Fox news biased on climate change. Shocker!

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Study Confirms: Fox News Creates Alternate Reality On Climate Science A new study confirms that Fox News systematically paints a distorted picture of climate change, with the effect of worsening political polarization. Published by The International Journal Of Press/Politics, the study examined primetime cable news broadcasts from 2007 and 2008, and found that Fox “discussed…

The stage is set for Big Bigfoot news. Now produce it.

Erickson Project's sleeping Bigfoot

Bigfoot proponents have said in the past that if only organized efforts to find evidence were undertaken, proof of the creatures’ existence could be secured. Apparently, several of these projects became a reality and sources have claimed big Bigfoot news is on the way. Yet, one project has mysteriously disappeared recently. Other video evidence has…

Unidentified structures in China’s Gobi desert found on Google Earth

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China: Google Earth spots huge, unidentified structures in Gobi desert – Telegraph. In two images, available on Google Earth, reflective rectangles up to a mile long can be seen, a tangle of bright white intersecting lines that are clearly visible from space. Other pictures show enormous concentric circles radiating on the ground, with three jets…

A Nepalese family suffers from allegations of “black magic”

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It’s not just Africa that has “witchcraft” crimes. This story highlights why worldwide attention is needed. Woman beaten up on charge of witchcraft A woman of Mahadeva-3 in Saptari district has been beaten by locals 13 times since past four years accusing her of practicing witchcraft, but the administration has not taken action against any…

Calling attention to witchcraft atrocities in Africa

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A Conference On Witchcraft Branding, Spirit Possession And Safeguarding African Children Leo Igwe, a skeptical activist in Nigeria, reports on a conference he attended that frankly addressed the horrific problem of witchcraft accusations in Africa. I just returned from a two-day conference on Witchcraft Branding, Spirit Possession and Safeguarding African Children. The conference was organised…

Spanish study says public lacks critical reasoning of multimedia messages

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Informed Citizens? Spaniards’ Capacity for Analyzing Audiovisual Messages Is Very Low, Study Suggests The purpose of the study was to be able to infer whether or not citizens have sufficient knowledge and capacity to manage, analyze, participate in and evaluate different aspects related to the multimediated context in which they live. This is especially relevant,…

Wakefield’s coauthors, and academic institutions in general, called out by BMJ editorial

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An editorial in the British Medical Journal calls Wakefield’s coauthors into the limelight. It’s not over yet… Institutional research misconduct | BMJ. Now we can report that it is not only Wakefield and UCL’s administrators who have a case to answer. This week we publish new information that puts the spotlight on Wakefield’s coauthors. Among…

The JREF awards grants to two educators to address popular pseudoscientific beliefs

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Recipients of 2011 JREF Grants for Educators. The James Randi Educational Foundation is pleased to announce the latest recipients of funding through our Grants for Educators Program. The JREF is proud to provide support for two exciting projects this year, out of many worthwhile applicants. The awards went to: Brian Barnes of the University of Louisville is developing…

Devices and cures for concussion unsupported

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More Sports – The Globe and Mail. Parents who rushed out to buy football helmets this year on claims that the head gear could prevent concussions were buying promises that couldn’t be kept, says Toronto neurosurgeon Charles Tator. “Thank God the manufacturers had to withdraw that claim. I’ve talked with a lot of very talented…

Numerology believers wanted births on 11.11.11

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Hospitals see rush for caesarean section deliveries on 11.11.11 – Hindustan Times. Many women awaiting deliveries rushed to various hospitals in the city on Friday to undergo caesarean section to make sure their babies are born on the auspicious date — 11.11.11. Though astrologers and numerologists declared the date as auspicious for newborns, they cautioned…

Conspiracy theories run amok. Without critical thinking, we get dangerously ridiculous.

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One of the main goals of the Doubtful News website is to demonstrate that critical thinking is necessary to navigate online news and make sense of what is happening in the world without being duped. This article is a fantastic report on exactly how the internet and our lack of rational thought has lead us…

Must see new Bigfoot video by Larry Surface (who doesn’t engage critics – video is now gone) UPDATED

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Larry Surface of the Bigfoot-Evidence blog claims to have captured Bigfoot on a hidden video camera. It’s a biggie! Bigfoot-Evidence: Bigfoot Video. The subject passed in front of the camera and apparently peered around the corner where the cats are fed, either looking for cat food or a cat, then turned and went back the…

Nonscientists count on science and technology for paranormal breakthrough

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Bringing science and technology into the world of the paranormal | DL-Online | Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. With the popularity of paranormal research reaching an all-time high, there are an abundance of theories, guesses and ideas of what motors one of man’s final frontiers. Everything from “it’s all the devil’s work” to quantum physical theories have…

Egypt shuts down Great Pyramid temporarily over “Satanic” rituals on 11-11-11

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Egypt shuts down Great Pyramid over fears that groups are trying to hold bizarre rituals at sacred site  – NY Daily News. Egypt’s antiquities authority closed the largest of the Giza pyramids Friday following rumors that groups would try to hold spiritual ceremonies on the site at 11:11 A.M. on Nov. 11, 2011. The authority’s head…

Teens acting like a pack of wolves

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Teen Wolves of Texas | Mysterious Universe. Rob Morphy has written a truly bizarre report on the teen gangs in Texas that claim to be actual werewolves. [...]in suburban San Antonio, Texas, there is a group of high school kids who are taking this craze to an altogether darker and more dangerous place. These teenagers…

JREF announces Kyle Hill appointed as new Research Fellow

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Kyle Hill Appointed as JREF Research Fellow. As a fellow, Kyle Hill will conduct research on they ways people process science information they discover online, with the goal of applying his findings to the JREF’s mission of promoting skepticism and critical thinking. Hill will also blog at Randi.org, pilot a “Science and Skepticism 101” educational workshop…

Eating placenta (pills) for postpartum depression. Other animals do it.

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The Body Odd – Placenta pills for postpartum blues: Gross or drug-free treatment?. Some new moms are popping pills made from their dried, ground-up placenta as a way to ease postpartum depression, reports NBC’s Renee Chenault-Fattah. Some placenta fans believe it also helps with breast milk production and regulates hormones. But while there may be…

Canary Islands undersea eruptions release dangerous gas and “boil” the sea surface

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Video: Underwater volcano toxic gas closes coast in Canary Islands – Telegraph. Spain’s Civil Protection for Volcanic Risk has closed two beaches on the island of El Hierro in the Canary Islands because of potentially toxic gasses emanating from an underwater volcano off the island’s shore. The island has experienced hundreds of low intensity earthquakes…

Autism diagnosis not consistent between clinics

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Diagnoses of Autism Spectrum Disorders Vary Widely Across Clinics The researchers found that diagnoses of specific categories of autism spectrum disorder varied dramatically from site to site across the country. Clinicians across centers varied in how they weighed different factors and in the thresholds they set to make diagnoses. Although verbal IQ strongly influenced diagnoses…

A new claim that King Tut’s victims may have been killed

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Curse of Tutankhamun may have been work of Satanist killer. It’s historian Mark Benyon who claims this in his new book, “London’s Curse: Murder, Black Magic and Tutankhamun in the 1920s West End” Six mysterious London deaths famously attributed to the ‘Curse of Tutankhamun’ were actually murders by notorious Satanist Aleister Crowley, a historian claims…

River monster in London?

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River monster alert. A mystery creature that eats geese in the blink of an eye has returned to haunt murky waters around the £9billion Olympic Park. Six years ago there were fears a crocodile was stalking big birds as they were sucked from a river’s surface – never to be seen again. Now it seems…

90 foot wave! Duuuude!

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Garrett McNamara Sets Record: Surfer Rides 90 Foot Wave McNamara’s amazing feat took place in Praia do Norte, Nazare, Portugal, during the ZON North Canyon Project. According to the Portuguese Hydrographic Institute, as reported in Drift Magazine, “the proximity of the ‘Nazare Canyon’ to Praia do Norte creates a situation that greatly increases the swells…

Excellent health fraud resource from the FDA

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Don’t Be Fooled By Health Fraud Scams The agency has created a new Internet resource to help consumers recognize and protect themselves from the 21st century versions of these bogus health products. FDA’s Health Fraud Scams website (www.fda.gov/healthfraud) pulls together videos and articles on how to avoid fraudulent schemes, and offers information about products that…

TMI about werewolf sex

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Milwaukee roommates Rebecca Chandler and Raven Larabee arrested for satanic sex torture Two Milwaukee women were under arrest Wednesday after a young man told cops they tortured him at knifepoint for two days during a satanic sex marathon. The 18-year-old victim said he took a bus from Phoenix, Ariz., to hook up with a woman…

Stress of travel causing people to consult psychics

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Don’t Book That Trip Just Yet. Mercury Will Be in Retrograde. The topic of travel has become more prevalent among clairvoyants, according to Rosemary the Celtic Lady, the founder of the American Association of Psychics. She said she counseled clients to exhale negative energy from travel stress “out of their body.” A psychic Web site…

Psychic called to help in Nevada missing persons case

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Exit To Nowhere: Psychic Joins Missing Persons Case. Humboldt County investigators working on a mysterious missing persons case are now getting input from a psychic and are surprised at the results. The result: they were surprised, but encouraged that she confirmed many of their hypotheses and she left them with some additional avenues to consider.

Wakefield drama not over

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Fresh dispute about MMR ‘fraud’ On 9 November, David Lewis of the National Whistleblower’s Center in Washington DC published a letter in the BMJ (http://bmj.com) arguing that Wakefield did not commit research fraud. Lewis told Nature that he thinks the combination of public charges and a slow, secretive investigation has left the public not knowing…

Ghost hunting group gets shaken up and captures real anomaly on video

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As we tweeted @doubtfulnews earlier this week, ghost hunters captured real live anomalous data on video during the earthquake in Oklahoma. We took a pass to report it on the website then but it seems to have captured the interest of others. Ghost Hunters Captured Oklahoma Earthquake on Video At the moment an earthquake rattled…

Supreme Court Rejects review of ‘Ghost Hunters’ Rip-Off Claim (UPDATE)

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Supreme Court Rejects NBCU Bid in ‘Ghost Hunters’ Rip-Off Case. NBCUniversal failed to scare up a high-court victory in a case alleging it lifted the idea for the Syfy Channel series “Ghost Hunters.” According to court documents obtained by TheWrap, the U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a request from the conglomerate to review the Ninth…