Daily Archives: November 7, 2012

Leftover links for November 7, 2012

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Here are some links to nibble on… First, election related: It’s nice to report that Todd Akin lost. And that Proposition 37 on labeling of GMO labeled food was defeated. Premature election results Early Returns: Snopes.com CFI’s Morning Heresy for today has a rundown of interesting races and issues (for secular interests) that were up…

Not arson, it was an act of Ra

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Burnsville? Indeed. Sun, vodka bottles start fire inside Burnsville liquor store – KMSP-TV. Burnsville fire officials say they’ve never heard of so-called firewater could become a fire starter without the aid of a match or spark, but that’s exactly what happened when vodka bottles magnified sunlight and started a fire inside Red Lion Liquors. Surveillance…

Pet psychic not successful in finding missing cat

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Pet psychic called in to find missing Hatfield cat. Devastated owners Anna Simmons and her son Nicholas, 31, from Hatfield, have hired the psychic to find lost cat Maguire, who has been missing since September 22. After putting up more than a thousand ‘missing cat’ posters around Hatfield Mrs Simmons has now hired a pet…

Telegraph runs silly story about ‘Elixir of Life’

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‘Elixir of life’ could be real according to British experts The ‘elixir of life’ said to have been invented by scientists in Kazakhstan could work, according to British experts The Kazakhstani leader, Nursultan Nazarbayev, gave orders to the university’s scientists to come up with an ‘elixir of life’, soon after the institution was established in…

Award recognizes those who endured threats regarding their work

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John Maddox prize: Two strong-minded individuals are the first winners of an award for standing up for science. The British psychiatrist Simon Wessely and the Chinese science writer Shi-min Fang are the two inaugural winners of the John Maddox Prize. China’s rush to modernize and the communist government’s celebration of science and technology have firmly…

It’s no joke: Home pregnancy OR cancer test

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Man Takes Pregnancy Test as Joke, Finds Testicular Tumor A Reddit post about a man’s positive pregnancy test appears to have alerted him to a testicular tumor. The man, whose name has not been made public, was shocked to see two pink lines after jokingly taking the test, which had been left in his bathroom…

Burzynski gets warning from FDA: Stop promoting your treatment as “safe” and “effective”

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The U.S. FDA has sent a letter to the Burzynski Research Institute to cease claiming that their brain tumor treatment, antineoplastons, are safe and/or effective for the purposed for which they are being investigated. In other words, Burzynski’s claims on websites and promotional materials that this treatment WORKS is a violation because supposed to be…

Multivitamin does not prevent cardio-vascular disease

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Shock! (/sarcasm) http://www.theheart.org/article/1469495.do (paywalled) The largest, randomized, double-blind trial to date has confirmed what smaller studies have suggested and what many physicians have long believed: a daily multivitamin does not reduce the risk of CVD. Over a median follow-up of 11.2 years, 1732 CV events occurred, but the rate of events was no higher among men…