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The raw milk controversy: Where “natural” means “may contain harmful bacteria”

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Producer of contaminated raw milk apologizes; number of people sickened by milk increases to 38 The number of people sickened by contaminated raw milk from a Chambersburg-area farm has increased to 38, the Pennsylvania Department of Health said Friday. Edwin and Dawn Shank, owners of Your Family Cow, released a heartfelt letter of apology to their customers.…

Polygraph testing used to play games in Detroit murder case

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Lawyer: Bob Bashara passed second polygraph test Bob Bashara passed a privately administered polygraph examination Wednesday night, indicating he had no involvement with his wife’s murder, his defense attorney David Griem said this morning. Griem said his polygraph examiner — whose name he would not disclose — told him “that in his opinion, Bob did…

U.K. group banned from advertising public medical claims about the healing power of prayer

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National Secular Society – Advert claiming cure through prayer is banned. The Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) has banned an advert by Healing on the Streets – Bath (HOTS) that claimed healing through prayer. The ASA ruled that: A video on the website made claims that HOTS volunteers had successfully prayed for healing for people with…

Photo alleging cancerous deer related to fracking is false

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Snopes.com: Cancerous Deer. A friend “shared” this photo on Facebook. It was accompanied by the following text: Cancerous deer shot in Dimock PA. Lived near a stream where fracturing water had been said to be leaking. Is fracking really “safe” for us? EPA’s testing of water in Dimock found several carcinogenic and neurotoxic drilling chemicals…

Two-Faced Kitten Named Harvey Dent

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Kitten born with two faces You’ve probably heard of cats having nine lives, but a Florida kitten was born with two faces. The Janus cat is named Harvey Dent after the Batman character more commonly known as Two Face. Aaron Eckhart played Dent in the 2008 film The Dark Knight. Janus cats are named after…

Utah UFO revealed as marketing attempt

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Just after the controversial piece on hoaxes The Deliberate Skeptic Hoax, comes this story making news in the Daily Mail. What is it? Man captures video of spinning blue UFO ‘cruising slow’ over Utah The stunning image of a UFO was captured on video last week, but is it an alien craft, or is there…

Art of fortune telling dying out in India

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From India–Futures bleak for fortune tellers “In some years the trade will die away because nobody is interested in learning the art of traditional fortune telling. Even we have not encouraged our children to learn the art,” he said. Ravindran belongs to Hindu Kaakala community, which has nurtured the tradition throughout the years. It involves…

Windsor hum returns: Complaints flood in

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Windsor Hum back with a vengeance. After an “intense,” unsettling weekend, residents plagued by the mysterious hum are asking the federal government to take action. Robins lives near Dougall Avenue and Cabana Road and said this weekend he “could feel vibrations through the house.” Windsor Coun. Al Maghnieh said he was flooded with complaints Sunday…

Irony alert: Chinese palm-reading tests to predict student intelligence

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Toddlers subjected to palm-reading assessments in China Several kindergartens in a province in northern China are charging parents 1,200 yuan ($190) for a palm-reading test that they claim can predict their toddlers’ intelligence and potential, state news agency Xinhua said. According to the company that designed the tests, Shanxi Daomeng Culture Communication Co, the reading…

Cancer cell smiles at researchers

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Researchers spot smiley face in cancer cell PEERING down a microscope day after day, year after year can leave you questioning your sanity, Associate Professor Beric Henderson says. So when Sydney researchers stared down at the cancer protein they had been studying for 12 years and watched it form a perfect smiley face, it was…

Doctor in Ireland gets in trouble for promoting salt cave benefits

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Doctor accused of misleading claims A KILDARE-based doctor made false and misleading claims about the effectiveness of “salt cave climate therapy”, which he offered as a treatment for bronchial ailments, a Medical Council inquiry has been told. The fitness to practise inquiry was told that Dr Tamas Bakonyi, who qualified in Hungary in 1997 and…

Tide turning: Getting complementary therapies out of university education system

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Complementary medicine courses in universities: how I beat the varsity quacks The teaching of complementary medicine has no place in British universities, says David Colquhoun. What would you think if your child went off to university to be taught that amethyst crystals “emit high yin energy”? Or that cancer can be cured by squirting coffee…

A curious twist to Indiana Creationism bill that makes it even LESS scientific (if possible)

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Indiana Senate broadens bill allowing creationism teaching to include more religions’ theories Legislators on Monday broadened a proposal aimed at allowing Indiana’s public schools to teach creationism in science classes to require that such courses include origin of life theories from multiple religions. The Senate approved the change to legislation critics had argued was unconstitutional…

Haverhill College offering ghost hunting course

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Hunting ghosts in Groveland is latest college course offering -The Boston Globe. Ghost hunting is now among class offerings at Haverhill college Ghost hunting – regardless of whether you’re a believer, a skeptic, or indifferent – has its own unique methodology, requiring both sophisticated technology and otherworldly tools, along with analysis, deduction, calculations, and the…

Evil spirits or evil consequences of superstition? Swedish parents charged with abuse

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Parents held for ‘forcing demons’ from daughter Exorcism was the motivation for repeated attacks against a 14 year-old girl from western Sweden who was regularly beaten and burned by her father and stepmother, who wanted to rid the girl of “evil spirits”, prosecutors allege. “The girl was put through a number of things to get…

Unimpressive haunting story from Scotland

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Back-up needed as blessing fails to stop ‘hauntings’ – Odd – Scotsman.com. A church of Scotland minister has been called in to help a family who have become too terrified to stay in their “haunted” flat. Mother-of-two Vicky Dann told the Evening News how she had been left at her wits’ end by the spooky…

Rumbling and Shaking Reported on Vancouver Island (Update: solved)

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Whole lotta shakin’, but it wasn’t an earthquake. Unusual shaking and rumbling reported around the capital region had people thinking “earthquake” – but, rest assured, there was no seismic event. Natural Resources Canada responded to public concerns by posting an explanation on its website, saying what was felt could have come from an “atmospheric source,”…