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November 8 2014

Two new articles on GrahamHancock.com


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November 8 2014

Horizons 2014: Graham Hancock “Psychedelics and Civilisation, Light and Darkness”


Graham Hancock investigates the possibility that by demonising and criminalising the use of psychedelics, rather than seeking out ways to harness their power for altering consciousness in safe and nurturing spaces, our society may have set itself on a profoundly negative path — a path that might even deny us the next step in our own evolution as a species.

Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics is an annual forum that examines the role of psychedelics in science, healing, culture and spirituality.

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November 8 2014

Casting Out Demons: Pope Francis Declares Support for Exorcisms


Pope Francis recently expressed his approval of a group of exorcists meeting at the Vatican this week. While exorcisms, in which demonic spirits are driven out of a supposedly possessed person, may seem a dark practice relevant only on TV screens, they have long been recognized by the Catholic Church and several religions.

This week, more than 300 members of the International Association of Exorcists are attending the convention, which is focused on the impact of the occult and Satanism on people today, The Catholic Sun reported.

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November 7 2014

Your Childhood Beliefs on Afterlife Stick With You


Childhood beliefs about the soul and afterlife stick with people as they age, shaping their views in adulthood, even if they say otherwise, a new study finds.

The study is the first to examine explicit, or stated, and implicit, or longstanding but not consciously admitted, beliefs on the soul and afterlife, said researcher Stephanie Anglin, a doctoral student in psychology at Rutgers University. She examined how these personal beliefs develop, change and persist from childhood through adulthood.

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November 7 2014

Humans, baboons share cumulative culture ability


The ability to build up knowledge over generations, called cumulative culture, has given humankind language and technology. While it was thought to be limited to humans until now, researchers have recently found that baboons are also capable of cumulative culture.

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November 7 2014

If Mars Once Hosted Life, How Would We Know?


Despite a few press-stopping false alarms and a long-standing sci-fi fascination, there’s no evidence of biology — microscopic, trilobitish, or creepily humanoid — on Mars.

But that hasn’t stopped the Curiosity rover from running around saying “This spot would have been habitable” and “That spot definitely has water.” And it hasn’t stopped astronomer Nathalie Cabrol from searching for the ever-elusive “biosignatures”: evidence, like geological graffiti, that proclaims “LIFE WUZ HERE.”.

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November 7 2014

China completes first mission to moon and back


China completed its first return mission to the moon early Saturday with the successful re-entry and landing of an unmanned probe, state media reported, in the latest step forward for Beijing's ambitious space programme.

The probe landed safely in northern China's Inner Mongolia region, state news agency Xinhua said, citing the Beijing Aerospace Control Center.

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November 7 2014

To Europa! Mission to Jupiter's Moon Gains Support in Congress


Scientists who want to explore Jupiter's ocean-harboring moon Europa have some allies in high places.

Several influential congresspeople are among those calling for a mission to Europa, which is regarded by many scientists as the best place to search for life beyond Earth.

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November 7 2014

World's first solar cycle lane opening in the Netherlands


The bike path that connects the Amsterdam suburbs of Krommenie and Wormerveer is popular with both school children and commuters: around 2,000 cyclists ride its two lanes on an average day.

But next week Krommenie’s cycle path promises to become even more useful: on 12 November a 70-metre stretch will become the world’s first public road with embedded solar panels.

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November 7 2014

This ambulance drone could help save heart attack victims


Is it a bird? It is a plane? No, it’s a drone flying at 100 kilometres per hour, carrying a defibrillator to a heart attack

When someone is experiencing cardiac arrest, the time taken to receive treatment is often the deciding factor between life and death. Public defibrillators are becoming increasingly common, but if you're untrained, they can be tricky to operate properly, plus they're not widespread enough to service all cardiac arrest patients. So an engineering student from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands has proposed a solution - an ambulance drone that can fly a defibrillator to the patient within a fraction of the time it takes emergency services to arrive.

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November 7 2014

Why the French state has a team of UFO hunters


Thousands of UFO sightings are reported every year but not many countries are willing to spend money investigating them - there is just one dedicated state-run team left in Europe. Is France onto something?

You don't need a time machine when you visit the French Space Centre headquarters in Toulouse - it's already a throwback to the 1970s. Green lawns sweep on to wide boulevards with stout long rectangular office blocks on either side.

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November 7 2014

'Ghostly presence' created in lab


Feelings of a ghostly presence - the sense that someone is close-by when no-one is there - lie in the mind, a study has concluded.

Scientists say that they have identified the parts of the brain that are responsible for generating these spooky sensations.

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November 7 2014

The World’s Best Paranormal Job Title


One of the reportedly most haunted railroad stations in the world has filled what has to be the best-named paranormal job in the world. The management at Leamington Spa station in the town of Royal Leamington Spa in Warwickshire, England, has hired Nick Rees to be its “supernatural liaison officer.”

Why does Leamington Spa station need a supernatural liaison officer? According to employees of Chiltern Railways, owner of the station, because both workers and passengers are being bothered by paranormal events.

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November 7 2014

Lake Champlain’s Sea Monster Makes a Sound


Dedicated believers in Champ, the legendary sea monster reputed to be inhabiting Lake Champlain, sit patiently monitoring high-tech surveillance equipment in hopes of recording an indication of its presence. They may have finally picked up its sound and that sound may help determine its real identity.

The tales of Champ date back to legends passed on by Abenaki and Iroquois tribes, but the first recorded sighting was in 1609 by French explorer Samuel de Champlain, who gave the lake his name and claimed to have seen a 12-meter-long giant snake-like creature in it.

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November 7 2014

First Amphibious "Sea Monster" Found; Fills Evolutionary Gap


A new species of dinosaur-era sea reptile that could live on both land and in water has been unearthed in China—the first amphibious "sea monster" ever found.

The ichthyosaur, whose discovery was announced Wednesday, fills a crucial gap in the evolution of these dolphin-like predators, which thrived in Jurassic seas about 200 million to 145 million years ago. The reptiles could grow to 65 feet (20 meters) in length, about as long as a tractor-trailer.

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November 7 2014

Finding Spinosaurus: A Dinosaur Bigger Than T. Rex


A century ago, scientists unearthed fossils of a gigantic carnivorous dinosaur bigger than Tyrannosaurus rex in the Sahara desert, but until recently, paleontologists thought the fearsome beast was lost to history.

Known as Spinosaurus, the colossal predator sported a massive finlike sail on its back and a 3-foot-long (0.9 meters) jaw full of jagged teeth. Bigger than both T. rex and Gigantosaurus, it lived in the swamps and rivers of North Africa during the Cretaceous Period, about 112 million to 97 million years ago.

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November 7 2014

Dinosaur Life-or-Death Chases Recreated


Large plant-munching dinosaurs used a number of tactics, including kicking, biting and running for their lives, to avoid becoming the dinner of a dino like T. rex, a new study finds.

The study, published this week in the Indiana University Press compendium "Hadrosaurs," helps to explain why the fossils for these and other plant-eating dinosaurs often outnumber those for carnivores. Many outwitted, outfought and outlasted the big carnivores.

Some even resorted to karate-style kicks and tail whacks.

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