At least six impossible things before breakfast...
- Book details plot to steal Abe Lincoln's body. Stealing Lincoln's Body by Thomas J. Craughwell is available from Amazon US and UK).
- John Edward loves Australians. Dead right mate.
- Australia's aborigines came out of Africa some 55,000 years ago.
- Think you know what aliens look like?
- Cryptomundo has posted some stills from an upcoming Loch Ness Monster movie.
- Cynical skeptic Michael Shermer tells of how he was abducted by aliens (YouTube video).
- One step closer to invisible cloaking.
- Dealing with insomnia? Whack yourself upside the head with a magnetic stimulator for a good night's sleep. Reading the disclaimer (very quickly), "warning, trans-cranial stimulation may also provoke savant abilities or lead to meetings with God".
- Is peer review stifling science?
- Scientists get closer to secrets of prion disease.
- Oral sex can cause throat cancer. Not sure if they've factored in the after-sex cigarette smoking there...
- Is it possible to be inhumane to robots?
- Gene mutation linked to cognition found only in humans.
- Does electro-shock treatment rejuvenate the brain?
- Egyptians, not Greeks, were the true fathers (or mothers) of medicine.
- Incas crossed canyons on fibre suspension bridges.
- Pentacle markers finally in place for Wiccan soldiers.
- Illuminating the origins of modern culture's colours.
Quote of the Day:
It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards.
Lewis Carroll ('Through the Looking Glass')
Plenty of good stuff to be getting on with today. Post your thoughts.
- Many scientists are convinced that man can see the future.
- Is the IPCC doing harm to science? The great global warming swindle.
- Was Timothy Leary right?
- The Morgellons mystery.
- America: Freedom to Fascism.
- Mercury may have a molten core?
- Martian pole has enough water to cover the planet with an 11 metre deep ocean.
- Gut almighty.
- Graham Hancock: raider of the lost ark.
- Super heavy element 112 behaves like one of the family.
- Lava cooks up nanotubes.
- Ancient Australians were a people apart. Some would say they are now.
- Star dies in monstrous explosion.
- Venus double vortex evolves over time.
- Unearthing the final secrets of Herod the Great.
- The conspiracy theorists may be close to the truth.
- Eating to cure disease.
- Dust devils: prediction confirmed.
Quote of the Day:
The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.
CIA black ops have taken out Kat's computer. I've barricaded the door and have managed to get today's news briefs out to you...
- The New Yorker goes in-depth on the Antikythera Mechanism.
- Tsunami swamped England 400 years ago.
- Mathematicians design invisible tunnel. I have this vision of a Monty Python-esque situation, with John Cleese in a lab pointing at nothing and saying "there it is!".
- Chandra sees brightest supernova ever.
- Forget swamp gas, these days UFOs can be explained by glowing golf balls.
- Hunting party to chase Nessie with mini-sub-cams.
- Meanwhile, researchers surprised to find common toad at the bottom of Loch Ness. Unless it's 10 metres long, I don't think that's the answer.
- Redefining death.
- Man seeks compensation after spending all his money due to an incorrect diagnosis of a terminal illness.
- US to outlaw genetic prejudice.
- Europe rejects Monsanto GM patent.
- Alan Boyle listens to the music of the genes at Cosmic Log.
- Canadian poppy coin gets US Army seeing spies.
- 3D printers headed for the home.
- Searching for the giant, chicken-eating spiders of the Amazon. It's when they come through the drive-through at KFC asking for a family bucket that we should start being concerned...
- Europe bans most severe animal tests for cosmetics.
- Native American DNA found in UK. I actually tripped over some last time I was in London, it's lying about all over the place.
- Spiders make home in boy's ear. At least it stopped the dreadful buzzing that fly was making.
- Russian Fortean researcher Yuriy Morozov passes away, aged 55.
- Does video show UFO crash at White Sands?
- Paul McCartney and David Bowie set to contact aliens (without the use of LSD).
Thanks Rick and Loren.
Quote of the Day:
The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.
Lots of archaeology today, dig in.
- Explorers have discovered a treasure trove of centuries-old Buddhist murals in a remote part of Nepal, thanks to a shepherd who took shelter in the caves.
- Should Harvard graduate Liesl Clark be credited for the discovery? Nup, the Nepalese shepherd wins the cookie.
- A wooden block retrieved from the submerged ruins of Dwaraka will be carbon-dated and could provide an age for this ancient city by the Arabian Sea.
- The Khampa people in the wild east of Tibet live a relaxed lifestyle that has so far avoided the paranoid authority of China.
- The world's tallest Buddhist pagoda, almost 154 metres high, has been rebuilt in China. Lucky Bruce Lee didn't have to fight his way up that one.
- The May issue of FATE magazine has a brilliant article by Paul Stonehill discussing the mysteries of a remote valley in Sichuan Province. A whole audience disappeared halfway through a screening of The Fog remake.
- The intrepid Paul Stonehill is everywhere, investigating the enigmatic Golden Woman of Ugra in Western Siberia.
- Archaeologists have excavated a 1'300-year-old skeleton together with precious jewels in a Bolivian pyramid, miraculously missed by looters.
- Mind-blowing photo gallery of ruins and monoliths found at mysterious Tiwanaku.
- The Israel Museum has unveiled an incredible 2'200-year-old stele that provides insight into the story of Heliodorus and the Temple in Jerusalem.
- An archaeologist in the UK was surprised to find an 18th century sword whilst diving in a river. But he can't expect to wield supreme executive power just because some watery tart threw a sword at him.
- A 500-pound boulder decorated in centuries-old petroglyphs has been stolen from federal land in Arizona. Where were you last weekend, Gary? ;)
- Video report of evidence that the eruption of Santorini 3'500-years-ago not only destroyed the Minoan civilisation on Crete, but devastated parts of Egypt.
- A Here Be Dragons! exhibit studies dragon myths across the globe, and the origin of the infamous cartography warning.
- What do pages 81-82 of an Air Force communications manual order pilots to look for between 3'000 and 22'000 nautical miles above the Earth?
- A video news report revisits the Chicago O'Hare UFO incident.
- Mutilated cattle drained of blood and bearing no wound marks are no bull, with hundreds and perhaps thousands reported worldwide each year.
- A recently published academic paper from the US Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center has cold fusion skeptics out in the cold.
- Britain's leading scientists accuse the US oil company ExxonMobil of secretly funding groups to undermine the scientific consensus on climate change.
- In the library of painter Robert Lenkiewicz (who died in 2002), opening a 16th-century book on witchcraft could land you a pressed mummified Elizabethan frog. Kat's already packed her Hogwarts uniform and is booking a flight to the UK right now.
- A short piece on the myth of the Basque Witches, burnt at the stake in 1610.
- A Chicago man legally purchases human skulls on Ebay, but police say reports are false that they found one boiling in a pot.
- Doug Skinner says he is the first poor soul to translate Giovanni Battista Nazari's Three Dreams on Metallic Transmutation.
- Scientists are closer to understanding Fibonacci spirals in nature.
Quote of the Day
Sir Bedevere: What makes you think she's a witch?
Peasant: She turned me into a newt!
Sir Bedevere: A newt?
Peasant: [pauses, embarrassed] ... I got better.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Silence is golden...
- Pterodactyl spotted flying over New Guinea? Not so fast, says Loren Coleman.
- The mainstream media catches up with us TDG folk on the British MoD UFO story.
- PEAR Lab scientists send an open letter to the parapsychological community.
- Philadelphia psychics get thrown a lifeline, although the dodgy characters amongst them might want to read carefully as to why.
- Twenty most amazing coincidences.
- CNN talks to futurist Ray Kurzweil about...the future.
- SETI tries to get a grip on alien culture.
- Mars ice patchy, and water cycle quite active, according to study.
- First trial of gene therapy to restore human sight.
- No wonder Dubya's having trouble in Iraq - he forgot to send in the 1000-foot high remote controlled robots...
- Ape behaviour suggests human language started with gestures, not speech.
- Solving Einstein's puzzles. Heck, I can't even work out the sudoku in the newspaper, so I'm not going anywhere near Mr E=mc2.
- Pyramids of Giza in peril.
- Saving Machu Picchu.
- The mystery of Easter Island.
- Ireland halts Tara highway project after archaeological find. No mention of the army of fairy folk that spirited away the work crew...
- And: Return of the Sun Cult. Also: the New World's oldest calendar. It's a sacred site smorgasbord today.
- Why is everyone down on the pharm?
- It seems Nemo could have found his own way home.
- Ontario goes solar.
- Melting Greenland ice could raise ocean seven meters. Sing it Maynard...
Quote of the Day:
Learn to swim, learn to swim.
from "Aenema", by TOOL
Silence is golden...
- You only live twice. Hunting down the reincarnated rich and famous. Shame documentary producers can't find the time to track down the real reincarnation researchers.
- Forbes has a pictorial essay on the Top 10 Sinister Secret Societies.
- Scientists find clues to the formation of Fibonacci spirals in nature.
- Physicists connect string theory with established physics.
- Rare skeleton and jewels found in Bolivian pyramid at Tiwanaku.
- 'Woodhenge' at Fort Ancient raises interest in ritual past.
- Is it an inconvenient truth that Al Gore believes Adam and Eve lived 200,000 years ago?
- Study finds people suffering Gulf War Syndrome have a 5% reduction in brain size.
- New nukes are good nukes. US takes first steps to creating first nuclear warheads in twenty years.
- NG video story: Killer Whales being blasted by US Navy sonar?
- Next generation toys read brain waves.
- Mind Hacks has a good round-up and commentary on the latest 'marijuana causes psychosis' news.
- The language you speak may affect how you see the world.
- Female ducks evolve combat genitalia to fend off unwelcome males.
- Could 'Solar Oxygen Crisis' have devastating ramifications for the fundamentals of space science?
- NASA denies snubbing Russian Moon offer.
- Do cosmic forces control life on Earth? Not nearly as metaphysical as it sounds, but an interesting story nonetheless.
Quote of the Day:
The cosmic ballet goes on.
Leonard Nimoy (in 'The Simpsons')
Went AWOL last week. Just goes to show how little control one can have over ones own life. But I won’t claim the right. Post your thoughts.
- To treat the dead.
- Orwell rolls in his grave.
- Death and sex in space.
- JFK murder plot death bed confession aired on national radio.
- You only live twice.
- The man who came back from the dead.
- What people say may not be what they know.
- New nukes are good nukes?
- Apes may lead to origin of language.
- Two black holes?
- Big brother microphones could supplement CCTV cameras in UK.
- USA and Russia start cold war over the moon.
- Memory: a simple solution.
Quote of the Day:
Evil when we are in its power is not felt as evil but as a necessity, or even a duty.
Two, four, six, eight, bog in, don't wait.
- Reports from soldiers in Iraq paint a different picture to what Bushco spins. Excellent article from the UK's Independent newspaper.
- The rich found guilty of relatively minor offences are staying in private five-star jails, if they know the right people.
- Banning the building of new homes and schools within 60 metres of electricity pylons would dramatically reduce the occurence of childhood leukaemia, a UK report says. I'm glad I grew up within spitting distance of three power stations.
- Oddball schemes for tackling global warming, including a giant sunshade in orbit, will be rejected by UN experts this week. I saw the giant sunshade on The Simpsons.
- More than 100'000 people in rural India have benefited from an innovative loan scheme that helps families buy home solar power systems.
- Here's a terrific orbital photograph showing the entire Earth lit up by electricity.
- Future Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd is offering a $300 million plan involving interest-free loans to households converting to green power.
- The largest earthquake in the UK since 2002 has shaken parts of Kent.
- The US Navy was recently granted a patent for a cavitation weapon that uses sonar.
- Grey whales in the eastern Pacific are disappearing, and scientists think it's because of a lack of food.
- The legend of an eight-foot-long 800-pound wild pig named Hogzilla, shot in Georgia USA, will be made into a horror movie. I guess no one remembers the 1984 aussie flick Razorback.
- Adding to the mystery of disappearing bee colonies, millions of bees are also missing in Taiwan.
- People with migraines may also be suffering from brain damage, as brain cells swell and become starved of oxygen.
- Researchers hope to bypass the normal routes of bionics with video cameras set deep into the brain, allowing the blind to see.
- Nanotechnology is showing promise in treating spinal cord injuries and could eventually reverse paralysis.
- A British woman wears a metallic veil to protect herself from severe allergic reactions to electropollution caused by electrical appliances, WiFi and mobile phones.
- New mind-reading technology could revolutionise games and entertainment; or turns us all into mindless zombie slaves of [insert Multinational Corporation logo here].
- Sony is in big trouble for using a freshly slaughtered goat and topless women at a promotional party launching the new video game God of War II (Amazon US or UK). Sony defends itself. I hope I get invited to the promotional party for Age of Conan.
- A Dutch man has built a half-sized replica of Noah's Ark, complete with model animals. Tours are completely booked out for the year 2012.
- The Palestinian Authority's Department of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage is striving to have the famous ruins of Tel es-Sultan included on the World Heritage List.
- Archaeologists have discovered the place where Trojan hero Aeneas is believed to have first set foot in Italy.
- Ancient Roman artworks 1900-years-old have been discovered underneath an Italian restaurant in London.
- Excavations of a 3200-year-old cemetery in Iran have revealed humans and animals were buried together alongside clay vessels.
- Archaeologists have discovered a 2500-year-old tomb in China containing more than 40 coffins made of a rare wood called nanmu.
- Mexican archaeologists found the remains of two women and a man that could be more than 10'000-years-old, in the Mayan area of Tulum.
- An interesting article discussing the origins of otherworldly beings in myth and prehistory.
- NASA scientists believe they have found a way to predict the colour of plants on planets in other solar systems. Or they could just ask extraterrestrial visitors.
- Gyrochronology is a new method for accurately determining the ages of field stars based on their rotational rates. Not to be confused with gyrobotoxology, a technique that can determine the real age of Hollywood stars.
- A robotic probe designed to explore an Antarctic lake could be the ideal tool to explore Europa and other icy moons.
- The ashes of Star Trek actor James Doohan have been launched into space from a private spaceport in New Mexico. Live long and prosper, Scotty.
- An Australian woman is the first person to book a seat aboard Virgin Galactic.
- The Queen of England plans to stop by for a cup of tea at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center when she visits the USA in May. Advice to American tea-makers: boil the water in a kettle, don't just pour it from the hot water tap!
- The head of Russia's space agency says the USA has snubbed an offer to jointly explore the moon, but announced a separate contract with NASA for nearly US$1billion.
- After the announcement of a Goldilocks planet last week comes the problem of working out how to get to a planet 20 light years from Earth. One name: Robert Bigelow.
- Astrobiology magazine discusses the Goldilocks Zone, the Eldorado of exobiology.
- A World War II veteran talks about his encounters with Foo Fighters. Dave Grohl looks good for his age.
- Brendan Burton of the Open Minds Forum discusses whether the Guernsey UFO encounter is part of the extraterrestrial Disclosure show, or military technology.
- Is this a photograph of the Guernsey UFOs, taken by a passenger?
- The very colourful Cosmos magazine has a new online serialised novel by acclaimed scifi author Damien Broderick and his wife Barbara Lamar.
- Broderick has an excellent new nonfiction book coming out soon, Outside the Gates of Science: Why It's Time for the Paranormal to Come In from the Cold (Amazon US or UK).
- For New Age tourism, you still need to pack clean underwear to visit sacred sites and partake in metaphysical activities.
Quote of the Day:
I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them.
If I took a zero-G flight, I'm sure I'd be the one to put the 'vomit' in the 'comet'...
- Stephen Hawking takes non-gravity flight on the 'vomit comet'. Also: Hawking says 'space is our future'.
- New planet find gets British bookies worried about their odds of finding extraterrestrial life.
- Sun's next cycle of fury delayed.
- The Hubble Space Telescope turns 17, and gives you a present.
- And for more space eye candy: STEREO gives more 3D looks at the Sun.
- (Non)-pwnage news? New intelligence honcho to shut down Pentagon data-gathering program (TALON), citing the intelligence community's long history of 'well-intended' abuse of civil liberties. Props for the encouraging words from Clapper, although I can't imagine the program disappearing altogether if it was effective in any way.
- Search for alien life gets serious.
- Commercial airline pilot spots two UFOs.
- Local Catholic officials say Orange County 'crying Mary statue' is a natural phenomenon.
- Are the bees being wiped out by a fungus?
- Dogs show human-like learning ability. They throw paper planes from the back of the class?
- Searching for the secrets of the Knights Templar.
- New layer of ancient Greek writings detected in medieval book.
- Iran dam project threatens tomb of Cyrus the Great.
- British "Noah's Ark" project passes billion plant mark.
- Volcanic eruptions linked to ancient global warming.
- 'Real' 3D gaming and television on the threshold?
- Scientists unveil Internet-controlled robots that anyone can build.
- Scottish scientists to build robot village.
- Were pets deliberately poisoned?
- Japanese asteroid probe begins return journey to Earth.
- Fusion energy breakthrough at Sandia Labs.
- Stanford scientists make major breakthrough in regenerative medicine. I'd imagine jelly babies are involved.
- Italian researcher says real-life Spidermen are possible. He just can't help out with the Kirsten Dunst part...
- If you're on the lookout for some quick cash, why not start searching for some exotic whale poo. Sure, it doesn't glitter like gold, but...
Quote of the Day:
Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job..
Short news today on account of spending the day with my boy Phoenix, who turned four today. Happy Birthday little dude!
- New super-Earth found, which may have running water.
- A slain Judaic Messiah who was resurrected in three days? You might think you know the story, but...not so.
- Has Zahi found a tomb containing Alexander the Great, Antony and Cleopatra?
- (In a seamless seque)...meanwhile, Shakespeare has managed to rest in peace, apparently due to the curse left inscribed on his tombstone. I see some pay per view action coming up - "the Bard vs Zahi: Come, thou mortal wretch".
- The A-Team reunites - to talk to a dead George Peppard. I pity the fools!
- Stanton Friedman has little patience for the nasty, noisy negativists in ufology.
- Will April 13th, 2036 be a very bad day?
- 'Space tourist' Charles Simonyi gets reacquainted with gravity.
- Towering mystery fossil turns out to be a humongous fungus - a shroom with a view.
- Scientists crack the beer-froth enigma.
- Researcher says prayer does work.
- Mick Jagger tells how he saw a UFO back in the 60s. The brown acid lingers on...
- Paul Kimball's UFO documentary Best Evidence set for premiere. Looks like a good one.
Quote of the Day:
Lord, what fools these mortals be!
Shakespeare ('A Midsummer's Night Dream')