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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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 →
Nov 24, 2015 01:57 PM ET
Two presidential candidates have claimed they saw American Muslims cheering after the 9/11 attacks. They did not, but there are psychological reasons they may have thought they did.
Nov 6, 2015 06:53 PM ET
News and social media reports during Halloween claimed that tainted candy had been found. But is it true? Continue reading →
Nov 4, 2015 12:39 PM ET
A 'monster' photographed by a Scottish tourist in the Greek isles is likely made of PVC.
Oct 28, 2015 04:30 PM ET
An upcoming live 'exorcism' will surely scare up ratings. Continue reading →
Oct 22, 2015 01:30 PM ET
A photo circulating on social media appears to show a flying city among clouds in China. Is it real, a mirage, or fake? Continue reading →
Oct 19, 2015 05:53 PM ET
Recent reports from Britain claim that scary clowns are stalking children. And not for the first time. Continue reading →
Oct 13, 2015 06:34 PM ET
The Jersey Devil's diverse features are strong evidence that it cannot exist as a real animal.
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