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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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Oct 1, 2014 03:17 PM ET
A prank message claiming that salt water can prevent or sure Ebola has sickened many and led to deaths. Continue reading →
Sep 27, 2014 03:15 PM ET
A fuzzy, moving form caught on camera at a New Mexico police station has some suspecting ghosts -- but there are other explanations. Continue reading →
Sep 25, 2014 05:11 PM ET
A visitor to Seattle says a stranger attacked him with an AIDS-infected needle, but it may be an urban legend. Continue reading →
Sep 24, 2014 06:14 PM ET
Hundreds of Colombian girls are experiencing strange symptoms and blaming a vaccine, but another explanation is more likely. Continue reading →
Sep 23, 2014 02:12 PM ET
Recent strange cases of sleepwalking shed light on this mysterious condition. Continue reading →
Sep 17, 2014 08:05 AM ET
Five months after the abduction of nearly 300 schoolgirls in Nigeria, the prospects for their safe return seem more remote than ever. Here's why. Continue reading →
Sep 12, 2014 03:40 PM ET
A commission in Iceland has concluded that a legendary lake monster there exists; others aren't so sure. Continue reading →
Sep 9, 2014 01:37 PM ET
Each new Jack the Ripper suspect seems very convincing and compelling, until the next one comes along and seemingly closes the case. Continue reading →
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