Mr. Perspective on Cellphone Radiation

Last week, CBS News reported, "the California Department of Public Health is releasing guidelines about cellphone radiation and how you can reduce your exposure." The story quoted Dr. Karen Smith: We recognize that there are a lot of people in the general public that...

Adam Savage, “Brain Candy Live”

For 10 years and 282 episodes, Adam Savage co-hosted “Mythbusters” on the Discovery Channel. He left that show in 2016, but you can still find him at Tested.com and on his new tour with Michael Stevens, doing a stage show called Brain Candy Live, which comes to the...

Jessica Meir, NASA Astronaut

Since I grew up with the American space program, I have long been fascinated by the men and women who get to sit atop those huge rockets and be thrust beyond Earth's atmosphere. That's why I was happy to see "A Year In Space," the PBS documentary which is running this...

Best Thing I’ve Read Today

Steven Novella takes on Panera Bread for its recent ad, which says "Sodium Benzoate is an artificial preservative found in sauces, jellies, and pickled foods. It’s also an active ingredient in fireworks. So to celebrate the removal of all artificial preservatives from...

What Time Is It On Mars?

Nagin Cox is a spacecraft engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where she works on the rovers NASA has on Mars. Because that planet's day is 40 minutes longer than an Earth day, she had to adjust everything about her life to keep...

That Eclipsed Everything

Well, that solar eclipse was absolutely beautiful, a sight unlike anything I've ever seen (nor will again, in all likelihood). Fortunately, the skies over St. Louis cleared enough to give us a perfect view of the sun behind the moon. It was breathtaking and fully...

This Is Not Fake News (audio)

The St. Louis Ethical Society has released the audio of the Fake News speech I gave on July 16th, and has given me permission to post it on this site and as a podcast. Listen, then click here to subscribe to my podcasts via iTunes! If you prefer to read the speech,...

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