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A pill for grey hair?

January 10, 2012

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Dateline: 3 October 2011 // Posted by: xoxo Gossip Girl Source: Daily Mail Story: “Once-a-day pill means you will never have to go grey” Summary: Scientists with beauty giant L’Oreal believe that a pill containing extracts from an unnamed fruit could prevent the onset of grey hair. They intend to design a pill containing this plant extracts which […]

Is sleep a form of ‘overnight therapy’?

January 10, 2012

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Dateline: 23 November 2011 // Posted by: Sinead Kearns Source: Irish Independent, Daily Mail Story: “Can dreaming really make all our worst memories fade away?” Summary: This story was reported in various news outlets and it concerned researchers at the University of California in Berkeley including Els van der Helm and Mathew Walker. The report indicates how these […]

“Spontaneous human combustion” in Ireland?

September 28, 2011

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Dateline: 23 September 2011 // Posted by: Brian Hughes Source: Galway City Tribune, Irish Times, The Guardian, NY Daily News, and many more. Story: “Galway Pensioner Dies From Spontaneous Combusion” Summary: A public inquiry into the death of a 76-year-old man in Galway, Ireland, late last year concluded that he was a victim of a […]

Subtle media pseudoscience

September 5, 2011

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Yes — there is pseudoscience in mainstream media. Sometimes it relates to out-and-out crazy stuff that most people would acknowledge is extremely questionable. But sometimes it relates to iffy (even fishy) science presented as unequivocal fact in media outlets that should really be more critical. This example is from The Irish Times. You can read […]

Unsubtle media pseudoscience

September 5, 2011

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Sometimes the media’s coverage of pseudoscience relates to extravagantly unscientific subject matter. It is often difficult to know if such media are genuinely covering the story as if it were true, or whether they are presenting the material essentially for entertainment purposes. Coverage of UFO visitations is a case in point. Does The Sun really believe […]