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‘Ghost Hunters’ to air worldwide

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Dear world: We’re sorry for sending more stupid TV your way. Signed, America. ‘Ghost Hunters’ Scares Up Business Oversees – The Hollywood Reporter. Syfy’s Ghost Hunters continues to scare up business oversees, with Alfred Haber Distribution locking down deals across Europe, Asia and Latin America for the long-running paranormal reality series. Supreme Court Deals Setback…

Media magic: Recycled stories float to the surface to ride a new wave

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Today, a tipster sent me this story dated Jan 9, 2014: Student expelled for casting a spell | firstcoastnews.com. Outrageous, right? Indeed. Great story! Except this EXACT story is from the year 2000. You can spot clues in the piece (which quotes the YEAR) even if you don’t remember the made-for-TV movie in 2006 about it.…

No clues to time travel found on social media

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An interesting idea that blows my mind. Time travellers do not use Twitter, scientists find – Telegraph. Researchers predicted that if humans in the future had discovered a way to visit the past they might leave clues on websites like Twitter and Facebook by inadvertently mentioning events which had not yet happened. Astrophysicist Robert Nemiroff…

Society for Science-based Medicine is launched!

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Nearly every day we post stories here at Doubtful News about the horrible, misinformation that abounds on the Internet, TV, radio and print regarding alternative medicine or CAM. Complementary and alternative medical treatments account for plenty of lost money, misplaced hope, empty promises, and sometimes even death. There was no organization that addressed these issues…

UK paper stumbles big time with credulous article on local homeopath

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Lancashire Telegraph has credulous and irresponsible article up about natural medicine. Blackburn doctor takes the natural way to health (From Lancashire Telegraph). PATIENTS are travelling from as far as New York and Oslo to seek out a Blackburn doctor’s alternative cures. At the Bios NatureCure Clinic in Darwen Street, Dr Dos Adele is carrying on…

Animal Planet brags about how much of a sell out they are

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2013 was the former science-based channel’s best year ever. At what cost? All integrity. But that doesn’t seem to matter. Animal Planet Wins its Best Year Ever – Ratings | TVbytheNumbers. ANIMAL PLANET WINS ITS BEST YEAR EVER! – Network Boasts Most Successful Year in Prime and Total Day – - Animal Planet Ranks #16…

Drone causes trouble; mystery mongering site calls it “UFO scare”

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Drones, drones, drones. They’re everywhere and causing problems. Police arrest four in Beijing after mysterious drone forces diversion of civilian planes | South China Morning Post. Four employees at a Beijing company were detained by police pending a criminal investigation on Monday after they flew an unmanned aircraft near the Chinese capital’s airport, forcing the…

CHEESUS! This is ridiculous.

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This. Is. Silly. But people see meaning in the darndest things. An Arizona family is getting publicity after their cheesecake flopped. That is, upon cooling, it cracked into the shape of a cross. Holy sighting on Scottsdale cheesecake?. Family members say they won’t be eating the cheesecake. Instead they plan on selling it and donating…

With this cloak, no one will see you slither in…

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…as long as they’re only monitoring radio waves. It looks like a “Cloak of Invisibility” familiar to fantasy lovers has been invented (again). First Battery-powered Invisibility Cloak Design Proposed: Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have proposed the first design of a cloaking device that uses an external source of energy to significantly broaden…

Climate change deniers booted from Reddit Science

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Comment moderation is becoming a force for good, science that is. I’m all for it. Reddit’s science forum banned climate deniers. Why don’t all newspapers do the same? | Grist. The forum, known as /r/science, provides a digital space for discussions about recent, peer-reviewed scientific publications. This puts us (along with /r/AskScience) on the front…

Planely identified UFO in the news

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CBS in Richmond, Virginia (WTVR) has been asked to investigate a UFO report from footage captured by its own cameras. An embedded video and photo details two visually similar sightings in the station’s video clips. Viewer reports UFO at Henrico landfill: CBS 6 cameras were rolling when something streaked through the sky on Dec. 9…

Claims that a misinformative TV show possibly caused an extra 2000 heart attacks

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In an update to an earlier story about an Australian TV show that scared patients regarding their heart medicine, there is more startling news. Catalyst: Heart Foundation survey raises more concerns over ABC’s controversial cholesterol medication episode. A controversial ABC television program that called cholesterol medication “toxic” could be responsible for causing 2000 more heart…

Word puzzle contains hidden insult: “Murdoch is evil’

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Deliberate or accidental? Hmm. Awfully convenient coincidence. Insult about Rupert Murdoch buried in Sunday Telegraph puzzle. Eagle-eyed readers of last weekend’s newspaper may have spotted an unusual assemblage of letters in Harry the Dog’s regular word puzzle. The puzzle, on page 79, had an “animals of Indonesia” theme, with readers asked to spot words such…

Media uses ‘bait and switch’ when discussing alien life

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Because Congress surely needs a break from the unimportant stuff… US Congress has close encounter over extraterrestrial life | Science | theguardian.com. Witnesses from Nasa and MIT suggest to House committee that scientists may be on verge of breakthrough in search for aliens. A House committee convened on Wednesday to take up an abiding mystery…