Science

(False) Memories of Childhood

On 5 October 2017, I, along with four other memory researchers, read out an essay on memory in front of an audience at the...

The Death & Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

On the 29th January, 1951, a woman named Henrietta Lacks called into John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, complaining that she felt a ‘knot’ in...

Ipso Factoid: Daily Mail in Mildly Educational Shocker

The Daily Mail recently produced a list of questions commonly asked of parents by their naturally curious children about science and the world around...

Ipso Factoid: *insert gratuitous sexual pun here*

In a wonderful opportunity (duly ignored) to prove our maturity as a society, both the Times and Daily Mail had headlines declaring "What an...

IPSO FACTOID: Well That’s It Then, Science Is Over

Pack up the Bunsen burners and power down the computers because Science Is Dying! This wonderfully nonsensical claim is thanks to Daniel Henninger of...

IPSO FACTOID: Of Mice and Men- Sensationalized ‘journalism’ has got it all wrong

Following all the hoo-ha we've seen recently over the cervical cancer vaccination, it was with some interest I noted that the Daily Mail hailed...

Ipso Factoid: How much of our brains do we use to read The Daily Mail?

Do they fail to see the irony? This week The Daily Mail reported on a new book that dispels a number of health myths...

Ipso Factoid: Is there anything Red Wine can’t do?

It had been a while since the newspapers told us to drink red wine in order to receive a health benefit.  There has been...

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‘Mask Mouth’: A real dental phenomenon, or merely a confection?

Dentist Shaun Sellars looks at recent reports of facemasks causing a new dental phenomenon known as 'mask mouth'.

The Ockham Awards 2020: recognising the best in skepticism, and the worst in pseudoscience

Nominations for the 2020 Ockham Awards are now open, with our annual award for Skeptical Activism and our Rusty Razor award for pseudoscience.

Don’t believe what you think!

What follows is a slightly modified and abbreviated version of the introduction to Professor Edzard Ernst's recently published book, Don't Believe What...

Ethics for Skeptics: why compassion and reason go hand in hand

Philosophy lecturer Aaron Rabinowitz outlines the ethical core of skepticism, and explains why a compassionate understanding of morality must underpin the skeptical worldview.

NHS Lincolnshire Reiki-d over the coals for ‘Spiritual Healer’ job ad

NHS Lincoln's ad for a Spiritual Healer rightly deserved criticism, but do these alternative health charities expose a more worrying gap in our care for cancer patients?
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