9 Well-Meaning Public Health Policies That Went Terribly Wrong

Public health policies can be near-miraculous things. They destroyed polio, and gave us all clean drinking water and strong teeth. But there are occasions when public health policies, when combined with human nature, go terribly wrong. Here are nine of the biggest disasters that resulted. » 7/29/14 10:20am Tuesday 10:20am

Amuse Yourself with This Vintage Pseudoscience Personality Test

The internet is filled to the brim with personality tests like, "What kind of flavored potato chip are you?" In the old days, we had to get our pseudoscience personality tests the hard way, through literature and word-of-mouth. I finally tracked down one test that made the rounds at my school for years. » 7/28/14 7:00pm Monday 7:00pm

Elephants Might Be Able To Self-Medicate To Induce Labor

We know that animals have found ways to get themselves drunk or high by eating certain plants or fermented fruit, but recently, scientists have started studying the self-medication of animals — a branch of science dubbed zoopharmacognosy. This is how we discovered elephants might have a way to bring on labor. » 7/28/14 7:40am Monday 7:40am

Is he tied to the front vehicle of the convoy? I seem to remember there was a low-budget Australian horror/revenge film that had an iconic scene in which a woman is strapped to the front of a truck as a hood ornament. I wonder if that's a call-back to the film. » 7/27/14 11:32am Sunday 11:32am

Stop Using Quantum Mechanics as Evidence for Magic

Quantum mechanics is a beautiful and still-controversial idea. It is rightly popular. What's not right is the way people use it to justify any reality-bending idea in their novels, their TV shows, or their personal philosophies. "Quantum" does not mean anything you want. » 7/25/14 11:19am Friday 11:19am

What Did Doctors Learn By Scaring Toddlers in the "Risk Room"?

Remember the twisted experiment to see what happens when kids think they've broken a treasured toy? The doctor in charge of that study also studied children's responses to a creepy "Risk Room." Their behavior in the room revealed surprising things about the child's future behavior. » 7/21/14 12:00pm 7/21/14 12:00pm