Perception

Facilitated communication case regarding sexual assault will go to court

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Anna Stubblefield, the chairwoman of Rutgers-Newark’s philosophy department, and an outspoken proponent of “facilitated communication,” is accused of abusing a severely mentally disabled 33-year-old man that she was using as proof of her claim that FC works. Spoiler: It doesn’t. Rutgers-Newark philosophy chairwoman fights criminal sexual assault charges | NJ.com. Today, Stubblefield, 44, is facing criminal charges of…

AP poll has experts lamenting science literacy – It’s more complicated

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Should we be surprised by this? No, I’m not. Disappointed, maybe. But, we should be used to these results by now. Poll: Big Bang a big question for most Americans. Few Americans question that smoking causes cancer. But they express bigger doubts as concepts that scientists consider to be truths get further from our own…

For all the cows: The complicated tale of Cliven Bundy

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This story of Cliven Bundy and his neighbors against the U.S. Government officials is a hard one to follow. Read through this piece that presents the situation chronologically. Everything you need to know about the long fight between Cliven Bundy and the federal government. In the comments, note that one person mentions that the anti-government…

Pick Your Poison – 49% in U.S. subscribe to at least 1 of 6 medical conspiracy theories

Agreement scales pretty linearly with prior exposure, with one outlier: cancer cure suppression.

Health misinformation abounds in the results of a recent survey of American adults on medical conspiracy theories. Half Of Americans Believe In Medical Conspiracy Theories (NPR.org) Misinformation about health remains widespread and popular. Half of Americans subscribe to medical conspiracy theories, with more than one-third of people thinking that the Food and Drug Administration is…

Latest global warming poll results toe the political line. Again.

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Another poll on global warming/climate change. I’m not too surprised by the results. Americans Most Likely to Say Global Warming Is Exaggerated Even as most Americans report experiencing abnormal weather conditions lately, more than four in 10 say the seriousness of global warming is generally exaggerated in the news. These sentiments are lower than the…

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

An extended relative had really sweet intentions for us. I hadn't the heart to explain how this works to her.

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):…

Cows get stressed

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A surprising conclusion. Cows are traumatized by encounters with predators. OSU study: Cows in wolf attacks suffer PTSD-like symptoms – KPTV – FOX 12. Cows that survive encounters with wolves may suffer from symptoms similar to post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a new Oregon State University study. Researchers said they were told by ranchers that…

Loud droning noise over Coventry was not alien invasion

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Mystery noise in UK is discovered to a propeller and good old wind-resistance. Mystery ‘Independence Day’ noise heard in Coventry thought to be old propeller plane – Coventry Telegraph. Residents across a huge swathe of south Coventry reported hearing a loud droning sound in the skies at around 2.30pm on Friday. The noise, lasted around…

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…

Eyewitness identification often points to wrong person: Police adjust

Be skeptical of police lineup identifications.

Several jurisdictions are adopting the method of the “double-blind sequential lineup” to reduce false identification of suspects. Prince George’s police to transform photo lineups – The Washington Post. The Prince George’s County Police Department is transforming how detectives conduct photo lineups in an effort to prevent innocent people from going to prison. Starting this spring,…

Google moon images shows triangular anomaly. What is it?

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Stitching artifact? Anomaly? Or something solid? I can’t tell. But speculation abounds. Google Images Reveal Triangular Moon Mystery: Could It Be An ET Colony?. At first glance, it certainly appears a bit too symmetrical for a natural object. Some Internet sites have speculated that this might be either an alien spaceship, a base used by…

Demonic tale sounds like Hollywood, has little else to hold it up (UPDATE: Hoaxed photo)

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A new and detailed case of reported demonic possession and exorcism is chronicled in an Indiana newspaper. As with almost all cases, we see typical behaviors related to “possession”. But we also see many eyewitness reports and ZERO solid evidence. Are they photos? Videos? None given. The medical records mostly state that the family suffered…

Something is amiss, I just can’t say exactly what

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The ability to detect something different or wrong has nothing to do with a sixth sense but subtle clues we don’t even consciously notice. Researchers dismiss sixth sense – and put their faith in common sense | Science | theguardian.com. A year-long University of Melbourne study, published in the journal Plos One, found that people…