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On dowsing

January 18, 2012

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Dateline: 2 November 2011 // Posted by: John Paul Carroll Source: Journal of Commerce Story: “Dowsers continue tradition of locating underground water” Summary: An article was published in the Journal of Commerce (a construction industry newspaper from Western Canada) on claims by dowsers that they can locate underground water. The article gives an explanation of dowsing by firstly defining what dowsing is. […]

An apparition in the cliffs?

January 18, 2012

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Dateline: 12 November 2011 // Posted by: James Galvin Source: Irish Central, Daily Mail, Drogheda Independent Story: “Christ on a cliff! American tourist pictures Jesus on holiday in Ireland” Summary: An American tourist on holiday in Ireland claimed to see the face of Jesus Christ on the side of the famous tourist attraction, the Cliffs of Moher. […]

Ghost story

January 10, 2012

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Dateline: 22November 2011 // Posted by: Bitofaheel Source: Daily Mail Story: “Terror of family who claim their five-year old son is haunted by the ‘man with grey skin'” Summary: This story takes place in Bridlington, Yorkshire,in the United Kingdom. Dave Gerrity claims his son is being pestered by a ghost. He claims an image of this ‘grey-faced’ ghost […]

Does Thanksgiving make your brain feel better?

January 10, 2012

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Dateline: 18 November 2011 // Posted by: Peter Floyd Source: Daily Mail Story: “Thanksgiving DOES pay off: Why our bodies and brains pay us back for being grateful” Summary: The article describes how the act of thanking people can directly trigger happiness. The (American) tradition of “Thanksgiving” is apparently very good for people as the act of thanking […]

Stroke “causes” change in sexuality?

December 23, 2011

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Dateline: 9 November 2011 // Posted by: Ciaran Murray Source: Daily Mail, The Sun, Huffington Post Story: “Burly rugby player has a stroke after freak gym accident…wakes up gay and becomes a hairdresser” Summary: When a 19-year-old rugby player had a stroke after a freak training accident he awoke from his coma with an extraordinary claim. He claimed […]

Brain scanner reads dreams? Dream on…

December 23, 2011

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Dateline: 28 October 2011 // Posted by: Mac Source: Daily Mail Story: “Brain scanner ‘reads’ people’s dreams- accurately enough to see what they are dreaming about” Summary: Scientists at the Max Planck Institute in Germany have predicted that it is highly possible that within the next few years we will be able to clearly and easily observe a […]

Psychopathic speech?

December 23, 2011

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Dateline: 20 October 2011 // Posted by: Laura O’Connor Source: Daily Mail, also reported on Science Daily Story: “Want to find a psychopath? Listen carefully…” Summary: According to the article, psychopathy can be identified by analysing a person’s speech patterns. Research has shown that people who use words such as “um” and “ah”,  display a lack of emotion, […]

Does buying a house accelerate ageing?

December 22, 2011

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Dateline: 4 November 2011 // Posted by: Kerry McCarthy Source: Huffington Post UK Story: “The Stress of House Buying Can Age You by Two Years” Summary: The article “The Stress of House Buying Can Age You by Two Years” is located in the health section of The Huffington Post UK. This article claims that after a study […]

Evidence? In your dreams…

December 19, 2011

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Dateline: 11 November 2011 // Posted by: Joanne O’Sullivan Source: The Sun Story: “Why girls have more nightmares” Summary: According to columnist Dr Pam Spurr, women have “wilder” dreams than their male counterparts and suffer more nightmares than men. This is supposedly due to particular female hormones which during the menstrual cycle cause body temperature changes which […]

Is ’emotional acupuncture’ the answer?

December 19, 2011

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Dateline: 9 November 2011 // Posted by: Stephanie Brolsma Source: ExplorerNews.com Story: “‘Emotional acupuncture’ helps vets: Military veterans find relief from PTSD thanks to touch therapy” Summary: Many war veterans return from duty only to experience flashbacks of their time of service. These flashbacks are symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. According to the article, […]

High on traffic

November 29, 2011

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Dateline: 10 November 2011 // Posted by: Deirdre Metcalf Source: Daily Mail Story: “Car fumes are a mild narcotic that help us cope with city stress, claims scientist” Summary: Carbon monoxide (CO) is well known as an odorless, poisonous gas that is fatal to humans.  However, a recent study by Professor Itzhak Schnell of Tel Aviv […]

Singularly speculative

November 28, 2011

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Dateline: 12 October 2011 // Posted by: AHJOConnell Source: Forbes Story: “Ray Kurzweil On The Future Of Innovation At Singularity University” Summary: The article tells of Ray Kurzweil speaking to a group of his students at the singularity university in Silicon Valley, California. He is talking about the great strides that have been made in technology […]

Are ghosts “all in the mind”?

November 28, 2011

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Dateline: 2 November 2011 // Posted by: Aware521 Source: Daily Mail, BBC News, and more. Story: “Do Ghosts Exist or is it ‘All in the Mind?’” Summary: In May of 2003, the BBC reported on research by psychologists from the UK who examined the reports of over 600 volunteers at two of the UK’s most haunted […]