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News Briefs 25-08-2009

Nice pic of clouds and some interesting debate today.

Quote of the Day:

We have heard the chimes at midnight.

William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Act 3 Scene2

News Briefs 24-08-2009

Stop the world, I want to get on...

Quote of the Day:

I was watching the London Marathon and saw one runner dressed as a chicken and another runner dressed as an egg. I thought: 'This could be interesting'.

Paddy Lennox

News Briefs 21-08-2009

Where’s Flash Gordon when we need him? He *is* king of the impossible and saviour of the universe. Hawkmen diiiive!

  • Will warming oceans change the Earth’s tilt? 23.5 is such a nice degree…
  • Contrary to popular belief, plastic does quickly decompose in the ocean – into smaller, more potentially damaging derivatives.
  • New theory questions the existence of dark energy.
  • Who needs dark energy when you’ve got the big wave?
  • Scientists witness active transition between quantum states for the first time.
  • Inflatable mushrooms in space.
  • Feeling sleepy? Ever wonder why?
  • Scientists equate exercise with heroin addiction. Within seconds, gamers and couch potatoes around the world claim the study as gospel.
  • The black hole at the center of M87 is twice as big as previously believed.
  • New study (secretly funded by Jeremy Piven) finds mercury in every fish tested in the U.S.
  • A gallery of Berthold Steinhilber's amazing images of Göbekli Tepe.
  • Dr. Dean Radin ponders in the present about the future.
  • X-ray vision solves artistic mystery without the benefit of Superman.
  • Twenty-five logos with hidden messages.
  • New solar-powered aircraft guaranteed to fuel UFO sightings for years to come.
  • Lost? Then you’re probably walking in circles. And Billy Preston fades in on the radio…
  • Newt with wolverine-like abilities uses its ribs as weapons. Meanwhile, newly discovered undersea glow worms drop ’glow bombs’ to keep the predators at bay in the bay.
  • The Royal Academy of Engineering asks, when an autonomous robot (or a replicant) kills a human, who is responsible? Somebody get me Rick Deckard!
  • Mind-bending light bending: How quantum astronomy might change history (literally).
  • A universal vaccine to cure all flus?
  • New trailer for James Cameron’s Avatar is online.
  • And finally, in this week’s news of the coming robot apocalypse… So-called ’evolving robots’ learn to lie.

Many thanks to Sir Greg of Taylor

Quote of the Day:

“We human beings consider ourselves to be made up of solid matter. Actually, the physical body is the end product of the subtle information fields which mold our body as well as all physical matter. These fields are holograms which change in time and are outside the reach of our normal senses – what clairvoyants perceive as colorful, egg-shaped auras…”

Itzhak Bentov, Stalking the Wild Pendulum

News Briefs 20-08-2009

Just when you thought you had hit rock bottom... you find out you're standing on quicksand :(

  • Space elevator gets first acquaintance with the hard reality —and the even-harder ground.
  • The success of future rocket space missions depends on... balloons.
  • James Oberg on why human exploration of Mars is surprisingly hard —Shhhh! Nobody tell him about Alternative 3...
  • Video: Deleted scene of Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind —and no, it's not when Richard Dreyfuss discovers he's an alien-human hybrid... although THAT would have been really cool :-P
    [PS: Don't you find the location of the scene marvelously ironic?]
  • New British crop circle: is it Mothman, or the Tick's faithful sidekick Arthur? either way, I bet John Keel's smiling from his new home in the 5th dimension.
  • The problem with über-skepticism.
  • What does Zahi Hawass fear the most? (A): The possible discovery of an Atlantean chamber under the Sphynx; or (B): The tourists' breath. The answer is...
  • Proof #543 that time travel IS possible —but is restricted only to the super-rich :)
  • Missing AA link: Monkeys with a particular gene variant more likely to get drunk.
  • Orphaned gorillas sent to isolated island —is this a 'Lost' spinoff??
  • Hobbits may be older than Homo Erectus —so I guess that makes them 2nd Age, right?
  • Pie Grande: Scott Corrales discusses Bigfoot reports in Latin America.
  • Loren Coleman reviews how the Fortean archetype of the evil clown has showed its wicked grin during the summer of 2009.
  • These knuckle-draggers had some serious flight power.
  • Marijuana smoke more damaging than previously thought —and a Marijuana fire? that's like... super bad, man!
  • "Turn on, tune in & drop *the enemy* out" : Psychoactive drugs as weapons.
  • Robert Novak, the journalist who revealed Valerie Plame's CIA cover, died last Tuesday.
  • Big love? Not! Rest easy, Octomom: your freaky title remains unchallenged ;-)
  • Researchers think Mozart was killed by strep throat —seems he didn't clean his 'magic flute' regularly enough.
  • Aibo? Meh... check out Leonardo's kick-ass mechanical lion —probably intended to viciously maim all those who made fun of his dreams of flying.
  • Eccelente! Italy launches first clean hydrogen power plant.

Thanks Rick, Greg, Kat & Moonchild.

Quote of the Day:

"If you want to make light solid, show it to the moon"

'Alchemic' translation by Dr. Mario Pazzaglini of one of Betty Andreasson's 'alien writings' —mentioned in Greg Bishop's "The Magus of Delaware", as part of the Darklore 3 anthology. (Feel free to comment on what you think it means).

News Briefs 19-08-2009

Close encounters of the Daily Grail kind.

Cheers Greg, Kat, and Mac.

Quote of the Day:

“My own present opinion, based on two years of careful study, is that UFOs are probably extraterrestrial devices engaged in something that might very tentatively be termed ‘surveillance’.”

Atmospheric Physicist
Congressional Hearing 1968

News Briefs 18-08-2009

12 babies! All i can think of is Apu's face when he is told his wife has had 8 babies.

  • Timber structure older than Stonehenge found.
  • British explorer claims to have found the lost underworld of the pharaohs.
  • Meet the Coywolf: Hybrid animals plaguing area east of Toronto.
  • Siriusly red.
  • Dark energy may not actually exist.
  • Herbs can be natural pesticides.
  • Tunisian woman pregnant with 12 babies.
  • DNA evidence can be fabricated.
  • Did asteroids flock together to build planets?
  • Britain's Roswell: a flying saucer in Suffolk.
  • Comet contains one of life's precursors.
  • Why humans and their fur parted ways.
  • It's true: all the best men are taken.
  • Jetpod inventor dies in prototype crash.
  • Astrobiology and the quest for extraterrestrial life.
  • Einstein's elusive gravitational waves.
  • Evolution does not rob life of meaning, but creates meaning.

Quote of the Day:

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.

William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 2.

New Briefs 17-08-2009

He's a Highlander, by God, and the last sound he hears should not be that of a wailing woman!

  • Archaeologists open 4,000-year-old tomb of Bronze Age hero near Forteviot, Scotland. Four-tonne carved capstone sealed the burial chamber so well that organic materials including wood, bark and leather survived intact. More here. Cernig adds, Forteviot was where part of Robert The Bruce's pagan kingship rituals were conducted in the 14th century.
  • Neolithic cathedral, built to amaze, unearthed in Orkney.
  • Britain's first works of art really rock.
  • Lexicon of life's rich history: the biggest, most groundbreaking experiment in the history of the English language.
  • How the Mayan Calendar is related to the Perseid meteor shower, and how the Maya learned to predict lunar eclipses. Vincent H. Malmström's book Cycles of the Sun, Mysteries of the Moon is available online.
  • Finding lost Egyptian cities with magnetometers. Includes YouTube link to the BBC's fascinating Lost Cities of the Ancients (2006).
  • NASA panel envisions visits to asteroids, fly-over of Mars, and visits to potential sites for future spacecraft fuel depots - Lagrange points, where the gravitational pull of the Earth and the sun balance out and allow an object such as a satellite to maintain a stable position. One such point is almost 1 million miles from Earth, four times farther than the moon, but considerably closer than the 35 million mile distance to Mars.
  • Mystery storm clouds appear on Titan, Saturn's largest moon.
  • New theory brings invisible gateways, like the one to Platform 9 3/4 in Harry Potter, a step closer to reality. Or are they already here?
  • The two envelopes paradox has been 'driving mathematicians nuts' since the 1930s, but it may explain how hedge funds beat the odds.
  • Mathematical model developed for surviving a zombie attack.
  • Zombie ants controlled by parasitic fungus.
  • Polio surges in Nigeria due to mutation of live virus in oral vaccine.
  • The myth-making genius of Neil Gaiman.
  • Forty years after Woodstock, cops mistake legendary musician for confused homeless man. The comments paint a different view of this incident than GMA's cheery version.
  • Secrets of District 9's grungy alien realism.
  • MoD's secret UFO files, released today, tell of 'alien Toblerones' over Scotland.
  • The Rendlesham incident: Letter from former head of the armed forces warned that either a craft had entered UK airspace with impunity or US airmen were capable of a serious misperception.
  • MoD files reveal alien abduction bid. Pdfs of all newly-released files.
  • Scientist admits to study of Roswell crash debris. A research study, obtained this month through FOIA, offers stunning confirmation that Wright-Patterson Air Force base contracted Battelle Memorial Institute to analyze material from a crashed UFO at Roswell in 1947.
  • Journalists hunt for the acid-spitting, lightning-shooting Mongolian Death Worm. Hasn't that been done before?
  • Against atheist fundamentalism: The problem with evangelical 'true unbelievers' is their faith that all would be well with our lot if everybody would just get on board with their sternly anti-religious program.
  • Click here to watch the new two-hour movie 9/11: Blueprint for Truth - The Architecture of Destruction, produced by Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth. The group's founder, Richard Gage, AIA, has speaking engagements scheduled all over the US, and around the world.
  • The truth about lying: who does it, and why.

Thanks, Greg. And a big thanks to Red Pill Junkie, too, for filling in for me for the past few weeks. My cat has finally returned to vibrant good health after his near-death bout with fatty liver disease, but after 5 months of force-feeding-and-watering him every few hours around the clock, I had a monsterous sleep debt to cure.

Quote of the Day:

Regarding the North Texas Church of Freethought:

Hmm. One doesn't quite know what to make of an atheist church. Most people, when they cease to believe in the Easter bunny, don't hold monthly services to celebrate the non-existence of a peripatetic paschal rabbit. But you know Dallas: We're so religious that even the atheists go to church. For the record, at their next service, the freethinkers will focus on invisibility. Ah, reason.

Rod Dreher, in Against atheist fundamentalism.

News Briefs 14-08-2009

"It's not technique... it's what you have to say.”

  • And when worlds collide said George Pal to his bride… More here on this recent planetary collision.
  • Ziggy Stardust and the volcanic-eruption detecting robot spiders from Mars (and by Mars I mean NASA).
  • Look, up in the sky… it’s the perseid meteor shower.
  • No seriously, look up in the sky and watch out for killer asteroids – because NASA isn’t.
  • Is the Milky Way being affected by a massive hidden galaxy we’ve only just discovered?
  • Achtung! Deutschland geht zum Mond! Sounds like Merkel just netflixed Capricorn One.
  • New study challenges our ancestral origin – are we from the trees or the earth below?
  • A cause for the honeybee die-off may have been found.
  • The second planet rotating backwards around its star has been found a day after the first backwards-rotating planet was discovered.
  • Doctors in Chicago have found a chemical that can kill master cancer cells. More here on this potentially huge discovery.
  • Are antibiotics about to become a thing of the past?
  • Antarctic glaciers are melting four times faster than the previous decade.
  • The Hunt for Red October Part II - The Cargo Ship Conundrum.
  • Did Peking Man have fire?
  • If he had fire, then he probably helped with early human’s heat-treated stones for making tools. More here.
  • Space-age pen allows users to draw with any visible color. Could this be the next hypercolor?

Quote of the Day:

“Now I need to take a piece of wood and make it sound like the railroad track, but I also had to make it beautiful and lovable so that a person playing it would think of it in terms of his mistress, a bartender, his wife, a good psychiatrist - whatever…”

Les Paul (09.09.1915-08.13.2009) Vaya con dios...

News Briefs 13-08-2009

Double Whammy!!

  • Maybe Angels : An interview with the deliciously controversial Rupert Sheldrake.
  • Darwin wills it!!: Must science declare a holy war on religion?
  • Magic and Cyberspace: Fusing technology & Magical consciousness in the modern world (H/T Richelle Hawks).
  • Chicago scientists finds evidence of high-speed evolution —they should have consulted Bryan Singer & saved the trouble ;-)
  • NASA wants to move the Earth —So THAT is where Calvin ended up as a grown-up :-P
  • Spitzer telescope spots swirling stars at the center of the galaxy —all right: where's Coruscant?
  • Big-ass Martian meteorite reveals clues into the red planet's past.
  • "Have Joy" : Whitley Strieber ponders about the cryptic message that his teachers/tormentors said to him on their last meeting.
  • The newest installment in the mystery of the Flying Triangles, brought to you by Micah @ the Gralien report.
  • "Take me to your leader, eh?" : 2008 bumper year in Canada for UFO reports.
  • Airships will be the saviors of Suburbia (H/T Mac Tonnies).
  • The Iron Giant, Brad Bird's tour de force, is 10 years old; and it's pacifist message is more needed than ever.
  • Russia is preparing their own Star Wars program —don't they know by now that Ronnie was bluffing?? If you want to know what I mean, read Emperor's essay in Darklore 3, Amazon US & UK.
  • Oldies but deadlies: Plague strikes China.
  • Global population to hit 7 billion in 2011; & 9 billion in 2050 . I submit this simple solution to the problem of overpopulation: Free unrestricted WoW —Ain't I a genius?
  • Video: The young, the restless & the NOOBs.
  • "LOL pagliaciiiii....." : Royal Opera House to perform Twitter opera.
  • E-coli inside: Computers built from living bacteria.
  • Archeologists discover the Iron-Age equivalent of the Amazon store.
  • Killer whales dig the Russian night clubs.
  • German Jews want 'Mein Kampf' reprinted —What is it with you people & masochism? Oy!
  • German veteran, 90, jailed for Nazi war crimes —I kinda suspect it will be a rather short sentence.
  • Video: 'What is that?', by Constantin Pilavios —see the short, and then go call your dad.

Thanks Rick, Greg & Kat.

Quote of the Day:

You ought to be concerned with the duties of all men: to be just, and to be happy.
You have to save yourself.

Jorge Luis Borges

News Briefs 12-08-2009

A singing bird in an open cage, who will only fly for freedom... Walk On.

Quote of the Day:

Life is not limited to daytime occurrences or three-dimensional reality, but continues in the multidimensionality of dreams, which are equally existing and equally valid as the waking world.

Aleksei Remizov (1877 - 1957)