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Carl Sagan´s Guide to Fake News is an activity designed to help us with fact-checking.

This activity has been run at the Science Museum, the Big Bang Fair and made a special appearance for World Space Week. This page makes the activity available in online form providing a set of stories for you to investigate.  Before you do so though, I recommend you read this article on fact-checking and familiarize yourself with Carl Sagan’s Baloney Detection Toolkit from his book: “The Demon Haunted World: Science as a candle in the dark”.

Stories to investigate:

The linked articles above also contain a link to an online survey where you can plot your assessment of each story on the “scale of baloney”.  Once you have voted you can click onto a further page where you can see the “facts” behind each story, and understand how the baloney detection toolkit can help you navigate your way to the truth.

I will continue to update this page, which you can access directly at

If you want to contact you can tweet or send a direct message to @jmitch_co_uk or leave a comment below.

I will also continue to add to the stories and provide updates on the feedback received.

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