Category: Science

15 Credibility Street #31: Put some feathers on those dinosaurs

First, we have an update on two previous stories then we have a bit of a theme going regarding new fossil finds and the distinction between dinosaurs and birds and report on thylacine DNA and the Pope’s personification of Satan ideas. Brett Talley nomination is withdrawn ABC on the white matter brain change in Cuban…

Alternative healer proposes legitimate species name for Bigfoot

An alternative healer with a PhD and background in entomology (study of insects) has exploited an opportunity to officially name Bigfoot as a new species. The being portrayed in a famous film that some believe depicts an actual Bigfoot has been designated the type specimen for the as-yet non-corporeal animal. Dr. Erich Hunter, who specializes…

15 Credibility Street #19: Leaping to doubtful conclusions

News items: A news blast from the paleo world made top science headlines this week saying the great and powerful T. Rex is unfeathered. Read the study that caused the news headlines and controversy. Washington Post piece Fantastic feathers Some paleobiologists said “told ya”! Others not so much. Check out this video by Trey the…

No rocks for you! (Updated: Rock on)

Update (7 July 2017): Snelling has dropped the lawsuit because the Park Service reversed their decision. A young earth Creationist, Dr. Andrew Snelling, is suing the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, in a civil rights action, stating that he was unlawfully restricted from doing geological work in the Grand Canyon national park…

15 Credibility Street #16: You’re Fyred

We’re talking news stories and science in popular culture in this episode of the podcast. Listen via the embedded player below or, better yet, subscribe via your podcast service app of choice! News of the world There is now a hotline to report crimes by illegal aliens. Alien Day? Didn’t know this was a thing.…

15 Credibility Street #15: Bombs

Welcome to a satisfyingly synchronous episode of our podcast. One of us had cake. Then we got into the news of the week. Professor Sasquatch of Centralia Community College just gets weirder. The PR hazards of forcibly re-accommodating a passenger were not good but the rumor chaos that followed was bad for the poor passenger involved. Scorpions on…

L’Acquital: Legal battle over for six Italian earthquake scientists

In October of 2012, six Italian scientists and a government official were convicted of manslaughter for failing to give warning for the L’Aquila earthquake of 2009 that killed over 300 people. The verdict was terribly misguided and was overturned in November of last year. The judge justified his decision by saying they failed in characterizing the…

NJ is booming and shaking

Did you hear booming noises this AM in central New Jersey? There was a small, shallow earthquake about 3km north of Bernardsville. The U.S. Geological Survey confirmed the small earthquake in Bernardsville rattled homes and businesses around 3:41 a.m. The Morris County Communications/911 center received calls from residents in Morristown, Morris Township, Randolph, Mendham Township,…

It’s frost quake season in North America!

As reports of mystery booms continue every week, we finally have confirmation that the weather services have determined that frost quakes are occurring in Eastern Canada and even in the U.S. ‘Frost quake’ shakes Montreal’s West Island – Montreal – CBC News. Some residents on Montreal’s West Island were shaken early Tuesday morning by a…

Sykes’ Yeti-polar bear data conclusions challenged

There is an update to the story about ancient polar bear DNA found in the samples gathered while searching for the Yeti in Asia. It throws doubt on the results that there is a new type of hybrid bear. BBC News – Scientists challenge ‘Abominable Snowman DNA’ results. Last year, Oxford University genetics professor Bryan Sykes…

L’Aquila decision against geoscientists overturned

In an update to a story that shook geoscientists around the world, almost all of the people formerly found guilty in the L’Aquila earthquake prediction manslaughter case have been acquitted. Verdict Overturned for Italian Geoscientists Convicted of Manslaughter | WIRED. Today, after a surprisingly swift-by-Italian-standards appeals process, the three-judge panel acquitted six of the men.…

HAARP terminated

Conspiracy theorists’ favorite excuse is gone down the toilet. In an update to this story from last year about HAARP being closed, it’s not reopening. Air Force prepares to dismantle HAARP ahead of summer shutdown | State News | ADN.com. The U.S. Air Force gave official notice to Congress Wednesday that it intends to dismantle…

Morgellons – it’s complicated

Will Storr has a long-read piece out on Morgellons disease featuring insight into those with the condition (that officially doesn’t exist), with doctors, and with skeptics. While I don’t agree with his characterization of skeptics in most cases, there is much of interest to be found in this story. The itch nobody can scratch —…

More news on earthquake lights – now the flashing variety

Back in January, we showcased an article about the potential explanation for earthquake lights – the glow or flashes that are rarely, but certainly, observed in relation to earthquakes in particular fault areas. Now, more comes to light. Scientists find voltage spikes associated with crack-like defects in fine grained materials. Mysterious Flashing ‘Earthquake Lights’ Maybe Explained.…

Mysterious ball lightning observed in nature by scientists

Well color me TICKLED PINK. After the recent new research paper regarding earthquakes lights, we now have new data on another anomalous luminous phenomena – ball lightning. Natural ball lightning probed for the first time – environment – 16 January 2014 – New Scientist. In 2012, Jianyong Cen and his colleagues at Northwestern Normal University…

New paper on earthquake lights show they are a reality

I am so excited about this story. As a geologist who has studied anomalous phenomena connected to earthquakes, this is an excellent step forward to understanding earthquake lights. This will be of interest to Forteans, anomalists, geophysicists and even UFO chasers! Scientists find records of rare “earthquake lights”. They’ve been mistaken for UFOs or dismissed…

What’s kraken at the GSA meeting? (UPDATE: Creationist!)

Originally published Nov 1, 2013, see important update below. We’re seeing a revival of a story we first noted in October 2011 from the GSA (Geological Society of America) conference. The same researchers have returned to try to further convince us that a giant unknown cephalopod existed AND that it was so intelligent that it…

The White Tower – Mystery silken structure from Peru

Troy Alexander found something weird while working in the Peruvian Amazon for three months. It’s a woven spire surrounded by what appears to be a picket fence. He’s asked experts, he’s asked Reddit. No one can explain what it is and it may indicate a new species of… something. WTF Is This Weird Web-Tower Thing?…

Why the olinguito is bad news for cryptozoologists

I kept refreshing the screen, waiting for the press conference earlier today to hear what new mammal had been discovered. Yes, for a minute I wondered… would it be a cryptid? Maybe an ape? But then, reality hit. No, this would be something evolutionarily interesting, zoologically neat and, no matter what it was, cryptozoologists were…