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Skepticism and hope: Why we need both for Mars One

A startup space company intends to send a group of astronauts on a one-way journey to Mars in 2023 to establish a settlement. With seemingly insurmountable obstacles given that short period of time, the question is: can we actually do it?
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How to be a psychic

Psychics have been around for a long time and rely on an ancient practice that requires both psychological manipulation and good acting skills. This practice is called “cold reading,” or reading without any prior knowledge about the sitter.
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The unparalleled nonsense of astrology

One recent Friday, I checked my horoscope in two leading newspapers to discover the exact opposite advice offered by each astrologer. What's an inquisitive young Scorpio to do?
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What it means to be a skeptic

A skeptic is not someone who is cynical, close-minded or rejects new ideas. In fact, it is quite the opposite. A skeptic is someone not in a fixed position but rather one who adopts a process. Skepticism uses the application of reason to evaluate all claims and requires compelling evidence before something is believable.
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Is Cold FX a saviour or a scam?

The popular supplement Cold FX has conducted clinical trials that have gained it permission from Health Canada to make certain science and health claims and ultimately emerge as a multi-million dollar company. Is it the case, however, that Cold FX is actually clinically proven to stop colds?