- Scientists observe supernova collapsing in on itself for the first time.
- Subatomic particles have free will.
- Stuart Hameroff responds to criticism (here) of his quantum consciousness theory.
- Brain switches off rationality when given 'expert advice' (or pseudoskepticism).
- Chimps use geometry to navigate the jungle.
- New technology for dating rock art. I dated a neanderthal once.
- Archaeologists discover almost 10'000 cave paintings, Pre-Inca citadel and cemetery in Peru's Amazon jungle.
- Greek fisherman nets part of 2200-year-old bronze statue.
- Iraqi Kurds celebrate solar new year with fire.
- Third-century palace in Japan may belong to legendary Japanese queen.
- UFOs in Japan that aren't from Akihabara.
- Military jets seen chasing UFO over Arizona town.
- Arizonian Gary David explores the Hopi-ET connection in UFO Magazine.
- UK government was alerted to Perthshire UFO sighting in 1990.
- Dr Michael Salla: Kissinger's influence on Obama admin and UFO policy.
- Spy plane with thermal imaging to snoop on homes wasting energy.
Thanks Greg, Kat, the cat, and the volunteers at Lort Smith.
Quote of the Day:
Thou art the Great Cat, the avenger of the Gods, and the judge of words, and the president of the sovereign chiefs and the governor of the holy Circle; thou art indeed...the Great Cat.
Inscription, Royal Tombs at Thebes
Cold confusion today. Post your thoughts.
- Space storm alert: 90 seconds from catastrophe.
- New life for cold fusion. More on cold fusion here.
- Water acts as a catalyst in explosives.
- Star explodes and so might theory.
- Cancer drug fuels tumour growth. I thought blood vessels carried oxygen to tumours to help kill the tumour.
- Let it die: Rushkoff on the economy.
- UK releases archive UFO files.
- Alaskan volcano erupts.
- Special yoghurt fights stomach ulcers.
- Alcohol flush signals cancer risk.
- Body illusions: leave your body behind.
- Nanotube tech transforms CO2 into fuel.
- Fears on Australia web clampdown.
- A team of amoebas billions strong.
- Superconducting sheets and gravitational waves.
- Scientists can see your brain making mistakes.
Quotes of the Day:
Not by wrath does one kill, but by laughter.
Big badda boom. Badda boom crash. Need priest to exocise computer.
- Finally lending credence to ancient Roman accounts of Druidic savagery, evidence suggests Druids committed cannibalism and ritual human sacrifice, possibly on a massive scale.
- Mexico City museum shines a torch on the country’s drug war in all its ugliness and complexity, but also devotes space to the ancient roots of drug use in Mesoamerica, such as the use of hallucinogenic peyote and mushrooms by the Maya and Aztecs.
- How Two Lady Adventurers Found the Hidden Gospels. Janet Soskice's Sisters of Sinai is available at Amazon US & UK.
- Revelation: Genius of medieval church builders rediscovered with crucifix that is only illuminated twice a year. Nice pics!
- A brief history of Stonehenge theories.
- Photos from the mid-1960s Lunar Orbiter program lay forgotten for decades, but archivist Nancy Evans was determined to see them restored.
- Shuttle and space station dodge debris again.
- Two former teachers take final spacewalk of shuttle mission. With video.
- Teens capture stunning images of space from 20-miles above Earth -- with a £56 camera and a latex balloon.
- First two-time space tourist shells out $60 million for orbiting station vacations.
- With grit, spit and super gear, scientists cross icy unknown in search of climate clues.
- Maths professor comes up with formula that will solve any Sudoku.
- Enthusiasts say camel milk may be a cure-all.
- After legally buying poppy seeds, a University of Colorado student recently died of opium tea overdose. Unfortunately, as Friedrich Wilhelm Sertürner discovered in the early 1800s, morphine and other opiates have a narrow therapeutic index, i.e. there's an extremely fine line between their therapeutic and toxic effects.
- Teenager who fell unconscious in bath is saved by twin sister's 'sixth sense'.
- Parrot honored for saving toddler's life.
- The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better.
- Woman reports meeting ET with Scandinavian accent.
- I hate defending the religious beliefs of human beings to aliens.
- New stratospheric bugs probably not alien.
- Extreme sheep art goes viral.
- WikiLeaks exposes Australian web blacklist -- and promptly crashes due to the huge surge in traffic.
- Obama administration says Fourth Amendment prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizures does not apply to cell-site records.
- Geithner's toxic asset bailout plan is worse than terrible (Galbraith), an awful mess and here's why (Krugman), discouraging (Dean Baker), depressing (Calculated Risk), and utterly dishonest (Naked Capitalism).
- Are We Home Alone?
- Under US's 'education stimulus package', well-off school districts will find themselves swimming in cash, while those that are struggling will get too little to avoid cutbacks.
- Wot, No Bush Rollback?
- Has Obama's 'Katrina Moment' arrived?
Quote of the Day:
If this were a medical emergency, it appears it would look something like this:
The Illness- Reckless and irresponsible betting led to huge losses.
The Diagnosis- Insufficient gambling.
The Cure- A Trillion dollar stack of chips provided by the house.
The Prognosis- We are so screwed.
John Cole, at Balloon Juice.
- Underwater 'ring of fire' volcano erupts near Tonga, prompting tsunami warning. With video…
- Perfect storm of overpopulation and growing demand for waning vital resources will create a global crisis by 2030.
- Are cows’ electromagnetic sense disturbed by power pylons?
- Where does consciousness come from?
- Is Mars red because it’s rusty?
- Better Red (Sea) than Dead (Sea).
- The pagan roots of Easter.
- Study finds language of music really is universal.
- Life's crystal code.
- Stephen J. Hawking’s bedtime stories… You know, for kids.
- Nanotube ribbons to give robots super strength. Time to put John Connor on speed-dial.
- Honey-gathering chimpanzees redefine ‘hive mentality’.
- NASA unveils new spacecraft plans for potential flagship mission to Venus. Bananarama fades in on the radio…
- The 4,500 year-old, bent pyramid of Dahshur to be opened and explored by the one and only ZH.
- Lab-coats crack enigma around the Sun’s corona.
- It appears 1/3 of birds in the U.S. are endangered or threatened. Meanwhile, once stable Caribbean fish populations are on the decline.
- Move over T-Rex, now there’s something meatier. Make room for the Cambrian super predator.
- U.S goes to pot… More here about the new administration’s vow to cease prosecution of medicinal marijuana dispensaries.
- Could doctors be on the verge eliminating Parkinson’s symptoms with a spinal-stimulation process?
- The realization of quantum computers just took another quantum leap forward.
- Think the Earth’s crust would be difficult to melt? Think again. Don’t take my word for it – ask the polar bears.
- Predicting the collapse of an ecosystem.
- The fine art of urban camouflage.
Danke to RPJ and GT!
Quote of the Day:
“…How can you buy or sell the sky, the land?”
Chief Seattle, Ted Perry
Boom goes the dynamite... of news
- Mars rover Opportunity catches a first glimpse of its final destination.
- The GOCE Satellite will map the subtle variations in Earth's gravity field. Hmm... I wonder what would happen if they scanned the Bermuda Triangle with it.
- The pics that these teenager Spanish kids have posted on their Flickr page are *literally* out of this world!
- UFOs photographed over London.
- the Cylons take over the UN. Srsly!
- Robot Madness: Creating true Artificial Intelligence. That's not madness, Doc; that's Loonicy!
- Study rules out Fröhlich condensates in quantum consciousness model. As if you didn't know all about fröhliching and the condensation it causes, right? ;-)
- Shining a light on the black box of decision-making.
- An interview with Italian journalist Matt Baglio about the life of modern-day exorcists
- Thousands in Tanzania fill anonymous forms naming suspects of involvement in the killing of albinos for ritual purposes. You don't have to be a witch to foresee the outcome.
- What good is Harry's invisibility cloak, if you can't bloody see where you're going? A Chinese muggle is trying to solve that problem.
- The flying car has finally taken off and it can be yours... if you can afford both its price and its *fuglyness* (Video).
- Egyptian's 3,500-year-old tomb discovered in Luxor, covered with hierogliphics inspired by the Book of the Dead—they didn't have Kindles back then, you know.
- What's all the fuzz with the dinofuzz? Click here to find out.
- Jurassic Nanopark: Smallest meat-eating dinosaur in N. America discovered.
- Bubbles are a dolphin's Game Boy (Video).
- If you have diabetes, tobacco will save your life. Ok, put the damn cigarette out, 'cause that's *not* what I meant.
- A plan that seeks to increase US competitiveness in the global markets involves sending 1 million college students a year to study abroad, especially in developing countries. Um, not to be cynical here, but I think the students are WAY ahead of this already XD
- Obama needs a good advisor on Latin America, and he needs it faster than the rise of my murderous urge whenever I hear La Macarena (AAAAAaaaaargh!!!!).
- Wasting Away in Hooverville—or why the neocon criticism of FDR's New Deal is stupid.
- Go to your kitchen & turn on the faucet to fill a glass with water. What you just did will be considered a luxury to 5 billion people by 2030—now try to swallow...
- The bad news: A huge chunk of Antartic ice will melt, raising the global sea level by 15 or 20 feet. Click here for the good news.
- New article in Nature confirms what Hollywood has been preaching us for the last 10 years: New York city is f*$#ed.
- We've seen the future ... and we may not be doomed. But governments are failing to respond to critical time-sensitive opportunities.
Quote of the Day:
"Father Carmine saw a case where a woman vomited up a small black toad that was still alive. He went to catch it, and it dissolved into saliva. I had another priest who I talked to who dealt with a woman who vomited up seven little black nails, six of which dissolved into this black liquid. Father Carmine saw a woman vomiting up buckets of human sperm."
Extract from Matt Baglio's interview regarding modern-day exorcists.'The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist' @ Amazon US & UK.
This edition of the Tuenesday news comes with apologies to Monty Python for the paraphrasing...
- Alien microorganisms...in the Stratosphere?!
- Satan's footprints...in Devon?!
- Two decades on, Chernobyl is showing an insect decline. Perhaps coincidentally, reports of "insect-like man-eating monsters" have gone through the roof...
- The Sun - bringer of darkness upon the Earth.
- Elf detection 101: How to find the hidden folk of Iceland. The question is - do you really want to find them?
- Cleopatra's mother was African. No-one tell Pharaoh Zahi...
- FBI says comic book may hold the key to the D.B. Cooper mystery.
- Former hostage Terry Waite calls on the US to drop charges against 'UFO Hacker' Gary McKinnon.
- Hubble provides some gorgeous views of a quadruple Saturn moon transit.
- Math genius, dead for 450 years, gets a letter demanding he pay long-overdue television licence fees.
- Witch-hunters round up hundreds of Gambians. The inquisition, let's begin (oh crap, that's Mel Brooks, not Monty Python...).
- Programmer replaces his missing finger with a thumb...drive.
- Lie detection via MRI to have its day in court.
- If you think you're sick, you may just have made it so.
- 'Bite-size' meant something very different to this Arctic sea monster.
- The secret messages to be found in The Wizard of Oz.
- Seven ways to fool your sense of touch.
- Sci-Am recycles the "God on the Brain" headline. I think I'm going to start fining news organizations for gross unoriginality if they continue with these shenanigans...
- I need to be more careful assembling the news links...some of these suckers might cost me $11,000 a day in fines.
Thanks Baldrick and Rick.
Quote of the Day:
Monty Python's The Meaning of Life
Remember all those Star Trek episodes that mention 'parsecs'? Thanks to Thunderbolts, I've just found out that one cubic parsec equals 9.78 cubic light-years. But burgyboy says wikipedia disagrees with that figure.
And congrats to Liverpool -- 4 to 1 is quite a rout!
- What happened to Pharaoh's workers?
- Archaeologists claim they've discovered the remains of Cleopatra's younger sister. Then again, maybe not.
- Those nice Vikings did a lot for us - and it wasn't all pillaging.
- Monk's note in 13th Century manuscript suggests Robin Hood and his Merry Men weren't so popular after all. Bah, Humbug.
- Researchers explore the ancient world's longest underground aqueduct. How did the Romans accomplish such a feat?
- 1,700-year-old book reveals what made Romans laugh.
- Expedition finds mass grave of young dinosaurs.
- Explorer's amazon quest became a fatal obsession. David Grann's The Lost City of Z is available at Amazon US (including interview with author) & UK.
- Giant fish trap built by ancient Britons 1,000 years ago rediscovered after being spotted on Google Earth.
- Thief used Google Earth to hunt down £100,000 fortune in lead roofs which he stole from historic buildings in London.
- Space shuttle blasts off on mission to the ISS.
- Space station may have to duck orbiting debris - again. Recent 'close calls' have put focus on traffic jam in space. The space shuttle regularly endures a worrisome number of impacts from space junk.
- A Great Visionary of Our Time: Sir Tim Berners-Lee – who, 20 years ago, invented the World Wide Web. Berners-Lee has recently been condemning online privacy invasion.
- US research suggests, after peaking at age 22, mental powers start to dwindle at age 27 -- marking the start of old age. But not to worry...
- In 1928, at age 72, Nicola Tesla was awarded his last patent - for a helicopter-plane (pdf) which could rise (and descend) vertically like a helicopter, then tilt 90 degrees in mid-air to fly horizontally like airplane. (Note: correction of one equation at the end.)
- Who was Nicola Tesla? An inspiration to mad scientists everywhere! Via the cool website of Stoneridge Engineering -- wrecking havoc with electrons for over forty years. Check out their Quarter Shrinker and Lichtenberg Figures too.
- In many ways, Tesla was a lot like Michael Faraday, who conducted excellent experimental researches in electricity and the direct relationship between light and magnetic and electrical forces. Faraday even attempted a grand unified theory.
- Thunderbolts takes on the growing cadre of theoretical astronomers who are focused on dark matter without observations or data to interpret.
- ISIS: Darpa's all-seeing super-blimp.
- US plans surveillance aircraft that can fly more than 12 miles high for 10 years without landing.
- Do our eyes betray us when we lie? US seeks 'Bladerunner' lie detector.
- Scientists compile list of top 10 things that should have changed the world but failed to make much of an impact.
- By invitation (of Richard Dawkins) only: Misogyny is a characteristic that religion and science - often so antithetical to each other - share, and for many of the same reasons.
- UFO formation in South Africa filmed by cops. See video here.
- Very clear photos prove cougars are definitely in Wisconsin.
- *Gasp!* It's the Grim! Hellhound stalking Cannock Chase.
- Trinidad rancher finds mutilated cow. Was his cow abducted by a UFO?
- The truth ...is furry? Sasquatch footprints found in Moricetown, one of which contained blood and hair. Sasquatch evidence convincing, says local expert.
- 'Advanced wood combustion' power plants in the US could sustainably supply enormous amounts of energy, comparable to power production from hydroelectric dams, while also saving energy, cutting costs, and even fighting global warming.
Quote of the Day:
We should work toward a universal linked information system, in which generality and portability are more important than fancy graphics techniques and complex extra facilities.
The aim would be to allow a place to be found for any information or reference which one felt was important, and a way of finding it afterwards. The result should be sufficiently attractive to use that it the information contained would grow past a critical threshold, so that the usefulness the scheme would in turn encourage its increased use.
The passing of this threshold accelerated by allowing large existing databases to be linked together and with new ones.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, in Information Management: A proposal -- the modest 1989 proposal which led to the creation of the internet. Berners-Lee adds, 'Note that the only name I had for it at this time was 'Mesh' -- I decided on 'World Wide Web' when writing the code in 1990.'
“Set the gearshift for the high gear of your soul…”
- The science of time.
- Your online guide to exoplanets, courtesy of the Planetary Society.
- How do you survive the heavy bombardment of the Earth? Start digging now.
- New study shows long-term exposure to minimal amounts of ozone pollution can be lethal.
- Farmers inadvertently discover a Byzantine monastery buried beneath topsoil.
- Forget plasma and LCD’s – I want my Holographic TV and I want it yesterday.
- Cars of the future to feature self-healing super-paint… Yet still no hover or FTL option.
- It’s so crazy it just might work; When far-fetched ways to save the planet suddenly don’t seem so out of this world.
- Ancient, carved panels depicting Mayan cosmic monsters and the Popol Vuh unearthed in Guatemala.
- The day the International Space Station played chicken with space debris.
- The rich get richer, the poor are getting poorer... Were Johnny Rotten and Afrika Bambaata right all along? It’s world destruction and your life ain’t nothin’, the human race is becoming a disgrace…
- What’s happened only once in the last 11 years and won’t happen again until 2015? Back-to-back months featuring Friday the 13th. The kind of odd occurence that makes Illinois reinstate Pluto as a planet – for the day.
- Erasing trauma, one memory at a time. Meanwhile, in other ‘eternal sunshine’ headlines…
- News from the frontline of the coming robot revolution: Robot responds to nonverbal commands from blissfully ignorant human masters.
- Need more robot revolution evidence? Check out the robot substitute teacher, coming soon to a suburban nightmare near you.
- In the battle of Ricky Gervais versus Elmo, everyone wins.
- Monkey see, monkey floss.
- From the ‘shark imitates life’ dept… The most well-preserved 4-million year-old great white fossil answers shark ancestry question.
- What do the Raconteurs and White Stripes have in common? They make up ¾ of Jack White’s new band, ‘The Dead Weather’.
Merci beaucoup a RMG, RPG et GT!
Quote of the Day:
“There is no problem so great that it cannot be overcome through application of creative human thought…”
Time to exercise those neurons, folks!
- There's a lot of bad blood among the Dead Sea scrolls experts. And now the feud has passed on to the next generation.
- Malaysian archaeologists believe they have found ancient ruins that predate Angkor by 1000 years. Take a look at this satellite imagery.
- Dinosaur carving on a Cambodian temple: Cryptid evidence, hoax, or a trippy depiction of a rhino? Loren Coleman takes a crack at it.
- The famous 'Peking Man' is 200,000 years older than previously thought. Uh... shouldn't they change its name to 'Beijing Man'?
- The grandfather of all paparazzis: Caravaggio.
- 'Dracula' fish shows baby teeth. I wonder how it would taste like with garlic ;-)
- Fusioneering for Dummies.
- Does Obama's stem cell order herald an ending to the war on Science?
- Pluto has 'upside-down' atmosphere, undoubtedly produced by the nefarious influence of its arch-nemesis Neil deGrasse Tyson—'The Pluto Files' (Amazon US, & UK).
- What does your old Chevy have in common with the space shuttle? they both suffer from gas leaks.
- Read an excerpt from Seth Shostak's new book, 'Confessions of an Alien Hunter' (Amazon US, & UK).
- UFO spotted by civilian and 3 policemen at Hunt county, Texas. Stephenville 2.0?
- Grab your binoculars & your Bible: The first Christian UFO-alien symposium will be held at the Mecca—er... Vatican?—of UFOs, Roswell N.M.
- The time for Roswell has come—but only Robbie Williams can afford it :-/
- Invasion of the Stick People! 2 very similar videos taken on 2 different locations—Fresno & Peru—provoke a reaction on Whitley Strieber, and a response on Greg Bishop.
- More personal experiences with shadow entities.
- The Dumbledore of comics, Alan Moore, discusses shamanism and magic in this podcast.
- Timeslips and their possible implications, discussed at Room 101 (H/T Nick Redfern @ UFO Mystic).
- Sea levels rising faster than expected. You've got two choices: learn to swim, or learn carpentry.
- Richard Cornish warns us of a future food crisis. Oh, well... there's always the green solution.
- But if you don't like necro-crackers, you could try growing your own produce on your backyard—just watch out for the police, ok? (Video)
- In America, the legality of looting depends just on the amount, and the color of your shirt collar.
- Was Charles Freeman's withdrawal to head the NIC the result of the Israel lobby's influence, or of his inconvenient business ties with China & Iran?
Thanks Rick, Greg, Perceval & Kat.
Quote of the Day:
"One can argue that the military has devised plenty of contingency plans of which we’re unaware, and a defense against aliens might be one of them. But assuming this to be true is merely paranoia fed by irrational argument."
Being bed-ridden with a 'flu virus from Hell won't stop the news.
- Archaeologists find 1600-year-old elongated skulls... in Siberia.
- Remains of Shakespeare's first theatre have been unearthed.
- Fragment of medieval pottery inscribed with verse of the Rubaiyat, composed by Persian poet and scientist Omar Khayyam (Amazon US & UK).
- The last of the Zoroastrians: the world's oldest religion is disappearing.
- Despite China's spin and oppression, Tibetan exiles keep their culture alive.
- A replica of a 3800-year-old Egyptian ship successfully sailed across the Red Sea.
- Scientists warn global sea level rises will be faster than originally predicted.
- Think what you will of GW, it's a no-brainer that pollution is killing our oceans.
- Volunteers clean up 200 tons of trash from Florida beaches in a single day.
- Rare fossilised dinosaur handprints show evolution of limbs to wings. Opposable thumbs would be much more interesting.
- A chimp displays PZ Myers-like skills by planning his stone-throwing.
- An unkindness of ravens in north Wales forages like a gang.
- Why dreams are so difficult to remember... for some people. ;-)
- Dr Karl Shuker explores feline symbolism in dreams and folklore.
- Possibly the best job in the world? Looking for elves in Iceland.
- From 1932: Queer Beasts of the Bush: the legend of the bunyip.
- What do you think of these ghostly pics from Scotland?
- Personal experiences with shadow people. Is there a light?
- UFOs seen at Cape Canaveral launch, and fighter jets scrambled in Arizona.
- Photograph of a lenticular UFO spotted above Chacarillas, Chile.
- Rumours of an underground base may be unfounded, but Dulce New Mexico has a plethora of UFOs and cattle mutilations that defy explanation.
- Intangible Materiality, one of the best blogs in the universe.
Thanks Kat, Greg, and the elves.
Quote of the Day:
I sent my Soul through the Invisible,
Some letter of that After-life to spell:
And by and by my Soul return'd to me,
And answer'd "I Myself am Heav'n and Hell":
Heav'n but the Vision of fulfill'd Desire,
And Hell the Shadow from a Soul on fire,
Cast on the Darkness into which Ourselves,
So late emerged from, shall so soon expire.
We are no other than a moving row
Of Magic Shadow-shapes that come and go
Round with the Sun-illumined Lantern held
In Midnight by the Master of the Show;