Speaking at a science conference in Ottawa on Thursday, Canada’s newly appointed governor general, Julie Payette, directed some harsh comments towards climate skeptics, astrologists, and believers of “divine intervention.” Critics complained that it’s not the governor general’s place to get involved in such matters,…
Astrology is bullshit. But for some reason, many Americans still believe that astrologists have the ability to predict the future. The Los Angeles Times even ran a story back in October that reported earnestly about the predictions that some astrologists had for the 2016 presidential election. You can probably guess…
NASA did not just rewrite the zodiac chart. But here’s why so many people are convinced that the agency did—and the real story behind the rumor.
Discovered in an ancient shipwreck near Crete in 1901, the freakishly advanced Antikythera Mechanism has been called the world’s first computer. A decades-long investigation into the 2,000 year-old-device is shedding new light onto this mysterious device, including the revelation that it may have been used for more…
Every two years, the National Science Foundation asks Americans their thoughts on astrology. We don't have the numbers for 2014 yet, but back in 2012, 42 percent of Americans said that astrology was scientific — which is a bit depressing, since astrology is in no way scientific.
People who diligently follow their horoscopes may claim that it's all just good fun. But on closer examination, this claim falls flat. Here's why astrology is potentially damaging to our understanding of science, relationships — and even our place in the universe itself.
If you were thinking April was just another month in another year with your exact same face and Ides in it, then congratulations for not having to be online that much. Because LOOK OUT: Everyone is talking about how it is supposed to be a wild month for all people, relationships, transactions and experiences. Here's…
I'm not completely confident I know entirely what's going on in this CG animation but I like it. Oh, there's 3D nudity, so if your precious eyes can't take that, well, sorry.
In a survey by the National Science Foundation, 40% of Americans said that they believed astrology was a science. But, is the issue not that Americans believe that horoscopes are scientifically defined, but that they simply misheard "astrology" as "astronomy"?
A new study by the National Science Foundation shows that more than 40% of Americans think that astrology is a science, the highest levels since 1983.
If you were a psychic, astrologer, spiritualist or any other kind of charlatan in the 1920s, you had no greater enemy than the science and technology magazines of the era. Many publishers of the 1920s saw calling out bullshit peddlers as a natural part of their broader mission. And they did so in glorious fashion — by…
1929 is a rather infamous year in American history.
Even by the standards of the 1500s, Simon Forman was a horrendous doctor. A known quack in an era when respected physicians barely knew what they were doing, Forman even spent time in jail for his dangerous practices.
You can't judge books by their covers, but you can judge scientific papers by their titles. Consider: "The planetary positions and relationships at the dates of birth of a cohort of Nigerian schizophrenics." Yeah, this is going to get weird.
This graphic captures data from 22,000 horoscopes. All the signs show the same vague words that can be applied to anyone willing to believe. No news here: Astrologers, diviners and similar animals are just a bunch of deceptive crooks.
The internet is burning up with the news that the zodiac has been rearranged. There's a 13th sign, Ophiuchus, and people who think they're Virgos are actually Leos. What happened here? We talked to the astronomer who caused the fuss.