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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 33.1

Volume 33.1

January / February 2009

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

by Andrew Fraknoi
Volume 33.1, January / February 2009

Feature

When I talk about UFOs in my introductory astronomy classes, I always tell my students that I absolutely believe in UFOs.

‘Buzzing Bee’ Missile Mythology Flies Again

‘Buzzing Bee’ Missile Mythology Flies Again

by Kingston A. George
Volume 33.1, January / February 2009

Feature

An ICBM launch in 1964 was photographed from a nearby mountain, resulting in tight security and a UFO myth that refuses to die.

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

by George Parker
Volume 33.1, January / February 2009

Follow-up

"I was surprised and disappointed when I read Peter Barglow's article..."

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Discovery of HIV Nets 2008 Nobel Prize for Two French Virologists

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 33.1, January / February 2009

News & Comment

The discovery of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has been honored with a share of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physiology...

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Experimental Philosophy, an Oxymoron?

by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 33.1, January / February 2009

Thinking About Science

Is it inconveivable, for instance, for an ethical philosopher to write a paper in that field as if he had never heard of...

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FTC Warns Against Bogus Cancer Cures, Charges Five Companies

by The Editors
Volume 33.1, January / February 2009

News & Comment

The Federal Trade Commission has charged five companies with making false and misleading claims for cancer cures and said...

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Kansas Gym Ghost Video Mystery Solved

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 33.1, January / February 2009

News & Comment

On September 12, 2008, a surveillance video captured what many believed to be a ghost. The video was taken at Anytime Fitness...

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Letters to the Editor

by The Editors
Volume 33.1, January / February 2009

Letters to the Editor

Responses to Volume 32, Issue 5

The Minsk UFO Case: Misperception and Exaggeration

The Minsk UFO Case: Misperception and Exaggeration

by James Oberg
Volume 33.1, January / February 2009

Feature

The 1984 Minsk sighting demonstrates how UFOs can be created from mundane phenomena.

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Nazi Saucers and Antigravity

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 33.1, January / February 2009

Psychic Vibrations

For decades there have been rumors about alleged "Nazi flying saucers," supposedly developed during the closing days of WWII.

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New Books

by The Editors
Volume 33.1, January / February 2009

Abstracts of recently published books of interest to skeptics.

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Response to Cyberonics Letter of Criticism

by Peter Barglow
Volume 33.1, January / February 2009

Follow-up

I need not apologize for my preference for double-blind, randomized control studies over eitological hypothesis and letters...

Return to Roswell

Return to Roswell

by Joe Nickell
Volume 33.1, January / February 2009

Investigative Files

The crash of a UFO near Roswell, New Mexico has been explained as something much more mundane: a balloon-borne device.

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Roswell Update: Fading Star?

by Dave Thomas
Volume 33.1, January / February 2009

Feature

The Roswell incident is often held up as the best documented case of alien visitation. It involves the allged crash of...

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Same Planet, Different Worldview

by Tyler A. Kokjohn
Volume 33.1, January / February 2009

Film Review

A review of UFO Hunters on DVD.

Search for the Ark

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 33.1, January / February 2009

Notes on a Strange World

Along with the Holy Grail, the Ark is the most sought after and elusive of relics.

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

by Julia Lavarnway
Volume 33.1, January / February 2009

News & Comment

Geared toward preschoolers, PBS Kids's new animated show, Jim Henson's Sid the Science Kid debuted in September...

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Skeptics Create Creepy Café

by Jim Underdown
Volume 33.1, January / February 2009

News & Comment

One shouldn't be surprised to heat at a pre-Halloween gathering in Hollywood California, several people testifying about...

The Stephenville Lights: What Actually Happened

by The Editors
Volume 33.1, January / February 2009

Feature

One of the most widely publicized UFO reports of the past few years is the so-called Stephenville Lights of January 8, 2008.

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

by James McGaha
Volume 33.1, January / February 2009

Feature

Listed here are examples of basic knowledge needed to identify a UFO--important factors no trained observer would lack.

UFOlogy 2009: A Six-Decade Perspective

UFOlogy 2009: A Six-Decade Perspective

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 33.1, January / February 2009

Feature

Waves of UFO sightings may be a thing of the past, but interest in UFOs is stronger than ever.

UFOs and Aliens in Space

UFOs and Aliens in Space

by David Morrison
Volume 33.1, January / February 2009

Feature

It is widely (but falsely) reported that Buzz Aldrin saw a UFO on the Apollo 11 flight.

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

by David Rossini, Eric Maillot, and Eric Déguillaume
Volume 33.1, January / February 2009

Feature

A re-examination of the three decades of 'official' French UFO studies finds serious defects and problems, some systematic.

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UFOs: Fact and Fiction—A Special Issue

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 33.1, January / February 2009

From the Editor

UFOs fascinate the public and both amuse and frustrate science-minded skeptics. Oh, you thought UFOs were passé...

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XanGo Juice: Miracle or Myth?

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 33.1, January / February 2009

Skeptical Inquiree

"It costs $40 a bottle, and according to several anecdotes I've heard, cures just about any disease."