Ghosts More Likely to Be Male

PARANORMAL experts who specialized in ghost hunting have revealed that in a study of 337 cases of people who have reported encounters with the dead, many of the apparitions were of people who have died violently, particularly males.

If the apparition was of someone who died violently, it was more likely to appear to a stranger. On the other hand, apparitions of people who died naturally were more likely to appear to a friend or family member.

Dr. Erlendur Haraldsson, a psychologist at the University of Iceland, investigated the cases in the 1980s by conducting interviews with the people who…

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Scream Research Could Lead to Scarier Alarms

The sound of a person screaming is so powerful that it instantly activates the brain’s fear circuitry, new research documenting the “acoustic signature of screams” finds.

Different types of screaming — including wails from distressed babies — all have a property called roughness, which refers to how fast a sound’s volume changes. Duplicating that quality, outlined in the latest issue of the journal Current Biology, could lead to everything from scarier films to new and improved alarm sounds.

 “If you ask a person on the street what’s special about screams, they’ll say that they’re loud or have a higher pitch,”…

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Replying to alien signals could lead to earth’s end

Last week, Professor Stephen Hawking and a number of other prominent scientists announced the launch of a new $100 million initiative designed to find evidence of intelligent extraterrestrial life.

The endeavor will be one of the most thorough and extensive ever undertaken and will focus on picking up signs of radio signals that might have been sent by someone else out in space.

However, a noted Australian scientist now wants others to think twice before replying to signals from outer space, pointing out that while listening for alien messages could help us learn more about our place in the universe,…

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