Jan Hall

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The Orgasmatron: Strange tale of a pleasure implant

Pleasure-inducing implants can induce orgasms at the push of a button, but as Frank Swain discovers, there’s a curious history behind this technology.<p>This month, news outlets worldwide issued breathless reports of a wondrous implant that causes orgasms at the touch of a button. The Orgasmatron, …

Time standing still: Your amazing experiences

Our article about one man’s extraordinary experience of seeing the world stand still prompted readers to share some of their amazing tales.<p>We told the story about one man’s extreme experience of time warping; when he entered the shower, water droplets seemed to freeze in the air – an experience …

Neuroscience: The man who saw time stand still

One day, a man saw time itself stop, and as David Robson discovers, unpicking what happened is revealing that we can all experience temporal trickery too.<p>It started as a headache, but soon became much stranger. Simon Baker entered the bathroom to see if a warm shower could ease his pain. “I looked …

The alien brains living on Earth

To look for aliens, most people peer towards the sky. But if you look down, you'll discover they already live among us.<p>These aliens have brains, like we do, but they're mostly inside their arms, and each arm acts as if it has a mind of its own.<p>I'm speaking, of course, of the octopus. This tentacled …