Monday, October 27, 2008

Debunkings In The News

50 Students Agree: Astrology is crap. A Radford University physics professor and fifty students are going to conduct an experiment using a gravity meter to show that there is no scientific basis for astrology.

It's old news by now but Talking Points Memo has the most concise piece I've seen about how the Ashley Todd attack was a hoax. More information about Ashley Todd can be found on the internet.

Elyse from Skepchick posts a touching, personal account of how she stopped believing in psychics.

Popular Mechanics discusses the way the events in a recent episode of Fringe would work in the real-world (spoiler alert: they wouldn't). And they quote Bob Park who is one of my favorite scientists ever.

Speaking of favorites, Scientific American is my favorite science publication ever. Their online version has an article about researchers exploring what happens in the brain to convince someone they're seeing ghosts. This is excellent science reporting. Adam Marcus, the article's author, talks to (gasp!) more than one source.

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2 comments:

Perky Skeptic said...

For a moment there I thought Elyse had stopped believing in physics and I was worried!!!!! *lol*

Vaklam said...

Perky: If you stop believing in physics does that give you the ability to fly or maybe make perpetual-motion machines?