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!
News reports claim that a teen girl was buried alive in Honduras, but there's a simpler (and less horrifying) explanation.
The EPA's spill of toxic mine waste into the Animas River spawns conspiracy theories. Continue reading →
A triple murder last month has fueled speculation about a witchcraft-related 'ritual killing,' but that seems unlikely. Continue reading →
A ghost photo from the U.K. is going viral this week but in this case psychology—not the paranormal—provides the best explanation.
A creepy clown was seen outside a Chicago cemetery recently -- and it's only the latest sighting of many. Continue reading →
Entomologists solve the mystery of strange markings that appeared at night in Indian homes.
A new study claims that self-identified vampires are reluctant to tell others about their lifestyle for fear of being ostracized. Continue reading →
Anti-vaccination protests date back over 150 years, and are likely to remain with us. Here's why.
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