Conspiracy theories circulating about the Norwegian terrorist attacks of last year

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Think only the U.S. has crazy government conspiracy theorists? Nope. A flood of conspiracies after July 22* The trial of Anders Breivik Behring has lasted for over eight weeks and what happened both in the government quarter and Utøya has been thoroughly documented. Nevertheless, there are conspiracy theorists who do not believe that the terrorist…

Reparative therapy discouraged in Australia but still used to “cure” homosexuality

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Christian groups try to cure homosexual teens with brainwashing treatment | The Courier-Mail. GAY teens are being sent to counselling to turn them “straight” through controversial therapies that are facing a ban overseas. Experts warn that the practice is rife in Queensland as desperate parents and some Christian leaders try to get children to change…

Most state anti-science bills were defeated last year. Except one.

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Anti-Evolution and Anti-Climate Science Legislation Scorecard: 2012 Call 2012 the Year of the Copycat. Many of the antievolution bills proposed this year were old bills that were simply dusted off and offered up as new. A 2011 Tennessee bill—largely drawn from Louisiana’s infamous 2008 Science Education Act—was revived and signed into law in April. Among…

When legislators stick their heads in the sand, they might just drown. Poor North Carolina.

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Senate Panel OKs Sea-Level Rise Bill Unfazed by a heavy barrage of worldwide criticism and outright ridicule by sources ranging from Scientific American to the “Colbert Report,” the N.C. Senate’s Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources Committee yesterday approved a new version of a bill that restricts the use of scientific modeling in state and local…

Weird spiral in sky causes panic in Middle East

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Another out of control missile spirals in the sky and scares the bejeezus out of people below. Spiraling ‘UFO’ Was Probably a Russian Missile . A spiraling ball of light spotted in the night sky above the Middle East Thursday evening was probably a ballistic missile being tested by the Russian military, rather than a…

Indian alternative treatment for asthma is tough to swallow

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Thousands Of Believers In India Swallow Live Fish Believing This Will Cure Asthma. Tens of thousands of asthma-sufferers mobbed a southern Indian stadium Friday to swallow live sardines smeared with a yellow herbal paste they believe will cure their breathing problems. Despite doctors’ criticism, the Goud family has drawn throngs of people for years with…

Kansas folks still clinging to creationist ideas for science class

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Kansas Headed for Another Debate Over Evolution Kansas is headed toward another debate over how evolution is taught in its public schools, with a State Board of Education member saying Wednesday that science standards under development are “very problematic” for describing the theory as a well-established, core scientific concept. Kansas is now among 26 states…

Neck manipulation outed as “clinically unneccessary”

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A piece in the British Medical journal states that neck manipulation seems to be clinically unnecessary and potentially too risk compared to other treatments. Chiropractors don’t like that, obviously. Why having your neck clicked could do more harm than good – Telegraph. Physiotherapy lecturer Neil O’Connell, of Brunel University, Uxbridge, and colleagues said cervical spine…

Louisiana to have vouchers to pay for Bible-based schools where no evolution is allowed (UPDATED: School board challenge)

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Louisiana’s bold bid to privatize schools. Louisiana is embarking on the nation’s boldest experiment in privatizing public education, with the state preparing to shift tens of millions in tax dollars out of the public schools to pay private industry, businesses owners and church pastors to educate children. Starting this fall, thousands of poor and middle-class…

Petition to withdraw charges against Indian rationalist Sanal Edamaruku

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Various rationalist groups call for the withdrawal of charges against Sanal Edamaruku. We call on the Catholic Archdiocese of Bombay to withdraw their complaint against Indian Rationalist Sanal Edamaruku. Sanal Edamaruku, President of the Indian Rationalist Association, has for decades been a tireless campaigner for science and against superstition. He is widely known for his exposure of…

Zombie virus LQP-79 hoax on the loose

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The zombie media frenzy continues. This dude made it worse. Zombie Virus Hoax Is the Work of Florida Webmaster Alfred Moya For the past week, rumors regarding the Miami Zombie attack have been going bananas on the Internet. In one version, face-eater Rudy Eugene was infected with something called the LQP-79 virus. A website and…

Poppy pods can be deadly

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Grieving dad warns of dangers of poppy seed | The Chronicle Herald. Darrell Marchand is seated between photos of his son and the 19-year-old’s ashes, hoping he can prevent another father from being in this position. Cole Marchand died of a morphine overdose May 19 after drinking tea he made from a poppy pod ordered…

The curious tale of the washed up tombstone

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A 122 year old gravestone washes up on a San Francisco beach. Interested readers do impromptu investigation and piece together the story. The pictures first appeared on this web site:122-year-old gravestone washes up on Ocean Beach « Mission Mission. The commentators subsequently posted a series of comments with references which was summarized on this site:…

Archaeologists uncover evidence of vampire fear in Bulgaria – skeletons pierced through the chest

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‘Vampire’ skeletons found in Bulgaria near Black Sea Archaeologists in Bulgaria have found two medieval skeletons pierced through the chest with iron rods to supposedly stop them from turning into vampires. The discovery illustrates a pagan practice common in some villages up until a century ago, say historians. People deemed bad had their hearts stabbed…

Zoo doctors in India make hollow claims about using alt med on their animals

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Delhi zoo uses alternative medicine to treat animals It’s not part of the regular treatment but in a pinch, alternative medicine in the form of homeopathy, ayurveda or herbal concoctions, does the trick. And the doctors responsible for animals at the National Zoological Park, Delhi, find, that they sometimes work when allopathy doesn’t. “We started…

Heartbreaking story of Faith that doesn’t heal

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Yet another story on faith healing gone wrong and the potential peril of home delivery. Church group explains 15 hour prayer for deceased 3-day-old. Officials in Cherokee County say Faith wasn’t born in a hospital. Neighbor Tamika Harrison says the family told her Faith was born healthy but with some alarming symptoms. “They told me…

The Wakefield effect: vaccination rates still declining

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Vaccinations of US children declined after publication of now-refuted autism risk. New University of Cincinnati research has found that fewer parents in the United States vaccinated their children in the wake of concerns about a purported link (now widely discredited) between the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine and autism. Interestingly, in the aftermath of the…

Dr. Oz trying to be “very clear” about vaccines. Fails.

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Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen pen some health advice for a piece in the Herald Tribune advocating vaccines. Or so it seems. Health + Fitness » Dr. Oz: Don’t fear childhood vaccinations » HTHealth. Unfortunately, there’s widespread anxiety about vaccinations. Rumors spread across the Internet that vaccines cause diseases, that natural immunity is…

Goblins continue to run amok in Zimbabwe

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Goblins saga, girl dies under ‘mysterious’ circumstances A Grade Seven pupil has died under “mysterious” circumstances at Nhlupho Primary School in Kezi District, where a recent goblin exorcism ceremony resulted in the village head committing suicide. The death, which occurred on Wednesday, has divided villagers with some saying the goblins that were allegedly removed from…

Bee careful of The Swarms in NYC

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NYC’s rooftops have become bee heaven. But it’s hell when they decend to the streets. New York’s beekeeping craze bringing dangerous swarms New York City’s honeybees are swarming so much, they’ve become a fright fit for horror movies. “It hasn’t even started yet,” said Anthony Planakis, the police officer who for 18 years has been…

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Supersized hen egg in Texas had another egg inside A Texas woman who discovered an egg the size of a baseball in her chicken coop was even more surprised by what she found when she cracked it open: another full egg. Cookie Smith of Abilene found what she calls the “mutant super egg” in her…

Swiss government homeopathy report gutted by biomedical ethicist

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Dr. David M. Shaw of the Institute for Biomedical Ethics, Switzerland, writes an editorial in the Swiss Medical Weekly revealing the blatant flaws in the 2011 Swiss government’s positive report on homeopathy. The Swiss report on homeopathy: a case study of research misconduct The report was commissioned following a 2009 referendum in which the Swiss…

Believers and skeptics out their views over holistic medicine center in Michigan

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Oaklawn (Michigan) Hospital’s Holistic Center is the focus of a skeptics versus believers feature piece: Oaklawn Hospital gives alternative medicine a try Holistic methods spark controversy Holistic services are those that aim to treat patients as a whole person, physically and emotionally, rather than attacking one specific cause or symptom of a disease or condition.…

Wandering wallaby captured in Pennsylvania

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If this guy was not captured, we might not believe it. Wallaby captured in Crawford County [Pennsylvania Game] Commission officials say a wallaby — an animal resembling a small kangaroo — was captured Wednesday in Crawford County in northwestern Pennsylvania. Eugene Morton, senior scientist emeritus at the Smithsonian Institution, said that he “broke up in…