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Supernova 2012aw: the pictures!

March 20, 2012 | By

Last night, I wrote about a possible new supernova in the galaxy M95, a nearby spiral. It has since been confirmed, and is called SN 2012aw. Given that M95 is about 37 or so million light years away — close on a galactic scale — that means this exploding star will be easy to see […]

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Homeopathy slammed by Australian TV news show

April 18, 2011 | By

Most of the time, so-called "alternative medicine" is treated very gently by television news. I don’t know if that’s because they don’t want to tick off their viewers, or the reporters don’t look into it properly, or if they believe in it themselves. But no matter the reason, it’s always refreshing to see a show […]

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Has life been found in a meteorite?

March 5, 2011 | By

[UPDATE (March 7, 2011): I've posted a followup on this news with a much more detailed analysis, and not too surprisingly the scientific consensus coming in is that the claims of alien fossils are way wrong.] Richard Hoover, an astrobiologist at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, thinks he may have found bacteria in a meteorite. […]

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Your skeptic tales

December 31, 2010 | By

Earlier this week, inspired by an essay by my friend Nicole, I asked readers here and on Twitter to tweet their journey to skepticism. How did you get from there to here? Was it a single, momentous event, or a long, gradual realization? I’d take the best, I said, and post them here. As an […]

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Is NASA hiding life on Mars? I seriously doubt it.

October 27, 2010 | By

Is NASA covering up evidence of life on Mars? That’s what University of Cardiff astrobiologist Chandra Wickramasinghe claims as quoted in an article on the Helium website (warning: site has autoloading video ads). First, I want to note that this article doesn’t appear to have much new about it; Wickramasinghe made these claims as far […]

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Geek calendar

October 26, 2010 | By

Libel is a serious issue in the UK: the laws are seemingly right out of the Dark Ages, making it easy for antiscience cranks to sue journalists when unflattering pieces are written about their crankery. That’s why the Libel Reform campaign was started, and that’s why they’re trying to raise money. And what better way […]

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SPEECH Act now a law: big win for libel reform!

August 26, 2010 | By

American authors, journalists, and bloggers can breathe a sigh of relief: with broad bipartisan support, a short time ago President Obama signed a bill into law that makes sure that the awful and regressive libel laws in the UK cannot be enforced here in the United States. I’ve written about this issue many times; skeptic […]

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Singh a Sherine song

May 1, 2010 | By

OMFSM! How did I miss this? The wonderful skeptic Ariane Sherine sings a song of Simon Singh: Ha! That was brilliant. And her point is a good one: go support libel reform in the UK! Even though the BCA dropped its suit* against Simon, the libel law evilness lives on.

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BREAKING: BCA drops libel case against Simon Singh!

April 15, 2010 | By

Great news: the BCA has dropped its ill-conceived lawsuit against journalist and skeptic Simon Singh! WooHOO! My huge and hearty CONGRATS to Simon! The British Chiropractic Association, an umbrella organization for chiropractors in Britain, had sued Simon for libel because he had written in a newspaper article that they "happily promote bogus remedies". They said […]

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Simon Singh has appeal!

April 7, 2010 | By

Simon Singh – the journalist who has been sued for libel by the British Chiropractic Association for having the temerity to write that they happily promote bogus remedies — has won a big victory in the UK: he has the right to argue that his statement was opinion, and not a statement narrowly (and, in […]

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