Monthly Archives: December 2011

Acupuncture as a treatment for rat stress? Watch out for bias!

Acupuncture reduces protein linked to stress in first of its kind animal study Acupuncture significantly reduces levels of a protein in rats linked to chronic stress, researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) have found. They say their animal study may help explain the sense of well-being that many people receive from this ancient Chinese…

Tsunami-looking clouds appear in Alabama

Bizarre Kelvin-Helmholtz Waves Appear Over Alabama While driving through Birmingham, Alabama, Redditor alison_bee couldn’t help but notice the bizarre, repetitive wave shapes appearing in the clouds near the horizon. While these strange cloud formations look otherworldly, they’re an example of what’s called Kelvin-Helmholtz instability — which is a pretty awesome name for a spectacular phenomenon.

Sasquatch watchers following Bigfoot blogs for the latest news on their favorite subject (Removed)

REMOVED Why was this post removed? We at Doubtful News have decided that Bigfoot news is currently too absurd to warrant discussion on our site. There is no solid evidence that Bigfoot exists. Yet, TV shows and cryptozoology personalities have assumed the reality of the creature instead of considering all reasonable options to explain eyewitness reports.…

Did dingos really take the baby? Maybe yes.

New inquest into three-decade-old Australian outback mystery welcomed by father of infant A coroner will hold a new inquest to determine whether a dingo could have taken a baby from a family’s tent as they camped in 1980 near the Uluru sandstone rock in central Australia. The disappearance of baby Azaria Chamberlain is one of…

Four-part series on Discovering Autism – The upsurge in diagnoses

Discovering Autism: Unraveling an epidemic – latimes.com. The L.A. Times has a four part series on autism beginning with this story about the increase in diagnosis. Rates of autism have exploded over the last 20 years. In exploring the phenomenon and its repercussions, Los Angeles Times staff writer Alan Zarembo interviewed dozens of clinicians, researchers,…

Reporter observes “impressive theatrical skills” from psychics Fry and Acorah. Not sure what else.

Among the psychics | From the Observer. A reporter examines firsthand the stage shows of psychics Colin Fry and Derek Acorah to see what it’s all about. What is it, exactly, that he claims to do? He responds very precisely, voice even more hushed, enunciation even more deliberate. “I have a perception of what many…

Canada psychic sees political future and loud cat

Psychic predictions for Canadian politics of 2012: Mulcair to win NDP leadership and more | Canada Politics – Yahoo! News. Keep these in mind. Even some are really stupid, they will be easy to check later on. What will 2012 bring? Yahoo! Canada News spoke with psychic medium Blair Robertson to find out. Robertson is an accomplished…

Triangular clouds photographed in Japan

forgetomori » Triangular cloud falls over Tokyo?. …it’s not a hoax, nor a piece of chemical foam. It’s actually a cloud, it’s indeed a trail. Granted, it’s not actually falling. The cloud appears to be falling, especially because of the trail, but that’s an illusion of perspective, as both the triangular cloud, the trail and the other…

China river runs red. Be disgusted but don’t panic.

River in China turns red Earlier this week, the Jian River that runs through the city of Luoyang, Henan province in northern China, turned bloody red. Local media started receiving panicky phone calls from citizens on Tuesday morning saying that the water of the Jian River near their neighborhood has become blood-like overnight. The eerie…

Beautiful new viper species would be decimated in black market pet trade

New large horned viper discovered, but biologists keep location quiet. In a remote forest fragment in Tanzania, scientists have made a remarkable discovery: a uniquely-colored horned viper extending over two feet long (643 millimeters) that evolved from its closest relative over two million years ago. Unfortunately, however, the new species—named Matilda’s horned viper (Atheris matildae)—survives…

Job opportunity: Open casting for Ghost Hunters TV shows

Ghost Hunters Casting › Pilgrim Studios – The largest reality television production company in Los Angeles, CA. The SYFY network and Pilgrim Films and Television invite you to apply for a position as an investigator, researcher, team leader or tech expert on one of our Ghost Hunters franchises. You have knowledge and experience that could…

Mystery mold: White web-like stuff found growing on nuclear rods

Strange nuclear waste lint might be “biological in nature”. Savannah River Site scientists are working to identify a strange growth found on racks of spent nuclear fuel collected from foreign governments. The “white, string-like” material was found among thousands of spent fuel assemblies submerged in deep pools within the site’s L Area, according to a…

Banned Ayurvedic supplements are poisonous problem in NYC

City blames Ayurvedic dietary supplements for lead poisonings  – NY Daily News. City health officials are blaming banned dietary supplements popular with many South Asian immigrants for two non-fatal lead poisoning cases this year. Specialists in Ayurveda — derived from the 5,000-year-old Indian system of medicine — contend the treatments are largely effective and safe.…

In death, Christopher Hitchens proves a point

  Christopher Hitchens’ ‘God Is Not Great’ Trends… | Gather. A Twitter hashtag meant as a tribute to Christopher Hitchens has turned into a mini religious war, with Christian users of the site threatening violence against anyone using the tag. The hashtag #GodIsNotGreat began trending internationally shortly after the sad announcement that Hitchens had passed…

Protect your pet from possession

Demon Dog: Olga Horvat Claims Her Poodle Was Possessed — And She’s Got Something To Sell You. New York artist Olga Horvat started designing demon-deterring accessories after she adopted Princess, a pure-bred toy poodle that she credits — or blames — for literally tearing her life into pieces. Horvat claims that soon after Princess arrived…

A grebe-ous error

Thousands of confused water fowl crash-land in Cedar City The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources office in Cedar City had thousands of dead, injured and confused Eared Grebes on its hands after the migrating birds crash-landed in the southcentral Utah community. DWR spokeswoman Amy Canning confirmed that a large flock of the water fowl plunged…

Foo Fighters are earth shaking. For realz!

Foo Fighters Rock Auckland. Fans were unanimous the Foo Fighters rocked Auckland on Tuesday night – now geoscientists agree. GeoNet data shows an eager crowd of 50,000 caused over three hours of sustained tremors during the Western Springs gig. According to the geological hazard monitoring system the first vibrations were recorded part-way through supporting act…