Mystery of the Daedalus Sea Serpent SOLVED in Skeptical Inquirer

Mystery of the Daedalus Sea Serpent SOLVED in Skeptical Inquirer

Press Releases
August 28, 2015

For generations, the mystery of the “sea serpent” witnessed by the captain of the HMS Daedalus in 1848 remained unsolved. But in the latest issue of Skeptical Inquirer, the magazine for science and reason, new evidence points to a definitive answer: No monster or dinosaur, but a particular kind of surface-skimming whale.

Bitter(s) Medicine

Bitter(s) Medicine

by Joe Nickell
Skeptical Briefs · Investigative Files · Volume 25.1

Bitters bottles are a window into an earlier era of quackery (although sometimes perhaps well-intentioned), as well as into the related worlds of unbridled advertising, liquor sales and consumption, and, of course, the very human need for relief from myriad ailments.

Online Tools for Skeptical Fact Checking

Online Tools for Skeptical Fact Checking

by Tamar Wilner
Special Articles
August 24, 2015

While we’re arguably awash in more misinformation than ever before, online media have also enabled tools and sources that help us evaluate dubious claims.

Myths about Nutrition

Myths about Nutrition

by Felipe Nogueira
Skeptical Briefs · Skepticism and Science · Volume 25.1

As a PhD student in medical sciences, people often ask me questions about diet and nutrition. The problem is that several bogus claims have spread and are widely believed.

Do Essential Oils Cure Everything?

Do Essential Oils Cure Everything?

by Carrie Poppy
Special Articles · Poppycock
August 13, 2015

My understanding of essentially oils was essentially (sorry) that they were concentrated versions of various smelly things: lavender, eucalyptus, rose. And that aromatherapy enthusiasts used different smells to evoke different emotions or mental states. But aromatherapy turns out to be only a small part of the essential oils movement.

The ‘Food Babe’: A Taste of Her Own Medicine

The ‘Food Babe’: A Taste of Her Own Medicine

by Mark Aaron Alsip
Skeptical Inquirer · Medical Misinformation · Volume 39.3

While “Food Babe” Vani Hari’s pseudoscience has been widely debunked by qualified doctors and scientists, a more sobering fact seems to have escaped everyone’s attention: one of America’s most notorious bloggers is earning sales commissions from products that contain the very same ingredients she says are dangerous.