I'm in need of inspiration. Or money. Either would brighten my day...
- Can Colin Fry really speak to the dead? The first-name basis doesn't imply objectivity, but there are the usual tales of highly specific information.
- Is there chess after death?
- Jung's 'Big Dreams' are "meaningful representations of our concerns and emotions." Perhaps it's worth considering that the 'visitation' dreams may actually be exactly that?
- Is there a glimmer of consciousness in supposedly vegetative patients?
- Investors warned about seeking astrological advice.
- The intelligence of swarms.
- The Bell Witch, Al-Qaeda and Doomsday. I can't really add much to that as a headline.
- New drug can dampen down bad memories. What was it that Alexander Pope once said?
- Israel scraps Temple Mount bridge plan.
- Zahi calls in Grissom: Egypt to use DNA evidence to identify Tuthmosis.
- 80 years of robots in Hollywood. That's about actual robots, not the corporate money-chasers...
- The Opportunity rover is preparing for a possible one-way trip into Victoria crater.
- How much does a space toilet cost? About $19 million apparently...
- Bigelow Aerospace puts the Genesis 2 in orbit, with Robert Bigelow giving a nice gift to his grand-daughter Blair.
- Micro-generator powered by vibrations.
- "Spitting orangutans" display inventive behaviour.
- Pwnage news: what would George Orwell think of all this? Probably that he was a couple of decades out...
- Could African drummers talk to whales?
- Tasmanian Tiger may not be extinct.
- Dodo skeleton found on island, may yield bird's DNA.
- Cats can trigger allergic reactions in 1 in 4 people.
- Pesticide's suspected in case of AWOL honeybees.
- Human's gobble one quarter of the food chain's foundation.
- 'Man-eating piranhas' are a myth, study finds. Not sure how they tested that, but I'd suggest the researchers count their toes...
- Forget the piranhas, or the Martians, or Al Qaeda...the rubber ducks are coming!
Thanks Rick and Kat.
Quote of the Day:
How happy is the blameless Vestal’s lot?
The world forgetting, by the world forgot:
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!
Each pray’r accepted, and each wish resign’d .
It's a wild and woolly news day, folks.
- 'Roswell aliens' story revived by deathbed confession. **Flash of light** You will forget everything you read in this article -- and you'll get rid of that shirt. Bloggers - comment.
- What happened before the Big Bang: New discoveries about another universe whose collapse appears to have given birth to the one we live in.
- Million-year-old human tooth found in Spain.
- German archaeologist claims to have found evidence that 'rise of man' theory is off by 400,000 years.
- People in the Americas began growing domesticated crops more than 10,000 years ago.
- 1,600km voyage of the Sea Stallion is crucial to understanding the Viking Age.
- The Dragon and the Pearl: One of the great mysteries of mythology is the universal symbol of a cosmic serpent with a glowing sphere in the heavens.
- The Bees' Needs: It's the Physics, Stupid! - by Richard C. Hoagland and David Wilcock.
- The Amateur Future of Space Travel: How NASA turned to America’s basement brainstormers, workbench concocters and garage tinkerers to revive the space program.
- Paradigm shift: Gene Theory is history.
- Researchers discover that ancient RNA molecules orchestrate gene activity across vast portions of the human genome.
- Prions naturally present in the brain appear to prevent the build up of beta amyloid proteins associated with Alzheimer's.
- Babies learn to deceive at a far younger age than previously suspected.
- Wild Weather: dispatches from an ailing planet.
- Wilderness now almost non-existent on planet Earth
- Reanimated rodents and the meaning of life.
- Covering the End Times - Coast-to-Coast, Pinchbeck, and beyond.
- The only thing we have to fear is the 'culture of fear' itself (pdf): How human thought and action are being stifled by a regime of uncertainty.
- Pwnage news: One of the thorniest problems of the information age is 'data reuse' - data collected for one purpose and then used for another.
- New NSA whistleblower speaks out.
- EU pours £3.8bn into 'brainwashing campaign'.
- Scientists develop amnesia drug that can block and even delete unwanted memories from people's brains. Okay, make that an injection instead of a *flash of light*.
- Recalls of problematic goods force large US companies to increase scrutiny of the thousands of products they receive from Chinese suppliers.
- Prepare to be stunned by Robocops.
- Wikipedia: How did the world’s biggest online encyclopedia turn into a leading source of daily journalism?
- Why we (supposedly?) learn from our mistakes.
- YouTube video (2:41): A modern-day Da Vinci?
Quote of the Day:
This is to certify that you have passed W.O.M.B.A.T. Grade 3 and have been awarded the classification of Outstanding.
You are a witch or wizard of extraordinary flair and sagacity. Very few candidates achieve 'Outstanding' at Grade 3 W.O.M.B.A.T. Have you ever considered a teaching post at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry? Application owls from such highly qualified candidates are always welcome. Heartiest congratulations!
Kat's test results on the W.O.M.B.A.T. (Wizards' Ordinary Magic & Basic Aptitude Test) Grade 3 at JKRowling.com.
O'Hare airport, Channel Islands...the UFOs seem to be returning.
- I've just posted a brilliant video interview with the pilot involved in the Channel Islands UFO case (from the Richard and Judy show) here on TDG - if it's moved off the front page by the time you read the news, follow the link provided. Covers topics such as lenticular clouds, rather than the usual fluff (h/t to Orange Orb). Also, see this earlier interview with Capt. Ray Bowyers, in which it is evident that he was not at all happy to be in the air with this 'thing'.
- Col. John Alexander, the Pentagon's former psychic visionary, tells how witches ended up working on Intel. Not sure if he's referring to the group known as 'the witches' in the RV program (see Paul Smith's Reading the Enemy's Mind), or some other project involving psychics/witches.
- Bigelow Aerospace launches second orbital module successfully.
- Bigfoot caught on tape? I see nothing. This Tom Biscardi guy seems to show up regularly though...
- Alien dreamtime: the guy who envisions an alien abduction rollercoaster.
- New home appliance the size of a paperback novel predicts quakes before they hit. I'm not sure if seconds are going to cut it.
- Will science render men unnecessary? Not until they make a robot that can wash dishes! Oh, they've done that already? Errrr....
- Evidence for 'anniversary reaction'? Woman's defibrillator activates one week to the hour after her father died, while she was standing beside the open grave of her sister, who died when she heard about her father's death. Tough times in that family...
- A review of Gerd Gigerenzer's Gut Feelings: The Intelligence Of The Unconscious.
- Norway hosts witchcraft experts.
- There's nothing funny about Michael Moore's Sicko.
- How far away is fusion energy?
- Space Diving: Extreme sport of the future.
- Mars dust storm could threaten rovers.
- House cats' wild ancestor found. If his name is 'Toby', I know that cat...in fact, I have a few scars courtesy of him.
- Exercise grows new brain cells. I'd just like to raise one pertinent word....'Schwarzenegger'.
- Potential cure for HIV discovered.
- Corpses Wanted: Inside America’s body farms.
- Archaeological team unearths stone circle in one of Britain's most remote areas.
- Debate continues over Dead Sea Scrolls.
- China's massive 3 Gorges Dam is changing the weather.
- Do toilets really flush in the opposite direction in the Southern Hemisphere? Let me just go check...
- Professor claims to survive on just sunshine and fruit juice. Michael Prescott comments.
- Hospital cures man's headache, by removing a bullet from his skull.
- We thought it was extinct, but now - a new glimpse, in the wild, has shocked the world: journalistic integrity rediscovered...
Thanks Rick and Kat.
Quote of the Day:
Steadily, unflinchingly, we strive to pierce the inmost heart of Nature, from what she is to reconstruct what she has been, and to prophesy what she yet shall be. Veil after veil we have lifted, and her face grows more beautiful, august, and wonderful, with every barrier that is withdrawn.
Sir William Crookes
Mmmm, lots of tasty stories today. Dig in...
- Egypt claims Hatshepsut discovery. NG has a photo gallery, and also some video. The big Z also has a full report and photos on his website (with someone's big head intruding often).
- Forget SETI's telescope array - is the best place to search for an alien message our own DNA?
- 'Buried aliens' turn out to be tree trunks. Poke them with a stick, just to be sure...
- Pole dancing is fine, but aliens are a no-no on Australian TV.
- Who will find the god particle first?
- Are "Lunar UFO's" actually volcanic belches?
- How a dead frog could help you woo a lover. Get yourself a toad and maybe then you've got something...
- Courthouse 'ghost' video mystery solved (by CSICOP's Benjamin Radford).
- Warning: Pottermania will allow Wicca to take over the world.
- Tasmanian Tiger extinction mystery.
- Researchers may remake Neanderthal DNA. I know a few towns they could visit to make things easier...
- Inca remains found in Viking burial ground?
- Darwin still rules, but some biologists dream of a paradigm shift.
- An alternative theory on cancer.
- Scientists reverse mental retardation.
- Microsoft and Google look to benefit from your untapped brain power. Brains, braaaiiiins (said in my best zombie voice)!
- Huge dust storm breaks out on Mars.
- Hot cloud theory of Moon formation gets boost.
- Senate panel boosts NASA funding.
- NY Times investigation finds drug companies give gifts worth $45,000 per year, on average, to psychiatrists in the US. Something's rotten in the state of mental health...
Thanks Kat and Baldrick.
Quote of the Day:
Human nature is such that it recoils from facing momentous issues. From the close of the last century onward a number of famous scientists announced to the world that after a personal investigation, extending over a great number of years, they found human survival an established fact of science. The world apparently is not ready to believe that religion need no more be a matter of hope and faith, but that it is a matter of knowledge. It prefers to think that even the most famous scientist may, in some respects, go off his head.
Brown is the new black.
- The CIA's 'family jewels' of assassination and spy plots from the 1960s have been exposed. The CIA can now be neutered.
- Victims of the CIA's MK-Ultra brain-washing programme have filed a class action lawsuit against the Canadian government.
- NASA has created the new Einstein Probes Office to study dark energy, black holes and cosmic radiation in more detail.
- An anonymous witness describes his encounters with luminescent beings, strange lights in the LA sky, and an awakening in a fast-food restaurant.
- Say goodbye to the World Wide Web and hello to the Grid, the future of the internet. I wonder if the Matrix came up in the name discussions.
- The mystery of a golden pot discovered in a Bavarian lake involves archaeologists, art dealers, treasure hunters, and Nazi cults.
- Could it be a coincidence that filming of Indiana Jones 4 began on the summer solstice? I love the older, gruffer Indy, I can't wait.
- Like Indy, Mothman researcher John Keel will come out of retirement to speak at a conference.
- A very long but brilliant article about walking in the clouds at Machu Picchu.
- If you're considering a holiday, visit Angkor Wat, the jewel of the jungle, while you still can.
- A 1500-year-old tomb untouched by looters has been discovered in China's Hubei province.
- Did Boudicca's rebellion coincide with an earthquake that shook the southeast of England?
- Early humans began living in permanent settlements up to 400'000-years earlier than currently believed, according to controversial new research.
- Researchers studying Neanderthal and Mammoth DNA believe it is possible to construct complete genomes.
- Is a crater lake recently found in the forests of Siberia the impact site of the 1908 Tunguska explosion?
Quote of the Day:
I don't mind how much my Ministers talk, so long as they do what I say.
Former British PM, Margaret Thatcher
Two major news outlets seem to be suggesting we may need to quickly hone our hunter-gather skills.
- Archaeologists have revived the debate over whether the spectacular Bronze Age Nebra disc from Germany is one of the earliest known calendars.
- Archaeologists find 3,000-year-old mummy of a high priest to the god Amun in Luxor.
- Found in Iran: The body of a 3rd-century man preserved in salt.
- Ice Age extinction claimed highly carnivorous Alaskan wolves.
- Without hot rock, much of North America would be underwater.
- Swedish sediments reveal how the Arctic Ocean was born.
- Britain's amateur fossil hunters are using power tools and dynamite to collect valuable specimens, destroying some of the UK's most important sites.
- Possible impact crater for the 1908 Tunguska Event found. Topographic maps and photos on the left.
- Machu Picchu artifacts at Center of Dispute Between Yale and Peru.
- Palaeovirology sheds light on why we're vulnerable to HIV.
- HIV infection theory challenged.
- The death of Maori medicine?
- Astronomer David Whitehouse explores the perils of searching for extraterrestrials.
- Thunderbolts says it's time to get serious about Sirius. The star, that is, not Harry's godfather.
- "Nothing there," is what physicists concluded about black holes after spending a year working on complex formulas to calculate the formation of new black holes.
- Exotic cause of 'Pioneer anomaly' in doubt.
- Otis T Carr and the Tesla Saucers.
- Energy inventions: Suppression cases.
- Out of this World: 60 years of Flying Saucers.
- Two 'mile-wide UFOs' spotted by British airline pilot, crew and passengers.
- A two-year-old girl has become the youngest ever female member of British Mensa.
- NASA to unleash 'mind meld' intelligent machines. "The goal is nothing short of machine self-dependency."
- Enviro-cateclysm of the week: Rising sea levels could divide and conquer Antarctic ice.
- Antarctic icebergs discovered to be 'ecological hotspots'.
- Study finds that the breakdown products of the three most widely used pesticides are acutely lethal to amphibians.
- Scientists discover how to turn simple plant sugar into fuel as powerful as petrol.
- Study shows genes play an unexpected role in their own activation.
- Researchers light up for Nicotine, the wonder drug.
- Computer game helps autistic children recognize emotions.
- Ecstacy linked to significant memory loss.
- Clinical study shows Omega-3 supplements can, in certain cases, help combat the depression and agitation associated with Alzheimer's.
- Net Radio webcasters plan to turn off the music on June 26 to protest huge royalty rate hikes.
- The end of cheap food: For the first time in generations agricultural commodity prices are surging with what analysts warn will be unpredictable consequences. More. (Read, save, or pay-per-view later.)
- US food prices spike upward. They say a 7.5% increase this year, but their examples are already up by 33% to 50%.
- The Independent urges, 'Get outside and start foraging for food.' (Read, save, or pay-per-view later.)
- Freegans aren't buying it: In a four-page article, the New York Times touts foraging for everything.
- Hackers have penetrated the Pentagon's email system and computers at the Department of Homeland Security - the agency charged with providing security against cyber attack.
- That hot new neoconservative philosopher named Plato: an interview with Simon Blackburn about his new book Plato's Republic (Amazon US & UK).
- Flight 77 black box data shows major flaws in the official story.
Quote of the Day:
We are chronologically illiterate and cannot easily conceive of the very distant past. Like the Piraha of north-west Amazonia, whose only numerical concepts are said to be "one", "two" and "many", most of us can only really deal with "now" and "ages ago". As a result, it is rather difficult to imagine your way past the last Ice Age. You can take a set of relatively steady steps back through time until you bump up against Stonehenge and Avebury. Tentatively, you might then move out into the fragmentary, half-articulate moment of the mesolithic, with their piles of limpets and hazelstick shelters. But after that what? At about 10,000 or 12,000 years ago, the imagination comes to a stop, the great curtain of ice descends, and the more distant past seems almost nothing to do with us. Very cold, presumably, with mammoths; a sort of Rannoch Moor with tusks. And as for before the Ice Age, it seems more inaccessible than Mars.
Adam Nicolson, writing in The Telegraph, in a review of Homo Britannicus.
I love the sound the weeks make as they zoom by...
- Hacker cracks Harry Potter ending. Apparently, Frodo sails off to the land of....oh, wrong book.
- Speaking of: Scottish hobbit house is on the market (with video).
- 60 years on, the Maury Island UFO case continues to remain controversial. Nick Redfern comments on the story.
- Jellyfish-shaped UFO spotted in Shanghai.
- SETI finally finds a home, with the construction of the Allen Telescope Array (financed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen).
- Is Youtube Nessie video viral marketing for the upcoming Sony movie The Water Horse?
- Lady ghost haunts Ohio Masonic Temple.
- Summer solstice celebrated at Stonehenge.
- Rush to save Miami Circle after seawall collapses nearby.
- Ancient murder mystery of 'Bog Man' remains to be solved.
- "Everybody beat Columbus," says Gunnar Thompson.
- Indian law enforcement siezes smuggled human skulls headed for Himalayan monasteries, to be used as kapalas.
- Researchers suggest quantum dots as media for teleportation.
- X Prize Cup announces Lunar Lander Challenge competitors.
- Everything you wanted to know about the Global Warming deniers (now there's a loaded term if ever I heard one, referencing those 'other' deniers...).
- Mystery of the disappearing lake in Chile.
- Connecticut governer vetoes medical marijuana measure.
- First-born children are the cleverest. Except in my family, eh Chesty?
- Why are women mad about moggies?
- EU probe to investigate all search engines in relation to privacy.
- Bin Laden may have arranged family's exit post-911. Pwned.
- Firemen work for over two hours to free man with penis stuck in padlock. I'm obviously not current on 21st century lock-picking techniques...
Thanks X_O. And Kat.
Quote of the Day:
I should dearly love that the world should be ever so little better for my presence. Even on this small stage we have our two sides, and something might be done by throwing all one's weight on the scale of breadth, tolerance, charity, temperance, peace, and kindliness to man and beast. We can't all strike very big blows, and even the little ones count for something.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
It's all relative. I'm freezing my butt off today, in temperatures which had London marathon runners collapsing due to heat exhaustion...
- Archaeologist sparks hunt for the Holy Grail.
- Da Vinci obscenity case dropped in Italy.
- Is there a 450-year-old Spanish galleon waiting to be found near Brisbane, Australia? 'Scuse me while I go get some diving gear...
- Virtual Qumran sheds light on mysteries of Dead Sea Scrolls.
- Buddhist lama sets up a Myspace page.
- It's that magical time of the Summer Solstice once again (or, Winter Solstice as the case may be...and boy is it wintery here today).
- 3D pyramid crop circle points way to Milk Hill White Horse.
- Lake monster hunter disappears.
- Why does 'Bigfoot Science' make such inroads into big business? Actually about tenuous ecological theories and 'carbon footprints'...not sure why Bigfoot got a mention apart from the foot reference.
- Happy Birthday Cognitive Dissonance.
- Sneak peek at Blade Runner Final Cut DVD packaging. Five disc package, great artistic presentation....sweeeeeeet (h/t Mac Tonnies).
- Dubya vetoes stem cell bill. A year ago, Jon Stewart had the smackdown of 2006 on this topic...
- Human genome far more complex than previously imagined.
- Alan Boyle takes you inside the Big Bang machine.
- Is there more than one dimension of time?
- Mysterious sprites caught on film. Perhaps it's just swamp gas or the planet Venus?
- Do Black Holes really exist?
- Liquid mirror could be used for Moon-based telescope.
- Hubble photographs two huge asteroids.
- Yes - finally - you can have your own jet-pack flying machine.
- Ouch, I saw that! New form of synaesthesia has people feeling what they see. I'm guessing they're not fans of boxing...
- Identity thieves steal Herman Munster's credit card details.
Quote of the Day:
Sooner or later, psychical research will demonstrate to the educated world, not only the existence of a soul in man, but also the existence of a soul in Nature
We've swapped news days, but we haven't swapped bodies. So why do I feel like a pint of Guinness and some Yeats?
- A picture of Isaac Newton's eschatological notes, as mentioned by Jameske yesterday. I feel fine.
- A new episode of Dr Who recently saw the intrepid Timelord visit the end of the universe. He had a few Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters too, no doubt.
- The Heavy Stuff doesn't get much heavier than the conundrum of where does space disappear to when a person experiences missing time?
- In 1967, an Italian immigrant saw a UFO in Canada, and collected a souvenir. Greg would've nicked the hood ornament.
- A geneticist believes he can settle the Etruscan controversy, claiming they were immigrants from Anatolia.
- The medieval maze known as Julian's Bower has been returfed and reopened to the public. The landscapers have yet to return.
- A Wiccan in Glasgow has combined witchcraft with beauty therapy, reviving an ancient tradition. No magic mirror involved.
- The two-million-year-old skull of a pygmy giant panda, the ancestor of today's endangered giant panda, has been discovered in a Chinese cave by University of Iowa anthropologists.
- A pre-Qin dynasty tomb has been excavated in China, and its occupants may have been buried alive. Emperor Qin can't be blamed for that one.
- CT scans will help identify the mummy of Queen Hatshepsut (1473-1458 BC), but Zahi Hawass thinks he knows which one it is.
- A brilliant article about the race to recover the Nile's mysterious Kingdom of Kush, which includes parts of what is today war-torn Sudan.
- Human rights abuses and mass slaughter continue unchecked in Sudan, but at least Sudanese authorities managed to catch 12 people accused of smuggling antiquities, including two entire mummies.
- The Pentagon is distributing playing cards to American troops, showing the locations of archaeological sites so they don't destroy them. Now they'll just loot them.
- A team of Danish researchers report that spring is arriving in the Arctic weeks earlier than it did a decade ago.
- The ESA is asking for six volunteers to spend 520 days in an isolation tank to simulate the round trip to Mars. The thought of being locked up in a Bio-Dome with Pauly Shore frightens me.
Quote of the Day:
Being prepared to receive what thought is not prepared to think is what deserves the name of thinking
The world is about to end, and I was just getting used to it.
- Earth is in imminent peril.
- Fabrication of stone objects, by geopolymeric synthesis, in the pre-incan Huanka civilization.
- The Gore dossier: the front man of the global warming hoax.
- Stones confirm golden past of ancient African kingdom.
- Embattled scientist on the edge of deletion.
- Mystery of Earth’s innermost core solved.
- We are running out of oil.
- Flying a kite.
- MAPS-ing a new frontier in psychedelic research.
- Bees on the battlefield and other US military experiments.
- Isaac Newton saw the end of the world in 2060.
- Warnings of internet overload.
- Drug resistance doesn’t always come from drugs.
- Pick your favourite flood story.
Quote of the Day:
Life is an unbroken succession of false situations.