The Medical Power of Hypnosis

Does hypnosis really work? For BBC Future, Martha Henriques falls down a rabbit hole and explores hypnosis as a treatment for pain, anxiety, PTSD, and other conditions.

For many people, it’s a regular occurrence to get lost in a good book, or become so absorbed in a film (perhaps even a Harry Potter film) it can become overwhelming. Or perhaps you find yourself oblivious to landmarks by the road as you drive along the motorway. If that’s happened to you, then you’ve experienced something not so different from hypnosis, says Barnier. There are even parallels between becoming absorbed in your smartphone and hypnosis – both distort time perception, reduce awareness of your external environment, and bring a reduced sense of agency (that feeling you just can’t stop scrolling).

But if you don’t often experience these kinds of deep absorption, that’s normal too. “It’s just like the difference between extraversion and introversion,” says Barnier. “Some people are just living in their skins in different ways in the world.”

Source: BBC
Published: May 19, 2022
Length: 24 minutes (6,209 words)

The Book That Sank on the Titanic and Burned in the Blitz

Imagine having to recreate a masterpiece, not once, but twice — that’s the incredible story of the binding for an edition of the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.

Sangorski agonised over every detail, at one point borrowing a human skull so he could accurately depict it in his artistic vision. He even bribed a keeper at London Zoo to feed a live rat to a snake so he could capture the grisly image from first-hand experience.

Author: Tim Stokes
Source: BBC
Published: Apr 15, 2022
Length: 12 minutes (3,234 words)

Why Opposites Don’t Attract in Love and Sex

Jessica Klein explores an interesting concept, that algorithms are rendering the expression “opposites attract” meaningless.

The outsized cultural influence of social media – and its algorithms that connect people with similar beliefs – may be pushing daters even more towards those who share the same views and attitudes.

Source: BBC
Published: Mar 10, 2022
Length: 6 minutes (1,500 words)

Cheryl Grimmer Case: ‘How Did my Sister Vanish from Fairy Meadow?’

“Flashbacks and nightmares still torment him. There have been broken marriages, fractured relationships with his kids and times when he has felt unable to carry on.”

Author: Jon Kay
Source: BBC
Published: Feb 5, 2022
Length: 9 minutes (2,325 words)

South Georgia: The Museum at The End of The World Reopens For Business

“It’s not easy running a museum at the end of the world. But this – from week-long commutes to imports of frozen cheese – is how they do it.”

Author: Owen Amos
Source: BBC
Published: Jan 20, 2022
Length: 8 minutes (2,078 words)

Why India’s Fossil Wealth Has Remained Hidden

“There’s a pretty good correlation between a country’s GDP and fossil discoveries, and that’s largely because a field like paleontology requires a lot of funding, patronage, and world-class museums with fossil preparation labs and storage facilities, which developing countries often do not have, says Jukar.”

Source: BBC
Published: Jan 16, 2022
Length: 15 minutes (3,922 words)

Channel Migrants Tragedy: Terrifying Final Hours of Their Fatal Journey

“The BBC has confirmed at least 30 people died that night – by far the worst migrant tragedy ever recorded in the Channel.”

Source: BBC
Published: Dec 21, 2021
Length: 11 minutes (2,768 words)

Afghan Women: Secret Diaries of Changing Lives

“No longer allowed to work, for days Wahida sits on her balcony. It was once her favourite place in the house, where she could hear people chattering, birds singing and dogs barking. It’s now dead quiet. In late August she would count planes leaving Kabul airport, sometimes 10, sometimes 20 per day, carrying Afghans away from their homeland.”

Source: BBC
Published: Dec 9, 2021
Length: 9 minutes (2,270 words)

Migrant Crisis: The Channel Beaches That Host a Lethal Trade in Human Hope

“Everyone knows the risks. Many in the camps are glued to an app on their phones that predicts the weather conditions in the Channel each day. Waves over a metre high spell real danger. But few are deterred, and those that are find themselves confronted with a dilemma. The networks want to be paid, and there are reports of them threatening customers if they change their minds.”

Source: BBC
Published: Nov 27, 2021
Length: 8 minutes (2,000 words)

Evil Corp: ‘My Hunt For the World’s Most Wanted Hackers’

“Some of the men are accused of causing widespread blackouts in Ukraine by hacking power grids. Others are wanted for trying to hack into a chemical weapons testing facility in the wake of the Salisbury poisonings.”

Author: Joe Tidy
Source: BBC
Published: Nov 17, 2021
Length: 9 minutes (2,276 words)