Skeptoid #460: Plastic Bags03/31/15
Plastic bag bans are spreading. These bags are both credited with keeping your groceries cheaper and wreaking environmental havoc. What does the science actually say? Probably not enough yet.
Skeptoid #459: Listener Feedback: The Environment
Few topics generate as much passionate feedback as those dealing with environmental issues. In this episode, Brian responds to some of that feedback, including the answers to questions about Fukushima, wind turbines, and fracking.
Skeptoid #458: Science Fails
When science fails, the results can be catastrophic. But often the failure is in the execution, not the science, which self-corrects and soldiers on.
Skeptoid #457: Forgetting the Alamo
In 1836, Mexican forces defeated a bunch of "pirates" at a broken down mission called the Alamo. Who were these men and why were they fighting the government? We'll explore the myths and truths behind this structure and the vent that made it famous.
Skeptoid #456: Cattle Mutilation
We know that cattle and other herd animals are routinely found dead and in conditions that some claim are the result of malicious mutilation. Aliens are commonly accused of the crime. What's really going on here?
Skeptoid #455: Ghost Photography
A short history of ghost photographs and a categorization of the different kinds of errors and fraud which can produce the images.
Skeptoid #454: GMO Facts and Fiction
GMO misinformation continues to spread in the media and online. We've collected a number of beliefs about GMOs; how many of them can you get right?
Skeptoid #453: Cooking Myths
How much of what "everybody knows" about food preparation is science, how much is myth, and how much is a bit of both?
Skeptoid #452: The Stone Spheres of Costa Rica
Southwestern Costa Rica is home to over 300 carved stone spheres left behind by the country's previous inhabitants. There are some fantastical claims surrounding their origin and purpose, but what can science tell us about their true nature?
Skeptoid #451: Ideomotor Response
Though first defined in the 1850s, the Ideomotor Response, a quirk of physiology, is still misused to bamboozle the credulous with bogus claims.
Skeptoid #450: Robert Ripley: Believe Him... or Not?
The Believe it or Not! series of cartoons makes some extraordinary claims. Is there extraordinary evidence to back them up? Let's take a look.
Skeptoid #449: Ancient Astronauts
Did aliens visit the ancient Earth and inspire human cultures to build great works? Some people claim that they did. But is there really any reason to hypothesize that ancient astronauts existed?
Skeptoid #448: The Columbus Poltergeist
When mysterious phenomena is reported in a Columbus, Ohio home, paranormal researchers and media collide with skeptical investigators of the true cause.
Skeptoid #447: Listener Feedback: Cryptozoology
Brian opens up the mailbag and responds to some interesting questions asked by listeners to recent episodes on cryptozoological topics.
Skeptoid #446: The Fallibility of Memory
A look at how our memory works and the many things that can go awry with it. Are our brains like hard drives, or more like easily-smudged chalk boards?
Skeptoid #445: Megalodon
The Discovery Channel put out a 'docufiction' suggesting that the gigantic shark C. megalodon might still be alive in our oceans, but what does science have to say on the matter?
Skeptoid #444: Myths of Alcatraz
Alcatraz Island harbors ruins, restless spirits and many myths. Skeptoid traveled to The Rock to see the sights and bust some ghosts.
Skeptoid #443: SS Iron Mountain
The SS Iron Mountain is a famous missing ship, said to have vanished from the middle of the Mississippi River without a trace. Was there a ship called the SS Iron Mountain and did she actually vanish? Skeptoid investigates.
Skeptoid #442: Griffins
Griffins, considered an absurd mythological beast by us today, were actually humanity's first known attempt to describe an animal based solely on fossils.
Skeptoid #441: The Skookum Cast
In 2000 a group of BFRO researchers found what they claimed to be a full body impression of a Bigfoot. A more probable explanation is that it was made by an elk. Confirmation bias is discussed.
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