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Volume 33.1

January / February 2009

An Astronomer Looks at UFOs: A Lot Less than Meets the Eye

Andrew Fraknoi

‘Buzzing Bee’ Missile Mythology Flies Again

Kingston A. George

Cyberonics Responds to Barglow’s ‘Corpoate Self-Interest and Vagus Nerve Stimulation for Depression’

George Parker

Discovery of HIV Nets 2008 Nobel Prize for Two French Virologists

Kendrick Frazier

Experimental Philosophy, an Oxymoron?

Massimo Pigliucci

FTC Warns Against Bogus Cancer Cures, Charges Five Companies

The Editors

Kansas Gym Ghost Video Mystery Solved

Ben Radford

Letters to the Editor

The Editors

The Minsk UFO Case: Misperception and Exaggeration

James Oberg

Nazi Saucers and Antigravity

Robert Sheaffer

New Books

The Editors

Response to Cyberonics Letter of Criticism

Peter Barglow

Return to Roswell

Joe Nickell

Roswell Update: Fading Star?

Dave Thomas

Same Planet, Different Worldview

Tyler A. Kokjohn

Search for the Ark

Massimo Polidoro

Sid the Science Kid: Meet Bill Nye for the Preschool Set

Julia Lavarnway

Skeptics Create Creepy Café

Jim Underdown

The Stephenville Lights: What Actually Happened

The Editors

The Trained Observer of Unusual Things in the Sky (UFOs?)

James McGaha

UFOlogy 2009: A Six-Decade Perspective

Robert Sheaffer

UFOs and Aliens in Space

David Morrison

UFOs: an Assessment of Thirty Years of Official Studies in France

David Rossini, Eric Maillot, and Eric Déguillaume

UFOs: Fact and Fiction—A Special Issue

Kendrick Frazier

XanGo Juice: Miracle or Myth?

Ben Radford

Volume 32.6

November / December 2008

Asteroids Named for Skeptics, Authors, Science Educators

Jeff Medkeff

Charles Fort’s Life and Legacy of Strangeness

Rob Boston

The Curious Case of Street Lamp Interference

Massimo Polidoro

The Emperor’s Postmodern Clothes

David A. Levy

Firebombings Target University Animal Researchers

The Editors

Georgia Bigfoot Hoax Draws Global Attention

Ben Radford

Ghosts and Ion Counters

Don A. Merrell

‘Hex’ Signs: Searching for the Magic

Joe Nickell

Is ‘Knol’ for Knowledge or for Pseudoknowledge?

Jay M. Pasachoff

Jon Beckjord, Advocate of a Paranormal Bigfoot (1939-2008)

Robert Sheaffer

Keeping Ahead of the News

Kendrick Frazier

Letters to the Editor

The Editors

Love at First Sight

Stephen Bertman

Mickelson, McKellar Tout Science, Math, and Being Smart

Edzard Ernst

A Mind for Murdergate

Gary Posner

More Cool Careers for Dummies: Ghost Hunter

Paul DesOrmeaux

Mr. Belloc Objects

Martin Gardner

Nocturnal Lights and Sounds Baffle Maryland Town…for Awhile

Bill Vanderlinde

Purdue Panel Finds Scientific Misconduct in Researcher’s Bubble Fusion Reports

Kendrick Frazier

Quantum Weirdness: An Analogy from the Time of Newton

Paul Quincey

Science and Footprints

Michael Dennett

Secrets of Spectacularly Skewered Skin

Ben Radford

Secular Sunshine as the Best Disinfectant

Kenneth W. Krause

The Skeptic Meets the Moral Panic

Erich Goode

Statistically Significant Results vs. Oomph

Peter Lamal

Unproven or Disproven Treatments—Why Would Anyone Want to Use Them?

Edzard Ernst

Where’s the Responsibility? UK Broadcasting Code Prevents Re-Airing Psychic’s Failure

Ryan Shaffer

The Wholesale Sedation of America’s Youth

Andrew M. Weiss

Volume 32.5

September / October 2008

Alien Peeping Tom—Film at Eleven

Robert Sheaffer

The Amazing Randi Strikes Again

Ben Radford

CSI’s Robert P. Balles Award Goes to New York Times Science Writer Natalie Angier

Nathan Bupp

Ben Stein’s Trojan Horse: Mobilizing the State House and Local News Agenda

Matt Nisbet

The Bipolar Bamboozle

Stephen Ray Flora and Sarah Elizabeth Bobby

The Brain on Justice

Massimo Pigliucci

Corporate Self Interest and Vagus Nerve Stimulation for Depression

Peter Barglow

The Eighth Gathering for (Martin) Gardner

Ray Hyman

Exposing Popular ‘Let’s Pretend’ Fantasies

William Harwood

Finally, Sylvia Browne’s Final Tour

Karen Stollznow

From Weeping Icons to Crop Circles: Investigating with Gusto

Terry Smiljanich

Hoax Led to Polygamist Sect Raid

Ben Radford

Hunting for Spooklights

Massimo Polidoro

Letters to the Editor

The Editors

Lighthouse Specters

Joe Nickell

The Myth of Nibiru and the End of the World in 2012

David Morrison

No Safe Level? Science and Seconhand Smoke

David Appell

Padre Pio: Wonderworker or Charlatan?

Joe Nickell

Psychic’s False Sex Abuse Claim Threatens Family

Ben Radford

Redoing the Math on Nuclear Energy

Kenneth W. Krause

A Special Afterword

Martin Gardner

The Sweet Spirit Sounds of Rosemary Brown

Ben Radford

A Trio of Questionable Medical Treatments

Kendrick Frazier

The Truth About Brain Science

Robert Epstein

We’re Wrong More Than We Think

Harriet Hall

‘We Couldn’t Say It in Print If It Wasn’t True’: Akavar’s Version of Truth in Advertising

Harriet Hall

Volume 32.4

July / August 2008

AGU Reverses Position on Climate Change

The Editors

Alternative Science

Massimo Pigliucci

Anomalous Cognition: A Meeting of Minds?

Amir Raz

Anomalous Cognition? A Second Perspective

Ray Hyman

Arthur C. Clarke Remembered

James Randi

Arthur C. Clarke Remembered

David Morrison

Arthur C. Clarke Remembered

Martin Gardner

Arthur C. Clarke Remembered

Kendrick Frazier

Arthur C. Clarke Remembered

Greg Bear

Arthur C. Clarke Remembered

Alan Dean Foster

Arthur ‘N’ Me

Harlan Ellison©

The Beginner’s Guide to ‘Holistic’ Wellness

Dimitry Rotstein

Broadening Our Scientific Horizons

Kenneth W. Krause

But You Deceived Me! The Necessity of Deception in Investigation of the Paranormal

Katharine Merow

Clarke, Cognition, and the Presidential Campaign

Kendrick Frazier

Controversy Erupts Over Errors, Bias in Textbook Examined by CFI

Henry Huber

Court Dismisses Cha Suit, Vindicates Flamm on Questioned Prayer/Fertility Study

The Editors

Court Dismisses Cha Suit, Vindicates Flamm on Questioned Prayer/Fertility Study

The Editors

The Fallacy of Misplaced Rationalism

Robert Sheaffer

Gardnerian Whimsy and Insight, New and Old

Sid Deutsch

The Idene: An Early Appearance of the Meme’s Meme(s)?

Ralph H. Lutts

In a Mirror, Darkly: Does Superstition Reflect Rationality?

Konrad Talmont-Kaminski

Likely Voters Prefer Evolution over Creationism

Greg Laden

The Mysterious Phoenix Lights

Ben Radford

New Books

The Editors

Paul Kurtz calls Expelled Film ‘Anti-Science Propaganda’

Nathan Bupp

Photoghosts: Images of the Spirit Realm?

Joe Nickell

A Physicist’s Spirited Defense of String Theory and Science

Justin Trottier

Physics for the People

Daniel Grassam

Pseudoscientists and Their Worlds

Donald Simanek

Richard Dawkins Replies

Richard Dawkins

A Skeleton’s Tale: The Origins of Modern Spiritualism

Joe Nickell

The Spate of Bogus Research Papers from Korean Scientists

Frank Reiser

Stamps of Approval for Four U.S. Scientists; Carl Sagan Next?

The Editors

When Faith Kills: Christian Healing at the Expense of Rational Medicine

Kenneth W. Krause

Volume 32.3

May / June 2008

Ann Coulter Takes on Darwin

Martin Gardner

Anonymous vs. Scientology

Karen Stollznow

Bones of Contention

Edward H. Jones

Brain Neuroimaging Experiments find ‘Evidence against Existence of Psi’ ... or Do They?

Kendrick Frazier

Coffee—with Strings

William Orem

Creationist Peer Review

Massimo Pigliucci

Dangers of Animal Rights Extremists

Kendrick Frazier

Darwin Day 2008: CFI/Los Angeles Stages Rare Reading of Steve Allen’s Meeting of Minds

Bob Ladendorf

Electric Asteroid Zaps Earth

Robert Sheaffer

Entertainment, Religion, and the Decline of Society

Peter Lamal

Eucharistic ‘Miracles’

Joe Nickell

Expelling All Reason

Dan Whipple

How to Study Reincarnation: Guidelines for Research

Kendrick Frazier

The Human Nature Project

Lionel Tiger

If It Exists, It Is Natural

Jeremy M. Harris

Just Like Jedi Knights (If Only)

Massimo Polidoro

Merchandising God: The Pope Tart

Karen Stollznow

NASA’s Mysterious ‘Man on Mars’ Photo

Ben Radford

The Nature of the Supernatural

Daniel R. Altschuler

New Books

The Editors

Scientists say Nullo Modo (No Way) to Pope

Frank Reiser

Sir Edmund Hillary, Explorer, Skeptic (1919-2008)

Joe Nickell

Skeptical Ethics— What Should We Investigate?

Martin Bridgstock

Some Splainin’ to Do

George Englebretsen

WARNING: Animal Extremists are Dangerous to Your Health

P. Michael Conn and James V. Parker

What Would Jesus Deface?

Kat Meltzer

Zombies and Tetrodotoxin

Terence Hines

Volume 32.2

March / April 2008

Alien Ghosts at Roswell

Robert Sheaffer

Altercation with a (Criss) Angel

Jim Underdown

Bad Journalism Misleads Public about Psychics

Ben Radford

Bark at the Moon

Ben Radford

Born Again, Inc.: Senate Investigating Six Prophets for Profit

Donna Danford

CFI Attacks Dismissal of Texas Educator for Her Pro-Evolution Actions

The Editors

China Gone Modern

Kendrick Frazier

The Comic Pratfalls of Richard Roberts

Martin Gardner

Declaration Defends Europe’s Genetically Modified Maize

Michel Naud

Dennett: Teach Children All the Facts about their Religion

Kendrick Frazier

Entombed Alive!

Joe Nickell

The Force of Change in China

Kendrick Frazier

Gary Schwartz’s Energy Healing Experiments: The Emperor’s New Clothes?

Harriet Hall

Gell-Mann: Reality is Out There . . . and It’s Beautiful

Kendrick Frazier

‘I Am Houdini! And You Are a Fraud!’

Massimo Polidoro

Let’s Keep Our Cool about Global Warming

Bjørn Lomborg

Natalee Holloway Disappearance Unsolved; Case Closed

Ben Radford

New Books

The Editors

The New China and the Old

Paul Kurtz

New National Academy Book Defends Evolution

The Editors

Quoteworthy

The Editors

Science Leaders, CFI Call for Science Debate among Presidential Candidates

The Editors

Ten Million Marriages: An Astrological Detective Story

David Voas

The Strange Case of Frank Jennings Tipler

Martin Gardner

Toward a Consilience of Sciences and Humanities?

Massimo Pigliucci

Tunguska Asteroid Size Downgraded by New Computer Simulations

The Editors

Two Meanings of ‘Faith’ Confuse Even Scientists

Robert L. Park

Update News Notes

The Editors