Ann Reardon's uber-successful cookery YouTube channel smuggles in good, solid skepticism among the Spongebob Squarepants cakes

The Witch’s Itch: Possible explanations for the symptoms of the Salem ‘victims’

While much has been written about those accused of witchcraft in Salem, a modern understanding of psychology can shed light on the reports of their alleged 'victims'

A new study suggests coronavirus antibodies fade over time – but how concerned should we be?

We shouldn't be overly worried by the data showing that coronavirus antibodies wane after infection, explains immunologist Professor Sheena Cruickshank

Failure to listen to patients is causing unacceptable delays in endometriosis diagnosis

Endometriosis affects one in ten women – yet patients continue to face an uphill battle for diagnosis and treatment

Featured

What James Randi meant to me: Chris French reflects on the passing of The Amazing Randi

Professor Chris French marks the passing of James Randi with a lookback at the influence Randi had on his life and career.

The Curse of Monster Island: a four year experiment in unmoderated free speech

A forum for unmoderated free speech quickly became a place to showcase the worst aspects of human nature, with grim consequences.

Society

The Witch’s Itch: Possible explanations for the symptoms of the Salem ‘victims’

While much has been written about those accused of witchcraft in Salem, a modern understanding of psychology can shed light on the reports of their alleged 'victims'

By invoking ‘Spirit of the Blitz’ nostalgia, we do a disservice to what was achieved on the home front

Rose-tinted references to the 'Spirit of the Blitz' miss the real story of deep inequality, and of progress built through campaigning and protesting

Paranormal

The Witch’s Itch: Possible explanations for the symptoms of the Salem ‘victims’

While much has been written about those accused of witchcraft in Salem, a modern understanding of psychology can shed light on the reports of their alleged 'victims'

Has the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in an increase in ghostly encounters?

With pandemic-related anxiety and stress causing an increase in experience of sleep paralysis, we may well see an uptick in paranormal belief.

Fairies Dancing in a Ring

This image of fairies dancing in a ring comes dates from around 1600 and was in its original form a woodcut, before appearing in an issue of The Strand magazine in 1892.

The Atacama mummy: putting together the pieces of an “Archaeology bombshell”

While the Daily Express recently declared mummified remains found in the Atacama Desert to be an "Archaeology bombshell", Archaeologist Paul Duncan McGarrity offers an alternate explanation.

Electrician Sheds Light on Viral Birmingham Ghost Mystery

Hayley Stevens explains how the recent ghost captured on a Birmingham CCTV camera may have a far more mundane explanation.

By invoking ‘Spirit of the Blitz’ nostalgia, we do a disservice to what was achieved on the home front

Rose-tinted references to the 'Spirit of the Blitz' miss the real story of deep inequality, and of progress built through campaigning and protesting

Anti-fluoride activists may disagree, but fluoridation is social justice in dental care

Water fluoridation isn’t a magic bullet to end dental decay, but for some it may be the only dental care they have access to - and for that reason it's worth it.

Farewell, James Randi: The Skeptic remembers an icon of critical thinking

In celebration of the career of James Randi, The Skeptic's editors and supporters share their memories of the quintessential skeptical icon.

From the outset, chiropractors have held anti-vax views – sadly, not much has changed

Despite overwhelming evidence vaccines work, many chiropractors focus unduly on the risks, and refuse to recommend them to patients

What James Randi meant to me: Chris French reflects on the passing of The Amazing Randi

Professor Chris French marks the passing of James Randi with a lookback at the influence Randi had on his life and career.

But His Emails! Trump’s relentless emails remind me of my psychic penpal, Peter Popoff

The President of the United States takes a leaf out of the prosperity gospel playbook to dupe his supporters into giving him money

Alternative Medicine

From the outset, chiropractors have held anti-vax views – sadly, not much has changed

Despite overwhelming evidence vaccines work, many chiropractors focus unduly on the risks, and refuse to recommend them to patients

Institute of Biomedical Science falls for the Traditional Chinese Medicine hype

The September issue of Biomedical Scientist magazine ignores the real story in their rose-tinted history of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Rectal ozone therapy: Brazil’s latest COVID-19 pseudoscience

Brazil's rectal ozone therapy may sound ridiculous, but the reach of the pseudoscience movement is no joke

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Science

A new study suggests coronavirus antibodies fade over time – but how concerned should we be?

We shouldn't be overly worried by the data showing that coronavirus antibodies wane after infection, explains immunologist Professor Sheena Cruickshank

Are digital pregnancy tests simply taking the pee?

Digital pregnancy tests might look like another example of expensive e-waste, but we should look more carefully about their use and accessibility before we rush to condemn.