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Will Wearing A Hat Make Me Go Bald?

19 Nov 2020

This article was first published in The Skeptical Inquirer.

Here's Jeopardy!

10 Nov 2020

In many households, 7:00 pm is time for Jeopardy (although these days, with video recording and repeats on Netflix, any time can be Jeopardy time). For thirty-seven years many of us have invited...

Soaring with Helium

16 Oct 2020

You’re at a birthday party and the place is full of helium-filled balloons stuck to the ceiling. How are these balloons defying gravity? No magic involved! The law of buoyancy as first stated in...

Rocks in your head? Sort of.

2 Oct 2020

Sometimes called “ear rocks”, small crystals of calcium carbonate (essentially limestone) are found in your inner ear. The technical name for these tiny stones wrapped in a matrix of protein is ...

Bats Stand Accused

30 Sep 2020

No, the original cause of COVID-19 was not someone eating bats in China. That is a myth. But bats are not off the hook because there is a chance that the SARS CoV-2 virus did originate in bat poop...

Why is my dog's pee ruining my lawn?

25 Sep 2020

Most homeowners let their dogs use the backyard as their own personal toilet. Often after a winter of such potty practice, when the snow melts, you’ll often find your lawn speckled with unsightly...

Ricin Emerges From the Shadows Again

23 Sep 2020

Ricin is in the news because this potentially potent poison was supposedly detected in a letter addressed to President Trump. For me, this brings back memories of my last visit to London when I...

A Fly On The Wall

18 Sep 2020

How many times have you heard the expression, “if only I could be a fly on that wall?” But how do flies walk up walls and across ceilings? At the Marine Science Laboratory in North Wales scientists...

Direct-to-Consumer 2: Epigenetic Boogaloo

13 Aug 2020

Cutting-edge science can be used to fashion mirages. We are led to believe there is value in the product, a drink to quench our thirst for knowledge. But when we have spent our money, we are stuck...

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