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News Briefs 12-12-2006

Today's news leans heavily towards the strange. Put on your tin foil hat and venture on in, brave explorer...

  • Twenty years on, the pilot of JAL1628 still doesn't know what he saw. He only knows he paid a price for telling the rest of the world. Some mistakes in the story (no passengers disembarked, as JAL1628 wasn't carrying passengers) - for the full details of this case, you can't go past Bruch Maccabee's comprehensive investigation (if you can forgive the flashing text).
  • Psilocybin trials offer hope for sufferers of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). The irony of an OCD 'cure' coming from something that grows in cow sh*t is inescapable. By the way, Mind Hacks has a good rundown on some of the other psychedelic research going on at the moment as well.
  • Exorcism: psychiatry meets faith (with video). Get thee behind me, TDG reader!
  • Ghost hunter says ghosts are a misunderstood part of the natural environment, which can be explained through the careful application of science. Oh, and don't cross the streams. That would be...bad.
  • Mass hysteria forces evacuation of school.
  • Bob Heironymus claims to be the man inside the Bigfoot suit in the famous Patterson-Gimlin movie.
  • Psychics aid police in search for missing teen.
  • Why is seeing dead people (all the time) suddenly the hip thing in Hollywood?
  • Journalist debunks the Gulf Breeze UFO case.
  • The ten most bizarre people on Earth. David Icke makes the list. Mind you, I reckon on a Saturday night in the valley I could find a few worthy of the list too.
  • FOI in the UK. Government secrets now up for inspection.
  • The Antikythera Mechanism: a masterpiece of technology which raises more questions than it answers.
  • Richard Hansen, consultant on Mel Gibson's Apocalypto, acknowledges some creative licence was used in the depiction of the Maya. NG has video of Maya expert Zachary Hruby explaining how the movie's take on human sacrifice stretches "far beyond the truth" (text story here). Allan Boyle has a good round-up over at his Cosmic Log.
  • India's Pompeii uncovered.
  • Geothermal testing halted after it causes a quake.
  • Why a hydrogen economy just doesn't make sense.
  • Chinese rock formation resembles a face. He doesn't look very happy either...not sure I'd be driving beneath him in that mood.
  • Regional nuclear war could devastate global climate. I think it's a given that the local climate will be influenced.
  • Does our sense of smell depend on quantum mechanics?
  • Stumped on a Xmas gift? Why not give your loved one some jewelry made from your body. Be careful which part of your body...

Quote of the Day:

If you haven't found something strange during the day, it hasn't been much of a day.

J. A. Wheeler

News Briefs 11-12-2006

The news isn't sorted by theme today, it's random madness.

Thanks Kat, Pam and Neil G.

Quote of the Day:

What shakes the eye but the invisible?

Theodore Roethke

News Briefs 08-12-2006

Dear Santa, Here's what I'd like for Christmas. Since I've behaved myself exceptionally well this year, please bring me a pair (for later breeding) that are only 6-8 weeks old, so they'll still be in their language acquisition stage. Love, Kat

Thanks, Greg.

Quote of the Day:

I was walking past on my lunch break and a brick almost hit me in the head. I looked up at a house and half of it was missing. A bath tub fell out and landed on the street. The noise was deafening and we saw what looked like smoke swirling in the air. You could tell it was a tornado – from what you've seen on films – and it had bits of wood and other things swirling around.

Eddy Toroosian, 17

News Briefs 07-12-2006

Hope all my friends in the UK are still feeling excited about the ongoing Ashes series...

  • Was Britain's last witch prosecuted because she was revealing government secrets?
  • Bones of horse which launched animal mutilation UFO-lore go up for sale on eBay.
  • NASA announces that Mars has water. Again. More here.
  • Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter images previous spacecraft on the surface of Mars, including the 30-year-old Viking landers.
  • Vatican archaeologists believe they have found the tomb of the Apostle Paul. That's the trouble with those Vatican types, bit too much believing going on.
  • Archaeologists uncover one of Christianity's first churches, which was once thought to house the Ark of the Covenant.
  • Indian mythology captivates the West.
  • Is it getting hot in here? The 'Goodbye Weapon' provides a sure way to get rid of an ugly crowd, without causing permanent harm (apparently). Defense Tech has the 411, including research documents testing the ability fo drunks to withstand pain. The highs and lows of being a volunteer...
  • Gene Simmons gets a case of tongue envy, with bat species taking record for the longest tongue - one and a half times the length of its body (with photo). You've gotta be able to make friends with that...
  • Marvin Minsky talks about computer love, with the release of his new book The Emotion Machine (Amazon US and UK). Will computers one day have tongues?
  • Should the Bamiyan Buddhas be restored?
  • Bat uses magnetic compass for long flights.
  • Researcher discovers universal baby language. "I call it 'crying'".
  • The climate change debate: it's time to get back to the science.
  • Uri Geller's Israeli reality show sees his life come full circle.
  • What's the real "reason for the Season"? It's just a big Sun party.
  • Flatulence forces plane to land. And I thought hot air rises...
  • Basketball stats shown live on player's shirts.

Quote of the Day:

We rarely recognize how wonderful it is that a person can traverse an entire lifetime without making a single really serious mistake -- like putting a fork in one's eye or using a window instead of a door.

Marvin Minsky

News Briefs 06-12-06

Usual stuff for a Wednesday.

  • Learning during sleep.
  • Closing the black/white IQ gap.
  • The dream palace of educational theorists.
  • US plans permanent base on the moon. Here’s a rendition. Is it worth the money?
  • Wobbling Earth linked to mammal extinctions.
  • Can we shade the sun?
  • Stardust shatters comet theory.
  • Gaia scientist predicts planetary wipeout.
  • Circles of power - behind UFO secrecy.
  • The Cydonia face is not pareidolia.
  • NASA to announce significant find on Mars.
  • Tiny bubbles may be linked to first life.
  • The Antikythera mechanism research project.
  • Roman limestone sarcophagus unearthed in London.
  • Second volcano erupts in Russia’s far east in two days.
  • A world of seven wonders vies for new list. Time for a bigger list?

Quote of the Day:


The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty; not knowing what comes next.

Ursula LeGuin

News Briefs 05-12-2006

Not sure why I bothered today. I'm still reading through Rick's wonderful news collection from yesterday...

Quote of the Day:

Ego is a structure that is erected by a neurotic individual who is a member of a neurotic culture against the facts of the matter. And culture, which we put on like an overcoat, is the collectivized consensus about what sort of neurotic behaviors are acceptable.

Terence McKenna

News Briefs 04-12-2006

You're gonna love today's news.

  • A new study claims many of the Giza Pyramids' stone blocks are made of concrete.
  • A Londonderry man claims in his new book that the Pyramids of Giza were built circa 800BC. Empire of Thebes, by Emmet Sweeney (Amazon US or UK).
  • A man has been arrested in France after advertising what he claims to be a lock of hair stolen from the mummy of Ramses II. So that's why Zahi wears a hat.
  • A new theory suggests Stonehenge was a healing site.
  • A Roman sarcophagus discovered near Trafalgar Square could lead to the map of Roman London being redrawn.
  • A 1700-year-old stone tablet inscribed with an ancient curse aimed at a thief is one of many treasures excavated in Leicester.
  • A complex of tombs found under a pyramid in Peru offer clues to the mystery of a thousand-year-old pre-Incan culture. Includes pic of a tumi knife.
  • China has passed laws for the first time protecting the Great Wall, banning graffiti and driving on the wall. Blame Lara Croft.
  • More than 200 monuments at Delphi that were listed in a 1920s survey have since disappeared.
  • Experts say that Zoroaster's Kaba will collapse if plans for the construction of a railroad near the ancient monuments continues.
  • The construction of a damn in northeastern India has been delayed by locals who claim it threatens a sacred lake holding the sword of a mythical hero.
  • The Book of THoTH has an interesting article discussing whether Vimanas of Ancient India were flying machines.
  • A Russian doctor of philosophy maintains that the mythical land of Hyperborea exists somewhere in the Arctic.
  • Russian officials apparently reported a UFO fell out of the sky and burned on impact somewhere in the taiga of East Siberia. A bit late with their news in Russia, Tunguska happened in 1908.
  • A Different Perspective discusses some of the best photographs of UFOs ever taken.
  • But it's hard to please some UFOlogists -- one pic is too fuzzy, while another is too clear to be true.
  • Does the Bayer stone head found in New York in 1932 depict the legendary Windigo from Native American folklore?
  • A 500-year-old document lists witchcraft and fairies as causes of death. One man was turned into a newt, but got better.
  • A researcher has found a link between lunar cycles and the stock market.
  • A 2005 article published in Scientific American by Christof Koch asking if "reality" is merely a movie inside our heads? If your brain can tap into the future, then you already know the answer to that.
  • Put this list of public parapsychology research centres next to the one containing emergency numbers and next of kin.
  • If you're near Richmond, Virginia, why not check out the Virginia Paranormal Conference, hosted by the CPRI?
  • Japanese psychic Masako Mitaki endorses a new range of psychic USB memory sticks. Unidentified Supernatural Bullsh*t perhaps?
  • A professor has found chemicals gave the Stradivarius violins their uniquely beautiful sound.
  • Stephen Hawking says humans must colonize other planets if the species is to survive. He's like a dog with a bone regarding this issue.
  • Astrobiologists ask if the Earth could be host to an undiscovered Shadow Biosphere, alternative forms of microbial life.
  • A meteorite that hit a lake is older than our Solar System.
  • Scientists have levitated small animals using sound. They're looking for small children to volunteer, Greg.
  • Speaking of exhausted website administrators, is there an exhaustion epidemic? I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Disease last week, which explains my tiredness.

Thanks Kat and Pam.

Quote of the Day:

Life is not a problem to be solved, but a mystery to be lived.

Thomas Merton

News Briefs 01-12-2006

A tsunami 130 feet high, and traveling at 450 mph, sounds like the makings of a helluva flood to me. Post your thoughts.

  • 4.5 billion year old meteorite contains organic matter far older than our solar system. More.
  • Cyanobacteria Catch 22: How photosynthetic organisms caused a rise in atmospheric oxygen 2.5 billion years ago.
  • Towering ancient tsunami devastated the Mediterranean 8,000 years ago.
  • A series of massive droughts killed giant kangaroos and other megafauna in south-east Queensland 40,000 years ago.
  • Very ancient Snake Cult: Archaeologists prove humans worshipped the python 70,000 years ago.
  • In an article published today in the Journal of the American Ceramic Society, Michel Barsoum, a professor of materials engineering, says some parts of the Giza pyramids are made of cast concrete blocks. More.
  • Roman sarcophagus discovered near Trafalgar Square could lead to the map of Roman London being redrawn.
  • Is 1,400-year-old treasure evidence of Christianity's first foothold in Britain?
  • Asymmetric ashes: Astronomers study shape of stellar candles.
  • Enviro-cateclysm of the week: Viruses frozen in Siberian lakes prompts scientists to examine if global warming may release harmful microbes locked in glaciers.
  • Not so long ago, the notion that particles 80,000 times thinner than a human hair could somehow self-assemble and cause harmful effects in the water, air and even cells seemed far-fetched, but chemists are now trying to understand the effects of nanoparticles and other contaminants, and discover ways to cope with them.
  • Fragmentation is eroding Amazonian biodiversity far faster than previously suspected.
  • The first case of a blind man experiencing déjà vu - through smell, hearing and touch - has turned the 'optical pathway delay' explanation on its head.
  • Common chemotherapy drugs found to cause brain damage, not to mention heart failure.
  • The Quest for Truth: Mysteries, Enigmas and the Unexplained, a new, free e-book, is a compendium of 75 in-depth articles written by ThothWeb's members on everything from Bigfoot sightings to UFOs.
  • When Nazis went wyrd: A review of Richard Rudgley's Pagan Resurrection: A Force for Evil or the Future of Western Spirituality? (Amazon US & UK).
  • More about the mystery of the Antikythera Mechanism, including 3D animation, the inner workings, and great close-up photos.
  • What people are saying about the gears of the ancient mariner.
  • Have you had your therapeutic dose of beauty today?
  • Update: Chemicals within us: National Geographic Magazine paid $15,000 to test for the trace-chemicals of modern life in the body of this feature article's author, David Ewing Duncan.
  • Earth in the Beginning.

Quote of the Day:

Sometimes you get the best light from a burning bridge.

Don Henley, My Thanksgiving

News Briefs 30-11-2006

So much news about, I had to edit it down to a readable size....

Quote of the Day:

Kinda grabs ya' by the boo-boo, don't it?

Tommy Chong ('Up in Smoke')

News Briefs 29-11-06

Ufology meets Toxicology. Post your thoughts.

  • Diary of a collapsing superpower.
  • Chimps: more human than human. Perhaps they are descendents?
  • High heels for men. Vive Le Napoleon!
  • The top 100 green campaigners of all time.
  • Saturn’s rings smudged by greased lightning?
  • Study suggests the existence of ferroelectric ice in the universe.
  • Is full UFO disclosure advisable?
  • Comet Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 disintegrates.
  • Eastern wisdom embraced by the West. Chinese government is on its way.
  • Using logic to counter 911 non-thinkers.
  • No actual shortage of holocaust survivors. Good news or not?
  • Depleted uranium situation worsens.
  • Home-baked plants solve petrol mystery.
  • Oceans teeming with viruses.
  • Indian mythology captivates the west.
  • Out of this world solution to a Scottish standing stone.
  • Déjà Vu research is outta sight.
  • Cancer: how to avoid it and what to do if you get it.
  • Ex-spy's poison on the Internet sold by Bob Lazar.
  • Humpback whales have brain cells also found in humans.
  • Why we worry about the things we shouldn't and ignore the things we should.
  • Does everyone smell different?

Quote of the Day:


used to wake up at 4 A.M. and start sneezing, sometimes for five hours. I tried to find out what sort of allergy I had but finally came to the conclusion that it must be an allergy to consciousness.

James Thurber