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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…

Social media rumours put to the test with Pheme

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A new project aims to sort internet rumor and hoaxes from real news. BBC News – Lie detector on the way to test social media rumours. A lie detector for social media is being built to try to verify online rumours. The system will analyse, in real time, whether a posting online is true. The…

Cryptozoology News — It’s fake

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Attention everyone (I’m going to brandish my clue stick and hit you with it today). Cryptozoology has a terrible reputation for hoaxing, exaggeration and rampant speculation. There are also many fictional news outlets that mimic real sites. The site “Cryptozoology News” is at least in most instances, a “

Is Bill Nye the captain of our national scientific debate team? (UPDATE: Another score for Nye)

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Now he takes on the topic of global warming. “Meet the Press” to host climate change “debate” between GOP’s Marsha Blackburn and Bill Nye “the Science Guy” – Salon.com. This Sunday, “Meet the Press,” the renowned televised political news forum, will host a discussion of climate change — perhaps the single most pressing issue of…

Another Hell House, book and website. Honestly, this is getting old…

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Another “Hell House” story. This one was previously investigated and popularized by Ryan Buell’s Paranormal Research Society group (who called it the “HellMouth“). [Buell recalls] “I saw a metal crucifix bend right in front of us, and there was a blood-like substance that materialized on the walls,” he says. (A forensics team confirmed that it was…

Bigfoot promotes tourism

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This is nothing new but how long will it take for people to miss the “fake” part. Not long, and since its for tourism, the promoters won’t care why you come, just that you come. Bigfoot videos planned to promote tourism – Logan Daily News: News. There’s enough interest in local sightings of Bigfoot —…

Saudi witchcrafty twitter accounts: You are being WATCHED

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Backwards much?​ Saudi religious police hunt down Twitter ‘witchcraft’ accounts — RT News. Saudi Arabia, which has the largest number of Twitter users relative to internet users in the world, has formed a special task force to track users of the popular social media who are accused of spreading vice and witchcraft. The Commission for…

The Indiana “portal to hell” circus continues with movie and TV deals

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After international attention, media companies saw a hot topic in the events claimed to occur in Gary, Indiana. The priest has signed a movie deal and will also collaborate with Zak Bagans of Ghost Adventures. Priest signs film deals after well-publicized exorcisms of Latoya Ammons. The Rev. Michael Maginot has signed a deal with Evergreen…

“Medical research in clown shoes” (UPDATE)

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Oh, this has caused a stir… The Australian site The Conversation has seen fit to take down this piece by Mick Vagg. It has been preserved here. FreezePage: Conversation suspended page – Quackademic medicine…coming soon to a uni near you The recent memorandum of understanding signed between supplement company Swisse and La Trobe University to establish…

The Great Debate: Science trumps Creationism

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Ham on Nye: Deny deny deny… In a sometimes frustrating, sometimes boring, but consistently civil discussion about the definition and importance of science, two speakers with opposing worldviews presented their evidence to a sellout crowd and hundreds of thousands of online viewers. Who Won Bill Nye’s Big Evolution Faceoff? – NBC News.com. Bill Nye the…