My Maroon cup runneth over...
- Google's "Paypal killer" looks interesting, but why can't you sell occult goods? Wonder how far they will take the 'related practices' legalese?
- About as far as the US Dept of Veteran Affairs perhaps, with fallen Wiccan soldier still short of a pentacle on his tomb.
- Carved stone still unexplained, after more than a century.
- Archaeological students tackle 10,000 year old mystery.
- Noah's Ark discovered in Iran?
- Stephen Braude has written a eulogy for influential parapsychologist John Beloff, who died June 1st aged 86.
- Masonic halls in Scotland under surveillance by anti-terror squads.
- The New York Times review of Lee Silver's Challenging Nature: The Clash of Science and Spirituality at the New Frontiers of Life (Amazon US and UK). Lee Silver's website is here.
- Ten years after Dolly, we have no human clones, but plenty of barnyard copies.
- Monkeys are hard-wired for facial recognition. They all look the same to me...
- Astronauts inspect shuttle damage.
- On Mars, no-one can hear you scream.
- UK MoD report says roadside crash could trigger nuclear blast. Probably by plasma balls.
- Swiss teen builds a functioning submarine out of a pig trough.
- Is Global Warming a myth?
- On the flipside: scientists laud Al Gore's GW movie (Global Warming, not George W.).
- Norwegian whalers put on a show for whale-watching tourists by harpooning a whale in front of them.
- New research suggests teenagers should steer clear of cannabis use. And sex, and rock 'n roll.
- Controversy continues over UK weather satellite blacklist.
- The Internet knows what you'll do next. I hope it wasn't anything embarassing.
- Girl who could only read and write upside down has been cured by the colour orange.
- Here's a review of The Computational Universe.
Quote of the Day:
The spirit of democracy cannot be imposed from without. It has to come from within.
A lot of mindless reading for you to point and click with your bionic arms.
- Confirmation bias in the political mind.
- Meet the Malthusians manipulating the fear of terror.
- The freedom to ridicule religion and deny the holocaust.
- Critical Thinking: what is it good for, in fact, what is it?
- Heat really does relieve pain.
- Mindless reading seen as fundamental.
- Bionic limbs in five years.
- Global warming: crisis for earth? Jellyfish can save us.
- Miraculous garlic vodka treats diabetes and cancer. It’s quite a drink that gets you pissed, wards off Dracula and treats medical conditions.
- Large lake which disappeared last year in one night returns to its place.
- Fizzy bubbles or plasma layers?
- Deep space explosion baffles astronomers.
- Stupidity: how humans follow the dumb course.
- The return of nuclear fusion. It’s a 50ft bastard.
- 2300 year-old artefacts may change Ashoka-Buddhist history.
- Moyers: the secret government, constitution part 1 and part 2.
- The Enlightenment has been taking its knocks.
- Christopher Knight: who built the moon?
Quote of the Day:
The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot.
Science and science fiction Tuesday here on TDG, though I'll avoid the cheap tie-in to the ID4 film...
- NASA continues shuttle countdown despite concerns over foam crack.
- And: NASA wants to reward the U.S. with an Independence Day launch. Not sure that's a great idea, with the whole fireworks thing and all (keeping this in mind).
- SETI's Seth Shostak tells us why we must flee the planet. Don't worry, it's nothing to do with any particular message that SETI has received from the Reavers.
- Engineers restart Hubble camera.
- Military pulls out of alien invasion at Roswell.
- Ghost Quest International unveils controversial ghost video. I must need a new optical prescription, because I can't see anything of note (and the domain name isn't exactly conducive to taking things seriously...).
- BOOOO!!!! Sorry, just saving you from the dangers of mindless reading (and heck, who can help it with the amount of news we post?).
- Korea to test 1,000 remote-controlled domestic robots. Haven't they seen I Robot? Is there a Korean equivalent to Will Smith?
- Creepy story of the day: frozen brains await resurrection. For some reason I'm getting the visual of the incubator room in "Genesis of the Daleks" (yes, I am a child of the 70s).
- Scientists ponder ways of harnessing people power...literally. I prefer the Matrix battery imagery.
- Rewired brain revives patient after 19 years.
- Judge bans use of military sonar allegedly responsible for marine mammal deaths.
- Wiccan widow takes tombstone tussle to D.C.
- Woman tries to clear 'witch', convicted in 1706.
- The New York Times review of The Devil is a Gentleman (Amazon US and UK).
- News on Project Serpo deceptions takes us on complex paths to truth.
- Documentary sets a new date for Exodus.
- China's ancient terracotta army set to march on British Museum.
- Are the Angkor Wat temples doomed?
- Society in 2025 'will be based on selfishness'. So not much different from today then?
- Foreign accent syndrome: Geordie stroke victim wakes up with Jamaican accent. Aye Mon!
- New AT&T/NSA conspiracy theory.
- Also: former Reagan defense assistant calls 9-11 a "dog that doesn't hunt."
- Flying robots made from cellophane? That could spell disaster if you gift-wrapped it...
- Hard to avoid the topical news stories being pumped out: science saves the Star-Spangled Banner.
Quote of the Day:
If they board us, they'll rape us to death, eat our flesh and sew our skin to their clothes. And if we're lucky, they'll do it in that order.
Zoë on the Reavers - from Joss Whedon's 'Firefly'
A very late bag of mixed everything.
- Forget Bosnia, China's pyramids are in danger of collapse and need urgent attention, yet UNESCO is silent.
- Lord Averbury says he is stunned the Countryside Agency wants to label Silbury Hill, the largest prehistoric man-made mound in Europe, as "unimproved chalk grassland".
- Zahi didn't find his mummy, but the mystery of Egypt's tomb KV63 lingers.
- What are these mystery rocks, with evidence of carvings, in Saskatchewan Canada? Maybe we can send Paul to investigate?
- Unknown to most, New England has its fair share of mystery megaliths. Hrmm, that's probably a bit out of Kat's way ...
- Will she kill him off or won't she? Rowling plays coy on the fate of Harry Potter. I've read the manuscript and Harry lives, but Hermione dies ... ooops, sorry Kat!
- A school for witches will open its doors in Illinois, attracting pagans and cats. The article has the predictable Harry Potter reference, when Jill Murphy's The Worst Witch is more applicable (Amazon UK or US).
- My birthday in two weeks will be nothing like that of Professor Paul Davies's 60th celebration -- he invited thinkers from across the world to discuss life, the universe and the emergence of human consciousness.
- Monster waves are being sighted more and more across the world's oceans, causing concern for oceanographers. Which makes me wonder about the dreams I've been having of drowning and being swept off my feet by waves ...
- Global Warming has been recognised as the cause behind much of 2005's hurricanes.
- A Japanese man taken prisoner by the Soviets in 1945 has returned to Japan for the first time in almost seven decades.
- Mira Kimura is an acclaimed Japanese violinist who has the rare ability of producing strange sounds with her instrument.
- Will China's train across the roof of the world damage Tibet's unique culture? That's assuming it isn't already damaged beyond repair ...
- Tens of thousands of people marched through the streets of Hong Kong on Saturday demanding democracy.
- Forensic scientists continue to exhume the mass graves of Kurdish villagers in Iraq, finding that many of them managed to hold on to their ID cards.
- India will offer its cotton farmers cash and debt relief in a bid to halt the alarming number of suicides over loan repayments.
- Scientists in Israel have discovered a new method to curb the spread of cancer through research on increasing the size of fruit.
- A large cat dining on the entrails of one our early ancestors thousands of years ago contracted an ulcer-causing bacteria that spread to lions, cheetahs and tigers and which persists to this day, a new study concludes.
- Researchers suggest the ancestor of every person now living on Earth lived in East Asia around the same time the Pyramids of Giza were built. Coincidence?
- Scientists are trying to develop an artificial human body clock which would help combat sleeplessness. Gives a whole new meaning to the nursery rhyme Hickory Dickory Dock.
- Is there a major discrepancy in the timeline of Ancient Crete?
- Voyager 1 is probably 100 times as far from the Sun as is the Earth by now, and here's a peek at what it's like for the little spacecraft that knew it could.
- Scientists have created a device that helps patients grow back their own teeth. I'm waiting for the device that will recover lost brain cells.
- Can sufferers of Deja Vu reveal insights into the inner workings of human memory? (login: dailygrail, password: article)
- Mice can feel each other's pain, say Canadian researchers who have been injecting the rodents with acid to make them writhe while their cagemates look on.
- Research has revealed males will willingly stand more pain if the person tormenting them is a woman. Even if I were tortured by this woman, I would buckle within seconds.
- A Czech town has opened the world's first beer spa, being marketed as the cure for a range of ailments. This link following on from the Choco Party ad above is no coincidence.
Thanks Kat, Rob and The Scotsman.
Quote of the Day:
"She knows, now, absolutely, hearing the white noise that is London, that Damien's theory of jet lag is correct: that her mortal soul is leagues behind her, being reeled in on some ghostly umbilical down the vanished wake of the plane that brought her here, hundreds of thousands of feet above the Atlantic. Souls can't move that quickly, and are left behind, and must be awaited, upon arrival, like lost luggage."
from the novel Pattern Recognition by William Gibson
It's not your typical TDG fare, but I found the last two paragraphs on this page, about a Japanese girl's memory of groking English, interesting.
- Robert Lomas, sometimes described as the real Robert Langdon, goes into prehistoric mode to put his theories about ancient astronomy into practice. You can now pre-order Lomas's new book Turning the Solomon Key : George Washington, the Five Pointed Star, and the Secrets of Masonic Astrology, due out in September, at Amazon US. Amazon UK is not accepting pre-orders yet, but you can bookmark this page.
- Ancient Brazilian tribes charted the heavens.
- New tomb in Valley of the Kings reveals ancient woven flowers, but not Tut's mom. More here: Guardian of Egypt's Past Preserves a Moment of Mystery.
- Zahi Hawass clarifies the 'pyramid expert' sent to Bosnia.
- Artifacts from two lost cities of ancient Egypt, rescued from the sea after more than 1,300 years, have ignited religious debate in Egypt.
- Did early man take his first steps in Asia?
- Christian archaeology team believes it has found Noah's Ark.
- Bones and tusks dating back 400,000 years are the earliest signs in Britain of ancient humans butchering elephants for meat.
- Dinosaur has means to be mother of all meat-eaters.
- 5000-year-old settlement areas found in Bolaghi Gorge.
- The quest for the metal library in the tunnels and caves beneath Ecuador and Peru.
- Etruscan expert announces historic discovery at ancient site.
- Scientists believe they will soon be able to detect gravity waves.
- Ants find their way home using pedometers.
- Study detects prejudice in the human brain.
- Research indicates mice feel empathy. Hopefully, they'll find a gene that they can transfer to us humans.
- Nearly half of elementary school teachers admit to bullying students.
- Lost world: Is society's divorce from nature putting the planet at peril?
- Princeton researchers find that the link between income and happiness is mainly an illusion.
- How cooperation can evolve in a cheater's world.
- Farming for Ethanol would have serious consequences for forests, food production.
- Plants that build homes for bacteria could do without chemical nitrogen.
- Get ready for internet toll roads.
- There's a message coming through, captain. Translating babble into Babel.
- 'Apocalypto' now for Mel, Maya and historians.
- The truth about the Superman curse.
- Remembering Who We Are: Apela Colorado and the Indigenous Mind.
- Preserver of the past giving ancient cosmology a graphic form.
- Multiple UFOs photographed in Greece. (Scroll down.)
- Strange lights in the Phoenix sky.
- Tim Hildebrandt remembered.
- Power, Paranoia and Presidential Tyranny: a review of Ron Suskind's The One Percent Doctrine. Amazon US & UK.
- Vale to Babylon: The Neo-Assyrian Empire offers lessons for the present age. Parts l, II, and III. I'm not sure how to describe these articles, but I read section III, The Armies of Ashur, on how the iron age changed the balance of power in the Hittite Empire, first. And yes, I read magazines backwards too.
- The NYSun touts British Bill of Rights as The Independent charts a nine-year-long assault on civil liberties that surely must have Churchill spinning in his grave.
- It's somehow reassuring to know there are still knights in shining armour, even if they are (pre)occupied with jousting rather than chivalry.
Quote of the Day:
The white man is clever, but he is not wise.
Ishi, the last member of the Yahi tribe
The inquisition, let's begin...
- Chinese archaeologists discover a foreigner helped to build the Terracotta Army.
- The ancient world rises via the stones of the Salisbury plain.
- Picknett and Prince defend Dan Brown from the bandwagon-jumping nay-sayers. Picknett and Prince's related book The Templar Revelation: Secret Guardians of the True Identity of Christ is available at Amazon US & UK.
- Professor Paul Davies turned 60 recently, and in celebration hosted a conference covering topics ranging from cosmology to consciousness. Worth the read.
- The Cosmic Log mailbag has plenty on last week's story about scientific evidence for UFOs.
- Shuttle launch countdown begins. Well, not *the* countdown...otherwise it would be launched already wouldn't it.
- British Freedom of Information office accused of being secretive. That really is quite funny...
- Do we all have a thin grasp of reality, or is it just a scientist saying 'stupid sh*t'?
- Research seeks answers to mysterious musical phenomenon.
- Brain can be made to self-repair.
- The language you speak may determine your math skills. I speak native Neandertal.
- Ultrasound technique may help regrow teeth.
- Tropical ice cores reveal two abrupt global climate shifts.
- New study finds that warming was the key factor in last year's hurricane season.
- Air-conditioning and lack of sleep promote obesity. Sounds like I'll be packing on the pounds this summer...
- British doctors review their euthanasia stance.
- Scientist calls for stricter regulation of the influence of pharmaceutical companies in medical issues.
- Test tube meat nears the dinner table. Grandma Grail better install a lab, quick-smart!
- New species of snake discovered in Borneo, which has the chameleon-like ability to change colour to suit its surroundings. No wonder we took so long to find it...
- Rare giant beetle scares workers, but is spared the 2-pound hammer.
- Did lions kill villagers as revenge for their kidnapped cubs?
- Symposium on 'The Occult Life of Things' to be held in Spain next month.
- New research suggests pirates were spreaders of democracy. Ahoy, Cap'n Dubya! Where's Master Bates, Seaman Staines and Roger the Cabin boy?
Quote of the Day:
I think anybody who doesn't think I'm smart enough to handle the job is misunderestimating
George W. Bush
Bad luck to the Socceroos, but well done all the same...
- Is reverse causation backward science? Very interesting article, make sure you check it out.
- Sleuthing out the truth on UFOs, with common sense.
- Ghost hunting - believers vs skeptics.
- Iced marijuana tea to debut in British health food shops. I'll bet they're planning to on-sell some chocolate biscuits though...
- The mysterious gifts of musical savants (with video).
- How do you tell if the voices in your head are mental illness, or a government mind-job? Greg's advice: ask the voices in your head!
- And if that wasn't bad enough, now mind-reading computers are on the way. Better put some lazy boys inside your skull, for all the company you'll be having over...
- Crop circle shows alien playing poker. They could have at least hired a crew that does more precise work...
- King Tut's necklace made out of meteoritic glass.
- Golden archaeological treasure gives insights into Thracian calendar.
- Egyptian archaeologists find sarcophagi near the Giza pyramids.
- Forbidden Knowledge Conference scheduled for July 1st in the UK.
- Japan announces plan to pump carbon dioxide underground. Better in than out?
- Earth is the hottest it's been in 400 years.
- Huge underwater volcano discovered off Sicily. "Volcanic activity has raised the island out of the sea several times in recorded history" - a new contender for Atlantis?
- Male sexuality may be decided in the womb.
- Are stem cells to blame for cancer?
- Scientists take their design cues from Mother Nature.
- The hive mind of Starlings. Spotted via Strange Attractor.
- Mini-black holes may reveal 5th dimension.
- Stealth radar sees through trees and walls - undetected. So don't bother hiding behind trees anymore...
- Michael Shermer says your political leaning is all in your brain.
- Had enough of everyone at work today? Why not live out your fantasy and watch an asteroid destroy Earth (broadband only). Spotted via Post-Human Blues.
Quote of the Day:
I am at two with nature.
Sorry the news is late, my street is blocked off for the Australia vs Italy World Cup soccer match tonight (Lygon St in Melbourne is Little Italy, as well as a plot locale in a William Gibson novel).
- Harriet the Turtle, rumoured to have been taken from the Galapagos Islands by Darwin, has died aged 175. Forget botox, try eating hibiscus flowers every day.
- Sophisticated radar techniques will allow a glimpse into the USA's mysterious Creek Nation pyramid-mounds, without a Bosnian controversy in sight.
- More fantastical artifacts have been unearthed during archaeological excavations in Iran.
- Up to 35 excavations in an Anatolian province will provide new information on how civilisation began in the archaeological paradise of the Fertile Crescent (which sounds like the name of a seedy strip-joint where dirt detectives go on their nights off).
- Here's an article on revolutionary research that dispels current theories about the rise of agriculture in the Fertile Crescent, and it's all about wild lentils. I always suspected Neanderthals were hippies.
- Modern medical science has exposed a 2000-year-old Egyptian fraud. I had no idea Zahi Hawass was so old.
- A half-billion year old volcanic eruption may be the cause of the first mass animal extinction event in the history of life, the universe and everything.
- An international team of scientists will attempt to recreate the immediate aftermath of the Big Bang, hopefully at a remote location a thousand miles away from me, you and everyone else.
- Is String Theory a disaster for physics, holding back better theories?
- Pluto's two newly discovered moons have been named Nix and Hydra. Hollywood's expecting celebrity couples are running out of baby-name options.
- An emotionally aware computer that can guess a user's mental state is in development. So that explains why my old computer blew up last January.
- SETI's Dr Jill Tarter isn't convinced by UFO sightings and alien abductions, but will keep listening for communications anyway.
- Did the US military fly a secret spyplane called Aurora over the UK without the MoD's knowledge? It wouldn't be the first time they did something without asking first.
- Perhaps it's a revolutionary aircraft designed by Northrop Grumman? It's not due until 2020, but we all know they have time-travel technology back-engineered from the Martians.
- ThothWeb has an interesting article discussing whether the US has secretly developed flying saucers over the past 60 years for ulterior motives.
- The Other Side of Truth's Paul Kimball interviews UFO Review's Stuart Miller, who believes UFOs have a paranormal origin.
- The Why Files take a skeptical look at India's Red Rain phenomenon.
- The city of Roswell will host its 12th annual UFO festival from Thursday until July 3rd. I hope to get abducted there later tonight.
- South Korea plans to launch a new space program to search for extraterrestrial life.
- An 83-year-old British pensioner believes his idea for a unique flying device challenges the accepted laws of physics and could revolutionise the world's travel industry. With hair like that, I'm on his side!
- Tap the energy of the intuitive universe through Craig Conley's Follow Your Bliss wheel of fortune. I highly recommend reading Craig's website.
- Or you can try your hand at reading Philip Pullman's alethiometer, and gain the wisdom of Serafina Pekkala or the strength of an armoured polar bear.
- Greg's days of Counter-Strike are about to get interesting as India's youth challenges China in the online computer game market. I knew I recognised the voice of that phone company helpdesk representative I talked to last week, he pwnd me in World of Warcraft with critical dps and a "Thank you very much, please come again!" l33t FTW!
- But will they boldly go where no Indian geek has gone before, and play Star Trek Online? The only question is, will Kat aim for command of the Voyager or accept an ensign position on the Enterprise? Look for me at the bar on Deep Space Nine.
Quote of the Day:
When you follow your bliss ... doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors, and where there wouldn't be a door for anyone else.
It's a bit jumbled up, but I'm sure you'll manage. Yo, Bill, there's news about mesquite. I'm hoping today's quote is a first for TDG.
- The thirst for knowledge is physically addictive. We TDGers have suspected as much, but we still want more.
- Archaeologists exploring one of Rome's oldest catacombs have discovered more than 1,000 skeletons dressed in elegant togas.
- Long-lost Byzantine port uncovered in Istanbul, with what may be a church, a gate to the city, and 8 sunken ships wiped out by a giant storm more than 1,000 years ago.
- Anglian sword found at Bamburgh Castle has been declared the only one of its kind in the world.
- Atlantis and Tartessus: Norway Scientific Institutions recognize Spanish paleographical hypothesis.
- Arctic, Antarctic, Mars.
- Ancient shell beads may be oldest jewelry and first sign of modern culture. More.
- Radar peers into one of North America's great pyramids, and into the Muscogee Nation's past.
- Amongst deliberate destruction, blind ignorance and so-called progress, Arizona is quickly losing its prehistoric heritage.
- Prehistoric humans damaged coastal ecology.
- Huge underwater volcano discovered off Sicily.
- Etruscan tomb near Rome yields oldest paintings in Western civilisation.
- Oldest known spiderweb found in ancient amber.
- Amber preserves silk and prey from 136 million years ago.
- Dancing with the moon goddess in Callanish.
- Crowd of 19,000 at Stonehenge described as 5 percent pagan and 95 percent partygoer.
- Stonehenge-like tomb also marks solstice.
- Diving expedition continues search for underwater relics in China's Fuxian Lake.
- From campfire to gas tank, Mesquite energy may be harvested for ethanol.
- Scientific world unites over origins of life and issues damning statement against creationism.
- The average worker spends two hours a day answering phonecalls, emails, and pointless questions.
- Study of social isolation paints sobering picture of a fragmented America, where intimate social ties are shrinking or nonexistent.
- Suburban 'serenity' blamed for making Americans the fattest, sickest people in the developed world.
- Charged paper moves on its own.
- Foraging monkeys make use of meteorology.
- Gut bacteria determine fat or thin. But, other than researchers force-feeding it to sterile mice, what determines gut bacteria?
- Viagra improves high-altitude exercise performance 45% - for some. Tour de France to become a revealing three-legged race?
- Research shows cherry juice decreases exercise-induced muscle pain and damage.
- 'Fountain of youth' drug proven to slow, even reverse, aging. But there's new molecular proof that some aspects of aging are out of our control.
- Child abuse linked to development of schizophrenia.
- Sexual success and the schizoid factor.
- Contrails and the dark side of air travel.
- Physicists discover effervescent space.
- Why are uniforms uniform? Because color helps humans track more than 3 objects.
- Ozzie asks: Where have all the UFOs gone? Have we offended them?
- 50-year fear: Long incubation period means the number of people infected with vCJD could be far higher than previously thought.
- Spaceship dreams get real.
- Ufology's generation now: Nick Pope.
- Girl-haunting ghost strikes terror in school.
- Walking ghost caught on video. Looks more like a waddling ghost to me.
- Experts weigh UFO facts and fiction.
- Making factories and computers with DNA.
- Magnetism nudges matter into black holes.
- Jon Stewart, Enemy of Democracy?
Quote of the Day:
You have kept me away from water for a week. Give me water.
Nepal's girl-haunting ghost
Sometimes it's like trying to ice-skate in treacle...
- Celebrating the solstice: mid-summer magic, sun and fire.
- Also: thousands turn up for summer fun at Stonehenge.
- Return to the Golden Bough. Bog Bodies were ancient society's elite.
- 3,000-year-old pyramid tombs discovered in North-East China.
- Disputed collection holds the key to the secrets of Machu Picchu.
- Scientists urge parents to teach their children about evolution. "Come here you little monkey, I've got a story to tell you..."
- Whaling Commission unanimously endorses report on whales being harmed by under-sea oil search noises.
- Speed kills: cheetahs suffering more fatal crashes during chases, say experts.
- New research supports the possibility of cryopreservation. Cool.
- Thirst for knowledge may just be an opium addiction. All you junkies out there...
- 'Rogue' physicist ties together magnetism and weather patterns.
- Alan Boyle takes a look at the science of Superman.
- Microsoft launches software kit for robot builders. Roy Batty, here we come...
- New asteroid defense strategy? Get another asteroid, then play marbles...
- UFO hacker Gary McKinnon tells Wired exactly what he found. And: did McKinnon discover a space navy?
- God, UFOs and the Great Pyramid.
- San Andreas fault set for the 'Big One'. Learn to swim, learn to swim...
- China Moon walk set for 2024.
- Florida accountant is actually not a descendant of Genghis Khan. But boy, it did make good copy.
- Massive mummy fraud discovered after 2000 years.
- Tim the Yowie Man to run for election in Australia in 2008?
Quote of the Day:
I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die
Roy Batty (from 'Blade Runner')