Pseudoscience

FTC cites melanoma apps and mosquito repellent wristbands as deceptive

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The US Federal Trade Commission has lowered the boom on two deceptive consumer products. First, unsupported claims that a phone app could detect skin cancer. FTC Cracks Down on Marketers of “Melanoma Detection” Apps. The Federal Trade Commission has challenged marketers for deceptively claiming their mobile apps could detect symptoms of melanoma, even in its…

Dowsing useless in finding missing girl

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The “Find Me” crew is back in the news. And, again, not really helping. Private Investigator believes he knows who the suspects are in the Celis kidnapping The private investigator the family contacted said, “Whoever did this knows the family 100 percent guaranteed, and my suspect has a key to the house.” Retired federal agent…

Sheldrake collaborating on children’s book about psychic dogs

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Sheldrake’s idea that dogs know when there owner is coming home is unconfirmed and falls on the highly dubious side. But let’s tell kids about it! Boy’s Best Friend | Kate Banks, Rupert Sheldrake Kate Banks and world-renowned biologist Rupert Sheldrake collaborate on this novel about two boys who set out to prove that their dogs…

The growing trend of confusing astrology with science

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Astrology is the fatally-flawed idea that the location and movement of stars and planets influence our lives here on earth. It’s the epitome of a NON-scientific idea that has been discarded centuries ago. No scientist studies it. However, a recent survey shows almost all population segments, especially young people, mistakingly think this field is considered…

The Food Babe spends more time trying to piss off critics than doing research?

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Vani Hari, “The Food Babe” (*gag*), has been repeated raked over the critical coals for her often terrible information that she passes to the public. She’s attacked beer, airplane air and Subway bread. Though she often makes egregious mistakes and is great at fear mongering and getting media attention, she’s is TRULY annoyed with any…

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.…

Will TV be less worse from now on? We are skeptically optimistic!

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We’re seeing a trend. First, Cosmos does well. Then, SyFy announces that they will cut development on “reality” paranormal shows. Now there is news that Neil DeGrasse Tyson is getting his OWN TV TALK SHOW and the new Discovery Channel president is saying some very interesting and positive things. This may be something… As we linked…

Ancient interplanetary planes create disruption at Indian Science Congress

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What a strange topic for “science” conference. This is possibly another indication of India’s problem separating science fact from fiction. Or just rampant nationalism propaganda? ‘Ancient Indian Planes Could Travel From One Planet to Another’. Aeroplanes existed in India 7,000 years ago and they travelled from one country to another and from one planet to…

Teen treated for “environmental sensitivity” commits suicide, doctor reprimanded

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On December 15, 2014, the Disciplinary Committee of the Ontario College found that a medical doctor committed an act of professional misconduct, in that she has failed to maintain the standard of practice of the profession with respect to one patient. She treated her for environmental sensitivities when she instead had psychological problems. There seems…

Water divining in Australia: A fictional portrayal does not make for fact

Dowsing has been tested for centuries. It's never been proven to work better than chance.

A mainstream Australian media outlet publishes a ridiculous, unsupported bunch of hooey suggesting water diviners have some special physical powers to detect water. There’s a claim chock full of holes – like a leaky bucket, all the truth eventually streams out and nothing is left. Water diviners, dowsers, may have special sensitivity to electromagnetism. [M]y…

There shall be no mocking of astrology in India!

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I disagree fully. Therefore… commence mocking. Astrology is like astronomy, says BJP MP Ramesh Pokhariyal Astrology is like astronomy, claimed a BJP member in the Lok Sabha, drawing protests from some opposition members. While making references to traditional practices such as astrology and ayurveda, Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank said that among others, concept of atom, was…

This just in: Pterosaurs are STILL dead, maybe even more so

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Dr. Donald Prothero exposes the myth of the ropen, a pterosaur-like flying animal claimed to have been observed in Papua New Guinea. It has even been suggested it is a self-luminous creature. It’s a story well-known to cryptozoologists (the same stories get recirculated repeatedly to make up for no new evidence to fill a book). Turns…

Food Babe clueless about food, science, and apparently, air

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Vani Hari is a blogger who calls herself the “Food Babe”. She has become infamous for her criticism of the food industry. However, with a degree in computer science and experience as a management consultant, she sounds like an idiot when talking about food facts and science, and she has little fear of being identified…

Alternative to health: The Telegraph does a totally credulous piece on naturopathy

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There is so much pseudoscience being spouted off in this piece it’s hard to keep track of it all. A smorgasbord of nonsense health treatment claims. Alternative health: what is naturopathy?. It is perhaps easier to list what the naturopath Katrin Hempel doesn’t offer her clients than what she does. “Bioresonance and live blood analysis,…

Creationist views not welcome at California State U

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An open young earth creationist claims he was fired for religious discrimination after he got legitimate work publishing in a journal. Or, his very anti-science ideas were simply not appropriate for promotion within an academic institution. University sued after firing creationist fossil hunter. In May 2012, Mark Armitage made a discovery that he had dreamed of…

U.K. paper posts the year’s worst story on dowsing (UPDATE: Dowsing is pseudoscience)

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What a bizarre article! “Scientists”? Dowsing is a science? No details? Complete rubbish. (I’m picking up the UK lingo…) Dowsing discovers plague pit in Tunbridge Wells. | Kent and Sussex Courier. A trio of scientists claim to have made the gory discovery after exploring the popular town centre park. They tested a secluded part of…

Pope says evolution and Big Bang are A-OK routes when God still drives the bus

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Pope Frank breaks with former Pope Benny in embracing scientific concepts of the origin of the universe and the process of evolution as being not inconsistent with faith. Meh. Nothing new. Catholicism is in desperate need to look relevant in the modern world and to distance themselves from clearly wrong and ridiculous ideas about how…