Belief in paranormal phenomena high says poll

Those things that go bump in the night? About one-third of people believe they could be ghosts. And nearly one out of four, 23 percent, say they’ve actually seen a ghost or felt its presence, finds a pre-Halloween poll by The Associated Press and Ipsos.

Full Story: Yahoo! News.

(via Boing Boing).

Scientists reveal secret of levitation

Scientists have discovered a ground-breaking way of levitating ultra small objects, which may revolutionise the design of micro-machines, a new report says.

Physicists said they can create “incredible levitation effects” by manipulating so-called Casimir force, which normally causes objects to stick together by quantum force.

Full Story: Yahoo!.

(thanks James!).

Brain Scans Reveal Why Meditation Works

If you name your emotions, you can tame them, according to new research that suggests why meditation works.

Brain scans show that putting negative emotions into words calms the brain’s emotion center. That could explain meditation’s purported emotional benefits, because people who meditate often label their negative emotions in an effort to ‘let them go.’

Psychologists have long believed that people who talk about their feelings have more control over them, but they don’t know why it works.

Full Story: Yahoo! News.

Australia to ban alcohol and porn for Aborigines

Australia’s prime minister announced plans Thursday to ban pornography and alcohol for Aborigines in northern areas and tighten control over their welfare benefits to fight child sex abuse among them.

Some Aboriginal leaders rejected the plan as paternalistic and said the measures were discriminatory and would violate the civil rights of the country’s original inhabitants. But others applauded the initiative and recommended extending the welfare restrictions to Aborigines in other parts of the country.

Full Story: Yahoo! News.

(via Hit and Run)

Open source novel launches

Douglas Rushkoff’s new novel is now online with the title Exit Strategy. The annotations of the book are “open source”… anyone can write annotations to the novel (which is being serialized on Yahoo Internet Life). The novel has also been released in the UK as Bull, where it’s a normal printed book.

Update: Yahoo Internet Life went under, taking the online text and annotations with it. You can still buy a printed copy of the book here.

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