10th July 2016

Here are the topics I chose to talk about on RadioLive for the week. Some of them may not have been mentioned on the radio due to a lack of time.

  • Noah's Ark "replica" opens in Kentucky, US

    Australian Ken Ham's Creation "Museum" has opened its newest attraction, the Ark Encounter, on Thursday.

    2 min read, 217 words. Continue Reading...

    Categories: Religion , Tags: Ark

  • Bee Venom is supposedly an effective cosmetic

    Yet another infomercial style article has been published on the NZ Herald, this time talking about the benefits of bee venom. Abeeco are a major seller of bee products in New Zealand, and they have several successful ASA complaints against them. Abeeco talks in the article about their products, but all they are able to produce in support of them is anecdotes - no proper data. The article even has an 0800 number at the bottom, and although it just says to call the number for "more information", nowhere does it state that the number is Abeeco's sales line!

    1 min read, 160 words. Continue Reading...

    Categories: Pseudoscience , Tags: Bee, Venom

  • US man thinks he knows "the secret" to winning the lottery

    This weekend's lottery Powerball jackpot was worth $40 million, with 3 winners. The NZ Herald and Newstalk ZB reported on Richard Lustig, a US man who has won several prizes and written a book explaining how to win the lottery.

    2 min read, 280 words. Continue Reading...

    Categories: Pseudoscience , Tags: Lottery

  • Sensing murder episodes are being rerun on TVNZ

    I was asked for my thoughts about the most recent Sensing Murder re-run last week, and an article was published on Monday talking about the program. I talked with journalist Carly Gooch about how there are only around 60 unsolved murders from the last 100 years, and that it wouldn't take much for a "psychic" to memorise some of the details of each of these cases. I also managed to find an article online from 5 years before the program was filmed which detailed most or all of the facts that the psychics were able to produce.

    6 min read, 1078 words. Continue Reading...

    Categories: Pseudoscience , Tags: Psychic