Cryptozoology expedition to Congo is on Kickstarter (Updated: no scientists)

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Kickstarter is a site designed to help people fund their projects. You can donate to things you feel are worthwhile. One young explorer is looking for $26,700 for an expedition to located undiscovered animals. Documentary Expedition to Congo- KILLER REWARDS! by Stephen McCullah — Kickstarter. Our first expedition will be dubbed The Newmac Expedition. It…

Big chain stores correlates with rise in hate groups?

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Do Big-Box Stores Help Create Hate Groups? Study Says Yes. While big-box retailers might offer the lowest prices, they also may be altering a community’s social and economic fabric enough to promote the creation of hate groups, new research shows. According to the study by professors at Penn State University, New Mexico State University and…

Saskatoon church looks for exorcism expert after possible ‘possession’

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Exorcist Expertise Sought After Saskatoon ‘Possession’. According to church officials, a priest was called to a Saskatoon home by a woman who said her uncle showed signs of being possessed by the devil. The woman believed a priest’s blessing could help the distraught man. At the home, the priest encountered a shirtless middle-aged man, slouched…

Little dog lost. Psychic no help.

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A sad story about loose dogs, one still not found: Psychic helps man in search for missing dog – Rutland and Stamford Mercury. A pet owner has contacted a psychic to help trace his dog which has been missing for two weeks. Peter Smurthwaite’s two border terriers, Cyril and Floyd, escaped from his garden in…

No, Twitter is not being anti-atheist.

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There is no #AntiAtheistCampaign on Twitter. It’s just a crackdown on spam. « Skeptical Software Tools. I happened to stumble across a few Tweets yesterday that contained the hashtag #AntiAtheistCampaign. Hashtags are often used to organize on Twitter. This appeared to be some people organizing against some sort of oppression against certain Twitter accounts. Was…

Green falling object causes publicity surge about UFO in Connecticut (UPDATED: Silly and serious)

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Originally published April 13, 2012 10:18 A mystery in the hills: Bantam Lake sighting lures nationwide attention About 2 a.m. Tuesday, two separate reports, one from a state trooper, were called into Litchfield County Dispatch: a green object the size of a whale dropped from the sky. The trooper, who was in Warren, estimated it…

Why is it always Siberia?

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Siberia: the land of strange animal sightings and odd objects in the sky that land and are quickly whisked away…. UFO mystery: Latest sighting in Siberia An unidentified glowing object is said to have crashed down from the skies in Russia’s Siberia, causing a powerful explosion. A search for the mysterious item is underway amid…

Beware of traditional Chinese meds: Tests reveal nasty stuff in them

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Another HUGE black eye for herbal meds. A widely distributed news story about how TCM products contain potentially harmful and banned substances: Traditional Chinese medicines under scrutiny DNA analysis can identify illegal or unsafe ingredients in traditional Chinese medicines, according to new research. An Australian-led group of scientists found traces of endangered species, as well…

Levitating girl caught on Russian video (UPDATE: Old and hoax)

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Is This Russian Flying Girl Real or a Hoax? At a time when “shocking amateur footage”-inspired movies like ‘Paranormal Activity’ are all the norm, here’s a video from Russia that has been raising suspicions about its authenticity. A new report (in Russian) shows footage recorded by an individual in a forest with his dog, who…

Indian skeptic charged with blasphemy for revealing a miracle hoax

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Indian skeptic charged with “blasphemy” for revealing secret behind “miracle” of weeping cross. Sanal Edamaruku, an Indian skeptic, went to Mumbai and revealed that a “miraculous” weeping cross was really just a bit of statuary located near a leaky drain whose liquid reached it by way of capillary action. The local Catholic Church demanded that…

Denialists don the authority of NASA. Fail.

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Former spaceflight issues upset with NASA’s climate stance Four dozen former NASA astronauts, engineers and scientists have written a letter to the space agency decrying its advocacy of “catastrophic” climate change. “As former NASA employees, we feel that NASA’s advocacy of an extreme position, prior to a thorough study of the possible overwhelming impact of…

Wild west weather: Four feet of hail!

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Hail ravages US 287, shuts down highway Three to four feet of hail was reported near the Canadian River. Watch the video above from Storm Search 7 Storm Chaser Doug Blach. It was shot at Lahey Creek. Storm Search 7 Chief Meteorologist Steve Kersh said the intense hail was something he had never before witnessed.…

UFO over India quickly identified

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Quickie version: it was a research balloon. A BIG research balloon. It’s a plane… it’s a UFO… It’s a balloon – The Times of India HYDERABAD: The city on Wednesday woke up to an unidentified flying object (UFO) floating in the north-eastern sky or so some thought even as other sky gazers took excited shots…

Jesus was here? Or not? 2,000 year old tomb controversy

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‘Jesus Tomb’ Controversy Rages as Archaeologists Explore Another 2,000-Year-Old Tomb – Yahoo! News. Archaeologists working in Jerusalem claim that a discovery they made inside a burial tomb, dating back to the time of Jesus Christ, could shed new light on the origins of Christianity. Biblical historian James Tabor, professor and chair of religious studies at…

Food intolerance tests make questionable claims

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Food intolerance tests unreliable and unproven, experts say – chicagotribune.com. According to one lab that tests for “toxic food syndrome,” eating green peppers may cause bloating or lethargy. Lemons might trigger headaches. Other common foods like corn, soy, egg whites, whey and chicken “may act like a poison in your body,” the website warns. This…

MORE trouble for Boiron’s little sugar pills: Another class action

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Class Action Lawsuit Filed against Homeopathy Manufacturer Boiron and Shoppers Drug Mart “Homeopathy: There’s Nothing in it” is the slogan for the 10:23 campaign, a British-based global campaign to educate the public to the fact that homeopathic preparations are typically so dilute that there is not a single molecule of the supposed active ingredient left…

Homeopaths’ gleeful gushing PR for Nobel Prize winning speaker

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Nobel Prize Winner to Address CAM Medical Conference in Virginia Dr. Luc Montagnier to Discuss Groundbreaking Research That May Lead to Novel Treatments of Diseases like Autism, Alzheimer’s and More Dr. Luc Montagnier, winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize in medicine for his discovery of HIV, will be presenting groundbreaking scientific findings and their implications…

Blame the noisy ghost

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Woman who blamed late-night noise on poltergeist is evicted from home A young mother has been taken to court after ignoring warnings to stop having loud all-night parties. Leanne Fennell, 20, told her neighbours a poltergeist was to blame for the thumping music and rubbish strewn in the garden. She has now been evicted from…

Doctors embrace project to help fight anti-vaccination misinformation

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Project Is Helping Physicians Fight Immunization Pushback. To prepare physicians-in-training to deal with immunization pushback from parents and others, the California AFP (CAFP) and other partners have lent their support to the American Academy of Pediatrics, California, to help develop and distribute a vaccine safety communication curriculum designed for primary care residency programs nationwide. According…

What to think about the study connecting dental x-rays with brain tumors

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Frequent Dental X-Rays Linked to Most Common Brain Tumor People who received frequent dental x-rays in the past have an increased risk of developing the most commonly diagnosed primary brain tumor in the United States. That is the finding of a study published early online in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society.…