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September asteroid impact lie results in NASA statement

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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…

Medium “sensed” bones found in floor of “haunted” hotel (Updated: identified)

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A hunt for ghosts at a Southern Ohio landmark turned up bones that are now part of a police investigation. I refrain from putting more “quotes” on everything because this story is chock full of holes. WSYX ABC6  – Bones Found in “Haunted” Ohio Hotel. Waverly Police said they were called to the century-old Emmitt…

Bad Science Watch (Canada) calls for elimination of homeopathic vaccines

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Canada’s science watchdog group Bad Science Watch launches campaign to rid Canada of homeopathic vaccines. Bad Science Watch to Health Canada: De-register Homeopathic Vaccines This project will combat the anti-vaccine camps within homeopathy that offer these so-called “nosodes”; the sale of which directly contradicts Health Canada’s own efforts to promote childhood vaccinations. Nosodes are ultra-dilute…

Skeptvet threatened with legal action by self-proclaimed dog cancer expert

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The skeptical vet draws the ire of a self-proclaimed dog cancer expert after his authority and methods are questioned. Engage widespread internet exposure, otherwise known as the “Streisand Effect“. Dr. Eisen Takes Legal Action to Suppress Criticism In the true spirit of quackery, which cannot bear criticism or the exposure of its absurdities, Dr. Steven…

Women and children first… NOT!

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Women, Children Not More Likely to Survive Shipwrecks The captain, crew and male passengers are more likely to survive maritime disasters than women and children, finds a new study by economists at Uppsala University in Sweden. When it comes to abandoning ship, “it appears as if it’s every man for himself,” said lead researcher Mikael…

Noah’s Ark replica open for business

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Modern-Day Noah Opens Doors Of Ark Creation. A faithful reproduction of Noah’s ark, using the dimensions in The Bible, has just opened to the public in The Netherlands. It was constructed by the Dutch creationist and millionaire building contractor Johan Huibers, after he dreamt that Holland would be flooded once again. Mrs Huibers says they…

Social networking dolphins

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Divided dolphin societies merge ‘for first time’. A unique social division among a population of bottlenose dolphins in Australia’s Moreton Bay has ended, according to a new study. The dolphins lived as two distinct groups that rarely interacted, one of which foraged on trawler bycatch. But scientists think that a ban on fishing boats from…

Olympic UFO spotted. It’s pretty “blimpy” (UPDATED: Confirmed! It’s a blimp)

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UFO Over Olympics Opening Ceremony: A Classic Flying Saucer [VIDEO]. Friday night’s spectacular pyrotechnics display of the most watched opening ceremony in summer Olympics history attracted more than the eyes of over 40 million people. A clearly seen unidentified flying object was videotaped making its way over London’s Olympic stadium, reports Examiner.com. The disc-shaped object…