Topic: Reality Check

October 13, 2016 Chewing Gum Myth - Does it really take seven years to digest chewing gum?
July 8, 2016 Metal in Microwaves - If metal isn’t supposed to go in microwave ovens, why do some of them have metal racks?
June 24, 2016 Gluten-Free Foods - Gluten-free diets are all the rage, but only a small percentage of the population is truly sensitive to the wheat protein.
November 26, 2015 Wine’s Fruity “Nose” - You can thank fruit flies for your favorite wine’s fruity “nose”.
November 26, 2014 Wine’s Fruity “Nose” - You can thank fruit flies for your favorite wine’s fruity “nose”.
May 1, 2014 27 Club Myth - Statisticians test whether famous musicians are really more likely to die at age 27.
December 4, 2013 Metal in Microwaves - If metal isn’t supposed to go in microwave ovens, why do some of them have metal racks?
September 5, 2013 Baby Tooth Cavities - Baby teeth fall out eventually. But that doesn't mean cavities in baby teeth should be ignored.
August 26, 2013 Metal in Microwaves - If metal isn't supposed to go in microwave ovens, why do some of them have metal racks?
August 14, 2013 Artificial Dyes - Some people argue that food dyes are harmful to human health, but do decades of safety research back up these allegations?
August 1, 2013 How Paleo is “Paleo”? - Did our hunter-gatherer ancestors really eat a “Paleo” diet?
December 21, 2012 2012 Apocalypse Myth Exposed – Encore presentation - The world is not ending today. Find out why in this Science Update encore presentation.
December 30, 2011 Podcast for 30 December 2011 - DRUGS & ROCK 'N ROLL - Predicting drug side-effects before they can harm patients. A blood test for antidepressant effectiveness. Is 27 really an unlucky number for famous musicians? Are collecting and hoarding related? And why babies favor vigilante justice.
March 1, 2011 Poison Pits - A listener asks whether it's safe to eat fruit seeds and pits.
February 8, 2011 Left-Handed Brains - Left-handers suffer more from learning disabilities but can also excel in spatial visualization.
November 12, 2010 Podcast - UNUSUAL ANIMALS - Mice that smell light, asexual boa constrictors, unloving lobsters, butterfly medicine, and why simply being pink isn't good enough for flamingos.
September 29, 2010 Microwaves - Some people think microwave ovens and cell phones are dangerous, but their fears are not backed up by science.
July 30, 2010 Podcast - SCIENCE OF SOUND: Male penguins attract females by the sound of their voice, tropical wrens sing duets, and there's a new screening test for autism that analyzes speech patterns. Also: exposing "facilitated communication". *Image originally appeared in:
July 28, 2010 Facilitated Miscommunication - Wishful, rather than scientific thinking led health care professionals to believe that that a man in a persistent vegetative state was writing elaborate messages to them.
April 30, 2010 Podcast - THE BRAIN: Empathy and aggression share the same neural circuitry, chronic pain sufferers process acute pain differently, how a brain implant made of silk could help epilepsy patients, the effects of pre-natal air pollution exposure on children's cognitive performance, and the psychology behind the Ouija board.
April 16, 2010 Podcast - WEIRD SCIENCE: Behind the legend of the chupacabra, does cracking your knuckles cause arthritis? A physiological explanation for near-death experiences, and animals that live without oxygen.
April 13, 2010 Chupacabra - A legendary beast called the chupacabra has a surprisingly recent origin.
January 21, 2010 Gelatin Source - Reality Check investigates the urban legend that gelatin is made from cow hooves.
January 15, 2010 Podcast - THE FOOD SHOW - High school students expose food fraud in New York City. Does gelatin really come from cow hooves? And the hormone behind eating when you're already full.
December 3, 2009 Chewing Gum Myth - A listener asks: If you accidentally swallow chewing gum, does it really take years to go through your system?
November 20, 2009 Podcast - Ancient insect pollinators, your body's unique microbes, a marine creature that could fix broken bones. Also: does chewing gum really take years to digest?
November 10, 2009 Planetary Alignment Myth - A NASA scientist de-bunks the myth that an alignment of the planets affects gravity on earth.
October 5, 2009 Heart Surgery Timing - A hospital puts full-moon folklore to the test.
September 26, 2009 2012 Apocalypse Myth Exposed - A planet called Nibiru won't be slamming into earth in December, 2012, but the hype surrounding the myth is hardly harmless.
September 16, 2009 Reading in Dim Light - In this episode our new series Reality Check: Does reading in dim light ruin your eyes?
September 7, 2009 Vitamin C & Colds - Does vitamin C really prevent the common cold?