Good day, skeptics! I hope you all take advantage of what is left of the summer, right after you read the fails and wins this week.
Examining acupuncture, one needle at a time
Lorne spotted this article about acupuncture in the Globe and Mail. It’s hard to say if it’s a fail or a win overall, but I give it high points for mentioning the word “placebo” 6 times.
Weapons expert warns Wi-Fi in schools could cause birth defects
Here’s another fail related to the wi-fi “controversy” involving Ontario schools. In this story, a “weapons expert” chimes in about the risks of microwaves affecting us at the “DNA level”. What is his evidence for the harmful effects of wi-fi?
There are no scientific studies that categorically state there is no harm from prolonged exposure.
Sorry buddy…lack of evidence is not evidence, it’s fail.
Monster hunters continue search for creature in Vancouver Island lake
Have you ever heard of the Cameron Lake Monster? Neither had I until I read the story. Apparently locals have been talking about it for years, and now the B.C. Scientific Cryptozoology Club is looking for it. I was ready for this story to be a fail, but was pleasantly surprised. It’s a bit credulous, but not as much as I would have thought. I’ll let you decide if it’s a fail or a win. Let me know what you think in the comments.
That’s the fails and wins this week! Keep me in business by sending links to links [at] skepticnorth [dot] com