Tag archives for Mysterious-Science

Precognition Brouhaha

You know that research is really provocative when it arouses a storm of contention and rebuttals before it is even published. That has been the case with a study by Darryl J. Bem, the retired Cornell University social psychologist best known for developing the theory of self-perception, which holds that people infer attitudes from their own behavior.…

Another Nazi Secret Weapon: 3-D Movies

Thanks to the multi-billion-dollar box office achieved by director James Cameron’s 2009 fantasy epic Avatar, Hollywood studios are now totally in love with 3-D technology. It’s a win for theater chains, too, because they can charge premium prices for tickets to 3-D flicks, at least until the novelty wears off. Not everybody, of course, likes…

The Exchequer Files

The British National Archives has just made public thousands of pages of documents about UFOs, and even is offering a highlights guide so that readers can sift through the material for the most intriguing–and the wackiest–stuff. And there are plenty of both types of revelations in the UFO documents.  Pages 10-34 of this PDF file, for example, detail British diplomatic…

Romanian occultists balk at new taxes, regulations

Most countries don’t view the occult as a potential government revenue source, but then again, Romania isn’t most countries.  The land that gave us Vlad the Impaler and his fictional descendent, Count Dracula, has always seemed to border Hungary and Serbia on one side and the Astral Plane on the other. If you follow Romanian…

The Amazing Shereshevsky

If you feel sheepish about your inability to remember your wife’s birthday or where you left your car keys, don’t fret. We’re all more or less memory-challenged compared to an early 20th-Century Russian named Solomon Veniaminovich Shereshevsky, who could store more data in his head than we’ll ever forget. Pioneering Russian neurologist and memory researcher…

What’s all this Betelgeuse brouhaha?

After an article on an Australian website, News.com.au, quoted a physics professor saying that Betelgeuse might go supernova on us  and light up the sky like a second Sun, and speculated that it might happen next year, the the MSM and the blogosphere went into a frenzy.“Will the Earth have Two Suns by 2012?” a representative headline on Time.com…

MySci Daily Roundup, Holiday Hiatus Edition: I will show you fear, in a handful of dust

While some of us slept through our modern literature class in college, we couldn’t help but stay awake on the day that our professor gave a stirring reading of T.S. Eliot’s cryptic poem, “The Waste Land.” Scholars have written volumes about Eliot’s torrent of disturbing imagery, which is laden with about as many literary allusions…

MySci Roundup, Dec. 9: Postmortem Hollywood comebacks?

We’ve been humming the Foo Fighters’ song “Stacked Actors” all morning, ever since we saw this story from the Daily Mail, via the Huffington Post, in which a past associate of George Lucas claims that the movie impresario behind the Star Wars series is planning to make a movie featuring computer-generated likenesses of various dead Hollywood stars of yesteryear.  The Daily…

MySci Roundup, Dec. 8: Will a time-traveler someday save John Lennon?

It’s been three decades since John Lennon’s murder by Mark David Chapman in front of his home in New York City on Dec. 8 1980. And those of us who were devotees of the funniest, most soulful, most protean, and most iconoclastic of the Fab Four have been left to wonder what else he might…

MySci Roundup Dec. 7: He really has eyes in back of his head

Wafaa Bilal, an Iraqi-born artist and assistant professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, has developed a name for himself with his provocative experiments in body modification as a means of expression. In March, for example, to remind people of the death of his brother Haji and others, both Iraqi and American, in…