The Strange remains the same 04 March 2014

“Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da, life goes on.”

Video: Kangaroo eats a penguin – Australian Geographic.

Giant, 30,000-year-old virus Pithovirus sibericum reborn from Siberian permafrost – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

Police Chief Testifies Against Legalizing Marijuana With Parody Newspaper Article | Techdirt.

Frontiers | Predicting the unpredictable: Critical analysis and practical implications of predictive anticipatory activity | Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.

Strange State of Matter Found in Chicken’s Eye | LiveScience.

Bigfoot leaves his muddy mark near Ahousaht | Ha-Shilth-Sa. Snow Snake.

Steve Hansen: Military once sought to build a psychic spy team – Steve Hansen.

“An Honest Liar” twitter @anHonestLiarDoc account announces that the James Randi documentary will premiere at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival in April. Great News.

A young James Randi and mongoose?

A young James Randi and mongoose?

Doc Brown and Tony Hawk show off a real-life hoverboard (or not). Yeah, definitely NOT!

We can still dream though….


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  6 comments for “The Strange remains the same 04 March 2014

  1. Mark Richards
    March 5, 2014 at 4:04 AM

    Mongoose? Lemur.

  2. March 5, 2014 at 4:54 AM

    Nope, neither a mongoose or a lemur. It is a kinkajou or honey bear. Close relative to the recently discovered olinguito. :3

  3. Blargh
    March 5, 2014 at 7:11 AM

    My academic access sadly doesn’t seem to extend to Frontiers in Neuroscience and the abstract doesn’t give us much to go on, but one look at the people involved immediately makes me skeptical:

    Predicting the unpredictable: Critical analysis and practical implications of predictive anticipatory activity
    Julia Mossbridge1*, Patrizio E. Tressoldi2, Jessica Utts3, John Ives4, Dean Radin5 and Wayne Jonas4
    5 Institute of Noetic Sciences, USA
    Reviewed by: Daryl J. Bem, Cornell University (Retired), USA

    Is anyone here familiar with the journal (a bit outside my field, I’m afraid) and its general credibility?

  4. Blargh
    March 5, 2014 at 7:13 AM

    … nevermind the access part. It was open access. No wonder the library system errored out. 🙂

  5. Eve
    March 5, 2014 at 8:10 AM

    I was thinking kinkajou.

  6. Bonnie
    March 5, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    Re Army remote viewing: “However, Maj. Gen. Edmund R. Thompson, U.S. Army Assistant Chief of Intelligence from 1977-81, had a completely different take on the subject: “I never liked to get into debates with the skeptics, because if you didn’t believe that remote viewing was real, you hadn’t done your homework.””

    How in the world did someone who believes garbage like that become one of the leaders of Army Intelligence? (And yes, I always think of Bullwinkle’s comment on that subject!)

    The book on the subject, The Men Who Stare at Goats, was funny; the movie was hilarious!

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