Dropping the boom in Ocean County, New Jersey

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Mystery Boom Rattles NJ Community. Police in Manchester Township, NJ are investigating a mysterious boom that shook block after block in the Ocean County community Thursday night. Residents say it felt and sounded like an explosion. Residents say there have been similar incidents since the summer. Police are trying to determine if they’re connected, but…

Neurosurgeon’s story of experiencing the afterlife

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A neurosurgeon recounts his experience with a coma and a Near Death Experience. Proof of Heaven: A Doctor’s Experience With the Afterlife – Newsweek and The Daily Beast. There is no scientific explanation for the fact that while my body lay in coma, my mind—my conscious, inner self—was alive and well. While the neurons of…

Call for Connecticut to acknowledge those wrongly put to death as witches

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Relative fighting to get Conn. to clear “witches” – CBS News. An 82-year-old woman is championing the campaign to clear the names of 11 people who were hung after being convicted of witchcraft in the 1600s. Bernice Mable Graham Telian, a retired university administrator, told Religion News Services that her great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandmother, Mary Barnes of Farmington,…

Discredited Geiers disciplined in several states, still can run autism clinics in two

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Controversial autism doctor loses license elsewhere, but can still practice in Missouri, Illinois. Dr. Mark Geier has opened eight autism treatment clinics called ASD Centers across the country but is only allowed to practice at two of them — in St. Peters and Springfield, Ill. Missouri and Illinois are among the last states to seek…

Honey, why so blue?

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BBC News – French beekeepers in Ribeauville abuzz over blue honey. Beekeepers in northeastern France have been alarmed to find their bees producing honey in unnatural shades of green and blue. The beekeepers believe the source of the problem is a biogas plant close to Ribeauville in Alsace. It is thought the bees have been…

Cincinnati UFO mystery solved

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YouTubers Solve Cincinnati UFO Mystery | Space.com. UFO believers have been mulling over a cellphone video shot from a Wal-Mart parking lot in Cincinnati recorded Friday evening (Sept. 28), in which a trio of bright lights can be seen blinking in the night sky, moving relative to one another, and slowly descending to the ground.…

Exorcism “truth” not facts, says Catholic priest

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The Rutgers Catholic Student Association brought in a priest to talk about exorcisms. What he said SURE should spark some serious questions… Exorcist describes ‘healing’ process – The Daily Targum: University. Rev. Gary Thomas, a Vatican-certified exorcist, spoke about practicing exorcisms, in which he attempts to drive demons out of someone’s thought-to-be-possessed body. Victoria Coglianese, secretary…

Giant’s Causeway removes Creationist element from exhibit

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Update to this story and good news! The Giant’s Causeway exhibit has revamped it’s audio to conform to the scientific explanation. BBC News – Trust amends Causeway centre ‘Creationist’ exhibit. An audio exhibit revealed how people’s explanation of how the Causeway was formed developed as scientific understanding improved. The National Trust decided to carry out…

Controversial GM corn study not impressive to EU food safety officials

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In an update to this story, the GM corn study that was widely panned by scientists is considered rubbish by EU safety watchdog. GM Maize study ‘inadequate’, EU watchdog claims – Telegraph. European Food Safety Authority, the EU watchdog, has concluded after an initial review that the “design, reporting and analysis of the study, as…

Media hypes Pegomastax as blood-sucking porcupine. Happy Halloween!

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Pegomastax, a new dinosaur discovery was neither a blood sucker nor a porcupine. This did not prevent media outlets from using the terms “vampire” or “Dracula” and saying it was covering in quills. Scientists discover new species of dinosaur: the fanged vampire parrot – Telegraph. A peculiar-looking new species of dinosaur has been identified in…

Report finds supplements make illegal claims to cure or treat diseases, with NO evidence

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This is rather outrageous and should be a gigantic news story. These dreadful products should be off the shelves. Report: Some Dietary Supplements Illegally Labeled – US News and World Report. Dozens of weight loss and immune system supplements on the market are illegally labeled and lack the recommended scientific evidence to back up their…

No one likes the weather forecaster. They NEVER forget when he’s WRONG.

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Met Office threatened with legal action over ‘pessimistic’ forecasts | News.com.au. A TOURIST attraction boss in the UK says he is considering legal action against the Met Office after “a series of overly pessimistic” forecasts he says are threatening to bring the tourist industry to its knees. Rick Turner, who runs The Big Sheep animal…

‘What Doctors Don’t Tell You’ mag threatens legal action against Simon Singh (UPDATE: libel backtracking)

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Simon Singh threatened with legal action for criticising health magazine The science writer and libel reform campaigner Simon Singh has been threatened with legal action after criticising an alternative health magazine on Twitter. Earlier this week, Singh took to the social media network to denounce a magazine called What Doctors Don’t Tell You (WDDTY). Described…

Oh no…the washing machine exploded.

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Here is another story of mysterious shattering glass. Consumer watchdog investigates exploding washing machines – Telegraph. Dozens of complaints from owners of appliances have been received by an online forum and now consumer magazine Which? has launched its own investigation into the growing phenonemon. In some cases, doors have shattered when the machine is not…

A Comet Fizzle Primer

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Comet C/2012 S1 ISON is in the news because it is predicted to be brighter than the full Moon as it passes by the Earth next year. But as all astronomers know, amateur and professional, predicting a comet’s brightness is fraught with error. Remember Kohoutek? Comet ISON: 30% chance of awesome, 60% chance of that…

Any mention of the Whanganui School of Witchcraft and Wizardry not welcome

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Link with witchcraft closes therapy clinic. A natural therapy clinic at Whanganui Hospital offering massage and traditional Maori healing has been shelved after a doctor linked it to witchcraft and wizardry. The clinic also offered Christian prayer and energy healing – including reiki and colour therapy – to staff for health and wellbeing. She would…

California bill toughens up vaccine waivers

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California to require waiver for unvaccinated students. Parents who don’t have their children vaccinated will have to get a note from the doctor’s office before enrolling their children in school under a bill that Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday he has signed into law. AB2109 will require parents who enroll students who have not received…

Aww, how cute! Now a good reason to indulge in adorable animal pictures at work.

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Want to increase your productivity? Study says: Look at this adorable kitten. When economists talk about boosting productivity, they usually talk about increasing the adoption of new technologies and optimizing workflows. Japanese researchers, however, have come up with a very offbeat approach: Showing workers lots of pictures of adorable, fuzzy, baby animals. A team of…

“If you’re mainstream, you’re going to hell,” says candidate for Kansas Board of Education

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Westboro attendee seeks seat on Kansas education board | Midwest Democracy. Jack Wu isn’t shy about his beliefs. Topeka is evil. Harry Potter promotes witchcraft. Christmas trees are pagan idols. Cancer is a judgment from God. And the teaching of evolution should be rooted out of Kansas schools because it’s a satanic lie. He also…

Perverse incentives of science culture result in fraud and rise in retracted papers

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Study Finds Misconduct Widespread in Retracted Scientific Papers – NYTimes.com. Last year the journal Nature reported an alarming increase in the number of retractions of scientific papers — a tenfold rise in the previous decade, to more than 300 a year across the scientific literature. Other studies have suggested that most of these retractions resulted…

Your weekly reminder that persecution for witchcraft still exists, everyday.

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Thanks to Molly Hodgdon for our sad but necessary reminder that superstition still wields a powerful stick in the modern world, especially against women. Woman lynched for ‘witchcraft’ in Hazaribag A tribal woman, Dhani Murmu (45) was lynched on Thursdayt for allegedly practising witchcraft at village Churchu under Churchu police station of Hazaribag district by…

The time traveler’s tale

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Wash. attorney: ‘I have physically traveled in time’ | Local & Regional | KATU.com – Portland, Oregon. …[W]hile most scientists say time travel isn’t possible, a Washington attorney claims he’s done it dozens of times as part of a secret Cold War project. “I have physically traveled in time,” says Andrew Basiago, an attorney in…