Tag Archive for questionable claims

“Nose on a chip” handheld device claims to be able to monitor your food

Big promises with regards to identifying pesticides, allergens and nutrients in food. Is this real or fantasy? Time to be skeptical… Handheld Device TellSpec Can Detect Allergens, Chemicals, and Nutrients In Food | Singularity Hub. For this particular ill of the post-War era, there’s now a 21st-century workaround: a hand-held spectrometer that can determine exactly…

160 years old and good at history?

I doubt this one. Anyone can read a book on historical events. Dhaqabo Ebba, Ethiopian Farmer, Claims To Be 160 Years Old. Ebba himself says he’s a whopping 160 years old, even though there is no birth certificate to prove his claim, according to Opride.com Ebba made the statement in a video for Oromiya TV.…

Are parents who take their sick children for unproven treatments guilty of abuse?

There is medical tourism to locations that provide state of the art medical treatment and there is medical tourism to sites that promise cutting edge treatments that don’t work. This Harvard panel discusses the issue and one professor calls for drastic measures. ‘Stem cell tourism’ growing trend: Panel decries overseas clinics that provide treatments devoid…

TruthMarket crowd-sources fact checking of political and commercial claims

A new skeptic tool! Launching the First Marketplace for Truth-Telling™, TruthMarket™ Offers the Public Tools and Incentives to Take Action Against False Political and Commercial Claims. TruthMarket, a division of Truth Seal Corp., today announced it plans to play an aggressive role in improving the state of political and commercial communications by launching its Marketplace…

Counterfactual history: The Atlantic picks apart the Newsweek cover story

Fact checking front page articles? Nah… This one is all over the political news sites. A Full Fact-Check of Niall Ferguson’s Very Bad Argument Against Obama – Matthew O’Brien – The Atlantic. Celebrity historian Niall Ferguson doesn’t like President Obama, and doesn’t think you should either. That’s perfectly fine. There are plenty of legitimate reasons…

Oregon school district spends $172,000 fighting Wi-fi pseudoscience lawsuit

Wireless Waste: Portland schools have had to spend $172,000 fighting a parent’s lawsuit over Wi-Fi. One year ago, the parent of a Portland Public Schools student sued the district with claims a new Wi-Fi network in his daughter’s middle school was poisoning her and potentially harming other students. As WW reported, there’s no scientific evidence…

Crowd-corrected and crowd-improved: Comments to a piece are vital to its story.

I don’t usually post these type of non-news, opinion pieces as news, but this one is particularly relevant here. It’s about publicly peer reviewed articles. It describes the case of the ivory billed woodpecker. Thought extinct, on several occasions, claims were made that it was located alive. Each time caused a stir. This piece serves…

Sylvia Brown’s 50th anniversary tour

The World’s Most Renowned Psychic and Spiritual Teacher SYLVIA BROWNE returns to Las Vegas on her 50th Anniversary Tour with a limited engagement at the Imperial Palace, February 28 – April 19 Las Vegas audiences will have the opportunity to witness the unbelievable as psychic icon Sylvia Browne brings her unique one-woman show and lecture…

Did UFO sightings surge with aurora? Questionable.

UFO sightings off the charts worldwide in wake of massive solar storm The solar storm that hit the Earth with “fireworks” Tuesday, also spawned thousands of UFO sightings worldwide, state ufologists who monitor daily online UFO sighting reports. Locals here at this popular UFO sighting location at Bray’s Point — and down the Oregon coast…

Impressive UFOs? Not so much.

UFO Lights Spotted Near Los Angeles | UFO Hoax in California | Weird News | LiveScience. Friday the 13th ended up being a very lucky day for a California man who videoed several UFOs flying near Los Angeles. The video, allegedly shot by a freelance photographer going by the name Nerdumb, shows several bright lights…

Officials say and media reports that ‘wind turbine syndrome’ is bunk

No evidence’ for wind turbine illness Fears that wind turbines make people sick are ”not scientifically valid”, and the arguments mounted by anti-wind farm campaigners are unconvincing, according to confidential briefings given to the state government by NSW Health. Documents obtained under freedom-of-information laws show that health officials repeatedly warned ministers last year that there…

‘Electro-oversensitive’ man in Sweden is a terrible neighbor

‘Electro-oversensitive’ man in mobile phone blackout threat – The Local. Despite a lack of scientific research into the health effects of the radiation emitted by mobile phone masts, Mora municipality in Dalarna County is about to create an area free of radiation following complaints filed by local resident Dan Bengtsson, 62. In 2005 he moved … to…

Devices and cures for concussion unsupported

More Sports – The Globe and Mail. Parents who rushed out to buy football helmets this year on claims that the head gear could prevent concussions were buying promises that couldn’t be kept, says Toronto neurosurgeon Charles Tator. “Thank God the manufacturers had to withdraw that claim. I’ve talked with a lot of very talented…

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…