25 search results for "dowsing"

Dowsing useless in finding missing girl

The “Find Me” crew is back in the news. And, again, not really helping. Private Investigator believes he knows who the suspects are in the Celis kidnapping The private investigator the family contacted said, “Whoever did this knows the family 100 percent guaranteed, and my suspect has a key to the house.” Retired federal agent…

U.K. paper posts the year’s worst story on dowsing (UPDATE: Dowsing is pseudoscience)

What a bizarre article! “Scientists”? Dowsing is a science? No details? Complete rubbish. (I’m picking up the UK lingo…) Dowsing discovers plague pit in Tunbridge Wells. | Kent and Sussex Courier. A trio of scientists claim to have made the gory discovery after exploring the popular town centre park. They tested a secluded part of…

Dowsing for hepatitis NOW cures AIDS too!

Somedays, it actually does amaze me what seemingly sane people will think is real. The fake bomb detector/drug detector/dowsing devices are now claimed to cure AIDS and hepatitis C. It’s creating an international embarrassment for Egypt. Egyptian army’s AIDS-cure claim gets harsh criticism – CNN.com. Egypt’s army claims it has invented a cure for AIDS…

Creator of gadgets for Ghost Adventures show says he does not believe in ghosts

Ghost hunters have been played by promoters of pricey ghost tech gadgets. Out in Popular Mechanics is a detailed article on the dubious history of ghost hunting gadgets. Three skeptics and a seasoned paranormal scholar chime in on the pseudoscientific basis behind these instruments but, in a revealing twist, two well-known “gadgeteers” of Ghost Adventures refused to talk. And…

On newsstands now… paranormal pandering from previously reputable sources

National Geographic has a special issue out featuring “Strange But True: Secrets of the Supernatural Revealed”: Strange But True: Secrets of the Supernatural Revealed features the most wildly popular, incredibly weird, and totally true stories that only National Geographic could discover. Ripped from the headlines of National Geographic Daily News, these often weird, sometimes miraculous…

Water divining in Australia: A fictional portrayal does not make for fact

A mainstream Australian media outlet publishes a ridiculous, unsupported bunch of hooey suggesting water diviners have some special physical powers to detect water. There’s a claim chock full of holes – like a leaky bucket, all the truth eventually streams out and nothing is left. Water diviners, dowsers, may have special sensitivity to electromagnetism. [M]y…

Company says their sciencey handwaving may have found MH370

A company with a mystery technology, GeoResonance, believes authorities have been looking in the wrong place for the missing plane. Exploration company believes it may have found MH370 – Yahoo!7. The company, GeoResonance, says its research has identified elements on the ocean floor consistent with material from a plane. It started its own search for the…

California businesses looking for water with divination

Dowsing is based on magical thinking. In desperate times, people will reach for anything. California farmers hire dowsers to find water – The Washington Post. With California in the grips of drought, farmers throughout the state are using a mysterious and some say foolhardy tool for locating underground water: dowsers, or water witches. Practitioners of…

Fake bomb detectors still used in Iraq

Two inventors convicted of fraud for bogus bomb detection devices. And yet, they are still in use. Exclusive: Iraq still using bogus bomb detectors – and thousands pay the price – Middle East – World – The Independent. Bogus bomb detectors are still being used in Iraq five months after a British businessman who supplied…

McCormick found guilty of fraud for selling fake bomb detectors

Excellent outcome in this trial. UK businessman found guilty of selling fake bomb detectors to Iraq | UK news | guardian.co.uk. A Somerset businessman has been found guilty of a multimillion-pound fraud involving the sale of fake bomb detectors to Iraq and around the world. A jury at the Old Bailey found Jim McCormick, 57,…

McCormick fraud trial begins. Source of devices revealed – golf ball detectors

The trial of James McCormick on charges of fraud (for making and selling “fake” bomb detection devices) commenced yesterday at the Old Bailey. The trial is expected to take three weeks. But what is coming out so far is not surprising and does not bode well for Mr. McCormick. Businessman’s bomb-detection kits ‘were based on…