Are psi phenomena real? A study on precognition once exploded science

How a controversial study on psychic powers caused a revolution in psychology research.

  • A 2011 study by psychologist Dr. Daryl Bem seemed to prove that ESP and other psychic phenomena may be real.
  • The study caused tremendous controversy and catalyzed a re-examination of psychology research methods.
  • Bem's paper had many critics but its results were replicated in some later studies.
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    Weird science shows unseemly way beetles escape after being eaten

    Certain water beetles can escape from frogs after being consumed.

    • A Japanese scientist shows that some beetles can wiggle out of frog's butts after being eaten whole.
    • The research suggests the beetle can get out in as little as 7 minutes.
    • Most of the beetles swallowed in the experiment survived with no complications after being excreted.
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    Discovery of metal-breathing bacteria can change electronics

    Researchers find an unusual property of a bacteria that can breathe in metal.

    Credit: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    • Scientists discover Shewanella oneidensis bacterium can "breathe in" certain metals and compounds.
    • The bacteria produces a material that can be used to transfer electrons.
    • Applications of the finding range from medical devices to new generation of sensors.
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    Scientists use olive oil to discover new universal physics law

    Olive oil leads to the discovery of a law that applies to atoms, superconductors, and even high energy physics.

    • Physicists at the Dutch research institute AMOLF used olive oil in an experiment on light phase transitions.
    • The scientists found that light would behave the same way in atoms, superconductors, and high energy physics.
    • The discovery can lead to applications in new computing and sensing systems.
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    Johns Hopkins opens center for psychedelic research

    Moving the needle forward on psychedelic research.

    • Johns Hopkins University's School of Medicine has had a psychedelic research group since 2000.
    • Funded by a $17 million donation from a number of private donors, the university will be able to open a new center.
    • This comes on the heels of an increasing acceptance of psychedelic research and use.
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