Monthly Archives: December 2011

New Hampshire elected officials are evolutionarily backwards

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Schools: Bills aim to roll back teaching evolution | Concord Monitor. To state Rep. Jerry Bergevin, the horrors of the Columbine school shooting and the atrocities of Nazi Germany are linked by the theory of evolution, and that’s all the evidence he needs to see that New Hampshire’s children shouldn’t be taught that it’s correct.…

Bite-sized science: Little snack papers can be empty calories

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The Perils of ‘Bite-Size’ Science Short, fast, and frequent: Those 21st-century demands on publication have radically changed the news, politics, and culture — for the worse, many say. Now an article in January’s Perspectives on Psychological Science, a journal published by the Association for Psychological Science, aims a critique at a similar trend in psychological…

Hold the foam!

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Mystery foam engulfs northern seaside town A thick white blanket settled gently on the seaside town of Cleveleys near Blackpool on Wednesday, but this was no seasonal dusting of snow from above. The Environment Agency dispatched officers to Princess Promenade to gather evidence as gobs of foam blew in from the sea and smothered streets,…

Mysteries: Solved

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Five Solved ‘Unexplained Mysteries’ of 2011 Each year brings new puzzles and mysteries to challenge skeptics and put our wits to the test. Sometimes mysteries take weeks, months, or even years or decades to solve, and while most of the public’s attention naturally focuses on the still-mysterious, it’s always worth reflecting on former mysteries. This…

Conspiracy Chavez: U.S. causing cancer (Updated)

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Chavez: Is U.S. behind bout of cancer? A day after officials announced the cancer diagnosis of Argentina’s president, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez wondered Wednesday if the United States could be infecting the region’s leaders with the illness. Five current or former Latin American presidents have battled cancer in the past few years, including Chavez himself,…

Blame it on the falling sky. Blame it on the satellite.

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Man Escapes Death As Satellite Fragment Crashes Through His Roof A Siberian man had a piece of a Russian satellite crash through his home after a system failure sent both the communication satellite and its rocket plummeting back to the Earth’s surface. Andrei Krivorukov, the homeowner, went out to his yard minutes before the crash…

Illegal tiger-derived “medicine” available in NYC

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New York’s Black Market for Tiger Medicines – Metropolis – WSJ. …wildlife advocates fear that local ports serve as smuggling hubs for tiger parts and are pushing some of the nation’s toughest anti-tiger trafficking laws. What fuels the demand for illicit tiger-related products? And where can shoppers find these items for sale? A World Wild…

A Bigsuit captured in Russia UPDATED

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Bigfoot Evidence: Russian officials in town of Nazran claims to have captured a “Bigfoot” (Updated with 3 sources and 2 videos) [Breaking]. This was just published on the INTERFAX.RU website moments ago. According to the Russian Minister of Labour and Social Development of the Republic, Bagaudin Marshani, they have just captured a two-meter tall Bigfoot-like…

Rule 1. Don’t get your science from Snooki. Also is rule 2 and 3.

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Simon Cowell, Gwyneth Paltrow and Nicole Polizzi make celebrity ‘bad science’ list – Telegraph. Simon Cowell touts vitamins to keep him young. Snooki thinks the ocean is salty from whale sperm. Gwynnie swears by detox. Yep. Celebrities say the most ridiculous things. Tracey Brown, managing director at SAS, said there was no excuse for celebrities…

Vaccine scare group use big time ad placement for marketing

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National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) Educates One Million Plus in Times Square on New Year’s Eve The non-profit National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) is sponsoring a vaccine education message during the New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square on the 5,000 square-foot TSQ Digital screen at 47th St. and 7th Avenue in New York City.…

Holy Sock Jesus

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Your silly story for the day… Woman sees face of Jesus in sock – Telegraph Sarah Crane, 38, said she was stunned when she saw a bearded man staring back at her from the laundry line. Her boyfriend agreed the crumpled grey “holy sock” bore an uncanny likeness to the traditional image of Christ, and…

Did people inadvertently create their own horror of The Birds?

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Mystery of incident that inspired ‘The Birds’ solved? Dying and disoriented seabirds rammed themselves into homes across California’s Monterey Bay in the summer of 1961, sparking a long-standing mystery about the cause among marine biologists. The avian incidents sparked local visitor Hitchcock’s interest, along with a story about spooky bird behavior by British writer Daphne…

U.K. Chiropractor suspended for excessively treating patient

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Croydon chiropractor who “excessively” treated patient suspended. A chiropractor who misdiagnosed a patient and treated her “excessively” has been suspended. Robert Clad, of the Chiropractic Centre in George Street, Croydon, was also accused of encouraging the patient to disregard advice from another health professional and to cease taking her medication. Mr Clad was alleged to…

Mokele-mbembe: Mythical, real, a tourist draw, or all of the above

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BBC News runs a feature on they mystery of Mokele-mbembe: The hunt for Mokele-mbembe: Congo’s Loch Ness Monster The search for Scotland’s Loch Ness Monster is world famous. Far less well-known is the hunt for a similar creature, Mokele-mbembe, which is reputed to live in the remote north of Congo-Brazzaville. But how strong is the evidence?…

Swearing doll or audio pareidolia?

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Swearing doll alarms local family A Christmas present for at least one local family came with an unexpected consequence: new, salty vocabulary for a child. Jodi Mooney said she was recently grocery shopping with her young daughter when her toddler swore at another customer. “We’re in the grocery store and she looked at this woman…

Psychic friends: This isn’t a scam, they are “life coaches”

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This is an astounding story of gullibility and lack of critical thinking faculties. When is a psychic scammer not a scammer? When you think they are functioning as your life coach. Customers of South Florida psychics: Friends or victims?. When it comes to psychics, the boundaries of the business-client relationship can get as blurry as…

Yeti finger bone mystery solved: It’s human, not monster

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Yeti finger mystery solved by Edinburgh scientists The mystery of a yeti finger taken from Nepal half a century ago has been solved with the help of scientists at Edinburgh Zoo. The mummified remains have been held in the Royal College of Surgeons museum in London since the 1950s. A DNA sample analysed by the…

Twitter urban legend: A Meteorite Didn’t Start the fire in San Fran

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A Meteorite Didn’t Start Today’s Six Alarm Fire in San Francisco. Twitter is going insane with talk of a meteorite possibly causing today’s fire in San Francisco’s Western Addition. It’s all based on a blurry (they’re always burry) photograph. Guess, what, that didn’t happen. Finally, look at the picture. I mean really. They might as well have put…

Mayans Mayans everywhere, but NOT in Georgia (Updated)

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I received a tip to a link about Mayan ruins in Georgia (U.S.) earlier this week. It seemed ridiculous, especially since it was on The Examiner site which is the no-fact-check place where anyone can write anything and make it look like a legitimate piece, if it is or not. (You’ll notice I RARELY if…

Americans and angels – A belief made in pop culture Heaven

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Poll: Nearly 8 in 10 Americans believe in angels – CBS News. Angels don’t just sing at Christmastime. For most Americans, they’re a year-round presence. A new Associated Press-GfK poll shows that 77 percent of adults believe these ethereal beings are real. Belief is primarily tied to religion, with 88 percent of Christians, 95 percent…