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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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Feb 25, 2015 07:00 AM ET
An innovative British effort to stem sex trafficking in Africa uses belief in magic and witchcraft to help victims. Continue reading →
Feb 15, 2015 10:00 AM ET
One of Canada's most prestigious newspapers published a story warning of the dangers of HPV vaccines, and doctors weren't happy. Continue reading →
Feb 9, 2015 03:26 PM ET
NBC News anchor Brian Williams has apologized for telling a story that wasn't true. But psychologists have suggested it may not be a lie.
Jan 28, 2015 07:00 AM ET
The manufacturer of a coffee bean extract promoted on 'The Dr. Oz' show has been fined $9 million for false claims and deceptive practices. Continue reading →
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 →
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