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Why People Believed Fake Bomb Detectors Worked

A man who sold bogus bomb detectors likened to dowsing rods in Iraq and elsewhere has been convicted of fraud in a British court. But why did it take so long for the authorities to catch on? Read more.

Bigfoot Blamed for Strange Shrieks

Do new recordings from Oregon’s Blue Mountains offer good evidence of the mysterious bipedal creature known as Bigfoot?

Really? I mean, really?

Just because an animal call seems unusual or mysterious doesn’t mean that it is. There are many factors than can affect how something sounds from far away, including temperature, wind and geographical features such as canyons.

My money is on the coyotes. Read more…

"…extraterrestrials (or their half-human hybrid offspring) may have been buried there.

Aliens!

"…two sets of DNA tests (one in 1999 and another in 2003) confirmed that the skull was in fact human…”

Aliens?

A common theme pervades mystery-mongering circles: Anything not immediately explainable or obvious is interpreted as a baffling mystery, often with paranormal connotations.”

No aliens. Poop. But…

"The main significance to archaeologists is that the discovery suggests the presence (or influence) of Mesoamerican societies much farther north than previously believed."

…a very cool archaeological discovery! Read more!

Is this jellyfish immortal?

According to research discussed in the New York Times over the weekend, this Turritopsis dohrni can do a Benjamin Button and reverse its aging process. However fascinating this species of jellyfish, the biology is a little more complex and extreme skepticism needs to be applied to any extraordinary claim.

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