Back on the Grail bike we hop, with a weekend news briefs collection to get through some of the things we’ve missed over the break…
- Researchers levitate objects and manipulate them in three dimensions using ultrasonic waves.
- Do foxes use a ‘magnetic sense‘ to hunt in the winter snow?
- Patients in a vegetative state respond emotionally to pictures of loved ones.
- Does everything have consciousness?
- Losing one’s head: a frustrating search for the truth about how long a person remains conscious after decapitation.
- New research contradicts the standard biological model of animal cell communication, with the discovery that cells, like neurons, have the ability to transmit and receive biological signals by making physical contact with each other, even at long distance.
- People who can only see half the world can’t reason about the past.
- Signs of the coming robot rebellion: US military predicts the rise of autonomous drone swarms, coming to a sky near you.
- Intricate Californian crop circle draws crowds.
- Four creatures unknown to science found off Scotland coast.
- The naturalisation of the poltergeist phenomenon.
- Prayer can help even non-believers resist temptation.
- Incubus: the medieval nightmare disease.
- Do schizophrenics live in parallel universes?
- 22 incredibly strange underground realms found in science fiction.
- Hear the sound of the Earth moving from the deepest hole on the planet.
- Is Earth surrounded by dark matter?
- King Tut’s mummified erect penis may point to ancient religious struggle. Hopefully literally, like a clue for Nick Cage to follow in the next instalment of National Treasure.
- What happens when you scream out your window at night in Sweden.
Quote of the Day:
Our myths matter a good deal, and how we think of elves is of vital importance to how we think of ourselves