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According to a new book by Professor Richard Wiseman, a psychologist from the University of Hertfordshire, the paranormal is a form of illusion. He examines the psychology of the paranormal and why people believe what they do. Robert McLuhan, author of Randi's Prize, disputes Professor Wiseman's claim ...
The case of Danny Fitzsimons, the security contractor jailed for 20 years for killing two colleagues in Iraq, has highlighted the role of private contractors in war-zones. Film-maker Ken Loach, whose new movie, Route Irish, closely parallels the Fitsimons case, outlines his objections. And the British ...
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2011
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Could some coalition of western countries find itself in the role of global policeman again? The creation of safe havens in north and south Iraq following the Gulf War, and intervention in countries from Somalia to Kosovo have seen military operations to protect local populations. Former prime minister ...
Business news with Adam Shaw: Jean-Philippe Ducart, a spokesman for Test-Aschats and Nick Starling, director of general insurance and health at the Association of British Insurers analyse sexual equality, or inequality. Head of Credit Strategy at Lloyds Alan Capper, reflects on the market. Alan Mulally, ...
The band Radiohead has come under criticism after some critics claimed its eighth album, The King of Limbs, which was released this month, was "impenetrable". Others have said the album needs time to grow on the listener. BBC DJ Andy Kershaw and Alex Poots, director of the Manchester International Festival, ...
It has been a good night for British talent at the Oscars. The King's Speech won best film and took three other awards including best actor for Colin Firth. The BBC's David Willis reviews the evening and Colin Firth, who recently guest-edited this programme, spoke to us about his victory.
It appears Colonel Gaddafi plans to hold onto power and is willing to kill large numbers of Libyans in his efforts to keep it. The British government is adamant that Gaddafi must go. Our Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen, who has been invited into the capital Tripoli by the Libyan government, outlines ...
Clive Cowdery, from the Resolution Foundation, claims millions of low-to-middle-earners are facing a cost of living crisis over the next few years. David Cumming reflects on the markets. A documentary called Inside Job, has won the Oscar for best documentary. One of the people featured in the film was ...
Should you correct grammar before you re-tweet on Twitter? That sparked huge debate on Twitter yesterday, when we @r4today re-tweeted something in response to an item on the programme. Actor, writer, comedian and tweeter David Schneider explains whether correct grammar on Twitter really matters.
Officials in New Zealand have warned that a third of the buildings in Christchurch's city centre need to be demolished following Tuesday's earthquake. Rescue teams are still working through the rubble and the death toll has risen to 144. New Zealand writer Witi Ihimaera considers the effect this tragedy ...
The BBC's Kevin Connolly reports from Tripoli as the Gaddafi regime hangs onto power apparently against the odds. Lord West, the last government's security minister and Charles Crawford, former ambassador in Sarajevo, Belgrade and Poland examine the criticism of the government's operation to evacuate ...
Should computers replace pen and paper in all exams? Isabel Nisbet, outgoing chief the Ofqual qualifications watchdog, argues that GCSEs and A-levels will become "invalid" for digitally native pupils if writing materials are retained. She debates her proposal with Dr Sheila Lawlor, director of centre-right ...
The BBC Symphony orchestra is attempting to play one of the most difficult pieces of music by a radical British-born composer Brian Ferneyhough. One of his works is so complex it requires a score that is four feet thick. Arts Correspondent Rebecca Jones investigates whether the music of Brian Ferneyhough ...
resident Obama and David Cameron have promised a joint approach to the Libyan crisis after Colonel Gaddafi went on state TV to blame the unrest on al-Qaeda. World affairs editor John Simpson analyses the situation in the country, the BBC's Nahed Abou-Zeid and James Rubin, a former assistant secretary ...
Some of our major banks have reported their results this week and today Lloyds Banking Group releases its results. Tony Shearer, chairman of insurance underwriter Abbey Protection examines the bank's results. Marion King, Vocalink's chief executive, the company that process 95% of UK salaries and state ...
Will British nationals be rescued from Libya as the situation becomes increasingly tense? Reporter Tom Bateman has been speaking to British workers stranded in Libya and their relatives in the UK. And Foreign Secretary William Hague explains the government's emergency evacuation procedures.
Writer John le Carre has offered his entire literary archive to the Bodleian Library in Oxford. Arts editor Will Gompertz reports.
Most people with "locked-in syndrome" - a condition where someone is aware of their surroundings but unable to move or speak - are happy, according to a survey published in the online journal BMJ Open. Reporter Zubeida Malik talked to Tony Nicklinson, who has the condition, and his wife, who together ...
The part-nationalised Royal Bank of Scotland will reveal if it is still in the red when it publishes its annual results. Alex Potter, a banking analyst at Berenberg Bank analyses the prospects for RBS ahead of the publication of the bank's results. Howard Wheeldon, senior strategist at BGC Partners considers ...
Luise Rainer is part of cinema history. At the age of 101 she is the oldest living Academy Award winner. Entertainment reporter Colin Patterson spoke to the actress over afternoon tea.
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