My background is in journalism and investigation, often trying to understand why people believe things for which there is little or no evidence. My specialty is applying critical thinking and scientific methodologies to unusual claims. I also -- oops, gotta go: I found an error on the Internet!

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Apr 14, 2014 08:55 PM ET
Tonight's "blood moon" has inspired myths, legends, and superstitions. Continue reading →
Apr 10, 2014 08:55 AM ET
A mysterious unidentified falling object was caught on a skydivers's helmet camera. Continue reading →
Apr 4, 2014 01:49 PM ET
Viral videos of terrified bison running out of Yellowstone Park has many concerned about a volcanic eruption. Continue reading →
Apr 2, 2014 02:29 PM ET
An American couple say they have been wrongly convicted of causing the death of their adopted daughter. Continue reading →
Mar 26, 2014 06:00 AM ET
Fifteen flamingos in a German zoo were found mysteriously beheaded last week, and investigators believe they have finally found the culprit. Continue reading →
Mar 22, 2014 09:36 AM ET
Half of Americans endorse at least one medicine-based conspiracy theory. Why?
Mar 20, 2014 09:08 AM ET
A ruthless Mexican drug cartel is accused of kidnapping children to harvest their organs. For real? Continue reading →
Mar 18, 2014 04:23 PM ET
'Hogzilla' makes a comeback: An enormous wild boar was recently killed, and it's only the latest in a series of monster pigs. Continue reading →
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