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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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Jan 24, 2015 04:43 PM ET
A farmer in Chile has found two mummified animals and claims they may be the remains of the mythical chupacabra.
Jan 21, 2015 12:20 PM ET
The parents of a boy claimed to be a victim of spontaneous human combustion in 2013 now have a second child with the same 'problem' and police are skeptical.
Jan 20, 2015 07:43 AM ET
A boy who wrote a best-selling book about visiting heaven has admitted the story is false. Here's why it was widely believed.
Jan 17, 2015 07:01 AM ET
Tanzania is taking legal steps to stem the murder of albinos for their body parts in magic rituals. Continue reading →
Jan 14, 2015 07:00 AM ET
The weird fingerlike thing wasn’t from a bear or other wild mammal, but it also wasn’t human.
Jan 12, 2015 09:50 AM ET
A viral news story claiming that an all-girls high school digitally altered their students' yearbook photos to make them thinner isn't quite accurate.
Jan 6, 2015 02:59 PM ET
A new phone app is designed to help record dreams and interpret their significance -- some say it might reveal ESP.
Dec 29, 2014 03:41 PM ET
A woman says she was assaulted while under hypnosis, but there is reason to question the claim. Continue reading →
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