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- Ayahuasca inner visions: Functional neuroimaging reveals the neural basis of the intense imagery induced by the ‘spirit vine’.
- Interview with Dennis McKenna on psychedelics, rationality and dogmatism.
- Why would anyone go to Burning Man? It’s an alternate universe without brands or money.
- Mingyur Rinpoche, the millionaire Buddhist monk who renounced it all this past June.
- More than 80 percent of Oz’s dog and cat owners believe they can understand the meaning of their pet’s woof or miaow.
- Irish coroner rules man’s death was caused by spontaneous combustion.
- Pompeii shows its true colours.
- Mysterious ‘Denisovan cavemen’ had sex with humans from Borneo to the Philippines.
- Mysterious chamber under church holds clues to the Venerable Bede.
- Scott of the Antarctic: the lies that doomed his race to the pole.
- A grisly end: 800-year-old remains of witch discovered in Italian graveyard – with seven nails driven through her jaw.
- When Europe’s single currency worked – the 1480s: A new exhibition in Florence explores money, sin and the birth of capitalism.
- The world’s oldest running car is up for sale and expected to fetch £1.6m at auction.
- Here be dragons: A history of map monsters.
- A review of Ken Jennings’ Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks (Amazon US, Kindle, & UK).
- Renowned physicist Frank Close urges caution before we abandon the theory of relativity and prepare for time travel.
- Time travel in fiction: why authors return to it time and time again.
- William Gibson: beyond cyberspace.
- Stephen Greenblatt’s superb history The Swerve shows how a bibliophile’s discovery of a lost classical epic shaped the new Europe. The Swerve: How the Renaissance Began is available at Amazon US & UK, and for Kindle US & UK.
- Frankenstein’s hour of creation identified by astronomers.
- The life and times of Charles Dickens: An excerpt from Claire Tomalin’s Charles Dickens: A Life (Amazon US & UK).
- Queen bees don’t ‘rise to power’ thanks to being fed royal jelly — queens and workers have their destinies in their cells.
- French woman suing Opus Dei for years of alleged enslavement.
- Yahoo says it didn’t mean to censor Protest Wall Street emails. The truth is much more insidious.
- When net freedom meets market forces: As Bill Weasley explained to Harry Potter, corporations goblins believe the rightful owner of any object is its creator, not its purchaser.
- Human hyperlinks: QR codes, which are scanned by smartphones, are packed with data about products – and people.
- Enemy of the state: How Luke Harding, the Guardian’s Moscow correspondent, became the reporter Russia hated. Chapter one, apparently, of Harding’s new book Mafia State (Amazon US & UK).
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