Bogus Science

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The Devil's Bait

Exploring the riddle of Morgellons disease: sufferers feel things crawling under their skin and hardly anyone believes them.

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Bad to the Bone

A medical device company experiments on humans.

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I'm Dying to Meet You in the Next Life

An essay on Alcor – “the Arizona cryonics company that has put the body of Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer Ted Williams in cryogenic suspension, in the hope he may one day rise again” – and the desire to live forever.

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Healing Spirits

On the uneasy relationship between magic and medicine.

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Do Fingerprints Lie?

Controversy over the alleged gold standard of forensic evidence.

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Operation Midnight Climax

How the CIA, under a program called MK-ULTRA, used a San Francisco apartment to dose johns with LSD.

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Toxic

An investigation into Erin Brockovich and the lawsuits that made her famous.

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Weird Science

The story of dog-scent lineup innovator Keith Pikett and the not-so-scientific science behind forensics.

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The Choke Artist

Henry Heimlich saved untold choking victimes when he invented his maneuver in 1974. Since then, he’s searched in vain for another miracle treatment—pushing ethical boundaries along the way. Now at the end of his career, Heimlich has hired an investigator to find an anonymous critic working full-time to destroy his legacy.

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What if It's All Been a Big Fat Lie?

The American medical establishment has gone to extraordinary lengths—some of which read like conspiracy theory—to discredit the notion (and its most visible promoter, Dr. Atkins) that carbohydrates, not fat, are the cause of obesity. It looks like they were wrong.

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The Panic Virus

On the expanding community of American parents who believe, despite abundant evidence to the contrary, that there is a link between routine vaccinations and autism.

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Instant Detox

How to kick heroin in 24 hours.