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News Briefs 23-04-2010

"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing…"

  • Mysterious radio waves are coming from an unknown object in a nearby galaxy.
  • Steampunk time-travellers or 1940’s hipster?
  • The Moon, electrified.
  • New, incredible images of the Sun, newly illuminated, thanks to NASA’s SDO. More here and here.
  • In case ‘we have a problem’, NASA has an escape plan. Not to be confused with the X-37. More here about the mysterious launch.
  • The 'Masks of Identity', Part One.
  • The source of the Zodiac’s glow, identified.
  • Creating a simulated brain, one memresistor at a time.
  • New, deadly fungus is on the move in Canada and US.
  • Not every orca is the same.
  • New hope for bionics. Calls to Oscar Goldman were not returned.
  • Dam construction in the Amazon moves forward, despite protests from locals and James Cameron.
  • Will one web language create a digital tower of Babel?
  • All hail ‘lungless frog’ and ’ninja slug’, coming soon to a cartoon network near you.
  • The importance of sounds while you sleep.
  • The last photos of Einstein’s desk.

Quote of the Day:

"We cannot solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."

A. Einstein

News Briefs 22-04-2010

They're watching me today!

  • Exorcising the Heretic King.
  • John Higgs interviews CJ Stone about King Arthur - the biker and ex-squaddie once known as John Rothwell.
  • Heaven: a fool's paradise?
  • Turkmen president wants to close "Hell's Gate".
  • Modern medicine - science or marketing?
  • 8 invented diseases Big Pharma is banking on.
  • The Singularity is Near: the Movie.
  • The uncertain future of transhumanism.
  • What if Mayan calendars & galactic cycles, aliens & DMT, & the science of rapture don't herald mass enlightennment? Confessions of a Counterculture.
  • Is DMT too weird for the psychedelic renaissance?
  • Did life get going all on its own? Which came first, the boots or the bootstraps?
  • Science takes a new look at psychedelics (CNN video).
  • Will humans and ET life share DNA roots?
  • With Megalithomania just around the corner again, here's an article from speaker Walter Cruttenden on History and Celestial Time.
  • Serial tool use. Clever crows use up to three.
  • Laser used to scan Robin Hood's dungeon under Nottingham.
  • 7,500 online shoppers 'accidentally' sold their Immortal Souls.
  • Did the CIA spike a French town's baguettes with LSD?
  • The return of the contrails.

Thanks Greg.

Quote of the Day:

Formerly, when religion was strong and science weak, men mistook magic for medicine; now, when science is strong and religion weak, men mistake medicine for magic.

Thomas Szasz

News Briefs 21-04-2010

Cat Vincent's "Frequently asked questions about weird sh*t" would make a good TDG manifesto…

Quote of the Day:

To search expectantly for a radio signal from an extraterrestrial source is probably as culture bound a presumption as to search the galaxy for a good Italian restaurant.

Terence McKenna (1983)

News Briefs 20-04-2010

The vampire squid is a lot worse than you think.

  • A great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity.
  • Major revisions to psychiatric definitions stir debate.
  • Near-death experience skeptics show no plausible medical explanation for afterlife experiences.
  • Just 39 days to Mars.
  • Astronomers have solved the mystery of Saturn's north pole hexagon.
  • Charles the cat makes 1,300-mile journey.
  • For the world is hollow. Part 1. Part 2.
  • Migraine sufferer starts speaking with Chinese accent.
  • The traumatizing mythology of 911.
  • US military tests high-tech dirigibles in Utah.
  • Ancient stones older than Stonehenge discovered on Dartmoor.
  • Lunar charge distribution.
  • Researchers create artificial human skin.
  • Should SETI be looking for genetic codes?
  • DMT is in your head, but it may be too weird for the psychedelic renaissance.
  • Eyjafjallajokull’s scream could wake a neighbour.

Thanks Greg

Quote of the Day:

The gambling known as business looks with austere disfavor upon the business known as gambling.

Ambrose Bierce

News Briefs 19-04-2010

Are you stuck in an airport terminal?

Quote of the Day:

It's a strange world. Some people get rich and others eat shit and die.

Hunter S. Thompson

News Briefs 16-04-2010

Oh boy! This one is a biggie. Release the Tom Hanks!!

Thanks to Turner, Greg, Susan, Destiny Land & Commander Shepard.

Quote of the Day:
"All the cultures in human history except the Western industrial civilization have held holotropic states of consciousness in great esteem. They induced them whenever they wanted to connect to their deities,other dimensions of reality,and with the forces of nature. They also used them for diagnosing and healing, cultivation of extrasensory perception, and artistic inspiration. They spent much time and energy to develop safe and effective ways of inducing them."

Stanislav Grof.

News Briefs 15-04-2010

Shake it like a Polaroid picture...

Thanks Rick, Kat & Micah.

Quote of the Day:

"There could be interesting times ahead!"
Merav Opher, a NASA Heliophysics Guest Investigator from George Mason University.

News Briefs 14-04-2010

Neva's playing with six-sided dice; that doesn't bode well for an alternate universe...

Quote of the Day:

Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible. I think it's in my basement... let me go upstairs and check.

M.C. Escher

News Briefs 13-04-2010

Some mind bullets for you.

  • Breed bans, euthanasia and preemptive justice.
  • Making surgery scalpels from sound waves.
  • First baby given xenon gas to prevent brain injury.
  • Machines to choose your news.
  • New discoveries indicate ancient British sun worship.
  • For the world is hollow and I have touched the sky.
  • Alien life on Titan would stink.
  • Do we live inside a wormhole's neck?
  • Why are 25 hedge managers worth 658000 teachers?
  • What happened at Angkor Wat.
  • Dolphins die in mass stranding.
  • South Dakota teenagers flee UFO as ground lights up, buzzing sound emitted.
  • Discovery that quasars don't show time dilation mystifies astronomers.
  • Backwards alien planets challenge theories.
  • Four hurdles for a scientific theory of music.
  • Australian laser threatens nuclear security.

Quote of the Day:

Sometimes the appropriate response to reality is to go insane.

Philip K. Dick

News Briefs 12-04-2010

What's next? Food riots in 2012, and The Great Famine in 2015?

Big hat tip to Mind Hacks.

Quote of the Day:

From the Bible to Knight Rider to The Matrix, the story's the same: in crappy times, a single person will emerge to make all the difference and turn everything around. Although it makes for great viewing, it makes for a bad society. Ultimately, tales about messiahs are bedtime stories steeped in power. They're debilitating soporifics, inducements to be passive as we wait for social change because, some day, our prince will come.

Why wait, though? If the world is to transform, faith in politicians offering hope and change is a recipe for disappointment. Ask almost anyone who voted for Obama. Change happens through millions of acts of rebellion and mutual aid, not through faith in one great leader. What's depressing about this whole Maitreya thing is that it is a sign that we've given up on ourselves, that we need to depend on The One rather than finding the means to fix our own problems directly.

The thing is that there are millions of world teachers already. I've been lucky enough to report what they're teaching: from former petrol-pump attendants in South Africa to masked women in Mexico, leaders are subjecting themselves to democratic control, and messing with the boundaries of private property so that everyone gets to share the world's resources. Their vision of the commons looks a lot like what Maitreya might bring to Earth (and for which Elinor Ostrom won the Nobel prize in economics last year). And the good news is that it has been here all along.

Raj Patel, here.