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Bath and a Nap: Sound Bathing at the Integratron

Bath and a Nap: Sound Bathing at the Integratron

by Carrie Poppy
Poppycock
June 6, 2013

Packed with forty or fifty people into a small, domed room in the California desert—a room supposedly blueprinted by aliens—listening to a middle-aged nurse play quartz singing bowls, a person might think they were supposed to stay awake. Not so. At the Integratron, falling asleep is a given.

Retreating to the Church of Anti-Vaccination

Retreating to the Church of Anti-Vaccination

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
June 3, 2013

Australian Media and Politicians Taking Steps to Stamp Out Pseudoscience

The Miracle of Molecular Medicine

The Miracle of Molecular Medicine

by Kyle Hill
Reductio ad Absurdum
May 30, 2013

The germ theory of disease allowed modern science to dissipate the harmful miasma that pre-modern medicine sought to remedy. But the organisms that can make us sick are nowhere near as dangerous as a world where every particle might be poison. It’s a world where homeopathy works.

Supernatural Creep: The Slippery Slope to Unfalsifiability

Supernatural Creep: The Slippery Slope to Unfalsifiability

by Sharon Hill
Sounds Sciencey
May 29, 2013

I'm taking a step beyond sciencey with the following topic. What happens when science doesn't cooperate with your subject area? Researchers of unexplained events may get frustrated and disenchanted with the scientific process when the eyewitness accounts they collect are too weird to explain via conventional means. They go unconventional.

Up Your Nose with a Rubber Hose: My 30 Minutes at an Oxygen Bar

Up Your Nose with a Rubber Hose: My 30 Minutes at an Oxygen Bar

by Carrie Poppy
Poppycock
May 21, 2013

They will deliver us pure oxygen—double the amount we usually get in the air! It helps cure hangovers. It ends fatigue. It helps with muscle pain and weakness. It curbs jet lag. It dissolves headaches. Some places make even loftier claims about oxygen bars, like that they can help halt cancer or aid chi flow.

Magnet People: How Do They Work?

Magnet People: How Do They Work?

by Kyle Hill
Reductio ad Absurdum
May 13, 2013

The first in a hopefully fun and informative series of columns, I want to kick-off Reductio ad Absurdum with a look at so-called “magnetic people.” As will be the case for all the columns, never mind that there is no evidence for these gaussy guys and gals, what would the world be like if people really did generate a noticeable or even intense magnetic field?

Bigfoot Club Skeptic

Bigfoot Club Skeptic

by Kitty Mervine
May 9, 2013

I became the “skeptic” member of the local Bigfoot group almost by chance. I owe the offer to join to the reality TV show “Finding Bigfoot” (they never actually do). The show, featuring perennial Bigfoot personality Matt Moneymaker, has a skeptic, Ranae Holland.

Skeptics Organize in Indonesia

Skeptics Organize in Indonesia

by Jason Garcia
May 6, 2013

Every day in Indonesia you will hear or see psychics, paranormalists, parapsychologists, and pseudoscientists spreading, scaring, and scamming the nation with irrational beliefs and pseudoscience through the media. You will be able to see them planting thoughts into peoples’ heads so that they can offer solutions and take people's money.

“Phenomenology” Paranormal Conference Shows Shift from Sciencey to Spiritual

“Phenomenology” Paranormal Conference Shows Shift from Sciencey to Spiritual

by Sharon Hill
Sounds Sciencey
April 24, 2013

When paranormal investigators give up on sciencey stuff, what's the alternative? The spiritual. I take you on a tour of a recent paranormal convention.

Don’t Burn Your Bra for Science Just Yet

Don’t Burn Your Bra for Science Just Yet

by Rebecca Watson
Skepchick
April 17, 2013

There are many ways a science news story can hit the mainstream media and become a viral hit: does it involve an adorable, terrifying, or adorably terrifying new species of animal? Did a politician say something hilariously ignorant about it? And perhaps more importantly, does it involve breasts?

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