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Mysterious Voynich manuscript dated to early renaissance
Scientists have carbon-dated the Voynich manuscript, a puzzling and beautiful document covered in botanical and scientific drawings. Named for the Polish-American bookseller who acquired it in 1912, its undeciphered text and purported 15th-16th century origins have long been a matter of controversy. So just how old is it? According to the University of Arizona, the sample was dated to between 1404 and 1438, making it older than previously thought; it predates the Gutenberg bible, printed in 1453...

Bigfoot: new reality TV star?
For years, people have been trying to find proof of the elusive Bigfoot only to end up with blurry photos, low-quality video, or a rubber gorilla suit. Cheap, faulty equipment won't be an excuse any more, as TV network Animal Planet is joining in the search for the mysterious man-ape...

Insectoid abduction: The North Canol Road incident

It's not about the money
One of the commonest reasons cited for scepticism of psi is this: Why do psychics never win the lottery?..

Rewriting the ancient history of Stonehenge
Island-based designer and engineer Garry Lavin has set out to revolutionise ideas on how the ancient monument of Stonehenge was built. The current accepted theory is that each three-quarter tonne stone was rolled for more than 200 miles on logs, but Mr Lavin disagrees. He thinks the historic monument could have been built using wicker basket constructions to roll the boulders all the way from Wales...

2045: The year man becomes immortal

PODCASTS WORTH LISTENING TO

Dr. David Eagleman explores the afterlife and the limits of consciousness
Skeptiko: The author of Sum: 40 Tales From the Afterlife, discusses his work as a neuroscientist and author...

Demonic possession and exorcism
Coast to Coast: Ian Punnett was joined by Matt Baglio, author of the book-turned-movie The Rite, for a discussion on demonic possession, exorcism, and the people who train to perform this ritual. Baglio began by briefly covering the Catholic Church's position on Satan and demons, noting that they are 'pure' created spirits who sinned against God and were cast out of heaven for it...

The Secret History of Extraterrestrials with Len Kasten
Paranormal Podcast: Author Len Kasten believes that ETs have been and are on Earth. We discuss his book on the subject and about the different races of aliens, their intent, and how they have been interacting with us for many, many years...

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Syfy developing series about Harry Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle solving mysteries
Just the other day, Mike Fleming reported on DreamWorks acquiring Voices from the Dead, an original script by Changeling and Thor scribe J. Michael Straczynski. Based on the real-life friendship between magician Harry Houdini and mystery author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, it is a fictional account of how they teamed up with a psychic to solve bizarre murders in 1920s New York...

Eyes of the Mothman
Coming February 22nd, The Eyes of the Mothman is a documentary depicting the facts behind and investigation of the Mothman phenomenon...

Sir Christopher Lee honoured for a lifetime of haunting roles
Sir Christopher Lee will receive the prestigious Bafta Fellowship at the academy's film awards on Sunday. In a career as varied as it is long, the 88-year-old is still probably best remembered for his title role in the 1958 film Dracula, one of many Hammer Horror films in which he starred...

Icky TV of the week: 'Ghostly Lovers' on Travel Channel
We're frightened. Not because this one-hour special features ghosts - but because it features people who say they've had sexytime with ghosts. Apparently this is called spectrophilia, "a sexual attraction to ghosts or engaging in sexual activity with a ghost or spirit." We refuse to believe that's a thing...

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