Thomas Edison’s Memoir Involving “Spirit Phone” Republished

Electronic voice phenomena and instrumental transcommunication are hot topics in the paranormal sphere, and for good reason. It’s one of those profound questions: Is there another side and, if so, can we communicate with it? It makes sense, then, that one of the world’s most famous inventors would give it a shot. According to Discovery.com, a …

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Are We Heading for a Digital Dark Age?

Digital Dark Age

Apparently, Google’s Vint Cerf is a little worried about all the information we store on our computers. From the BBC News article Google’s Vint Cerf warns of ‘digital Dark Age’: “Our life, our memories, our most cherished family photographs increasingly exist as bits of information – on our hard drives or in ‘the cloud’. But …

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Engineers Create Teleporter that Doesn’t Actually Teleport Anything

…but it’s still pretty cool. The device, designed by German engineers, is actually a modified 3D printer, dubbed “Scotty” after the Starship Enterprise’s chief engineer in Star Trek. The process works like this: Place an object inside Scotty #1, press the teleport button, and the object is scanned by a camera one layer at a time …

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Strange Inventions: The Isolator (1925)

What’s that? You tried out NaNoWriMo last month but just couldn’t find the opportunity to sit down and concentrate? Happens to the best of us. Well, sometimes the answers to our most troubling problems lie in the past.

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The Ghostly Voice of Joseph Faber’s Euphonia

Behold, Joseph Faber’s Euphonia. This curious amalgamation of various mechanical parts was exhibited in December 1845 at the Music Fund Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Using a keyboard and foot pedals, Faber demonstrated his strange invention to private audiences, and what they witnessed was something genuinely ahead of its time: a machine that could speak like …

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