Perception

Child’s rescue swirls with supernatural commentary

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An 18-month old child survives a tragic car crash into a river, a crash that likely instantly killed her mother. She is rescued 14 hours later, alive, still strapped into her car seat. Rescuers then tell the media that they were prompted by an adult female voice that called “Help” from the overturned vehicle. What…

Triple sunrise

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Ice crystals cause ‘triple sunrise’ in Russian city – in pictures. Chelyabinsk, the city made famous by a meteorite that exploded over its skies two years ago, was witness to another rare phenomenon on Tuesday: a triple sunrise over the morning sky. The combination of low temperatures, estimated to be –25C, and clear skies enabled…

Wisconsin budget cites hefty sum to study a nonexistent hazard

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A Wisconsin-sized waste of money. Scott Walker’s Budget Includes $250,000 To Study ‘Wind Energy System-Related Health Issues’. The two-year, $68 billion budget proposal Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker unveiled Tuesday includes a request for $250,000 to study the health impacts of wind turbines. Page 449 of the budget proposal includes a recommendation from the governor “directing…

Anonymous commenters undermining science have negative impact. We knew this.

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This is further justification why we do not allow anti-science commenters on this site. It’s not a debate but the reader often does not know that. Healthcare websites are attempting to educate about health risks but a new study shows, surprisingly, that readers may be influenced more by online comments than by credible public service announcements.…

The main problem with confession – it could be completely manufactured

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Think memory is like a videotape? Wrongity wrong wrong. It can be rather easily manipulated and is reconstructed without our awareness every day. Of special interest to criminal confession cases, it’s not really too hard to convince someone that they committed a crime. People Can Be Convinced They Committed a Crime That Never Happened –…

There’s DNA in food?! That’s disgusting!

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This story is going around: Mandatory labels on foods containing DNA? 80% of Americans support that. According to a recent survey by the Oklahoma State University Department of Agricultural Economics, over 80% of Americans said they would support “mandatory labels on foods containing DNA,” roughly the same number that support the mandatory labeling of GMO foods…

Amazingly spectacular, perfectly natural: Frilled shark caught

Specimen captured in Australia recently.

Stupid media click-bait headlines piss me off. It’s not ‘horrific’, grotesque, something from “Alien” or even a silly “living fossil”. It’s a cool animal. Learn about the real world, it’s amazing. A rare specimen of a frilled shark (Chlamydoselachus anguineus) was brought up by a fisherman in Australia. Trawler skipper David Guillot caught the 1.5 meter specimen while…

Ohio “alien” creature sighting may have logical explanation

Drawing of creature seen near Cincinnati, Ohio on Dec 12, 2014. "Coming home, just over a small incline and it ran across the road in front of our truck, into the woods."

On January 5, DN noted this piece in the Strange Remains –  Strange creature reported in Carmel area – The Highland County Press – Hillsboro, Ohio. Ron McGlone, an investigator with Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), said “The witness was driving near Carmel on Dec. 12, 2014, came up over a hill and saw a 7′…

The (cat) Beast of Bodmin Moor is old news

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Dr. David Clarke at Sheffield Hallam University, an expert in journalism in the U.K., has followed the “alien big cat” phenomenon. The ABC idea is that large, out of place (OOP) cats (lions, black panthers, pumas/cougars) have colonized the British Isles. Their presence is responsible for the reported sightings of big cats, livestock kills and mystery…

Lawyer accused of sexually inappropriate behavior and attempted hypnosis

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Another alleged case of a trusted consultant “hypnotizing” his female clients. As with the last case we reported on, there is much left unclarified in these sensational media pieces. Sheffield attorney suspended after accusations he hypnotized women for sexual pleasure | cleveland.com. A Cleveland-area attorney accused of hypnotizing women for his sexual pleasure has been…

Additional evidence that ghosts may be all in the mind

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A study of people with brain injuries or those that have experienced hallucinations, suggests that environmental miscues can fool our brains into thinking there is something there that is not. Spooks generated by brain-body mismatch. [U]nder some circumstances, real people can also believe that a non-existent person is close to them — extreme mountaineers often…

What are Americans afraid of?

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A new study about fears of Americans reveals some predictable results about crime, natural disasters and what people are really afraid of. The Chapman University Survey on American Fears | Chapman University. Chapman University has initiated a nationwide poll on what strikes fear in Americans. The Chapman University Survey on American Fears included 1,500 participants…

One not too impressive study does not prove life after death

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Once again, we see an exaggerated headline and all the eggs metaphorically in one basket. No, this study is not evidence for life after death. First hint of ‘life after death’ in biggest ever scientific study – Telegraph. The largest ever medical study into near-death and out-of-body experiences has discovered that some awareness may continue…

Law clinic investigates 27-year old “Satanic Panic” child abuse conviction

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The Duke Law Wrongful Convictions Clinic takes on a doubtful case of Satanic ritual abuse that landed a man in jail for 27 years. Duke law clinic to review 1987 conviction. Duke law professor Theresa Newman has three boxes full of files about Andrew Chandler Jr.’s case: details about the bizarre allegations, the expert testimony…

SlenderMan gets ejected from Sydney convention

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Is SlenderMan the current moral panic? A cosplayer, Daniel Simao, 17, shows up in costume as Slendy and freaks people out at a comic convention. A Seven-Foot Teenage Slender Man Was Kicked Out of Sydney Comic Con | VICE United States. “I chose the character cause he’s tall, I’m tall, it’s perfect for me,” says…

A “real” monster is in the eye of the municipal council – Iceland worm exists

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Ah, I smell tourism, don’t you? This reward is a small price to pay for Loch Ness-sized advertising. Truth Commission: Lake Monster Does Exist. Lagarfljótsormurinn, the giant serpent rumored to inhabit the lake Lagarfljót near Egilsstaðir in East Iceland truly exists, as announced on Saturday by the majority of a 13-person truth commission established in…

Martians won’t even throw us a bone

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More with the Mars pareidolia. People (who have a lot of time on their hands), search Rover photos and point out anything that looks remotely like something that is found on earth. Today, a bone. ‘Thigh Bone’ on Mars Is Just Another Rock, NASA Says. A photo from NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars set the…

It’s a spectre but not a ghost over Hungary

Photo credit: Ladanyi Tamas

This photograph was featured on the NASA Astronomy picture of the Day. It’s quite an impressive effect called a Brocken specter. Photographer shoots “ghost” over Hungarian city. The spectral apparition was shot by Hungarian photographer Ladanyi Tamas, on the morning of August 11. Tamas went to the top of a 20-storey building to shoot the…

Mystery figure in photo, witnesses adamant no one was there

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Mysterious photograph from Georgia is examined by expert in New Zealand. It’s likely no ghost, but has a very human and tech-based explanation. This explanation is further supported by a U.S. specialist in ghost photos. Haunting image left for capital sleuths to probe | Stuff.co.nz. A team of Wellington ghost-hunters have been left stumped after…

The face of god in the sky?

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The perceived image of bearded man appeared through the clouds over Snettisham, Norfolk. The photo was taken by Jeremy Fletcher who says it could be the face of “God” though we do not know what that actually looks like. We can say it looks like several people here and passed. ‘God’ seen in photograph of clouds…