Do field studies reveal messages from extraterrestrials?

It’s a phenomenon that goes back centuries, if not longer, but in the last 50 years the incidence of crop formations seems to have substantially increased. But, considering the size and complexity of many of the designs, it’s rather strange that scientific study of the patterns remains relatively scant, with conventional theory being that the…

Mount Kailash: The most sacred site on Earth

In a land of giant peaks at the summit of the world, Mount Kailash doesn’t even figure in a list of the 25 highest… in yet it still manages to stand out from all the other mountains in the Tibetan massif. At approximately 22,000 ft above sea level, it is the most sacred site on…

Hedy Lamarr: Ecstasy and invention

MGM called her “the most beautiful woman in the world” but there was a lot more to the Austrian sex bomb who depicted the film world’s first female orgasm than mere good looks… Hedy Lamarr also had an incredible mind, making a major contribution to the later development of wifi, GPS and Bluetooth. Born 107…

Alien ancestors of the Himalayan hobbits

High up in the borderlands between Tibet and China lies the Bayan Kara Ula mountain range, where archaeologist Chi Pu Tei and his team from the Chinese Academy of Sciences are said to have discovered strange burial sites in 1938 in what appeared to be man-made caves. The sites were strange for two reasons: firstly,…

Doyle Brunson: Crushing it at 88

An accomplished college basketball player and middle-distance runner with great potential, Doyle Brunson appeared to have a successful sporting career ahead of him until a summer job in a gypsum plant in the 1950s changed that trajectory immeasurably and ultimately gave rise to perhaps the greatest legend the world of professional poker has seen. With…

Nicklaus museum a treat for golf fans

In the heart of Ohio State University’s giant sports complex the “greatest story in golf” is said to come alive. Columbus, Ohio, is the hometown of the legendary Jack Nicklaus, winner of a record 18 golf majors, and the 12,000 square-foot educational and historical facility is where his amazing career is immortalised. It’s a pretty…

Just one step at a time for Tiger

In two weeks’ time the Torrey Pines South Course plays host to the US Open for only the second occasion. The last time the championships were held at the San Diego course, Tiger Woods defeated Rocco Mediate in a 19-hole play-off to lift the trophy in 2008. After trading the lead three times on the…