Church rehab binding treatment results in amputation

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‘Cult’ rehab treatment cost man his leg, police say  – NY Daily News. A Queens woman and her fiancé bound her brother so tightly in duct tape to “help him recover” from drug addiction and mental illness that doctors had to amputate his leg, cops say. But relatives believe Myung Chung, 27, and her fiancé,…

Volunteer administering polio drops killed in Pakistan

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Gunmen kill polio vaccinator in Pakistan | News.com.au. UNKNOWN gunmen have killed a polio vaccinator in Pakistan’s restive southwestern province of Baluchistan, highlighting resistance to the country’s immunisation campaign, officials say. The shooting happened in the Killi Jeo area of provincial capital Quetta a day after a three-day campaign kicked off across the country, senior…

Leftover links for October 16, 2012

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Leftover Links — when you are still hungry for more fringe news Here are links to stories that didn’t make it to our main DN page. We also tweet these links without commentary on Twitter (@doubtfulnews) but feel free to have at them in the comments. New tactic from the psychic Marks’ family defense ‘Psychics’…

For real? Chowmein consumption causing increase in rapes, say Indian council

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Local council in Northwest India has an interested theory about why rapes are on the rise there. Haryana khap blames consumption of chowmein for rapes A khap panchayat in Haryana’s Jind district has blamed consumption of chowmein behind the growing incidents of rapes in the state saying it leads to hormonal imbalance. “To my understanding,…

Once again, a challenge to U.K. psychics to show their stuff

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Merseyside Skeptics are giving the UK’s top psychics, including Sally Morgan, the opportunity to demonstrate they can talk to the dead Calling all psychics: a chance to prove your powers in a scientific test. Although the chances that mediums really can contact the dead are probably infinitesimally remote, the persistence of belief in psychic powers…

Leftover links for October 15, 2012

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Introducing…. Leftover Links — when you are still hungry for more fringe news Here are links to stories that didn’t make it to our main DN page. We also tweet these links without commentary on Twitter (@doubtfulnews) but feel free to have at them in the comments.

Psychic screw up: Claimed missing student would be found alive

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Psychic Devastates Dead Student’s Family – Yahoo! News. Harsha Maddula, a Northwestern University pre-medical student from Long Island, N.Y., went missing Sept. 22, last seen leaving an off-campus party in Illinois. Police and volunteer searchers were unable to find him, but Maddula’s family said reassuring words from psychics had raised their spirits. Apparently, psychics contacted…

A ridiculous excuse for NOT getting vaccinated is now even more ridiculous

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HPV Vaccine Does Not Alter Sexual Behavior, Study Finds – NYTimes.com. Since public health officials began recommending in 2006 that young women be routinely vaccinated against HPV, many parents have hesitated over fears that doing so might give their children license to have sex. But research published on Monday in the journal Pediatrics may help…

The Falcon Project: A high-tech research investigation to track Bigfoot

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The Falcon Project is the latest endeavor to search for Bigfoot. With a state-of-the-art remote-control camera-equipped airship and a scientist investigator, the participants hope that this manuverable and silent transport over the rugged forest, with thermal cameras, will provide proof of a large unknown ape living in the U.S. Researchers plan to use one-of-a-kind airship…

Conspiracy ideas over employment numbers

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USA Today shows two sides of unemployment numbers that inspired conspiracy comments. Editorial: Lower unemployment rate inspires cuckoos When the unemployment rate suddenly dropped from 8.1% to 7.8% two Fridays ago, it was a surprise, but those who’ve seen jobless numbers lurch up and down took it in stride. The initial jobs numbers behind the…

Cult mass suicide averted in Brazil

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Last week, police received information that a cult was preparing for a mass suicide by poisoning, including their children holed up inside a house near Teresina, Piaui, Brazil. The story unfolded… Fears of Mass Suicide in Brazil as Doomsday Cult Barricades Itself Awaiting the End of the World Today Brazilian police fear a mass suicide…

Russian geoglyph claimed older than Nazca lines

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Mysterious elk-shaped structure discovered in Russia – Technology & science – Science – LiveScience | NBC News. A huge geoglyph in the shape of an elk or deer discovered in Russia may predate Peru’s famous Nazca Lines by thousands of years. The animal-shaped stone structure, located near Lake Zjuratkul in the Ural Mountains, north of…

New hazard for runners: Owl attacks

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‘The Birds’? Runners Attacked by Owls. In the past month, four runners have been attacked by owls in separate incidents, Runner’s World magazine notes. Two of the attacks occurred near Washington, D.C., one in England, and one in Vancouver. Two happened at dusk, and two in early morning, by different species of owls. No one…

Lewis-Clark State College offering psychic class; “skeptics” shouldn’t ask questions

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Clairvoyant offers paranormal class at LCSC. Lewis-Clark State College is offering a continuing education class that may have some skeptics wondering what to believe. Most people in the 21st Century define themselves by their work. Clairvoyant Louise Hauck is no different. “In this flow of information, it flows beyond time, in the future, in the…

Serious skepticism applied to Moriguchi’s stem-cell transplant claims (UPDATED)

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Stem-cell transplant claims debunked. From the beginning, it seemed too good to be true. Days after Kyoto University biologist Shinya Yamanaka won a Nobel prize for his 2006 discovery of induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, Hisashi Moriguchi — a visiting researcher at the University of Tokyo — claimed to have modified that technology to treat…

Deep doubt and questions on Alexander’s “proof of Heaven” story

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Here is a thoughtful analysis on a story from earlier: the neuroscientist’s claim of the afterlife. Is the afterlife full of fluffy clouds and angels? – Telegraph. Have you ever noticed that more people come back from Heaven than from Hell? We have all read those astonishing reports of near-death experiences (NDEs, as the aficionados…

Ghost hunter groups proliferated. Yet, we are still no closer to proving ghosts exist.

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Here is a three-page feature on ghost hunters in South New Jersey. Amateur paranormal investigators are a specialty subject area of mine and I found a laundry list of thing wrong with this report. Similar reports will appear in every newspaper between now and Halloween, ghost hunters’ busiest time. Team spirit: Ghost groups get closer…

New theory of ball lightning published

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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…

Beeping sound causes couple to tear down the walls

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Essex couple tear down walls in ‘beeping sound’ search. Paul and Jeanette Henry, of Frinton, Essex, are facing a bill of hundreds of pounds to replace the plasterwork. Mrs Henry, 68, said she was “absolutely amazed” when they found the culprit – a 10-year-old smoke alarm in an old desk. The couple, who first heard…

Chakra energy must be strong in this sixth grader

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Sixth grader gets third eye in school picture – The Local. The photo-fixing foul-up was discovered following the distribution two weeks ago of the annual photo album for students at Månesköld school in Lidköping in central Sweden. According to Tilde, there was nothing unusual at the actual picture-taking session, during which the photographer took several…

Pink promotions: Is breast cancer awareness month generating research dollars or profit?

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October is national breast cancer awareness month in the U.S. The wave of pink things once again spurs the question, is this actually helpful? Is The NFL Profiting Off Of Breast Cancer? It is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and the NFL is doing its part to support the cause as the league has become saturated…

Metaphysical marketplace reeling after eBay outster: Opens new action site

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Recall that ebay banned certain “occult” items from their auctions? Well, they have to sell those products SOMEWHERE. So, a new site just for metaphysical nonsense lotions, notions and potions has appeared. Brand New Mega Metaphysical / Paranormal Auction Website ‘Magickals.com,’ Comes to the Rescue, and Saves the Former eBay Metaphysical Market from Despair –…

Let’s not kid ourselves, the lion was not “friends” with the antelope

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While it’s a nice story, we’ve given it the wrong interpretation. Did Lioness Really Befriend Baby Antelope? | Interspecies Friendship | LifesLittleMysteries.com. While documenting a lion hunt in Uganda recently, a photographer came across a surprising sight: a lioness seeming to “adopt” a baby antelope after killing and eating its mother. In photographer Adri De…

Echinacea study: No significant difference in catching a cold

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Echinacea cold study claims analysed . Echinacea “can prevent colds”, reports The Daily Telegraph, while the Daily Mail reports that the “largest ever clinical study into Echinacea finds herbal remedy can protect against colds”. These headlines were based on a study which found that giving healthy adults three doses of the herbal remedy Echinacea daily…

Killing witches in Zimbabwe OK if you have proof

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Zimbabwe: Govt Will Not Protect People Who Use Witchcraft GOVERNMENT will not protect people who use witchcraft and other supernatural powers to harm others, a Cabinet Minister has said. Justice and Legal Affairs Minister Patrick Chinamasa said any person who could provide evidence to show that one was a witch could escape criminal prosecution. The…

Grant awarded to monitor anti-vax efforts sparks paranoia for vaccine questioner

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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funds a grant program called “Grand Challenges in Global Health”. The program seeks out and rewards “not only established researchers in science and technology, but also young investigators, entrepreneurs and innovators to help expand the pipeline of ideas to fight diseases that claim millions of lives each year.” Grand…