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• Plato Vindicated?

New scientific research is raising some tantalizing considerations, indicating the presence of a great founding culture and people that gave rise to the well-known civilizations that ringed and navigated the Mediterranean.

• Journal’s Paper on ESP Expected to Prompt Outrage

One of psychology’s most respected journals has agreed to publish a paper presenting strong evi­dence for extrasensory perception, the ability to sense future events (see Robert Schoch’s article on page 22). Predictably, the decision is being greeted with anger from orthodox scientists.

• Viking Landers Did Detect Organics on Mars, After All

In 1976 the NASA Viking landers took samples of soil on Mars and tested them for signs of organ­ic carbon and rejected the possibility. Now, a reinterpretation of the results suggests the samples did, in fact, contain organic compounds.

• Next Stop Lake Vostok

The mysterious Antarctic lake, which has been sealed off from the world, it is believed, for 14 mil­lion years, is about to be penetrated by a Russian drill bit.

• Cretan Tools Point to 130,000-Year-Old Sea Travel

Archaeologists have discovered what may be evidence of one of the world’s first sea voyages by hu­man ancestors, the Greek Culture Ministry says.

• Man-Made Downpour in the Desert?

The dream of turning sandy desert into land fit for growing crops with fresh water on tap is a step closer after scientists employed by the ruler of Abu Dhabi claim to have generated a series of downpours.

• Newly Developed Cloak Hides Underwater Objects from Sonar

Illinois researchers have demonstrated an acoustic cloak, a technology that renders underwater objects invisible to sonar and other ultrasound waves.

• Scientists Find Evidence For Mental Time Travel

Researchers have found evidence for “chronesthesia,” which is the brain’s ability to be aware of the past and future, and to mentally travel in subjective time.

• Amateur Archaeologist Claims Discovery of a 35km-Long Rock Painting

Fifty-six-year-old Indian Om Prakash Sharma says he has discovered a gigantic prehistoric petro­glyph.

• Amelia Earhart’s Finger Bone Possibly Recovered

A tiny bone fragment could provide crucial information about the fate of the legendary pilot who disappeared 73 years ago while flying over the Pacific Ocean in a record attempt to fly around the world at the equator.

• 8000-Year-Old Sun Temple Found in Bulgaria

Purportedly, the world’s oldest temple of the Sun has been discovered in northwest Bulgaria, near the town of Vratsa,

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