy and touted the benefits of mathematical thinking 
begins his ‘anti-memoir’ by conveying concerns and questions we should have about 
biographies... or our own lives.

A Celebrity’s Experience in Scientology

A Celebrity’s Experience in Scientology

by Wendy M. Grossman
Volume 40.2, March/April 2016

Review

In her new book, Troublemaker, written with Rebecca Paley, Remini interweaves stories of her personal and professional life with her history in and growing doubts about Scientology.

Biological Race and the Problem of Human Diversity

Biological Race and the Problem of Human Diversity

by Kenneth W. Krause
Volume 40.2, March/April 2016

Feature

Is biological race a mere myth or a troublesome fact better left unexplored?

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