Bad Luck Blackjack and the Ghost of Yuri Gagarin: Curious Superstitions Surrounding Space Missions

Space exploration requires technical expertise, careful planning, and test after test after test. But it can be hard to discount the role of luck in missions where so much can go wrong. In the US and Russian space programs, many rituals are attached to missions, perhaps to add a little good fortune to their science. » 8/11/12 3:00pm 8/11/12 3:00pm

People are more likely to believe in magic spells that are repetitious and time-consuming

Many people around the world believe in magic spells and rituals, but that doesn't mean that it's enough to wave a wand and mutter a few unpronounceable words to convince a believer that the magic will work. A new study out of Brazil suggests that people are most likely to believe in the power of a magical ritual when… » 8/04/12 4:00pm 8/04/12 4:00pm