Clairvoyance

Clairvoyance is the power to see objects at a distance. It’s a commonplace of fantasy fiction, where mystical oracles can scry on distant events. Perhaps evil witches use sorcery to spy on their enemies, or heroes receive a vision of the object of their quest. It’s also often talked about it the paranormal community, with...
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Low Speed Accidents

At the end of the day, cars are surprisingly fragile. Sure, they have airbags and crumple zones and all sorts of safety features. And they’re made of sturdy metal and have a reinforced chassis and all of that will probably save your life in a collision. But while the car might protect the driver and...
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Prevention is Better than a Cure

Modern vehicles come with all sorts of built-in safety devices to protect drivers and passengers. These little design features start with the humble seat belt, the buckle optimised to reduce force on the human body and help you safely withstand sudden changes in acceleration. Airbags deploy in the event of a collision, ensuring that your...
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Deep Reflection

Have you ever been in one of those kaleidoscope rooms? The ones that are like a mirror maze, where the walls are all reflective and you see thousands of copies of yourself, some reversed, some doubly reversed so they seem the right way around? It plays havoc with your sense of direction, doesn’t it? That’s...
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The Future is Here

Last night, my friend was showing me his car – a vintage Land Rover that he’s modified slightly so that it was drivable today. It certainly looked cool, I’ll give him that – the old-fashioned style, the design, the spare tyre on the hood. But by God, did it look unsafe. No airbags. Thin windows...
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The Backup Plan

Do you have a backup plan? I don’t know what your Plan A is, but you should definitely have a backup plan. Everyone needs a backup plan. After all, what if your first plan fails? What will you do then if you don’t have a plan B? It’s important to prepare for all possibilities, to...
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Everyday Horror Story

Writers, philosophers and psychologists have long discussed the distinction between terror and horror. One widely agreed-upon difference is that terror is what comes before, while horror is what comes after. When your mind is set to overdrive, making you jump at the tiniest movement, when you see monsters in every shadow – that’s terror. It...
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The Evolution of the Camera

Once upon a time, a camera was an awfully bulky thing. It took many minutes to set up, and a family had to stay still for a painfully long time while they had their picture taken. You ever wonder why everybody looks so grumpy in old photographs? You’d be grumpy too if you had to...
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Science Made Simple

It might seem counterintuitive, but light can be both a wave and a particle at the same time. This has some pretty weird consequences – a ‘particle’ of light can be in two places at once, going through two slits at the same time and it can even interfere with itself. But this duality –...
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The Importance of Hindsight

Most of the time, when we talk about looking back, we mean looking back in time. “Looking back, it was clear that something was wrong,” you might say. The trouble with this sort of looking back is that we’re not time travellers. Sure, reflecting on the past is important. There’s the old saying about how...
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