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Mad Science You Can’t Do At Home

This year, I have taken on the responsibility of giving my 13 year-old son some exposure to science in addition to what he gets at school. So, I was excited when I saw a copy of Mad Science: Experiments You Can Do At Home – But Probably Shouldn’t by Theodore Gray. What a great title, […]

Another Nail in the Coffin of Remote Intercessory Prayer

Does prayer really work wonders? Not according to epidemiologst Maria InĂªs da Rosa.

Da Rosa and her research team published results of a double-blind randomized trial in the Brazilian Journal of Science and Public Health last year. Half of the more than five hundred pregnant women in the trial had their health prayed for […]

Failed Breatharian Naveena Shine shoves Standards down the Memory Hole

When Naveena Shine started out her highly publicized “experiment” to stop eating and live on light alone, she set the standards for herself. In a press release she spoke of herself in the third person, promising to release video of her every move:

On May 3rd 2013, the Spiritually based endeavor, “Living On Light” began […]

After 1 year 5 months, still no Scientific Data released from Breatharian “Experiment”

One year and five months ago, Dr. Sudhir Shah was holding a worldwide press conference to announce the results of his experiment with the breatharian Prahlad Jani, who claims to have gone without food or water for seventy years. According to Shah, Jani was confirmed to have gone 15 days without food or water and […]

Don’t Hold Your Breatharian: Prahlad Jani “Scientist” Provides Update with No Science

Think back a few months. Do you recall the media fanfare in the spring when the 83 year-old Prahlad Jani entered into an experiment in which he was said not to eat or drink for 15 days straight? Oh, the papers and the news shows were agog. Isn’t life just miraculous?

Since then, we’ve discovered […]

Breatharian Prahlad Jani Experiment Said to End, and the results are…

14-15 days (depending on your time zone of reference) ago, a scientific experiment was supposedly commenced regarding the “breatharian” Prahlad Jani, a man in his 80s who claims neither to have eaten food or had water to drink for 70 years, a man who claims to subsist entirely on spiritual energy that enters his body […]

Breatharian? Prahlad Jani News Goes Silent After Six Days. It’s Day 11. Why no news?

On April 28, 2010, the London Daily Telegraph posted a news story about an experiment involving the self-proclaimed “breatharian” Prahlad Jani. He says he hasn’t had any food or drink in 70 years. The Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences in India’s Defence Research Development Organisation began an experiment on April 22 in which Prahlad […]

Proof of Life After Death?

The apparently dead subject was shown images of different human faces, which displayed a variety of emotions. A brain scan of a type called fMRI showed brain activity when some of the images were changed. It appeared that the brain, even after death, was perceiving visual images and thinking about the emotional meaning of them in some way. […]

Foil Wrappers on Bubble Solution. Useful? An Empirical Test

Last year, I made brief and horrible fun of the foil wrappers they put on bottles of bubble solution. I snarkily asked whether there was a terrorist plot to inject bubble bottles with cyanide. In a comment, the ever-thoughtful John Stracke suggested that “it probably improves the shelf life, by keeping air out better than […]

Quantum World Is In Our World

This is akin to setting two pendulums swinging at a certain rate, then shipping one to China and the other to Nebraska, then changing the rate of the Chinese pendulum’s swing, and seeing the Nebraskan pendulum change its rate of swinging at exactly the same time. […]

Obama’s Torture Photo Concern: Control Over Populace, Abroad and at Home

When Barack Obama says he will not comply with a federal court order to release photographs of U.S. Government torture, there’s a mystery in his explanation:

The publication of these photos would not add any additional benefit to our understanding of what was carried out in the past by a small number of individuals. In […]