Tag Archive for Australia

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…

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…

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

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’…

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…