I'm running out of ideas for a gift to give to my old man on Father's day. A book? a CD? a DVD? Booooring... Wait! I've got it: A tattoo!! Now that's something he'll never expect ;-)
- Scientists show that monkeys also use what we once thought was mankind's greatest invention: Lying.
- Did gene mutations give raise to human thought? Maybe Yahweh's finger is radioactive ;-)
- If your boyfriend is an insensitive pig, it may be because he doesn't get enough sleep —Gee, 2 AM already?
- Interview with Keith Aronowitz, director of Metamorphosis —an Ayahuasca documentary.
- First glimpse at James Cameron's Avatar —both video game & movie— looks fairly promising. But don't take my word for it & see for yourself.
- Oldies but goodies: Restored 1967 photos focus on moon’s south pole.
- Future lunar astronauts will get a guardian angel, in the form of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), programmed for launch today.
- Black triangles are being observed from both sides of the continental U.S.A.
- (Audio) Gene & David from The Paracast interview 2 heavyweights of the Alien Abduction movement: Dr. David M. Jacobs and Budd Hopkins.
- The truth about Roswell is out there —that is, if you can actually manage to separate the facts from the compost.
- You know the old saying: "Where there's smoke, there's UFOs".
- The Military are looking in an unexpected place for new weaponry ideas: the Book of Ezekiel.
- Chiropractor Richard Brown argues that the criticism of his profession is um... let's say 'quite misaligned'.
- Physicists create 'black hole for sound'. Wait, hadn't they accomplished that since the 60s?
- From jumping over babies (is that some sort of morbid revenge?) to battling with tomatoes & oranges, behold the world's weirdest festivals.
- Story that takes 1,000 years to read is antidote to Media whirlwind. But who's gonna write its review in 3009, a cockroach??
- This pile of rocks, once the seat of kings, proves that the fate of all empires is to crumble into dust.
- Cities are like cells: you let them grow without control, and they turn into tumors —for which there's only one solution.
- What's brewing beneath Mt St. Helens? Best case scenario: a super volcano. Worst case scenario...
- Video: Why the Hell is the Media still talking about GM, and not talking about this Japanese car that runs on water??
- WARNING: This story about a new documentary that focuses on the US food industry might leave you a bad taste >_<
- I used to get upset with the NSA for slowing down my incoming e-mails, until I found out I'm part of a VIP group that includes former US presidents! :-P
- As a way to empower citizens against their government, Teh Internet RULZ! Exhibit (A): Mexico. Exhibit (B): Iran.
Thanks Rick & Kat.
Quote of the Day:
"Voting for the least bad candidate is like buying the least rotten fruit".
José Antonio Crespo Mendoza —Mexican historian, PhD
- More on the 6000-year-old tombs located by crop circles near Stonehenge.
- Delicate excavation of Aztec tomb beneath RPJ's bathroom in Mexico City.
- Preserving the colours of the Terracotta Warriors.
- Bacterium alive after frozen in Greenland for 120'000 years.
- ESA's billion-euro Herschel space telescope has opened its eyes.
- Cirque du Soleil plans to perform in space. And the cost of tickets...
- Glaring error in NASA's 'attempts' to find life on Mars.
- Retired Col. John Alexander isn't impressed with Jon Ronson's Men Who Stare at Goats (Amazon US & UK). At least they didn't cast Danny De Vito, John!
- Arizona is seeing a burst of UFO activity.
- Wormholes generate new kind of quantum force.
- Brilliant photo of a giant dust devil in Kansas.
- CIA chief: Dick Cheney almost wishing another attack on America.
- Neil McCormick's eloquent, passionate defence of Bono.
- Vatican officials visit CERN to open dialogue between science and faith.
- Revisiting A Near-Death Experience to Die For, first published in 1917.
- Black ooze at old Cold War station frightens Canadian town.
- 14 calves killed by a conspiracy of ravens in Sweden.
- Body of buried teenage girl dug up to be 'corpse bride' in China.
- Marvel superhero Captain America to return from the grave?
- Apparently Spielberg has cracked the story for Indiana Jones 5.
Quote of the Day:
Every age has its massive moral blind spots.
We might not see them, but our children will.
My language is shaping the way you think...
- Huge pre-Stonehenge structure found via 'crop circles'.
- The seven most fascinating underwater ruins.
- Raw video from the new Terracotta Warrior excavation.
- Mysterious inscribed slate discovered at Jamestown.
- Mindfulness meditation gaining medical acceptance.
- Savant art: A window into exceptional minds.
- It's the Golden Age of conspiracy.
- Language shapes the way we think.
- Uruguay joins the UFO document release party.
- MUFON case closed: bright lights over New Jersey.
- How much do you know about UFOs? Take the quiz.
- I've hidden the drugs inside this political football.
- CRAP paper accepted by peer-reviewed journal.
- Scully wants out of the X-Files?
- But Ivan Reitman might want in the new Ghostbusters movie.
- And is Spielberg looking to film an alien invasion?
- 50 glorious sci-fi movie intro voiceovers.
Quote of the Day:
I'm morbidly curious about how we've arrived at this odd situation where one of the culturally universal human activities, modifying our consciousness with drugs, must be looked down on publicly to the point where our politicians are free to ignore evidence when it suits them. It's a conspiracy of ignorance that would be unthinkable if it was applied to swine flu but perfectly acceptable for something that already kills thousands upon thousands of people every year.
Vaughan from Mind Hacks
Late news? That's what happens when you unintentionally spend 15 hours curing a sleep debt.
- Radical new research indicates Earth's magnetic field is caused by ocean currents, rather than molten metals at its core.
- Is there a 'no life on Mars' conspiracy?
- John Paul's letters to a soulmate: A Vatican mystery even Dan Browne would be hard-pressed to top.
- Miniature bacteria that have been buried beneath Greenland ice for at least 120,000 years are so small they can pass through conventional medical filters used for sterilisation.
- Greenland ice sheet is melting faster than expected, and is a larger contributor to sea-level rise than previously thought.
- Scientists rubbish logging industry claims: Cutting down the rainforest actually leads to damaging 'boom and bust' economy in the Amazon.
- Great land giveaway could be a disaster for the Amazon.
- Lazarus Syndrome: Man comes back to life 30 minutes after dying.
- The 'history of conflict' between science and religion is a myth. Galileo Goes to Jail and Other Myths about Science and Religion is available at Amazon US & UK.
- The Fusion of God and Green: Why Christian eco evangelist Craig Sorley is teaching farmers to save Kenya's environment.
- China's streets are swarming with 100,000,000 cheap, green electric bikes.
- Genetic region for animal tameness discovered.
- Messages, memory, maybe even intelligence — botanists wrangle over how far plants can go.
- Geological mystery: Banded iron formations contain about 20 times as much oxygen as today’s atmosphere, yet some of these deposits accumulated long before Earth’s atmosphere became thoroughly oxygenated.
- Never-published WHO study which described mild cocaine use in positive tones prompted several blown fuses amongst US politicians.
- Hawass says he'll prove that Nefertiti was stolen by the Germans. Okay, so that's one thing Zahi doesn't agree with old-time Germany about.
- New dig could reveal 5,000 more terracotta warriors.
- Teotihuacan - in 3D.
- British-Greek dispute over Elgin Marbles hots up.
- Oldest art in Americas found on mammoth bone?
- Researchers unveil earliest known sound recordings - made 20 years before Edison invented the phonograph.
- Apollo 11 meets astrology.
- Space 'firefly' resembles no known object. As long as its not Reavers.
- Astronomers puzzled by shrinking Betelgeuse.
- Falling meteorite barely grazes schoolboy, leaves smoking, foot-wide hole in the pavement.
- US military: Satellite data on incoming space rocks is now classified.
- The search for ET just got easier.
- Impossibility is relative (22min audio): Michio Kaku says science fiction of Star Trek and Star Wars (fun YouTube) is closer to reality than we thought.
- Passing the Phaser: 10 Tips for Turning Your Kids Into Trekkies. Add your own tips in the comments.
- Speaking of kids, more sleep protects teens from depression and suicidal thoughts. An earlier bedtime improves grades, and more sleep improves athletic performance and mood.
- Teen obesity is linked to reduced sleep caused by technology use and caffeine.
- Sleep restriction results in weight gain despite decreases in appetite and food consumption. Too much or too little sleep also results in weight gain, and increases the risk of diabetes.
- Does sleep leave you tired? Zeo, a new home-use device that monitors sleep stages all through the night, may help.
- Bisphenol A exposure causes abnormal heart activity in female rats and mice, and in pregnant mice, permanently changes the DNA of offspring.
- Human exposure to BPA much greater than previously thought.
- How the kidney toxin melamine may be getting into our food supply: The insecticide cyromazine is used on food crops and animal forage - and melamine is one of its breakdown products.
- Food, Inc: How America's edibles changed as the nation journeyed from agrarian to industrialized.
- Hey, guys: Light therapy - or just going outside for 30 minutes in the morning - improves your sexual functioning.
- Grey hair really is caused by stress.
- Large bear population - now over 350,000 in US mainland - is causing problems.
- Half of Brits don't know their heart from their elbow.
- The suicides happen off camera: When reality tv becomes too brutally real for contestants.
- We've always abused the poor and unloved. Will we ever find a cure?
Quote of the Day:
Without basketry there would be no civilisations. You can’t bring thousands of people together unless you can supply them, you can’t bring in supplies to feed populations without containers. In the early days of civilisations these containers were basketry.
We may think of baskets as humble, but other people and cultures don’t. They have been used for storage, for important religious and ceremonial processes, even for bodies in the form of coffins.
Sandy Heslop, School of World Art and Museology at UEA, in Basket Weaing May Have Taught Humans to Count.
“And when worlds collide, said George Pal to his bride - I’m gonna give you some terrible thrils…”
- A wobble in the solar system may bring Earth and Mars smashing together. You have 3 billion years to hitchhike to the nearest Vogon ship. Start your electronic thumbs now…
- The future is now, circa 1957.
- Tilting at windmills, sans wind… How dying winds may undermine renewable energy efforts.
- Perhaps the solution to the energy crisis lies in virtual power plants? That and the removal of a few dams.
- A new cloud type may have been photographed in Iowa – the first since 1951.
- Meanwhile, in a galaxy far, far away, lab-coats may have just found the first extragalactic exoplanet. Extrasolar planets are so last millennium.
- Does a fossil in Spain hold the missing link to… the missing link?
- Don’t call it a comeback, swine flu’s been here for years... and it’s officially been upgraded to a global pandemic.
- Sonar reveals Stone Age traps at the bottom of Lake Huron.
- Deforesting the Amazon --The long term effect of short term gains.
- Supermassive black holes are even more massive than previously believed.
- Zombie Neurobiology 101 via Harvard. For the final exam bring a #2 pencil and a fully loaded 12-gauge.
- Is Stonehenge a gateway to the infinite?
- Close Encounters of the Astronaut kind. It’s not just Edgar Mitchell any more…
- Saturn's rings rippled by tiny moon.
- Seven things we still don't get about gravity.
- We all have fingerprints… ever wonder why?
- What’s in a name? Heavyweight, unstable Element 112 has an identity crisis.
- The physics of rainfall, revisited.
- Startup turns human waste into fuel… No sh*t?
- Want proof of the coming robot revolution? More robot overlord evidence here.
- Who ya gonna call? The Ghostbusters video game, coming soon to a game shop (or grey importer) near you.
- Ten times when science changed the world.
Masalu to Greg & Kat
Quote of the Day:
“In the velvet darkness , of the blackest night , burning bright … There's a guiding star - No matter what or who you are.
TDG: Caviar for the brain. But what's caviar without a good shot of Vodka? привет! :)
- Will the great treasure of the Aztecs finally be uncovered? I'd love it if Philip Coppens is right, and they find some crystal skulls among the loot, just as he describes in Darklore No. 2 (Amazon US & UK).
- Because we've all gotta make sacrifices sometimes; and nobody understood this better than the Incas.
- The Raelians to build UFOland in Las Vegas. I think Liberace was the one who abducted Rael :-P
- Vive le ET? Is France about to disclose the presence of Extraterrestrials on Earth? (H/T Greg Bishop).
- Mixing Nepotism with the Alien franchise? My gut (or a xenomorph trying to burst out of my thorax) tells me it won't end well.
- The good news: Astronomers believe we may have visitors from another galaxy. The bad news...
- I ask for Warp speed, and Michio Kaku says, "How fast?". And THAT is why he's the head engineer, Rick —while you're the one in charge of cleaning the toilets onboard the USS Grail ;-)
- This - NASA's new rocket engine - is Sooo Cool.
- Alan Boyle discusses how to measure the Universe, without making it feel insecure about its waistline. "Dah'ling! You haven't grown a single parsec."
- The Brain that Changes Itself: Hopeful book on the science of Neuroplasticity (Amazon US & UK). It isn't too hopeful though, if your brain changes for the worst.
- Hipster geeks: despair! The periodic table has been updated, so it's time to throw your favorite t-shirt away :-(
- The question for the existence of Gravity, finally solved!
- Calling sensei Charles Fort-san: It's raining tadpoles in Japan! How do you say 'damned' in Japanese?
- "Row row row your trunk canoe, gently down the stream..." — 16,000 year-old campfire site found.
- Ten years ago the US government set out to test herbal and other alternative health remedies to find the ones that work. After spending $2.5 billion, the results are... disappointing.
- When I heard that the Israeli army was deploying a Solid Snake to the battlefield, I was thinking something kind of this, instead of this :-/
- St Bernards — the Swiss national dog — are getting replaced by helicopters and modern technology. But a helicopter would surely make the Worst. Beethoven sequel. Ever!
- Arrrh! Them pirates are getting a foothold (peghold?) on the European parliament, matey.
- Indian mausoleums: Where the wealthy dead and the homeless living share the same roof. How karmically ironic.
- Prostitutes in India have begun taking karate lessons. Somehow I find that both distressing AND arousing at the same time.
- Raw Video: Cop tasers 72 year-old Granny. Somebody give this valiant trooper a medal.
- What is the object that Sean Viloria photographed on Lake Okanagan? Loren Coleman shares his thoughts, along with an analytic overlay sent to him by a member of Cryptomundo. But what I really want to know is... does Sean's girlfriend have a sister??
- Los Gatos Bigfoot expert releases new book (Amazon US & UK).
- Warning to all cat lovers: Do not —Repeat: DO NOT— read this last story. See? I told you!
Thanks Rick, Kat & Greg.
Quote of the Day:
Ancient inscription on a royal Egyptian tomb.
I'm old Greg...
- Cthulhu descends! Strange squid-like lightning spotted over France.
- Esoteric rituals of the Italian mafia.
- How do you greet an extraterrestrial?
- But what if they're dead (Jim)? How to find a 'Graveyard Civilization'.
- The search for life on Earth.
- Inflatable tower could climb to space. Don't fall off the jumping castle kids!
- Take me to the Moon. But in HD this time!
- The 2009 Weird Science Awards.
- If you're near London, you can participate in some weird science of your own by contacting Rupert Sheldrake about a 'telephone telepathy' experiment he's running in July.
- Do dinosaurs still exist? I think...yes!
- Sci-Am lists ten people guiding science for humanity.
- Billy Cox takes issue with the science-lite approach at Popular Mechanics, especially in regards to their reporting on UFOs.
- New Champ footage: 'lake monster', or something more prosaic?
- DARPA looks to develop 'perch and stare' UAVs. As if owls weren't spooky enough to look at, now I'll be thinking in the back of my mind...
- And don't take your eyes off that Rubik's Cube either...
- Will the Pharos lighthouse rise again?
- Chimps can remember the exact location of a favourite fruit tree in a forest of 12,000 trees. Kind of like Rick and pubs in Melbourne really...
- Psychics makes sense for some, and dollars for themselves.
- Materialism, mind and meaning.
- Did population density create modern humans?
- So will new technologies create post-modern humans?
- Seven deadly shrooms.
- Finding new penguin colonies from space - by looking for their poop.
- The top ten existential movies of all time.
Quote of the Day:
Some say he's half man, half fish. Others say its more of a 70/30 split. Whatever the percentage, he's one fishy bastard.
"The Legend of Old Gregg", from 'The Mighty Boosh'
TDG - the remedy for your comparatively antidilluvian education.
- Sacred plants of the Maya forest are revealed by the Maya, more than 1,000 years after their demise.
- Increased population density, rather than boosts in human brain power, was the catalyst for the emergence of modern human behavior. More.
- Evolutionary transformations of brain size turn out to be surprisingly complicated.
- The big similarities and quirky differences between our left and right brains: Pages one & two.
- Shortage of donated human brains may cause vital research to grind to a halt. The brain isn't included under existing regulations governing organ donation, so if you want to donate your brain to science, you need to complete a separate consent process.
- Fossil evidence shows ancient Arctic mammal, a hippolike creature called Coryphodon, lived there year-round.
- Origin of Antarctic ice revealed.
- New radar detects huge waves in the atmosphere, which can be hundreds of kilometers long and travel at half the speed of sound.
- Canada once bordered Zimbabwe: New technique allows researchers to precisely date ancient volcanic rocks for the first time.
- Rocking the atmosphere: Researchers discover how Earth's water was delivered.
- You can participate in NASA's Mars missions by using Google Earth to recommend places of interest to photograph with the THEMIS camera on NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter.
- New method developed to extract drinking water from air humidity -- no electrical power needed.
- Wish you were an astronaut? Traveling in space gives you headaches and leaves you short, fat and ugly.
- It's not just the astronauts who give every last drop to keep the taps flowing aboard the ISS. The full experimental complement of 72 rats aboard the space station also give their all for water reclamation.
- Still game for space travel? Best first take a ride on the vomit comet - which scientists employ for a surprisingly wide range of experiments.
- Scientists are using viruses to build solar cells and other gadgets that are dramatic improvements over their existing counterparts.
- Superfast laser blast to filaments doubles the efficiency of incandescent light bulbs.
- Flexible solar roof shingles may soon replace today's boxy solar panels made of rigid glass or silicon and mounted on thick metal frames.
- In a Russian mountain range, unknown forces made perfect 'quasicrystals' - a type of material researchers previously thought could only be created in a lab.
- The biggest 'spooky' system ever seen: 4 entangled ions.
- Deer and cattle lose their orientation to Earth's magnetic field near high-voltage power lines.
- Naturally produced hydrogen peroxide summons white blood cells to wounds.
- Pigs are underestimated source of flu.
- The inside of the human nose is a bit too chilly for avian flu virus, perhaps explaining why the strain has so far not spread easily.
- Newly identified arenavirus caused highly-fatal hemorrhagic fever outbreak in late 2008.
- The bane of scientific research: Faking results and omitting inconvenient truths are more widespread than previously thought.
- Bacteria from the deep could be powerful clean-up tool for heavy metal pollution.
- Whether they're shortened or not, dysfunctional telomeres can trigger cancer.
- JAMA: Negative experiences in childhood establish 'biological memories' that weaken physiological systems and make individuals vulnerable to problems that can lie dormant for years. I think it was Edgar Cayce who said parents would shudder if they understood how profoundly they affect their children.
- In that tucked tail, real pangs of regret? From brain scans and other data, more signs of animal ruefulness.
- Dungeons, slavery and executions: The history of personal bankruptcy. But when corporations go bankrupt, the penalty is still cannibalism.
- 'Warrior gene' linked to gang membership, weapons use.
- Wiltshire's June cropcircles: Below Milk Hill, Knoll Down, Little London, and Little Farm.
- War, *huhhh*, what is it good for? Lining pockets, I'd say. Scientists, however, think altruism evolved from 200,000 years of human conflict.
- Hi-res video of The Corpus Clock & Chronophage. At 2:27, you'll see close-ups of the incredibly detailed escarpment - a fanged grasshopper that blinks.
Quote of the Day:
Adverse childhood experience is one of the largest contributors to such chronic health problems as diabetes and obesity, psychiatric disorders, drug abuse – almost every major public health challenge we face.
The authors of a study published June 2 in The Journal of the American Medical Association.
Holding infinity in the palms of our hands…
- Universe versus multiverse.
- Life, from above.
- Quantum entanglement unraveled (and demonstrated) in lab.
- Following up from last week’s news… the mystery of giant ice circles in Russia has been solved.
- The Tiananmen Tank Man, 20 years later. Watch Frontline's documentary on this enigmatic figure, online for free.
- The science of fads fading into obscurity.
- Who needs a paintbrush if you’ve got an iPhone?
- Need a FEMA trailer? Got a buck?
- A 50 year portrait of changing landscapes in the Himalayas.
- The origin of Antarctica’s 14 million year-old ice. And behold Antarctica’s ‘Alps’, buried thousands of meters deep.
- Fossilized treasures unearthed in a German quarry.
- Star clusters near the center of the Milky Way’s supermassive black hole appear ‘normal’.
- UFO or USAF? You be the judge of the top-six top-secret aircraft most commonly mistaken for UFOs.
- Does anybody remember laughter? Apparently monkeys and our ancestors do.
- Space Monkeys won the space race -- further proof us humans only think we’re running things. Damn dirty apes!
- A “stroke” of genius… UK man awakens from surgery as an artist reborn.
- “I see," said the blind man -- all thanks to stem cells.
- Greening the desert, one ‘bilbie’at a time.
- How much water should you really drink per day?
- And so castles made of sand, fall into the sea, eventually.
- Beneath every giving tree, there should be a growing chair.
- Is the future of food factory-grown in Japan?
Danke to Greg, Kat & RPJ
Quote of the Day:
“If the doors of perception were cleansed, every thing would appear to man as it is… infinite.”
They say China is planning to buy the Hummer division. Is it perhaps to re-enact this more cost-effectively?
- Finding ice on the Moon has proven to be more difficult than finding a Nazi lunar base. Or maybe...
- New Champ video? Our friend Loren Coleman —*cough!* save the museum *cough!*— takes a deeper look.
- Chimp-made toolkit most complex ever found. MacGyver's missing link??
- How do you like your mammoth: medium-rare or well done?
- Where to go on a first date with a paleoartist.
- The Starchild Skull grabs a new moment under the spotlights.
- Did an Airline pilot see a UFO, and Twitter about it? More about this here.
- Does the US government want you to think that a UFO crashed in Roswell? "Maybe", says Nick Redfern. No Xmas greeting cards from Stanton Friedman in your mailbox this year, Nick!
- Stunned onlookers watch as mysterious orange UFOs swoop across Britain's skies. Countermeasures to test the defences of a Royal Navy ship?
- Seems that UFO Hunters will be abducted from the airwaves on season 4. Excuse me while I go open the champagne...
- First they go bumping into electric windmills, now they appear in our fields in crop-circle form. Our jellyfish alien overlords are growing impatient ;-)
- Terry Gilliam & Johnny Depp will resume their attack on the windmills. "Forward, Sancho!"
- Guillermo del Toro wants to take the gayness out of vampires —Glowing skin? Are you s*$%ting me??!
- Field guide to ghost-hunting —complete with DIY proton pack assembly instructions.
- Ghost in bottles, for just 20 bucks. It's a bargain in ANY life!
- Video: After slaying Templar infidels in Jerusalem, Altaïr journeys to XVth century Venice, in the 2nd installment of Assassin's Creed.
- As the survivors of the Tiananmen Square massacre still try to cope with their experiences, the post-1980s Chinese kids go "Meh" with the 20th anniversary.
- Exxon Valdez: Still cleaning up the mess after 20 years!
- Parle vu 'oink'? WHO close to declaring swine flu a global pandemic.
- For over 14 years, Daniel Estulin has investigated and researched the Bilderberg Group's far-reaching global influence. Well, the fact that he's still alive doesn't add up to his credibility, now does it?
- U.S. accidentally releases list of Nuclear sites —D'uh! or better yet: D-U92-H1.
- Video: Man pinned down by police prays to Yahweh; Yahweh endows man with super-human strength to withstand a Tazer zapping.
- US firm says handheld puke ray is ready to go. I already know what I'll be asking for this Xmas ;-)
Thanks Greg, Rick, Kat & Tank Man.
Quote of the Day:
"You can raise pigs to be very strong and very fat. But a pig is still a pig. And a pig has no rights."
Liu Suli, 49-year-old book seller who spent 20 months in prison for his involvement with the Tiananmen protesters.
"Our country is like our national animal, the panda. It is slow to change, but change will come. We're making sure of it — but just quietly."
Anonymous 25-year-old Chinese office worker