The SGU Cutting Room Floor: Episode # 476
The American Indians would use 100% of the buffalo they killed. Remember that “fact” from 3rd grade? Turns out it is wrong, there were plenty of remnants. So when Steve takes the raw footage (hence the buffalo) and decides which items will make the final cut of the show (hence saving the useful parts, leaving the remnants) among the remains are some interesting news items. So instead of having them go to waste, why not use some of them as part a blog post series? Yes, conservation is a good thing!
Belief in the paranormal can be very dangerous, for many reasons. When 5 year old children are claiming to see things, and the only way for the parent to describe it is as “paranormal”, that is a disturbing sign. This column also makes us think about how best to help parents found in this situation. By what the woman is describing, the “ministers” are doing a great disservice. From the column: “My 5-year-old son has been claiming to see the paranormal. I’m sure part of it is just his imagination. But sometimes he describes in great detail people and even pets who have died.”
States like Oklahoma are experiencing unusual amounts of earthquake activity, and there is evidence that the practice of “fracking” is the cause. But despite the cause, do we really need to worry about man-made earthquakes? From the article: “Expanded oil and gas operations in the central and eastern United States have triggered earthquakes as large as magnitude 5.7, as drillers inject wastewater back into the ground. But seismologists now report a bit of good news: such ‘induced’ quakes appear to shake the ground less than a naturally occurring earthquake of the same magnitude would.”
A purveyor of a useless ghost hunting kit died recently. In respect for the deceased, it is best not to go in to detail about the ironies abound. We will let you use your own imagination for that. But “Electronic Voice Phenomena” (EVP) devices are synonymous with “ghost hunting”, and as a means of finding evidence of ghosts, they are worthless. From the article: “While his work had its detractors and many claimed the sounds from the device were subjective (and the results untestable), there is no denying the man had an enormous impact on paranormal investigations. A variation of a Frank’s Box — adapted by other researchers and inventors — can be found in the basic tool kit for most modern ghost hunters.”
William P. Hanage is associate professor of epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He wrote an article, which was published in Nature, and shows a healthy respect for utilizing skepticism in better understanding how microbiology really works. From his article: “The history of science is replete with examples of exciting new fields that promised a gold rush of medicines and health insights but required scepticism and years of slogging to deliver even partially. As such, the criteria for robust microbiome science are instructive for all researchers. As excitement over the microbiome has filtered beyond academic circles, the potential mischief wrought by misunderstanding encompasses journalists, funding bodies and the public.”