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Natural trap in Wyoming yields important ancient animal remains

Excavations taking place in Natural Trap Cave Photo: Bureau of Land Management

This is so exciting! Animal misfortune 20,000 years ago is a scientific bonanza today. Treasure trove of prehistoric animal remains discovered – CNN.com. Scientists descended into a deep cave, hoping to find Ice Age mammals’ remains. What they found stunned them: the remains of hundreds of big prehistoric mammals. The treasure trove was discovered in…

The Strange Remains the Same for 6 June 2014

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To write something, you have to risk making a fool of yourself. ~Anne Rice Drexel Scientists Find Common Sweetener is a Safe Insecticide | Drexel University. Claims of strange UFO sightings over West Wales last night | Carmarthen Journal. BBC News – Fox behind Leeds footwear theft crimewave. Belleville woman charged with lying about terminal…

The Strange Remains the same for Thursday 22 May 2014

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Scissors cuts paper, paper covers rock, rock crushes lizard, lizard poisons Spock, Spock smashes scissors, scissors decapitates lizard, lizard eats paper, paper disproves Spock, Spock vaporizes rock, and as it always has, rock crushes scissors. Whooping cough outbreak on P.E.I. continues to spread – Prince Edward Island – CBC News. Backlash to Big Bang Discovery…

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Family attack cat to the rescue

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OK, this may be the best pet cat ever. She’s a superheroine. AMAZING VIDEO: Cat saves boy from dog attack in Southwest Bakersfield – 23ABC News. A cat came to her best friend’s rescue Tuesday when a young boy was attacked by a dog in his driveway in Southwest Bakersfield and it was all caught…

Dog dislodges candy for choking owner

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This is a great story of what appears to be a panicky dog accidentally doing something heroic. Pawsome! Springer spaniel saves choking owner by performing the Heimlich manoeuvre. Super-pooch Mollypops saved her choking owner by using her “doggy sense” to perform the Heimlich manoeuvre on her. Terrified Rachel Hayes thought she was going to die…

The Strange remains the same for 03 March 2014

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“I have no response to that.” Opinion: Don’t like the exam question? Just cross it out…. Why Are Bankers Killing Themselves in Droves? | Skeptoid. See how to debunk viral photos in seconds using image search | Skeptical Software Tools. Baby to undergo blood transfusions despite objection of Jehovah’s Witnesses parents – Telegraph. Could mushrooms…

CIA psychic suit thrown out

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In an update to this story… Judge tosses Sacramento ‘psychic’ CIA lawsuit | news10.net. A federal judge has ruled the Central Intelligence Agency acted properly in responding to a retired California state worker’s search for information regarding an interrogation he claims took place nearly 50 years ago. Mosier sued under the Freedom of Information Act…

More evidence suggests Toxoplasma infection may have permanent effects

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Parasites, what fantastic creepiness they bring to our lives! Toxoplasma infection permanently shifts balance in cat and mouse game. The toxoplasma parasite can be deadly, causing spontaneous abortion in pregnant women or killing immune-compromised patients, but it has even stranger effects in mice. Infected mice lose their fear of cats, which is good for both…

Discovery channel touts… giant shark. You KNEW this was coming, didn’t you? (UPDATE: Pwned)

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Discovery Channel, originator of the mermaid “documentary”, is now hyping the idea that the giant prehistoric shark, Megalodon, is still alive out there. Once again, they are getting pummeled by actual scientists and science writers whom they did not seek to consult. Take a look at their promotional video. I see some CGI, lots of…

Leftover Links for 6 July 2013

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Dishing out some leftover links for your perusal. Enjoy. Whoa! If this is what it looked like, I’d be scared too! But it’s a bit of an exaggeration, methinks. Beast of Bodmin spotted in Redruth | This is Cornwall. How alien conspiracists are just like creationists – Salon.com. How Sunscreen Can Burn You : Shots…