Vaccines: The reason we have 103 million FEWER cases of disease

We often get comments from anti-vaxxers who completely disregard the incredible benefit of vaccinations and instead hype up misinformation on alleged dangers. Well, suck it, antivaxxers! Why we vaccinate–103 million cases of diseases averted since 1924. A new study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine and led by Willem G. van Panhuis, MD,…

CIA psychic suit thrown out

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…

Polonium or non-polonium: I’m so confused

Yasser Arafat, 2001. Photo credit: Wikipedia

OK, this is getting absurd! BBC News – Arafat ‘likely died of natural causes’ – leaked report. A team of French scientists probing the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in 2004 says it is most likely that he died of natural causes, according to leaks to French media. They have reportedly concluded he died…

The Strange remains the same for 2 Dec 2013

It’s your editor here telling you to GO VOTE for your favorite DN story of the year! And also, check out the leftover links we found today. Footage reveals sea eagle stole camera near crocodile meat trap in remote Kimberley – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Germany will win World Cup: Brazil psychic – Yahoo…

Is fear inherited? How can that happen?

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A new study suggests there is a genetic imprint from traumatic experiences carries through at least two generations. I saw this and was IMMEDIATELY skeptical. Too much remains unanswered and also goes against what we already know. Fearful memories haunt mouse descendants : Nature News & Comment. Certain fears can be inherited through the generations, a…

Doctors in Tanzania seeing religious beliefs interfering with medical treatment

And the results are deadly. DailyNews Online Edition – Medical doctors concerned over increased prayer groups healing trend. MEDICAL practitioners in the country have expressed their concern on increasing trends where religious sects are interfering in their profession that is causing delays in the treatment of patients. […]the Tanzania Charitable Hospitals Trust Fund Director General,…

Voodoo exorcism rapist in France is jailed

This story originated from the Daily Mail so details are lacking but the story of the trial has been printed in several outlets. It’s horrifying and graphic and I wish it weren’t true but I’m afraid that it really is. Man Raped Three Teenage Girls During Voodoo Exorcism Sessions Is Jailed. The uncle and mother…

Video of Mekong River Monster explained

It's a fish in the Mekong, not a naga.

The Mekong river of China, Myanmar (formerly Burma), Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, is an amazing place, one of the richest areas of biodiversity in the world with plenty of incredible creatures. However, having a river monster is ONLY in the eye of the beholder. This video got the attention of a cryptozoological site and…

Remains of the Weekend Nov 30-Dec 1, 2013

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It was a slow weird news weekend but a few things caught my attention. Model T found submerged in Mississippi River remains a mystery Of Tiger and Lion Bones and the Legalizing of the Rhino Horn Trade – News Watch. Dandelion Grows Inside Ear Canal Of Girl In China. Lake Monsters of America – truly…

Turkey’s health ministry takes important steps to regulate alternative medicine

Turkey organizes a way to regulate alternative medicine practitioners. POLITICS – Turkish health ministry forms legislation regulating alternative medicine. The Health Ministry has completed legislation on alternative medicine practices, taking a big step toward regulation of the currently disordered field. The legislation on “Traditional Supplementary and Alternative Medicine Practices” has been finalized after four years…

Cornwell has new book out about Sickert as Jack the Ripper

She reinforces her claim that the artist was the killer and a conspiracy was afoot. Jack the Ripper: Best-selling author Patricia Cornwell prepares to publish evidence of ‘Royal conspiracy’ – London – News – London Evening Standard. Best-selling crime author Patricia Cornwell believes she has uncovered new evidence about the identity of London’s most famous…

Farking ark: Trying to float it on faith doesn’t bode well for investors

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In an update to this story about the sinking Ark Park, we have more on the means to fund this Creationist boondoggle. City seeks to jump-start stalled Ark Encounter park with $62 million ‘junk’ bond offering | Politics and Government | Kentucky.com. A planned amusement park in Grant County featuring a life-size Noah’s Ark is…

Troutzilla lives on in Missouri to amaze another angler

Photo credit: Brett Rader

Fishermen fight to catch a massive trout, admire it, take pictures, and let it go. Well done, gentlemen. Oklahoma angler catches, releases likely record rainbow at Taneycomo | Springfield News-Leader. After a 20-minute fight, the Skiatook, Okla., fly fisherman worked the rainbow he now calls “Troutzilla” into fishing guide Brett Rader’s net and both men…