• Research Material

    Underground Cities

    by  • July 2, 2012 • Research Material • 3 Comments

    I’ve always been fascinated by the secret spaces in cities – the abandoned tube stations in London, or the catacombs in Paris which I wrote about in The Scar-Crow Men and Lord of Silence. Here’s an interesting article about moves to use all those mysterious, lost spaces under our cities. Worth a read.

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    No Hiding Place

    by  • April 5, 2011 • Research Material, science • 0 Comments

    He described a future two to three years away in which a user could wear glasses equipped with vision recognition technology that display the profile of any person the user comes into contact with, calling up their conversation history and other personal–but private–information. No hiding from those drunken tweets or FB status updates. On...

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    Mushrooms That Make Zombie Ants

    by  • March 3, 2011 • Research Material, science • 5 Comments

    “On a recent field trip to the region, scientists discovered four new species of fungus that infect ants, take over their bodies and eventually kill them in a place that is just right for the organism to grow inside them. The fungus can destroy entire colonies and leave behind gruseome ant graveyards, where twisted,...

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    Scientists Conduct First Successful Time Travel Experiment

    by  • November 22, 2010 • Research Material, science, The Pattern • 8 Comments

    Turns out it wasn’t 88mph after all. A team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has completed a successful experiment with quantum time travel. Seth Lloyd and his collaborators “have identified a new approach to the problem that opens up the strange world of time travel to experiments,” according to a report in New...

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    London’s Secret Cemetery

    by  • October 31, 2010 • Halloween, History, Research Material • 0 Comments

    In Southwark, not far from the resurrected Globe Theatre, the BFI and many of London’s arts establishments, lies Cross Bones cemetery. The graveyard is set aside for “outcasts” – prostitutes and paupers – and was in use for hundreds of years from Medieval times. It was original the burial place for the Winchester Geese,...

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    Invasion Of The Zombie Ants

    by  • August 19, 2010 • Research Material, science • 2 Comments

    “The parasite, Ophiocordyceps unilateralis, appears to take over the minds of infected ants. The insects are forced to leave their nests and head for a leaf that provides ideal conditions for the fungus to reproduce. On arrival the ants are compelled to bite hard on a major vein of the leaf before dying. The...

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    Earth Calling All Aliens

    by  • January 21, 2010 • Research Material, science, The Pattern • 0 Comments

    After futile decades of listening for any signs of a civilisation beyond Earth, SETI – the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence – is considering broadcasting our own message to the stars. New Scientist reports that a meeting will be held in Texas in June to discuss if, and how, and in what form, such an...

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