Whoa... Déjà vu.
- Turns out God doesn't play dice with the Universe after all —He/She plays with a 'beach ball' of dark matter... & I don't know why that doesn't sound too reassuring.
- The God of the Christians, illustrated by the demiurge of underground comics: R. Crumb. More here.
- The G-spot —the erogenous zone that's proven to be more elusive than Bigfoot— may not exist at all. And you people worrying about Climategate!!
- Cryptids gone wild! The top ten sexiest Cryptomundo images of the '00s; brought to you by Loren Coleman —whom I reckon would look pretty cool wearing silk pajamas ;)
- Papa was a rolling fossil: Oldest land-walkers tracks found.
- "Strawberry crabs forever"...
- If the brain's a computer, why doesn't size matter? Maybe because prof. Frink's predictions were wrong (9:07).
- Concerned about Alzheimer's? get an iPhone.
- What's up, Doc? Scientists discover origin of a cancer in Tasmanian devils.
- 50,000 years old volcanic cave discovered in Syria. Promising real estate for the Al Qaida market.
- You ought to start the year with a new screen-saver, so check out the amazing work of Babak Tafreshi, who's spent the last 16 years photographing our corner of the galaxy. More awesomeness here.
- Looking in the shadows for the planet Vulcan —it is only logic, captain.
- O (Space) brother, where art thou? Regan Lee writes about the early B.A. (Before Adamsky) contactee movement , in her column for Binnall of America.
- Mystery of the Nevada triangle, solved? Rings, triangles... Nevada sounds like a very geometric state :3
- Mass UFO sighting in France —during new year's eve— investigated & confirmed by police. Do French enjoy Chinese lanterns as much as their British cousins?
- 'Aliens will eat the fatties first': ad for one of the UK's biggest gyms sparks outrage —aliens have refused to comment.
- Gary Mckinnon's mother accuses Gordon Brown of being too concerned with the straw in the Chinese eye, instead of minding the big-ass log in the British one.
- 5 reasons why body scanners may not solve our terrorism problem . Sorry, Mr. Chertoff —we all know how much you wanted that new yacht.
- Not like in the movies: Sea Shepherd's 'bat boat' trimaran 'Ady Gil' sheared in half after being rammed by a Japanese whaling ship.
- *Sniffing* Ok —who farted?? Oh, wait... it was the Arctic.
A big piece of rosca de reyes to Greg, Rick & Kat.
Quote of the Day:
"You can tell your children of the day when everyone looked up and realized that they were only tenants of this world. We have been given a new lease and a warning from the landlord."
Excerpt from the movie '2010: The Year We Make Contact'
I think I remember how to post news. If I push this button...
- Map of Plato's Atlantis carved on Irish stone?
- Photos (Zahi alert) of 2500-year-old tomb excavated at Saqqara, Egypt.
- Hundreds of geoglyphs exposed by deforestation hint at lost Amazon culture.
- Nahua people in Peru demand companies stop trespassing.
- British firms 'did pretty well' out of the Iraq invasion.
- Popularity of Iraq tourism grows. Facepalm quote: "It's exciting to visit a virgin destination that has not yet been... ruined... by a massive tourist influx."
- Was the Detroit 'underwear bomber' an attempted False Flag?
- U.S. agencies insist New Zealand's cyber spies get new powers.
- Popular drugs may only help severe depression.
- Midnight snacks: is what you eat what you dream?
- 10 scifi weapons that actually exist. No phase pistols with stun, alas.
- If you enjoyed Moon & District 9, check out Triple Hit. More info.
- Inventing the lush forests of James Cameron's
- Astronomers predict discovery of Avatar moon. That's no moon...
- Awesome photo of the New Year's Blue Moon eclipse.
- Hubble picture reveals the universe's earliest known galaxies.
- Earth-sized world could lurk on the edge of our solar system.
- Joseph Capp lists ten reasons why some UFOs are extraterrestrial craft.
- 50 years ago, an Australian missionary & over 30 others observed a UFO with humanoid crew in Papua New Guinea. J Allen Hynek was impressed.
- Passenger of Delta Flight 106 reports UFT over North Atlantic Ocean.
- Martin Shough shoots down UFO pseudoskeptics in a comment at the Bad Astronomer's blog (the B.A. wants 'UFO' replaced by 'UAP').
- Chile government reactivates & funds official UFO research committee.
- Nick Redfern reviews the CFZ's latest edition of Mystery Animals Of the British Isles (Amazon US & UK). Ghostly hounds, sea serpents, and many more.
Thanks to Greg and Kat.
Quote of the Day:
“The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.”
...and New Year's desserts. For your convenience, here's a link to Sunday's News Briefs. Hey, I figured after such a long break, you'd enjoy a double dose. ;-)
- 3,700-year-old Babylonian clay tablet reveals "Noah's" ark was round.
- Beyond 1984: New device turns thoughts into speech.
- The real Frankenstein experiment: One man's mission to create a living mind inside a machine. Please, not in The (elevator) Shaft -- miserating through half the movie was bad enough.
- What happened to the hominids who were smarter than us?
- Scientists say dolphins should be treated as 'non-human persons'.
- Clever species: Class of 2009.
- Earth's most clever species might be the infamous one that's so very good at hiding. On the other hand...
- Top ten worst Bigfoot stories of 2009.
- Sightings of the Winsted Wild Man began in 1895.
- Rapid changes in planet's core have Earth's magnetic north drifting toward Siberia.
- Oregon profs plan giant robotic space cockroach warriors.
- Newly-discovered moon hole might be suitable for a colony.
- A look at the science of Avatar.
- A new generation of cheap, free-swimming, automatic underwater vehicles (AUVs) is about to revolutionize the study the world’s 3 million shipwrecks.
- High-speed Chinese train kicks French, Japanese butt.
- How algal biofuels lost a decade in the race to replace oil.
- China's last wild tiger has been eaten; human predator sentenced to 12 years in jail.
- Battle to save tigers intensifies with only 3,200 left on Earth.
- Virtual economy is set to make billions. Humph - virtual agriculture isn't going to put food on your table. But I'm convinced virtual tomatoes would taste better than the tomatoes stocked by rw stores.
- Update: Virtual space station auctioned off for $330,000 in real money.
- No simple flight of fancy: It's now 50 years since the best attested and least explained sighting of UFOs -- by an Anglican missionary and 37 parishioners in Papua New Guinea.
- Alienating Aliens: Do Nukes Make Them Go Ballistic?
- Subterreanean secrets of Oz's lost giants.
- Nova Scotia's church star map mystery.
- Red Rock Lounge in Colorado Springs, CO, has an encounter with the unknown.
- Chicago-area cop tasered unconscious diabetic 11 times.
- 'Biblical scholar' declares the rapture will take place on May 21, 2011.
- Theories of the apocalypse.
Quote of the Day:
Let's bid a not at all fond farewell to the decade in which we achieved nothing and learned nothing.
Paul Krugman, in The Big Zero.
- Google Earth confirms Dreamtime meteor legend.
- DNA of a 30,000-year-old European hunter-gatherer analyzed.
- Vatican reveals Secret Archives.
- Jurassic Park accidentally anticipated a recent dinosaur discovery -- venomous raptors. I'm not so sure Michael Crichton's 'anticipation' was accidental.
- Found: The clue to Van Gogh's ear.
- Russia's Armageddon plan to save Earth from collision with an asteroid. Five years ago, the Aerospace Corp. ballparked the cost of such a mission at $80 billion (USD).
- Climate change is on the move.
- Glaciers feed the ocean's food webs.
- An inside look at DARPA, the secretive defense agency that’s changing the way we use machines -- and the way they use us. Belfiore's The Department of Mad Scientists is available at Amazon US & UK.
- Star Trek's synthahol is in the works.
- 'Lifeless' prions, devoid of all genetic material, found to evolve.
- Scientists discover a new way to alter human DNA.
- Scientists start a genomic catalog of Earth’s abundant microbes.
- Cosmic Log: Teenaged DNA detectives find lots of mislabeled food products, a pesky invasive species, and what appears to be a new breed of cockroach.
- Women found to have an amplified sense of touch.
- Monogamouse: GM prairie voles may provide the key to understanding human bonding, trust, and even decision-making.
- How often does 'radical regeneration' healing occur? What happens when medical science confronts miracles?
- Tiny glitter-sized photovoltaic cells could revolutionize solar power.
- Why do so many terrorists have engineering degrees?
- Onwards and upwards: Why is the modern view of progress so impoverished?
- Make that Sir Patrick and Sir Peter, if you please!
- JibJab video: Never a Year Like '09.
- Why 31-12-2009 was not New Year's Eve -- or the end of the decade.
Quote of the Day:
To say that one had 'seen the light' is a poor description of the mental rapture which only the convert knows. … The new light seems to pour across the skull. … There is now an answer to every question. Doubts and conflicts are a matter of the tortured past—a past already remote, when one had lived in dismal ignorance in the tasteless, colorless world of those who don't know.
Arthur Koestler, who came by this insight the hard way.
Stopping in to add some news briefs. Because life can't be all about reef fishing, snorkelling off tropical isles, reading books and watching blockbuster James Cameron movies...can it?
- New Horizons Pluto probe passes half-way in its long journey to the excluded planet.Speaking of, make sure you check out our good friend Alan Boyle's new book The Case for Pluto (available from Amazon US and UK).
- Yes Virginia, there is life after death.
- Search for extraterrestrial life expanding.
- Physicist Sean Carroll taps pop culture to explain new theory of time.
- Angels can't fly, says scientist. Winning the hearts and minds of children everywhere...
- Lone hunters of the last living dinosaur.
- Robert Rines: Monster Hunter. The New York Times obituary.
- Music therapy may help tinnitus sufferers.
- What, if anything, can skeptics say about science.
- Insects and acacias co-evolved. And people see insectoid creatures when tripping on DMT from acacias. Kinda spooky really.
- Chimps seen using cleavers to chop food. Today cleavers, by 3400 it's nuclear annihilation...someone stop the madness before it begins.
- Was 2009 the year that the comics-to-film industry faltered?
- And will 2010 see augmented reality hit the bigtime?
Quote of the Day:
The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once.
My God, it’s full of… watery planets.
- Astronomers discover a new blue planet the same week Avatar comes out. Well played, Mr. Cameron... More here about the discovery of this watery ‘Super-Earth’.
- Could Avatar’s Pandora Moon be real?
- Flash of light proves existence of liquid on Titan.
- The origin of water on Earth.
- And speaking of H2O, has Atlantis’ undersea resting place been found? More here.
- The deepest, undersea volcanic eruption, ever. More here.
- Proof of dark matter from a dark mine?
- Australia’s first humans.
- Want to live longer? Start counting calories now.
- Higgs… in… Space!
- Restoring vision, one solar cell implant at a time.
- Leaked UN document claims Earth will warm by three degrees over the next century.
- New evidence appears to disprove the shroud of Turin.
- A glimpse into the synaesthetic mind. Which begs the question, is synaesthesia a higher, hard-wired brain function?
- A glimpse into the death of the sun, by way of the a dying star 550 light years away.
- The five laws of human nature.
- Apocalypse now… or later?
- Archaeologists discover artifacts proving ancient minds were planning earlier than previously believed.
- Neutral, shmeutral-- Swiss geologist stands trial for ’causing earthquakes'.
- Hyenas cooperate more easily than chimpanzees. Like anyone’s surprised.
- Making human tissue and organs… on your personal 3D bio-printer.
- What would the year in science be without the top ten Google Earth finds.
- Virgin Mary billboard causes unholy reactions.
- Is a human brain hidden on the Sistine Chapel ceiling? Unfamiliar with the Sistine Chapel, then perhaps you need a religion flowchart.
- This week's Binnall of America podcast discusses arcane science and...Disneyland?!
- Are parallel universes suitable to life? The search for life in the multiverse rages on.
A plethora of thanks to the one they call Greg.
Quote of the Day:
“If we have learned one thing from the history of invention and discovery, it is that, in the long run - and often in the short one - the most daring prophecies seem laughably conservative.”
Arthur C. Clarke
It's been a hard decade's night...
- The 80s were more than the foundation of today's movies. Alan Boyle reviews 10 scientific sagas of the top sider era.
- Video: Steorn's free-energy gadget Orbo on display, gathering energy from the Victorian ether... or not.
- Gold, frankincese and... MEarth? Earthlike waterworld found orbitting red dwarf.
- Organic matter found on the Moon —hope is not the mummified corpse of an unclaimed cosmonaut...
- Galileo Figaro —Magnificooo! Best ever atlas of the planet Mercury.
- Saving Earth from an asteroid will take diplomats, not heroes —and *definitely* not Aerosmith!
- Sorry Jean-Luc, but you were'nt number 1 in meeting aliens among your family.
- Bizarro Voronezh: children witness UFO landing in Texas, and two creatures coming out of it.
- Kiwi witness chronicles close encounter.
- Hell finally froze over? Famed cryptozoologist Loren Coleman & professional skeptic Benjamin Radford BOTH agree on the bogusness of a new Bigfoot trailcam pic showed in ABC news.
- Study says blue whales have been singing with increasingly deeper voices —I told you they were smart.
- Rare Ptolemaic artifact will be recovered from the seabed, off Alexandria's port. And guess who's gonna be present —come on, guess! :)
- Video: Mayas saving Maya culture.
- Scientists have cracked the genetic code of both skin & lung cancer —that should call for a celebratory Cohiba ;)
- Artists have the strangest muses nowadays: viruses as glass sculptures.
- Will the universal health care plan cover sex with robots as a longevity treatment?
- With still no flying cars or rocket packs in sight, the only two things that changed dramatically in this decade were travel & tourism, 'thanks' to terrorism & technology.
- Strange physical theory —reminiscent of ancient Buddhist art— finally proved... and it only took 4 decades!
- The leaked e-mails are just the tip of the iceberg in the broader battle for climate data.
- Data, Skepticism, Judgement: Whom to believe?
Thanks to Zach & Moezilla.
Quote(s) of the Day:
"By all means, we should apply our own powers of reason to every interesting problem. But when our reasoning leads to some conclusion at odds with the apparent consensus of a lot of smart people who seem to know what they’re talking about — whether it’s on the nature of dark energy, the best way to quantize gravity, the most effective route to health care reform, or the state of the environment — the burden is on us to understand the nature of that difference and try to reconcile it, not to take refuge in “experts don’t know everything” and related anti-intellectual piffle."
"A danger sign of the lapse from true skepticism into dogmatism is an inability to respect those who disagree."
What's a skeptic? Read today's news, and you'll be even more confused...
- James Randi goes on record as a 'Global Warming Denier'. (Link fixed) And the children begin eating the parent...
- Why I am no longer a skeptic on climate change.
- The paradoxical future of skepticism.
- Debunking Biocentrism.
- Burial cloth found in Jerusalem cave casts doubt on authenticity of Turin Shroud.
- Catholics forced film chiefs to scrap final instalments of His Dark Materials movie trilogy.
- Blossoms found at archaeological dig reveal Bronze Age people left flowers at graves.
- When same sex marriage was a Christian rite.
- First super-earths discovered orbiting Sun-like stars.
- Top ten astronomy pictures of 2009. Wot, no Norwegian interdimensional spiral?!
- World celebrates 5000 years of astronomy.
- NASA launches infrared telescope to scan entire sky.
- New UFO movie trilogy…"a pretty dark story actually".
- Ray Kurzweil predicts how technology will change humanity in the next decade.
- What do we do when Moore's Law is no more a law?
- Bacteria harvests electrochemical energy.
- NASA satellite unlocks the secrets of mysterious night-shining clouds.
- Locked-in man controls speech synthesiser with thought.
- Not realising she was even pregnant, Olympic weightlifter gives birth while training.
- Jacques Vallee discusses Hollywood's portrayal of the occult.
- 360 degrees of Giza.
Quote of the Day:
[S]keptics must set aside the conceit that our goal is a cultural revolution or the dawning of a new Enlightenment. That concept resonates with me as powerfully as it does with anyone, but it is a dream with a bitter price: exhaustion and disappointment. After decades of labor, the horizon is just as far away as ever.
- The science of success.
- Memphis pilot spots triangular UFO the size of a football field.
- People who look young for their age live longer.
- Hospital study shows full moon werewolf effect.
- People with autism have a problem with self-awareness.
- Octopus uses coconut shells as a suit of armour (with video). I dub thee Sir Phelapod.
- Unprecedented warming? Science shows total fraud.
- Walkout triggers Copenhagen breakdown.
- Kansas scientists probe mysterious possible comet strikes on Earth.
- Super-earths found around sunlike stars.
- Psychiatry's civil war.
- Rock-breathing bacteria could generate electricity and clean up oil spills.
- Giant virus discovery trumps scifi.
- Clever folds in a globe give new perspectives on Earth.
- Sex and the eight-circuit brain.
- Seeing red giants.
Quote of the Day:
You're only as young as the last time you changed your mind.
Just in time for the holidays...
- Copenhagen to stall decision on emissions for six years.
- Update: Copenhagen climate summit negotiations 'suspended'. Walkout triggers breakdown. Copenhagen negotiators have been working through the night in attempt to save talks.
- Climate change? Well, we'll be dead by then.
- Switching off one gene in adult mice easily transforms females into males.
- Stem cells can be engineered into genetic vaccines against HIV and more.
- Microchip detects cancer in minutes.
- Bacteria-busting genetic bombs make biofuel processing a blast.
- Impressive first images from VISTA infrared telescope.
- Two Martian moons -- in a single shot.
- Bones show early divergence of dinosaur lineage.
- The mystery of the Narara caves.
- Viking weapon-recycling site found in England.
- 19th century mermaid illustrations.
- Iron Age treasure trove, discovered in 2005, is disappearing into the sea.
- British Museum vs. Dr. Zahi Hawass: Claim to historic artefact is anything but written in stone.
- Zahi says, No cameras please!
- Brain scan reveals who will keep their promises.
- People can hear with their skin.
- 100,000 words a day are changing our brains and ruining our concentration.
- Brain scans show people with autism have a problem with self-awareness.
- Marijuana may cause new cell growth in the brain.
- Antidepressants linked to major personality changes.
- Alun Anderson, former editor-in-chief of New Scientist, talks about his new book After the Ice: Life, Death, and Geopolitics in the New Arctic (Amazon US & UK).
- New poll finds supernatural experiences, and interest in non-Christian
religions, are on the rise in America.
- 100 incredible lectures from the world's top scientists.
- Gifts from the sixth dimension.
- How bankers destroy £7 for every £1 they create.
Thanks to Greg.
Quote of the Day:
Well there ain't no time to wonder why,
Whoopee! we're all gonna die.
Country Joe & the Fish