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The Future of High Energy Physics in the United States

by Kevin T. Pitts
Volume 37.6, November/December 2013

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Has Global Warming Stopped?

Has Global Warming Stopped?

by David Morrison, John R. Mashey, and Mark Boslough
Volume 37.5, September/October 2013

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The latest public confusion about climate change involves an apparent slowing of the rise of global temperatures. What is the reality concerning this putative temperature ‘plateau’?

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Bigfoot DNA Study: Making an End Run Around Science

by Sharon Hill
Volume 37.3, May/June 2013

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Exposing the Faith-Healers

by Robert A. Steiner
Volume 11.1, Fall 1986

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There we sat, listening, scanning, searching, and adjusting. While Alec worked with the equipment, I kept a watchful eye for anyone who might interfere. The time dragged. Now the service inside the auditorium was about to start; we had searched for more than an hour, and we still hadn't found what we were looking for.

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Why the GOP Distrusts Science

by Chris Mooney
Volume 36.4, July/August 2012

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Famous Alien Abduction in Pascagoula: Reinvestigating a Cold Case

Famous Alien Abduction in Pascagoula: Reinvestigating a Cold Case

by Joe Nickell
Volume 36.3, May/June 2012

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Among reports of extraterrestrial encounters, the 1973 claim of two Mississippi men to have been taken aboard a flying saucer remains controversial. Was it a real encounter or a hoax? Or is that a false dichotomy?

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A Feeble Challenge to Evolution from ‘Reasons to Believe’

by Brian Bolton
Volume 36.3, May/June 2012

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Power Balance Bracelets a Bust in Tests

Power Balance Bracelets a Bust in Tests

by Jim Underdown
Volume 36.1, January/February 2012

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Members of the Independent Investigations Group and sixteen volunteers, including former Olympic gymnast Dominique Dawes, conducted a test of Power Balance bracelets. The results will not be surprising to skeptics.

‘Exeter Incident’ Solved! A Classic UFO Case, Forty-Five Years ‘Cold’

‘Exeter Incident’ Solved! A Classic UFO Case, Forty-Five Years ‘Cold’

by James McGaha and Joe Nickell
Volume 35.6, November/December 2011

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One of the great unsolved UFO cases—which provoked endless controversy between True Believers and Doubting Thomases—has at long last succumbed to investigation. The 1965 Exeter mystery is now explained.

The Life and Death of ‘Living God’ Sathya Sai Baba

The Life and Death of ‘Living God’ Sathya Sai Baba

by Ryan Shaffer
Volume 35.5, September/October 2011

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Sathya Sai Baba, a living god for nearly forty million people, died in April. He had a nine-billion-dollar organization and religious centers throughout the world. Who was Baba? Why was he thought to be a god?

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Engineering Truth

by Robert Blaskiewicz
Volume 35.5, September/October 2011

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Medium Allison DuBois Is Tested—and Fails—in the Real World

Medium Allison DuBois Is Tested—and Fails—in the Real World

by Ryan Shaffer
Volume 35.4, July/August 2011

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Allison DuBois, the best-selling author who inspired the recently cancelled television show Medium, claims to have amazing psychic abilities. But when her skills are tested in the real world—first with a missing-child case and then at a dinner party on reality-TV—they prove less than stellar.

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GHO$TLY ENDEAVOR: Ethical Issues Haunt Kentucky Press

by Joe Nickell
Volume 35.3, May/June 2011

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Strange Problems in the Wegman Report

by John R. Mashey
Volume 35.2, March/April 2011

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A computer scientist discusses the roles of plagiarism, conspiracies, anti-science memes, and intense beliefs in a global-warming denying report.

Fabricating Communication

by Maarten Boudry, Roeland Termote, and Willem Betz
Volume 34.4, July / August 2010

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The Case of The Belgian Coma Patient

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Entertainment, Fakery, and Ambiguity: Examining New York’s ‘Fortune Telling Law’

by Ryan Shaffer
Volume 34.2, March / April 2010

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On October 9, 2009, Tiffany Evans was arrested at the Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove, New York, for fraudulent accosting, attempted grand larceny, and three...

Skeptical Programs for Generation Y and Beyond

by Barry Karr
Volume 33.6, November / December 2009

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CSI has many long-standing programs to encourage critical thinking in children and young people--the world's future skeptics.

CFI World Congress: More Highlights

CFI World Congress: More Highlights

by Ben Radford
Volume 33.4, July / August 2009

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Longtime CSI Fellow and Skeptical Inquirer contributor Elizabeth Loftus presented a talk about...

Highlights of CFI’s Twelfth World Congress: Science, Public Policy, and the Planetary Community

Highlights of CFI’s Twelfth World Congress: Science, Public Policy, and the Planetary Community

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 33.4, July / August 2009

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Science, Public Policy, and the Planetary Community

Randi, Krauss, Kurtz Honored with Major Awards

Randi, Krauss, Kurtz Honored with Major Awards

by The Editors
Volume 33.4, July / August 2009

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James Randi, Lawrence Krauss, and Paul Kurtz were honored with major awards at CFI's 12th World Congress in Bethesda, Maryland.

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

by Matt Nisbet
Volume 32.5, September / October 2008

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In April, as the documentary Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed premiered in more than a 1,000 theaters across the country...

The Eighth Gathering for (Martin) Gardner

The Eighth Gathering for (Martin) Gardner

by Ray Hyman
Volume 32.5, September / October 2008

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Who attends these gatherings? What takes place? How do they serve as a tribute to this remarkable man?

Padre Pio: Wonderworker or Charlatan?

Padre Pio: Wonderworker or Charlatan?

by Joe Nickell
Volume 32.5, September / October 2008

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Of the twentieth century's two most famous stigmatics, both were suspected of fraud, but Pio went on to be canonized in 2002.

A Special Afterword

by Martin Gardner
Volume 32.5, September / October 2008

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A special afterword to Hyman's report

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Likely Voters Prefer Evolution over Creationism

by Greg Laden
Volume 32.4, July / August 2008

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It is common knowledge that most Americans are creationists, and prefer creationist stories of human origins and evolution...

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

by Kenneth W. Krause
Volume 32.4, July / August 2008

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Dennis and Lorie Nixon of Altoona, Pennsylvania, lost two children in the early 1990s. When their younger son, Clayton, fell...

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Bones of Contention

by Edward H. Jones
Volume 32.3, May / June 2008

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Missions Incompatible: New Creation Museum, Venerable Carnegie Museum a Stark Contrast.

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The Loch Ness Critter

by Joe Nickell
Volume 31.5, September / October 2007

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Gordon Holmes caught on camera a "jet black thing, about forty-five feet long, moving fast in the water."

Mythic Creatures, Bigger than Life

by Edward Summer
Volume 31.5, September / October 2007

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Living as we do in a sea of words lit by a backdrop of television and the Internet's endless flow of two-dimensional images...

Santa Fe ‘Courthouse Ghost’ Mystery Solved

Santa Fe ‘Courthouse Ghost’ Mystery Solved

by Ben Radford
Volume 31.5, September / October 2007

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A mysterious white blob was captured on videotape June 15, 2007, by a security camera at a courthouse in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Little Audrey: The Life and Death of a ‘Victim Soul’

by Joe Nickell
Volume 31.4, July / August 2007

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A milestone in supernatural claims has been reached: Audrey Santo—the brain-damaged girl in Worcester, Massachusetts...

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Secrets and Lies

by Mary Carmichael and Benjamin Radford
Volume 31.3, May / June 2007

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Last year, Rhonda Byrne discovered the secret of the universe. It is based on a principle of quantum mechanics and lies in a...

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A Free-for-All on Science and Religion

by George Johnson
Volume 31.2, March / April 2007

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Steven Weinberg warned that "the world needs to wake up from its long nightmare of religious belief."

Sci Fi Investigates, Finds Only Pseudoscience

by Ben Radford
Volume 31.2, March / April 2007

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Despite its breathless claims, the series provides little science and few answers but a lot of unintended skeptical laughs.

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New Report Casts Doubt on Gulf War Syndrome

by Ben Radford
Volume 31.1, January / February 2007

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A study recently published by the National Academy of Sciences casts doubt on the reality of Gulf War Syndrome...

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World Trade Center Illness: Manufactured Mass Hysteria

by Michael Fumento
Volume 31.1, January / February 2007

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Starting in early 2002, firefighters who responded to the WTC on that awful day the previous september began reporting...

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Shame on Shamus Sham

by Joe Nickell
Volume 30.6, November / December 2006

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The false confession of American John Mark Karr—that he had murdered child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey in 1996...

Predator Panic: A Closer Look

by Ben Radford
Volume 30.5, September / October 2006

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“Protect the children.” Over the years that mantra has been applied to countless real and perceived threats.

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‘We Find That ID Is Not Science’: Excerpts from the Dover Federal Court Ruling on Intelligent Design

by Judge John E. Jones III
Volume 30.2, March / April 2006

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Excerpts from the body of U.S. District Court Judge John E. Jones III's 139-page ruling in...

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The First Ibero-American Conference on Critical Thinking

by Ben Radford
Volume 30.1, January / February 2006

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The Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal took an important step in establishing a skeptical...

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Developing Perspectives on Anomalous Experiences

by Julia Santomauro
Volume 29.6, November / December 2005

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As readers of the Skeptical Inquirer are aware, anomalous experiences are commonly reported...

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Skeptics and TV News Expose ‘Magnetic Water Conditioners’

by Dave Thomas
Volume 29.6, November / December 2005

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The afternoon of Thursday, June 23, was splendidly sunny in Albuquerque, and 1 was leaving the office to drive over to...

Beware of Quacks at the WHO: Objecting to the WHO Draft Report on Homeopathy

by Cees N.M. Renckens, Tom Schoepen, and Willem Betz
Volume 29.5, September / October 2005

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Even though the World Health Organization (WHO) has no international power, it still enjoys great authority all over the world.

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Claims of Invalid ‘Shroud’ Radiocarbon Date Cut from Whole Cloth

by Joe Nickell
Volume 29.3, May / June 2005

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A Longtime Shroud of Turin devotee now admits there is the equivalent of watercolor paint on the alleged burial cloth of Jesus.

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Johnny Carson Remembered

by James Randi
Volume 29.3, May / June 2005

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A very bright light in my life has gone out. Forgive me if what follows is a little disorganized, but I've just heard that...

Belgium Skeptics Commit Mass Suicide

Belgium Skeptics Commit Mass Suicide

by Luc Bonneux
Volume 28.3, May / June 2004

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Last year, the major health insurance companies in Belgium decided to cover part of the costs of homeopathy.

‘Taken’ Off

‘Taken’ Off

by Timothy Ferris
Volume 27.2, March / April 2003

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Discussion of Spielberg's miniseries

Bone (Box) of Contention: The James Ossuary

Bone (Box) of Contention: The James Ossuary

by Joe Nickell
Volume 27.2, March / April 2003

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Supposedly recently discovered, a box that purportedly held the remains of Jesus' brother, is the subject of controversy.

Circular Reasoning: The ‘Mystery’ of Crop Circles and Their ‘Orbs’ of Light

Circular Reasoning: The ‘Mystery’ of Crop Circles and Their ‘Orbs’ of Light

by Joe Nickell
Volume 26.5, September / October 2002

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Since they began to capture media attention in the mid 1970s, crop circles have provided mystery and controversy

The New Bogus Majestic-12 Documents

The New Bogus Majestic-12 Documents

by Philip J. Klass
Volume 24.3, May / June 2000

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The new crashed-saucer documents, like their 1987 predecessors, are riddled with flaws.

Flash! Fox News Reports that Aliens May Have Built the Pyramids of Egypt!

Flash! Fox News Reports that Aliens May Have Built the Pyramids of Egypt!

by Richard Carrier
Volume 23.5, September / October 1999

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The Fox Network's handling of its primetime special "Opening the Lost Tombs: Live from Egypt" raises ethical questions.

The Ten-Percent Myth

The Ten-Percent Myth

by Ben Radford
Volume 23.2, March / April 1999

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Someone has taken most of your brain away and you probably didn't even know it.

Fears of the Apocalypse: The Escape from Reason

Fears of the Apocalypse: The Escape from Reason

by Paul Kurtz
Volume 23.1, January / February 1999

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Millennium hysteria has been with humankind for a long time, but combined with doomsday prophecies, the result can be dangerous.

Science and Reason, Foibles and Fallacies, and Doomsdays

Science and Reason, Foibles and Fallacies, and Doomsdays

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 22.6, November / December 1998

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The skeptical movement has gone from an idea in the minds of a few colleagues to a widely recognized international network.

Alternative Medicine, Impact Threats, Abrupt Climate Change, and Efficient Energy

by Matt Nisbet
Volume 22.6, November / December 1998

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A brief review of several of the sessions at the World Skeptics Congress

Art Bell, Heaven’s Gate, and Journalistic Integrity

by Thomas G. Genoni Jr.
Volume 21.4, July / August 1997

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Following the Heaven's Gate suicides, we learned that talk of a UFO trailing Hale-Bopp may have contributed to the suicides.

UFO Mythology: The Escape to Oblivion

by Paul Kurtz
Volume 21.4, July / August 1997

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Why would thirty-nine seemingly gentle and earnest people in Rancho Santa Fe, California, voluntarily commit collective suicide?

The Darkened Cosmos II: More Tributes to Carl Sagan

by The Editors
Volume 21.3, May / June 1997

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We continue the tributes to Carl Sagan begun in our last issue.

Traditional Medicine and Pseudoscience in China: A Report of the Second CSICOP Delegation (Part 2)

by Wallace Sampson and Barry L. Beyerstein
Volume 20.5, September / October 1996

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Authors describe a symposium on pseudoscience held in Beijing and their interactions with practitioners of Traditional Medicine.

Traditional Medicine and Pseudoscience in China: A Report of the Second CSICOP Delegation (Part 1)

by Barry L. Beyerstein and Wallace Sampson
Volume 20.4, July / August 1996

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The historical rationale for Traditional Chinese Medicine and the growing of these practices by Western practitioners.

Science or Pseudoscience? Pentagon Grant Funds Alternative Health Study

by Carla Selby and Bela Scheiber
Volume 20.4, July / August 1996

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$355,225 was awarded for a 'laying over of hands,' Therapeutic Touch study at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Workshop Report: To Err Is Human

by Nancy Shelton
Volume 20.3, May / June 1996

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More than one hundred skeptics attended CSICOP's superb Human Error Workshop at the University of Oregon.

The Evidence for Psychic Functioning: Claims vs. Reality

by Ray Hyman
Volume 20.2, March / April 1996

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The recent media frenzy over the Stargate report violated the truth.

A Surgeon’s View: Alien Autopsy’s Overwhelming Lack of Credibility

A Surgeon’s View: Alien Autopsy’s Overwhelming Lack of Credibility

by Joseph A. Bauer
Volume 20.1, January / February 1996

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It is easier to create a hoax than to unmask one. But the question "Why?" exposes the the autopsy film as a fabrication.

The Roswell Incident and Project Mogul

The Roswell Incident and Project Mogul

by Dave Thomas
Volume 19.4, July / August 1995

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A report strongly supported the theory that the "UFO" debris found in Roswell, New Mexico was a remnant of a balloon flight.

Exploring Mind, Memory, and the Psychology of Belief

Exploring Mind, Memory, and the Psychology of Belief

by Thomas G. Genoni Jr.
Volume 19.2, March / April 1995

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Part II: Perception, Memory and the Courtroom

Exploring Mind, Memory, and the Psychology of Belief

Exploring Mind, Memory, and the Psychology of Belief

by Thomas G. Genoni Jr.
Volume 19.1, January / February 1995

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Notes on the 1994 CSICOP conference in Seattle, Washington