Earthquake Warning in California: Don’t give credence to nonsense prediction schemes

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A reader alerted us to an earthquake prediction for today (I guess, there’s no date) from a site that relies on some very dubious means of prediction. Earthquake Prediction California, San Francisco, Los Angeles, recent, earthquake, San Diego, Eureka, San Bernardino. California Earthquake Risk: EARTHQUAKE WARNING 5.6 earthquake is likely to hit San Francisco /…

Private school students more likely to not be vaccinated

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Private school vaccine opt-outs rise. Parents who send their children to private schools in California are much more likely to opt out of immunizations than their public school counterparts, an Associated Press analysis has found, and not even the recent re-emergence of whooping cough has halted the downward trajectory of vaccinations among these students. More…

Ayurvedic skin care product blamed for lead poisoning

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8 ill after using toxic skin product: Health24: Skin & Hair: News. City authorities in Durban have issued a warning to customers who bought an over-the-counter skincare product after eight people were hospitalised. The Daily News reported that officials were now looking for other customers of the ayurvedic product Skintocare, which is imported from India…

Major pharma company dives into Traditional Chinese Medicine research

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GSK to develop traditional Chinese medicine |Companies |chinadaily.com.cn. Pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline will open a new research unit in China to look at traditional Chinese medicine. According to the company, Innovative TCM will be one of GSK’s R&D programs in China, aiming to transform TCM from an experience-based practice to evidence-based medicines through innovation and differentiation.…

Conspiracists of a feather flock together

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This study is controversial and not without its problems, topmost being it was self-selected and not randomized but it does reveal some characteristics scientists should ponder. Why people reject science (Science Alert) Researchers from The University of Western Australia have examined what motivates people who are greatly involved in the climate debate to reject scientific…

Yangtze River Runs Red

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Yangtze River Turns Red and Turns Up a Mystery | ABC News Blogs – Yahoo!. For a river known as the “golden watercourse,” red is a strange color to see. Yet that’s the shade turning up in the Yangtze River and officials have no idea why. The red began appearing in the Yangtze, the longest…

Another paper disputes Bem’s psi findings but also serves as excellent instruction

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In 2011, Daryl Bem conducted series of 9 experiments in which he claimed evidence for a precognition. The studies were widely reported in the press but strongly questioned by the scientific community. Soon after, attempts were made to reproduce them as methodological flaws were found. These attempts failed to show the same effect. Out of…

Those psychic Marks just won’t go away

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Fort Lauderdale fortune teller charged with fraud wants to work for online psychic service. When a Fort Lauderdale family of fortune tellers was charged with operating a multi-million dollar fraud last year, a judge banned them from working as spiritual guides or psychics — for the foreseeable future or until the case goes to trial.…

Two-faced cat is not a fake

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‘Two-faced’ chimera cat Venus is an overnight internet sensation. The cat’s symmetrically divided black and ginger facial fur has been likened to a much cuter version of fictional comic book character, Batman’s infamous adversary Two-Face. Venus may look like she comes from another planet but her striking appearance and opposing coloured eyes have a far…

Faked fossils are a real problem for researchers

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The Archaeology News Network: Counterfeit fossils undermine research projects. Fake fossils are duping scientists and museums, a senior paleontologist has warned, after a scholar was forced to retract a controversial essay that stated the cheetah originated in China. According to Li Chun, associate researcher at the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology under the Chinese…

Congratulations to ‘MonsterTalk’ Parsec Podcast Award winner

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‘MonsterTalk’ Wins Parsec Podcast Award » Benjamin Radford. MonsterTalk, a podcast co-hosted by myself, Blake Smith and Karen Stollznow, won a Parsec, a national podcasting award. The Parsecs are annual awards created to recognize excellence in science fiction podcasts and podcast novels. MonsterTalk won in the “Best Fact Behind the Fiction” category, for podcasts that…

Nail salon in Pennsylvania a cover for selling illegal animal parts for Asian black market

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Four Charged with Selling Bear Parts Two Cumberland County couples have been charged by the Pennsylvania Game Commission with illegally selling bear gall bladders, bear paws and a porcupine to an undercover wildlife conservation officer during a several-monthlong sting operation. Rich Palmer, director of the bureau of wildlife protection for the game commission, said gall…

Psychic phone scammer caught in U.K.

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Leeds fraudster jailed for ‘call a psychic’ phone scam – Top Stories – Yorkshire Evening Post. A fraudster has been jailed for his part in a phone scam which saw him paid thousands of pounds commission for calls made on premium rate numbers to five psychics who turned out to be completely bogus. Paul James…

Norway documentary series questions alternative medicine

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NRK, the Norwegian State broadcaster airs a documentary series, called Folkeopplysningen (translates into Public Education) questioning the alternative medicine business. Folkeopplysningen* Norwegians spend over 1.5 billion kroner [approx. $256,000,000] annually on alternative medicine and services but do they work? Physicist Andreas Wahl takes a look at the alternative industry.

Huge earthworm specimen found

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Biologists trying to figure why giant earthworm grew so big A huge half-meter-long earthworm was found in the gutter of a residential house Thursday in Binchuan Country, Yunnan Province in southwest China. Depending on the species, an adult earthworm can be anywhere from 10 mm long and 1 mm wide to 3 m long and…

And I would walk 500 miles…

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Missing dog reunited with owner after 500 mile journey Dogs get lost from their owners all the time and in many cases they never return home. But thanks to a microchip, Mark Wessells was reunited with his dog Friday after being separated for months. Bucky is a 3-year-old black labrador and very friendly. Wessells describes…

Woman with brain cancer considers cryonics

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Terminally ill woman seeks help to get cryogenically frozen When 23-year-old Kim Suozzi learned that she was dying from brain cancer, she turned to the online message boards of Reddit.com for advice on what to do in her final months. Of the more than 4,000 suggestions that rolled in, one stood out above the others:…

“Paranormal Homerun” gets normaled with careful observation

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“Paranormal Homerun” That has Baffled Everyone Scientifically Explained | RocketNews24. We usually hear of pitchers utilizing killer breaking balls to earn need strikes in clutch moments, but how often do you see a batter hit what appears to be a curve ball in what Japanese baseball fans have dubbed the “paranormal homerun.” You have to watch…

Evidence for catastrophic floods – Did you HAVE to use the word “Biblical”?

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Biblical-Type Floods Are Real, and They’re Absolutely Enormous | DISCOVER Magazine. Long before the discovery of the scablands, geologists dismissed the role of catastrophic floods in interpreting European geology. By the end of the 19th century such ideas not only were out of fashion but were geological heresy. When J Harlen Bretz uncovered evidence of…

Ghanaian women accused of witchcraft live in exile

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BBC News – Ghana witch camps: Widows’ lives in exile. When misfortune hits a village, there is a tendency in some countries to suspect a “witch” of casting a spell. In Ghana, outspoken or eccentric women may also be accused of witchcraft – and forced to live out their days together in witch camps. The…

Another study suggests organic food is no more nutritious than conventional produced food

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Organic food no better for vitamins and nutrients, suggests US study. Organic produce and meat typically is no better for you than conventional food when it comes to vitamin and nutrient content, although it does generally reduce exposure to pesticides and antibiotic-resistant bacteria, according to a US study. Crystal Smith-Spangler, who led a team of…

Lovely enigma: New stick insect discovered

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BBC Nature – ‘Mystery’ stick insect discovered. A mysterious new species of stick insect has been discovered living in the Philippines by scientists. The stick insect is wingless, lives on the ground rather than in trees, and is spectacularly coloured, having a green-blue head and orange body. The insect also vents a foul-smelling spray to…

‘Ghost Hunters’ returns with same old schtick, minus one founder

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‘Ghost Hunters’ back with new episodes, new attitude | 9news.com. The SyFy series often described as the Daddy of all paranormal series returns this week. And this new season is going to be very different. ‘Ghost Hunters’ investigator Grant Wilson has left the Syfy series. That leaves Jason Hawes to lead the team’s ghost hunting.…

Delivering a kick to Shuzi sports band: Skeptics group conduct test and expose claims

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Claims for the Shuzi sports band exposed as baseless by Merseyside skeptics group. Is the Shuzi sport band a brilliant technology or a waste of money? | Michael Marshall | Science | guardian.co.uk. The Shuzi sport band claims to deliver ‘Nano Vibrational Technology’ to perk up your blood and enhance performance. I first became aware…