Category: Science

Bigfoot in science class – that’s a problem

John Pedersen has a 7-foot-tall sasquatch in his middle school classroom. Bigfoot researcher donates to middle school classroom | KTVB.COM Boise. Pedersen says he uses the creature to teach kids about ecology and scientific possibilities. What’s more, he now says Idaho State University Professor Dr. Jeff Meldrum, who is a bigfoot researcher, saw KTVB’s story…

Ants may behave differently before an earthquake, research says

A new study on animal prediction of earthquakes Ant-icipation: Insects know when earthquakes are coming Ants with the world’s worst taste in real estate seem to sense earthquakes before they strike, according to research presented Thursday at the European Geosciences Union annual meeting in Vienna. Research on ants in Germany showed that they follow regular…

Two-headed shark fetus discovered

A half-twin. Fisherman Finds 2-Headed Bull Shark | LiveScience. When a fisherman caught a bull shark recently off the Florida Keys, he came across an unlikely surprise: One of the shark’s live fetuses had two heads. The fisherman kept the odd specimen, and shared it with scientists, who described it in a study published online…

Thylacine extinction: We have only ourselves to blame

A new study suggests a model where people were a sufficient factor in the demise of the Tasmanian Tiger. Humans killed off the thylacine: study Humans alone were responsible for the demise of Australia’s extinct native predator, the Tasmanian Tiger, or thylacine, a new study has found. Led by the University of Adelaide, the study…

Judge in Italian earthquake trial justifies decision against scientists

It sent shockwaves across the scientific community: scientists convicted of failing to adequately warn of a deadly earthquake in Italy. The judge goes on record to explain why he felt they were guilty of negligence. Judge in L’Aquila Earthquake Trial Explains His Verdict – ScienceInsider. The L’Aquila judge who last October sentenced seven scientists and…

New study reveals paranormal investigators winning at being “scientifical”

Study examines influence of media messages on perceptions of paranormal investigators’ credibility. The omnipresence of paranormal entertainment piqued the interest of Paul Brewer, professor of communication at the University of Delaware, who wondered what makes viewers believe — or disbelieve — what they see on the screen. His resulting study, recently published in the journal…

New theory of ball lightning published

Mystery of Ball Lightning Solved. Previous competing theories have cited microwave radiation from thunderclouds, oxidizing aerosols, nuclear energy, dark matter, antimatter, and even black holes as possible causes. The new theory, reported in a paper in the Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres, focuses on how ball lightning occurs in houses and aeroplanes – and how…

The “trouser snake”: Bizarre amphibian found in Brazil

Snake-Like Amphibian Found In Brazil, Makes Us Blush | Geekosystem. Last year, the Madeira River in Rondonia, Brazil was drained for a hydroelectric dam. At the very bottom, were six of these creatures, writhing about looking like penises, except that they’re all about 30 inches long. Now, biologists have confirmed that they are Atretochoana eiselti,…

DNA study of Bigfoot launched by Oxford University

Prof. Bryan Sykes, Professor of Human Genetics University of Oxford and Dr. Michel Sartori, Directeur Musee de Zoologie, Switzerland are collecting cryptid DNA samples. Oxford-Lausanne Collateral Hominid Project. As part of a larger enquiry into the genetic relationship between our own species Homo sapiens and other hominids, we invite submissions of organic material from formally…

The improbable life and science of cadborosaurus

Paleozoologist Dr. Darren Naish exposes the bad science the created and sustains Cadborosaurus. Discussions with cryptozoologists is a frustrating business. The Cadborosaurus Wars Michael Woodley, Cameron McCormick and myself recently argued that an alleged ‘baby Cadborosaurus’ was very likely no baby sea-serpent at all [via Bousfield and LeBlond], but rather a mangled and half-remembered description…

CDC’s Morgellons study shows no medical condition or infectious source

Mystery skin disease Morgellons has no clear cause, CDC study says. A strange disease in which sufferers say they find fibers, fuzz and other debris sprouting from sores on their skin is not contagious and has no clear cause, the largest-ever study of the condition called Morgellons has found. Government health officials on Wednesday released…

Wishful thinking aside, odds are, the thylacine is really gone

Thylacine passes extinction test People should stop wasting time and money looking for the Tasmanian tiger, according to new Australian research. Dr Diana Fisher and Dr Simon Blomberg from the University of Queensland’s school of biological sciences report their findings in a recent issue of Conservation Biology. Since the last wild thylacine was captured in…

Use of animals to predict earthquakes may be viable but fraught with difficulties

BBC Nature – How animals predict earthquakes. Animals may sense chemical changes in groundwater that occur when an earthquake is about to strike. This, scientists say, could be the cause of bizarre earthquake-associated animal behaviour. Researchers began to investigate these chemical effects after seeing a colony of toads abandon its pond in L’Aquila, Italy in…

Twisting dancing cloud video real and very cool

Phil Plait at Bad Astronomy helps get an explanation to this amazing video from a while back. Amazing video of a bizarre twisting dancing cloud The video is of a cumulonimbus cloud, a puffy white cauliflower-shaped cloud that forms when warm air rises rapidly. The camera view is between two buildings, and you can see…

Lessons in communicating a message from the L’Aquila earthquake trial

Trial Over L’Aquila Earthquake Focuses on Risks and Panic – NYTimes.com. An update on the trial of scientists and an official regarding the L’Aquila earthquake… The manslaughter trial of six seismologists and a government official in the central Italian city of L’Aquila, stemming from what the authorities say was a failure to warn the population…

Scientists Worry over ‘Bizarre’ Trial on Earthquake Prediction

Scientists Worry over ‘Bizarre’ Trial on Earthquake Prediction: Scientific American. Six Italian scientists and one government official are set to go to trial today in Italy (Sept. 20) on charges of manslaughter for not warning the public aggressively enough of an impending earthquake that killed more than 300 people in 2009. While such a trial is…