Seeing isn’t believing: Intense focus on objects can distort perception of where things are. “Figuring out where objects are in the world seems like one of the most basic and important jobs the brain does,” says [an author of the new study]. “It was surprising to discover that even this simple type of perception is…
On the trail of the orang pendek, Sumatra’s mystery ape |The Guardian (UK) On Friday zoologist Richard Freeman embarks on an expedition to Sumatra to find the elusive orang pendek.
Nivea Fined For Saying Skin Cream Makes You Slimmer – The Consumerist The distributor of Nivea in Canada has been fined nearly 400,000 Loonies for marketing the “My Silhouette” skin cream as making you slimmer. …CBC reports the distributor, Beiersdorf, was forced to recall the products from Canadian shelves, post a correction on its website,…
UFO Hovering In Moscow | Ghost Theory. A triangle shaped UFO slowly hovers and rotates before disappearing in the cloudy sky. Aliens visiting Earth or Russian hoax?
Dark Matters : Science Channel. A new show premiered on the Science Channel this season. Dark Matters: Twisted but True is a show that asks, “Are there questions that should not be asked?” The program explores the dark side of science with topics such as ape-human hybrids, the Philadelphia Experiment and secrets of voodoo zombies.
UFOs In Skies, Photos, and Best-Seller Lists : Discovery News. Ben Radford highlights Leslie Kean’s recent book UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record. This article makes it clear why we CAN’T rely on photographs as convincing pieces of evidence in support of UFOs.
Boiron Shares Fall Most Since 1989 on First-Half Earnings- Bloomberg. Boiron SA (BOI), a French maker of homeopathic remedies, fell the most since at least 1989 in Paris trading after reporting a slump in first-half earnings.
Cardiff ghost hunter lifts lid on spooky Wales – WalesOnline. A Ghost-hunting vicar has lifted the lid on Wales’ haunted hotspots – and claimed the nation is the UK’s most haunted.
Babe the pig born with two snouts | Mail Online. The two-month-old – part of a litter born on a farm in Deshengtang, Jilin province, northern China – can use both his mouths to eat and appears otherwise normal, say his owners.
Russian Scientist Claims to have Created Working “Time Machine” | Mysterious Universe. The Mysterious Universe website posts an entertaining story on a Russian engineer named Vadim Alexandrovich Chernobrov who claims to have built a working time machine by “utilizing strong magnetic fields that resonate about the capsule and affect the natural flow of time and…
Reports of Indonesian “Grease Devils” Incite Panic and Violence | Mysterious Universe. Reports of so-called “Grease Devils,” once believed only to be a part of the folklore of the South Asian Islands, have incited panic in towns like Puttalam in the country’s North Western Province over the last few days. During a particularly violent outbreak…
Evolution of an artist: Times Colonist (Canada) Victoria resident Daniel Loxton’s children’s book may have been “too hot” for U.S. markets, but it’s garnering high praise at home in Canada.
Publish-or-perish: Peer review and the corruption of science The Guardian (UK) Pressure on scientists to publish has led to a situation where any paper, however bad, can now be printed in a journal that claims to be peer-reviewed. Peer review is the process that decides whether your work gets published in an academic journal. It doesn’t…
Climate and weather: Extreme measures : Nature News. When the weather gets weird, as happens a lot these days, one question inevitably arises from reporters, politicians and the general public alike: is this global warming? For the most part, climate researchers have shied away from answering…Lately, however, that reluctance has started to fade.
Video Shows Controversial Forensic Specialist Michael West Fabricating Bite Marks. Women convicted of crime based on testimony of a disgraced bitemarks expert. West claimed to have found bite marks on alleged victim Kim Williams that medical personnel hadn’t seen.
Finally, a Syfy Reality Show That’s Actually Scary. A new paranormal “reality” show premiers on SyFy Channel (US) tonight. Website io9 says it’s actually scary.
Study Dumps Colon Cleansing as Useless and Dangerous | LiveScience. Doctors have long argued that colon cleansing is money down the proverbial toilet, utterly useless for good health and a huge waste of time and money.
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Remember Sept. 11? No you don’t: Ottawa Citizen. Everyone remembers September 11, right? Especially the president. Yet, President Bush was caught telling different versions of his memory of the events that day. Was he lying? Was it a conspiracy?
NASA Spacecraft Images Offer Sharper Views of Apollo Landing Sites NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) captured the sharpest images ever taken from space of the Apollo 12, 14 and 17 landing sites.