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First evidence that fracking causes earthquakes, but don’t get all shaken up

U.K. Quakes Likely Caused by Fracking One nagging question about the fracking process to extract natural gas and oil has been: Does this process cause microearthquakes in the area? This is actually a complicated explanation. Fluid injection and similar changes to hydrogeologic regimes have caused earthquakes. A new report links fracking specifically with earthquakes that…

FishBarrel: The easy way to report misleading health claims now works for the U.S.

Simon Perry, pseudoscience activist reports that Fish Barrel, an easy way to report misleading health claims online, now works in the U.S. FishBarrel, a plugin for Google Chrome, (Adventures in nonsense: FishBarrel: The easy way to report misleading health claims online.) now works with the FDA to report claims you find online according to a…

Ben Radford releases new book on media-driven panics and hoaxes

My New Book ‘The Martians Have Landed!’ Now Released I’m pleased to announce that my sixth book, The Martians Have Landed! A History of Media-Driven Panics and Hoaxes, is now available. The book is co-authored with sociologist Robert Bartholomew (who also co-authored my first book back in 2003, Hoaxes Myths, and Manias: Why We Need…

It MUST be true, I saw it on TV

How Television Can Make You Believe Things That Aren’t True Newly published research suggests nuggets of misinformation embedded in a fictional television program can seep into our brains and lodge there as perceived facts. That’s the conclusion of a study published in the journal Human Communication Research. It asserts that, immediately after watching a show containing a…

Eugenie Scott describes how Creationists and climate denialists share tactics

Denial of evolution, climate change: Linked? Poll scientific specialists on evolution and global warming, and the results are overwhelming: a strong consensus that the scientists say is founded on equally strong data. But among the general public, the response can be quite different. Eugenie Scott, a science education activist best known for fighting creationism in…

World Skeptics Congress, May 2012 in Berlin

World Skeptics Information and Events – World Skeptics Information and Events. Mark your calendar for the 6th World Skeptics Congress in Berlin, Germany. Slated for May 18-20, 2012 in city centre, speakers so far include: Chris French, Chris Mooney, Eugenie Scott, Simon Singh, Kylie Sturgess and many prominent European speakers, which gives this conference a…