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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Jan 22, 2016 05:54 PM ET
A newly discovered trench in Loch Ness is said to be the lake's deepest. But could it be the home of Nessie? Continue reading →
Jan 20, 2016 08:33 AM ET
Musician Glenn Frey, who died recently, was the victim of several death hoaxes.
Jan 5, 2016 06:05 PM ET
A mysterious light seen in an abandoned building reveals much about the psychology of perception. Continue reading →
Dec 31, 2015 04:30 PM ET
Research suggests that parents who refuse to vaccinate their children don't do so because they lack education. Continue reading →
Dec 17, 2015 01:28 PM ET
Scary headlines can cause the public to be needlessly fearful. Understanding risk and statistics can help. →
Dec 10, 2015 01:15 PM ET
A British mother blames her school's WiFi for driving her daughter to suicide.
Dec 5, 2015 03:09 PM ET
Mass shootings seem to spawn conspiracy theories more often than other events. Here's why. Continue reading →
Nov 30, 2015 02:37 PM ET
The Italian Supreme Court acquitted six scientists convicted of failing to warn of a major earthquake. Continue reading →
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