Publications on the "fiber optics" of polar bear hair


This website is an attempt to document the extent to which one myth -- the claim that polar bear hairs behave as optical fibers for ultraviolet light -- has permeated the popular science media, from the US to the UK, Australia, Canada, Russia, Switzerland, Norway, and Japan. For a brief summary of this story, please check out http://it.stlawu.edu/~koon/polar.html

Literature skeptical of, or debunking the fiber optic polar bear myth:

Scientific journals:

Other literature:

Literature supportive of the fiber optic polar bear myth:

Scientific journals:

Other periodicals: Books and monographs: Radio, Movies, and TV: The Internet: (Warning: given the ephemeral nature of the 'net, some items may have since been corrected or withdrawn.)
Other 'transparent nonsense':



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