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The Lore and Lure of the Northern Lights

The Lore and Lure of the Northern Lights

by Benjamin Radford
Special Report
May 18, 2017

“I didn’t just want to write a science book… I wanted to celebrate the beauty and magic of the aurora and how captivating it is, and also explore the history of Arctic exploration and the cultures there…”

The March for Science: A Road Race for Nerds

The March for Science: A Road Race for Nerds

by Stuart Vyse
Special Report
April 28, 2017

In addition to celebrating science for science’s sake, there was a strong theme of using science for the betterment of all.

How Russian Conspiracies Taint Social Activist ‘News’

How Russian Conspiracies Taint Social Activist ‘News’

by Benjamin Radford
Special Report
April 5, 2017

The idea that Russians are intentionally fomenting social unrest and government distrust in the United States through news media sounds itself like a conspiracy theory, but it is not.

QuickTake: A Skeptical Look at CIA Spying Revelations

QuickTake: A Skeptical Look at CIA Spying Revelations

by Benjamin Radford
Special Report
March 22, 2017

The problem that intelligence agencies face is not having too little data, but precisely the opposite: having too much.

The True Story of The Bye Bye Man

The True Story of The Bye Bye Man

by Benjamin Radford
Special Report
January 20, 2017

From a folkloric perspective there are many red flags that the story of The Bye Bye Man (as Schneck described it to me and in his book—he didn’t write the screenplay) is fiction.

In-Memoriam Segment from CSICon 2016

by Timothy Binga
Special Report
November 9, 2016

Notable skeptics were remembered for their deeds in a short presentation shown during the conference.

Alabama School Panic: Is ‘Clown Lockdown’ the New Normal?

Alabama School Panic: Is ‘Clown Lockdown’ the New Normal?

by Benjamin Radford
Special Report
September 22, 2016

Any other time reports of threatening clowns would likely have been ignored or dismissed, but these copycat clown incidents come at a time when very real terroristic threats and school shootings are in the news.

Skepticism at the Center:  Event Report of NECSS 2016

Skepticism at the Center:  Event Report of NECSS 2016

by Russ Dobler
Special Report
June 8, 2016

“It’s why the skeptics’ movement was founded—to tackle the issues people think important but that mainstream science considers too ridiculous to bother with.”

You Can’t Handle the Truthiness: A Night Out with the 9/11 Truth Community

You Can’t Handle the Truthiness: A Night Out with the 9/11 Truth Community

by Robert Blaskiewicz
Special Report
September 1, 2011

It’s the day of the Rapture, May 21st, 2011, but I’m on my way to the First Iconium Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, for other reasons.

All They Want Is the Truth

All They Want Is the Truth

by Robert Blaskiewicz
Special Report
June 9, 2011

At an unconventional convention in Atlanta in February, conspiracy theorists, UFO researchers, alternative medicine advocates, new patriots, and...

The Little QEDCon That Can—Question, Explore, Discover In Manchester

The Little QEDCon That Can—Question, Explore, Discover In Manchester

by Kylie Sturgess
Special Report
May 4, 2011

It's not often that a convention is cheerfully preoccupied by the sound of crunching.

14th Annual CFI Houdini Seance

by Joe Nickell
Special Report
October 31, 2010

Joe Nickell recently sat down with Director of CFI Libraries Tim Binga to hold the 14th Annual Committee for Skeptical Inquiry Houdini Séance.

Acupuncture: A Science-Based Assessment

Acupuncture: A Science-Based Assessment

by Robert Slack, Jr., Eugenie V. Mielczarek
Special Report
June 10, 2010

Acupuncture has become increasingly embedded within the American healthcare system, despite mounting empirical evidence against it.

Secrets and Lies

Secrets and Lies

by Mary Carmichael and Ben Radford
Special Report
March 29, 2007

Last year, Rhonda Byrne discovered the secret of the universe.