Hello Skeptifans. Here are the Fails and Wins in the media this week.
Grave ‘witcher’ is an invaluable resource for genealogical society
Lorne sent in this story. It profiles a man who is a grave witcher. That’s like a water diviner, but for dead people. The article goes on and on about this guy’s amazing successes at locating lost remains, sorting out old graveyards, etc. Then, at the very end we get this line: “Not that anyone’s ever dug up a grave to prove Mavins right or wrong.” Uhh…that’s right. People rely on him to locate unmarked graves so they can mark them..but they don’t actually check that anyone is actually buried there!
Reversal on drug trial disclosure policy draws fire
Paul sent in this story. Looks like the Canadian Institute for Health Research has reversed a policy implemented a couple months ago that requires the results of all drug trials to be published, regardless of their success. This policy has obvious benefits to the public, as it would mean access to more data. The article goes into more detail on the policy and what happened to it.
Wind turbine foe vows to defeat Liberals
Wind Concerns Ontario is a group devoted to stopping wind power. Why? Because they say the turbines cause various ailments such as headaches and sleep problems. Just like the cellphone tower resistance and the wi-fi hysteria, the evidence for their view is all anecdotal. When real science is done, no evidence is found that the turbines generate anything but electricity. They are definitely a group to keep an eye on.
That’s the Fails and Wins this week, folks! See you next week, and don’t forget to send me your links to links [at] skepticnorth [dot] com.