Quadriplegic woman flies F-35 with nothing but her thoughts

Arati Prabhakar—director of the Pentagon's advanced research arm DARPA—has revealed a breakthrough achievement in machine mind control. Jan Scheuermann, a 55-year-old quadriplegic woman with electrodes in her brain, has been able to fly an F-35 fighter jet using "nothing but her thoughts." » 3/03/15 6:35pm 3/03/15 6:35pm

The CIA Once Ran Brothels And Dosed Unsuspecting Customers With LSD

For ten years during the Cold War, the CIA conducted mind-control experiments on unsuspecting San Franciscans. Dubbed Operation Midnight Climax, the program was packed with salacious details: a power-mad narcotics agent, a brothel equipped with two-way mirrors, and gallons of LSD. » 2/20/15 11:17am 2/20/15 11:17am

You'll Be Glad This Mind Control Handbook Doesn't Exist... Or Does It?

Behold the cover to The Person's Guide to Ritual & Invasive Mind Control, a book that purports to teach you how to "filch people's thoughts & manipulate their memories via the nasal cavity." » 10/27/14 8:00pm 10/27/14 8:00pm

That Time An Unscrupulous Vixen Hypnotized And Enslaved Superman

We all know that Superman's powers include super-hypnosis... but it turns out he's highly susceptible to hypnosis himself. All you have to do is dangle a watch in the big guy's face and he becomes yours to command. At least, judging from this Lois and Clark episode. » 5/09/14 5:00pm 5/09/14 5:00pm

Who has the coolest mind powers in science fiction or fantasy?

Science fiction and fantasy are full of people who can do amazing stuff with their minds. Telepathy, telekinesis, pyrokinesis, and just regular mind control. But who has the absolute coolest mind powers of all? » 11/15/13 3:14pm 11/15/13 3:14pm

We now have brain-to-brain interfaces that work between two humans

You may never become Xavier from the X-Men, able to read and control people's minds. But one day, using a computer interface, you could control somebody else's behavior and possibly even communicate using thought. The technology you see demonstrated in this video is the first step. » 8/29/13 11:07am 8/29/13 11:07am

Mind control for fun and excitement, in the dark Swedish film LFO

What if you discovered the frequencies that allowed you to reprogram other people's brains? It leads to a lot of fun parties, and some very dark consequences, in the new Swedish film LFO (Low Frequency Oscillations.) » 4/17/13 4:00pm 4/17/13 4:00pm

Could we create a perfect society by tweaking two areas of the human…

Want to create an egalitarian utopia? A rigid hierarchical hellscape? (Or an egalitarian hellscape and hierarchical utopia, depending on your politics?) You might just need to stimulate or suppress two crucial parts of the human brain. » 4/10/12 4:00pm 4/10/12 4:00pm

5 Ways Cyborg Insects Could Change The World

Scientists have made amazing progress lately in turning insects into cyborgs. Almost every week, there's another news story about cyborg insect first responders, or cockroach fuel cells. Soon enough, when someone plants an eavesdropping device in your house, it'll literally be a "bug." » 2/29/12 12:16pm 2/29/12 12:16pm

The Scientist Who Controlled People with Brain Implants

Brain implantation and manipulation is a mainstay of science fiction. Often, characters can gain extra memory or get smarter, by having chips placed within the brain. (Or you can wind up mind-controlled by a psychopath. It's a mixed bag.) » 12/28/11 1:45pm 12/28/11 1:45pm

Nikita does an awesome tribute to Ernst Stavro Blofeld's craziest…

Remember when James Bond's arch-nemesis Blofeld opened a clinic where he would treat women and help them to stop being allergic to chickens? And while he was teaching women to love chickens, he was also turning them into mass-murderers? » 10/03/11 2:34pm 10/03/11 2:34pm

The anime propaganda films of a Japanese death cult

Before their sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway in 1995, the Aum Shinrikyo cult released a series of bizarre anime recruitment videos starring their bearded leader Shoko Asahara levitating, phasing, and using other ridiculous supernatural powers. » 9/06/11 10:45am 9/06/11 10:45am

Out-of-control hypnotism ruins high school fun day

A high school in Mocoa, Colombia recently hired hypnotist Miller Zambrano Posada to entertain a group of 590 youth for a student fun day. » 9/05/11 11:45am 9/05/11 11:45am

Could You Create a Mind-Controlled Minion in Real Life?

Mind control is a favorite plot device in science fiction. It typically calls for a powerful manipulator to turn other people into drones using some extremely complicated-sounding, but often unexplained, process. It's a neutral power, used by heroes (Obi-Wan Kenobi) and villains (The Riddler) alike. Moral ambiguities… » 9/01/11 7:00am 9/01/11 7:00am

People Who Gained Superpowers From Being Brainwashed

We all act like being mind-wiped and reprogrammed is such a bad thing — but is it always? Sometimes having your personality or identity scrubbed away like so much grout scum is just a great way to make room for new stuff. Like killer ninja skills. Or superpowers. » 8/31/11 5:42pm 8/31/11 5:42pm

Could probiotic yogurt be changing your behavior?

Mice are less anxious when they eat a diet that includes the kind of probiotic yogurt you can buy in the health food sections of most stores. The yogurt includes Lactobacillus rhamnosus, a bacterium that lives in the guts of humans and many other animals, and is believed to contribute to healthy digestion. It also… » 8/31/11 4:30pm 8/31/11 4:30pm

The pornographic psychological warfare campaigns of World War II

During World War II, the Axis propaganda campaign took a turn for the bawdy when Japanese and German forces began distributing porno pamphlets among Allied troops. The central thesis? It was much better to stay home and get laid rather than risk your neck fighting Fascism. » 8/31/11 2:20pm 8/31/11 2:20pm

Your dinnerware may be sabotaging your diet

Most people make upwards of 250 food-related decisions a day. Sound high? That's because researchers believe the majority of these decisions are made unconsciously, and that many of our eating habits are actually driven by subtle environmental cues. How we manipulate these cues can have a huge impact on our eating… » 8/31/11 11:38am 8/31/11 11:38am

10 mind control clichés (and how to avoid them)

Mind control yarns are a staple of science fiction, but they tend to fall back on the same tropes. Fortunately for you, I've developed a character that blows all those tried-and-true formulas to smithereens. Join us as we reinvent the mind control tale. » 8/31/11 10:15am 8/31/11 10:15am

How to trick young people into driving like the elderly

Sometimes scientific experiments sound like pranks. Case in point: a recent study that managed to turn a bunch of young men into the embodiment of every stereotype about old people driving. And all that was need was a driving simulator and some carefully chosen words. » 2/16/11 12:30pm 2/16/11 12:30pm