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“Life on comet” speculation undermines good science

Undated handout photo issued by the European Space Agency of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko at a distance of 285 km, as comet lander Philae may be sitting on an object teeming with alien microbial life, according to two leading astronomers. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday July 6, 2015. Distinct features of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, such as its organic-rich black crust, are best explained by the presence of living organisms beneath an icy surface, they claim. See PA story SCIENCE Comet. Photo credit should read: ESA/PA WireNOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

This story came across my Google News page. Red flags flew and alarms sounded as I looked for the “scientists” making the claim. Evidence of alien life is ‘unequivocal’ on comet carrying the Philae probe through space, scientists say. Source: Alien life on Philae Comet, scientists say It would be rather important, I thought, to…

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…

Discovery wild speculation channel presents… Killed by Yeti

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The Dyatlov Pass Incident: Was it Death by Yeti? Discovery Network continues their quest to be tops in science fiction. They are succeeding! A press release announces a 2-hour special investigating an actual unsolved mystery. And they know that when you can’t explain something, it just might be paranormal. This time, instead of UFOs or government…

CNN becoming a tabloid

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USA Today has an opinion piece on CNN’s coverage of the Malaysian airplane mystery. They report that BuzzFeed found that “during one stretch on March 12, CNN spent 256 out of 271 broadcast minutes on the plane.” Overcoverage? Yes. There were plenty of other things going on in the world. Plenty. But, as the piece…

Dark matter plus dinosaurs? Delicious! RUN with it!

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Facepalm moment – sometimes scientists use $10 words and the message just gets warped. Headline writers will just destroy the meaning of a story. Subtlety is NOT the media’s strong point. Did dark matter kill the dinosaurs? : Nature News & Comment. A thin disk of dark matter running through the Galaxy might be behind…

Okie octopus myth pushed by Animal Planet, easily busted

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On December 19, I threw a link into the leftovers from SciAm blogs regarding a legend of a lake octopus. The piece got picked up by Yahoo News and has appeared on several mystery news sites (I wish I had a name for this types of sites just to make things easier in reference). So…

Speculation on the death of King Tut continues…

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You may have seen this story a week ago. Crashed and Burned: How King Tut Died : Discovery News. It told how there was new speculation on how the King died and that his body had burned. Investigators were able to determine that the young pharaoh was on his knees when a horrific chariot accident…

Animal Planet’s downward plunge – more mermaids

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For some incredibly ridiculous reason*, Discovery Network’s Animal Planet continues to push the idea that mermaid can be real. More spectacularly anti-intellectual, mystery mongering and outright FAKE footage coming your way this weekend with a mini Monster-themed programming schedule. *ad revenue BusinessMirror – Animal Planet’s ‘Monster Week’ creeps back. ANIMAL Planet presents Monster Week, a…

Becoming dumb? Have you SEEN all the things I have to figure out today?

Is pampered humanity getting steadily less intelligent? | guardian.co.uk. Humans reached a peak of intelligence more than 2,000 years ago and it’s been downhill ever since, a scientist speculates Since modern humans emerged from the evolutionary brambles of our ancient ancestry, our bodies and minds have been transforming under the pressures of natural and sexual…

Finding BigRatings: Animal Planet ditches reality for docudrama dollars

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Finding Bigfoot announces new season and expansion around the globe. But no Bigfoot. ‘Finding Bigfoot’ Gets Even Bigger! Animal Planet Takes Search for Squatch Worldwide This November, FINDING BIGFOOT, one of Animal Planet’s top-performing series ever, delivering more than 1.3M P2+ viewers in its second season, returns with 11 all-new episodes and two specials that…

Sinking the silly idea of aquatic dinosaurs

Dinosaurs must have lived in water, scientist claims – Telegraph. Professor Brian J Ford said the prehistoric creatures “just don’t work” in the way palaeontologists have understood for decades. He believes their tails were too large and cumbersome for them to hunt or move with agility, and said they could not have consumed enough food…

Dr. Melba Ketchum says Bigfoot DNA results will be “beautiful”

Dr. Melba Ketchum now has a public Facebook page where you can view her updates about the supposed new DNA study set to be published soon that supports the reality of Bigfoot creatures. Dr. Melba Ketchum Some quotes: I do not have a pub date yet. Please be patient, real science takes time unlike TV.…

To shoot or not to shoot Bigfoot. All this speculation is killing me.

If you see a Bigfoot, should you shoot him? In the new Animal Planet reality TV show optimistically titled “Finding Bigfoot,” a team of experts examines video of an alleged Sasquatch spotted in the Canadian Rockies. The video, shot by a man named Todd Standing, shows something large and dark, standing atop a wooded ridge…