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Scientists busy squashing silly rumors instead of sciencing at Yellowstone

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…

WA legislature moves to remove Christian Science faith healing exemption

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…

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

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

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…

Bigfoot in science class – that’s a problem

John Pedersen has a 7-foot-tall sasquatch in his middle school classroom. Bigfoot researcher donates to middle school classroom | KTVB.COM Boise. Pedersen says he uses the creature to teach kids about ecology and scientific possibilities. What’s more, he now says Idaho State University Professor Dr. Jeff Meldrum, who is a bigfoot researcher, saw KTVB’s story…

Some evangelical homeschoolers are OK with evolution. A small step?

Not everyone who homeschools their kids want their kids to be scientifically illiterate. Are we seeing a backlash of parents who want their kids to have quality science texts? Old Earth, Young Minds: Evangelical Homeschoolers Embrace Evolution – David R. Wheeler – The Atlantic. For homeschooling parents who want to teach their children that the…

Creationism in Texas: Here we go again…again

Creationists just keep going and going and going… Told You So: Texas Ed Board Chair Wants Science Textbooks to Teach ‘Another Side’ on Evolution We told you this would happen. In 2009, when the Texas State Board of Education adopted new science curriculum standards, we warned that creationists had inserted language they would later try…

Judge in Italian earthquake trial justifies decision against scientists

It sent shockwaves across the scientific community: scientists convicted of failing to adequately warn of a deadly earthquake in Italy. The judge goes on record to explain why he felt they were guilty of negligence. Judge in L’Aquila Earthquake Trial Explains His Verdict – ScienceInsider. The L’Aquila judge who last October sentenced seven scientists and…

The improbable life and science of cadborosaurus

Paleozoologist Dr. Darren Naish exposes the bad science the created and sustains Cadborosaurus. Discussions with cryptozoologists is a frustrating business. The Cadborosaurus Wars Michael Woodley, Cameron McCormick and myself recently argued that an alleged ‘baby Cadborosaurus’ was very likely no baby sea-serpent at all [via Bousfield and LeBlond], but rather a mangled and half-remembered description…