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Our organisation seeks to locate and document apparent paranormal phenomenon through the application of extensive historical research, scientific methodology and coupling this with knowledge of ancient spiritual beliefs and techniques in a professional manner.
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A New Optical Illusion Demonstrates How Gullible Our Brains Really Are

Like all the best optical illusions, you'll fall for this one even when you know how it works.
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This is just amazing. Our brains are so easily persuaded.

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10 Explanations Behind Supposedly Unsolved Mysteries - Listverse

10 Explanations Behind Supposedly Unsolved Mysteries - Listverse | Scientific Paranormal Research Organisation | Scoop.it
People want to believe in magic and miracles, so we often enjoy unsolved mysteries more than any other kind of story. For that reason, the stories of the m
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Long-Sought Quark-Formation Process Finally Found

Long-Sought Quark-Formation Process Finally Found | Scientific Paranormal Research Organisation | Scoop.it
An incredibly rare process for forming the ultra-heavy top quark has been found. The new result confirms predictions made by the reigning Standard Model of physics.
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Wonderful news, and could be the breakthrough for finding that elusive answer to contradict or complete the Standard Model.

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Mystery Voynich manuscript gets preliminary alphabet - 22 February 2014 - New Scientist

Mystery Voynich manuscript gets preliminary alphabet - 22 February 2014 - New Scientist | Scientific Paranormal Research Organisation | Scoop.it
Symbols in the medieval text have been mapped to sounds using a method reminiscent of the one that helped linguists decode Egyptian hieroglyphs
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Wonderful work, take a look and click through to see more for yourself. I'm looking forward to seeing more of this work.

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Under Active Volcanoes, Magma Sits in Cold Storage

Under Active Volcanoes, Magma Sits in Cold Storage | Scientific Paranormal Research Organisation | Scoop.it
Strike that iconic image of a tall, snow-capped volcano sitting atop a liquid pool of hot, molten magma. It turns out that most volcanoes prefer cold storage, a new study suggests.
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Wonderful! Can we transform the data into an early warning system? Let's hope!

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Ancestry of first Americans revealed by a boy's genome - life - 12 February 2014 - New Scientist

Ancestry of first Americans revealed by a boy's genome - life - 12 February 2014 - New Scientist | Scientific Paranormal Research Organisation | Scoop.it
The genes of a boy who died 12,600 years ago show that all indigenous people in the Americas seem to be descended from the same group of ancestors
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I'm full of superlatives today...incredible, awesome, fantastic. Here's another: Brilliant. :D

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Autoimmune attack behind some cases of schizophrenia - health - 13 February 2014 - New Scientist

Autoimmune attack behind some cases of schizophrenia - health - 13 February 2014 - New Scientist | Scientific Paranormal Research Organisation | Scoop.it
Up to 1 in 10 cases of schizophrenia may be caused by antibodies against the brain's cells – offering the possibility of gentler treatment for some people
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Incredible...would be certainly interesting to see the results from the next set of trials.

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GoPro: Red Bull Stratos - The Full Story - YouTube

October 14, 2012, Felix Baumgartner ascended more than 24 miles above Earth's surface to the edge of space in a stratospheric balloon. Millions across the gl...
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Beautiful stuff...

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Other Teams - SPRO

Other Teams - SPRO | Scientific Paranormal Research Organisation | Scoop.it
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Would you like to join our list of other teams? We also do a banner exchange so let us know so we can add you. ;)

 

SPRO: Firm believers in Paranormal Unity.

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Citizen Sane Radio: Episode 22 - Steve Pierce

Citizen Sane Radio: Episode 22 - Steve Pierce | Scientific Paranormal Research Organisation | Scoop.it
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Looks like a great show...tune in! 

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8 Incredible Facts You May Not Know About Human Evolution

8 Incredible Facts You May Not Know About Human Evolution | Scientific Paranormal Research Organisation | Scoop.it
Homo sapiens evolved about 200-150,000 years ago in Africa, but our story as a species stretches back much further than that with early human ancestors.

Via F. Thunus
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Cracking article, well worth a read.

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Researchers claim to have solved the Mpemba effect - why warm water freezes faster than cooler water

Researchers claim to have solved the Mpemba effect - why warm water freezes faster than cooler water | Scientific Paranormal Research Organisation | Scoop.it

team of researchers at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University believes they have solved the mystery of why warm water freezes faster than cooler water. It has to do with the way energy is stored in the hydrogen bonds between water molecules they suggest in their paper which they've uploaded to the preprint server arXiv.

The researchers demonstrate that the Mpemba paradox arises intrinsically from the release rate of energy initially stored in the covalent H-O part of the O:H-O bond in water albeit experimental conditions. Generally, heating raises the energy of a substance by lengthening and softening all bonds involved. However, the O:H nonbond in water follows actively the general rule of thermal expansion and drives the H-O covalent bond to relax oppositely in length and energy because of the inter-electron-electron pair coupling [J Phys Chem Lett 4, 2565 (2013); ibid 4, 3238 (2013)].

 

Heating stores energy into the H-O bond by shortening and stiffening it. Cooling the water as the source in a refrigerator as a drain, the H-O bond releases its energy at a rate that depends exponentially on the initially storage of energy, and therefore, Mpemba effect happens.

 

This effect is formulated in terms of the relaxation time tau to represent all possible processes of energy loss. Consistency between predictions and measurements revealed that the tau drops exponentially intrinsically with the initial temperature of the water being cooled.


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Sharrock's curator insight, November 7, 2013 10:41 AM

Something as simple as water has mysteries. Kids can be amazed with the paradoxes and uniqueness of water's properties.

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Science of Fear Explained in Spooky Video

Science of Fear Explained in Spooky Video | Scientific Paranormal Research Organisation | Scoop.it
In this cool video, professor Abigail Marsh explains how multiple pathways can trigger a response to fear.
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Brilliant video, and very comprehensive.

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Binary Supermassive Black Hole System Discovered

Binary Supermassive Black Hole System Discovered | Scientific Paranormal Research Organisation | Scoop.it

Astronomers using XMM-Newton have discovered, for the first time, a pair of supermassive black holes in orbit around one another in an ordinary looking galaxy.

 

Most massive galaxies in the Universe are thought to harbor at least one supermassive black hole at their center. Two supermassive black holes are the smoking gun that the galaxy has merged with another. Thus, finding binary supermassive black holes can tell astronomers about how galaxies evolved into their present-day shapes and sizes.


To date, only a few candidates for close binary supermassive black holes have been found. All are in active galaxies where they are constantly ripping gas clouds apart, in the prelude to crushing them out of existence. In the process of destruction, the gas is heated so much that it shines at many wavelengths, including X-rays. This gives the galaxy an unusually bright centre, and leads to it being called active.

 

On 10 June 2010, Dr Fukun Liu from Peking University in China with colleagues spotted a tidal disruption event in the galaxy SDSS J120136.02+300305.5 (J120136 for short). They were scanning the data for such events and scheduled follow-up observations just days later with XMM-Newton and NASA’s Swift satellite.

 

The galaxy was still spilling X-rays into space. It looked exactly like a tidal disruption event caused by a supermassive black hole but as they tracked the slowly fading emission day after day something strange happened. The X-rays fell below detectable levels between days 27 and 48 after the discovery. Then they re-appeared and continued to follow a more expected fading rate, as if nothing had happened.

 

“This is exactly what you would expect from a pair of supermassive black holes orbiting one another,” said Dr Liu, who is the lead author of the study published in the Astrophysical Journal (arXiv.org version). Dr Liu found that two possible configurations were possible to reproduce the observations of J120136.


In the first, the primary black hole contained 10 million solar masses and was orbited by a black hole of about a million solar masses in an elliptical orbit. In the second solution, the primary black hole was about a million solar masses and in a circular orbit. In both cases, the separation between the black holes was relatively small – about 2 thousandths of a light year. This is about the width of our Solar System.


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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Stunning!

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Loch Ness Monster on Apple Maps? Why Satellite Images Fool Us

Loch Ness Monster on Apple Maps? Why Satellite Images Fool Us | Scientific Paranormal Research Organisation | Scoop.it
The image, showing a ghostly oval shape with trailing white tendrils, is not, of course, Scotland's famous lake monster, but the sighting does highlight why satellite images can easily fool the untrained eye.
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Great article, take a look!

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Do invertebrates feel pain? - life - 25 February 2014 - New Scientist

Do invertebrates feel pain? - life - 25 February 2014 - New Scientist | Scientific Paranormal Research Organisation | Scoop.it
Boiled alive and torn limb from limb – it's time we took seriously the question of whether animals like squid, octopus and lobsters suffer
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Well worth a look at, great article and the ethical implications are HUGE.

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Sinkholes | Shallow geohazards and risks | Land use planning and development | British Geological Survey (BGS)

Sinkholes | Shallow geohazards and risks | Land use planning and development | British Geological Survey (BGS)
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A great page full of information about sinkholes, entirely relevant to current circumstances in the UK.

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Groundwater flooding in the UK: Feb 2014 | British Geological Survey (BGS)

Groundwater flooding in the UK: Feb 2014 | British Geological Survey (BGS) | Scientific Paranormal Research Organisation | Scoop.it
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Brilliant information about the groundwater flooding we're currently getting in the UK. Please read, take note and share!

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Britain's earliest humanity in epic exhibition - life - 12 February 2014 - New Scientist

Britain's earliest humanity in epic exhibition - life - 12 February 2014 - New Scientist | Scientific Paranormal Research Organisation | Scoop.it
A groundbreaking display at London's Natural History Museum reveals the humans that occupied Britain for the past million years – and tells their
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I've certainly got to go and see this.

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Astronomers Create a Cloud Map of the Nearest Brown Dwarf, Luhman 16B

Astronomers Create a Cloud Map of the Nearest Brown Dwarf, Luhman 16B | Scientific Paranormal Research Organisation | Scoop.it
Scientists using ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) have learned what the weather is like on the surface of one of the objects in the system Luhman 16AB.

 

Brown dwarfs are substellar bodies more massive than planets but not massive enough to initiate the sustained hydrogen fusion that powers self-luminous stars.1, 2  They are born hot and slowly cool as they age. Once they cool below about 2,300 degrees kelvin, liquid or crystalline particles composed of calcium aluminates, silicates and iron condense into atmospheric ‘dust’3, 4, which disappears at still cooler temperatures (around 1,300 degrees kelvin)5, 6. Models to explain this dust dispersal include both an abrupt sinking of the entire cloud deck into the deep, unobservable atmosphere5, 7 and breakup of the cloud into scattered patches6, 8 (as seen on Jupiter and Saturn9). However, hitherto observations of brown dwarfs have been limited to globally integrated measurements10, which can reveal surface inhomogeneities but cannot unambiguously resolve surface features11. Astronomers from Germany, France and the United Kingdom now report a two-dimensional map of a brown dwarf’s surface that allows identification of large-scale bright and dark features, indicative of patchy clouds. Monitoring suggests that the characteristic timescale for the evolution of global weather patterns is approximately one day.


The cryogenic high-resolution infrared echelle spectrograph (CRIRES) on the telescope allowed the team to see the changing brightness as Luhman 16B rotated and whether dark and light features were moving away from, or towards the observer.

 

By combining all the results they could recreate a map of the dark and light patches of the surface. “Previous observations suggested that brown dwarfs might have mottled surfaces, but now we can actually map them,” said Dr. Ian Crossfield of Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg. “Soon, we will be able to watch cloud patterns form, evolve, and dissipate on this brown dwarf – eventually, exometeorologists may be able to predict whether a visitor to Luhman 16B could expect clear or cloudy skies,” he said.


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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Incredible stuff. 

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Why earthquakes are sometimes preceded by mysterious lights

Why earthquakes are sometimes preceded by mysterious lights | Scientific Paranormal Research Organisation | Scoop.it
For years, people have reported odd glowing and mysterious flickers of light before an earthquake. Now the phenomenon may finally be explained, in a new study that explores the unusual geology of the earthquakes associated with these sightings.
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As an amateur geologist, this is fascinating stuff. Have a read. :)

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THE FINAL SHOW - FRIDAY NIGHT PARANORMAL SHOW

THE FINAL SHOW - FRIDAY NIGHT PARANORMAL SHOW | Scientific Paranormal Research Organisation | Scoop.it
THE FINAL SHOW - FRIDAY NIGHT PARANORMAL SHOW Join Mickey Gocool, Kurt Logsdon & guests for the FINAL friday night paranormal show. Kurt & I will be talking about some of the best bits of the FRIDAY NIGHT PARANORMAL SHOW.
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Always a cracking show, listen in for their final one. Going to miss listening in!

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Neanderthal stone tools and flakes discovered in Netherlands –...

Neanderthal stone tools and flakes discovered in Netherlands –... | Scientific Paranormal Research Organisation | Scoop.it
Stone artefacts from a Neanderthal encampment along with a selection of faunal remains represents an important archaeological discovery for the Netherlands

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Home - SPRO

Home - SPRO | Scientific Paranormal Research Organisation | Scoop.it
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Take a look, see what you think and see if you can aid us with our research. :)

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Alfred Russel Wallace: A very rare specimen - life - 07 November 2013 - New Scientist

Alfred Russel Wallace: A very rare specimen - life - 07 November 2013 - New Scientist | Scientific Paranormal Research Organisation | Scoop.it
A hundred years after his death, it is high time to put this evolutionary pioneer in his proper place – as Charles Darwin's equal, argues Stephanie Pain
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An amazing man, an incredible scientist, and someone who - alongside David Attenborough - sparked a lifelong love of mine for nature and the outdoors.

 

Alfred Wallace: We salute you.

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