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Birth month and disease risk study has nothing to do with astrology

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Scientists reviewed New York medical databases for 1.7 million patients and found 55 diseases linked to birth month, according to a statement released Monday by the university. Source: Study finds link between birth month and disease risk It turns out your birth month might determine more than just your astrological sign. When you are born…

There’s DNA in food?! That’s disgusting!

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This story is going around: Mandatory labels on foods containing DNA? 80% of Americans support that. According to a recent survey by the Oklahoma State University Department of Agricultural Economics, over 80% of Americans said they would support “mandatory labels on foods containing DNA,” roughly the same number that support the mandatory labeling of GMO foods…

Will TV be less worse from now on? We are skeptically optimistic!

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We’re seeing a trend. First, Cosmos does well. Then, SyFy announces that they will cut development on “reality” paranormal shows. Now there is news that Neil DeGrasse Tyson is getting his OWN TV TALK SHOW and the new Discovery Channel president is saying some very interesting and positive things. This may be something… As we linked…

When science meets voodoo and forms a coalition

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Wow. This is a unique case of very different parties uniting over a common concern. FEATURE-Science meets voodoo in a New Orleans festival of water. Perhaps no other city in the United States is as well-suited as New Orleans to wed a scientific discussion of environment with a celebration of the occult. That’s exactly what…

Scientists busy squashing silly rumors instead of sciencing at Yellowstone

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Volcanologists at the Yellowstone volcano observatory have been spending a lot of time putting out fires, internet rumor fires, that is, as people are afraid of a supervolcanic eruptions. Earlier this year, we told you about the unsubstantiated rumor that animals were “fleeing” the area and the speculation that something was going to happen. It…

Facepalming article suggests Darwin may fall via epigenetic findings

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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…

Students fear their dorm rooms might be haunted

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It’s no surprise that college students, steeped in ghostie TV shows and media coverage of haunted places EVERYWHERE, will freak themselves out over ghosts in their new rooms. It sounds like they really need a wake up call to life outside of the internet and their own sheltered idead. Will my dorm be haunted, ask…

It’s probably not the evil gluten

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More evidence that self-diagnosed gluten sensitivity is bogus. Researchers Who Provided Key Evidence For Gluten Sensitivity Have Now Thoroughly Shown That It Doesn’t Exist. In one of the best examples of science working, a researcher who provided key evidence of (non-celiac disease) gluten sensitivity recently published follow-up papers that show the opposite. The study was…

BBC gave cranks too much air time (Any is too much)

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Is “false balance” on the way out? We’d all like to think so. BBC staff told to stop inviting cranks on to science programmes. BBC journalists are being sent on courses to stop them inviting so many cranks onto programmes to air ‘marginal views’ The BBC Trust on Thursday published a progress report into the…

Evidence-based skepticism in the spotlight thanks to Bill Nye’s debate

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It’s so very exciting to see the reverberation of the Creation-Evolution debate continuing. And I am very happy to see Skeptical Inquirer play a role in it. This current issue of SI has an exclusive piece written by Bill Nye, The Science Guy himself, discussing the behind-the-scenes goings on that took place before and during…

No wiki woo woo

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We sent the link to this story out yesterday in leftovers but Guy Chapman has written it up for us in a post worth reading. Thanks, Guy.  If there’s one thing proponents of SCAM (Supplements, Complementary and Alternative Medicine) cannot stand, it’s objective unbiased information. Wikipedia’s policies have long mandated against giving undue weight to…

Lazarus Moss: 1500 yr old land plants revived

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A new report details that scientists brought moss that was frozen back to life. They note this is “unprecedented millennial-scale survival and viability deep within an Antarctic moss bank preserved in permafrost.” Frozen Underground for 1,500 Years, a Moss Comes Back to Life A team of British researchers drilled core samples from moss beds on…

WTF, Arizona? Lawmakers bent on keeping kids uneducated

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This article was one small step away from The Onion material. How people can be so paranoid, ignorant and short-sighted boggles my mind. AZ Senate panel votes to bar Common Core standards. Ignoring pleas from business leaders, the Senate Education Committee voted 6-3 along party lines Thursday to bar Arizona from implementing the Common Core…

South Carolina politician panders to Creationists, relents

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Sen. Mike Fair objects to the evolution clause then relents. Why? Probably to put on a show. It’s perfectly clear that there are no alternatives to teaching evolution in biology and old time religion folks need to find a new gig. This is ridiculous. State Sen. Mike Fair Blocks Evolution From South Carolina Science Standards.…

WA legislature moves to remove Christian Science faith healing exemption

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More news on religious exemptions for children’s health care. Remember we told you about a new law in Idaho proposed to address a religious shield law that protects parents when kids are treated only with faith-based healing. Now, the Washingon legistlature is taken steps to fix their laws. Faith Healing Exemption Gets Scrutiny In Washington…

The Great Debate: Science trumps Creationism

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Ham on Nye: Deny deny deny… In a sometimes frustrating, sometimes boring, but consistently civil discussion about the definition and importance of science, two speakers with opposing worldviews presented their evidence to a sellout crowd and hundreds of thousands of online viewers. Who Won Bill Nye’s Big Evolution Faceoff? – NBC News.com. Bill Nye the…

Watch the Ham on Nye debate live

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You can watch the Ham on Nye debate for free online. Bill Nye debate at Creation Museum to be live on Cincy.com | NKY.com | cincinnati.com. The much-anticipated debate on Tuesday night between Bill Nye “The Science Guy” and Ken Ham, founder of the Creation Museum, was sold out in minutes, but can still be…

Something is amiss, I just can’t say exactly what

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The ability to detect something different or wrong has nothing to do with a sixth sense but subtle clues we don’t even consciously notice. Researchers dismiss sixth sense – and put their faith in common sense | Science | theguardian.com. A year-long University of Melbourne study, published in the journal Plos One, found that people…

Editorial by psi researchers calls for open mindedness

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An opinion piece in a journal catering to fringe claims calls for open mindedness in reassessing parapsychological phenomena. I have to say it leaves me scratching my head… Give us your thoughts. Frontiers | A CALL FOR AN OPEN, INFORMED STUDY OF ALL ASPECTS OF CONSCIOUSNESS | Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. Science thrives when there…

“Angling” for a better view of fluorescent fish

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Doubtful News has recently covered stories related to bioluminescent animals, whether a television prank or a bunch of scientists making swine shine. This week, a team of researchers reports the discovery of quite a few species of fish that exhibit biofluorescence, and this way-cool discovery is getting extensive coverage. From blue to green, red or…

Bill Nye to debate Ken Ham February 4 at Creation Museum

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Good idea or not? I say publicity stunt from Ham. Dangerous Minds | Get your popcorn ready: Bill Nye the science guy to debate idiot Creation Museum founder Ken Ham. Ken Ham, of the Creation Museum in Kentucky, challenged Bill Nye to a public debate and Nye accepted! It will take place February 4th at the…