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NEWS OF THE MONTH

NMSR's Hot News of the Month - Updated September 7th, 2014

Hobbits No More? Not So Fast!...

The Guardian/Observer reported on August 16th on the fierce reaction to an earlier paper in the PNAS: "A furious international dispute has erupted over the publication of a paper that claims the hobbit man of Flores was a modern human who had Down's syndrome. Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) this month, the research has been denounced by scientists around the world. The tiny Homo floresiensis, discovered on Flores, an island in Indonesia, is definitely a member of a distinct ancient species of hominins, they insist....."

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/aug/16/flores-hobbit-human-downs-syndrome-claim-homo-floresiensis

It's a YouTube 9/11 Truth Debate!

NMSR is involved in a YouTube Debate on "What Caused the Collapses of the Twin Towers on 9-11-2001." Michael Fullerton of Vernon 9/11 Truth, based in British Columbia, went first in June. On August 4th, Dave Thomas posted his first installment in the debate, a 15-minute video containing footage of physics experiments, controlled demolitions, a re-creation of Sherman's neckties, and more.

Mr. Fullerton's closure/rebuttal was posted on August 29th,and is online here.

Has Fullerton responded to the issues raised in the first NMSR debate segment, or has he simply declared success, and moved the goalposts? You'll have to see for yourself!

Dave Thomas's closing remarks are up next. Stay tuned to YouTube channel theNMSR for some more 9/11 Truth Debate Action!

Source: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCznhojxlho9H6VS_Zh_GwlA/videos

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Science-Style...

By Dave Thomas

This is my ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, thanks to my son Ben Thomas. In this setup, some thermite (sparklers) severs one line of two holding the heavy bag on the right. That bag then descends rapidly, and a pulley then upends the Ice Bucket, thereby delivering the requisite quantity of dihydrogen monoxide (in both solid and liquid forms) to my upper torso. Physics Rules!

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_vAg_c2dDI

NEW POSTINGS AT NMSR...

SEPTEMBER 2014 PUZZLE - "Faster than g?"
http://www.nmsr.org/puzzles.htm

SEPTEMBER 2014 NMSR REPORTS ON-LINE - Medical Isotope Crisis, Trapping Cats, Hobbits No More? Not So Fast!, Next Video in 9/11 Debate is Online, Puzzles, Skeptiverse Haiku, MORE!
http://www.nmsr.org/pdfnews.htm

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