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CNN and CBS Both Off the Hook in Defamation Lawsuit Over That Nonexistent Mass Grave

By Anna Merlan, via Dallas Observer A couple weeks back, we gave you an update on the unlucky Liberty County couple still trying to sue the self-proclaimed psychic who wrongly told police they had a huge mass grave filled with tiny dead children on their property. Presley “Rhonda” Gridley, who the couple alleges is the [...]

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BRAIN GAMES ARE BOGUS

By GARETH COOK, via The New Yorker A decade ago, a young Swedish researcher named Torkel Klingberg made a spectacular discovery. He gave a group of children computer games designed to boost their memory, and, after weeks of play, the kids showed improvements not only in memory but in overall intellectual ability. Spending hours memorizing [...]

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Richard Nixon, Jackie Gleason and Some Dead Aliens

By Mike Rothschild, via Skeptoid It was a warm night in Florida on February 19, 1973. Two friends had spent part of the day playing golf and chatting about their mutual interests, not unusual behavior for friends to engage in. But these weren’t your usual friends. They were President Richard Nixon and legendary actor and entertainer Jackie [...]

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Wales measles: Parents ‘overcome MMR mistrust legacy’

Via BBC News Take-up for the MMR vaccine in the area dropped significantly in the late 1990s when research – which has since been discredited – raised concerns over the jab. Saturday has seen hundreds of people queueing at four local hospitals offering drop-in clinics for children and young adults. The outbreak has affected nearly [...]

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Marion County parents lose latest battle to not immunize their 8 kids

By Aimee Green, via Oregon Live HT Doubtful News Marion County parents who lost custody of their eight young children last year also lost their fight Wednesday to prevent the state from immunizing the children. The Oregon Court of Appeals ruled that the parents — identified only as S.M. and R.M. in the opinion — didn’t have [...]

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Are wolves and lions man’s best friends?

By ROXANNE PALMER, via Salon “What were you, raised by wolves?” Parents usually ask this to cow an unruly child, but actually, when you think about it, the track record of wolf-raised children is pretty good. Mowgli anchored a best-selling book and a Disney movie; Romulus founded Rome. While wild animal encounters don’t always turn [...]

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The WHO vs. the Tea Doctor

By Brendan Borrell, via Slate ENTEBBE, Uganda—It’s a little after 9 a.m. on the Wagagai Flower Farm, and Robert Watsusi pedals a bicycle laden with two 3-gallon jugs of a hot, bitter black tea. As he rounds a corner, workers emerge from football field–size growing houses to imbibe their weekly dose of the elixir they say [...]

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Controversial Televangelist Peter Popoff Hawks ‘Miracle Water

By Leonardo Blair, via Christian Post HT Doubtful News Peter Popoff, the controversial televangelist who amassed millions from a “prophetic anointing” that was later revealed to have come, at least in part, from information fed to him over a radio by his wife, Elizabeth, is now hawking baggies of “miracle spring water” that promises to [...]

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Fact Checking 6 Persistent Science Conspiracy Theories

By Ker Than, via National Geographic Conspiracy theories are as American as apple pie. A national poll released this week by Public Policy Polling (PPP) found that some popular conspiracy theories in the United States have persisted for years, like the belief that a UFO crashed in Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947. Meanwhile, new theories have gained [...]

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