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…

Hot hot hot: the heat wave vs global warming

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Yes it’s too hot. Hotter than normal. More than 200 record highs were broken on Friday throughout the Midwest and along the East Coast. And more records fell on Saturday. Meteorologists said the recent hot streak, though not unprecedented, was unusual because of how early in the summer it struck and its duration. Dozens of…

Mystery illness killing children in Cambodia (UPDATED)

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The World Health Organization issues an update on a mysterious illness from Cambodia. WHO | Undiagnosed illness in Cambodia – update. The Ministry of Health of the Kingdom of Cambodia is conducting active investigation into the cause of a recent undiagnosed syndrome that has caused illness and deaths among children in the country. Preliminary findings…

Indian skeptic Sanal Edamaruku faces backlash from exposing a ‘miracle’

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New Scientist/Slate interviews skeptic under fire for exposing a “miracle”: A statue of Jesus oozing holy water? An Indian skeptic debunks miracle – Slate Magazine. Sanal Edamaruku faces a Catholic backlash after insisting that the “holy” water dripping from a statue of Christ in Mumbai, India, came from a leaky drain. Edamaruku is the founder and president…

Patients do suffer from multiple chemical sensitivity syndrome, but what is the root cause?

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Rare Disorder Drives Woman to Document Industrial Canaries | Raw File | Wired.com. Back in 2003, photographer Thilde Jensen started getting sick. She had problems with her sinuses, flu-like symptoms, a weird tingling in parts of her body and at times felt drunk and foggy. “I felt like my blood was running backwards,” she said.…

Pfizer called out on vitamin “health” claims

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Pfizer yanks breast, colon claims for Centrum vitamins | Reuters. Pfizer Inc, bowing to allegations of deceptive advertising lodged by a consumer watchdog group, has agreed to drop “breast health” and “colon health” claims from the labels of its widely used Centrum multivitamin supplements. Although Pfizer said it disagreed with complaints lodged by the nonprofit…

Vitamin therapy substituted for anti-psychotic meds. Result? Tragedy.

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Mentally ill killer tried vitamin therapy, court told. A B.C. Supreme Court judge will decide if a schizophrenic man who killed his father and injured his mother while taking multivitamins instead of his anti-psychotic medication is criminally responsible for the attack. Jordan Ramsay, 27, is charged with the second-degree murder of his father, Donald Ramsay,…

Odd cloud in Indianapolis send people scrambling for camera

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More evidence that humans have lost all touch with nature. This cumulonimbus cloud seemed to freak some people out. Weird Cloud Captures Hoosiers’ Attention. The cloud was spotted by thousands of Hoosiers who gathered to watch a fireworks display in downtown Indianapolis, and many RTV6 viewers … also said they saw the cloud. RTV6 Meteorologist Todd…

Psychologists look to the Ouija board to study the subconscious

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Ouija boards have long been used by psychics and paranormalists to prove the existence of a spirit world by claiming it’s spirits who move the pieces around on the board. A statement believers agree with. Short Sharp Science: Ouija board helps psychologists probe the subconscious. That’s why the Ouija board has attracted the attention of…

From all appearances, the Virgin Mary does not understand economics

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Visionary from Medjugorje says Virgin Mary is aware of economic crisis Marija Lunetti, one of six young peasants who claimed that the Virgin Mary began appearing to them in 1981 in Medjugorje, Yugoslavia, says the mother of Jesus is aware of the economic crisis in Europe. “She’s more preoccupied with spiritual (matters),” Lunetti said. “When…

Mother does not know best – Chooses herbal remedy, child permanently harmed

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Woman charged for not giving her son prescribed medication for disease | khou.com Houston. A mother has been charged with a felony for allegedly withholding prescribed medication from her son and giving him alternative medication instead. The mother told police that she disagreed with the doctors and researched alternative mediations that she believed comparable to…

Licking English cathedrals… on a dare.

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Gotta just file this under weird… Man has 42 English cathedrals licked. Worcester was “exceedingly gritty and salty” and Durham was “disappointingly bland”, but none came close to the horror of the “foul, sickly sweet” Wakefield. When Lawrence Edmonds agreed to a bet to lick every Anglican cathedral in the UK, he had little idea…