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Evidence-based skepticism in the spotlight thanks to Bill Nye’s debate

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It’s so very exciting to see the reverberation of the Creation-Evolution debate continuing. And I am very happy to see Skeptical Inquirer play a role in it. This current issue of SI has an exclusive piece written by Bill Nye, The Science Guy himself, discussing the behind-the-scenes goings on that took place before and during…

The Big Bad Moon, used to sell fear to the superstitious

If the moon ever REALLY looks like this, we're DOOMED.

Tuesday, April 15th marks the first of four lunar “blood moon” eclipses over the next two years. The tetrad — or four consecutive and complete lunar eclipses occurring at approximately six month intervals — will all be visible over the United States during 2014 -2015. The other dates are Oct. 8, 2014, April 4, 2015…

Star Trek captain narrates anti-scientific film (Update: Sounds fishy)

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Why? We don’t know. Geocentrism is just WEIRD. ‘Star Trek’ actress lends her gravitas to film promoting idea that sun revolves around Earth. A new documentary film, narrated by a former Star Trek actress, promotes the long-ago disproven idea that the sun revolves around the Earth. “Everything we think we know about our universe is…

Doubtful News’ “Beyond Doubtful” list of no-go-to sources

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The purpose of Doubtful News is to expose questionable claims in stories you find on the internet. Mostly we deal with major news outlets because those are the stories that people will search on to find additional information. We get those searchers who then can see some science-based, rational takes on paranormal, anomalies and alternative…

Coming to Japanese TV, psychic detective claims

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Oh great, let’s bring the idea of psychic detectives to Japan! Spreading the silly… Psychic sisters revisit Yelenic homicide scene for Japanese documentary The April 2006 murder of Blairsville dentist Dr. John Yelenic has inspired books and television episodes since former State Trooper Kevin Foley was convicted of the crime and sentenced to life in…

Dreams study gets mooned by silly headlines

If the moon ever REALLY looks like this, we're DOOMED.

Set up for better dreams? Professor Wiseman reveals his dream study results. Mass participation experiment reveals how to create the perfect dream Today psychologist Professor Richard Wiseman from the University of Hertfordshire announces the results of a two-year study into dream control. The experiment shows that it is now possible for people to create their…

Did NASA fund controversial study? Not really. Click-bait? A bit.

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A study regarding “the end of civilization” was picked up by many major news outlets who emphasized involvement of NASA. NASA has seen fit to issue a clarifying response to this association. NASA Clarifies Role in New Civilization-Collapse Study | Space.com. NASA officials released this statement on the study today (March 20): “A soon-to-be published…

Can you buy naming rights to space? International Astronomical Union says “No” …again

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Doubtful News has previously covered services which claim to provide the ability to name or claim objects in space. This week, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) has spoken out against another commercial venture offering naming rights, but the IAU is getting some backlash on this one. Mars Crater-Naming Campaign Sparks an International Blowup (NBC News):…

Story of Steve Irwin’s death misrepresented by reporter

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Biologists were angry about this story regarding Steve Irwin’s death by stingray encounter. The headline itself is what is problematic. Stingray stabbed Crocodile Hunter Steven Irwin “hundreds of times”. On September 4, 2006, Irwin and his cameraman, Justin Lyons sank into the waters soaking the Great Barrier Reef near Queensland, Australia. They had been in…

Anti-Vaccination Network in Australia picks new name, digs at “skepticism” (UPDATED)

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The infamous anti-vaccination group AVN in Australia is shrewd and apparently evil. There is no question their new name is designed to deliberate conflate the issues of skepticism and vaccination safety and to get under the skin of the scientific skepticism advocates that have done a good job at discrediting the AVN’s misinformation campaigns. Australian…

‘Exists’: found-footage Bigfoot movie acquired by Lions Gate Entertainment

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It looks like Bigfoot may be taking to the big screen again soon in the horror movie Exists, as Lions Gate Entertainment purchased the distribution rights to the film at South by Southwest (SXSW). SXSW: Lionsgate Picks Up Bigfoot Horror Film ‘Exists’ (The Hollywood Reporter): Eduardo Sánchez, best known for co-directing the genre-defining movie The…

Before and after pics are less than truthful

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In the category of Quelle Surprise… extreme photos are not as they seem. Dieters beware: Those before-and-after weight-loss photos aren’t always legit. Many weight-loss ads draw you in with dramatic “before-and-after photos” of real people. But the truth behind some of those ads is surprising. One such ad, for Wu-Yi Source Tea, claimed to promote…

A new clientele for Girl Scouts

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Isn’t it amazing how quickly fiction can become reality sometimes? A savvy Girl Scout is selling cookies at a cannabis clinic in San Francisco. “Looking to drum up some new business, 13-year-old Girl Scout Danielle Lei and her mom set out for a San Francisco medical marijuana clinic on Monday, armed with boxes of Tagalongs,…

Anti-vax and psychic claims lead to worst story you will read in a while

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I feel it was outrageously irresponsible for this media outlet to run this story. Not only are they allowing misrepresentation of vaccines, they present psychic information as valid, and one questionable medical opinion as trumping the entire body of vaccine safety. There is zero mention of the safeguards in place and the overall efficacy of…

Noah movie dispute called an “unholy mess”

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A core idea of this argument – accurate portrayal of the Bible – breaks my brain. What do YOU think? ‘Noah:’ Faith-based group, Paramount in biblical battle – latimes.com. Paramount has taken the unusual step of issuing a press release debunking a survey and a resultant Variety story about the faith-based community’s skepticism for the…