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The spell breaks for mentalists’ ‘pseudoscience’

The spell breaks for mentalists’ ‘pseudoscience’

Some psychologists are upset at the deployment of purported scientific techniques in magic tricks, according to the Times. The newspaper cites a study co-authored by Gustav Kuhn, a reader in psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London, in which a...

Guardian, 2 January 2019
 
Asimov's 2019 predictions - fiction or fact?

Asimov's 2019 predictions - fiction or fact?

Back in 1983, science fiction writer Isaac Asimov was asked to predict how the world would look in 2019. His thoughts, written originally for the Toronto Star newspaper, can now be compared against reality. Many have proved surprisingly accurate. He...

BBC, 2 January 2019
 
New York new year drone plan scuppered by rain

New York new year drone plan scuppered by rain

Police plans to fly a camera-equipped drone over New Year's Eve celebrations in New York City were ruined by rain. The NYPD had planned to use a surveillance drone to monitor the annual party in Times Square for the first time. But police chief...

BBC, 2 January 2019
 

Rats ‘not to blame’ for Glasgow bubonic plague outbreak in 1900

One of the last significant outbreaks of bubonic plague recorded in the UK is likely to have been spread by humans rather than rats as previously thought, according to new research. The outbreak in Glasgow in August 1900 was relatively small, with...

Scotsman, 2 January 2019
 
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