Starts With A Bang

How to fool the world with bad science (Synopsis)

Image credit: © 2012 — Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.

“You can’t cheat an honest man. Never give a sucker an even break or smarten up a chump.” –W.C. Fields

Well, it was bound to happen. A bad science story — a story of illegitimate science with all the right buzzwords — has gone viral. By now, you, too, have probable heard about the “impossible” space engine that’s been validated by NASA and could take us to Mars: the EmDrive.

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But did it really work? Could it work? Or is this another hallmark example of the worst in not only science reporting, but in bad science itself?

Image credit: “Registration by Photography of the Action Produced by N Rays on a Small Electric Spark”, Prosper-René Blondlot, 1904.

Come walk with me back over 100 years to the story of N-rays, and let’s find out together!