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Starlite on Tomorrow’s World

Maurice Ward demonstrates his nuclear-blast-resistant ‘gubbins’, Starlite, on BBC’s Tomorrow’s World in 1990.

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Welcome to Mars

by Ken Hollings
PB, 312pp, illus, index, £9.99 (was £11.99)
ISBN: 978-0954805487

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Equinox Festival

Edited by Raymond Salvatore Harmon
PB, 208 pp, illus, £9.99 (was £11.99)
ISBN: 978-1907222009

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Anosognosia and the unknown unknowns

Film-maker Errol Morris asks whether Donald Rumsfeld’s infamous quote was a sign of his intelligence, or of his ignorance and talks to psychologist David Dunning, co-author of the 1999 paper ‘Unskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties of Recognizing One’s …

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Calculating Plants

Plants are able to “remember” and “react” to information contained in light, according to researchers. Plants, scientists say, transmit information about light intensity and quality from leaf to leaf in a very similar way to our own nervous systems. These …

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Germany win, suckers!

Strange Attractor doesn’t usually cover sporting news, but this caught our attention… Paul, an octopus in Germany, has made international headlines with his perfect record predicting the outcome of Germany’s World Cup matches. On Tuesday, the cephalopod chose the national …

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Placebo Power

The phrase “mind-body connection” has many connotations. For some, it’s shorthand for New Age quackery. For others, it’s a source of hope and a way to reconcile their spiritual life with modern science… Increasingly, placebo effects are being viewed as …

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'Like Sleepwalking While Awake'

The Strange Story of Sally Hartman : a sad 1950s tale of the CIA-out-of-control, LSD and… UFOs. In Mirage Men I touch on the possibility that some early UFO encounters, particularly the case of Antonio Villas Boas, Abductee Zero, and perhaps …

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The Squid Doctor

‘Why does Dr. [Oliver] Sacks love cephalopods so much? They’re very smart. He says, “Cuttlefish have enormous eyes, they are curious and, I think, even affectionate. One cannot help feeling that they have individuality and consciousness, and the basis of an inner …

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Haunting the quantum field

This is starting to sound like the premise for an updated version of Nigel Kneale’s The Stone Tape (1972). “Spooky action at a distance” is how Albert Einstein famously derided the concept of quantum entanglement—where objects can become linked and instantaneously influence …

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