- 'Primitive machine' within Great Pyramid of Giza reconstructed.
- The surprising musical preferences of an Amazon tribe have upended the theory that humans have an innate, universal preference for certain chords.
- The weird, (natural) pyramids of Zone.
- A man who lives without 90% of his brain is challenging our concept of 'consciousness'
- The real-life science-based religion that inspired Ghostbusters.
- The MIT physicists who infused Ghostbusters with real science.
- The real ghost-hunting history of Dan Ackroyd's family.
- The BBC "Guide to Ghost-Hunting" is anti-science.
- Who owns lunar land? Astrophysicist thinks a legal crisis is waiting for us on the surface of the Moon.
- Hybrid balloon/glider designed to wing its way through Titan's atmosphere.
- Have physicists got something really important really wrong?
- Trust nothing: some of YouTube's most shared videos are fakes created by one production company.
- A half-built futuristic ‘eco-city’ sits abandoned in the Arabian Desert.
- Water waves made to 'travel back in time' to retrace their ripples.
- 33 people collapsed on Brooklyn sidewalks Tuesday after suspected use of K2 synthetic marijuana.
Quote of the Day:
I have as much authority as the Pope, I just don't have as many people who believe it.
- Physicists simulate sending particles of light into the past, strengthening the case that time travel is possible.
- Founders of western civilisation were prehistoric dope dealers.
- Drones to unleash vaccine-laced M&Ms in bid to save endangered ferrets.
- A robotic stingray, powered by real muscles and guided by light.
- Big bad wolf has lost his bite, say researchers.
- Neanderthal bones show signs of cannibalism.
- After 45 years, FBI closes investigation into unsolved 'DB Cooper' hijacking.
- Big Bang or Big Bounce? New theory on the birth of the universe.
- Cannabinoids produced in the human body have an anti-inflammatory effect.
- Is Pokémon Go a government surveillance psyop conspiracy?
- Researchers blur the line between classical and quantum physics by connecting chaos and entanglement.
- Mysterianism and the science of consciousness.
- Why true coincidences are hard to find.
- How China is rewriting the book on human origins.
- Astronomers discover distant dwarf planet beyond Neptune.
- Lost in space? Silicon Valley and the future of democracy.
Quote of the Day:
By science men may learn the mysteries of the spirit world.
Dr. John Dee, born July 13, 1527
- Archaeologists find elongated skull of a woman with jewel-encrusted teeth at Teotihuacan.
- Budj Bim in Australia had sprawling villages of stone houses and an aquaculture system that pre-dated Egypt's pyramids by at least 4000 years.
- Archaeologists have discovered 23 shipwrecks in 22 days in the Aegean Sea.
- 12,000-year-old shaman had a bizarre six-part funeral that involved a HUMAN foot, eagle's wing and 86 tortoises.
- The quantum origin of time - some scientists think the past may not be set in stone.
- Michio Kaku says we could become immortal by uploading our minds to machines.
- That time the U.S. government conducted telepathy experiments at Fort Meade.
- The original female ghostbuster.
- Earliest evidence of monkeys' use of stone tools found.
- The 'cure for homosexuality' experiments that were written out of history.
- Containing a super-intelligent AI is theoretically impossible.
- The speed of light is the speed of causality.
- Having three genetic parents makes mice age better.
- Brain zapping may sharpen vision.
- OTOH: DIY brain stimulation could have scary side effects, doctors warn.
- The Westboro Baptist Church is getting owned in Pokémon Go.
- True coincidences are hard to find.
- Radiation from ancient supernovae may have given evolution an astrophysical push.
- Astronomers say they’ve spotted a dwarf planet that’s farther out than Pluto.
- Identical twin sisters in different cities give birth at the exact same time.
- Image of the Day: Receiving transmission from Planet Fabulous.
Quote of the Day:
There is no way to peace; peace is the way.
A. J. Muste
- The mystery of the 101-year-old master pianist who has dementia.
- The child prodigies who became 20th century celebrities.
- Monkeys are aware when they don't know something. Which puts them one up on most humans...
- Can a heart transplant change your personality?
- The Dallas shooting and the advent of killer police robots.
- In the age of 3D-printed guns, do gun-control arguments make any sense?
- Vladimir Putin jumps into the race to build a 'Hyperloop'.
- Neanderthals ate each other and used their bones as tools.
- The man who created Bigfoot.
- The computer code that took America to the Moon has been published to GitHub. In case any of you out there have a functioning Apollo spacecraft that you've been holding on to, waiting...
- The mysterious syndrome that is impairing astronauts' sight.
- These are the ways the world could end.
- Image of the Day: Mummies for sale. Business looks a bit dead.
Quote of the Day:
It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane.
Philip K. Dick
A summary of all the stories and news briefs posted on The Daily Grail over the past week. Feel free to share anything interesting!
- Jupiter Crowned By Giant Auroras
- News Briefs 04-07-2016 (Monday)
- The Power of Ritual
- News Briefs 05-07-2016 (Tuesday)
- Long-term Immersion in the DMT Realm Through Controlled Intravenous Injection
- New Book: The Power of Ritual
- News Briefs 06-07-2016 (Wednesday)
- Video from Juno Space Probe Shows Moons Orbiting Jupiter
- News Briefs 07-07-2016 (Thursday)
- News Briefs 08-07-2016 (Friday)
Have a good weekend!
Be nice to as many people as you possibly can. Lord knows, we all need it...
- The mind isn't locked in the brain, but extends far beyond it.
- There's no such thing as free will...but we're better off believing in it anyway.
- A rational nation ruled by science would be a terrible idea.
- On the flipside: religious extremists Daesh have been erasing Syria's rich cultural history, to the point of crushing mummies with bulldozers. We can only hope the Old Gods are displeased...
- Prehistoric tattoos were made with volcanic glass tools. Also: White walkers.
- Vatican unveils ancient frescoes that could show that women held power in the early Church.
- As the Earth's temperature continues to rise at an alarming rate, Britain faces the threat of catastrophic flooding.
- Over 100 years after the most powerful explosion in documented history, researchers are still trying to figure out exactly what happened at Tunguska.
- NASA lies about Jupiter probe, media swallows it.
- This planet with 3 suns shouldn't even exist.
- Ghostbusters, and why we like to laugh at things that go bump in the night.
- Fatality forces Tesla to confront the limits of their cars' 'autopilot' option.
- 'Vatileaks' pair convicted of leaking official documents about Vatican corruption.
- Wandering the labyrinth: monsters and magic.
- Kiefer Sutherland to resurrect his character in the Flatliners remake?
- Rat heart cells power robotic sting-ray
- This is your brain on silence.
Quote of the Day:
The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy; instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it...Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
A reminder: if you would like to be in the draw for a cool prize this month, offer some support as a 'Friend of the Grail' (e.g. by chipping in a few dollars a month to help keep our heads above water)...
- Scientists are teaching robots how to hunt prey. Because that's exactly what we need to do after previously doing this.
- DARPA goes full Tron with its grand battle of the hack bots. Never go full Tron.
- 'Hyperloop' connecting Helsinki and Stockholm turns a 300-mile round trip into a 28 minute ride.
- When artificial intelligence goes wrong, we won't be able to ask it why.
- Getting to know the machine elves: long-term immersion in the DMT realm through controlled intravenous injection.
- Some of the very best alien conspiracy theories.
- Who is this man who seems to die in every terrorist attack?
- Fortcast - a transmission of the strange.
- The great sulphur pyramids of Alberta dwarf the pyramids of Egypt.
- If we return Nazi-looted art, the same should go for empire-looted treasures.
- Why is there a seed vault in the Arctic Circle?
- How the American Pledge of Allegiance went from PR gimmick to patriotic vow.
- Scientist claims he's discovered a magnetic 'sixth sense' in humans.
- Image of the Day: The galaxy at the end of the ocean.
Quote of the Day:
One day the AIs are going to look back on us the same way we look at fossil skeletons on the plains of Africa. An upright ape living in dust with crude language and tools, all set for extinction
Nathan (Ex Machina)
Here and now:
- Possible remains of the Buddha found in China.
- Rock art on Danish island of Bornholm older than previously thought.
- Shaman woman's grave from 10,000 BC discovered in Galilee.
- Stone Age text links Australia to Europe: initial evidence for worldwide travel by an ancient Stone Age civilization.
- "Leaders of otherplanets are worried" - Confused EU President talks about extraterrestrials.
- Listen to the LHC’s weird, whale-like sounds.
- German 'Stonehenge' opens to the public.
- Scientists say Serpent Mound as old as Aristotle.
- What alien abductees’ stories tell us about humanity.
- Possible discovery of ancient mother and baby with elongated heads in Bolivia.
- Scientists warn of 'global climate emergency' over shifting jet stream.
- Massive 'lava lamp' blobs deep inside Earth have scientists puzzled.
- Single-celled organisms forced to play life-or-death Pac-Man.
- Stanley Kubrick's daughter has some choice words for moon landing truthers.
- A fifth force: fact or fiction?
Quote of the Day:
Time and space are modes by which we think and not conditions in which we live.
Juno insertion? Sounds like the worst movie prequel ever...
- Juno space probe successfully inserted into orbit around Jupiter.
- Here's what to expect from the mission now that Juno is in orbit around the biggest planet in our solar system.
- War, on drugs - using chemicals to get in a killing mood.
- How to spot alien life: new equation could help astronomers pinpoint planets that are home to extraterrestrials.
- China builds world’s largest radio telescope to hunt for aliens.
- Consciousness: the mind messing with the mind.
- As a psychiatrist, I diagnose mental illness. Also, I help spot demonic possession.
- Digital analysis of the Dead Sea Scrolls says Noah's Ark was a pyramid.
- Mining the treasures of the Antikythera.
- Prehistoric cave contains a hidden, 6000-year-old telescope.
- Woman arrested for threatening to kill Stephen Hawking.
- A strange case of consensual murder.
- Japan's first VR porn festival shut down, because too many people wanted to come. I did not write that headline, though I wish I did.
- Could cannabis cure Alzheimer's? Drug's active ingredient 'helps remove key toxic protein from brain cells'.
- 'Badass librarians' foil Al Qaeda, save ancient manuscripts.
- The occult returns to the art world.
Quote of the Day:
From out there on the Moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch.’
Edgar Mitchell (Apollo 14 astronaut)
Go commando? Boxers? Nah, I wear briefs. OH! I still got it!
- Ye olde Byggefoote ov the Tenth Century.
- Some folks see numbers as colors, others taste music, now there's sign-language synaesthesia.
- Contagious hiccups in Massachusetts.
- Fingers crossed that global warming is easily reversed like the Antarctic ozone hole which is rapidly growing smaller.
- Fred Flintstone's home discovered in glorious Mother Russia.
- Evidence builds in the case of the Chinese beating Christopher Columbus to America.
- Jaded city moths aren't attracted to bright lights.
- Plants can gamble. Y'feel lucky, punk?
- Adherents of reductionist materialism do their very best to explain near-death experiences. If only they'd deign to read Pim Van Lommel, Sam Parnia, or Greg Taylor.
- New gadget can facilitate human-firefly communication.
- Tabby's Star might be in the process of being sealed away in a Dyson Sphere. What about spotting stars that've already vanished from sight?
- The afterlife is eco-friendly, recycling souls throughout different cultures.
Thanks to Hayley Stevens, Rich Reynolds, and viewers like you.
"The fool who persists in his folly will become wise."
- William Blake