Tag Archive for Australia

Australian science journalism show messed up big time on show about statins

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In November 2013, we posted about a television program that aired in Australia that was full of information that confused those on medication for high cholesterol. In an update, the show was found to have been unacceptably biased after an internal review prompted by complaints. Catalyst statins show breached ABC code | The Australian. A…

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 –…

Crash cams could be used for cryptozoology

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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’…

Small pets can be a mouthful

Snake on a chain. Unexpected, this is.

Got a small pet? You need to keep an eye out for hungry wildlife that will consider it a meal. Python eats dog tied to kennel – Yahoo!7. A NSW woman has endured a nasty shock after finding her pet dog, that had been chained in its kennel, swallowed by a python. The Lismore woman…

Snake versus crocodile – Who wins?

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We couldn’t not post this one. Snake eats crocodile after epic fight in Queensland. An enormous water python has devoured a metre-long fresh water crocodile following an epic duel that shocked onlookers at Lake Moondarra, near Mount Isa, on Sunday. And that’s not uncommon, according to University of Queensland snake expert Bryan Fry. The exhausted…

A flying sky snake heads towards Perth (UPDATE: Solved)

Screenshot from the Bureau of Meteorology.

What the hell? Strange ‘S’-shaped radar phenomenon appears off WA coast. The shape was spotted on the weather bureau’s radar map on Wednesday about 30 kilometres west of Rottnest. After checking the satellite, the bureau’s Neil Bennett ruled out the phenomenon being caused by cloud. “There’s no cloud, there’s nothing to produce a rain echo,…

Silly article on Australian belief in the paranormal

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I’d call this poll biased promotion. It seems half of Australia believes in the supernatural. Last month the Syfy Supernatural Study was commissioned to celebrate the launch of the new channel, in conjunction with the world premiere of Haunting: Australia, and the results were spooky. Almost nine out of 10 Australians (88 per cent) surveyed…

“Medical research in clown shoes” (UPDATE)

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Oh, this has caused a stir… The Australian site The Conversation has seen fit to take down this piece by Mick Vagg. It has been preserved here. FreezePage: Conversation suspended page — Quackademic medicine…coming soon to a uni near you The recent memorandum of understanding signed between supplement company Swisse and La Trobe University to establish…

‘Ghost Hunters’ to air worldwide

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Dear world: We’re sorry for sending more stupid TV your way. Signed, America. ‘Ghost Hunters’ Scares Up Business Oversees – The Hollywood Reporter. Syfy’s Ghost Hunters continues to scare up business oversees, with Alfred Haber Distribution locking down deals across Europe, Asia and Latin America for the long-running paranormal reality series. Supreme Court Deals Setback…

Rash of toilet snakes in Brisbane

Yep, that's an actual snake.

So, this article is mostly a snake wrangler trying to drum up business. But he may have a good point. DIY snake removal is not a wise choice. Toilet snake appearances are on the up according to a Brisbane snake catcher | The Courier-Mail. A BRISBANE snake catcher says he is not surprised a snake…