Posting the news on behalf of Jameske, who got called in to work halfway through...
- Is there life out there? Almost definitely.
- The forged origins of the New Testament.
- Brave New World at 75.
- The biology of the imagination.
- 7/7: the conspiracy theories.
- A sound way to turn heat into electricity.
- Kenya: Maasais, Canaanites And the Inca connection.
- Thor went the wrong way.
- Baked galaxies or half baked theories.
- God’s banker verdicts due in Roman court.
- Ice age ends smashingly: did a comet blow up over Canada?
- Colossal crystals discovered in cave.
- Flapping wings could revolutionize aircraft design.
- The impending global liquidity crisis.
- Owning the weather.
Quote of the Day:
This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
Today is World Environment Day. Ask not what your planet can do for you, but what you can do for your planet.
- Breakthrough brings Star Trek's teleporter a step closer.
- Polynesians - and their chickens - arrived in the Americas before Columbus.
- 82,000 year old jewellery found in a limestone cave in Morocco.
- Archaeological finds shine light on the pre-history of London.
- Fathers of the zodiac tracked down: Astronomer shows when and where his ancient counterparts worked.
- Scientists say our solar system is travelling in a different direction to the rest of the Milky Way.
- Scientists present new results from Huygens probe on Titan.
- Astrophysicists find a star-like object with a surface temperature just one tenth that of the Sun.
- Travel forward in time a hundred billion years, and you'll land in a universe that has stopped expanding - a vast, empty space at a standstill. Or at least it will appear that way.
- US drastically scales back efforts to measure global warming from space.
- Had a long day? Global warming could be the answer.
- UN warns of effects of global thaw.
- Geoengineering: A quick fix with big risks.
- Himalayan glaciers could be gone in 50 years.
- China's new 'green wall' aims to hold back the Gobi desert.
- Physicists develop device that turns heat into sound and then into electricity. They say it’s similar to what happens when you hit the nerve in your elbow.
- New invention can extract 48 liters of fresh water per day from the air in almost any climate.
- A purple fluorescent frog is one of 24 new species found in the South American highlands of Suriname.
- Sharks use strange trick to hunt prey.
- Researchers find mechanisms that may unlock answers to Alzheimer's.
- At James Watson's request, his DNA sequence will be made publicly available - except for one gene that is one of the strongest predictors for the development of Alzheimer's.
- Sixty year study offers remarkable insight into brain development.
- Cumulative memory traces in the brain's prefrontal cortex may be the cause of chronic pain. A drug used to treat phobic behavior may help.
- Blocking certain memories helps the brain remember what's important.
- Simultagnosia - when a person can perceive only one object at a time.
- Scottish scientists uncover a striking link between genes for brain size and tonality in spoken language.
- Childhood origins of adult resistance to science (pdf - scroll down).
- A perceptual deficiency may make us better foragers.
- People gauge how responsive their partners are primarily by how they themselves respond to their partners - not the other way around.
- Study finds the lower subjects' brain MAO A activity level, the more they answered 'yes' to statements about taking advantage of others, causing them discomfort, having a short temper, vindictiveness, and enjoying violent movies.
- The ewww factor: Time takes a look at the psychology of disgust.
- People tend to think one person's often-repeated opinion is a popular opinion.
- Switching off the brain's perception of ghostly images with electromagnets.
- An intensive form of talk therapy, known as transference-focused psychotherapy (TFP), found to help individuals affected with borderline personality disorder. BPD is so notoriously hard to treat that many therapists refuse to see patients with this diagnosis.
- New treatment for depression - marriage: New study shows tying the knot helps unhappy people more than happy ones, even if the marriage is so-so.
- The futility of predicting unlikely events.
Quote of the Day:
For Therapeutic Purposes
I have not been quite right in the head
Like a balding tyre, I've been losing my grip
I have been given various medications
to help me cope
And my brother has given me
a skipping rope.
A poem from John Hegley's Uncut Confetti (Amazon UK).
Sorry the news is late, I've been sedated all day and night because of a killer tooth-ache.
- An amateur scientist has captured incredible footage of what could be a 45-foot-long giant eel in Loch Ness. I have a craving for Japanese-style eel.
- But can Gordon Holmes be trusted? Loren Coleman turns sleuth and digs up some interesting facts about the amateur scientist.
- Here's a chance for Loren to rack up frequent flyer points -- a farmer and his daughter have dug up the remains of a mysterious animal in southern India.
- A great travel piece on Choquequirao, an Incan city built by Topa Inca to mirror Machu Picchu.
- An Indian tribe that has had very limited contact with the outside world has been located in a remote region of the Amazon.
- More royal pyramids stand in the deserts of northern Sudan than in all of Egypt, yet very little is known about the civilisations who built them.
- An ancient tomb almost 3500-years-old has been unearthed in Egypt by a Dutch archaeological team.
- Seven years on, the Giza Plateau Mapping Project continues to search for clues to answer the riddle of the pyramids.
- Archaeologists in Kerala, India, have discovered a 2000-year-old port settlement that could be the town mentioned in early Roman manuscripts.
- A British MP wants Stonehenge's World Heritage listing revoked, claiming conservation money is being diverted to the 2012 London Olympics. Why do I shiver everytime I see that year?
- Lynne McTaggart and Dr Gary Schwartz's Intention Experiment appears to have worked, with one leaf glowing under lab conditions.
- Blaze Labs Research believe science fiction is possible, and a new energy revolution is on the horizon.
- Former Canadian astronaut Steve McLean recalls the experience of seeing the Earth from space.
- A Polish man has woken from a 19-year coma, and thinks the "world is prettier now" than it was under Communism.
- Stimulating different parts of the brain with implanted electrodes could help treat millions of people who suffer severe depression.
- A new analysis of US birth ratios says there are less boys being born these days, and its expected to continue decreasing. Except for China.
- James Watson, who helped crack the DNA code half a century ago, has become the first person to be given the full text of his own DNA on a small computer disk.
- Deepak Chopra writes about the possibilities of the mind outside the body.
- A university researcher says people who are intuitive and in a good mood are prone to believe just about anything. Unfortunately for her, I'm in a bad mood.
- Gerald O'Donnell, founder of the Academy of Remote Viewing and Remote Influencing, writes about remote viewing's link to deep sleep.
- Circular patterns growing in moss have been found in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, leaving scientists perplexed. They're definitely not my footprints from October 2000.
Thanks Kat and Nurofen.
Quote of the Day:
I was introduced to [Bosnian] President Izetbegovic, who lived in very humble lodgings... He talked about the siege... Sarajevo was home to one of the great libraries in the civilised world, housing lots of priceless Islamic, Christian and Jewish manuscripts. He told us, with tears in his eyes, that days after it was fire-bombed words were falling through the sky, falling on people's heads, falling on their hands, falling into prams as women pushed them down the streets, falling into people's cups of tea, falling in front of them as they walked the cobbled streets, words raining down days later...
Travelling on the weekend, so won't be around till Monday. I'm sure you won't know how to fill the void in your life...
- DHS signs up sci-fi writers for the war on terror. Worth reading Cabinet of Wonders' piece "Philly Busted" for a strange precursor in the 1940s.
- Man says he's got a new Loch Ness video. And the place to look for things when it comes to cryptozoology is obviously Cryptomundo, which has the video.
- Also: Loch Ness in World Heritage bid.
- Trip proposed to center of the Earth, via Arctic 'hole'. Really.
- Is a ban on fortune telling a curtailment of free speech?
- Douglas Rushkoff tells of a little-known but influential Jim Henson short film. You can view it at YouTube.
- Profiling 'UFO Hacker' Gary McKinnon.
- More TMS in the news: dispelling ghostly images with electromagnets.
- Is Earth's climate reaching tipping point?
- Upright walking in humans may have begun in the trees.
- China pushes for Great Wall wonder status. Noel Gallagher may be looking at a windfall from music royalties...
- A light touch on the arm can sway the mind.
- Men worry more about penile size more than women do. That's because they don't have one.
- Croatian bees sniff out landmines. I don't want to taste the honey from those bees...
- Rather than all these global warming initiatives, could we just vent the CO2 into space?
- Space telescope spies dark matter.
- I'm no fan of the practical use of weaponry, but that doesn't stop me from loving the technical wizardry of a LEGO Rubberband Chaingun (with video). I could have taken out a few eyes with that as a kid...
- New blog at the Onion: "I believe in evolution, except for the whole Triassic period" (h/t to Alan Boyle's Cosmic Log).
Quote of the Day:
It is no great accomplishment to hear a voice in the head. The accomplishment is to make sure that it is telling you the truth, because the demons are of many kinds...The reaction to these voices is not to kneel in genuflection before a god, because then one will be like Dorothy in her first encounter with Oz. Magicians, people who invoke these things, have always understood that one must go into such encounters with one's wits about oneself.
Happy birthday Dad, for yesterday...
- Judge rules Harry Potter can stay in libraries.
- Christopher Hitchins comments on the "essential stupidity of religion".
- Scientists divided over alliance with religion.
- Are morals hard-wired into the brain? Must be selective evolution in that case...
- Kids can add and subtract without arithmetic. Perhaps analysis of autistic savant talents might be illuminating?
- Did British MoD have remote viewing interest back in the mid-1990s?
- An obituary for Jennifer Bates, bookseller & artist who embraced the unexplained.
- White Sands UFO crash video concocted by hoax artist?
- And this ET craft would appear to be very terrestrial.
- Radio 'screams' forecast deadly solar storms.
- Ritual decapitation part of rebirth rites in ancient Andean culture?
- SETI is about to go around the clock in its hunt for ET.
- Alan Boyle helps you get to know Galaxy M81 a bit better.
- Roll up, roll up. Come get your 3D look at the Face on Mars.
- What could be better I hear you say? What about schizophrenia-mimicking virtual reality machine? In the 60s, they called that LSD.
- Imaging the connectivity in the synaesthetic brain. Do they have to set that to music for synaesthetes?
- Cooking up memories in a neuron stew.
- Electric field cures brain cancer?
- 28 new exoplanets announced. Slartibartfast has been very busy.
Thanks Shadow and Loren.
Quote of the Day:
Round about the accredited and orderly facts of every science there ever floats a sort of dust-cloud of exceptional observations, of occurrences minute and irregular and seldom met with, which it always proves more easy to ignore than to attend to...Any one will renovate his science who will steadily look after the irregular phenomena.
Symbology is always key. As Captain Jack Sparrow might phrase it, words - images - stories are like a drawwring of that key. Many of us would probably agree with The History Channel's take on the symbology of Star Wars, which aired last night. On YouTube, Rob Ager's done a nice job of explaining the slightly less accessible symbology of the Illuminati/New World Order in Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange, but due to the graphic violence and nudity, you'll have to search for it yourselves. But sometimes, the symbology we so clearly see in a story isn't what the author had in mind at all. Take The Wizard of Oz, for instance. For Baum, his story was quite a differently-colored horse (pdf) than the one most people think they know.
- Scientists divided over alliance with religion. Sounds to me like they're all speaking in tongues.
- 2,500-year-old wooden cauldren discovered in bog.
- Canadian-led science team finds oldest evidence of life on Earth.
- Astronomers eagerly await potential birth of 'super sun'.
- Planet-hunters announce the discovery of 28 new planets outside our solar system.
- Spitzer spies a thousand previously unknown dwarf galaxies.
- Screaming CMEs warn of radiation storms.
- Turning salt water into fuel?
- New acoustic stove can cook, refrigerate, and generate electricity.
- Plasma could turn old tyres into new.
- Would man's (new) best friend drive you barking mad?
- How the brain can hear shapes.
- Study shows humans are hard-wired to be generous. But in romantic relationships, motives matter.
- Adult brain cells rediscover their inner child.
- Thimerosal on trial: The vaccine-autism link goes to US Federal Claims Court.
- Drinking apple juice may prevent asthma.
- Man claims sleepless record, going 11 days without napping. Sometimes TDG news gathering feels like that.
- An interview with medium John Edward.
- Salem struggles to sort out psychic free-for-all.
- Should Oprah renounce her support of The Secret?
- 'Slam dunk evidence' of controlled demolition on 9/11. A poor choice of
words in this post-Tenet era?
Quote of the Day:
Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory.
Leonardo da Vinci
A big welcome to new readers. Don't be shy, post your thoughts.
- Linda Moulton Howe is keeping us updated on the drone caught on camera. Even if a fake, I love the wavy wires at the top, very creative.
- The Heavy Stuff says media coverage of the Chicago O'Hare UFO is fading and might disappear entirely before its one year anniversary this November.
- In the near future, you could be reading TDG on a paper-thin, bendable display screen. Imagine take-away coffee cups.
- NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has helped scientists learn what the weather is like on two distant, exotic worlds. I bet they're really spying on alien women.
- The latest images from the Mars Reconaissance Orbiter reveal what look like Martian cave entrances. Women are from Venus, Cavemen are from Mars.
- Not to be outdone, the ESA's Mars Express has captured breathtaking images of the Deuteronilus Mensae region.
- Could a planet orbiting Gliese 581, 1.5 time the radius of Earth and in the Goldilocks zone, harbour life?
- More information on the comet believed to have wiped out mammoth populations almost 13000-years-ago... and possibly a lost civilisation?
- Could Bulgaria's Late Bronze Age temples, mentioned by Herodotus, be older than Egypt's pyramids?
- Archaeologists in Greece have discovered thousands of miniature clay pots and statuettes possibly dedicated to the Three Graces.
- Roman soldiers recently descended on the Scottish Parliament, calling for the Antonine Wall to gain World Heritage Status. Romane ite domum.
- Norwegians could soon be enjoying safer, cleaner nuclear power using thorium. No wonder Rudolf the Reindeer's nose shines so bright.
- Scientists have observed ants placing themselves across holes to provide a bridge for their fellows. Proof the wrong species evolved to dominate the planet.
- Lucky visitors to the American Museum of Natural History can catch an exhibition examining the possible origins of mythical creatures.
- Professional ghost hunters have conducted a seance to catch a ghost in Melbourne's Old Treasury Building. It might have been me, I'm very pale.
- In London, Spiral is a new organisation that plans to collect video evidence of the paranormal. Looks like a great gig.
- Deepak Rao, India's Uri Geller, has wowed a packed auditorium with demonstrations of psychic abilities. Turn his show into a Bollywood bhangra extravaganza and I'm there with bells on.
- Nothing entertains like Pravda: did Nazi bonzes study extraterrestrial technology?
- An 11-year-old boy claims to have killed a wild pig weighing over 1000 pounds and measuring 9 feet 4 inches from snout to tail. I'm glad this pig can't fly.
- Roswell officials want to create a UFO-themed amusement park including a simulated alien abduction ride. Must be the bouncing castle.
- Protests are planned to disrupt the opening of a Creationist Museum in the USA. I can't imagine Richard Dawkins wearing tie-dye and flashing the peace symbol.
Quote of the Day:
A poet's eye, in fine frenzy rolling,
Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven;
And as imagination bodies forth
The form of things unknown, the poet's pen
Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.
Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream
I'm pretty sure I only have half a brain...
- Though you might not like to do it, removing half of your brain will not significantly impact who you are. Perhaps more interesting is that people accept that fact without pondering what it means for the mind-brain question...
- European man found in ancient Chinese tomb.
- Spain may mount legal challenge for $500 million shipwreck treasure.
- Marijuana-like chemicals guide fetal brain cells.
- Vatican insider leaks news of extraterrestrial presence.
- TV ghost hunters search for a new member.
- I am the lizard king! Dissecting reptoid conspiracy theories.
- Essential tones of music rooted in human speech.
- Time releases its annual list of the 100 people shaping our world, and causes a scene by inviting Intelligent Design proponent Michael Behe to write the profile on Richard Dawkins.
- National Space Society Conference launches in Dallas. Alan Boyle has a more detailed look.
- Putting captchas to good use - computer users around the world help to digitise books.
- Babies can spot changes in language spoken by facial clues alone.
- Researchers show off virtual human in 4D.
- Definitive evidence found of swimming dinosaur. Or drowning.
- Magnets may make the brain stronger.
Quote of the Day:
The world is not to be narrowed till it will go into the understanding...but the understanding to be expanded and opened till it can take in the image of the world as it is in fact.
How does it fee-eel...
- NDE research pioneer Dr Bruce Greyson explains the Near Death Experience.
- MSNBC lists the Top 25 Web Hoaxes and Pranks, with the 'alien autopsy' film making the grade.
- Maybe this 'UFO' will be on the list next year?
- An interview with Jon Downes of the Center for Fortean Zoology.
- Is quantum mechanics tested so often because it is flawed, or because people just can't deal with the philosophical implications?
- Masonic murder mystery or bizarre suicide?
- Mike Morwood and Penny Van Oosterzee tell of The Discovery of the Hobbit (Amazon US and UK, under the titled A New Human).
- Women's role in history inaccurately reflected by archaeological record.
- More on the comet that allegedly wiped out early North American culture.
- Mexico City's Aztec treasures remain buried for lack of funds.
- Physicists predict the death of cosmology. You would have to be a real optimist to think we'll (as in humanity) even be around by then.
- Astronomer proposes giant liquid telescope on the Moon.
- Once a year, sunlight reflects from the forehead of a statue in India (photo). Prying open...
- Flat, flexible, wireless power source can go anywhere.
- Controversial Purdue bubble fusion letter surfaces. Probably due to the bubbles.
- Chernobyl fungus feeds on radiation.
- Small aircraft causes heart flutters at NASA by flying close to shuttle Atlantis. In case you're wondering, on the launch pad - not in orbit. That *would* make for some news.
- Man shot in the head, continues on sleeping.
- Shark pup result of vrigin birth. They found it by following the Starfish of the East.
- Feathers fly over key evidence in the rise of 'dino-birds'.
- How fins became fingers.
- And don't forget, today is International Talk Like Bob Dylan day.
Quote of the Day:
You know, they call them fingers....but I've never seen them fing.
Otto ('The Simpsons')
Plenty of stuff to be debating today. Post your thoughts.
- The gospel of Judas.
- The traveller’s dilemma.
- The accidental plagiarist.
- Dinosaur feathers are no such thing.
- Captive shark has virgin birth.
- The plastic ocean.
- Mt Nemrut: 8th wonder of the ancient world.
- Weird aerial object haunts California.
- Bulls-eye craters.
- HIV effect on white blood cells questioned by new research.
- Did a comet hit the Great Lakes region and fragment human populations 12900 years ago?
- The Royal Society’s motto-morphosis.
- Space solar power: why do we need it and what do we need to get?
- Consciousness: Headaches have themselves.
- Hungry fungi chomp on radiation.
- The plague: could it happen again?
Quote of the Day:
Many a man fails as an original thinker simply because his memory is too good.