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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,”…

Brockovich gets involved in the New York mystery illness case

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Mystery illness: More girls develop Tourette’s-like tics Erin Brockovich is on the case! The environmental activist, made famous by the 2000 movie starring Julia Roberts as the crusading single mom, tells USA TODAY she is investigating the case of more than a dozen teens from one upstate New York school plagued by mysterious, Tourette’s-like symptoms.…

Geologic Concert: a gneiss night out

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Host of Discovery Channel’s “Bad Universe” to Perform Space Anthem in Bethlehem, Pa Phil Plait, host of Discovery Channel’s Bad Universe, will perform with George Hrab and the Geologic Orchestra at the historic Ice House in Bethlehem, Pa on February 18, 2012. The concert, entitled 21812: A Gneiss Night Out, is set for 8:00pm and…

Criminal charges against naturopath who injected patient with magnesium

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Naturopath on trial after man dies following magnesium shot A Montreal naturopath is on trial facing criminal charges in connection to the 2008 death of an elderly man in her care. Mitra Javanmardi faces charges of involuntary manslaughter and criminal negligence causing death, after injecting Roger Patern with magnesium. Patern, 84, was suffering from breathing…

Theory of all life and the universe: There’s a big idea (Updated: System failure)

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Radical theory explains the origin, evolution, and nature of life, challenges conventional wisdom. Earth is alive, asserts a revolutionary scientific theory of life emerging from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. The trans-disciplinary theory demonstrates that purportedly inanimate, non-living objects — for example, planets, water, proteins, and DNA — are animate, that is, alive.…

Fran Drescher: Space Nanny

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Fran Drescher Believes She Was Abducted By Aliens That’s if you believe the actress’ dramatic story about being abducted by aliens — something she truly believes happened to her. “You know, it’s funny because Peter (Fran’s ex-husband) and I both saw [aliens] before we knew each other, doing the same thing, driving on the road…

FTC shuts down fake news sites that advertise dubious health claims

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FTC Permanently Stops Six Operators from Using Fake News Sites that Allegedly Deceived Consumers about Acai Berry Weight-Loss Products Alleged Fraudulent Affiliate Marketers will Surrender Assets under Settlements Six online marketers agreed to settlements with the Federal Trade Commission that will permanently halt their allegedly deceptive practice of using fake news websites to market acai…

Detox death puts therapist in hotseat

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Detox therapy death spurs questions on self-help group A Quebec woman who died last summer after a reported spa detox treatment was actually a member of a self-improvement group practising risky therapy involving sweating and hyperventilation. Radio-Canada’s Enquête program has learned that Chantal Lavigne, 35, died from hyperthermia, after undergoing a nine-hour session of intense…

Indiana Senate committee ignores reason, endorses Creationism

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Ind. Senate panel votes to let schools teach creationism An Indiana Senate committee on Wednesday endorsed teaching creationism in public schools, despite pleas from scientists and religious leaders to keep religion out of science classrooms. Senate Bill 89 allows school corporations to authorize “the teaching of various theories concerning the origin of life” and specifically…

Minnesota school district gets offensive proposal on homosexuality education

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Conservative Parents Demand School Teach About Ex-Gay Therapy (VIDEO). A group of conservative Christian parents are demanding Minnesota’s Anoka-Hennepin School District teach “ex-homosexual” therapy and “gay-related-immune deficiency” (or “GRID”), the Twin Cities Daily Planet reports. The demands come as the school district is in the middle of changing their “sexual orientation curriculum policy,” which students claim produces a…

Ghostly figure photographed in window of Cumbria guesthouse

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Demolition workers photograph ‘ghost of former guesthouse worker’ Demolition workers were given a fright after photographing a ghostly figure peering through the window of a derelict Victorian guesthouse. David Grimshaw, a former resident at the property, said he was convinced the figure is the ghost of his mother, who died nearly a year ago aged…

Psychic Sally sues specific suspected slanderer (Updated)

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TV psychic Sally Morgan sues Daily Mail for defamation TV psychic Sally Morgan is demanding damages of £150,000 from Associated Newspapers over a Daily Mail story accusing her of scamming a vulnerable audience. The article, published on 22 September, was headlined: “What a load of crystal balls!” It alleged Morgan pretended to have psychic powers…

Cuts in University-sponsored complementary medicine in the U.K. hailed by advocates for science

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Lie back and relax: reflexology and aromatherapy degrees are dropped – Telegraph. Degrees in complementary medical therapies are being cut from universities in the wake of rising tuition fees, a decline in applications and campaigns by scientists. From this year, it will no longer be possible to study homoeopathy to degree level in a British university.…