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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…

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…

AP poll has experts lamenting science literacy – It’s more complicated

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Should we be surprised by this? No, I’m not. Disappointed, maybe. But, we should be used to these results by now. Poll: Big Bang a big question for most Americans. Few Americans question that smoking causes cancer. But they express bigger doubts as concepts that scientists consider to be truths get further from our own…

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…

A paper linking conspiracy ideas to climate change denialism has been retracted

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We’ve posted several stories on the work of S. Lewandowsky. He makes climate change deniers and conspiracy theorists rather angry; angry enough to call him names and file complaints about the papers. A rundown of the rather complicated history of his disputed papers about climate change deniers can be found here. Journal pulls paper due…

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…

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…

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…

What’s kraken at the GSA meeting? (UPDATE: Creationist!)

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Originally published Nov 1, 2013, see important update below. We’re seeing a revival of a story we first noted in October 2011 from the GSA (Geological Society of America) conference. The same researchers have returned to try to further convince us that a giant unknown cephalopod existed AND that it was so intelligent that it…

The most absurd “scientific” research project you’ve seen all day

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We checked, this is NOT a story from the Onion! But it sure would fit. STUDENT “SCIENTIFICALLY PROVES” GAY MARRIAGE WRONG Amalaha says that his ‘groundbreaking’ experiments have shown that the north and south poles of two magnets are attracted to each other while same poles repel each other. He concludes that this “means that…

Texas and Kentucky are in denial

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Here’s a quick roundup from the National Center for Science Education on evolution/creationism/denialism news. Textbooks under attack in Texas | NCSE. Ideologues on official state textbook review teams are attacking the treatment of evolution and climate change in science textbooks under consideration in Texas, charged the Texas Freedom Network and the National Center for Science…

Hollywood Skeptics group will present awards

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The best and the worst will be honored in an annual awards ceremony that smacks down the garbage media and awards the Sisyphean heroes. Eugenie Scott, The Onion.com, TV Shows to Be Honored by Hollywood Skeptics at Annual Awards Ceremony on July 29th. The Independent Investigations Group (IIG), the international skeptical research and science advocacy…