Russian scientists take aim at paranormal TV shows

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright YouTube Image caption A million roubles to pass the Houdini test A group of Russian researchers have decided to call out TV shows about clairvoyants for promoting fake science. The group, led by scientist Alexander Panchin and sceptic Mikhail Lidin, say they will use the latter’s YouTube channel to “show viewers why they [...]

NHS appeal for black blood donors ‘drops straight knowledge’

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Only 1% of people who give blood in England are black, according to NHS Blood and Transplant NHS Blood and Transplant has posted an appeal for more black people to donate blood, while heading off possible accusations of racism, with a series of gif-laden tweets. “So, people keep asking [...]

Twitter: 280 characters, 350,000 bad jokes

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright @PolitiFact Image caption Fact-checking website PolitiFact was unimpressed with the slew of 280 character Twitter jokes No longer will Twitter users have to condense their thoughts to a mere 140 characters – the majority will now have double that to play with. Good news, right? While some have welcomed the rollout, which comes [...]