Filling in for Dr. J. Plenty of prime TDG fodder about, so dig in...
- Family attacks Catholic Church over plans to exhume the body of Padre Pio. Perhaps concerned about this?
- New Zealand scientist says it is perfectly reasonable to assume we are living in a virtual reality simulation. Here's more reading on the topic by Oxford University philosopher Nick Bostrom.
- Talking about psychedelic states with Jan Kounen, director of the shamanic Western Renegade (or Blueberry, depending where you live). You can watch Kounen's documentary on shamanism, Other Worlds, right here on TDG.
- Psychedelics make a comeback - ironically, treating mental ailments.
- New book says Tom Cruise is the second most powerful Scientologist, and that some Scientologists believe that Katie Holmes was impregnated with the sperm of L. Ron Hubbard.
- Always remember what your mama told you - don't play tug-of-war with a Saturn V rocket.
- At last the truth about little green men. I don't share the writer's optimism (or was that sarcasm?)...
- Russia to search for life on Jupiter's moon Europa.
- Virgin Galactic and Scaled Composites to unveil SpaceShipTwo this month.
- Astronaut carving in 12th century church bewilders tourists. It's when you find the tiny Richard Branson that you really lose your mind...
- The hypersonic age is near - but with great advantages come great perils.
- Did a tsunami wipe out a cradle of Western civilisation?
- General Motors envisions a driverless car within 10 years.
- Ancient Finns invented bone ice skates thousands of years ago.
- Aztec pyramid find could rewrite the history of the ancient empire.
- No convincing evidence for a decline in tropical forests.
- Is brain anatomy detailed symbolically in Renaissance artworks?
- Pwnage news: US and UK rival China for government surveillance.
- A look back at the Top 20 Blasphemous Moments in recent history.
Quote of the Day:
The ultimate paradox of materialism is that the one feature of the universe which alone gives meaning to all the rest is the one feature which has to be declared redundant! Nothing can account for its emergence; nothing follows from its existence.
Hello! Are you still here?
- Say hello to the Seven Fortean Wonders of the World.
- The newest anomaly: the door on Mars.
- Stranger than fiction: parallel universes beguile science.
- Odds of huge asteroid hitting Mars next month increase. See the NASA website for more.
- What does a(n apparent) lack of alien contact mean for us? The Fermi Death Sentence.
- UK's Ministry of Defence to release their UFO files.
- SETI@home ramps up to analyze extra data.
- Tomorrow marks twenty years since the first space shuttle tragedy.
- Police chief causes outrage (at least in tabloid beat-it-up newspapers) after saying that 'ecstasy is safer than aspirin'.
- Was Dan Brown (semi-)right? Mark Oxbrow looks in the Louvre for the Holy Grail.
- Or is it in Iceland?
- Egypt (or is it just Zahi?) claims copyright on the pyramids.
- Speaking of the Egypt Ego, he's coming under fire for rejecting solutions to a rising groundwater problem at Giza.
- Whatever happened to the Norse Americans?
- From toast-bound Virgin Marys, to unidentified flying objects - are we seeing things?
- Jesus and his roughnecks rule the roost in Washington D.C.
- Scientists slam silly celebrities selling pseudo-science.
- UFO hits NASA satellite.
- Oddball weather events add to record-breaking 2007.
- Forget that big-ass asteroid...was it tiny insects that brought down the dinosaurs?
- Is quantum trickery at the heart of life on Earth?
- Secrets of the Miami Circle.
- Taking a tour of our dreamscapes.
- Ben Goldacre discusses a year of scares, quacks, and geeky truths in his Bad Science column.
- Cooking the Arctic - it's a joint effort between us and Mother Earth.
- Are the Top 25 censored stories worth pondering?
- Or do they belong with the 7 Craziest Conspiracy Theories?
- Pwnage news: FBI prepares a vast database of biometrics.
- Car accident caused by...pterodactyl?
Quote of the Day:
In practice, the goal of skepticism is not the discovery of truth, but the exposure of other people's errors. It plays a useful role in science, religion, scholarship, and common sense. But we need to remember that it is a weapon serving belief or self-interest; we need to be skeptical of skeptics. The more militant the skeptic, the stronger the belief.
Happy New Year
- Parasite theory stirs a revolution.
- More mystery space machines.
- It is possible to be moral without God.
- Hello, 16p11.2. Are you just like me?
- Anthrax: a cancer killer?
- The era of the hunter-gatherer was not the social and environmental Eden that some suggest.
- Invention turns toxic waste into electricity.
- Seeing things: is perception everything?
- Electric universe continues to baffle astronomers.
- Aztec pyramid found in Mexico city could rewrite history.
- Ancient Greenland mystery has a simple answer.
- Twins reunited after 35 years apart.
- Is there an opposite to absolute zero?
- Beer from the bronze age.
Quote of the Day:
Humility is the best part of you remaining silent
News on a Saturday? What can I say -- the spirit moved me.
- After analyzing archival imagery, astronomers now say the chance of an asteroid impacting Mars on Jan. 30 is about 4 percent -- but stand by for further updates.
- How Mars could have been warm and wet but limestone free.
- Cannabinoids, the active components in marijuana, may suppress tumor invasion in highly invasive cancers, according to a study published Dec. 25 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Time to repeal that 'Schedule 1' classification.
- New finds at Temple of Amun at Karnak, Egypt.
- Archaeologists uncover 'extraordinary site' in Puerto Rico.
- 800-year-old Aztec pyramid found in Mexico City. Another nice photo here.
- Before the Inca, Peru's Sicán metallurgists ushered in the Bronze Age with techniques that amaze even today's most skilled metalworkers.
- Scattered around the Spanish coastline, 700 shipwrecks lie laden with more gold and silver than in the vaults of the Bank of Spain.
- Remains of 2500-year-old advanced civilization discovered at the bottom of Lake Issyk Kul in the Kyrgyz Mountains.
- In 747 BC, A Kushite king conquered mighty Egypt and established a 100-year rule by 'The Black Pharaohs'.
- The fabled land of Yam, a trading partner of Old Kingdom Egypt, may finally have been located -- 700 km west of the Nile, in the middle of the Sahara desert.
- In a mysterious wetland miles below the Antarctic ice, rivers longer than the Amazon connect to dozens of freshwater lakes.
- New finding show that greenhouse warming 55 million years ago was caused by a relatively rapid increase of CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere.
- For the first time ever, astronomers see the visible light scattered by the atmosphere of an exoplanet.
- Take a photographic tour of the remote Doomsday Vault deep inside a Norwegian mountain.
- Pope says every diocese must have a squad of trained exorcists.
- Dan Jackson recounts his meeting with Bigfoot.
- ‘UFOs are seen as a joke but it’s almost an absolute certainty they exist.'
Quote of the Day:
We may discover resources on the moon or Mars that will boggle the imagination, that will test our limits to dream. And the fascination generated by further exploration will inspire our young people to study math, and science, and engineering and create a new generation of innovators and pioneers.
George W Bush, speech at NASA Headquarters, Jan. 14, 2004
Where is global warming when you need it? It is bloody freezing here.
- Has global warming stopped?
- Far above space and time.
- Repressed memory: a cultural symptom?
- Clue to migraine headache cause.
- However virtuous, virtual science is no substitute for the real thing.
- Theories stir on star of Bethlehem.
- Extraordinary discovery in Sahara desert.
- Meteorites may have fostered life on Earth.
- A case for mistaken identity.
- Drilling up into space for energy.
- Against Archytas: How the West lost Alchemy or Paranormal Complimentary Opposite Harmonics.
- NASA told to study own files for UFO data.
- Mysterious Neolithic structure unearthed in Orkney.
- Dark Mission. The truth, it is out there.
- To those that have shall be given.
Quote of the Day:
Science is the knowledge of consequences, and dependence of one fact upon another.
Posting early, because I have an early flight in the morning. To round off the year, a little look back...
- Round two of voting begins in the "Seven Fortean Wonders of the World" poll. Hmmm, three rounds of voting, over the Xmas period when Internet traffic drops by half - not the best planning right there! Get over and vote before you have that second glass of egg nog...
- Alan Boyle dishes out "The Weird Science Awards". Careful Alan, or the 'skeptics' will be slapping a WOO sign on you soon...
- Alan has also got an excellent reading list on offer for the holiday season.
- Archaeology Magazine's "Top Ten Discoveries of 2007".
- Unfortunately, "Skeleton of Giant" is not one of the ten.
- The mother of all civilisations. In Peru. Check out Mike Jay's Darklore article on ancient Peru, pyramid complexes and hallucinogen use - it's a free download from the Darklore website!
- National Geographic's "Top Ten News Stories of 2007".
- Spy planes to recharge by clinging to power lines. Mmm, my tax dollars at work...pwning my ass. We are obviously a civilisation sleepwalking...
- Sony's use of Manchester Cathedral as a backdrop for a violent game makes the Forbes "101 Dumbest Moments in Business".
- Scientific American presents the SciAm 50 for 2007.
- Synthetic DNA on the brink of yielding new life forms.
- Ten weird psychology studies. Including their badly reported 'Psychic Dog' story.
- The Top Ten Cryptozoology stories. What's the fascination with the ten number here? Why not something arbitrary, like....23?
- Phil Plait offers the "Top Ten Astronomy Pictures of 2007". Make that eleven.
- Eleven years ago today, Carl Sagan left this mortal coil. Let's hope he's surprised.
- God vs science. Unless science can set me on fire and have me consumed by a plague of locusts, I'm sticking with the big man upstairs.
- Borders under fire for atheist Xmas card saying "O come all ye faithless". Oh come on, find a sense of humour already Reverend...
- Ever wanted to play with a neuron?
- Supercomputer offers new explanation for the Tunguska disaster. I was so hoping that was going to be a Santa Claus story...
- But wait, I do have a Santa story to finish: or at least, an alternative Santa. A wonderful commentary (without being a commentary). Merry Xmas to all!
Quote of the Day:
The paramount importance of psychical research is found in correcting the habit of Western thought – of the average men we meet – that the physical plane is the whole of Nature, or at any rate the only aspect of the universe which really concerns us. Under this false and deadly assumption all wider views and spiritual conceptions wither and die as soon as they are born. Instead of a universe peopled with unseen personalities, the science of today has gone to the other extreme, and as Mr. Myers once eloquently said, we are now taught to believe ‘the Universe to be a soulless interaction of atoms, and life a paltry misery closed in the grave'.
Sir William Barrett
We haven't finished for the year just yet...
- In Tikal, the ancient Maya city in Guatemala, dawn is heard before it is seen.
- A 4000-year-old clay tablet from Iraq was pulled from eBay just minutes before it was sold illegally.
- Is the ancient city of pyramids at Caral, Peru, the mother of all civilisations?
- Bob Curran seeks sunken continents and vanished cities in Lost Lands, Forgotten Realms, with illustrations by Ian Daniels (Amazon US or UK).
- To curse a Roman emperor, all you need is a coin with his image and a piece of lead. Brutus cursed one the old-fashioned way.
- New technology has recreated the ancient Roman town of Venta Icenorum.
- A Roman warrior repaired his helmet with a superglue that is still sticks after 2000 years. With pic.
- Archaeologists have uncovered parts of 1000-year-old Prague in the cellar of the Academy of Performing Arts.
- Norway has unveiled the final design for a doomsday vault that will house seeds from all known varieties of food crops.
- Execetuive director of the Institute for Responsible Technology claims GM food kills rats. The comments section is an eye-opener. I quite like armybrat's comment, There is no shortage of food in the world - just a shortage of distribution. GM food is all about profit and control.
- Loren Coleman presents photos of the giant rat and other new species found in West Papua recently.
- The state of the planet, in graphics: pollution, mass extinction, and apathy.
- Scientists are poised to create life forms driven by synthetic DNA.
- Listen to, watch or read an interview with Naomi Klein, author of Shock Doctrine (Amazon US or UK).
- About 600'000 people die of lung cancer in China each year, but strangely pollution is not mentioned as a cause.
- How Global Warming skeptics were fooled by a hoax paper, but we Commie Hippies shouldn't gloat says the hoaxster. There must be some kind of way out of here, said the joker to the thief...
- The Australian Govt is damned if it does and damned if it doesn't take action against Japanese whaling. Whales are still damned no matter what.
- During an interview with Republican Presidential hopeful Ron Paul, PAUL IS DEAD is scrolled bottom of screen continuously. Is it just a case of bad timing, Huckabee being quoted from a news conference?
- Know anyone who has half-a-trillion US dollars to splash around? Try the EU.
- A forensic tool first used by the FBI for JFK's assassination has been discredited.
- Japan's top government spokesman has admitted that UFOs exist. Domo arigato, Machimura-san.
- Are Foo Fighters still dogging aircraft in Europe? Photos from an airshow in Poland suggest they are.
- Daniel Brenton was unfairly attacked for daring to suggest UFO secrecy may be a good thing.
- Professor David Jacobs presents a strong argument for not-very-nice extraterrestrials in his book The Threat (Amazon US). Abducting you and shoving objects up your nose without your permission is not ET's way of saying hello.
- A brouhaha has erupted amongst an elite group of international scientists over whether we should try to contact alien civilisations when we don't know if they're hostile or not.
- Federal Judge Emmet Sullivan is frustrated with NASA's lack of cooperation in finding its files on the 1965 Kecksburg UFO incident.
- Here's an update on the November 12 conference calling for global government disclosure on UFO secrets.
- Dwayne Day wants two hours of his life back he spent at a Richard Hoagland lecture, author of Dark Mission: The Secret History of NASA (Amazon US or UK).
- It's been two years since Jacob Rothschild married a Sinclair (imagine the nuptials!) -- anyone know if they've been busy and laid eggs... er, I mean, had children?
- A doyen of conspiracy research, Jordan Maxwell discusses secret societies, ancient cults and symbolism that echoes through the ages.
- An excellent website providing a history of Solomon's Key and Seal.
- What are the Knights Templar digging up in the Danube town of Busse?
- Spooky times in London past: a review of the Journal of the Society for Psychical Research Volume 71.4.
- Searching for paranormal activity in an abandoned tuberculosis hospital.
- The internet is haunted by abandoned and forgotten websites. Will ectoplasm ooze rom my monitor?
- The story of a Mexican schoolteacher who encountered an alien body of gelatinous material the colour of honey. How long has that jar of honey been in your fridge, Red Pill?
- Stunning images of a supermassive black hole blasting a nearby galaxy. God drank a bit too much at the office Christmas party.
- NASA's Spirit Mars rover found a patch of nearly pure silica that could have come from a hot-spring or a fumarole -- on Earth, both of these environments teem with microbial life.
Quote of the Day:
"The real menace of our republic is this invisible government which like a giant octopus sprawls its slimy length over city, state and nation. Like the octopus of real life, it operates under cover of a self created screen....At the head of this octopus are the Rockefeller Standard Oil interests and a small group of powerful banking houses generally referred to as international bankers. The little coterie of powerful international bankers virtually run the United States government for their own selfish purposes. They practically control both political parties.
New York City Mayor John F. Hylan, 1922
Only the turkeys are certain democracy does not exist. Happy holidays.
- Mystery space machines overhead.
- The mother of all civilisations.
- The electric sun/earth connection confirmed.
- Unity Mitford and Hitler's baby.
- Mysterious mud waves found on Arctic sea floor.
- Origin of Basque myths and legends.
- Weighty matters.
- How I became part of the UFO conspiracy.
- The truth, it is out there.
- Evidence mounts for electromagnetic earthquake precursors.
- It's a very merry atheist Christmas.
- India's ancient art.
- Global warming is not man made.
- Canada's thought police.
- Sunshine superpower.
- Ancient Egyptians ahead of time.
Quote of the Day:
The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do.
Have you noticed that 'unavoidable interruptions' multiply in direct proportion to the perceived importance of any project you're working on?
- Giant dinosaur fossil extracted from ice on top of Antarctic mountain.
- Archaeologists find a bag of tools left near the wall of a residence more than 14,000 years ago.
- Halo of stars surrounding the Milky Way is made up of two parts that spin in opposite directions.
- Missing comet baffles scientists.
- Physicists do the math on warp drive science.
- Shiver me shattered timbers: Remains of Captain Kidd's ship has been found, lying in just 10 feet of water, in Caribbean.
- Recent research suggests Captain Kidd was wrongly convicted of piracy.
- Scientists have discovered waves that flow deep in the Pacific Ocean.
- The British media is awash with speculation that Adolf Hitler's love child may have been born in the UK in 1940, and he could still be living there.
- Bali talks end with surprise agreement -- or seem to, for about five minutes, before...
- US pours cold water on Bali optimism.
- Monbiot karate-kicks Gore's halo: America will keep on wrecking climate talks as long as those with vested interests in oil and gas fund its political system.
- The Hogs and the Bees: Mother Nature and humanity are apparently in sharp disagreement as to what constitutes sustainable agriculture.
- Very 'Damn Interesting': The Ethyl-Poisoned Earth.
- Undark and the Radium Girls.
- Arctic ice is melting faster than ever, causing surface waters to warm as much as 5 degrees celsius above average.
- A magma hotspot could be a contributing factor to Greenland's record ice melt.
- Australian PM Kevin Rudd goes ahead with plans for the Australian Navy to keep an eye on Japanese whalers. Predictably, Japan refuses to cancel its planned slaughter of 1000 whales, including Humpbacks, for 'scientific research'.
- U.S. Navy ordered to lessen the harm its high-power sonar inflicts on whales and marine life. Did the Judge tell them to turn it down as if the Navy are just playing music too loudly?
- Despite assurances that HAARP is benign, some still think that the U.S. Military is keeping its real uses secret.
- London bosses spend a record £120 million in two days for Christmas office parties.
- Having dropped out of school at age 11, a real-life Willy Wonka has opened his own chocolate factory at age 16, after achieving a qualification in chocolate making from the prestigious Callebaut Academy.
- Christmas comes early as reindeer flies through the sky.
- Strength in numbers: Group of female vigilantes become the scourge of violent husbands, inefficient policemen and corrupt officials.
Quote of the Day:
It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble -- it's what you know for sure that just ain't so.
This should be enough news to keep you kids out of trouble for a while:
- New World Order is a brilliant new comic about a group of truthseekers called the Third Army, exploring such themes as secret societies, occult, UFOs and government/religious conspiracies. I hope to interview NWO's creators soon.
- The disturbing Holosonic billboard advertises Paranormal State, a reality-tv show about the Paranormal Research Society.
- An interview with Ryan Buell, star of Paranormal State.
- But is Paranormal State any good? It's awful, according to this review.
- Turn off the tv, and read Shadow World by Brad Steiger (Amazon US or UK), Daimonic Reality by Patrick Harpur (Amazon US or UK), The Mothman Prophecies by John A. Keel (Amazon US), Memoirs of a Monster Hunter by Nick Redfern (Amazon US or UK), or TDG's very own Darklore. That should cover your Christmas shopping.
- Tajikstan is cracking down on witch-craft and fortune-telling.
- 150 surgical instruments have been found in an ancient Roman doctor's surgery.
- Two massive Viking halls were discovered beneath the Borre mounds in Norway.
- Viking farms in Iceland tell a cautionary tale on climate change.
- Archaeologists uncovered a 2000-year-old mansion believed to have been the home of Queen Helene of Adiabene.
- Philip Coppens discusses Russia's twin 'pyramids' near Vladivostok: a sacred Shamanic site that could shed light on Japan's Shinto and Ainu?
- An excellent article exploring the Ainu and the Jomon of Japan.
- Physicists use muons generated by cosmic rays to probe the interior of the Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacán. Hrmm, that'd make a good scifi plot...
- Another stone sphere, 1.1 meters in diameter, has been found in Costa Rica.
- I bet Lloyd Pye will want to wear a fedora when he sees the alien-like skull in the Indiana Jones 4 movie poster. Indiana von Daniken?
- According to this oddly-fonted website, the Nahual is the most feared creature of Mexican folklore. Nahual are actually protective spirits, animal alter-egos, each human having their own personal Nahual. Red Pill Junkie might know more.
- Erowid goes non-profit (no, that does not mean they are giving out drugs for free).
- What strange things float above our heads? Not haloes, nor pigeons I hope.
- Spend a day at Iceland's Elf School, a country where 54% of the population believe in otherworldly beings.
- The owners of a house in Ohio report strange shadow people on the stairs.
- Bruce Duensing explores alien abductions and possession.
- The box at the end of the world: homespun efforts to contact the spirit world.
- America's top scientists are pushing for presidential candidates to detail how their administrations would treat science. Coming soon to FOX: America's Next Top Scientist! Or Scientific Idol?
- A NASA spaceprobe has taken stunning images of Earth's highest and most mysterious clouds.
- The Grail mission isn't Greg boldly going where he hasn't gone before, but is NASA's plans to study the Moon's lumpy interior.
- Is it an optical illusion, or does this video (with Art Bell commentary) show an object belching smoke on the moon?
- A prehistoric fungus found in ancient amber lassoed its prey. Dubya's ancestor?
- South Korean scientists have genetically modified three kittens so they appear fluorescent under UV light. That'd be handy with my black calico cat.
- In Japan, they've genetically modified a mouse so it isn't afraid of cats. Now they need to make the cat not want to eat the mouse. Science is a can of worms.
- Cat survives being bitten by a copperhead snake wrapped around her neck.
- Firemen refuse to rescue a cat stuck up a tree for 10 days, saying it's a myth they do that sort of thing.
- How did a window-washer survive a 47-storey fall? The Mythbusters got it wrong.
Quote of the Day:
Today, nothing is more important to the future and credibility of science than liberation from the gravity-driven universe of prior theory. A mistaken supposition has not only prevented intelligent and sincere investigators from seeing what would otherwise be obvious, it has bred indifference to possibilities that could have inspired the sciences for decades.
David Talbott and Wallace Thornhill, from 'Thunderbolts of the Gods'(Amazon US).