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Hungarian ‘miracle healer’ makes appearance in Australia

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In typical, theatrical faith-healing fashion, a brazen preacher conducts events in Australia. Hopeful attend Hungarian ‘miracle healer’ at Bentleigh tabernacle | Herald Sun. “CANCER, AIDS, HIV? No, problem, Jesus will heal you.” That was the bold assertion made by the self-proclaimed “miracle healer” Laszlo Magyari last Friday night at God’s Glory Tabernacle in Bentleigh. Magyari…

Green “alien eggs” on Sydney beach are not extra-terrestrial

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Submarine but not extraterrestrial. UFO Alert: Scientists Puzzled by Green ‘Alien Eggs’ Found on Sydney Dee Why Beach. Surfers and beachgoers at a northern Sydney suburb, Dee Why’s beach, were left stunned at the sight of a number of green, sponge-like spheres, which washed ashore. While locals in Dee Why explored extra-terrestrial origins, scientists clarify…

Newly described animals do not fit into known phylum

Dried Dendrogramma gen. nov., all 15 paratypes of D. enigmatica and (with *) D. discoides. From doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0102976.g001

A new kind of animal, Dendrogramma, looks like a mushroom but does not fit into either the jellyfish or comb jelly family. It resembles fossils of some very ancient fauna. Their discovery could change the way scientists currently think organisms evolved. New Deep-Sea Animal Species Look Like Mushrooms but Defy Classification. The tiny animals, less…

Melbourne UFO likely a remote-controlled device

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As we have seen several examples of this surface, a deliberate hoax using a quadcopter MUST be a primary consideration for UFOs or “unidentified aerial phenomena”. UFO sighting: Flashing lights more adolescent than alien, expert says. A mysterious object with flashing lights spotted hovering over Melbourne’s south-east last night was probably more adolescent than alien…

Universal Medicine group gets more bad press and parliamentary hearing

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Woman files a complaint after overspending for questionable treatments in Australia. Doctor sent woman for two years of new age healing in a galaxy far, far away for a cough — costing her $35,000 | dailytelegraph.com.au. When a doctor referred Ira McClure for further treatment she had no idea the health facility was supportive of…

Light-headed: Partial albino crocodile killed man, then was killed itself

The part-albino crocodile called Michael Jackson. Photo credit: Adelaide River Queen Jumping Crocodile Cruises

A distinctively colored crocodile was top predator in his neck of the river. But once again, man will be the ultimate arbiter. Part-albino crocodile shot after fatal attack was ‘1-in-100-million rarity’. An albino-headed crocodile that killed a man fishing on a Territory river has been described by an expert as a one-in-100-million rarity. The distinctive…

Valentich mystery mongering fueled by UFO group

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A young, rule-breaking pilot disappeared over Australia decades ago. Yep, UFO. (roll eyes) Farmer may hold UFO clue to 36-year Valentich plane mystery. Almost 36 years to the month that Victorian pilot Fred Valentich vanished without a trace, an independent researcher says there is evidence suggesting the 20-year-old’s Cessna was spotted in the sky over…

Anti-vaxxers in Australia get their info into hospitals and hire new prez

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Australia’s anti-vax network continues their underhanded deeds by sneaking their propaganda into info packs given to mothers of newborns. Low? No, not really, par for the course for this propaganda group. Queensland Health pulls Australian Vaccination-Skeptics leaflet from pregnancy pack | Gold Coast Bulletin. A LEAFLET promoting the Australian Vaccination-Sceptics Network (AVN) has been pulled…

Vampire attack, by a snake! It all turned out OK though.

Darwin resident McVee showing her snake bites.

This tough lady stayed remarkably calm in the situation. Even after the snake returned. She doesn’t want it killed either. There were two in the bed and the little snake fed. Ms McVee’s ordeal began on Tuesday morning when she awoke at 5:45am with what she assumed was her Chihuahua Tori nuzzling her, but quickly…

Backlash against anti-vax continues. Will they be banned from expo?

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Oh, that Meryl! She is still stirring up trouble. She had resigned as president of the anti-vaccination organization but she still is on the agenda. Health experts call for ban on anti-vaccination campaigner Meryl Dorey at Healthy Lifestyle Expo. THE state’s top health experts have called for the Australian Vaccination Skeptics Network to be barred…

Anti-science parents involved in inquest in death of their child

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In an update to the story of a child treated with alternatives to medicine for her cancer, the inquest has begun. Parents of young cancer sufferer ‘rejected conventional medical treatments’, inquest hears. A 10-year-old girl with cancer died after being taken overseas by her parents to undergo alternative treatments, an inquest has heard. Tamar Stitt…

Gallipoli ‘ghost’ solved: A lesson in non-paranormal persistence

Notice figures in the background. Photo: Joe Armao

Here is a great lesson for paranormalists: Make sure you exhaust all the avenues of “normal” before you conclude “paranormal”. In almost all cases, you CAN get to a sound explanation. Gallipoli ‘ghost’ an open and shutter case. Fairfax photographer Joe Armao spent an entire night studying the strange, hair-raising blur on one of his pictures…

Mystery blob that appeared after Australian rain likely isn’t “jellyfish”

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Man in Australia finds gelatinous blob after rain. He assumes it’s a jellyfish. That’s probably not correct. With obligatory “baffled” experts. Is this a jellyfishnado? Possible jellyfish remains found after Smithfield “mini tornado” | News.com.au. MYSTERIOUS blobs of slime have been found in a park on a quiet, suburban Cairns street and even experts are…

Defiant nurse loses her standing over alt med cancer treatments

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This lady is defiant about everything and has an issue with authority. She’s also wrong a lot. Therefore, she has been banned from practicing nursing in Australia. She was running a beauty salon anyway where she administered dangerous cancer treatments. Ban for nurse who used ‘dangerous alternative’ cancer treatments. The whistleblower nurse who made unsubstantiated…

Of course it doesn’t work, there’s NOTHING IN IT

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Homeopathy fails. Again. And again. And again… A Major Australian Health Study Has Concluded Homeopathy Is A Total Joke, Doesn’t Work The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has released a draft information paper which says there’s no evidence that homeopathy is an effective health treatment. The review by the research council found there’s…

What was eying the apples in Australia – a Yowie?

Tiny eyes and a strange reflective head?

Well, some people seem mightily impressed but I’m not. I can’t really makes pointy heads or tails out of this video. Yowie: Australia’s Bigfoot ‘Caught On Camera’ (VIDEO). Grainy, blurred footage of Australia’s supposed version of Bigfoot has been published online. Something – which Jason Heal and Jason Dunn claim is the mythical Yowie –…

Australian court rules against anti-vax Mom in favor of pro-health Dad

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Another case of the courts considering childrens’ rights to health over one parent’s scientifically baseless and harmful claims. Court grants father right to vaccinate his children A western Sydney father has won the right to vaccinate his children after a drawn-out legal battle with their mother, who is strongly opposed to immunisation. The Family Court…

Not yet published acupuncture results touted in Australia

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Oh, how… sensationalized. Because even according to the article, the headline is misleading. Acupuncture as effective as drugs in treating pain, trial shows An acupuncture trial in four Melbourne emergency departments has found it is just as good as drugs in relieving lower-back pain and that from sprained ankles and migraines. The finding could open…

Crash cams could be used for cryptozoology

A Tasmanian tiger at Hobart Zoo in the 1930s.

Actually, this is a great idea. Thylacine hunter Mike Williams confident technology will provide evidence of living tiger TASMANIAN tiger hunter Mike Williams is confident evidence of a living thylacine will emerge sooner rather than later because of the growing popularity of crash cameras in cars. Mr Williams, who led an international team of naturalists…

UFO on Gold Coast resembles remote control device

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Note the disagreement about height and size which is notoriously different to determine in the dark. This looks very much like a RCD. Observers can easily imagine it looks bigger. Our senses decieve us. Brightly-Coloured UFO Spotted on Australia’s Gold Coast. Chevron Island local, Jack Purcell , caught the red and green flashing ‘alien-looking spaceship’…

What the hell happened here? Apple mutation

Photo credit: Mel Staples

Errr….? Would someone care to explain this to me. It’s not a hoax. Rare apple mutation found in Kingston. When Mel Staples asked her eight year-old son to pick apples from a tree on their property she was baffled at the small harvest he returned with. “I picked up one and it was a like…