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Meditators Focus Good Thoughts on People, Effects Studied

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People who talked of a thoughts as influencing a person’s health were once ridiculed. But the placebo effect helped change that. Now it’s commonly accepted that...

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    When Coincidences Signal It’s ‘Meant to Be’—but It’s Not

    For many people coincidences are all good: if you wait long enough, you can probably find a positive outcome. Here we look at coincidences that from... Read more

  • A file photo of radio telescopes. (Sdecoret/Shutterstock)

    SETI Investigates Unusual Radio Signal From Space

    The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) institute announced Monday that it considers a radio signal detected by Russian astronomers a potential sign of intelligent inhabitants... Read more

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    Is Anything Truly Random or Is There an Underlying Order to Everything?

    The Dutch philosopher Baruch Spinoza (1632–1677) wrote in “Ethics I”: “Nothing in Nature is random. … A thing appears random only through the incompleteness of our... Read more

  • This artist’s impression shows the planet Proxima b orbiting the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Solar System. (ESO/M. Kornmesser)

    Potentially Habitable Planet Found Only 4 Light Years Away

    A planet has been found in the habitable zone of the closest star to Earth aside from our sun. Proxima Centauri is a red dwarf... Read more

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    It Is Good to Stand Up for Your Beliefs Against Opposition: Study

    A new study from the University of Buffalo shows that it’s an overall positive psychological experience to stand up for your core values in the face... Read more

  • Serendipity clothing store in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. (Bernard Beitman)

    Serendipity: A Store, a Movie, and a Coincidence

    The word “serendipity” has many pop-culture references, but many people don’t know its original meaning or realize its usefulness. When customers walk into Serendipity, a... Read more

  • An illustration of a star behind a shattered comet. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

    New Mystery Unfolds Around Purported ‘Alien Megastructure’ Orbiting Star

    The Kepler Space Telescope looks for changes in the light emitted by some 150,000 stars. The idea is to detect shadows cast by orbiting objects... Read more

  • Visitors take pictures of the Titan Arum, also known as the corpse flower, in full bloom at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington on Aug.  3. The plant is a native of Sumatra, Indonesia, and has the largest unbranched inflorescence in the world. It emits a stinky smell during its full bloom and last for 24-48 hour before it collapses.  (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

    Corpse Flowers Strangely Bloom at Same Time: Coincidence or Omen?

    The Amorphophallus titanumin, also known as Titan arums, is commonly called the “corpse flower,” because of the wretched smell it emits when it blooms. Its flower can stand... Read more

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    To Seize Benefits of Coincidence, Sometimes You Must Act Quickly

    An opportunity suddenly appears within a narrow time window. Will you act? In a busy airport, a man saw a woman who immediately struck him... Read more

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    Mental Clarity During Near-Death Experiences Suggests Mind Exists Apart From Brain: Study

    If the mind is just a function of the brain, it stands to reason that the worse the brain is injured, the worse the mind... Read more

  • Dr. Alan Gauld (Courtesy of Dr. Alan Gauld) Nottingham University, where Dr. Gauld was a psychology professor. (Peter Shone/CC BY-SA)

    Interview With Alan Gauld, a Prominent Scholar of the Paranormal

    Dr. Alan Gauld, a retired Harvard-educated psychology professor at the University of Nottingham, is well known in parapsychology for his discussions of various topics, among... Read more

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    In Near-Death Experiences, Blind People See for First Time

    People who were blind from birth have had brushes with death in which they felt themselves leave their bodies and experience vision for the first... Read more

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    Sixth Sense May Help Us With Direction: Sensing Earth’s Magnetic Fields

    Many animals, particularly migrating animals such as birds, have a magnetic sixth sense that allows them to trace their paths along Earth’s magnetic fields. California Institute... Read more

  • Hon. Paul Hellyer at an unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) disclosure hearing in Brantford, Canada, on June 25, 2016. (Courtesy of Zland Communications)

    Former Gov’t Officials Discuss Unidentified Aerial Phenomena at Disclosure Hearing

    BRANTFORD, Canada—Former high-level government officials were among the panelists at a June 25 hearing calling for disclosure of any remaining classified government information on unidentified... Read more

  • Left: Melania Trump delivers a speech at the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016. (Alex Wong/Getty Images) Right: Michelle Obama delivers a speech at the Democratic National Convention on August 25, 2008. (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

    Melania Trump and Michelle Obama’s Similar Speeches a Coincidence?

    In her speech on July 19, 2016, at the Republican National Convention, Melania Trump echoed the words of Michelle Obama in her 2008 speech at the Democratic... Read more

  • Nick Pope, a former UK Ministry of Defence official who was responsible for the government's unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) files in the '90s, testifies at a UAP disclosure hearing in Brantford, Canada, on June 25, 2016. (Courtesy of Zland Communications)

    Former UK Defense Official Discusses Real-Life X-Files

    Nick Pope has been called “the real Fox Mulder.” He worked as a high-level official for the U.K.’s defense ministry for 21 years, retiring in 2006, and... Read more

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