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  • Criticisms of Reincarnation Case Studies
    Discusses criticisms of reincarnation research made by Paul Edwards, Leonard Angel, Keith Augustine and other sceptics, also non-survivalist alternatives proposed by some parapsychologists. ... Read more »
  • Will (reincarnation case)
    American who has 'memories' he takes to pertain to past lives, notably as a SS camp guard at Auschwitz and earlier as a young German soldier killed in action in World War I.... Read more »
  • Helen Duncan
    Controversial Scottish physical medium (1898-1956) known for producing ‘ectoplasm’ and 'spirit materializations', sentenced to jail under England’s Witchcraft Act of 1735.... Read more »
  • Robert Van de Castle
    Robert Van de Castle (1927–2014) was an American psychologist specializing in dream research. He was active in parapsychology, both as an experimenter in ESP dreaming and also as a subject, in…... Read more »
  • William Tiller
    American materials science professor, who in retirement carried out experiments appearing to show that psychic energy can directly influence chemical and biological systems. ... Read more »
  • Margery (Mina Stinson Crandon)
    Mina Crandon, née Stinson, and better known by her pseudonym ‘Margery’, was an American séance medium who was frequently investigated in the 1920s. Besides levitations and other psychokinetic…... Read more »
  • Encounters With the Deceased
    Describes the various types and characteristics of encounters with deceased loved ones in dreams and other states of consciousness, as revealed in research and case examples.   ... Read more »



    Aeon | a world of ideas

  • We are interwoven beings
    A dragon needs the clouds and the wind in order to fly. What happens when we too relinquish individualistic reasoning? - by Mercedes Valmisa Read at Aeon... Read more »
  • Bernard Williams and Bryan Magee on Descartes
    How Descartes took the world apart to reconstitute it anew, laying the foundations for modern philosophy and science - by Aeon Video Watch at Aeon... Read more »
  • Wanderlust of the ancients
    The Roman Empire enabled an early version of globalisation that offered travellers adventure, novelty and opportunity - by Fabio Fernandes Read at Aeon... Read more »
  • Small hours
    Welcome to Block Island: holiday hotspot for wealthy tourists, and seasonal home for the workers who keep the place running - by Aeon Video Watch at Aeon... Read more »
  • Was Colin Wilson a fascist?
    For thousands of fans, he made philosophy thrillingly relevant. Yet there is a deep unsavoury undercurrent to his worldview - by Jules Evans Read at Aeon... Read more »
  • The love and death of Yosef and Zilli
    A filmmaker turns his lens on the beauty of family life as he tries to make sense of his parents’ decision to die together - by Aeon Video Watch at Aeon... Read more »
  • Our Earth, shaped by life
    Darwin was the first to see that all lifeforms, from worms to corals, transform the planet. What does that mean for us? - by Olivia Judson Read at Aeon... Read more »




    Singularity Hub

  • Understanding the Cell: The Elementary Building Block From Which Life Emerges
    In his latest book, the oncologist and acclaimed writer Siddhartha Mukherjee focuses his narrative microscope on the cell, the elementary building block from which complex systems and life itself emerge. It is the coordination of cells that allow hearts to beat, the specialization of cells that create robust immune systems,... Read more »
  • VideoThis Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through November 26)
    ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Meta’s ‘Cicero’ AI Trounced Humans at Diplomacy Without Revealing Its True Identity Mack DeGeurin | Gizmodo “Meta says Cicero more than doubled the average score of human players across 40 anonymous online Diplomacy games and ranked in the top 10% of players who played more than one game.... Read more »
  • Video8 Billion People: How Evolution Made It Happen
    November 15, 2022 marked a milestone for our species, as the global population hit 8 billion. Just 70 years ago—within a human lifetime—there were only 2.5 billion of us. In AD1, fewer than one-third of a billion. So how have we been so successful? Humans are not especially fast, strong,... Read more »
  • VideoThis Amazing Interactive Map of the Universe Takes You All the Way Back to the Big Bang
    The early 2020s have been a chaotic time, with seemingly one crisis after another befalling humanity: the Covid-19 pandemic, inflation and supply chain upheaval, political instability and extremism, climate change…the list goes on. But what does it all really mean, or matter, when you zoom out and look at the... Read more »
  • This AI Supercomputer Has 13.5 Million Cores—and Was Built in Just Three Days
    Artificial intelligence is on a tear. Machines can speak, write, play games, and generate original images, video, and music. But as AI’s capabilities have grown, so too have its algorithms. A decade ago, machine learning algorithms relied on tens of millions of internal connections, or parameters. Today’s algorithms regularly reach... Read more »
  • These Engineered Cells Are Super Soldiers That Hunt Down Cancers
    A new cancer therapy is a match made in heaven. On one side is CRISPR, the gene-editing technology that’s taken genetic engineering by storm. The other is a therapy called CAR-T, which transforms normal immune cells into super soldiers that hunt down specific cancers. Scientists have long sought to combine... Read more »
  • A Pristine Chunk of Space Rock Found Within Hours of Hitting Earth Can Tell Us About the Birth of the Solar System
    At about 10 o’clock on the night of February 28, 2021, a fireball streaked through the sky over England. The blazing extraterrestrial visitor was seen by more than 1,000 people, and its descent was filmed by 16 dedicated meteor-tracking cameras from the UK Fireball Alliance and many dashboard and doorbell... Read more »








    Medieval manuscripts blog

  • Reunited! A Russian manuscript of the Alexander Romance
    The British Library’s major exhibition, Alexander the Great: The Making of a Myth, gives an insight into the incredible spread of Alexander’s legends across time and across cultures. Central to the show is the legendary life of Alexander the Great, known as the Alexander Romance. Written in Greek around the...... Read more »
  • Florimont, flower of the world
    History records that Alexander the Great was the son of King Philip II of Macedon and Queen Olympias. (A rumour that his real father was the Egyptian pharoah Nectanebus is described in our blogpost A pharaoh in disguise). But having royal parents was never enough for a popular medieval hero;...... Read more »
  • The expenses of Queen Eleanor of Castile
    A Psalter, a silver belt, brooches and clasps, Parisian jewels, brown bread from Cologne, nuts and pears: these are all items that Queen Eleanor of Castile (r. 1272–1290) bought between September 1289 and December 1290. Eleanor was the queen consort of the English king, Edward I (r. 1272–1307), and her...... Read more »
  • Mary, Queen of Scots: two new acquisitions
    Following hot on the heels of the exhibition Elizabeth & Mary: Royal Cousins, Rival Queens, we are delighted to announce that the British Library has acquired two documents relating to Mary, Queen of Scots’ imprisonment in England. The first, Add MS 89480, is a letter written by the Scottish queen...... Read more »
  • A pharaoh in disguise
    Nectanebus II was the last pharaoh and native king of Egypt, who reigned from approximately 360 to 342 BC. His rule began relatively successfully, but he fled Egypt after he was defeated by the Persian ruler, Artaxerxes III. Little is known of his life thereafter, but rumours spread that Nectanebus...... Read more »
  • A medieval best-seller: the Alexander Romance
    The British Library’s major exhibition Alexander the Great: The Making of a Myth takes visitors on a remarkable journey through the legends and stories connected with one of the ancient world’s most renowned figures: Alexander the Great. The main source and inspiration for the stories highlighted in the show was...... Read more »
  • How King Henry VIII read the Psalter
    A new exhibition The Tudors: Art and Majesty in Renaissance England has recently opened at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The exhibition showcases the artistic legacy of the Tudors and reveals how England became a thriving home for the arts as the Tudor monarchs increasingly used...... Read more »

Weizmann Wonder Wander


    Weizmann Wonder Wander - News, Features and Discoveries from the Weizmann Institute of Science

  • A New Scientific Movement
    The Weizmann Institute’s Prof. Atan Gross uses science and dance to inspire researchers – and fight Parkinson’s... Read more »
  • Down to the Synapse: Connecting Brain Circuits to Behavior
    By flipping a single synaptic connection in a neural circuit, the researchers caused male worms to behave like females in response to a painful cue... Read more »
  • Expanding the Limits of the Possible
    The Weizmann Institute of Science confers nine honorary PhDs... Read more »
  • Prof. Nir Davidson
    Prof. Nir Davidson was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS)... Read more »
  • Prof. Rotem Sorek
    Prof. Rotem Sorek winner of the 2023 HFSP Nakasone Award... Read more »
  • Prof. Hanoch Daniel Wagner
    Prof. Hanoch Daniel Wagner was elected a Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts... Read more »
  • Prof. Itamar Procaccia
    Prof. Itamar Procaccia received the Leo P. Kadanoff Prize by the American Physical Society... Read more »




  • Deep-sea octopus broods eggs for over four years—longer than any known animal
    Longer than any other species known to science, a deep-sea octopus has been observed by researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) caring for its eggs for four and a half years. The female protected the eggs from predators throughout this time and kept them clean. This astounding... Read more »
  • Quantum dots form ordered material
     A cluster of 1,000 or more atoms known as a quantum dot functions as a single big "super-atom." These dots' electrical characteristics may be precisely designed by adjusting their size. However, a significant number of dots need to be merged into a new material in order to produce functioning devices.... Read more »
  • There’s a Damn Good Chance AI Will Destroy Humanity, Researchers Say in a New Study
    On the plus side, there may be certain actions we can do to stop it from happening.https://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js?client=ca-pub-0957624760895905 (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); In recent study, scientists address one of our biggest concerns about the future: What would happen if a certain kind of sophisticated, self-directing artificial intelligence (AI) encounters a... Read more »
  • Vaccines to treat cancer possible by 2030, say BioNTech founders
    According to Uur Ahin and Zlem Türeci, the mRNA Covid vaccination technology may be used to help eradicate cancer cells.https://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js?client=ca-pub-0957624760895905 (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); According to the husband and wife duo behind one of the most popular Covid vaccinations of the pandemic, cancer-specific vaccines may be accessible by the... Read more »
  • Our Civilization Is Hitting A Dead End Because This Is the Age of Extinction
    The Statistics Are Amazing. Extinction has arrived and is destroying our planet. We're in the Age of Extinction, I remark frequently. Why does that matter? Well, quite a few things. Let's begin with only one. I won't use the term shocking much, but a report that was released today truly... Read more »
  • Scientists Engineer Bacteria to Recycle Plastic Waste Into Valuable Chemicals
    Our rivers and oceans are being clogged with plastic debris, which is doing long-term environmental havoc that is just now beginning to be seen. But a novel strategy that fuses chemical and biological processes might significantly streamline the recycling procedure.https://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js?client=ca-pub-0957624760895905 (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); While a lot of the... Read more »
  • A quick look at the 2022 Nobel Prizes
    The announcements for all but one of the 2022 Nobel Prizes have been made. Here is a look at the rewards that have already been revealed, those that will soon, and what comes next for the winners.https://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js?client=ca-pub-0957624760895905 (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); PEACE Ales Bialiatski, a jailed advocate for Belarusian... Read more »





  • ‘Fun’ research on historic ads about flying saucers, UFOs remains relevant
    A look at history often provides some context for the present and might even inform the future, so it’s not surprising two Penn State faculty members’ review of Cold War-era print and television advertisements about flying saucers and UFOs prompted some themes — and one overarching business reality — that informs... Read more »
  • Engineers improve electrochemical sensing by incorporating machine learning
    Combining machine learning with multimodal electrochemical sensing can significantly improve the analytical performance of biosensors, according to new findings from a Penn State research team. These improvements may benefit noninvasive health monitoring, such as testing that involves saliva or sweat.... Read more »
  • New 'Life From All Angles' video features Sally Mackenzie’s epigenetics research
    The newest episode of "Life From All Angles," a YouTube series produced by the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, highlights the breakthroughs made by Penn State Plant Institute Director Sally Mackenzie in understanding epigenetics and manipulating plants to be more productive.... Read more »
  • Climate plays large role in carbon release from streams, researchers find
    A team of Penn State engineers has determined that both water discharge — or the volume of water flowing through a river or stream — and climate itself may have significant influence on dissolved inorganic carbon concentrations in rivers and streams.... Read more »
  • New process developed to extract high purity rare earth element oxides
    Critical minerals, including rare earth elements, are used to power devices like smartphones and computers and are essential to our nation’s economy and national security. Penn State’s Center for Critical Minerals has developed a new purification process that extracts mixed rare earth oxides from acid mine drainage and associated sludges... Read more »
  • New center promotes health and healing from early-life trauma and adversity
    Researchers in the newly launched Center for Safe and Healthy Children in Penn State’s College of Health and Human Development work to mitigate harm from a variety of traumas that children may experience and to prevent child sexual abuse.  ... Read more »
  • What shapes the composition of microbes in a warbler’s gut?
    New research by Penn State biologists suggests that the collection of bacteria and other microorganisms that live within birds’ digestive tracts — their gut microbiomes — are influenced more by evolution than diet, contrary to a recently proposed hypothesis.... Read more »



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