Australian anti-vaxers use loophole to get childcare vaccination money without vaccinations

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Australians may want to speak out about this travesty. Vaccinations are an important component of child care. Parents make a dash for jab cash | Parenting advice from Courier-Mail columnist Jane Barry | The Courier-Mail. Parents who refuse to vaccinate their children are pocketing thousands of dollars in Federal Government immunisation incentives. Opponents to childhood…

Parents refuse daughter life saving transplant due to their religious beliefs

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Parents deny daughter life-saving transplant An Auckland girl suffering a rare kidney disease has been put into the guardianship of the High Court because her Jehovah’s Witness parents will not consent to her receiving a life-saving kidney and liver transplant. Because of her precarious health, she is at risk of infection and doctors believed she…

The soil, it burns

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You know when your potted plants get super dry after you leave them out in the sun without watering… Officials: Potting soil ignited, caused porch fire | www.wtov9.com. Firefighters said a fire on Washington Avenue in Wheeling last month started because a potted plant became too hot, and the blaze caused much damage to the…

Exploding lawn in Norway

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Oh no. The lawn’s exploded. That doesn’t happen everyday. Arne’s (43) lawn exploded* In his garden there’s a heat recycling system installed, which generates heat from the underground water. The heat recycling system is what caused the huge bang. According to one of the neighbors who saw the explosion, there was a pressure column of…

A shark tale: Great white or not?

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This picture went round the internets. Maybe it was NOT a Great White. But it still was a compelling pic. Maybe The Shark Chasing The Kayaker Wasn’t A Great White/a>. Over the weekend, kayaker Walter Szulc Jr. had a close encounter with a shark at Nauset Beach in Orleans. The story — and the wonderfully…

This little piggy has two snouts

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Here’s a rarity. Piglet born with two mouths. A piglet has been born in China with two mouths and three eyes. Besides two eyes on each side of the head, the piglet has an extra eye on its forehead. A local vet said the abnormal piglet was probably the result of genetic mutations and would…

Add the Virgin Mary anywhere: another hoax photo app

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This will be just a great thing.< ;/sarcasm>; Sightings App Lets Users Insert Images Of Jesus, Virgin Mary And Bigfoot Into Food Photos. A new app for your smart phone inserts the images in the photos. There are already apps that insert ghosts and UFOs. Why not? “There’s no better way to declare tastiness than…

Eating rocks: not so uncommon

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Rock fan Teresa in danger of biting off more than she can chew | Metro.co.uk. The 45-year-old has been nibbling on pebbles and stones for the past 20 years and in that time, has consumed more than 1,360kg (215st) – the average weight of a humpback whale. The mother of two claims that rocks are…

Louisiana judge declares fortune telling free speech

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Judge Overturns La. Town’s Fortunetelling Ban – US News and World Report. A federal judge has struck down a central Louisiana ordinance banning fortunetelling, palm reading, astrology and similar activities in the city of Alexandria. U.S. District Judge Dee Drell’s ruling Wednesday concurs with a magistrate’s conclusion that the ordinance is unconstitutional. The city argued…

Apparently faith not enough to heal you; health juice sold at church

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Church sells more than faith in a deity, telling churchgoers that magic juice will heal them. ‘Magic water’ sales by churches raise health fears . Health juices touted as “a cure for everything” are being sold by Pacific Island churches in Christchurch and are worrying social workers and government officials. Pacific Island Evaluation social workers…

Attack of the killer raccoons

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Raccoon Attack Sends Woman to Hospital. A Washington state woman suffered 16 puncture wounds and over 100 lacerations after being attacked by a pack of raccoons. Twenty-eight-year-old Michaela Lee was jogging on a trail near her Lakewood home when her dog spotted two raccoons and chased them up a tree. She had just gotten to…

The truth that lies behind the eyes

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The Eyes Don’t Have It: New Research Into Lying and Eye Movements Proponents of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) have long claimed that it is possible to tell whether a person is lying from their eye movements. Research published July 11 in the journal PLoS ONE reveals that this claim is unfounded, with the authors calling on…

What’s that up in the sky? Flying around in circles?

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Jet’s mysterious flight leaves some residents puzzled | azfamily.com Phoenix. A plane on a wild flight path had some residents in the Valley looking for answers Tuesday. Emails poured in about a jet that was circling in the sky for about an hour, leaving contrails miles wide. Some residents, like Barbara Borden – who saw…

Zombie blood was putrid. Wouldn’t that be a given?

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The irony of this story amuses me. Zombie blood goes bad, lawsuit ensues Bad taste, exploding pouches – about what you’d expect of zombie blood, right? Wrong. According to the novelty product company Harcos Labs, zombie blood should have a lime flavor and reside peaceably in its container. Harcos’ product Zombie Blood, green and conveniently…

Chiropractor claimed a blue light laser could cure food allergies

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A very disturbing story about chiro(mal)practice: Chiropractors Offering Unproven Laser Treatment For Food Allergies An estimated six million American children have food allergies. Those who are highly allergic can get deathly ill if they eat the wrong thing. Some chiropractors claim they can cure allergies through the use of a laser. Zack Jones was game…

Psychics taking advantage of airline audiences

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More press releases for psychic services. Now, they are advertising to airline passengers. Can Mile-High Psychic Readings Make Flying Fun Again? – Houston Chronicle. With airlines cutting back on everything from peanuts to legroom, a mile-high psychic reading might be just the recipe for more pleasant flying. USAir passengers got an intro to psychic services…

Cartoon dinosaurs advertise cartoonish ideas about nature at the Creation museum

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Dinos take the nation: Creation Museum adds more billboards Dinosaurs are being spotted on interstates all over the country, and the Creation Museum is to blame. The comic-book-style dinosaurs are located on more than 100 billboards as far away as Dallas, Orlando., Fla., and Sacramento, Calif. Ken Ham, co-founder of Answers in Genesis, the apologetics…

Discovery of severed cat’s head is worrying to locals

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Creepy and disturbing find in Connecticut: Severed Cat’s Head Found In Oxford The town’s animal control officer is worried after a severed cat’s head was found Saturday on Rolling Hills Road. This is the second severed cat’s head found in Oxford, according to Sandy Merry, the Oxford Animal Control Officer. The first discovery [7-8 months…

Ice block from heaven, or a plane, damages cathedral

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Brentwood Cathedral struck by ‘aeroplane ice block’. A block of ice believed to have fallen from an aeroplane crashed through the roof of an Essex cathedral during a Sunday service. Father James MacKay was leading the Eucharistic prayer at Brentwood Cathedral when he heard an “explosion”. An usher who went to investigate told Fr MacKay…

Pieced-together bodies mummified – What does it mean?

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Bronze Age corpses mixed up in ‘Frankenstein’ mummies Mummies found off the coast of Scotland are Frankenstein-like composites of several corpses, researchers say. This mixing of remains was perhaps designed to combine different ancestries into a single lineage, archaeologists speculated. The bodies were first unearthed in 2001 during excavations beneath the foundations of an approximately…

Critical thinkers in Canada rejoice: You now have an organized voice

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Good news, Canada! It’s the launch of Bad Science Watch – an independent non-profit activist organization dedicated to improving the lives of Canadians by countering bad science. New watchdog targets bad science in policy and regulation nationwide Bad Science Watch, a new Canadian science advocacy group, has issued a challenge to the Canadian government: stick…

Creationism influence over South Korean textbooks was overblown; scientists say they are making progress

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In a followup to this story, South Korea’s serious anti-evolution problem, it appears the tide seems to be turning against Creationist advocates in South Korea. South Korea to Reconsider Plan to Drop Evolution Examples From Textbooks The South Korean government is poised to appoint a new committee that will revisit a controversial plan to drop…

Batman? More like Splatman!

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As the new Batman movie by Christopher Nolan is fast approaching release date (and I for one can’t wait!), please indulge me in a Batman related science story! The Dark Knight Rises, and Crashes: Students Discover Batman’s Cape Gliding Technique Is Fatally Flawed Physics students have calculated that the superhero’s method of using his cape…

Dr. Oz – Good at selling magazines, making husbands jealous. Medical advice? Not so much.

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Here is a story that makes us gag. Dr. Oz sells magazines because he is believeable. Today’s Key to Selling Magazines: A TV Doctor. When Prevention put him on its October 2011 cover, newsstand sales jumped by 45 percent from the year before. Shape editors reported a more than 10 percent jump in sales when…

Higgs Boson sparks God talk and other crazy stuff

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Physicist Dr. Lawrence Krauss explains why the Higgs Boson is more relevant than God. How the Higgs Boson Posits a New Story of our Creation – Newsweek and The Daily Beast. There has been a lot of hoopla since the July 4 announcement by the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN) that the two largest…

Skull mystery in Burnley: Fake but still weird

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‘Skull’ in Burnley river drama was elaborate hoax – Strange But True – Burnley Express. A SUSPECTED human skull found in a river by a Hapton couple out walking their dogs in May was an elaborate hoax. Police said forensic experts initially thought the skull belonged to a man but when they tried to subject…

Natalie Wood’s death now listed as “undetermined”

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Natalie Wood’s death certificate changed from “accident” to “undetermined” Natalie Wood’s 1981 drowning is no longer being classified as an “accident” on her death certificate. In a move that comes more than 30 years after the actress’ mysterious drowning off Catalina Island, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office is now re-categorizing her death as “undetermined.”…

Intruding python curls up with toddler in Illinois

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Python found wrapped around sleeping baby in Mattoon apartment. Police are investigating a snake-bite incident in which a 2-foot-long ball python entered an apartment and wrapped itself around the foot of a sleeping infant there. The occupant, Devin Winans, of an apartment in the 300 block of North 22nd Street, told police that he was…