Tag Archive for research

Dead or alive psychic experiment results pulled from neuroscience journal

Some paranormal proponents are crying foul and “censorship” over the retraction of a paper claiming to support clairvoyance. The paper: Prediction of Mortality Based on Facial Characteristics by Delorme, A., Pierce, A., Michel, L., and Radin, D. (2016). Front. Hum. Neurosci. 10:173. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2016.00173 was published in May of 2016 and officially retracted in early October. The…

More evidence that near death experiences are related to brain activity, not the supernatural

It’s long been suspected that what we describe as near death experiences (NDEs) may be related to processes in the brain that create a flurry of activity to produce the strange sensations. Those that survive the beginning of the shutdown process may tell about it as a religious or spiritual experience. Well, it’s certainly strange. New…

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

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…

Discovery News gives Earhart researcher kudos for unverified claims

How completely ridiculous! Why give this guy any accolades at all? He’s found nothing verifiable. This seems par for the course for the news coverage of the Earhart mystery. Earhart-Searcher Ric Gillespie: DNews Person of the Year : Discovery News. Aviation researcher Richard Gillespie has spent decades investigating one of the 20th century’s most enduring mysteries:…

New ideas arise from the grave – about vampire beliefs in Poland

This is an update to this story from July of last year. New Clues Point To The Origin Of Poland’s Mysterious ‘Vampires’. Unconventional burial practices to prevent vampires from rising up from the grave were common in post-medieval Poland, but historians aren’t entirely sure why certain people were targeted more than others. A new study…

Facepalming article suggests Darwin may fall via epigenetic findings

One Australian reporter (so far) gets the headline and story WRONG WRONG WRONG. Darwin’s theory of evolution challenged by University of Adelaide genetic memory research, published in journal Science. Adelaide research showing that sperm and eggs appear to carry genetic memories of events well before conception, may force a rethink of the evolutionary theories of…

Death from a broken heart: a potential explanation

We have covered several stories of couples who die hours apart. It seems logical to suffer from the stress of losing a loved one. A new study provides an explanation that emotional events can trigger heart trouble. Can you die from a broken heart?. Research published earlier this year in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine found…

The Saatchi bill, or “Quack’s charter”, puts “innovation” over patient safety

In an update to this piece: A quacktastic piece of legislation in England and Wales (UPDATE: Revision), the debate about the Saatchi bill heated up last Friday in the U.K. The legislation to allow a “get out of jail free” pass to cancer quacks gained support from some reputable doctors. Others vehemently oppose this as misconceived…

Cue all the “vampire” headlines

Yep. “We want young blood” is soon to become a popular request as studies show it is rejuvenating. New studies show that young blood reverses the effects of aging when put into older mice – The Washington Post. A trio of new studies has discovered that the blood of young mice appears to reverse some…

Animals see far more than we do regarding power lines

Why did the herd not cross under the power lines? They may look pretty scary. Animals see power lines as glowing, flashing bands, research reveals. Power lines are seen as glowing and flashing bands across the sky by many animals, research has revealed. The work suggests that the pylons and wires that stretch across many…

Ouija science experiment to try crowd-source funding

I’m not as interesting in the funding for this as I am in the experiment itself. Researchers crowd-source funds to back Ouija board science project – The Globe and Mail. Scientists at a University of British Columbia lab examining human unconsciousness using Ouija boards are taking to the Internet to look for research funds. Docky…

Cows get stressed

A surprising conclusion. Cows are traumatized by encounters with predators. OSU study: Cows in wolf attacks suffer PTSD-like symptoms – KPTV – FOX 12. Cows that survive encounters with wolves may suffer from symptoms similar to post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a new Oregon State University study. Researchers said they were told by ranchers that…

God of the evolutionary gap in science understanding

While the overall percentage belief in evolution has stayed nearly the same since 2009, more people who characterize themselves as Republican reject evolution. Public’s Views on Human Evolution | Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project. According to a new Pew Research Center analysis, six-in-ten Americans (60%) say that “humans and other living things…

‘No evidence’ for probiotics against diarrhea

A common idea falls by the wayside. Probiotics do not treat diarrhea, study says. Probiotic supplements do not prevent antibiotic-associated diarrhea in elderly patients, according to a study published in The Lancet. The results of the study showed that the patients who were prescribed the probiotics saw no effect of reduced AAD [antibiotic-associated diarrhea], with…

Near-death experience gets a natural boost from rat study

An interesting new study shows that brain activity surges beyond normal in the 30-second period after rats’ hearts stopped beating. Scientists measured a sharp increase in high-frequency brainwaves called gamma oscillations that are thought to be related to consciousness possibly linking information from different parts of the brain. BBC News – Near-death experiences are ‘electrical…

The Immortality Project awards $2.4 million to researchers

In an update to an earlier story here, a grant that came from the Templeton Foundation has been distributed among various research proposals. UCR Today: Science Research Grants Related to Immortality Announced. Grants totaling $2.4 million will be awarded to 10 research teams from the United States and Europe in the scientific component of The…

Gun crime is actually down, but wait…

We can thank new media at least somewhat for this misperception. Gun crime has plunged, but Americans think it’s up, says study – latimes.com. Gun crime has plunged in the United States since its peak in the middle of the 1990s, including gun killings, assaults, robberies and other crimes, two new studies of government data…

Violent video games: One factor among the many

Video games (along with music and movies) are common scapegoats society will blame these days after a violent crime has occurred. What does the science currently say? Is it fair to point the finger? It’s more complicated than you think. Studying the Effects of Playing Violent Video Games – NYTimes.com. Social scientists have been studying…