- For Red Pill Junkie, by special request: Remember the Telegraph's SETI contest, 'So what would YOU say to ET?' -- with the winning messages to be beamed up to any space aliens lurking about? Finally, here are the top 50 winners.
- Rivers seen from space.
- IMAX's Hubble reminds us what awesome means.
- Cassini Provides Insights into Saturn's Rings, with More to Come. More.
- Today is World Water Day. Global water requirements will grow by over 50% over the next 20 years, or 40% more than what can currently be sustainably supplied.
- Is food the new distressed asset?
- Ancient glyphs and a Celtic connection theory.
- New finding puts first animal domestication - that of dogs - in the Middle East, and strengthens the link between the first animal to enter human society and the subsequent invention of agriculture about 10,000 years ago.
- Huaca Pucllana, in Lima, Peru.
- Hobbit island's deeper history.
- Velociraptor's cousin discovered: The fossilised skeleton is in almost perfect condition - with complete claws and teeth - despite being between 145 and 65 million years old.
- Ingredients of 'Maya Blue' pigment, beloved by Central America's ancients, may have been widely mined, not traded as previously thought.
- Giant bluestone sculture, with rock-wall mazes that swirl around a 9-ton monolith, for sale in the Catskills.
- Iceland prepares for second, more devastating volcanic eruption.
- World votes to continue trading in species on verge of extinction. I didn't get a vote. Did you?
- No more caviar: Hunters push sturgeon to the edge of extinction after 200million years.
- Death stalks the frozen land of Genghis Khan.
- Drought, refugees, revolution and war: World's militaries are secretly preparing for climate doomsday.
- Market For Military Robots Will Reach $9.8 Billion By 2016.
- Star Trek-style force-field armour being developed by military scientists.
- Rich get richer in 'Hot News' stock-tip fight.
- Former bond trader Michael Lewis traces the roots of the biggest financial crisis in history back to the decision of one man – and finds the few who made billions betting on the collapse.
- Tycoon in £470 million 'deal with God'.
- Evolution of Fairness Driven by Culture, Not Genes.
- CONTEST: Help Chatroulette Solve Its Penis Problem, And Make Billions!
- It seems like alchemy: a Silicon Valley start-up says it has found a way to capture the carbon dioxide emissions from coal and gas power plants and lock them into cement.
- Cold fusion moves closer to mainstream acceptance.
- Oz boffins develop a treatment which allows mice to smoke cigarettes without the usual negative health consequences.
- Reclusive Russian mathematician, Grigori Perelman, awarded $1million Millennium prize -- if he accepts.
- Professor of applied mathematics urges us to think globally, instead of staying mainly in the 2,500-year-old plain.
- UFOs buzz Northern Territory nuke site: Aliens could be the latest to weigh in on the nuclear waste storage debate after UFOs were spotted near the proposed Territory facility.
- All-too-real wizarding-world warfare sends Hogwarts castle up in flames.
Quote of the Day:
The willingness of a Wall Street investment bank to pay me hundreds of thousands of dollars to dispense investment advice to grown-ups remains a mystery to me to this day. I was 24 with no experience of, or particular interest in, guessing which stocks and bonds would rise and which would fall. Believe me, I hadn’t the first clue. I’d never taken an accounting course, never run a business, never even had savings of my own to manage.
I stumbled into a job at Salomon Brothers in 1985 and stumbled out, richer, in 1988. I figured the situation was unsustainable. Sooner rather than later, someone was going to identify me, along with a lot of people more or less like me, as a fraud. Sooner rather than later would come a Great Reckoning, when Wall Street would wake up and hundreds, if not thousands, of young people like me, who had no business making huge bets with other people’s money or persuading other people to make those bets, would be expelled from finance.
Former bond trader Michael Lewis.
”Keeping an eye on the world going by my window…”
- Immaculate black holes located near universe’s conception.
- According to NASA, “Earths are common".
- Martian avalanche, with stunning photo. Meanwhile, Martian atmosphere appears to have been wiped away by a solar super-wave -- yet there still appears to be proof of life on Mars.
- More on the changing spots of Jupiter.
- Solar storms and killer electrons.
- Rings of Saturn more unstable and violent than previously believed. More here.
- Star on near-collision course with the solar system (and by ‘the’, I mean ours).
- The danger of hacking the climate. More here.
- A witness to the 'Battle for Los Angeles' in 1942.
- Ion trap could open door to quantum computing.
- Relativity, the final test.
- Extinction looms for Bluefin and Polar Bears after failing to gain UN protection.
- Hiding gold, one invisibility cloak at a time.
- Moonwater, the growing mystery.
- Meet the Velociraptor’s cousin.
- F-35 makes first vertical landing.
- Did the ‘Colbert Bump’ create a new messiah?
- The buried, ancient rivers of the outback.
- Salt and power, not to be confused with Salt n’ Pepa.
- Concerns over proposed £20m visitor centre at Stonehenge.
- Hobbits had million-year history on Flores?
- Huffington Post removes 911 conspiracy theory piece by Jesse Ventura?
- Ufologist Jenny Randles asks: does ufology have a future?
- Man with virtually no serotonin or dopamine defies expectations.
- Astronauts return from the ISS via a Soyuz capsule. Leaving, re-entry, and landing, in images courtesy of Astronaut Soichi on the ISS (except the last one, unless he's got one hell of a telephoto lens).
Thanks to Perceval, Greg, RPJ and the almighty Beatles.
Quote of the Day:
“Running everywhere at such a speed, Till they find, there's no need…”
Don't you just *hate* it when you are awaken from a dream, and you feel you were in the middle of something important... but you don't remember what?
- Happy St.
- Vatican announces commission to investigate the BVM apparitions at Medjugorge —something fishy about the timing here...
- Exhibiting at Oakland: A Golden Dawn (inspired) art show.
- Nick Pope pontificates on the recent Cleveland UFO sightings.
- The first reports of strange lights from lake Erie date back from earlier than you might guess.
- Almost, there baby! New exoplanet is near the habitable zone.
- Red in Jupiter's Spot not what Astronomers thought —BTW, check the name of the astronomer, and see if YOU can spot a Fortean coincidence ;)
- Hubble + IMAX = 3D Eye
candycocaine! Watch the trailer to get high... on science ;)
- Alan Boyle shows us the queer quirk tales from the quantum frontier —and you can quote me on that.
- The cat's out of the
bagbox: First quantum effects seen in visible object.
- Premonitory novelists? Micah Hanks explores when Truth is stranger than Fiction.
- In her recent diary entry, Anne Strieber deals with hummingbird synchronicities, near-death experiences, and car oracles.
- [Video] Ken Caldeira: Is Geoengineering our only option? [Full program] What's funny to me about this, is that if you take the 'i' from this guy's name, you get 'Caldera', and you know what caldera means in Spanish? look it up :)
- So you think yourself a better person because you consume green products? That's exactly the problem.
- "Elementary, my dear House": Bacterial trail may be next forensic clue.
- 40,000-year-old tools found at construction site in Tasmania.
- Tea leaves used by Chinese archeologists to rewrite the past, not peer into the future —open your miiinds!
- Look into my eyes: Gastroenterologists embrace the use of hypnotherapy.
- Smoking, not alcohol abuse, 'impairs mental function'. I'll drink to that, doc!
- Study links bullying to cognitive deficits & brain changes. It's the scars you can't see the ones that hurt the most.
- Banana component effective against HIV infection —so *that* was Cheeta's secret all along.
- The perfect gift for Greg Taylor's 80th birthday: a personal Rosetta grave stone —Twittering from the great beyond, mate!!
Thanks Kat, Rick & Micah.
Quote of the Day:
"You were once wild here. Don't let them tame you."
- Russians invade Georgia! TV hoax to rival War Of The Worlds.
- Soviet-era Lunar landers spotted on moon. Definitely not a hoax.
- Scientists find life beneath 600 feet of Arctic ice. Is Mars next?
- Mummies found in 4000-year-old boat-shaped graves in the desert of central Asia. Slightly let down by unimaginative Freudian analysis. Terrific documentary on the mummies of Tarim Basin.
- The Mummies Of Urumchi by Elizabeth Wayland Barber (Amazon US & UK).
- In-depth PDF field report of Mongolia's stone circles & deer stones.
- Experts fight to save Cybele temple in Bulgaria.
- Giant red granite statue of Thoth in monkey-form unearthed in Egypt. No pics as yet -- have to wait for Zahi's photo op.
- Zahi Hawass in King Tut's tomb. With him leaning over like that, it'd be so easy to 'accidentally on purpose' bump him...
- Excavations in San Claudio reveal ancient Maya weapons and tools trade.
- Stunning photography of the far side of Phobos, without Glen Larson.
- 10 natural formations that look like they were created by aliens.
- Delhi unveils giant air filtration tech to combat pollution.
- Europe's butterflies face extinction. with 500 animal species in England gone forever because of humans.
- The moody octopus is the 'Jekyll & Hyde" of the ocean.
- A group of bees act like "pied pipers" to trigger bee swarms.
- Man who woke from coma has Foreign Accent Syndrome.
- Iggy the labrador returns home after missing for five years.
- Osama the cat has Allah written in his fur. Neva's giving me a funny look.
- Atheist's ridicule won't win friends & influence people. You can't expect mature debate at a kangaroo court.
- Great dicussion about the Phoenix Lights and the flare obfuscation this Friday on the Paranormal Radio Network. Hard to believe it's been over a decade already.
- Physicist Michio Kaku escapes to a parallel universe.
Thanks Greg and Kat.
Quote of the Day:
The lights of stars that were extinguished ages ago still reaches us. So it is with great men who died centuries ago, but still reach us with the radiations of their personalities.
Still prefer Mozart.
- Alan Sokal: my philosophy.
- Symphony in J flat: the curious quest to reinvent music.
- The euro crisis.
- Psychopaths' brains wired to seek rewards, no matter the consequences.
- 5 natural events that science can't explain.
- Can General Fusion bring about an energy breakthrough?
- Orange dwarf star set to smash into the solar system.
- Thomas Jefferson off the curriculum in Texas.
- Canadian scientists uncover poppy's painkilling power.
- Life, but not as we know it.
- Da Vinci predicted world would end in 4006.
- Catatumbo: Venezuela's vanishing lightning.
- Blind soldier able to see with his tongue.
- The Planck mission.
- The Iboga insurrection.
Quote of the Day:
The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.
Whatever I've done wrong, please believe me, it was the devil, the bacteria, and the faulty wiring that made me do it!
- NASA scientists are searching for an invisible 'Death Star' that circles the Sun and catapults potentially catastrophic comets at Earth.
- From aboard the ISS, astronaut Soichi Noguchi posts stunning videos of the Earth and Moon.
- What would YOU say to ET? Competition to see what messages Earthlings want to send to extraterrestrials has produced shocking results.
- Cro Magnon skull supports theory that human brains have begun to shrink.
- Headless man's tomb found under Maya torture mural.
- It's a mystery that would stump even Sherlock Holmes: Why on earth are we letting Conan Doyle's home fall into ruin?
- Deep beneath London's streets, visitors revisit the eighth wonder of the world. 'How they got the performing horses down there God only knows.'
- What the devil is going on at the Vatican? What echoes down the centuries is not only the longstanding belief in demonic possession, but the logic behind it.
- Our microbial overlords: Can the bacteria in our bodies control our behavior in the same way a puppetmaster pulls the strings of a marionette?
- The brains of psychopaths are wired to keep seeking rewards, no matter the consequences.
- Journey to the center of the Earth: The dangerous quest for deepwater oil.
- Human-flesh search engines: crowd-sourced online detective work that aims for real-world vigilante justice.
- Data, data everywhere: Information has gone from scarce to superabundant, bringing new benefits and big headaches.
- Making bricks from straw may soon be possible - even desirable - now that scientists have figured out how spider silk can make ordinary materials stronger than steal.
- Scientists find key to rattlers' infrared sight.
- Illegal fishing and climate change are decimating shrimp and lobster populations in Central America.
- Short blasts of exercise are as good as hours of training, scientists find.
- We're being poisoned by mercury! How to get this lethal toxin out of your body.
- Caltech Cosmologist Dr. Sean Carroll blogs about his recent appearance on The Colbert Report -- and clears up that whole cake-batter thing ...sort of.
- Bloody, yes, but freedom flourished in the Dark Ages.
- In Mexico, drug cartel violence has gotten so bad, news reporters and authorities have retreated into a separate reality. The latest case in point.
- Jesse Ventura's Censored 9/11 Commentary.
Quote of the Day:
One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. Which road do I take? she asked. Where do you want to go? was his response. I don't know, Alice answered. Then, said the cat, it doesn't matter.
Lewis Carroll, in Alice in Wonderland.
"One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea..."
- Einstein’s theory of gravity, confirmed? His handwritten works are on display in Jerusalem.
- Roger Penrose and the loops of time.
- The inequality aversion, explained.
- Recently restarted LHC shutting down for year to address design flaws.
- Ghostly accident or accidental ghost.
- Ghost-catching, one invention at a time at the Pump House Castle.
- Buzz Aldrin thanks the world for his birthday wishes.
- Was Pont-Saint-Esprit’s mysterious 'cursed bread' a CIA experiment with LSD?
- Vatican’s chief exorcist says Devil is in the Vatican.
- Dan Akroyd predicts the end of the world, sans Stay-Puft marshmallow man.
- Could some earthquakes be man-made?
- Meanwhile, it appears the Chilean quake may have shifted the Earth’s axis.
- Dozens of centuries-old shipwrecks discovered in Baltic Sea during construction.
- Has deforestation revealed an impact crater in Central Asia?
- Light in the California sky emits… smaller lights .
- Is Daylight Savings hazardous to your health?
- Titan’s slushy interior.
- It's Oyster vs. Anaconda in the battle for control of the waves.
- The mystery of thalidomide, unraveled.
- A mass grave of headless vikings.
- Brain scan experiment reveals what people are thinking.
- Past visions of science fiction’s science future .
- Australia’s buried rivers of antiquity.
- Are the Amazon rain forests stronger than we think?
- Archaeologists discover buried Mayan fountain.
- 15 photos from the 70‘s that raised awareness about preserving Mother Earth.
- Need a place to crash during the next polar upheaval-- try a Sea-skraper.
Many thanks to RPJ, Kat and Greg!
Quote of the Day:
“All the best stories in the world are but one story in reality-- the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape…”
May your skies be full of vibrant iridescent clouds...
- Knowing the mind of God: Seven theories of everything —and 42 is a multiple of 7!
- 'Tis the question that has puzzled man since time immemorial: does Bigfoot have a bone in its penis? —and why am I suddenly humming 70's blaxploitation movie soundtracks??
- [Video] UFOs over lake
- Quick: under the desk! Regan Lee studies reports of strange beams of white light.
- Big Think video interview with the Big Kahuna of commercial space travel: Burt Rutan.
- Moa eggshells yield ancient DNA —Hmmm... Moa huevos rancheros *salivating*
- Chinese archeologists discover a new 137-km stretch of the Great Wall.
- The search for Zheng, ancient China's greatest mariner.
- An unearthed tomb on Crete reveals a dynasty of priestesses reigned on the isle during the "Dark Ages" of ancient Greece —proving also that Greek archeology is not very P.C.
- Archeologists find conduit designed to deliver pressurized water to the Mayan city of Palenque... or human blood —Bwahahahaaaa!
- World's southernmost site of early human life uncovered in Australia.
- Why the demise of civilization may be inevitable —may? you mean I spent my entire savings building an 2012-proof shelter for nothing?!
- Black tears from the sky: Japan confirms the exisence of a secret Nuclear pact with the US.
- Listen up laddies: "Non-scientific study" (their words!) says Scottish have red hair to endure bad weather —Melbourne weather might explain Rick's ginger beard... and his Scroogish temper :-P
- Richelle Hawks on the liminality of color, and why Red is the awesomest hue of them all ;)
- "My, what beautiful 64-bit RGB eyes you have": computer vision & how robots are taught to perceive images.
- Pentagon looks to breed
immoralimmortal ‘synthetic organisms’. In the words of the immortal quantum-leaping Dr. Sam Beckett: "Oh Boy!"
- Conspiracy Smorgasbord @ Zorgy-awarded BOA, with Kenn Thomas. Listen to the podcast and join the list of citizens surveilled by the NSA —just kidding! or am I?
- American lawmakers are considering a national biometric ID card to counter the hiring of illegal immigrants. Might be cheaper to just tattoo a codebar in every American's right cheek...
- Lula da Silva, Latin America's defacto majority leader, seeks peace in the Middle East, while failing to criticize the totalitarian regime in Cuba. Meanwhile, political dissident Guillermo Fariñas is on the brink of death.
Thanks to Rick, Kat, Greg & Moezilla. And also thanks to Corey, for teaching me how to recognize a master vampire —Very handy info y'all.
Quote of the Day:
"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal"
I think I remember how to do this, it's like riding a bike... without the LSD.
- Robin Hood & the Templars of Doom: hidden history in Sherwood Forest.
- Oxford mathematician & Wonderland explorer, The Mystery Of Lewis Carroll by Jenny Woolf (Amazon US & UK).
- Algebra in Wonderland; the science of Charles Dodgson, aka Lewis Carroll.
- Singalong-a sulcus: investigating how brains hear music & lyrics.
- Sputnik Observatory is a not-for-profit educational organisation dedicated to the study of contemporary culture. Guest features by Jacques Vallee, Colin Andrews, & much more. Looks brilliant.
- Lunar rock samples collected during Apollo missions suggest a wet interior. That explains this.
- Physicist claims warp speed will kill you. To timidly stay home & avoid strange new worlds...
- Ohio man films strange lights above Lake Erie over five nights.
- Unweaving the rainbow: beautiful photography, shame about the science proselytizing.
- Skeptic Ben Radford eloquently describes his visit to Machu Picchu. OMG, I actually agree with him -- and I don't have a fever! Even if he did misspell Machu Picchu.
- Excavated tomb reveals dynasty of priestesses on Crete.
- Sudan's forgotten pyramids: more mysteries than Egypt, without Zahi.
- DNA of extinct birds extracted from ancient eggshell.
- Experts seek 15th-century Chinese shipwrecks off the coast of East Africa.
- Trove of shipwrecks, one up to 800-years-old, found in Baltic Sea.
- The ultimate marine battle: great white shark vs giant squid.
- Crikey, that's not a yokai! Phantom kangaroos seen in Japan.
- In case Yokai Attack! please read (Amazon US & UK).
- The UFO Mystic tracks blue dogs & chupacabras in Texas.
Thanks Greg, Kat, & Joanne.
Quote of the Day:
Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.
Aw look, Zorgy #4 for the mantelpiece. Congrats to all nominated, and thanks to all who voted, even if you didn't listen to my advice…
- The return of Tron! And, the Dude abides! It's enough to make this grown man weep with nostalgia.
- Army's "mad scientists" study swarming mines and Facebook attacks. Hopefully combined.
- Chile earthquake moved the entire city of Concepcion 10 feet to the west.
- Does oarfish omen spell earthquake disaster for Japan?
- Who's the grown-up in the science vs religion debate? Maybe this guy?
- How the alphabet was born from hieroglyphs.
- Ancient texts present Mayans as literary geniuses. If they could just break out of that 2012 genre...
- Czech archaeologists find 150,000-year-old settlement in North Iraq.
- Time and Mind 3:1 has just been released with plenty of fascinating content on the ancient mind.
- The real canals of Mars are made from subterranean ice.
- Futurist Ray Kurzweil didn't like James Cameron's Avatar.
- Rupert Sheldrake and Richard Wiseman clash over parapsychology experiments.
- Erik Davis chats with Trickster and the Paranormal author George Hansen.
- Fortean and conspiracy researcher Jerry E. Smith passes away after battling pancreatic cancer.
- Tim Binnall talks to parapolitical researcher Kenn Thomas in the latest BoA podcast. Plus: here's Tim's interview with the late Jerry E. Smith.
- The biggest crop circle, ever.
- Missing persons and abductions reveal psychics' failures.
- What's in a name? Tumbling down the rabbit-hole while on the track of the Beast of White Lake Ontario.
- Even superheroes need their science.
- Cryptid colouring pages! And the best thing, as @TheDarkEngine said on Twitter, is that no-one can say you used the wrong colours.
- And you thought Michael Shermer's 'Skeptic' column in SciAm couldn't get any stupider…
Quote of the Day:
Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis.
Ralph Waldo Emerson