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The Sugar Pill

Many alternative medicines have attained their reputations because, even though there’s no evidence they work, people still feel better. By now, most of the know the placebo effect is hard …

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Gifts for Nerds

Science for the People’s annual Christmas Best Science Books & Curated Nerd Gift Suggestion episode is back. Skepchick writer Mary Brock and science librarian John Dupuis return to share their …

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Trench to Bedside

Reading a really good book will give you ideas. When Bethany Brookshire read Mary Roach’s “Grunt: The curious science of humans at war,” she ended up wanting to talk to …

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Check Your Facts

We all know that not everything you read on the internet is true. But how do you know what is true and what isn’t? How do you know if politicians …

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How To Move a (Robotic) Arm with Only Your Brain

The merging of brains with computers and machines is a common trope in science fiction, and any time I read an article with a headline about mind-reading computers it hits …

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Fear (The Good Bits)

Margee Kerr’s book “Scream: Chilling Adventures in the Science of Fear” is less a book about how fear works – the so-titled “science of fear” – and more about why …

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The Contraception Tab

This week I spoke with Beth Sundstrom and Andrea DeMaria, Co-Directors of the Women’s Health Research Team at the College of Charleston, about why the pill is still our go-to …

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Fairies as Atoms & Speedaway Electric Boots: The Fantasy/Science Mashups of Victorian Britain

We don’t think of science and fairy tales being particularly good bedfellows these days, but it was a popular trope in the Victorian era in Great Britain. In this week’s …

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