Conspiracy theories

  • Cherry-picked COVID-19 statistics

    We put the billionaire businessman’s vaccine warning pamphlet claims to the test.

    Businessman and former parliamentarian Clive Palmer has put his name to material discouraging people from getting a C...

    COVID June 30, 2021
  • Conversation

    The trends in COVID-19 misinformation

    Researchers find a common set of narratives.

    By Jason Weismueller, Paul Harrigan (University of Western Australia), Jacob Shapiro and Jan Oledan (Princeton Univer...

    Behaviour August 17, 2020
  • ‘Conspiracies’ dominate YouTube videos

    Important scientific terms have been hijacked, study suggests.

    YouTube is not the place to go for informed opinion on climate modification, a German study has confirmed. Most of t...

    Society July 25, 2019
  • Why people embrace conspiracy theories

    The latest iteration of improbable beliefs entering the mainstream.

    “Jerry, just remember, it's not a lie if you believe it.” George Costanza, Seinfeld (1995) A recent edition of New Yo...

    Society August 14, 2018
  • Conversation

    The ‘Mandela Effect’

    Proof of time travel, false memories or a parallel universe?

    Have you ever been convinced that something is a particular way only to discover you’ve remembered it all wrong? If s...

    Biology February 13, 2018