- Grave in Istanbul proves city is 6,000 years older than previously thought.
- Vikings' bleeding-edge tech came from Afghanistan.
- Walking with Boudicca.
- Again and again, the mythic, apocryphal keys to the great mysteries of our time are said to be locked away in long-lost, deeply buried, or well-hidden safe deposit boxes.
- Telling the Holocaust like it wasn't. When does historical revisionism become alternate history?
- The greatest inventions Tesla never created.
- The Magic of Mushroom Spores.
- Life as we know it nearly created in lab.
- What's been moving rocks on Mars?
- Dean Radin reports results of water crystal replication study.
- Perk up all you jaded disaster connoisseurs: NASA warns of 'space Katrina' radiation storm.
- Earth's Heart and Lungs Dismembered.
- New York City's bed bugs have mutated to be 264 times more resistant to the neurotoxic effect of pyrethroid pesticides.
- Revealed: environmental impact of Google searches.
- Women can subconsciously sniff out men who are attracted to them.
- Clioquinol, an 80-year-old drug, found to reverse the progression of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Huntington's diseases.
- World's first flying car prepares for take-off.
- Japan unveils robot suit for farmers.
- Best job offer in the world: £70,000 for 12 hours "work" a month for 6 months, while living in villa on tropical island paradise. No joke - take a look!
- Attention Deficit World Order, Part two, includes a news story of 62 Zimbabwe children who recently had a very close encounter.
- Way of the Infinite Explorer.
- Fun video: Kate & her amazing Gin performing 'canine freestyle'.
- Missoula woman says she communicates telepathically with animals.
- This little devil had a wild week 100 years ago.
- A review of Chris Lavers' The Natural History of Unicorns (Amazon US, pre-order, & UK).
Quote of the Day:
O cosmic Birther of all radiance and vibration!
Soften the ground of our being and
carve out a space within us where
Your Presence can abide.
Fill us with your creativity so that we
may be empowered to bear the fruit
of your mission.
Let each of our actions bear fruit in
accordance with our desire.
Endow us with the wisdom to produce
and share what each being needs to grow and flourish.
Untie the tangled threads of destiny that
bind us, as we release others from the
entanglement of past mistakes.
Do not let us be seduced by that which would
divert us from our true purpose, but illuminate
the opportunities of the present moment.
For you are the round and the fruitful vision,
the birth-power and fulfillment,
as all is gathered and made whole once again.
The Lord's Prayer translated directly from Aramaic into English, rather than from Aramaic to Greek to Latin to English, as in the New Testament (source).
“I was dreaming when I wrote this, forgive me if it goes astray…”
- Look, up in the sky… it’s a runaway star system.
- UFO’s in the UK? The latest on the wind turbine / UFO incident in Lincolnshire.
- The threat of a quiet sun.
- ‘Chicken or the Egg’ argument for galaxies and black holes has been solved. More here.
- The future of space flight may all be in your mind. A new generation of armchair astronauts (nay cybernauts) is born.
- Sunken Stonehenge in Lake Michigan? H/t to The Anomalist for the link.
- Mystery signal from deep space, thanks to an atypical ARCADE. More here.
- “We can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world's first bionic man . Sadly, Lee Majors was not consulted.
- Climate change and food shortages, coming soon (relatively speaking) to a century near you.
- New study shows how decreases in plankton lead to global cooling.
- The secret of Pterosaur flight revealed.
- First Americans arrived in two separate migrations - scientifically known as the early and late bus.
- Immortality by way of jellyfish.
- Physician, heal thyself.
- We all live in a yellow submarine - granted, with Antarctic-exploring robots. And whilst we’re on the subject of robots, meet Basil.
- Habitable exoplanets (in our galaxy) may be more common than we thought.
- Mummy of female pharaoh uncovered. Hell hath no fury…
- A brain freeze (sans milk shake) could save your life.
BIG dankë schöens to RPJ and GT. Here’s to a brilliant, bright 2009 for one and all!
Quote of the Day:
“That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar", every "supreme leader", every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there - on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam."
Carl Sagan, on Planet Earth
Welcome to the Future my friends, for that is the place where you & I will spend the rest of our lives.
- Greg Bishop shares with us the predictions Criswell made for 1966 in The Tonight Show; after that, enjoy the song Mae West wrote & sang for Criswell, her dear friend "who was correct 90% of the time—tested!."
- Recipe for fake Lunar regolith done here on Earth: Go to Montana & start choppin' some friggin' rocks, son!
- NASA's Big Cheese Mike Griffin is stepping down on 'Hope Day' (Jan 20th). Who will replace him?
- Thanks to Dan Brown, we now know Galileo was a member of the Illuminati; and in 2009 with the beginning of the International Astronomy year, it's time to launch the REAL Illuminati Project.
- Mom likes to dress in many layers to protect her children, and scientists have identified a new one they call a "warm plasma cloak."
- The hormone that makes mothers & babies bond also helps us to remember strangers' faces. Man... I don't even remember my High-school classmates' faces :(
- This is your brain; and THIS is your brain aging. Any questions?
- LSD, The Movie: Life of R.D. Laing will be brought to the big screen. Trailer is expected to appear during the theatrical release of Tim Burton's 'Alice in Wonderland' ;-)
- Wanted: Psychic children, from ages four to fifteen, capable of bending spoons or seeing dead people.
- Whitley Strieber has a frightening encounter with an eerily familiar blue light that caused a bit of mayhem.
- Genuine UFOs over the Garden State, or just road flares attached to helium balloons? Watch the video and decide.
- In Britain, all UFO sightings will now be dealt with—and solved too?— at RAF High Wycombe.
- Argentina: UFOs and 'Katchinas'.
- It seems that all Hale breaks loose once again in the 'Bigfoot Hoax Department'.
- "Mirror, mirror on the fish/ Who's the spookiest of them all?"
- WWF's 9 species to watch in 2009 (H/T Earthfiles).
- Ten extinct beasts that could walk the Earth again. Dodo for Thanksgiving 2020? Yummmy!
- How humongous winged reptiles —big as a giraffe!— got airborne... we think.
- Beware of the six-legged Talibans! Terrorists could use insects to transport biological weapons.
- The cyborgs are at hand. Darpa's prosthetic arm gives amputees new hope.
- There's nothing innovative about wind power. Persians were using it 5000 years ago (H/T Unknown Country).
- Last Thursday marked the 15th Anniversary of the Zapatista's uprising; which *obviously* prompted the reappearance of this guy, doing what he does best: Ranting. Meanwhile in the Caribbean, other 'rebels' celebrated too...
Thanks to Kat & Rick. I predict that 2009 will be a great year for you, that Greg will win the Nobel prize—causing the collective suicide of Randi & Phil Plait—and that we'll all spend our holidays on the Moon.
Quote of the Day:
"Our destiny is live in question, to struggle and wonder. And, I believe [...] that this is, perhaps, our true glory and our blessing. We can bow before the grandeur of God and the vastness of the mystery that surrounds us. We can know it. But we can never, finally and forever, bring it into focus."
From deserts to oceans...
- Bagnold's stone circle in the Libyan desert, with photographs.
- Why did ancient Peruvian peoples collect human heads as trophies?
- The mythical White Pyramid of China is the Maoling Mausoleum.
- Stone Age barrows in Denmark may be aligned according to the moon.
- Music professor believes Stonehenge amplified a negative trance rhythm.
- Supermassive black holes at the centre of galaxies may have formed first.
- The space elevator gets a boost from the humble broomstick.
- Zoom baby, zoom: awesome GigaPan guided tour of Bath, UK.
- Tentacled UFO spotted night before wind turbine farm found severely damaged.
- Anthony Bragalia of the UFO Reality argues why ET has to be humanoid.
- U.S. President Bush has granted protection to almost 200'000 square miles of ocean teeming with marine life. Now about those whales...
- Goldfish dispel a myth by proving they can remember things for up to five months.
- Huh? What was I doing? Oh, that's right...
- Ana the green turtle's journey helps map an oceanic superhighway.
- From California to Mexico, hundreds of confused, sick pelicans cause concern.
- Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon has alarmingly increased recently.
- Excellent documentary: the science and miracles of water.
- A ghost sighting in Ireland is causing traffic chaos.
- The Adventures of Arthur Conan Doyle, by Russell Miller (Amazon US & UK).
Thanks Kat, Luke, William Gibson, and those little machine elves.
Quote of the Day:
We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one.
Happy New Year. Dont give up anything.
- Developer of a revolutionary energy source wont let the laws of physics stand in its way.
- Huge undersea wall discovered.
- Police free to hack your PC.
- Mystery shrouds the ancient Oshoro circle.
- How a cloud of space dust could wipe out life on Earth.
- New window on the high energy universe.
- Can ancient charcoal put the brakes on global warming?
- The nature nurture debate redux.
- The dictatorship of relativism.
- Time is everything.
- Alternative cancer treatment.
- Archaeologists find lost city of cloud people in Peru.
- Effect of subliminal marketing greater than thought.
- How long ago? Part one and Part two.
Quote of the Day:
The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said.
Playing post-holiday catch-up...
- When all the stones were still standing, Stonehenge had the ideal acoustics to amplify a repetitive trance rhythm. More.
- World's largest dinosaur fossil site unearthed in China.
- Scientists say nanodiamonds are evidence of Younger Dryas impact 12,900 years ago.
- European Neanderthals were fair skinned, freckled and had ginger hair.
- In a Britain gripped by fear of imminent invasion by Hitler’s blitzkreig troops, a secret army of 'scallywags' were set to sabotage German occupation.
- Nuclear fusion: Energy of the stars, with no emissions.
- The fight over NASA's future. Interactive graphic of the new fleet of spacecraft in NASA's Constellation program.
- Rovin', rovin', rovin' - Mars explorers don't want to stop.
- A fifth of the world's population can no longer see the Milky Way. A new push to turn off the lights in 2009.
- Global warming is just the tip of the 'global conflict' iceberg.
- Cold Carbon Sink: How antarctic iron and green algae might slow global warming.
- World's leading climate scientists weigh in on 'alternative plans' to curb global warming.
- Cattle up trees, roads swept away, as Oz's Northern Territory is deluged by eight times more rain than fell in the whole of last year.
- Filling the atmosphere with greenhouse gases could push the planet into a new ice age, scientists warn.
- Why a Florida biochemist designed citrus trees which produce oranges containing THC.
- Turning on, tuning in and painting the results. The Chapel of Sacred Mirrors slide show.
- Daniel Pinchbeck on The Intention Economy.
- For centuries, Amazonian shamans have used ayahuasca as a window into the soul. The author joins in this ancient ritual and finds the worlds within more terrifying - and enlightening - than ever imagined. Includes video link.
- Peruvian shamans perform ceremony to protect the spirits of world leaders in 2009.
- The origin of the earth, according to the folklore of the Even people.
- In search of the tunnel to the Templars' treasure.
- Where words come from.
- Parallel Universes, Alien Religions, and Carl Jung: An Interview With Clifford Pickover.
- The first true scientist.
- British scientists create bloodstream-cleaning molecule which could save thousands of lives a year by quickly disabling poisons -- and may even provide an instant hangover cure.
- Grape seed extract kills cancer cells.
- Third-hand cigarette smoke: The dangers of the toxic residue of heavy metals, carcinogens and even radioactive materials that clings to hair, clothing, cushions and carpets.
- Ban on workplace smoking results in 41% drop in heart attack hospitalizations.
- Researchers hope to decipher dolphin language with a new instrument that reveals detailed structures within sounds.
- Cloned Pets: The DNA may be the same but the behavior is another story.
- Walking in the countryside is good for your brain.
- Scientists discover true love.
- Reality gets hyperlinked.
- Activist unmasks himself as federal informant in GOP Convention case.
- Portrait emerges of anthrax suspect's troubled life: NYTimes says investigation appears to have yielded nothing more than a strong hunch, based on a pattern of damning circumstances, that Dr. Bruce E. Ivins was the perpetrator.
- The End of the Financial World as We Know It.
- Krugman: 'Let’s not mince words: This looks an awful lot like the beginning of a second Great Depression.'
- New Year 2009: Leading thinkers offer predictions of the next big thing.
Quote of the Day:
You're not allowed to smoke
or tell a dirty joke
And whistling is prohibited
If chewing gum is used
the chewer is pursued
And in the hoosegow hidden
Whatever form of pleasure are exhibited
Report to me and they will be prohibited
It's as I say, so shall it be
This is the land of the free.
A singing Rufus T. Firefly, after being named president of Freedonia, in Duck Soup (1933).
Happy New Year to all TDG readers! Before we plunge headlong into yet another 12 months of news, both scientific and strange, I thought it might be worthwhile looking back on 2008 in summary. Over the next week I'll some lists of material that I thought were the most noteworthy stories, but for now here's everyone else's lists:
- A comprehensive review of ufological news stories for the entire year.
- From Montauk Monster to a dead Bigfoot body, Loren Coleman finds plenty in his hunt for the Top Ten cryptozoology stories of 2008.
- Cabinet of Wonders summarises the 'Damned Data' of 2008.
- Billy Cox labels 2008 the "Worst UFO Media Year Ever!"
- Alan Boyle catalogues the weirdest science stories of the year at Cosmic Log.
- The Heavy Stuff features "The Fortean Tinged Links of 2008" as well as the "Top 10 anomalies and hoaxes".
- Forgetomori takes a more skeptical look at the weirdness of 2008.
- Sci-Am has their say on the 10 biggest science stories of 2008.
- The Top Ten archaeological discoveries of 2008.
- Time's Top Ten scientific discoveries.
- New Scientist lists the Top Ten news stories about brain research.
- Here's National Geographic's Top Ten news stories of 2008.
- Phil Plait gives his verdict on the Top Ten astronomy pictures of the year.
- Alan Boyle looks back at the year in science.
- Discover offers their Top 100 stories of 2008.
Tomorrow I'll post the first of my own picks from 2008. Plenty of reading above to keep you going till then...
On the first day of Christmas, RPJ gave to me
A bunch of cool news @ TDG :)
- Apparently, mistletoe can work more miracles than just helping break the ice in those office parties.
- Stop bothering your kids and let them eat all the candy canes they want.
- Chocolate, wine & tea can boost brain power —Yaaay! :-D— in *modest* ammounts —Geee... :-(
- UFO photographed in Cannock. Doesn't look like a sleigh, does it?
- Archeologists find gold coins at the Holy City. The Frankincense and myrrh are still missing.
- The perfect gift for your Otaku boyfriend who is an ignoramus when it comes to Politics & Economics: a Manga edition of Marx's 'Das Kapital'.
- Oh! and in case you were wondering? the bankers are having a VERY Merry Xmas this year.
- Go ahead and indulge yourself with your traditional Xmas cigar—Cohiba? cool!— Canadian medi-boffins are working to get you mint-condition replacement lungs.
- Snowtastic sculptures will amaze tourists at the upcoming Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival, in China.
- Meet the Japanese who claim to be descendants of Jesus. I dunno dude... Sushi for Xmas seems like a No No.
- Following in the footsteps of the Nazarene: British inventor seeks to bring back 20/20 sight for the billion poorest people. *stands up in ovation*
- Move over, Christian Bale! This is the real BATMAN. Psst! Before you go... can I have your autograph?
- Neither Dave Gibbons nor Alan Moore were aware in the 80's that they were destined to make the Citizen Kane of comics: 'Watchmen'. Here's a lengthy interview with Gibbons @ Wired, concerning his new book Watching the Watchmen (Amazon US, & UK).
- The great Twilight vs Harry Potter debate: Questions #1 & #2.
- In Britain, 29% of science teachers believe Creationism should be taught alongside Evolution. After he recovered from his cardiac arrest, Richard 'Ebenezer' Dawkins responded thus; which in turn provoked this counter-response.
- The BAD AStronomer discusses the Dover "Monkey" trial of the XXIst century: Simon Singh vs the British Chiropractic Association.
- First "Out of Africa" migrants were mostly male. I bet they were kicked out for not taking the trash out of the caves ;-)
- You gotta give credit to him: Zahi Hawass is one dedicated — and prolific — Archeologist.
- A tourist project has been aborted to protect the pyramids at Teotihuacan.
- Crucifix attributed to the great Renaissance master — and my favorite Ninja Turtle — Michelangelo is on display in Rome.
- Obama chooses Abe Lincoln's Bible for his inauguration swearing-in... for good luck?
- Have we all been duped by the "Don't be evil" Google mantra, and unknowingly ceded to our right of free speech?
- Imaginal hygiene is the inner art of self-managing the imagination. NOT, mind you, the art of imagining your arm pits don't smell...
- Gloria-Lee Byrd: Alien Contactee... & Anorexic.
- Who says the dead are idle? In a Spanish town, they're the ones who provide the energy.
- Drillers make First Contact with Inner Earth & strike magma. Quit buggering my Mom you perverts!!
- JibJab's 2008 year in review (they even mention the Georgia Bigfoot hoax!).
Thanks to my TDG compadres Greg, Kat, Rick, Turner Young, Perceval & Jameske. But also thanks to YOU, all the Grailers out there —Both the commenting ones as well as the Read-only ones— for teaching me so much & making this place the Greatest. Site. Ever!! Happy Holidays, and I'll see you in 2009.
Quote of the Day:
"Let's be naughty and save Santa the trip."
Meanwhile, beyond the tipping point...
- Earth's original ancestor, 'LUCA', was a hypothermophilic organism.
- Nuts and bolts - possible UFO physics/propulsion/technology, and the physics of extraterrestrial civilizations.
- Our grip on reality is slim, says UCL scientist. Or maybe he imagined it.
- While brain injuries provide clues to the neurological correlates of spiritual experience, scientists try to take credit for 'discovering' the benefits of meditation.
- Public acclimatisation to UFOs helps understanding? We get the picture, now tell us the truth!
- Top paranormal events of 2008. Not including Kat's superhuman effort on yesterday's news.
- Top ten dinosaur and fossil finds of 2008.
- The year in weird science and myth-busting.
- Soul Pillars. Beam me up.
- Inventor's planetary 'refrigeration system' gets cool reception from scientists.
- Man stumbles on ‘creek circle'. Roundabout for ducks?
- A pan-galactic image-fest.
- The Lilypad - a floating ecopolis for climate refugees.
- Purple squirrel baffles experts.
- The unique paintings and drawings of Robert Connett. h/t Mac Tonnies.
- Earth, prepare to meet thy DOOM!
Quote of the Day:
"Diddly dum, diddly dum, Vworp!"
A great variety of news -- to help you escape those awkward moments in holiday dinner conversation.
- Hope on a pale blue dot: Whether you're more concerned about the soul or the solstice, December provides a good opportunity for reflecting on cosmic themes.
- Fossils show male dinosaurs did the brooding and incubating.
- Archaeologists discover evidence of our earliest cave-dwelling ancestors.
- Stone Age graves oriented with path of the full moon.
- This real-life mystery is set in the Louvre and the clues are hidden behind a 16th-century masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci. Remind you of anything?
- 'Hobbit' is an entirely new species, concludes anthropology professor.
- Uncovering ancient Egyptian secrets: Liverpool's long fascination with the Land of the Pharaohs.
- New book claims General Patton was assassinated, with the connivance of US leaders, to silence his criticism of allied war leaders. Target: Patton: The Plot to Assassinate General George S. Patton is available at Amazon US (now) & UK (pre-order). From Amazon's customer reviews: Patton had been warned that he was on a hit list and he told his family that he didn't expect to leave Europe alive.
- Conspiracy theorists awaken! Man who set up alternate email system for White House dies in a plane crash. Remember those missing emails that the White House has known about since 2005? They just started looking for them. Update: Democracy Now has much more on this story.
- Interview with the environmental activist who outbid the oil companies for land Bush put up for grabs in Utah.
- Pope praises Galileo's astronomy. What a difference four centuries make.
- Archaeologists dig the present.
- In bid to contact extraterrestrials, alien hunters are sending text messages into space. Why not try telepathy?
- How we went to the Moon and ended up discovering Earth.
- Colours point to life on Mars. Sans photo, The Register provides a less optimistic view.
- Uncharted forest spotted on Google Earth leads to discovery of a host of new species. Photo gallery, more.
- Microscopic plankton get the big picture.
- Octopuses give eight thumbs up for high-def TV. Best promo I've seen for the HD difference.
- Scientists develop new definition of saltwater which they say will improve the accuracy of climate-change studies and weather predictions.
- Upper reaches of Earth's atmosphere found to be much lower than expected.
- Cassini finds evidence of continental drift-type events on Saturn's moon Enceladus. Thunderbolts offers a different perspective.
- NASA seeks space shuttle display ideas.
- The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington has dibs on shuttle Discovery, but the rush is already on to buy Atlantis and Endeavour. London's Science Museum is trying to raise £30m for Endeavour, and Florida may try to raise $42m for a shuttle to display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
- NASA's questions for would-be shuttle buyers.
- Keeping the station out of this world: NASA inks deal for ISS plasma drive tests.
- Is Obama going to gut NASA? Some blame NASA's Michael Griffin for bumpy transition from Bush to Obama.
- Chief of NASA's Astronaut Office says replacement for shuttle must serve as a bridge craft. I vote for these bridges.
- Virgin Galactic's odd-looking carrier aircraft, designed to be the first stage of a commercial spaceline system, makes its maiden test flight. FAA approves construction of Spaceport America, future host of Virgin Galactic's suborbital flights.
- Beyond the North Pole: Send a message up to the space station.
- World's reserves of coal may be nearly exhausted.
- Luckily for us, fusion energy may be coming in from the 'cold'.
- New evidence strongly links global warming to increased frequency of severe storms and rainfall.
- Study clears cannabis of schizophrenia rap.
- Bow down before your Stealth Robot Overlords, you puny fleshlings!
- Paging Mr Orwell: Ohio prof develops CCTV people-tracker software.
- Censored scenes from the Congress WMD report.
- People blindly follow morally questionable orders from superiors, study finds.
- Negative memories fade more quickly as we age.
- Good news, guys: 'Beer goggles' last much longer for women than for men.
- Sneezing may be linked to thoughts of sex
- Scientists are working on a bionic sex chip to stimulate the brain's pleasure centers. No mention of potential social and economic fallout.
- If you could pop a pill to raise your IQ, would you?
- Dean Radin remarks on the will to disbelieve in 'intentional chocolate'.
- The newborn who had two feet, a hand and a thigh embedded in his brain. Graphic photo included.
- 6 insane discoveries that science can't explain. Warning: Includes language some readers may find offensive.
- Scottish woman injured in big cat attack.
- What's Shakespeare to Us, and We to Him? Plenty. First Chapter of Marjorie Garber's Shakespeare and Modern Culture (Amazon US & UK).
- Consider the Philosopher.
- Specializing in Problems That Only Seem Impossible to Solve.
- Thousands mark winter solstice and Yule festival across UK.
- You can donate your technical skills to non-profits this holiday season, and possibly win some awesome schwag in the process.
Quote of the Day:
You’ve got to be physically pretty strong to be any good at it at all. You’ve got to have a hard-core mental attitude. You’ve got to have the right mantra. You’ve got to have dedication, a sense of security, safety and sensitivity with your partners, and a good sense of balance. It’s a combination of many, many things. You need to have the capability or desire to accept a certain amount of risk. A lot of it is maybe spiritual, not a religious type, but you have to have an affinity with the outdoors.
You’re putting yourself on the line. Man used to put himself on the line all the time. Nowadays we’re protected by the police, fire, everything. There’s not much adventure left. Unless you look for it.
Legendary mountaineer Fred Beckey, still climbing at age 85.