Gregory Rapley

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Scottish independence: The Queen is urged to intervene

Senior MPs have suggested an intervention from Her Majesty could 'make all the difference' as a new TNS poll shows the Yes and No campaigns running neck and neck<p>David Cameron is under growing pressure to ask the Queen to speak out in support of the Union as another opinion poll confirms a surge in …

Millennium Falcon spacecraft built for Star Wars: Episode VII

The legendary spacecraft adapted by Han Solo in Return of the Jedi is set to return, prompting speculation that Harrison Ford has also signed on<p>• Star Wars: Episode VII auditions held in London and Dublin • More on Star Wars: Episode VII<p>So far the only character confirmed 100% to appear in Star …

Do We Live in the Matrix?

In the 1999 sci-fi film classic <i>The Matrix</i>, the protagonist, Neo, is stunned to see people defying the laws of physics, running up walls and vanishing …

Surprise! Conspiracy Theorists Are More Likely To Disavow Vaccines, Climate Science And GM Foods

A new study examines how well belief in conspiracy theories predicts science skepticism.<p>Welcome to Crazy Town, where the moon landing was staged, 9/11 was a hoax, vaccines and teeth-strengthening fluoride are poisons distributed by the government, Barack Obama isn't really a citizen, and the Earth …

Conspiracies

Raid Your Kitchen To Build This Potato Chip Speaker [Video]

For that crispy, crunchy audio<p>In 1921, two scientists made the first modern loudspeaker out of magnets, wire, and paper. Now manufacturers use synthetic fibers and even ferrofluid. Why stop there? Your kitchen contains plenty of materials to build a functional woofer. A potato chip works as a …

FYI: Which Came First, The Chicken Or The Egg?

Short answer: the egg.<p>Chickens, as a species, became chickens through a long, slow process of evolution. At some point, a chicken-like bird produced an offspring that, due to some mutation in its DNA, crossed the threshold from mere chicken likeness into chicken actuality. That is to say, a …

Private International Space Station mission delayed by computer trouble

A brand new private cargo ship which is making its orbital debut experienced trouble with a computer data link on Sunday, delaying its arrival at the International Space Station by at least two days.<p>The rendezvous was aborted less than six hours before the scheduled arrival of Orbital Sciences …

How Imagination Works

A small new study images the brain's "mental workspace."<p>Look at these shapes for a few seconds. Then close your eyes, and try to imagine how they look. Try to take the mental image of one of them and break the shape into pieces in your mind, or combine it with another shape to make something …