Warning about Chinese medicine – ineffective and potentially harmful

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Chinese medicine fails IDPs: hospital official. A medical expert in the Kachin Independence Organisation centre of Laiza has warned that Chinese medicines being used to treat people displaced by fighting in the region are ineffective and could have serious long-term side effects. “We are relying only on Chinese medicine. Most of the time it causes…

Weird, tiny jumping objects surprise California neighborhood

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This blog post describes “millions (literally) of tiny sphere-like objects bouncing around on the ground” in Davis, California. Sort of like jumping beans, these plant byproducts are pretty weird but have a natural cause. Jumping Jehoshaphat: amazing jumping oak gall swarm surprises Davis neighborhood | Knoepfler Lab Stem Cell Blog. The tiny balls bouncing all…

Kombucha alcoholic designer drinks make a splash

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Kombucha goes trendy as alcoholic health-food. Colicchio & Sons Experiments with Boozy Kombucha Kombucha, a probiotic tea lauded for its benefits to the immune and digestive systems is a health-food store staple, but two east-coast companies that produce alcoholic versions of the drink are garnering attention among the craft brew crowd. The latest endorsement comes…

Grassroots opposition to Louisiana’s voucher law points at absurdities

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More on the direct consequences of the Lousiana school voucher law. 14 Wacky “Facts” Kids Will Learn in Louisiana’s Voucher Schools | Mother Jones. Thanks to a new law privatizing public education in Louisiana, Bible-based curriculum can now indoctrinate young, pliant minds with the good news of the Lord—all on the state taxpayers’ dime. Under…

Psychic classes for kids: Good concepts gone completely woo

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Psychic classes for kids claim to help strengthen intuition. It’s not like a group of 5-year-olds sitting around, looking through crystal balls and talking to ghosts. When many people hear the title of these classes, Psychic Courses for Children, that’s what they expect. Somehow, the term “psychic” has become so misconstrued, says Stacia Synnestvedt. Step…

Violence and kids: A scapegoat for problems

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Two stories came out today about kids and violence in the media. Both stories jump to conclusions about violence as a cause that are really not justfied. The first story involves no data to make a correlation, it’s just someone speculating over a frustrating problem. First, NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione claims violent crime is…

Magnet surgery is a success for baby.

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A newborn has serious issues that were solved with experimental and innovative surgery with… magnets. Magnet experiment saves baby big surgery – CNN.com. A blockage somewhere inside Patrick’s intestines was preventing him from moving his bowels. Doctors needed to fix it before his intestines ruptured and he died. Instead of removing Patrick’s blockage, he wanted…

That Darn Venus, Again

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‘UFO’ spotted over Childers| Fraser Coast Chronicle CHILDERS woman Diane Styles has taken a series of photographs of a mysterious object she spotted in the sky near her home early one morning last month. Mrs Styles said she went outside about 5.40am to light her incinerator. “I could see two stars, one of which was…

Wakefield suit thrown out of Texas court

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In a followup to this story, Wakefield’s defamation case is thrown out. Wakefield can’t sue U.K. journal, editor and reporter in Texas | Salud. Andrew Wakefield, who was stripped of his British medical license in 2010 for autism research that ignited a worldwide vaccine scare, cannot sue a U.K. medical journal, its editor and a…

Cliodynamics: Explaining and predicting human history

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Human cycles: History as science : Nature News & Comment. To Peter Turchin, who studies population dynamics at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, the appearance of three peaks of political instability at roughly 50-year intervals is not a coincidence. For the past 15 years, Turchin has been taking the mathematical techniques that once allowed…

Iridescent clouds over south Florida

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For your enjoyment… the beauty of nature The phenomenon was captured in a photo taken on Tuesday (July 31) in the clouds over South Florida. “Fire Rainbow” Photographed Over South Florida | Types of Rainbows, Iridescent Clouds | OurAmazingPlanet.com. They are technically known as iridescent clouds, a relatively rare phenomenon caused by clouds of water…

Thai military refuses to admit they were duped with fake bomb detector

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Appalling credulity and faith in these fake devices… Asia Sentinel – Thais Still Using Fake Bomb Detectors. More than two years after being told they were fake, Thailand’s military is still using bogus bomb detectors that were fraudulently sold by a discredited British company, according to the country’s Department of Special Investigation. Thai security forces…

Finding BigRatings: Animal Planet ditches reality for docudrama dollars

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Finding Bigfoot announces new season and expansion around the globe. But no Bigfoot. ‘Finding Bigfoot’ Gets Even Bigger! Animal Planet Takes Search for Squatch Worldwide This November, FINDING BIGFOOT, one of Animal Planet’s top-performing series ever, delivering more than 1.3M P2+ viewers in its second season, returns with 11 all-new episodes and two specials that…

Where there is money, there is superstition

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BBC – Future – Technology – Superstitious Fund: Too mystic to fail. Fascinated by superstitions and their wider, yet often overlooked, ramifications for society, Chung decided to start The Superstitious Fund Project. Some people trust Windsor-knotted stock traders and mutual fund managers to grow their money. Others use algorithms designed to respond to various market…

Is the pertussis vaccine not effective enough?

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Is Childhood Pertussis Vaccine Less Effective Than We Thought? Delicately and cautiously, health authorities in the United States and other countries are beginning to open up a difficult topic: Whether the extraordinary ongoing epidemic of whooping cough, the worst in more than 50 years, may be due in part to unexpected poor performance by the…

Templeton awards $5 Million grant for study of afterlife

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The John Templeton Foundation grant to UC Riverside philosopher John Fischer will fund research on aspects of immortality, including near-death experiences and the impact of belief in an afterlife on human behavior UCR Today: $5 Million Grant Awarded by Private Foundation to Study Immortality. Anecdotal reports of glimpses of an afterlife abound, but there has…

Washington wheat field a canvas for crop circles

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Crop circles come to the U.S. northwest. Granted, they aren’t nearly as impressive as the ones in Wiltshire. Crop circles appear in E. Wash. wheat field. Mysterious crop circles have appeared in an eastern Washington wheat field – not far from the nation’s largest hydropower producer – but area farmers preparing for the summer’s harvest…