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Skeptical Fails and Wins This Week

05 March 2012 by Melany Hamill

Hey there skeptifans. Here are the media Fails and Wins you sent me this week. Study suggests smelling rosemary aromas can boost brain performance Art sent in this fail. Apparently smelling rosemary boosts your “brain performance”. What exactly does this mean? Well, the article won’t tell you. It only mentions researchers saw improvements on “speed […]

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Skeptical Fails and Wins This Week

26 February 2012 by Melany Hamill

Hey there skeptifans. Here are the media Fails and Wins you sent me this week. Botox injected by unlicensed practitioners Would you trust just anyone to inject a deadly toxin into your face? The CBC exposed unlicensed clinics that were injecting botox ordered on the internet. Hopefully there will be swift action against these people. […]

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Skeptical Fails and Wins This Week

12 February 2012 by Melany Hamill

Hey there skeptifans. Here are the media Fails and Wins you sent me this week. Study Debunks Ionic Footbath Detox Claims Scott spotted this win in the Epoch Times. You may have heard of these ionic footbaths that claim to suck toxins out of you through your feet. The water turns brown as you use […]

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The Third Annual Cross Canada Skeptical Smackdown

The Third Annual Cross Canada Skeptical Smackdown

10 February 2012 by Melany Hamill

The organizers of the annual Cross Canada Skeptical Smackdown are looking for your participation!  Here is a note from them with more details: The third annual Cross Canada Skeptical Smackdown is approaching, and the CCSS team is looking for hosts in new locations. Perhaps that host is you. What is the Cross Canada Skeptical Smackdown? […]

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Skeptical Fails and Wins This Week

29 January 2012 by Melany Hamill

Hey there skeptifans. Here are the media Fails and Wins you sent me this week. How can I relieve my baby’s teething pain? This doctor recommends homeopathic drops for teething pain, claiming many babies have benefited from them but more studies need to be done. How many homeopathy studies are enough? There are hundreds of […]

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Skeptical Fails and Wins This Week

15 January 2012 by Melany Hamill

Hey there skeptifans. Vancouver finally got some snow. And not just the light dusting that disappears an hour later, but the kind you can roll up into a snowman. This of course means that we are all trapped inside our houses because we don’t know how to operate in these wild conditions. Luckily the power […]

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Skeptical Fails and Win This Week

08 January 2012 by Melany Hamill

Hey there skeptifans. I hope you are surviving the winter. The new year is rung in with lots of new woo. Cleanse-crazy We all overeat during the holidays which prompts a lot of articles on losing holiday pounds, and where there is weight loss, there is woo. A slough of holiday detox articles came out […]

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Skeptical Fails and Wins This Week

01 January 2012 by Melany Hamill

Hey there skeptifans. I hope you are having a great holiday season. The Turin Shroud could not have been faked, say scientists Lorne sent in this immense Fail. Don’t you love when headlines like this refer to “scientists” like every scientist the world is on board? Some quacks say the shroud of Turin couldn’t have […]

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Skeptical Fails and Wins This Week

18 December 2011 by Melany Hamill

Hey there skeptifans. Here are the media Fails and Wins you sent me last week. ‘Proof’ that homeopathy doesn’t work Blogger Darwin Harmless sent in this link. It’s a win for reporting that an experiment showed homeopathy did nothing. It’s a fail for putting proof in ironic quotes, and citing a lot of useless anecdotal […]

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Skeptical Fails and Wins this Week

Skeptical Fails and Wins this Week

04 December 2011 by Melany Hamill

Hey there skeptifans. Here are the media Fails and Wins you sent me last week. Apple juice calories risky to health Marion sent in this story. You may remember the controversy over toxic levels of arsenic in apple juice stirred up by Dr. Oz. Dr. Oz’s evidence was based on ignorance of the various forms […]

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  • Melany Hamill

    Melany proudly uses the titles of both geek and nerd. As a science-enthusiast and fan of debate, Melany likes to get her facts straight. She graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in Chemical Engineering. Since then her career path has meandered to its current spot as a project manager at a video game studio. Melany lives near beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. She is not seeking treatment for her caffeine addiction.