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It still astonishes me when I hear that nearly eradicated diseases are making a comeback in industrialized nations where the diseases and their symptoms can be almost entirely avoided.  Whooping cough, featured in a previous article, is one of...

How Do The Seasons Work?

What makes the seasons change and how do they work?  With September upon us, the days are getting noticeably shorter, the nights cooler, and winter is only three short months away. A common misconception is that we are closest to...
I've often wondered how I can promote science and critical thought, while advancing skepticism. This blog is a result of that question:  I wanted to "show off" the beauty of the natural world, without having to invoke the paranormal...
My latest trip to the cottage, located near Haliburton, Ontario, yielded a handful of images of various insects. Unfortunately, except for the carpenter ants (which I am very familiar with, as I lay siege to their nest in my...
The $26.7 billion supplemental medicine industry received a much-needed kick in the ass. Results of a new investigation by Consumer Reports, released yesterday, warn consumers to avoid 12 supplement ingredients that have been linked to cancer, coma, heart problems, kidney...

Real Life Dragon?

Ever see the movie Avatar, with those giant flying creatures called the "toruk"?  Here's the real-life version:  Draco Volans. This incredible image of a "real life dragon" was taken by Reddit user Biophilia_curiosus: Biophilia_curiosus wrote: "The crazy part is that those lines...
I thought I’d share a picture I took of a dragonfly nymph’s exoskeleton. The picture was taken on the shore of Lake Penage, in Ontario. The larval stage of large dragonflies may last as long as five years. In smaller...

How to be a Psychic

The folks over at Skeptic.com have produced a fantastic document which outlines how anyone can be a psychic.  This is a must read for an aspiring Sylvia Browne!  The abbreviated version is below. Learn to be a Psychic in...
Alternative Medicine, or medicine that does not fall within the realm of conventional medicine, is at the opposite end of evidence based medicine. It encompasses therapies with a historical or cultural, rather than a scientific, basis. Homeopathy, acupuncture, supplements,...
Medical myths are all too common in popular culture, and some are referenced so frequently that we just assume they are correct.  We’ve heard them from the time we’re born right through till adulthood, and we probably don’t take...