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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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Aug 31, 2015 01:01 PM ET
News reports claim that a teen girl was buried alive in Honduras, but there's a simpler (and less horrifying) explanation.
Aug 15, 2015 10:00 AM ET
The EPA's spill of toxic mine waste into the Animas River spawns conspiracy theories. Continue reading →
Aug 6, 2015 01:44 PM ET
A triple murder last month has fueled speculation about a witchcraft-related 'ritual killing,' but that seems unlikely. Continue reading →
Aug 1, 2015 06:43 AM ET
A ghost photo from the U.K. is going viral this week but in this case psychology—not the paranormal—provides the best explanation.
Jul 27, 2015 01:48 PM ET
A creepy clown was seen outside a Chicago cemetery recently -- and it's only the latest sighting of many. Continue reading →
Jul 21, 2015 01:24 PM ET
Entomologists solve the mystery of strange markings that appeared at night in Indian homes.
Jul 14, 2015 02:14 PM ET
A new study claims that self-identified vampires are reluctant to tell others about their lifestyle for fear of being ostracized. Continue reading →
Jul 7, 2015 02:47 PM ET
Anti-vaccination protests date back over 150 years, and are likely to remain with us. Here's why.
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