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There’s a new viral film breezing through the internet, demonstrating what appears to be a way to make ordinary soda glow. Only one problem, its a big fake. The video claims that just adding baking soda and some hydrogen peroxide to Mountain Dew will result in the over-caffinated beverage achieving an eerie glow. However, closely…

[This is part of a series I'm doing here on Retrospectacle called 'Science Vault.' Pretty much I'm just going to dig back into the forgotten and moldering annuls of scientific publications to find weird and interesting studies that very likely would never be published or done today (and perhaps never should have.) I'll probably try…

Orac of Respectful Insolence is on vacation this week, and in the hiatus is posting some “classic” Insolence from the old blog. In his absence, I feel the need to continue the fight against woo (and also, I happened to receive this story via email—Hat tip Darkman). The 35-year-old high school teacher named Bheki was…

Almost as inevitable as evolution is the law that states, where there are stupid naive people, there will be someone to hustle them. People were persuaded to buy a powder which they could allegedly turn into “Magic Cheese“, said to make skin look younger and to be highly valuable. The powder, called Yo Flex and…