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2013-07-20 23:04:07

The Independent Investigations Group (IIG) has announced the finalists for their Seventh annual awards ceremony. These include Eugenie Scott, PhD, Mark Cuban, The Onion.com, “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia,” and “The Hamster Wheel.” Hollywood, CA (PRWEB) July 20, 2013 The Independent Investigations Group (IIG), the international skeptical research and science advocacy organization, has announced the finalists to be honored in their annual awards ceremony recognizing the...

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2011-05-19 08:25:00

New statistical approach doesn't support claims that extra-sensory perception exists Can people truly feel the future? Researchers remain skeptical, according to a new study by Jeffrey Rouder and Richard Morey from the University of Missouri in the US, and the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, respectively. Their work (1) appears online in the Psychonomic Bulletin & Review (2), published by Springer. Although extra-sensory perception (ESP) seems impossible given our current...

2009-08-13 17:06:14

Residents of a small Washington town say mysterious crop circles have appeared in wheat fields for the second time in three years. Locals in Wilbur, a town of 960 people 65 miles west of Spokane, Wash., said the talk of the town has been the latest crop designs, discovered in late July on the Haden family's wheat farm, The Seattle Times reported Thursday. This is the one where they put the spaceship landing pad down, Keith Haden joked while pointing out a portion of the design, which...

2009-04-03 15:16:47

Reports of ghosts at a Scottish castle have been bolstered by the discovery of a 32-year-old photo that appears to depict an apparition. The picture, which emerged after a photo taken last May appeared to show a figure in a Tudor dress at the Tantallon Castle, was taken at the same castle 32 years ago by Edinburgh resident Grace Lamb, The Daily Telegraph reported Friday. Lamb said the photo depicts her husband and their two children standing in front of the castle while a figure that appears...

2009-03-14 15:04:01

A British psychology professor has invited people to submit snapshots of alleged ghosts and let online viewers vote whether they truly defy explanation. The Daily Telegraph reported Saturday that University of Hertfordshire Professor Richard Wiseman's Web site asks visitors whether they think the pictured ghosts are genuine, fake or uncertain. Wiseman said the site had 60,000 hits on the first day and 40,000 the following day. I'm surprised that it's really taken off, he told the British...

2008-08-29 09:00:56

I've been following the recent series of letters and columns questioning the safety of the Pilgrim power plant and have concluded that the controversy, although often extreme, is beneficial to the community. I have never felt endangered because I live near the power plant. I'm confident that those in charge are carefully following the safety regulations. However, it is excellent that debate about nuclear power continues. Skepticism about the nuclear plant will lead to new discoveries....


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.