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Robert Sheaffer

Robert Sheaffer's "Psychic Vibrations" column has appeared in the Skeptical Inquirer for the past thirty years. He is also author of UFO Sightings: The Evidence (Prometheus 1998). He blogs at www.badUFOs.com.

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‘UFO Disclosure’ Fizzles Again in 2016

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 41.2, March/April 2017

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‘Mirage Men’—Disinformation Agents or Just a Mirage?

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 41.1, January/February 2017

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The ‘Phoenix Lights’ Become an ‘Incident’

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 40.4, July/August 2016

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The ‘Phoenix Lights’ Become an ‘Incident’

Until now, the Phoenix Lights were simply that: they were just lights in the sky, skeptics and proponents could agree.

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MUFON Gets into the Bigfoot Business

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 40.6, November/December 2016

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‘UFO Disclosure’ Happening Again This Year

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

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New X-Files Renews Cover-Up Conspiracy Claims

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 40.3, May/June 2016

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Missiles and Saucers

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 40.2, March/April 2016

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On Her Majesty’s Secret Saucers

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 39.6, November/December 2015

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On Her Majesty’s Secret Saucers

A Review of How UFO's Conquered the World by David Clarke

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Hanging Out with Hangar 1

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 40.1, January/February 2016

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Invasion of the Pod People

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 40.1, January/February 2016

Review

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The Rendle-Sham Case: Phony and Phonier

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 39.6, November/December 2015

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The ‘Roswell Slides’ Fiasco: UFOlogy’s Biggest Black Eye

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 39.5, September/October 2015

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UFO Conspiracies at the UFO Congress

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 39.4, July/August 2015

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Were Half of Recently Declassified UFO Reports CIA Flights?

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 39.3, May/June 2015

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The Trent UFO Photos—‘Best’ of All Time—Finally Busted?

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 39.1, January/February 2015

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The Trent UFO Photos—‘Best’ of All Time—Finally Busted?

Once again, farmer Paul Trent’s famous UFO photos from McMin­nville, Oregon, are a hot topic in UFOlogy.

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Scientist Photographs Plastic Alien at Area 51

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 39.2, March/April 2015

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JAL 1628: Capt. Terauchi’s Marvelous ‘Spaceship’

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 38.6, November/December 2014

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Carl Sagan, Laurance Rockefeller, and UFOs

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 38.5, September/October 2014

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MUFON Jumps the Shark

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 38.4, July/August 2014

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Earthquake Lights Shine Again!

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 38.3, May/June 2014

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Saucer, Saucer, Who’s Got the Saucer?

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 38.3, May/June 2014

Review

A review of Inside the Real Area 51: The Secret History of Wright Patterson, by Thomas J. Carey and Donald R. Schmitt.

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Between a Beer Joint and a Highway Warning Sign: The ‘Classic’ Cash-Landrum Case Unravels

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 38.2, March/April 2014

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Australian Man Films Giant Glowing Object in the Sky and Then Deletes Comments Explaining What It Is

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 38.1, January/February 2014

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Delving into the Abduction Files

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 38.1, January/February 2014

Review

A review of The Alien Abduction Files by Kathleen Marden and Denise Stone

UFO Hoaxes? There’s an App for That!

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 37.6, November/December 2013

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UFO Hoaxes? There’s an App for That!

I knew that it was possible to create all manner of digital UFOs in photographs. What I did not realize was just how easy it has become.

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You Can’t Possibly Be Sirius!

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 37.5, September/October 2013

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UFOs in the Desert, 2013

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 37.4, July/August 2013

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Is Interstellar Travel ‘Preposterous’?

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 37.3, May/June 2013

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UFOs Infest Denver, Says Fox TV Affiliate

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 37.2, March/April 2013

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Pretentious Whit

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 37.1, January/February 2013

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Pretentious Whit

A review of Solving the Communion Enigma: What Is to Come by Whitley Strieber.

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Smithsonian-Affiliated National Atomic Testing Museum Promised to Reveal ‘UFO Secrets’

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 37.1, January/February 2013

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Robert A. Steiner (1934-2013)

January 8, 2013
Robert A. Steiner (1934-2013)

Magician and skeptic Robert A. Steiner died on January 4, 2013 in a nursing home in Concord, California, at age 78. A longtime resident of the San Francisco Bay area, Steiner was a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, and spoke at several CSI(COP) conferences.

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National Geographic’s Chasing UFOs—‘Investigation as Farce’

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.6, November/December 2012

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Aztec Saucer Crash Story Rises from the Dead?

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.6, November/December 2012

Review

A review of The Aztec Incident by Scott Ramsey, Suzanne Ramsey, Frank Thayer, and Frank Warren.

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‘Top Ten’ UFO Case: Yukon, Canada, 1996—Busted!

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

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Flying Saucer or Fly: The Case UFO Skeptics Have Been Dreading?

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.4, July/August 2012

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Join the Boycott to Protest the CIA Cover-Up of President Obama’s Trips to Mars

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.3, May/June 2012

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Disclosure by the Dozens

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.2, March/April 2012

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UFOs? Yes. Crashes and Conspiracies? No.

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.2, March/April 2012

Review

A review of UFOs: Myths, Conspiracies, and Realities by John B. Alexander

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He Lets Other People Make Up Stories for Him

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.1, January/February 2012

Review

A review of The Real Men in Black by Nick Redfern

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Comet Elenin “Self-Destructs”— Doomsday Postponed Again!

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.1, January/February 2012

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UFO Mothership and Fleet over London

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 35.6, November/December 2011

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Commie Nazi Saucer Crashed at Roswell

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 35.5, September/October 2011

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He Sees Dead People

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 35.4, July/August 2011

Review

A review of The Key: A True Encounter by Whitley Strieber

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2012: Peter Gersten’s ‘Leap of Faith’

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 35.4, July/August 2011

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Abductology Implodes

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 35.3, May/June 2011

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‘Unexplained’ Cases —Only If You Ignore All Explanations

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 35.2, March/April 2011

Review

A review of UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record by Leslie Kean.

Hovering UFO Closes Chinese Airport

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 34.6, November/December 2010

Psychic Vibrations

As is often the case, conflicting and confusing accounts of the UFO incident make it difficult to determine exactly what happened.

The Humble Demigod

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 34.5, September/October 2010

Special Tribute

I remember being awestruck to have the opportunity to meet, and get to know, this soft-spoken, extraordinary man.

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Famous Socorro ‘UFO Landing’ a Student Prank?

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 34.2, March / April 2010

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The famous Socorro "UFO landing" case of April 24, 1964, has been proclaimed by leading UFOlogists, such as Jacques Valle and the late J. Allen Hynek, as...

NASA Tries to Bomb Star Visitors

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 34.1, January / February 2010

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NASA may have most people convinced that its purpose in crashing the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) into the Moon on October 9, 2009...

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John A. Keel, Mothman Writer, Paranormalist Trickster (1930-2009)

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.6, November / December 2009

News & Comment

Noted paranormalist author John Alva Keel, best known to the public for his Mothman writings, died of a heart condition...

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The Pseudoscience of Anti-Anti-UFOlogy

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.5, September / October 2009

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Stanton Friedman critiques Joe Nickell's article "Return to Roswell" by noting that Nickell is a former magician...

Bigelow’s Aerospace and Saucer Emporium

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.4, July / August 2009

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Perhaps you've seen news stories about Bigelow Aerospace, founded by Las Vegas real estate millionaire Robert Bigelow.

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Nazi Saucers and Antigravity

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.1, January / February 2009

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

UFOlogy 2009: A Six-Decade Perspective

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.1, January / February 2009

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UFOlogy 2009: A Six-Decade Perspective

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

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Jon Beckjord, Advocate of a Paranormal Bigfoot (1939-2008)

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 32.6, November / December 2008

News & Comment

Jon Erik Beckjord, well known as a paranormal investigator focusing on Bigfoot, died July 22 from prostate cancer.

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Alien Peeping Tom—Film at Eleven

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 32.5, September / October 2008

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The world was startled on May 28 when a Denver man claimed he was going to show a video of a "living, breathing alien."

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The Fallacy of Misplaced Rationalism

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 32.4, July / August 2008

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There seem to be so many fallacious arguments making the rounds these days that it would be surprising if skeptics were...

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Electric Asteroid Zaps Earth

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 32.3, May / June 2008

News & Comment

The "Electric Universe" is codswollop, with or without gods hurling thunderbolts.

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Alien Ghosts at Roswell

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 32.2, March / April 2008

Psychic Vibrations

Can a pseudoscientific documentary be so insulting that even the cable channel planning to run it turns it down?

Over the Hill on UFO Abductions

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.6, November / December 2007

Review
Over the Hill on UFO Abductions

The story of the alleged UFO abduction of Betty and Barney Hill in New Hampshire in 1961 is well known to the public.

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Betty Hill’s Last Hurrah

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.5, September / October 2007

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A Secret UFO Symposium in New Hampshire

A Model UFO Debunking

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.5, September / October 2007

Review
A Model UFO Debunking

While such a book is not likely to make any best-seller list, it's a valuable contribution to our understanding of UFO mania

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First They Came for Darwin, Then They Came for Copernicus and Galileo…

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.4, July / August 2007

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A recent mass mailing was sent to thousands of addresses in California asking "Have Scientists Been Wrong for 400 Years?"

The Incredible Bouncing Cow

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.2, March / April 2007

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When aliens return cows after they have finished mutilating them, do the cows bounce when they hit the ground?

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The Flashlight of the Gods

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.1, January / February 2007

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Now that the crashed saucers seem to have replaced alien abductions as the "gold standard" of UFOlogical excitement...

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Time Flies LIke an Arrow, but Fruit Flies like Bilked Bananas

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 30.5, September / October 2006

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At the 87th Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science...

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The Internet: A Shining Beacon of Truth

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 30.4, July / August 2006

Psychic Vibrations

Where have all the UFOs gone? In recent months, three widely read articles have been published by thoughtful observers...

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Loon Season in Canada

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 30.2, March / April 2006

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Paul Hellyer was Canada's Defence Minister from 1963-1967 under Prime Minister Lester Pearson, as well as later serving...

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Will Hack for Extraterrestrials

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 30.1, January / February 2006

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London's Gary McKinnon, recently arrested for computer crimes, has been described as "the world's biggest computer hacker."

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Philip J. Klass (1919-2005)

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 29.6, November / December 2005

News & Comment

The man who was indisputably the most influential UFO skeptic of all time passed away August 9 at the age of 85.

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Where the UFO Conspiracy Theories Roam

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 29.4, July / August 2005

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The International UFO Congress has been taking place each March in Laughlin, Nevada, for fourteen years and I had yet to...

Tsunami Conspiracies and Hollow Moons

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 29.3, May / June 2005

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Tsunami Conspiracies and Hollow Moons

As the destruction became clear from the recent tsunami in southern Asia, claims surfaced of strange events associated with it.

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Hurricane Osama?

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 29.1, January / February 2005

Psychic Vibrations

With the recent devastating and remarkable assault on Florida by one destructive hurricane after another, some are...

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Tunguska 1, Roswell 0

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 28.6, November / December 2004

News & Comment

This past summer, the Tunguska Space Phenomenon Foundation, led by Yuri Labvin, headed off into the wilds of the vast...

The Campeche, Mexico ‘Infrared UFO’ Video

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 28.5, September / October 2004

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The Campeche, Mexico ‘Infrared UFO’ Video

Mysterious objects filmed by the Mexican military in March 2004 created a flurry of excitement and strange claims.

Toutatis Threatens Totally

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 28.4, July / August 2004

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Heads up—the End of the World is coming again!

UFOs Hot and Cold

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 27.5, September / October 2003

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Some places are reputed to be "UFO Hot Spots," and the San Luis Valley is one of them.

Conspire This!

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 25.6, November / December 2001

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Conspire This!

Sheaffer covers a Santa Clara convention of conspiracy theorists

ET, You’ve Got Mail

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 24.2, March / April 2000

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UFOlogy in America

Uncritical Publicity for Supposed ‘Independent UFO Investigation’ Demonstrates Media Gullibility

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 22.5, September / October 1998

News & Comment

In 1998, major media outlets were suddenly filled with accounts that an scientists had taken a fresh look at the UFO question.

E-mailed Antigens and Iridium’s Iridescence

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 22.1, January / February 1998

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E-mailed Antigens and Iridium’s Iridescence

Many readers of this magazine will no doubt recall the 1988 fiasco of so-called “memory water”...

The Truth Is, They Never Were ‘Saucers’

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 21.5, September / October 1997

Psychic Vibrations

June 24 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the day UFOs were discovered, or else invented, whichever you prefer.

Implants and Gurus Are Everywhere

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 21.1, January / February 1997

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When a UFO supposedly crashed on Long Island and was being covered up by the authorities, we brought you the story.

Travels on the Extraterrestrial Highway

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 20.5, September / October 1996

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Travels on the Extraterrestrial Highway

Nevada appears to have pulled off another minor miracle, transforming a barren stretch of desert road into a tourist destination

Bra Hazards, Carpet Circles, Lunar Aliens, and Adam’s Animals

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 19.6, November / December 1995

Psychic Vibrations

Researchers looking into the causes of breast cancer may have overlooked the most obvious cause of all: the wearing of bras.

Recovered Memories Cross the Oceans

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 19.4, July / August 1995

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Recovered Memories Cross the Oceans

The American practice of "recovering memories" of unspeakable abuse has leaped the Atlantic, and the Pacific as well.

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