Feel free to post a review of Darklore to Amazon. Our good friend Michael Tymn already has...
- The world's tallest ancient Buddha statue is getting a facelift.
- The Iceman cometh, amid debate over how he went.
- The name is Kate Mosse, not Kate Moss. And she did not jump on Dan Brown's coat-tails. All clear now?
- Planet-hunters excited by new discovery which could be perfect for supporting life.
- UFO feature on Larry King Live, this Friday night. Greg Bishop (of UFO Mystic) has pointed out this 1992 interview with Larry King as interviewee on the topic of UFOs.
- Former Arizona governor, and also airline pilots, to speak at National Press Club on UFO close encounters.
- When the Square Kilometre Array Telescope comes online, astronomers expect to be processing 10 million gigabytes of data every hour. You think that's impressive, you should see my friends' BitTorrent traffic...
- Area 51's robotic spy bird. I wonder if Frater Ijynx has seen any of these on his camping trips...
- Buzz Aldrin goes zero G again...with Super Mario?
- Fish lives in logs, breathing air, for months at a time.
- U.S. nuclear weapon targeting list 'mushrooms' in size.
- Shuttle Discovery returns to Earth safely.
- Immunologist warns of Western World's anti-bacterial crusade.
- A big chunk of the Universe is missing..again. I've told Rick to check under TDG's rug, but I don't think it's there.
- Australia's Network Ten accused of subliminal advertising.
- Research team makes progress toward 'printing' organs. I wouldn't like to be the person who cleans out the printer jams...
- Sports administrators concerned about placebo dosing on race day. No, that's not a headline from The Onion.
- And neither is this one - Australian kid's toy turns into party drug GHB...just add water.
- Couple escapes injury when cow falls off a cliff and on to their minivan. Udderly ridiculous.
- UK chooses most ludicrous laws. Get to it, pregnant women!
Quote of the Day:
LeMay said, "If we'd lost the war, we'd all have been prosecuted as war criminals." And I think he's right. He, and I'd say I, were behaving as war criminals. LeMay recognized that what he was doing would be thought immoral if his side had lost. But what makes it immoral if you lose and not immoral if you win?
So much great news posted at TDG the past week, I hope you have room for more.
- It's been a year since the Chicago O'Hare UFO incident, but does anyone remember? We have memories like elephants at TDG.
- Er, I forget what my next link was going to be.
- Experts from seven countries will call on the US Government to divulge what it knows about UFOs at a panel discussion next Monday.
- The folk at UFO Media Matters had a great night listening to presentations by UFOlogist Budd Hopkins. With video of Dr Steven Greer at the X Conference 2007.
- If you're considering a holiday, try Templar Trails, taking you to Rosslyn Chapel and other sacred sites.
- Here's one for Ragnar: Loren Coleman discusses the Flatwoods Monster, with a plethora of pics. It's a cyborg-nun.
- What's either the spawn of the Jersey Devil, a Fiji Mermaid, or a deformed flying squirrel was found in an attic.
- Historical evidence shows rampant belief in the undead among early New England settlers. And today's voters.
- Secrets of the lost ouija boards: looking back on 40 years of contacting the other side. Jumanji meets Poltergeist.
- Parahunt is a team of self-confessed paranormal hobbyists who enjoy helping people out with their demonic possessions and narky poltergeists.
- They have a ton of electronic equipment, but this team of East Texas ghost hunters are missing Bill Murray.
- An experiment involving a robot called QRIO shows kids aged between 18 and 24 months treated it as an equal. Let's see what happens when we take away the puppy.
- Astronomers have announced the discovery of a fifth extrasolar planet circling the star 55 Cancri, a mere 41 light years away. Great media at this site.
- Beijing plans to launch a space station by 2020, and is also setting up a third research base in Antarctica. All your base are belong to us.
- Did you know Philip K. Dick used the I Ching to write his novel The Man In The High Castle (Amazon US or UK)?
- An 800-year-old ship lying on the seabed off the coast of China will be salvaged, including its priceless cargo.
- The 1800-year-old seal of a Chinese king has been made public by a man claiming to be his 75th descendant. Sucks to be the 76th.
- In Taoism, Peng-lai is an island in the East China Sea, where the mushrooms of immortality grow. It's also a mystical mountain in mainland China.
- Horai is the Japanese name for Peng-lai, and you can read the folktale collected by Lafcadio Hearn. Horai is mentioned in The Dream of Akinosuke.
- Archaeologists working near Stonehenge have uncovered what they believe is the largest Neolithic settlement ever discovered in Northern Europe.
- Researching plant intelligence at the International Laboratory of Plant Neurobiology. Vegan employees get paid extra.
- October in the USA saw a record 87 tornadoes in a 3-day period. Munchkins are complaining about the increase in foreign refugees.
- Missing for five years, a lost cat is found the day after her canine friend passes away.
Quote of the Day:
Personally, if someone digs me up in a thousand years, I hope there's a curse on them, too.
Agent Mulder, The X-Files
More deception comes your way.
- Operation begins on Indian girl with eight limbs.
- Scientists baffled by Indonesian volcano.
- More artificial ruins on the moon.
- On possible electric phenomena in solar systems and nebulae.
- Gene links breastfeeding to IQ. If you are happy you perform better on tests.
- Volcanoes may have swallowed early Earth's oxygen.
- Comet draws scientific and amateur interest.
- Extinction theory falls from favour.
- Stonehenge's huge support settlement.
- Life in 2020.
- The Salzburg cube.
- Thought police: how brain scans could invade your private life.
- Proposals to terraform Mars about, but are any of them feasible?
- UK climate bill's 60% emission cut.
Quote of the Day:
The secret of life is to appreciate the pleasure of being terribly, terribly deceived.
Apathy makes the baby Jesus cry...
- British mediums help find remains of missing soldier.
- NASA to look for papers on Kecksburg UFO incident.
- Ten years on, an X-Files sequel is coming. Also, Joss Whedon returns to TV.
- And, J.K Rowling writes another book - you can pick it up for $60,000 or upwards. But will our dear J.K. tarnish her friendly image by pulling some legal muscle against a fan?
- Careful which figures of speech you employ - for instance, snake oil salesmen may actually have been on to something.
- Not to mention that whole "growing on trees" figure of speech. Because computers surely don't...right?
- Dealing with death, the Mexican way.
- The Top 25 Censored Stories of 2008. I knew time was flying, but it appears I've been left behind...
- In our continuing series of "Lots of Mars water, there's no Mars water", we bring you the latest twist: Vast amount of water ice may lie on Martian equator.
- Mars Express probes the Red Planet's unusual deposits.
- Black holes may harbour their own Universes.
- U.K. Ministry of Defence tests invisible tank. I have a squadron of invisible fighter planes in my back yard, if anyone is interested in buying them.
- More on the Pentagon's gay bomb. I'm starting to wonder whether Republicans and Fundamentalist leaders were invited to some test firings...
- Is there a pattern in lottery numbers?
- First we lost Alex, now Washoe, a female chimpanzee said to be the first non-human to acquire human language.
- Missing nukes: treason of the highest order?
- Civilisation ends with a shutdown of human concern. Are we there already?
- Power from the final frontier.
- What's so funny about technological collapse?
- Forget the X-men and Heroes - check out the real superhumans and the quest for the future fantastic.
- Our good friend Mark Pilkington (of Strange Attractor) has a book out with his collected 'weird science' writings from the Guardian over the years: Far Out (Amazon US and UK). Funky looking book!
Thanks Kat and Rick.
Quote of the Day:
I could be mistaken. Maybe it was another bald-headed, jigsaw-puzzle-tattooed, naked guy I saw.
Mulder ('The X-Files')
Roswell, Presidential candidates, and LSD. Sounds like a fun night out in anyone's books...
- LSD inventor Albert Hofmann tops list of the 100 Living Geniuses.
- Roswell incident not explained to Presidential candidate's satisfaction.
- Is tuberculosis to blame for vampire folklore?
- Even worse, was a skin disease to blame for communism?
- Oklahoma spooklight source still unknown.
- Tunguska meteoroid's cousins found?
- International Space Station solar panel tears, adding challenge for Shuttle crew.
- A new spin on how stars are born.
- Chicken Little was right.
- Why they called it the Manhattan Project.
- Unearthing Egypt's greatest temple.
- 53-million-year-old spider digitally dissected.
- New ideas about human migration from Asia to Americas - did they take a little time out on the Bering Land Bridge?
- Archaeologists surprised by discovery of one of the most important pre-Columbian sites in the Carribbean.
- Does taking lithium extend your life-span?
- Devil returns to haunt demonic authors.
- Loren Coleman discusses his contribution to a pretty cool book.
- Can fractals spot a fake masterpiece?
- E-Paper can display video as well as text.
- Waterspout helicopter designed to take off from underwater.
- Robot suit may help you achieve a perfect golf swing. Tiger Woods to sue for patent infringement...
- Riding with robots: a test ride in one of the entries in the DARPA autonomous vehicle grand challenge.
- Pwnage news: U.S. spy expense in 2007 was $50 billion. That's around $10 each, for everyone on Earth?
- Saudi Arabian leader greeted at Buckingham Palace with Darth Vader's theme song (video).
Quote of the Day:
I didn't go looking for LSD, it came looking for me; it decided to ring my doorbell, to make its presence known... the world needs it now more than ever.
It's an auspicious night, the cat has brought me a mouse just as I start the news. Darn, it's a toy mouse, not a real one; but it's the thought that counts.
- Samhain is upon the Northern Hemisphere, a night when the veil between the material and spirit worlds is lifted.
- Samhain is a night to remember those who have passed to the other side, and dance with their spirits in the flicker of firelight. There's much to find at WitchVox.
- History Channel presents the pagan roots and pop culture of Halloween.
- Maybe Rev Dr Martin Israel, who passed away on October 23rd, will visit a lucky few tonight.
- Cosmos Magazine has a Halloween special on the 'real' werewolves, that doesn't include me.
- I bet Red Pill Junkie is excited about Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead.
- Two British mediums helped a mother find her son, missing for three years.
- Ghosthunters by John Kachuba takes us on the trail of mediums, dowsers, and spirit seekers of America's paranormal world (Amazon US or UK).
- Not to be confused with Deborah Blum's brilliant book Ghost Hunters (Amazon US and UK). Greg's still buzzing from his interview with Deborah Blum.
- A chilling collection of haunting encounters to read by candelight.
- Brad Steiger dares to investigate beings from the darkside in his brilliant book Shadow World (Amazon US or UK).
- Anthony North chips in with a look at Spiritualism: is anybody there?
- Is there a connection between magnetic fields and haunting phenomena?
- A glowing hexagonal ball of light was filmed in the skies of Turkey.
- Dr Dean Radin gives us a brief tour of the Institute of Noetic Science's research facilities, with photos.
- Thanks to a lawsuit filed by UFOlogist Leslie Kean, NASA will search its archives for documents on a 1965 UFO incident the Government intended to keep secret.
- "More people in [the USA] have seen UFOs than... approve of George Bush's presidency," says Democratic candidate Dennis Kucinich.
- New research suggests our brains process frightened faces faster than that of a neutral or happy face.
- A tsunami only partially explains the disappearance of the Minoans.
- Archaeologists in Puerto Rico have made the discovery of a lifetime, but the US Army Corps are accused of taking artifacts without permission. Where's Indiana Jones when you need him.
- The oldest-known human burial is now thought to be just over 29'000-years-old.
- The Scotsman has an excellent series of videos exploring Rosslyn Chapel, available in podcast or download.
- Filming will begin this December on a new X-Files movie, and David Bowie will help Spongebob Squarepants find Atlantis.
Quote of the Day:
Receiving a visit from outer space sounds almost as comfortable as having a God. Yet we shouldn't rejoice too soon. Perhaps we will get the visitors we deserve.
Sleepers awake and post your interesting dreams.
- Military experiments target the Van Allen Belts.
- How the push for infant academics may be a waste of time or worse.
- The Venusian greenhouse.
- The really long goodbye of the baby boomers.
- Haydn versus Mozart. Celebrity death match with kid gloves.
- Let there be Aluminium 42. Experiment creates surprise isotope.
- Why blame me? It was all my brain's fault. Put the brain on the witness stand!
- Electric Io revisited.
- Iran threatens decisive strike if US attacks.
- Ming the clam is the oldest animal. Flash Gordon must be a cockle.
- Researchers show evidence of memory in cells and molecules.
- Light activated cancer drug hope.
- Aliens caused Sicily fires. Blaming ET for the Electric Universe.
- Building tomorrow's nanofactory.
- Digging the scene: Dinos buried and built dens. Or, quick get digging. There's a giant conflagration headed this way.
- Altering perception: good outcomes from club drugs?
- Scientists say dark matter does not exist.
- Debunking the commercial press, and why scientists hate to talk to the media.
- Airforce veteran chimes in on Phoenix Lights.
Quote of the Day:
We have no dreams at all or interesting ones. We should learn to be awake the same way - not at all or in an interesting manner.
Idiots*: a word derived from ancient Greek, meaning those who ignore public matters. Always something interesting to learn here at TDG. But there's way too much news today, to fill you in on everything.
- Did mega-volcanoes kill the dinosaurs?
- Megadrought cued exodus of ancient humans from Africa.
- New ideas about human migration from Asia to Americas.
- Mummy dearest? Recent scholarship is changing thinking about female pharaoh Hatshepsut, whom Egyptologists once called 'the vilest type of usurper.'
- Ancient seal belonged to Queen Jezebel.
- What happened to the Minoans of Crete?
- Expert says ancient clay tablet is the real deal.
- Diggers begin Herculaneum task of finding masterpieces lost to volcano.
- Mysteries remain sealed inside Silbury Hill. More, with photos.
- Where Gods yearn for long-lost treasures.
- Archaeologists find major pre-Columbian site.
- How old tree rings and ancient wood are helping rewrite history.
- Can't get to Milan to see Leonardo's The Last Supper? With the new 16-billion-pixel image now online, just click to zoom, and you can see every fleck of paint in the 13 transparent glass cups and the decanter on the table, and much more.
- Astronauts discover damage to Space Station.
- In construction mode, astronauts add to the station. Prepare to be dazzled and disoriented by close-up photo.
- Mars With Ice: Detailed picture of frigid red planet emerges.
- Comet brightens mysteriously by a factor of a million.
- Black hole bonanza.
- Cold spot to shed light on Big Bang theory.
- Chesapeake Bay crater research finds answers, unearths more questions.
- California condors had ancient cousins.
- Marie Antoinette, Is That You? Oh, dear - not solidly British. Science - getting to 'all my relations' the hard way.
- French muck: Is this the new penicillin? Saved my life once, so I've kept some ever since.
- The speed at which mankind has used the Earth’s resources over the past 20 years has put humanity’s very survival at risk.*
- Global Environment Outlook 4 (GEO-4): Environment for Development is available in paperback at Amazon UK, and may soon be available at Amazon US. Climate Change 2007 - The Physical Science Basis is available in hardback at Amazon US, and in paperback at Amazon UK.
- Mark Morford says, 'Come see our giant toxic stew! 1,500 miles wide, floating in the Pacific, made of all your plastic crap. Bring the kids!'
- The power of music.
- Lack of sleep is a lot like mental illness.
- Patient with multiple personalities sketches her 17 alter egos. Dr. Richard Baer's book Switching Time is available at Amazon US & UK.
- Brain implant that stops Parkinson's tremors increases impulsive behavior.
- Hypertension drugs may prevent and treat Alzheimer's.
- A chat with a god-king. For you Buddhists out there.
- Researchers suggest Iraq war was centrally motivated from an Extraterrestrial-inspired religion.
- Shades of Harry Potter: Youth turns into a cobra in Nawada.
- Lose yourself - your home, your certainties, the borders and barriers of your life - by means of a bundle of wood pulp, sewn and glued and stained with blobs of pigment and resin. Michael Chabon's Gentlemen of the Road: A Tale of Adventure is available at Amazon US & UK.
- Poisoned ex-Russian spy, Alexander Litvinenko, was an MI6 agent.
- Alchemy, the Golden Dawn, Fulcanelli and the Age of Iron.
- The Golden Age & The End of the World: Emergence of Homo Luminous? Mysteries of the Great Cross of Hendaye: Alchemy at the End of Time is available at Amazon US & UK.
Quote of the Day:
Who would have ever thought that I would make Fox News announcing the end of the world?
Vincent Bridges, in his blog, yesterday, on the Lost Book of Nostradamus.
Sometimes, sniffing around Amazon.com reveals the most interesting things...
- DNA co-discoverer James Watson retires amidst racist comment controversy.
- Ancient DNA reveals that some Neanderthals were redheads. Probably best not to ask for a comment from James Watson on that one...
- Bigelow Aerospace to offer $760 million for a spaceship.
- Physicist Brian Greene selects a winner for the "String Theory in 2 Minutes or Less" video competition at Discover.
- The Top 50 Dystopian Movies of all time. Or at least, time till the present.
- Just in time for Halloween: a slideshow of 15 famous freaky ghost pictures.
- And: scientists baffled by haunted playground (with video). Academics have "called in ghosthunters"? Pffffft.
- 'Alien Autopsy' film saga takes another twist.
- Will a vote for the Democrats in the U.S. election be a step toward disclosure about extraterrestrial contact?
- "We could find ET within a few dozen years". A Q&A with SETI's Seth Shostak.
- Comet brightens mysteriously by a factor of a million.
- Meteor no longer the prime suspect in great extinction.
- Scientists alter the sexual orientation of worms.
- The mysteries of hypermemory and amnesia.
- Eyes in petri dishes? How Bladerunner of them.
- The human race will one day split into two separate species, an attractive, intelligent ruling elite and an underclass of dim-witted, ugly goblin-like creatures, according to a top scientist. I'm tall but ugly...does that make me a hybrid?
- Balloon larger than a jumbo jet takes solar telescope up to 120,00 feet.
- Defect suspected in the fabric of space and time. Did a chesterfield sofa appear somewhere?
- A survey of some of the bizarre religions and cults from around the world.
- Scientist retracts 1955 paper which has been used by Creationists to argue their point.
- Pwnage news: terror watch list swells to more than 755,000. That's a lot of terror to watch...
Quote of the Day:
“Eddies,” said Ford, “in the space-time continuum.”
“Ah,” nodded Arthur, “is he. Is he.” He pushed his hands into the pockets of his dressing gown and looked knowledgeably into the distance.
'Life, the Universe and Everything' (Douglas Adams)
Presidential weirdness awaits you in today's news briefs...
- Did Italian saint Padro Pio fake his stigmata with acid?
- Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich said to have had a UFO encounter at the home of Shirley Maclaine (the smell of roses bit is very interesting...).
- Man levitates outside the White House (with video). Cool trick (or is it.....cue Twilight Zone music).
- The art of Ouija.
- Are they monsters, or make-believe?
- When being the big fish in the pond isn't so great...small fish eats fish 4 times its size. And I thought I felt full after last night's dinner...
- Scientific studies showing that the foraging patterns of albatrosses, bumblebees and deer conform to a single mathematical axiom all got it wrong, say researchers.
- Rabbi reveals the name of the Messiah. Much to my disappointment, it isn't 'Brian'.
- St Bernard study casts doubt on creationism. There wasn't any before?
- China launches lunar orbiter with patriotic zeal. As opposed to those other space-faring nations, with nary a flag in sight...
- Russian cockroach gives birth to the "first creatures conceived in space" (assuming we're alone in this big 'ole Universe...). Now that's a Space Race that could get interesting...
- Space elevator isn't going anywhere yet. Negative points to that journalist for not going with the obvious headline, "Space elevator stuck on ground floor".
- Some fun DIY: How to build your own Sputnik. I have an old satellite dish I'm going to throw out next week - anybody know of a fun DIY project for that?
- Or how about this one: Nigerian man builds helicopters from junk.
- Near-Earth 'space bubbles' mapped for the first time.
- Could quantum effects explain consciousness? (New Scientist subscription required).
- What happens when you spend eleven days awake? Elephants on Acid, and other Bizarre Experiments is available from Amazon US.
- Micro-robot can travel through blood vessels and clear arteries. Sounds like a Fantastic Voyage...
- The future is here right now, if you can read the signs, says futurist.
- Scientists have a new way to reshape nature - but none can predict the cost...
- Ancient cataclysm rearranged Pacific map.
- Fossil record supports evidence of an impending mass extinction.
- Ethiopia begins re-erecting the famed Axum obelisk.
- Solomon's Temple artifacts found by Muslim workers.
- Archaeologist claims legendary Qin palace didn't exist.
- Presidential contender says signers of the U.S. Declaration of Independence were "brave people, most of whom, by the way, were clergymen." How wrong was he? 'Pants on Fire' wrong.
Quote of the Day:
After sleeping through a hundred million centuries we have finally opened our eyes on a sumptuous planet, sparkling with color, bountiful with life. Within decades we must close our eyes again. Isn’t it a noble, an enlightened way of spending our brief time in the sun, to work at understanding the universe and how we have come to wake up in it? This is how I answer when I am asked - as I am surprisingly often - why I bother to get up in the mornings.