Australia officially states that homeopathy is baseless

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The Australian National Health and Medical Research Council released a statement concluding that there is no good quality evidence to support the claim that homeopathy is effective in treating health conditions. Nothing new to see here, move on… Wait, can this be another nail in the coffin for homeopathy? Not needed. Homeopathy is not medicine but hopeful hype…

Child’s rescue swirls with supernatural commentary

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An 18-month old child survives a tragic car crash into a river, a crash that likely instantly killed her mother. She is rescued 14 hours later, alive, still strapped into her car seat. Rescuers then tell the media that they were prompted by an adult female voice that called “Help” from the overturned vehicle. What…

Icke sued, settles libel action against popular book

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Some interesting news regarding conspiracy promoter and the prince of looney ideas, David Icke. A lawyer, dogging him for years, has received a settlement claiming Icke’s book Children of the Matrix was defamatory to Jewish people. David Icke settles libel action via the website of Richard Warman, Canadian human rights attorney. British conspiracy writer David…

The Strange remains the same for 9 March 2015

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Apopka sculptures called Balinese junk – Orlando Sentinel. Clairvoyant, cartoon buff nixed from theater shooting jury Does Daylight Saving Time Save Energy? That Policy Isn’t Exactly Working Out | Bustle. Ghost Asylum Season Two Premiere Tiger dad: Rare family portrait of amur tigers the first-ever to include an adult male When Things Happen That You…

Remains of the weekend 07-08 March 2015

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I’ve been doing some “field work” and outreach in Arizona this weekend so have gotten behind on the posts. I gave a talk about Sounding “Sciencey” to educators at Northern Arizona Univ., had a meeting of the minds with Uber-skeptic Ray Hyman, spent some time in Sedona getting my chakras realigned (metaphorically speaking, I needed…

Sky Shows Galaxy-lensed “Reruns” of Exploding Supernova, Demonstrating Gravity of the Situation

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Sometimes† space is just awesome. More specifically, stuff (or mass) in space has some properties that manifest in empirically awesome ways. Earlier this week, Science put out a report on a supernova (Wikipedia) observed behind a galaxy in the MACS J1149.6+2223 cluster. This particular supernova is visible due to gravitational lensing (Wikipedia) around the cluster, greatly magnifying…

The Strange remains the same for 04 March 2015

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‘First human’ discovered in Ethiopia. Mother ‘groomed’ by lover with fake online accounts – ITV News. Gluten Sensitivity Has Not Just Been Proven | RealClearScience. Proof he’s the Science Guy: Bill Nye is changing his mind about GMOs – The Washington Post. ‘Fairy control’ to halt tiny doors in Somerset woods. Rare and bizarre Goblin…

Four-year Bigfoot research project in Oklahoma yields intriguing and unexplained results

Blood stains on rocks where a creature was supposedly shot. Sample results were not conclusive.

Here’s a strange beast – a comprehensive report of a research study intended to document the apparent presence of native “wood apes” (popularly known as Bigfoot) in the Ouachita mountains of Oklahoma. The North American Wood Ape Conservancy consists of serious researchers who carefully plan their approach and document their findings. They have published a…

The Strange Remains The Same for 03 March 2015

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Tougher laws a likely legacy of the Disneyland measles outbreak | Reuters. New Theory Behind Dozens of Craters Found in Siberia. Deepak Chopra’s Twitter Trolling Continues What does it feel like to die? | The Guardian. “Ghost” appears to walk through Disneyland after hours Infant dies due to fungus spores in a probiotic treatment marketed especially…

Mother suspected of poisoning son with lethal doses of salt (UPDATE: Conviction)

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In an update to this story from June 2014, Lacey Spears is convicted of deliberately poisoning her son, killing him. “The motive is bizarre, the motive is scary, but it exists,” Assistant District Attorney Patricia Murphy said in closing arguments Thursday. “She apparently craved the attention of her family, her friends, her co-workers and most…

Nat Geo posts an “exclusive” stinker about a non-“lost city” in Honduras

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Nat Geo presented a not “new” finding and forgot they had done this before! Why? They did it for the Nookie, I mean, the hype, the clicks, the attention. Exclusive: Lost City Discovered in Honduran Rain Forest. In search for legendary “City of the Monkey God,” explorers find the untouched ruins of a vanished culture.…

Grieving sister and friend of missing Dublin woman say they were targeted, exploited by psychics

Psychics have left Berna Uyrun angry and no closer to finding her missing sister.

Londoner Berna Uyrun is angry that psychics targeted her when she was grieving, desperate, and vulnerable.  Psychics claiming to have paranormal knowledge of the location and fate of her missing sister Esra, who disappeared in 2011 from her Dublin home, managed only to contradict one another and create more confusion and anxiety. Berna was variously…

Whoa, Canada – Don’t go all ‘murica on us

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Our regular commentator Terry writes: Up here in Ontario we are having a debate in our provincial legislature about revised sex education standards. It turned ugly, with a couple conservative members dabbling in homophobic innuendo and anti-evolution remarks. The new sex ed standards would have riled conservative regardless, owing to their distrust of government handling…

Psychic who was no help in solving murder now claims she “saw” killer’s face

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Fascinating how psychic stories miraculously improve over time… “Spiritual medium” Lisa Lanno is best known for appearing weekly on a Hartford, CT, Fox TV morning “news” show called “Medium Monday.” In December 2012, Lanno appeared on PBS station WGBY’s nightly public affairs program “Connecting Point” to discuss communication with the dead. She was joined by the mother…

Nutella jar fire kills dog

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This was a strange event but plausible. It can happen. Close your blinds during the day. Warning after Nutella jar sparks devastating blaze. A family’s house was gutted and their beloved dog killed when a Nutella jar magnified the sun’s rays, sparking a huge blaze. The fire is believed to have been been ignited when…

Baloney degree school goes bankrupt

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Here’s a lovely bit of good news! American Medical College of Homeopathy in Phoenix files for bankruptcy, closes doors – Phoenix Business Journal. The American Medical College of Homeopathy has filed Chapter 7 under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and closed its doors. “The need for closure as I understand had nothing to do with the…

Is the fate of the NHS really written in the stars? Tredinnick thinks so.

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As most people in Great Britain will know, there is a general election approaching, which usually means that issues that have been bubbling over for awhile tend to come to the forefront. This election’s political hot-potato has thus far been the NHS (National Health Service). Few would deny that the NHS is facing something of…

The Strange remains the same for 24 February 2015

Hitchin' a ride. Sad that these animals are regularly slaughtered for fake medicine.

A Toronto mystery deepens: Was it a tunnel or a bunker? Thai authorities rescue 150 Pangolins destined for traditional medicine. Astrology could solve crisis in the NHS, says Tory MP – Telegraph. Fluoride in drinking water may trigger depression and weight gain, warn scientists – Telegraph. (TERRIBLE headline. Wrong.) Purple UFO Interrupts Peru TV Show.…

FTC cites melanoma apps and mosquito repellent wristbands as deceptive

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The US Federal Trade Commission has lowered the boom on two deceptive consumer products. First, unsupported claims that a phone app could detect skin cancer. FTC Cracks Down on Marketers of “Melanoma Detection” Apps. The Federal Trade Commission has challenged marketers for deceptively claiming their mobile apps could detect symptoms of melanoma, even in its…

Toronto Star in backpedaling mode after major screw up about Gardasil shot (UPDATE: Retraction)

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UPDATE (24-Feb-2015) This story has been retracted by the Toronto Star. Good. A rare event: Toronto Star retracts fear-mongering vaccine story Fifteen days after publishing a widely-criticized article linking anecdotal health problems to the HPV vaccine Gardasil, the Toronto Star has issued a retraction. As Retraction Watch notes, a newspaper retraction is rare. But something…

Supplement industry is manufacturing controversy over NY action

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Recall earlier in February, the New York state Attorney General took some unprecedented action against retailers selling dietary supplements. Well, the supplement industry folks didn’t like this too much and, as they will, they took up a social media campaign to Twitter-harass the officials. Tim Farley found out that they were less than forthright with…

Remains of the weekend 21-22 February 2015

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Deeper Ties to Corporate Cash for Doubtful Climate Researcher – NYTimes.com. Young Assistant Professor Helps Promote Questionable Conferences, Journals | Scholarly Open Access. Strange New OA Publisher Launches with 42 Journals | Scholarly Open Access. Parents trying to reverse kids’ autism by ‘flushing out’ vaccines with bogus ‘miracle’ bleach enemas. Women and vaccine resistance: Mothers…

High time we kill the idea of communicating with the dead via radio

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A new report, published online in a journal-like format, by paranormal investigators provides the results of an experiment to test if people can REALLY make sense out of “voices” they hear from a spirit communication tool called a “ghost box”. These devices are common in the gadget galleries of pro-paranormal ghost hunters, but seen as…

The Strange Remains the same for 20 February 2015

Sharknado bobblehead. Cool.

Verifying digital photo authenticity with izitru | Skeptical Software Tools. “Frost Quakes” responsible for mysterious noises | Nashville. The Right Chemistry: Why would anyone think a homeopathic remedy would help with ADHD? | Montreal Gazette. “Ice Volcano” Forms at Geyser in Upstate New York Park | NBC New York. Anti-vaccine professor takes leave of absence…