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Michael Brooks

Biography:

Michael Brooks is a journalist and author. His first novel, Entanglement, was published by Random House Australia in December 2007. His first non-fiction book, 13 Things That Don't Make Sense, an exploration of scientific anomalies, will be published in Autumn 2008 by Profile Books in the UK and by Doubleday Broadway, a division of Random House, in the US & Canada.

He is a consultant at New Scientist, a weekly magazine with over three quarters of a million readers worldwide. He is also co-writing a major TV series for Discovery Channel that will explore the known universe through the eyes and imagination of Professor Stephen Hawking.Until August 2006, Brooks was a senior features editor at New Scientist, co-ordinating, writing or editing many of the magazine's major feature projects. His writing has also appeared in the Guardian, the Independent, the Observer, the Times Higher Educational Supplement and (his proudest byline) Playboy.

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Scientific Mysteries

Journalist and author Michael Brooks discussed anomalous aspects of science, which he has chronicled in his book, 13 Things That Don't Make Sense. Among the mysteries he touched on: Science can only account for 4% of the universe. The yet-to-be-completely-understood forces of dark energy and dark matter are thought to make up the rest of it. Varying constants-- some laws of physics may have been different in the past.Cold Fusion-- at one time discredited and considered impossible, is showing some success in recent experiments.The WOW signal-- the interstellar emission picked up by SETI in 1977 has never been explained.Homeopathic remedies-- substances so diluted they may only contain a few molecules of the remedy, have demonstrated treatment value.Placebo Effect— Belief may release chemicals in the brain that make you feel better.Brooks also spoke about the nature of science, and tests being conducted at CERN with the Large Hadron Collider. ... More »

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