Surgeon General's Warning: Failing to read the TDG’s News Briefs on a regular basis might shorten your life expectancy (I’m not kidding).
- Higher education associated with greater gains in mortality reduction from common cancers. See?? One day you’re gonna thank Greg from saving you from a colonoscopy ;-)
- ”Medical Castration” may harm, not help, prostate cancer patients. More research is needed but lack of volunteers is frustrating the scientists.
- Fish fossils plug hole in evolutionary theory, which might explain why so many scientists have never actually read “The Origin of the Species”.
- Alan Boyle asks: What color was that dinosaur? Because we all know Barney was the work of a crackhead… or Satan himself.
- Japanese scientists create artificial DNA. Must be second nature to them, with all that origami training and all ;-)
- The ability to predict a quake has just gotten a big step closer.
- Giving your brain a jolt can increase learning ability. Come on!! We in Mexico already knew that a long time ago :-P
- Canada, Mexico and the United States are cooperating to protect and conserve the monarch butterfly. If NAFTA is any indication… the poor bug is doomed :-(
- ”Parle vouz Sparrow?” Migrating birds understand "foreign languages".
- Newsflash: Water! On the Moon! Still looking for cheese though.
- Arthur C. Clarke: Visionary astrobiologist, or alien in disguise? You be the judge.
- XXIst Century’s robotic technology is no better than you at scraping off ice from the side-walk,.
- On the trail of Nazi criminal Aribert Heim, better known as “Doctor Death”. Maybe he’s hanging out with Dr. Feelgood?
- Meteor sighting sparks UFO panic in Israel. Better a rock from the sky than a rocket from Iran.
- The public are in denial, says British UFO investigator. NO WE AREN’T!!!!
- Anglicans vote in favour of women bishops, which has caused some heart attacks back in Rome— salvation of the souls is a man’s game, dammit!
- Obama votes “yes” to wiretapping bill that shields phone companies. No comment (they might be listening).
- Russia’s government behind former KGB agent Litvinenko’s death (video). Even more shocking: Dogs have four legs (!).
- The Economics of Conspiracy Theories.
- The economists think Wall*E is the Antichrist, while the Disney’s accountants think Wall*E is a saint.
- A demolition man has just found a treasure from Middle Earth.
- 84 years after his death, Kafka’s papers are set to be released, and a bidding war has already erupted.
Thanks to my 3 amigos: Rick, Kat & Greg.
Quote of the Day
” One must not judge the utility of a work by the style the author has chosen: often puerile things are said gravely, while very serious truths are said with bantering wit.”
Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de La Brède et de Montesquieu
I can't believe the news today, Oh I can't close my eyes and make it go away...
- G8 leaders discuss global food crisis over eight-course banquet. To be fair, Dubya didn't touch the pretzels.
- Citizens group in San Francisco wants sewage treatment plant named after Dubya.
- US government official wants taser bracelets on all air passengers. The Governator will issue a press statement about a reality remake of The Running Man soon.
- A real-life Danny Deckchair flies in an armchair held aloft by balloons.
- Photo gallery of the ugliest bug faces. They're crawling all over you right now.
- Do octopuses have a favourite tentacle? Cthulhu is left-tentacled?!
- Nessie filmed in front of Urquhart Castle, Scotland!
- Endangered Tasmanian Devil sighted in Queensland? It may have been Greg celebrating the State of Origin.
- Nick Redfern alerts us to the Medway Monster, an eel-like creature 30-feet long.
- Which segues to Nick's spiffy new book, There's Something In The Woods (Amazon US & UK). What does Bigfoot do in the woods when nobody's around?
- Secret Agent 666: Aleister Crowley, British Intelligence and the occult (Amazon US & UK). Somehow I can't see him using a shoe-phone.
- There's trouble brewing in the UK between spiritualist organisations.
- Welsh police say UFO was just a bad moon rising.
- Billy Cox is bleary-eyed from watching DVDs all night looking for clues to Hollywood knowledge of extraterrestrials. He watched My Stepmom Is An Alien five times.
- Brad Steiger examines anomalous archaeological artifacts. Worlds Before Our Own (Amazon US & UK).
- Could Atlantis be in Bolivia? It's like the island from Lost.
- Ancient royal burial ground discovered near Abydos, Egypt .
- UNESCO has added new sites to its world heritage list, including a Hindu temple in Cambodia embroiled in controversy.
- More controversial is a stone tablet dating to the first century BC, a scholar claiming the Hebrew text describes a prophecy of a messiah who will rise from the dead, written in ink just decades before the birth of JC. Dan Brown can't make it up.
- The Zuni enigma (Amazon US & UK): a Native American link to Japan?
Thanks Greg and Kat.
Quote of the Day:
Suddenly, from behind the rim of the moon, in long, slow-motion moments of immense majesty, there emerges a sparkling blue and white jewel, a light, delicate sky-blue sphere laced with slowly swirling veils of white, rising gradually like a small pearl in a thick sea of black mystery. It takes more than a moment to fully realize this is Earth . . . home.
Apollo Astronaut Edgar Mitchell
Who's a dinosaur?
- How disasters help.
- 911 third tower mystery supposedly solved.
- Larry King: Roswell truth debated.
- More mystery space machines.
- Secret report: biofuel caused food crisis.
- Uncovering stone circle's secrets.
- Hearing meteors: the conspiracy.
- Twinkle, twinkle, electric star.
- The ark of the covenant. part 1, part 2 and part 3.
- Pangaea ate itself.
- Our readiness not to be dinosaurs.
- A rapid rise for the Andes.
- Would I pull that switch?
- The Sirius lore.
Quote of the Day:
The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.
Our dear Greg - what a mensch! It only took a wife, three kids, and ten years of single-handedly footing all the bills for TDG to persuade him, finally, to ask all of us to pitch in. But apparently, residual ambivalence still wouldn't allow him to 'sticky' his recent plea for our financial support of TDG to the top of the homepage. So, in case you missed it on July 1st, here's a link to his post Funding the Future After Ten Years of TDG.
- Debate ignited by tablet, dated to the decades just before the birth of Jesus, which speaks of a messiah who will rise from the dead after three days. If they had watched Zeitgeist, The Movie (minutes 14 - 24), these scholars wouldn't find this symbology so surprising.
- Astronomers throw doubt on date for Julius Caesar's invasion of Britain.
- Royal burial ground found in Egypt.
- Ancient Peruvian tomb unearthed.
- Pockmarked Earth: Chicken Little was right.
- Voyager spacecraft reveals Solar System edge.
- Messenger spacecraft shows smallest planet in the Solar System has become even smaller.
- Research involving the smallest atom and one of the smallest molecules shows the way energy is transferred at the molecular scale is fundamentally different than previously thought.
- Are we about to enter a new age for dirigibles?
- Want to fly? Don't copy the birds and the bees. I see what they mean.
- Powering your house via your curtains?
- Sharp unveils solar-powered LCD television -- for the 1.6 billion people who live in areas without utility-supplied electricity.
- Scientists discover how herpes virus hides in trigeminal nerves, and are testing a way to smoke it out so it can be eradicated. This may turn out to be good news for Alzheimer's research.
- Human sperm: now of mice and men.
- The father of Dana Scully has passed away. You know the guy...Major Briggs, who helped uncover the entrance to the Black Lodge in Twin Peaks. Then went up in rank to General, changed his name to George Hammond, and headed up the USAF's Stargate Command. Also known in real life as Don S. Davis.
- University of North Texas tests metallic fragments found in cemetery as part of UFO hunt into the infamous Aurora incident. Forget the price of fuel - that's a news headline!
- Come stay at the Roswell resort: It's out of this world.
- Faceless 'aliens' spotted in crowd at Wimbledon.
- Incredible sand drawing spans three miles of desert.
- How a goat named Luck changed a life. If you'd like to change more lives for the better, you can donate at Heifer International, or make a micro-loan at Kiva.org.
- Hitting out at what he terms the moral corruption of the medical industry, Nobel Laureate Sir John Sulston says medical profits are taking precedence over the needs of patients.
- Upstairs, downstairs: As the super-rich get even richer, a historian wonders, will social cohesion disintegrate?
- The Piper Alpha explosion was the world's worst off-shore oil disaster. Only now, 20 years on, are the traumatised survivors finally able to tell the horrifying story. Stephen McGinty's Fire in the Night: The Piper Alpha Disaster, published July 4, will soon be available at Amazon US & is available now at Amazon UK.
- How America is snooping on YOU, and may soon be snooping a whole lot more.
- Big pharma's frenzy to develop Cannabis-based meds.
- Over the past forty years, the US government has spent $2.5 trillion on the war on some drugs: A look at who benefits. Make that, $2.5 trillion plus the opportunity costs of the US ban on the cultivation of industrial hemp.
Big thanks to Greg for contributing a bunch of today's news.
Quote of the Day:
DynaSoar: You're remembering the Journal of Irreproducible Research, and you're misremembering the details.
The JIR was purchased by Blackwell Scientific. The staff had a hard time reproducing the good results they had working with their previous publisher, and indeed producing anything at all. The staff quit, and formed AIR.
kalirion: You mean Journal of Irreproducible Results.
DynaSoar: Of course I do. I was published in that too, so I misremember it accurately.
Read what I mean, not what I write. Oh, you already did.
DynaSoar and kalirion, somewhere on the web.
I can’t believe the news today…
- Fireball in the Los Angeles sky remains a mystery. More here.
- As if the real ones aren’t bad enough… Fake pesticides: illegal chemicals in counterfeit products sold in Europe.
- Planetary headlines from the Messenger spacecraft: Mercury is shrinking. More here from Nat. Geo. about volcanoes and magnetic fields on Mercury.
- Awesome near-Earth asteroid graphics
- Thailand's Administrative Court handed down an injunction against the Thai cabinet's endorsement of Cambodia's bid to propose the Preah Vihear temple as a World Heritage site, because such support "might undermine Thailand's future standing on a territorial dispute." Photo of said temple.
- Syria unearths 2300 year old pharoanic engraving.
- The ten worst moments of the Bush presidency.
- Obama backs "faith-based initiatives", and enrages atheist voters.
- Two kids in Spain admitted to mental health institution for the growing problem of mobile phone addiction. Srsly noobz.
- In other childish news... A kid in Sweden has caused political controversy by not inviting two of his classmates to his birthday party.
- Using causality to solve the puzzle of space-time.
- A former miner who’d never picked up a brush hears ‘spirit voices’ and creates ‘spirit paintings’, now on display in Paris.
- Pwnage news - FBI's next generation ID database to store face scans.
- Water-boarding is not a new Olympic event, but…China apparently inspired interrogations at Guantánamo.
- Super atoms turn periodic table upside down.
- The biblical allegories of Pixar's Wall-E.
- Right-Wings Apoplectic Over Pixar's WALL-E: 'Malthusian Fear Mongering,' 'Fascistic Elements'.
- David Byrne: From Talking Heads to musical buildings.
- NASA considers development of student-led 'Satellite Initiative'.
- Foreign security guards in Iraq — read Blackwater & Co. — may lose immunity.
- In space, someone can hear you scream. And by “you” I mean “Earth”…
- The shape of asteroids and space-rocks explained?
- And what would Independence Day be without an alien interview. Because vampires, ghosts and goblins are so passé…
- Green fireworks? Scientist work to build a better roman candle.
Huuuuuge thanks to Greg, Rick, Kat and RPJ… Happy July 4th!
Quote of the Day:
It's an amazing thing to think that ours is the first generation in history that really can end extreme poverty, the kind that means a child dies for lack of food in its belly. We have the science, the technology, and the wealth. What we don't have is the will, and that's not a reason that history will accept....
"The past is history, the future a mystery, but this moment is a gift…that’s why it’s called present"…That was some brainy turtle. Cool moves too.
- Justice from Beyond: Spirit message convicts paedophile.
- Vatican to probe Medjugorje 'Virgin Mary' apparitions.
- Pregnant women get morning sickness to protect fetus. Yet ANOTHER thing I will get bribed for on Mother’s Day…Sheeesh!
- Michelangelo Mangano—theoretical physicist at Europe’s CERN—discusses with Cosmic Log’s Alan Boyle the benefits of Black Holes (goodbye credit card debt!)
- Space probes show that the edge of the solar system is dented, not round. Which shows God was a reckless driver in His/Her youth.
- 100 years after Tunguska, it’s time for a protection plan—but wasn’t that the REAL purpose of Reagan’s Star Wars?
- The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) is 40 years old. The world is still choke-full of nukes, but we are still here so that should count for something.
- Biofuels: A nice concept in the theory; but in the real world, you need to take the weather into account.
- Extinction risks vastly underestimated. Or maybe it’s our ‘intelligence’ what’s vastly OVERestimated?
- The latest Olympic nightmare for China: Algae bloom—What’s next, LOCUST?
- ”… And all I ask is a tall telescope, and a planet to steer her by”. New planet points the way for ET hunters.
- University of North Texas checks authenticity of 100-year-old UFO story.
- Buckminster Fuller & his amazing Dymaxion plans.
- Cyber-smearing—how unfounded rumours and disinformation spread online by a handful of individuals can sway a nation.
- Move over Iceland! Denmark is now the happiest country in the world—I suspect your bear-killing tendencies was the culprit. But don’t feel bad, America; you may not be the happiest, but you sure are the highest! ;-)
- 9/11 hero to be cloned. No, not a fireman… a dog.
- Washington’s boyhood home is found. Lincoln’s gold is still missing.
- 5000 year old Stone Age house found in England. Nice façade, and a good view, but no satellite dish?? This lemon will never sell ;-)
- The key to Stradivarius’ secret has finally been solved. Now about that Paganini dude…
- Cronenberg’s Fly goes to the opera. Maybe one day they’ll do the same with Ghostbusters, or The Planet of the Apes… Oh, wait!
- 'Hellboy' taps into ancient irish folklore. Hmmm… I didn’t know the old celtic gods fancied Mexican beer.
- Five superpowers from the Bible that put Marvel & DC to shame. Stan Lee vs Jehovah… tough call!
- Harry Potter 'deluxe' first edition set goes for $US35,000. That's not even 'real' first editions folks. Hold on to those 'Darklore Volume 1' hardcovers—US$160.40 on Amazon!—some day they’ll put your grandchildren through college.
Thanks to Rick, Greg & Kat.
Quote of the Day:
”I strongly suspect there is a strong correlation between peace and happiness.”
Ronald Inglehart, political scientist at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research (and the greatest mind of our time IMO, for coming up with such insight)
In recent months my PC blew up, my mobile died and the repairman can't figure out why, my television stopped working, my mp3 player plays weird distorted sounds, my new Mac has faulty screen resolution, and the cat is looking at me like it's all my fault.
- New clinical trial praises beneficial effects of psilocybin mushrooms. Indigenous shaman around the world roll their eyes and say, "Duh!"
- Mad to live, mad to be saved, mad for mushrooms (with delicious recipes!). This humble fungus is a superfood.
- Rituals of the Andes: terrific feature on ayahuasca shamanism and Andean culture.
- Paintings by Augustin Lesage, a miner who had never painted before in his life and said he was guided by spirit beings, are on display in Paris.
- Salman Rushdie and the Renaissance, the fantastic, and the power of beauty. The Enchantress of Florence (Amazon US or UK).
- Good sailing, Ahab: Don S. Davis, 1942 - 2008. Best known for his roles in Twin Peaks and Stargate, he played Agent Scully's father in one of the best episodes of the X-Files, Beyond the Sea.
- Madame Marie, the psychic made famous by Bruce Springsteen, has passed to the other side aged 93. Her craft continues through the next generation of clairsentients.
- Since these tv interviews with Donald Keyhoe 50 years ago, have we advanced our understanding of UFOs? Still has the 'U' in it.
- Royal Navy engineer sees disc-shaped UFO above M5.
- Welsh 'Roswell' witness breaks his silence after 34 years.
- Here's an update on the cold-fusion demonstration in Japan a few weeks ago.
- About 330ft underground in Switzerland, it's about to reach absolute zero.
- Scientists reassure us there's nothing to fear from the world's biggest atom smasher. Got your trusty crowbar ready, RPJ?
- If scientists don't know what to expect from the LHC, how can we be so sure there's nothing to be worried about? Don't panic!
- Good news everyone! Stephen Hawking has an explosive new theory on the creation of the universe.
- I have some bad news, everyone: the unknown risks of nanotechnology.
- Accidental fungus may become promising cancer drug.
- Happy 150th birthday, Darwinian evolution! Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, you smell like a monkey, and you're descended from one too.
- The U.S. removes Nelson Mandela from their terrorist list as an early birthday present. You should see the presents they bring to bar mitzvahs.
- Bill Moyers -- it was oil all along.
Thanks Greg and Kat.
Quote of the Day:
Science may set limits to knowledge, but should not set limits to imagination.
A few crumbs short of a fruitcake...
- Ancient crashed UFO claimed to be from the dinosaur age.
- My strangest UFO abduction case.
- Tunguska event at 100. More here.
- Get out of your own way
- The motives that ought to encourage us to the sciences.
- Yellow science.
- OOBEs and grasping the ungraspable.
- Invention: jet engine silencer.
- Planet's magnetic field varies much faster than expected.
- Forget viagra, eat watermelon.
- Japanese firm offers weddings in space. Next it will be divorces.
- Cancer cells revert to normal at specific signal threshold, researchers find.
- Saturn's thermogenic vertex.
- Your brain can lie to you.
Quote of the Day:
As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand.
Kat's away at a not-so-secret cat conference for a feline new world order, but she still managed to find half of today's news.
- Loren Coleman gives us an update on his fight to save the cryptozoology museum.
- Was shamanic astral traveling involved in the Nazca lines? I was pondering the same thing last week. Alas, Evan Hadingham's Lines to the Mountain Gods is out of print (wink wink, Greg).
- UFOs buzzed a family's home recently in northern Australia, but were they F-35Bs? I'd drive up there to find out, but Greg's closer.
- Central Australia is a hotbed of UFO sightings, with the secretive US base PIne Gap in the middle of it all. Crikey, it's Steve Irwin meets David Icke!
- Can aboriginal myths of sky people be linked to UFOs in Australia?
- On your marks, get set... GO! Buzz Aldrin warns America must invest in NASA or lose space exploration to Russia and China.
- After decades insisting they're safe, the US has issued health warnings for mercury tooth fillings. I can't receive Coast To Coast, just a Mexican folk music station.
- Research suggests marijuana is a powerful medicine -- but it toasts your memory.
- A zombie tale of old New Orleans, with eyes to die for.
- Texas Supreme Court throws out case against exorcism.
- Five psychological experiments that prove humanity is doomed.
- Researchers at Harvard, MIT, and Yale have found evidence that meditation can alter the physical structure of our brains. Om.
- Helping cyclone victims has rejuvenated Burma's buddhist monks.
- Snow leopards survive 30 years of war in Aghanistan, only to face a new threat.
- Amazing photos of thousands of stingrays migrating to new waters.
- The disappearance of bees poses a disaster for us all.
- Inspiring photo of a wildlife officer saving a drowning bear. Get him a job in Iceland.
- Paris is 3000 years older than previously thought, and the celebrity isn't happy.
- Aztec whistles of death. I heard that whistle in Kill Bill 1.
- Egyptologists find ancient painted coffins, some dating to the 13th century BC.
- Looters have taken all but one relic from an ancient Hindu temple in Pakistan.
- Happy birthday to Nelson Mandela, who turned 90 years young last week and is passing the baton for the fight against poverty and oppression to those more able.
Thanks Greg, Kat, and our feline overlords.
Quote of the Day:
Every age has its massive moral blind spots. We might not see them, but our children will.
"I always question the received reality. The consensus reality is often potentially misleading…"
- Last Sunday, the one and only George Carlin made his grand exit. The world may never be as funny, observantly deconstructed or well-skewered… Thanks for the decades of laughter, Rufus…
- Martian soil comparable to grandma’s veggie garden? More here.
- Back from the future, it’s the steampunk desk.
- Did an object collide with the Earth in ancient times, creating a haven for life with it’s impact?
- Something wicked this way comes? The Search for Extra-Terrestrial Artifacts and 1991 VG.
- Just how smart is the octopus?All hail our cephalopod overlords...
- Rain on Mars? Sounds like a forgotten ELO album.
- Hidden area beneath Antarctic ice where Hitler's hidden base is located,
revealed? Even *that* would’ve made a better Indiana Jones movie…
- Japan Airlines plans biofuel test flight. Engineers fear the jet fumes might attract Godzilla. Mothra called in to consult.
- Melbourne's graffiti to be considered for heritage protection. So they’re protecting it from… MORE graffiti?
- Pubs in Yorkshire have banned hats so CCTV can more easily identify people. Try doing that in Texas.
- Wars around the globe have killed three times more people during the second half of the 20th century than previously estimated. Whoops.
- India has rolled out its first electric-powered car, the REVAi, and Norway plans to sell its own in the USA in 2009.
Big Danke Schöen to Greg, Rick and RPJ…
Quote of the Day:
“The very existence of flamethrowers proves that some time, somewhere, someone said to themselves, "You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I'm just not close enough to get the job done...”