- The collider, the particle and a theory about fate.
- The BBCs amazing U-turn on climate change.
- Out of your head: leaving the body behind.
- Mayan elder: 2012 is not the end of the world.
- Veggie spider shuns meat.
- Where does science end and magic begin?
- Surprising ship contrails seen from space.
- Ancient herbal remedy beats hayfever.
- Closing gaps in our knowledge.
- Subterranean vibration blues.
- What prevented the rise of modern science in Asia?
- Nanoparticles plus stem cells equals faster healing wounds.
Quote of the Day:
Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.
As the old Cuban saying goes, they only call it class warfare when we fight back.
- Mayans say 2012 isn't the end of the world as we know it. There are other inscriptions at Mayan sites for dates far beyond 2012 — including one that roughly translates into the year 4772.
- The Fall of the Maya: They did it to themselves - via deforestation.
- Computer solves Shakespeare mystery.
- 160 years on, Edgar Allen Poe finally gets the send-off he deserved, but the mysterious circumstances surrounding his death remain unsolved.
- Aristotle's lessons. Annabel Lyon's The Golden Mean (Amazon US) has been shortlisted for Canada's prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize.
- 50 million years ago, the temperature of sea water around the South Pole was a tropical 30ºC (86ºF).
- Desperate octopuses try to flee ocean dead zones.
- Confirmed: Current atmospheric CO2 levels highest in 15 million years.
- In test of water on the Moon, craft hits a bullseye.
- 35 years of the world's best microscope photography.
- Lab technique heralds age of discovery for countless new proteins.
- Little-known virus found in many with chronic fatigue syndrome.
- Common herbicides and lipid-lowering fibrate drugs block nutrient-sensing receptor in intestine and pancreas.
- Chasing toxic molecules through our bodies and around the globe. Elizabeth Grossman's Chasing Molecules: Poisonous Products, Human Health, and the Promise of Chemistry is available at Amazon US & (soon) UK.
- Learning 'sculpts' brain connections: Spontaneous brain activity, formerly thought to be 'white noise', changes after a person learns a new task.
- YouTube now gets over a billion hits per day.
- The Twittersphere is fundamentally changing the way people search for jobs - and job candidates. But Twitter is experiencing growing pains.
- Q microbe may be the future of fuel. Treehugger has a rough calculation of the potential yield of this poo-power.
- Solar Decathlon: Solar homes go for high-tech and practicality.
- 92% of Americans want solar power... now!
- Mother of Columbine killer tells of horror, 10 years after massacre.
- Daniel Suelo, a 48-year-old blogger, has gone 9 years without spending money. BBC's audio interview, Fall Equinox, 2009.
Quotes of the Day:
Banking was conceived in iniquity and was born in sin. The Bankers own the Earth. Take it away from them, but leave them the power to create deposits, and with the flick of the pen they will create enough deposits to buy it back again. However, take it away from them, and all the great fortunes like mine will disappear, and they ought to disappear, for this would be a happier and better world to live in. But if you wish to remain the slaves of Bankers and pay the cost of your own slavery, let them continue to create deposits.
Sir Josiah Stamp, President of the Bank of England in the 1920's, and the second richest man in Britain.
- NASA shoots the Moon: Watch NASA TV or enjoy live coverage here courtesy of Boyle's smashup mashup.
- Vive La Révolution: researching the paranormal with honesty and integrity. Enough with the dirty hands already.
- Time for an upgrade: Earth 2.0.
- McKinnon loses fight to stand trial in UK.
- Dan Brown and Freemasonry, sittin' in a tree...
- UFOs as agents of deconstruction.
- A heretic among heretics. Interview with Jacques Vallee.
- God is not the creator, bible says (says academic).
- Rewriting the Bible, again: the Conservative Bible Project. Let's hope they read it first!
- Disorganised religion.
- The Shroud of Turin: science by press release?
- Conformists may kill civilisations.
- Free flying cyborg beetles.
- The aliens amongst us.
- Glacial spacial special.
- "Cirque" founder hosts space show for Earth's water.
- The Rosetta Project: a digital library of human languages aims to slow the loss of cultural diversity worldwide.
- The end is nigher.
- Uncontacted tribe 'invented by environmentalists' should be 'bombed with napalm'.
- Ghost Hunters gets the South Park treatment.
- Blue Peter viewers to design new T.A.R.D.I.S. He's gonna time-travel in an eggbox?
- Dracula's cellar found.
Quote of the Day:
Individuality is only possible if it unfolds from wholeness.
Question: what's the surest way to keep a country in a state of under-development indefinitely?
Answer: letting unchecked corrupt labor unions do whatever they want, while affecting the competitivity of private enterprises, & the lives of regular citizens. Case in point: the Mexican union of electricians.
A googolplex of apologies for the delay. We now return to our regular programming...
- Italian scientist reproduces Shroud of Turin. I know what many of you heretics are thinking: "Meh... a reproduction of a reproduction?" ;-)
- Archaeologists uncork 17th century 'witch bottle'. Talk about a satanic hangover!
- Zahi Hawass is dreaming of Cleopatra. I'm dreaming of Zahi Hawass with Cleopatra —WAKE ME UP!!
- Fossil of giant "devil toad" found. Not as menacing as the one in Pan's Labyrinth, though...
- Bigfoot my er...foot? Biggest ever dinosaur footprints found in France —Mon Dieu!
- Scientists seek new species in deep-sea abyss —while wishing that Steve Alten's fiction remains that way.
- Whose invisible hand rocks the invisible craddle of matter?
- Scientist find new ring around Saturn —which is kind of like finding a new golden tooth in Flavor Flav's mouth, astronomically speaking.
- "All ride the Martian Super-express! Estimate time of arrival: 39 days."
- Most depressing possible answer to Fermi's paradox: a 1.8 Gigayear technology gap :-/
- Scotland's biggest UFO incident: soon in a movie theater near you.
- The high stakes —and high impact— of the melting Himalayan glaciers.
- Now that it's finally melting, will the Arctic reveal its treasures? Well, it depends on *your* definition of treasure, dude.
- Singing robot from —where else?— Japan. I don't speak Japanese, but I bet the translation of the song goes something like "Die meatbags, die..." :-P
- Will our Robot overlords be friendly with us carbon-based monkeys? IMO the robot rebellion is a far more desirable future than the zombie apocalypse —but maybe that's because I loathe shambling.
- How nonsense sharpens the intellect. I always knew all those sessions of Saturday morning cartoons would pay off somehow.
- The great swine flu mystery: sounds like a new Scooby Doo adventure, but it's an economic analysis of the pandemic's impact on taxpayers —Zoinks!
- Skeptics —a long line of lone nerds.
- The secret of the cells for longer life is self-destructive behavior —doesn't work too well in full-grown depressed humans, though...
- Man grows new skull after decades. That's why I keep a few spares in my garden shed —MUAHAAAHAAAA!
- The 19th century version of 'Dirtiest Jobs' would have showed, among many delightful careers: tongue-pullers, nipple-pinchers (DIBS!!!) & anal tobacco blowers to try to revive the dead (pass).
- India's £2bn plan to clean up millenia's worth of human ashes, dead bodies and waste sewage, in their most sacred river.
- After 160 years, Edgar Allan Poe *finally* gets a proper funeral. Never say nevermore, eh?
- New Cocaine vaccine is a 50% success: it prevents you from getting high, but it doesn't stop the craving. The kind of result that bags you an Ig Nobel prize :-P
A HUGE thanks to Katya, Ricardo & Gregorio.
Quote of the Day:
"A politician who also happens to be poor, is nothing but a poor politician"
Mexican popular saying, attributed to Carlos Hank Gonzalez.
Wondering where the news briefs are disappearing to? Click the 'news archive' link directly below the latest news collection.
- Congratulations to James Fox, whose UFO documentary I Know What I Saw premiered on the History Channel to glowing reviews (one and two).
- Video of cloud broken by UFO at Iranian missile test launch.
- Plasma rocket could travel to Mars in 39 days.
- Gary A. David explores Native American folklore: Mothman in New Mexico?
- Monsters of the skies: gallery of beasts that once ruled the air.
- Mythologies of the paranormal: parallels between old and new?
- The waking nightmare of sleep paralysis. It's like watching FOX news.
- Cave with frescoed Roman tombs discovered in southern Lebanon.
- Construction workers in Turkey find a pot of Ottoman gold coins.
- The cellar of Vlad the Impaler located. If only they found the 'wine' bottles.
- Catholic Church to investigate miraculous recovery of a dying man.
- Study estimates 1 out of 91 American children are affected by autism.
- Is a toddler's mind more complex than we adults think (Amazon US & UK)?
- Schrödinger's virus: an old 'thought experiment' may soon be realised.
- Researchers fire lasers at meditating Yoga Master to test pain threshold.
- Dream premonitions convince doctor we have a 'sixth sense' (Amazon US & UK).
- A blind boy learns to 'see' with echolocation technique used by bats & dolphins.
- Honeybees are fighting back against Varroa mites and extinction.
- Rubbish dump in Mexico City transformed into community veggie garden.
Quote of the Day:
At no time, when the astronauts were in space, were they alone. There was a constant surveillance by UFOs.
-- Astronaut Scott Carpenter
More food for you thought criminals...
- Plasma rocket in fullbore bench test triumph.
- Phantom storms: how our weather leaks into space.
- Cosmic rays reach a space age peak.
- 14 billion people died in 14 thousand wars.
- Earth's poles were the same in the early days.
- The new middle class contract.
- 7 glow-in-the-dark mushroom species discovered.
- Italian scientist reproduces Turin shroud.
- The cult of insincerity.
- There's gold in them there modified bacteria.
- The first counter-revolutionary.
- The immediate benefits of healers' hands.
- Netherlands to close prisons: not enough criminals.
- Blue stonehenge discovered.
- Multi-coloured centaurs.
- The DNA mystery: scientists stumped by telepathic abilities.
- Fighting biopiracy.
Quote of the Day:
One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
Some folks just can't resist those uphill battles.
- 'Bluehenge', unearthed in secret this summer, just a mile from Stonehenge.
- Myth of ancient Greek heroes shattered by new British study. Michael Scott's book From Democrats to Kings is available at Amazon US & UK.
- Columbus' Confusion About the New World: The European discovery of America opened possibilities for those with eyes to see. But Columbus wasn't one of them.
- Baby mammoth yields secrets after 40,000 years in Siberian tundra.
- Turbulent Milky Way revealed in new light.
- Fountain of Youth: Drug that's already in use could add 15 years to human life expectancy - and keep us leaner, healthier, and more active. More.
- Nobel guessing game at fever pitch.
- The man who tastes words.
- Mastering the world's most difficult language in 7 days: Scientists hope to unlock the secrets of humans with super-abilities.
- Beyond analysis: Unanswered questions that even the biggest brains in psychology can't answer.
- In Connected (Amazon US & UK), two scholars argue that our actions and emotions are affected not only by those close to us, but by people we don't even know.
- Why graphite mimics iron's magnetism.
- Scientists identify 231 genes linked to cancer.
- Tamiflu in rivers could breed drug-resistant flu strains.
- Australia’s Dust Bowl and Global Warming: An arid continent has suffered cycles of drought and dust storms for centuries. What's different now?
- Scientists say India's use of 54 trillion litres of groundwater per year will lead to a major water shortage, and is already adding 5% to rising sea levels.
- The Psychedelic Transhumanists are certainly an enthusiastic bunch.
- With his latest book, The Greatest Show on Earth (Amazon US & UK), creationist-basher Richard Dawkins believes he has amassed all the evidence he could ever need to convince unbelievers that Darwin was right. Now, if he can just get them to read it...
My thanks to Red Pill Junkie and Rick, mostly for their moral support. ;-)
Quote of the Day:
Strident? Do they mean me?
“Enlightenment is not imagining figures of light but making the darkness conscious…”
- Oldest ‘human’ discovered in Ethiopia is our last, common ancestor-- simultaneously disproving the missing link and rewriting anthropological history. More here about their primal motivation.
- Looking at cracks in the dark matter pavement.
- The fungus among us points to a catatastrophe of global proportions.
- Meanwhile, the asteroid-hunting telescope is off the grid for repairs.
- Hear that? It’s the earth’s hum. What better way to map Mars?
- The exoplanet with rock rain and molten lakes of lava.
- Twisted Italian supervolcano that makes Pompeii look lucky.
- Climate change has landed on the shores of the Galapagos.
- Want to improve your memory? Just inhale.
- What didn’t kill the dinosaurs?
- 22nd century babies: New study claims children born this century could live to see 100.
- India hasn’t seen a drought like this since ’72.
- Mercury’s mysterious bright spot.
- Prophetic letter from Philip K. Dick reveals how Blade Runner would change the face of science fiction.
- Is consciousness the brain's wi-fi?
- Architectural mystery proves families that play together stay together (even on 5th Ave).
- Skeptics turn on their own, Part one and Part two.
- This year’s winner of the Ig Nobel Prize goes to…
- Could Dan Brown be afraid of the Freemasons? Can’t see why-- they only hold a few key positions of influence.
- The Beatles' Lucy in the sky, undoubtedly with diamonds.
- Building Rome in a day, with flickr.
- The Earth, after us.
- Discovering order in the chaos of currents.
- EPA makes sweeping plans to cut greenhouse gases.
- Thanks to Roland Emmerich, the 2012 bubble may finally pop.
- And in this week’s news of the looming robot revolution…New international treaty seeks to limit war robots. Like there’s such a thing as too many war robots…
Mutiple thanks to all the Greg Taylors in the multiverse.
Quote of the Day:
“As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being.”
*Hmph* So how deep is this god-damned rabbit hole anyw—AAAAAAAaaaaaaaa....
- The stuff that Einstein's nightmares were made of: Quantum entanglement visible to the naked eye —Eeeeeeek!!
- The astrology of Carl Jung and his Red Book: Part One. The legendary text will be published next month [Amazon US & UK].
- Nope, that's not our moon you're watching —that's Mercury.
- China completes hi-res 3D map of the Moon. They will be releasing it freely on the Internet shortly —one would hope.
- Ok: so there's H2O on the Moon —but will astronauts be toasting with Luna Evian any time soon?
- The Giga Galaxy Zoom trilogy is not a campy group of sci-fi novels, but the most detailed visual exploration of our home galaxy so far —and it's now complete! Check out the main page of GGZ project here to attain Warp speed.
- Stem cells exposed to microgravity express different proteins than those grown in normal gravity, say Australian researchers. So now y'all know why those alien bastards are so small & puny.
- Are we humans the best tourist attraction this side of the Milky Way? Well, as long as I don't get to be in the petting corral!
- Friendly UFO emitting light beam reported by Russian women —so flashing babes is cool, as long as you come from another planet, huh?
- Like a wounded Starship Enterprise, our solar system's natural shields are faltering, letting in a flood of cosmic rays —& all I can say is... KHAAAAAAAAAAN!!
- Do any of you guys remember that hole in the Ozone layer? Well, guess what...
- Alan Boyle discusses how tsunami monitoring systems work. I'm sure the Samoans feel there's room for improvement.
- Stone Age village found under sea —guess 'what goes around comes around', eh?
- I hope everybody's got their swimsuits on, 'cause nothing will stop the sea level rise :(
- Mighty T. Rex killed by lowly parasite, study suggests. Is there a moral to this story we should be heeding?
- Scientists announce new species discovered in the Greater Mekong region, of Southeast Asia [Purty pictures of the new critters here].
- The first autopsy ever performed on an Egyptian mummy got the cause of death all wrong. Is it not too late for Irtyersenu to sue them for malpractice?
- Loren Coleman reports on the latest Orang Pendek sightings @ Cryptomundo.
- Half-man/half-goat scares African villagers —no, I don't think this is a viral campaign for a Pan's Labyrinth sequel.
- 'Paranormal Activity', a 'Blairwitchy' film made with just 15K, made its debut on Oct 2007. Now it's moving into a bigger release [trailer of the film here]
- Finding spirits in a liquor bottle is nothing exceptional; but who would've thought beers could have Fortean overtones as well? Here's a very nice cavalcade of paranormal beer selections, courtesy of Micah 'Gralien Report' Hanks.
- Jay-Z: a master of occult wisdom? Well, to be Beyonce's boyfriend you gotta be master of something!
Thanks Kat, Rick & Frank.
Quote of the Day:
Donnie: "Why are you wearing that stupid bunny suit?"
Frank: "Why are you wearing that stupid man suit?"
Excerpt from the movie Donnie Darko (2001).
- Nero's rotating banquet hall unveiled in Rome. Just thinking about nibbling wren's livers and wolf nipple chips whilst spinning around in a circle makes me feel ill.
- Network of 3000-year-old canals in Arizona is evidence of farming.
- Stone Age timber structure lies submerged in the murky Solent waters.
- An 18th century coach inn is haunted by the ghost of a lovestruck barmaid. A tale worthy of an Aldred Noyes poem, brilliantly performed by Loreena McKennitt.
- Scientist who championed the Flores Island hobbit as human now thinks otherwise.
- Missing legs of Buddhist statue found in jungle at Angkor Thom.
- The beautiful cheetah is inspiring new artificial legs for the disabled.
- Hyenas cooperate and problem-solve better than primates.
- Captain Obvious says 10% of world's animals at risk of extinction.
- A bizarre gelatinous fish caught in Brazil may not be as odd as first thought.
- In 100 years, Argentina has lost nearly 70% of its native forests.
- Argentinian woman claims visit by 14 extraterrestrials.
- Magonia review of David Clarke's book The UFO Files, investigating UFO reports in the British National Archives (Amazon US & UK).
- The Brazilian Govt has declassified a new collection of previously secret UFO documents from the 1980s. I'm glad they didn't declassify the haircuts and clothes.
- Utah locals describe their close encounters of the fourth kind.
- The power of subliminal messages with negative context. With examples.
- Mathematicians' alternate model of our universe makes dark matter superfluous.
- A trillion triangles: new code cracks ancient maths problem.
- The dark secrets of the trillion-dollar oil trade.
- Samasource: running a successful business for profit to help those in need.
- A 700-acre Scottish island will be transformed into an ashram.
Quote of the Day:
If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.
Henry David Thoreau