From Aesop to Aesop.
- Aesop's translators have had varied agendas.
- Self-cleaning wool and silk developed using nanotechnology.
- X-rays betray giant electrical particle accelerator in the sky.
- With climate swing a culture bloomed in the Americas.
- Computer simulations strongly support new theory of Earth's core.
- 2,500 years ago, a city bigger than Athens in Orissa.
- Organic molecules found on alien world for first time.
- New cosmic theory unites dark forces. Sounds like the aether to me.
- Napolean didnt die from arsenic poisoning. But dont worry, he did die.
- Implanting false memories.
- How writing changed the world. How about the change from seeing is believing to reading is believing? Or how about...
Quote of the Day:
Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.
Arrghhhh! Help! Murphy's after me again.
- Domesday Book makes leap to the internet.
- Peopling the mythical landscape.
- Truly, madly, chemically in love: From that first glance and kiss to the lifelong bonding of soulmates, the mysteries of love, sex and breeding are being unravelled by science.
- Warning: The population of killer jellyfish is exploding. On Tuesday, Febuary 12, Invasion of the Jellyfish will air on UK Channel 5 at 8:00 p.m..
- Customs: All Your Gadgets Are Belong to Us. More.
- 'Invisible' material key to DARPA's dream of see-through displays.
- DARPA Nabs Big Bucks for Mach 6 Planes, Giant Robotic Blimps, Next-Gen Networks.
- Mystery Space Machines - Part 7.
- Satellite spotters glimpse secrets, and tell them.
- Huge rise in British UFO sightings.
- Empire-Tribune reporter who's been covering the Stephenville UFO sightings quits under pressure.
- Linda Moulton Howe: Mysterious Symbols Projected in Night Sky by Aerial Disc Near Stephenville, Texas, Local Airport.
- On Jan. 23, Greg Noory interviewed Linda Moulton Howe about her investigation of the Stephenville UFO sightings: Parts one & two (YouTube, audio only).
- Messenger from the otherworld: Ghost-like white stag spotted in the Scottish Highlands.
- Lisa, the geep -- a cross between a goat and a sheep.
- Cities act like giant contraceptives, which could help curb the Earth's explosive population growth.
- Has college dropout done the impossible and created a perpetual motion machine?
- Ayahuasca: A Strange Brew.
- YouTube: LSD testing on British Troops. Fond memories, anyone?
- My Cortex Made Me Buy It.
- The endless pursuit of unnecessary things. For example.
Quote of the Day:
A world entirely conquered by technology, entirely dominated by industrial processes, entirely occupied by man and machine, would be a world unfit to live in.
Is your guitar gently weeping?
- Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, guru to the Beatles, has passed away aged 91.
- The double life of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
- Ancient Maya used "glitter paint" to make their temples gleam. But did they wear matching gold spandex pants?
- Actress Jessica Alba says a ghost attacked her. Hard to blame the ghost really...
- Spaceship builder found to be at fault in deadly explosion which killed three technicians.
- Bigelow Aerospace continues negotiations aiming at a 2011 launch for their commercial space station.
- Shuttle blasts off with $2billion space lab on board.
- 3D Mars shows new dimensions of the Red Planet. But what about Richard Hoagland's hyperdimensions?
- More on last month's meeting of scientists and movie stars on the subject of teleportation. Damn that teleporting full-stop!
- Scientists pursuing synthetic life can't help but be impressed with the real thing.
- Space magnetism may hold secret to fusion power.
- Biofuel emissions may be 'worse than petrol'.
- Knee-brace generator offers portable 'power plant'.
- Judge rules that Navy must comply with no-sonar rule in battle over whale conservation.
- Pwnage news: FBI seeks database of people's physical characteristics, including palm prints, eye scans and tattoo mapping.
- Suspicion over severed undersea Internet cables. Here's a handy map so that you can tick them off as they get severed.
- New thoughts on language acquisition: our children are data miners.
- Not as nice as they seem - killer dolphins baffle marine experts.
- A purty image to finish this week's news: check out a dragonfly covered in dew.
Thanks Rick and RPJ.
Quote of the Day:
My idea in "My Sweet Lord," because it sounded like a "pop song," was to sneak up on them a bit. The point was to have the people not offended by "Hallelujah," and by the time it gets to "Hare Krishna," they're already hooked, and their foot's tapping, and they're already singing along "Hallelujah," to kind of lull them into a sense of false security. And then suddenly it turns into "Hare Krishna," and they will all be singing that before they know what's happened, and they will think, "Hey, I thought I wasn't supposed to like Hare Krishna!"
Well… here goes nothing!
- Researchers create one human embryo from three parents. Because 2 is just so unoriginal, don’t you think? :-)
- Mahmoud’s new hobby: Iran opens space center and launches rocket. Obviously test raises concerns in the US, but Iran dismisses them. As if!
- Archeology writer warns of drought with climate change. Unless it’s Indy, I don’t think anyone will be paying much attention, though.
- Beatles space broadcast “risks alien attack”, some fear. Well, who knows? Perhaps E.T. likes Metallica instead.
- Coincidentally, the former guru to the Beatles, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi passed away on Tuesday at age 91. Hmmm… maybe he wanted to get ahead and make sure his pupils’ tune is well received? Across the Universe, let him be… in peace.
- An inventor inspired by Star Wars is creating a range of household furniture that hovers off the ground. As long as my couch doesn't whine like C3P0.
- BTW, Are you curious of how much a levitating bed costs? Well take a look; although if you ask me, you might as well stick with your old water mattress just for a little while longer.
- The elusive mysteries of Mercury, our heavenly MSN Messenger… Oh, wait!
- Marlin stabs swimmer in Brazil, then robs his wallet… Ok I made that last thing up, but with how crime rates are nowadays, you never know!
- Speaking of Brazil, take a look at some of the charmingly decadent displays of the last Carnival.
- Of course, even in Brazil there are limits: A judge banned a float about the Holocaust. Photo of the controversial display here.
- Implants Create Insect Cyborgs. Time to buy an extra can of Raid!
- Relax, your cell phone won’t give you cancer, according to this study. It will only kill you if you use it while driving (no need for study, just plain common sense people!).
- See a Dark Matter magnet with Alan Boyle at Cosmic Log. Hmmm… being called a women’s magnet is one thing, but a dark matter magnet? Would that be a compliment or an insult?
- Think you know how to make a good flying saucer? Enter this competition and prove it!
- ...You say you wanna use paper? Heck, why not? Japanese scientists plan to launch paper planes from space. Unidentified Flying… Origami ;-)
- Bush approved CIA disclosure on waterboarding. Because one man’s enhanced interrogation technique is another man’s torture.
- Fifth undersea cable cut in Middle East, and still owners won’t speculate on cause. Why the big mystery? (There you go bladerunner!)
- Are rat kings real, or is it just a myth? (a really, REALLY gross myth!)
- Uri Geller asks you: “Forget the Paranormal!” (who wants to tell Randi?). In an interview he discusses his supposed role as a CIA agent and as an oil prospector for the Mexican government (say what??)
- Go search for ghosts in Britain and help a good cause at the same time. Ghost hunters raise funds for charity .
- Loren Coleman informs about a new Nessie expedition, being planned by the same man who took that famous pic in May 2007 that was shown all over the world. (which some people call on its authenticity BTW).
- UFO witness claims harassment by the Air Force. MIBs or SOBs? More here.
Muchas gracias Greg, Kat & Rick
Quote of the day:
"I don´t care about them [scientists]. They only give us great publicity! This is great! I will be worried when they don´t talk about me! You remember what I said to you about Oscar Wilde? There's only one thing worse than being talked about and that's not being talked about. I will be then very worried when suddenly they stop speaking about Uri Geller. Then I know it´s the end of Uri Geller".
I never know what day or date it is until Wednesday.
- Maya Naim discusses how ancient Egyptian tomb murals are suffering irreparable damage due to tourism and poor conservation.
- A female mummy with a gilded mask has been excavated from one of four ancient Egyptian tombs containing well-preserved mummies and artifacts.
- An $8 million donation will help save the priceless ancient libraries of Timbuktu.
- UN peacekeepers have repeatedly vandalised 6000-year-old prehistoric rock art in Western Sahara.
- Lost city beneath the ocean could have been cradle of life. Nice pic.
- A plastic soup of rubbish twice the size of the USA stretches from Hawaii to Japan. Forget the Bering Strait theory, prehistoric humans consumed their way to the New World.
- Inhaling pig brains may be cause of mystery illness. There goes Greg's hobby.
- A 70-year-old woman arrested and cuffed for not mowing her lawn. I'd use bleach to spell F*** YOU on my lawn.
- They're not extras from a Robocop movie. Meet Peru's Anti-Riot Police.
- Where do the USA's Presidential candidates stand on science? Do we really need to ask Huckabee and Romney?
- Where do the USA's Presidential candidates stand on marijuana? The Pentagon, the Oval office, the White House... they see lots of funky shapes and colours in Washington DC.
- Police will soon have a flashlight that can incapacitate. With demonstration video, so wear shades and tinfoil hat.
- A tiny camera has been implanted inside a mouse's brain. Won't be long until it's on YouTube.
- Audio interview with Terry Pratchett discussing the impact of Alzheimer's.
- Mothman tourists descend on West Virginian town. Mothman is only here for a souvenir tshirt. And why am I talking like Duffman?
- People use internet to confirm pre-existing beliefs. What does that say about Daily Grail readers?
- Electricity Woman says she causes interference with lights and appliances when she gets stressed. Keep your distance when it's that time of month.
- Corporate cousins are locked in a battle over the naming rights to UFO Hunters.
- Are the two shows any good? Billy Cox reviews both versions of UFO Hunters.
- Audio interview with Remote Viewer Paul Smith, key member of the psychic military program Project Stargate.
- The A2 hypersonic passenger jet will travel from Australia to Europe in five hours. That'll make English cricket fans happy when the Aussies thrash them again next tour.
- Breaking News: Violent tornadoes have killed dozens of people across four southern US states during Super Tuesday's voting.
Thanks Greg and Kat.
Quote of the Day:
"I am aware that hundreds of military and airline pilots, airport personnel, astronomers, missile trackers and other competent observers have reported sightings . . . These UFOs are interplanetary devices systematically observing the earth, either manned or under remote control, or both."
Colonel Joseph Bryan, CIA (1960).
Sublime and ridiculous.
- Navy tests incredible sci-fi weapon.
- Keeping your brain fit.
- Ocean hydrocarbons made from rocks.
- Why were the 911 tapes destroyed?
- Were the Caesars astronauts?
- Plasma life forms: aliens from a parallel earth.
- But is it really exercise?
- The X-ray jets of Circinus X1.
- An altar beyond Olympus for a deity predating Zeus.
- Drop of blood can predict future diseases.
- Turning physics on its ear.
- Ancient Nasca iron ore mine discovered.
- Ayahuasca: a strange brew.
- Should fluoride be forced upon us?
- Mendel upended.
Quote of the Day:
The multitude of books is making us ignorant.
With apologies to Kuato... Open your mind. Open your mind! Open your mind!
- What a 7-year-old describes as 'funny lightning in the sky' leads to a 14-minute video of a Stephenville UFO -- filmed January 19th. A local tv station aired a little of the video in this video report.
- 'Lost city' at the bottom of the ocean contains chemical traces that suggest it could have been the cradle of life on Earth.
- Land-roaming croc may be missing link. Now that is one fugly varmint.
- Discovery of hunting tools turns the clock back to 8,000 BC for ancient English city of Bath.
- Ruins of 7,000-year-old city found in Egypt's Faiyum oasis. Tombs yield ornate painted coffins and a female mummy still adorned with a gilded mask.
- The amazing 14th-century map of Britain. The Gough Map: The Earliest Road Map of Great Britain is available at Amazon US & UK.
- Language evolves in quick bursts, mirroring species evolution. More from Abnormal Interests.
- They were made in Norway, lost en route to Ireland, washed up in Scotland, and are now on display in England. So, which country can justly lay claim to the Lewis Chessmen? Most fiction seems banal in comparison to this history.
- Wilhelmina Jashemski and the Roman gardens of Pompeii.
- Researchers reveal hidden complexities of why we kiss.
- Cultivated from stem cells, transplanted jawbone was grown inside recipient's abdomen.
- Hunting for your child's DNA doppelganger.
- Scratching an itch temporarily shuts off areas in the brain.
- Research suggests 85% of us can develop the ability to remote view.
- The Eureka! Myth: Innovative epiphanies actually take years of hard work. Scott Berkun's book, The Myths of Innovation, is available at Amazon US & UK. Or check out Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention at Amazon US & UK.
- Hair analysis can now reveal where-all you've been.
- Cosmic Log: How animals gauge the weather.
- Mutant killer seaweed of doom.
- The science fiction event horizon.
- Study says many studies suck: Mark Morford takes on inane science.
- The black box economy. And, why the middle class is no longer coping.
- An insider explains how the sub-prime mess happened. More black boxes.
- Why won't bankers say sorry?
- Do all companies have to be evil? Michael Shermer on Enron, Google and the evolutionary psychology of corporate environments.
- The Tectonic Interpretation of the 1908 Tunguska Event.
Quote of the Day:
I'll admit that I wasn't excited about running the initial story of the mysterious sightings when it came to us last week. I was even less excited the next day when I opened the paper and saw the word “UFO” in the headline. (That's what I get for leaving the office early.)
At first glance, I screamed. Then I said a couple of bad words. I'm not a fan of tabloids and I was worried that we looked like one.
Since the story broke, and spread across the world, I've been contacted by four editors in the country congratulating me for having the “guts” and “good sense” to go with the story.
“You are listening to what the citizens are telling you, and newspapers don't do much of that any more,” one wrote.
Sara Vanden Berge, Managing Editor of the Stephenville Empire-Tribune, in this January 18 editorial.
Little bit late today. What can I say, I try to have a life every now and then...
- America's Space Age turns 50.
- Navy tests electromagnetic pulse rail gun (with video). Such cool tech gadgetry, put to such shitty usage.
- New light on dark energy.
- Props from The Da Vinci Code movie auctioned off to raise money for Lincoln Cathedral.
- UN Peacekeepers vandalise prehistoric Saharan artworks.
- Medicine in Ancient Egypt. "Nurse, bring me an adze, stat!"
- Archaeologist strikes Nasca 'gold'.
- Forget needles...this farmer looks for a castle in his haystack.
- Blue eyed people descend from one person 6000 to 10,000 years ago. Papa...?
- New computerised plagiarism scan finds thousands of copycat scientific articles. Actually, I copied that sentence from the Sci Am article.
- To understand consciousness, we need to ask the right questions. Maybe starting with "who are you people?"
- Nick Bostrom argues that drug research should be about more than just treating disease.
- What happens when someone writes a book about hallucinogens for kids? Something like this.
Quote of the Day:
About the million dollar prize, I would be worried if I were you because of the fact that we have perinormal possibilities.
Richard Dawkins, to James Randi
Likely my last Thursday news update for a while, with Red Pill Junkie coming on board to help out here at TDG. Make him welcome!
- Last glimpse inside the enigma of Silbury Hill.
- Luxury hotel opens on Easter Island.
- Ancient mass sacrifices and riches discovered in 2,500-year-old Chinese tomb. The sword looks amazing.
- Surprise Egypt tomb find yields ornate coffins and dog mummies.
- Pilots dismiss Air Force explanation for Texas UFO sightings.
- Also: Michael Shermer again pulls out the secret aircraft theory for the sightings, but is disputed by experts on 'black technology'.
- 'Free speech' institute cans scholar for writing about UFOs. It's a flood of UFO-related irony this week.
- Are we the aliens?
- Space rock misses Mars...barely.
- Call Richard Hoagland...there's a spider on Mercury.
- Dead spy satellite could crash into the U.S.
- Notch another one up for William Gibson: 24 years after Neuromancer, are "mirrorshades" about to become a reality?
- Electrical stimulation of areas deep within the brain 'boosts memory'. Michael Prescott offers an interesting comment.
- He aint' heavy, he's just gravity: the Holy Grail of physics.
- Artificial letters added to DNA alphabet.
- Ghandi's ashes spread across the Arabian Sea (video).
- Hummingbird chirps with its tail. No flatulence jokes, please.
- Heeere's Johnny! Is the Stanley Hotel really haunted?
- Oh dear. The gorillas are weaponised. Damn you all to hell!!
- The fear factory: is the U.S. government manufacturing ghosts? Also, there's an interesting side story.
Quote of the Day:
The fact that the Earth bends time has to be taken into account, otherwise our sat-navs would drift by 11km per day.
Dr Brian Cox
Long and bitter, and a touch controversial.
- Issue #1 of New World Order: Dawn Of A New Day is now available at all good comics stores. Interview with the creator coming soon (creator of the comic, not The Creator).
- Presidential candidate John McCain dropped a bombshell recently, stating that "there's going to be other wars".
- It doesn't matter if you vote with paper, or use a touch-screen voting machine -- are the Primaries rigged?
- Brad Steiger discusses ancient secret societies, UFOs, and the NWO.
- Here's extraordinary video of UFOs filmed over Istanbul, Turkey. But can such evidence be trusted in today's world of photoshop and CGI?
- Billy Cox takes a well-aimed swipe at the media's coverage of the Stephenville UFO encounter in Texas.
- The UFO Mystic takes a look at fake photos of extraterrestrials. The DUI mugshot of ET is still out there.
- Intangible Materiality is an intriguing blog examining evidence of divine and extraterrestrial intervention in human history, among other paranormality subjects. With videos and pics.
- A transcript of Paola Harris's interview with UFO researcher Timothy Good from August last year. My review of Good's latest, Need To Know, will be posted next week (Amazon US or UK).
- The Book of THoTH's interview with Stanton Friedman from last December.
- Rogue hypervelocity stars are giving astronomers a glimpse into the volatile nature of the universe.
- This Friday, Venus and Jupiter are converging for a spectacular close encounter that is a match made in heaven.
- Transcript of Richard Branson's inspiring speech at the SpaceShipTwo unveiling.
- SpaceX has successfully tested multiple rocket engines for the first time.
- China's policy of blowing up old satellites in orbit is causing a dangerous orbital junkyard. Wait until McDonalds opens on the ISS.
- A twin-seat solar-powered car designed in Taiwan could be on the market within a year. It's 2008, where's my hoverbike?
- The American Geophysical Union states human activity is the cause of Global Warming. When the word "unequivocally" is used, there can be no arguments.
- Humans have altered Earth so much that a new geological epoch has begun.
- By selectively removing feathers, researchers have shown that a species of hummingbird produces loud chirps non-vocally by shaking its tail. I hope they put the feathers back.
- Lonely people are more likely to believe in the supernatural, say researchers. Does this mean Michael Shermer has the MySpace record for the most friends?
- Dubbed 'the new atheists', are skeptics such as Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens just new anti-dogmatists? Imagine The Breakfast Club, with atheist skeptics in Molly Ringwald's role.
- Dan Brown's latest mystery is why it hasn't been published yet.
- As more and more people are caught stealing and looting artifacts, are museums and collectors destroying cultures?
- Israeli experts have restored a unique 1400-year-old glass mosaic.
- Excavations at the birthplace of Zeus suggest worship was practiced there a thousand years before the earliest known versions of the Greek god's myths.
- Southern Illinois University Museum will return a 2300-year-old bronze cat object to Egypt. Or Zahi Hawass will make the Terminator look like a kitten.
- For some students at Ohio State, the occult is not just a field of academic interest but a way of life.
- This article about independent, specialist bookshops fighting to survive against multinational monsters includes an interview with the owner of my favourite, The Haunted Bookshop.
- Up Helly Aa! Shetland Islanders gathered recently to celebrate their viking heritage with a festival of fire and fancy dress. Brilliant photo gallery, my viking DNA wishes I could have been there.
Quote of the Day:
"Behind the scenes, high-ranking Air Force officers are soberly concerned about the UFOs. But through official secrecy and ridicule, many citizens are led to believe the unknown flying objects are nonsense."
Admiral Roscoe Hillenkoetter, former CIA Director (1960)