What do you think? Would the development of smarter-than-human A.I. cause a nerdocalypse?
- Ancient escape tunnel found in Jerusalem.
- The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico is the largest and most sensitive radio telescope on Earth, conducting searches of the galactic frontier for intelligent life and potentially destructive asteroids, but due to cuts in funding, the project is now in jeopardy, sending ripples of despair through the scientific community.
- Greenland ice cap is melting so quickly it's triggering earthquakes.
- 'Beyond Einstein' research should begin with mission to study dark energy.
- Hunting the holy grail of fusion.
- Rain Mice: Mutated human gene turns mice into autistic savants.
- Microchip for people may cause cancer: Company didn't tell public of decade-old studies tying device to rat tumors.
- Techies ponder computers smarter than us at The Singularity Summit: AI and the Future of Humanity.
- Brilliant Houdinis of the Deep: A leading indicator of octopus intelligence is that they get bored. Close-up of Shania the octopus being entertained by a smelt-filled Mr. Potato Head.
- 'Systems Biology' poised to revolutionize understanding of cell function and disease.
- Study finds good first-year teachers make the biggest, longest-lasting difference for primary school students.
- Women's health is much more at risk from sleep deprivation than men's.
- Depression found to cause more physical damage than angina, arthritis, asthma, and diabetes.
- From coffee and nicotine to pathogens and traces of explosives, newly modified device can identify substances on any kind of surface, including skin, within seconds. More.
- Engineers use new technique to extend the service-life of aging satellites.
- Company's patent claims new ultracapacitor will replace the electrochemical battery, meaning a motorist could plug in a car for five minutes and drive 500 miles roundtrip without gasoline.
- By shining a laser on surface veins, such as those on the wrist and inside the cheek, researchers are able to reveal and count circulating tumor cells.
- Prion proteins may activate endogenous retroviruses in infected brain cells.
- Psychological studies show that, for all their intuitive appeal, denials and clarifications paradoxically contribute to the resiliency of popular myths.
- Got kids? Science Theater's videos (mp4) explain various scientific concepts. Not quite as sexy as Bill Nye or Marc Abrahams, but then, few are.
- In this CSpan RealPlayer video, William Rodriquez, the last person to get out of the World Trade Center alive, talks about his experiences in the WTC on 9/11, and explains why he doesn't believe the official 9/11 narrative. (The link above worked for me - no webpage loads, but RealPlayer pops up with the right video. To skip the lengthy intro, scroll forward to 26 minutes. If all else fails, go to www.cspan.org, and do a search for "William Rodriguez".)
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Technology is heading here. It will predictably get to the point of making artificial intelligence. The mere fact that you cannot predict exactly when it will happen down to the day is no excuse for closing your eyes and refusing to think about it.
Computer problems today, so forgive the brevity...
- Inside the Googleplex.
- Just thinking of words can help guide a wheelchair.
- Bruce Parry's Tribe: cheap entertainment or anthropological awareness raiser.
- Tucker Carlson describes Wiccan's lottery win as the U.S. Government "subsidizing some kind of devil worshiper, Satanism."
- Crew abandons reed boat in middle of Atlantic.
- TV psychic turns tomb raider.
- The occult tattoos of George Orwell.
- Blindsight: when the brain sees what you don't.
- Length of Saturn's day revised.
- New Yorkers fight wrinkles with facial yoga. I've seen a few people that look like they've tried facial martial arts.
- Migrating squid drove evolution of sonar in whales and dolphins.
- Regulator allows creation of human-animal embryos. When do I get my own personal Pigsy?
- Virus implicated in bee decline mystery.
- BBC scraps plans for climate change feature.
- New alloy raises hopes of a hydrogen economy.
- Mix tapes of the gods: ten billion years from here, a little spacecraft carries a gold disc as a historical marker of humanity.
Thanks Rick and Kat.
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The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.
Thursday again, and my supply seems to be dwindling. Who do I talk to about ordering some more?
- Woman gets to see her own heart on display at a medical exhibition. The Aztecs had that gig sorted centuries ago...
- Glasgow University to offer course on psychical research.
- How easy it is for bad science to make headlines. Also: pharma companies ghostwrite articles and attach scientists names.
- Moray eels' jaws mimic the monsters from Aliens.
- Former space shuttle team member says Wernher von Braun saw the Roswell aliens.
- Phoenix spacecraft passes in-flight tests.
- Federal appeals court gives US Navy the go ahead to resume sonar testing, despite possible harm to endangered whales.
- Breakup event in the main asteroid belt likely caused dinosaur extinction 65 million years ago.
- Nuclear warheads mistakenly flown across the U.S.
- China official says the Qin mausoleum will not be excavated, despite likely historical treasures buried beneath.
- So whose deep sea treasure is it really? Maybe I'll put in a claim...
- Oxytocin: the hormone that helps you understand what others are thinking. I'm guessing Richard Dawkins has a shortage of oxytocin in his system...
- Stamping documents with "Secret" cost the US taxpayer $8.2billion last year.
- Physicists establish 'spooky' quantum communication.
- Adventurer Steve Fossett missing in the Nevada desert.
- Yeti footprint photos go to auction.
- Stockmarket braces for a horror September.
- Infowars: strike early, strike often.
- Study suggests just ten minutes of cell phone use is a danger:
- The danger that lurks in your kitchen - doctor warns consumers about dangers of popcorn fumes.
- Cat owners who flush cat crap down the toilet are killing whales and dolphins. And making my tuna taste funny...
- Goats sacrificed to fix technical problem with Nepalese aircraft. Now they'll have to sacrifice something else to appease the Great Goat God.
- Finally, photographic proof of the existence of the chupacabras!
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God does not play dice with the universe; He plays an ineffable game of his own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of any of the other players, to being involved in an obscure and complex version of poker in a pitch dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a dealer who won't tell you the rules, and who smiles all the time.
I don't know why, but archaeology news is hard to come by on Wednesdays.
- The UK Government's Food Standards Agency has released a report condemning artificial additives, but is keeping most of its findings secret.
- Kids who watch more than two hours of television a day develop attention problems later in adolescence.
- Just can't get e-nough: how the internet is creating a whole new breed of addicts.
- Here's a quick reference guide to time travel for those who miss the good old days, or want to ride a hoverbike.
- Livestock native to Asia and Africa are becoming extinct due to the imports of high-yield Western breeds.
- The Bank of India web site was offline for four days due to hackers infecting it with malware, and a notorious Russian gang is suspected.
- Dangerous information: is secrecy ever justified, or should there be full disclosure of everything?
- The Pentagon blames China for hacking its computers last June, but China says they're innocent. Somewhere, a boy is about to be eaten by a wolf.
- China says it's working to reduce its space junk -- hopefully by not shooting it down like last time.
- It's not love at first sight, but love at first kiss. A kiss to build a dream on, sings Louis Armstrong.
- Will I kiss and makeup with the UFO Iconoclast(s)? Believe it or not, I agree with them about Stanton Friedman.
- Paul Kimball has posted an excellent pre-interview conversation with Stanton Friedman in 2000, refuting the arguments against UFOs.
- A video tribute to UFOlogist Ted Phillips, who quietly went about his work for four decades.
- A top UK government official admitted the existence of UFOs in a secret document, featured in Timothy Good's new book Need to Know (Amazon US or Uk). Here's a book review.
- An American doctor who claims children with autism and ADD are the real X-Men isn't a doctor at all. Dustin Hoffman shooting lasers from his eyes?
- Three high-tech companies have combined forces to investigate claims a 980-foot-long artifact on Turkey's Mt Ararat is Noah's Ark.
- A coin dated circa 1597 may prove a Spanish or Portuguese ship reached Australia's east coast years before Captain Cook.
- What may be a carving of a Mastodon has been found on a rock under 40-feet of water in Northern Michigan.
- 3000-year-old beehives have been found in Israel, sweet news to archaeologists.
- Controversy rages in Jerusalem, with accusations that the Waqf (the Temple Mount's Muslim custodians) destroyed artifacts with bulldozers.
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There is no doubt in my mind, after 37 years of study and investigation that the evidence is overwhelming that planet Earth is being visited by intelligently controlled vehicles whose origin is extraterrestrial. There are no acceptable arguments against flying saucer reality, only people who either haven’t studied the relevant data or have a strong will not to believe that Earth is at the bottom of the heap sociologically and technologically in our local galactic neighborhood.
As 911 anniversary approaches are we any the wiser as to what actually happened?
- Hardfire: 911 debate - Fetzer vs. Roberts. Part 1, part 2 and part 3.
- The year the global warming hoax died.
- One child foreign policy. Or a veiled rivers of blood speech.
- No plan to excavate Qin Mausoleum.
- The return of the Doomsday machine?
- Ancient humans dodged super-eruption.
- Archaeologist provides alternative theory as to how first cities grew.
- Exploring the extreme.
- Earth’s heat buoys up its crust. Lets hope there’s no weather inside the earth - would an asthenospheric cold front sink New York? Or cause an earthquake in Peru?
- Washington and Lafayette: should revolutionary ideals be imposed on others?
- Hunt for Noah’s Ark takes on a new dimension.
- Oldest living thing found in ice.
- The neuropsychology of synaesthesia.
- Fiery UFO blows up off New Jersey.
- UFOs really do exist out there.
- Famous rocket scientist saw Roswell spacecraft.
- Holes in space.
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The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.
I'd like to go up this stairway to heaven.
- Ice Age blast ravaged America.
- Volcanoes key to Earth's oxygen atmosphere.
- Study of zircon crystals from Australia indicate Earth may have cooled much more rapidly than previously thought.
- Genetic trigger for the Cambrian Explosion unraveled.
- The oldest living thing: 600,000-year-old bacteria extracted from ice cores.
- Human family tree now a tangled, messy bush.
- Ancient cities uncovered in the Middle East.
- Pristine Etruscan tomb discovered in Italy.
- Searching for seeds of the past: A modern wheat plant might have a few hundred parents from a breeding program, but the ancient wild varieties had hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of parents.
- On the drawing board: The Great Pyramid of ...Germany.
- Rosetta's Target Comet: Lumpy, Bumpy, Fluffy and Layered.
- Looking for life in and under Antarctic ice.
- Power to the People: Run your house on a Prius.
- John Kanzius, a retired TV station owner, believes he's come up with a way to "burn" saltwater, by bombarding it with microwaves. Video.
- Evidence suggests corals farm a unique algae which contains 100 times more DNA that humans.
- Texas spiders' monstrous webs baffle scientists. Video.
- Spreading deserts threaten world food supply. More.
- Geologic history shows rising oceans bring an increase in volcanic activity, earthquakes, giant submarine landslides and tsunamis.
- Paralysed man in US gets brain chip that reads his mind.
- Rocket fuel powers bionic arm.
- Point, Click ... Eavesdrop: How the FBI Wiretap Net Operates.
- BIS, the world's most prestigious financial body, says global economy is vulnerable to another 1930s-style depression.
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When will I begin my life again? One day I'll fly away - leave all this to yesterday. Why live life from dream to dream, and dread the day that dreaming ends?
OMG, Andrew Johns took drugs throughout his career! Drug hysteria descends upon Australia! I'm sure a few beers on the weekend will help relax everyone...
- Is this the man who sank the Titanic by walking off with a vital locker key?
- Strange Martian feature not a 'bottomless pit' after all. More information on the HiRISE website.
- For your edification: an atlas of the Universe (h/t Posthuman Blues). Also known as a Total Perspective Vortex.
- UK space scientists to track asteroid threat.
- New Zealand UFO baffles experts.
- Are aliens irrelevant in the Internet age?
- Revisiting the 2001 story of 'extraterrestrial rain' over India.
- Microsoft wants to read your thoughts.
- New computer game knows your next move two seconds before you do. Back in the Quake days we called that Thresh.
- Jailing of researchers raises fears of scientific repression in Brazil.
- Star Wizards: How a handful of desperate innovators took special effects to new heights in two 1977 movies - Star Wars and Close Encounters.
- Moth study backs classic 'test case' for Darwinian theory.
- Crikey that's a big croc!
- Speaking of, Loren Coleman points out that the Croc Hunter once searched for a Tasmanian Tiger.
- Lightning bolt hits plane, and we get treated to the image.
- Trusting your gut: why intuition is gaining credibility. Dr. Gigerenzer's book, Gut Feelings: The Intelligence of the Unconscious, is available at Amazon US & UK.
- One species' genome found within another's. The bacterial parasites are coming to get us all!!
- Roadside 'mystery spots' invite wonder, and skepticism.
- Is there a conspiracy of sorts controlling the stock market?
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Hell itself is weary of Earth. The son of Darkness cometh now to challenge his right: and seeing all prepared and provided, desires to establish himself a kingdom.
'Murifri' (communicating with John Dee and Edward Kelley)
Happy birthday to my beautiful Isis!
- Holy water from Lourdes confiscated under anti-terrorism measures from Vatican flight.
- Have scientists worked out the secrets of the 'Sage of the Seers': Salvia divinorum?
- P.M.H. Atwater comments on the recent OBE research claims.
- Presidential snub for Wiccan war widow?
- Is Freemasonry plotting a government takeover? Video report from ABC news - more of a tie-in to hints about Dan Brown's next book. Wish I knew more about that...
- Oetzi the Iceman died from head trauma, not arrow wound.
- Was an Italian island a Bubonic plague quarantine colony?
- 30,000 Bulgarians now earn their money through tomb raiding.
- Alan Boyle gets the inside word on those drunken astronauts at Cosmic Log. Umm, bad wording...the drunken astronauts aren't at Cosmic Log (as far as I'm aware...Alan?)
- Looking for life on Mars.
- Mars rovers get back to work after dust storms subside. Amazing how robust things can be made, when you know a repairman isn't available...
- Georgia: we shot down a UFO...errr no, a Russian aircraft....umm no, a Russian satellite? Nice shootin' Tex!
- Is Denver International Airport an Illuminati outpost?
- Five Earth oceans worth of water has fallen on a newborn star. Does that include the fish?
- Nature reports that climate change flooding risks may have been underestimated.
- Can we speed up evolution?
- Evolutionary advantages that make you go 'ew!': Dehydrated female beetles drawn to males' cool, refreshing ejaculate.
- Project builds artificial brains for robots. I'm thinking there's a human market for this...
- Japan to research Internet replacement.
- Spiderman suit could one day be a reality.
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When a person identifies himself with a group his critical faculties are diminished and his passions enhanced by a kind of emotive resonance. The individual is not a killer, the group is, and by identifying with it, the individual becomes one. This is the infernal dialect reflected in man's history.
Archaeology, UFOs, ghosts, and Middle Eastern crises: plenty for everyone.
- A new book claims Merlin was from Glasgow. Finding Merlin by Adam Ardley (Amazon US or UK).
- The Burning Man Festival has suffered a setback, after the 40-foot-tall Man was set alight and the person responsible arrested.
- A Viennese pathologist claims Beethoven's physician accidentally overdosed him with lead.
- Czech archaeologists will use radar to avoid a 400-year-old Bohemian curse. It turns you into a clove-smoking poet.
- Excavations of a 14th century Anatolian monastery provide insight into the Seljuk period.
- A very special archaeological site is the key to unlocking the complex mystery of Kings Solomon and Hiram.
- Undersea explorer Robert Ballard has found a treasure trove of Byzantine artifacts while testing new technology in the Black Sea.
- We've been dropping messages in bottles since 310 BC, but what's become of the ones NASA launched into space? Sending out an S.O.S...
- NASA has found no evidence of heavy drinking before space missions in the past 20 years, and many astronauts are pissed off at the accusations.
- Luke Skywalker's lightsaber will fly aboard the October shuttle mission. Hooray for the inanimate carbon rod!
- Scientists will study the atmosphere and surface of Venus with a balloon.
- Was there a confluence of balloons, missiles, test dummies, and two extraterrestrial vehicles at Roswell, confusing everyone?
- Clark C. McClelland, former ScO Space Shuttle Fleet 1958-1992, says Werner Von Braun was at Roswell during the UFO crash.
- A report by two Russian UFO investigators reveals there were very few alien abductions reported in the former USSR. An extraterrestrial glasnost.
- When the sun goes down over the Banni grasslands, mysterious ghost lights dance and lead the unwary astray.
- If you enjoyed Greg's excellent interview with Deborah Blum, here's an About dot com conversation with ghost expert and clairvoyant Melba Goodwyn.
- Melba Goodwyn's brilliant book Ghost Worlds is available from Amazon US and her publisher Llewellyn.
- Where do we go when we die: an excellent article about Australians investigating life's great mystery.
- Two of China's main rivers are so polluted, they're unfit for human contact.
- Former Middle East CIA Operative Bob Baer says he's been told the USA plans to attack Iran later this year.
- Dubya gives a speech about Iran's "murderous activities" threatening to place the Middle East under the shadow of a nuclear holocaust.
- The US military has scored an own goal in Afghanistan by distributing soccer balls stamped with "Allah".
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No one can predict how deep the decline in Western economies that is underway will go, because there is so little transparent information. Within the U.S., the government is hiding the severity of the crisis in order to prevent a collapse of consumer confidence.
from an article by Richard C. Cook for Global Research, August 28th 2007
It’s official. The moon is gay.
- Lost city of Mu found.
- $4.5 Billion bet on another 911 within 4 weeks.
- Mars direct.
- Graphic changes to rings on Uranus.
- Evolution balls up.
- Scars of evolution: the aquatic ape hypothesis.
- Footage of airplane struck by lightning.
- Superstition blamed for killing thousands of black cats in Italy.
- Frozen bacteria repair own DNA for millennia.
- Expanding earth debate. Part 1, part 2 and part 3.
- Great wall mark two in Iran.
- Jupiter’s protective pull questioned.
- AIDS is caused by HIV: it is an established fact beyond any reasonable doubt. Here is the reasonable doubt.
- Mystery of the black triangle UFOs.
- I’m no conspiracy theorist, but…
Quote of the Day:
I daresay one profits more by the mistakes one makes off one's own bat than by doing the right thing on somebody else's advice.
W. Somerset Maugham