Category Archive: Science

Dec
04

Literally Sick of Fearmongering

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“In every life we have some trouble When you worry you make it double” –Bobby McFerrin, “Don’t Worry, By Happy” There is always something to be afraid of, if the headlines are anything to go by. One of the most recent scares is the ebola virus. In what has been termed “The Ebola Effect”, schools …

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Jul
11

All About the Supermoon

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If you’re looking at the moon any time today and tomorrow, you will notice a 30% size increase. This is one of those times that the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie. Check out this 5-minute clip from this morning’s South Florida’s First News with guest Susan Barnett talking to hosts Jimmy …

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Nov
17

What Planet are They From?

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[image by Eduardo Barreto, for the cover of DC Comics Presents #87] In The End-of-the-World Delusion: How Doomsayers Endanger Society, I cover one of the doomsayers’ favorite such prophecies: that a mysterious planet like Planet X (Nibiru) will crash into the earth. This theory was first proposed by Nancy Lieder in 1995, who claimed that …

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Nov
05

Using Hurricane Sandy to Prove that Doomsday is Here

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Being from the South Florida area myself, I am all too familiar with hurricanes. Hurricane Sandy did not strike Florida, and has instead struck the northeast coast of the United States. It has already claimed over 110 lives and caused tens of billions of dollars worth of damage. I have friends, family, and readers in …

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Jun
01

Is the Zombie Apocalypse upon us?

Earlier this week, the world was horrified to learn of the story of a homeless man who was forced to strip naked, and then had his face eaten off by another man. The cannibalistic attacker was 31-year old Rudy Eugene, and the victim was 65-year old Ronald Poppo. About 75–80% of Poppo’s face is now …

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May
21

One Year Ago Today…

May 21, 2011, was supposed to be Judgment Day—an earthquake was to strike at exactly 6 PM, starting in New Zealand and traveling west, until the entire earth was destroyed. Those who were “saved” would be Raptured and their souls would ascend directly to heaven; the rest of us would be “left behind” during a …

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Oct
24

Doomsaying: A Form of Child Abuse?

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With all this talk about the end of the world being near, despite the fact that it isn’t, has anyone stopped to ask: Won’t somebody please think of the children? Doomsaying is nothing is nothing new, and neither is the harm that it does the younger generation. Two sisters, seven and eight years old at …

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Oct
15

Comet Elenin—so-called Doomsday Comet—to visit tomorrow

Some in the media are referring to Comet Elenin, which is to come near to the Earth tomorrow, as the “Doomsday” comet.  The comet has actually begun to disintegrate after coming close to the sun during a period of intense solar activity last month.  At about 22 million miles away from the Earth, there are fanatics …

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Oct
12

Comets, Meteors, and Asteroids… Oh, My!

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Many “end of the world” hoaxes—including the one on December 21, 2012—involve a collision from some object in space with the Earth.  First, some terminology:1 Comet: A comet is a relatively small solar system body that orbits the sun. When close enough to the sun they display a visible coma (a fuzzy outline or atmosphere …

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