Happy birthday to our good friend Mark James Foster, currently hard at work on the design of our anthology for us!
- What do people over 50 think about life after death?
- What's with that white light? A look at near death experiences, as part of the feature above.
- Discovery of Middle Asia cities recasts ancient history.
- Hitler's 'Desert Island Discs' turn up in Russian soldier's attic. Or should that be 'Berlin Bunker Discs'?
- Chameleon furniture changes colour to match the cutlery and dishes - or your weight. My furniture would be getting ever darker...
- Physicists discover inorganic dust with life-like qualities.
- Contra Stephen Hawking, time travel may just be possible in the future. And therefore in the past as well?
- Crop circles to be debated at weekend conference.
- Scientists produce functioning neurons from human embryonic stem cells.
- DARPA robots to race in suburbia.
- Caring less could be the best thing you could do to help endangered species. I'm pretty good at the apathy thing, so I guess that makes me a conservationist.
- Also: should we worry about extinctions, or are they just a part of evolution?
- Climate model suggests heat records will be smashed in the next ten years.
- And: NG has a photo essay on the record-breaking weather pounding the planet.
Quote of the Day:
When I walk along with two others, they may serve me as my teachers. I will select their good qualities and follow them, their bad qualities and avoid them.
Military and Intel news dominates, with subtopics of secrets, murderers, torturers, and Christians. Mix and match as you please...
- Yahoo profiles John Greenewald Jr. in their 'People of the Web' feature, who maintains the website The Black Vault (story has an attached video).
- Is the CIA responsible for a number of mysterious deaths some 50 years ago, including that of Secretary of the Navy, and possible MJ12 member, James Forrestal? For more background, see Richard Dolan's essay on Forrestal.
- Conspiracy-inclined investigator of Robert Kennedy's death Dr William A. Bailey passes away aged 68.
- Psychologists at centre of military/intel torture allegations.
- Army and Air Force officers face disciplinary action for appearing in Christian fundraising video.
- 'Strong probability' that foot-and-mouth outbreak originated in lab.
- Scientist suggests that Jesus was able to walk on water because freak weather conditions made the Sea of Galilee ice over. This one ranks up there with the explanation of freak wind conditions allowing the Red Sea to part for Moses. So very sad when scientists feel the need to scientifically explain 'miracles' told in folklore and religious stories.
- Were New World settlers annihilated by a comet explosion 13,000 years ago?
- Nefertiti has wrinkles (being around 3400 years old, I'm not particularly surprised).
- China's Terracotta Army is on the move.
- Colossal statue of Roman Emperor Hadrian discovered in Turkey.
- Tara group vows legal action over 'preserve by record' excavation/destruction of historical site. And if that doesn't work, expect a couple of heavy set Sidhe gangsters to drop in for a visit...
- New fossils challenge human origins theory - habilis and erectus may have been 'sister species'.
- Dust storms loosen their grip on Mars rovers.
- NASA takes inspiration from Hollywood's Armageddon for asteroid blasting. Hopefully not the Aerosmith soundtrack part...
- There's an army of galaxy hunters out there, and they look just like you and me.
- Woman has pencil stuck in her head for 55 years. If that story doesn't make you cringe enough, Cabinet of Wonders has plenty more...
- Ukrainian man named world's tallest - at 2.57m (8ft 5in), he beats out the previous title holder, Bao Xishun of China by 22cm (8 inches).
Quote of the Day:
Although the evidence offered by addicts of the marvelous for the reality of the phenomena they accept must be critically examined, it is equally necessary on the other side to scrutinize just as closely and critically the skeptics' allegation of fraud, or of malobservation, or of misinterpretation of what was observed, or of hypnotically induced hallucinations. For there is likely to be just as much wishful thinking, prejudice, emotion, snap judgement, naivete, and intellectual dishonesty on the side of orthodoxy, of skepticism, and of conservatism, as on the side of hunger for and belief in the marvelous.
Despite being penniless all week and having nothing to eat but bread, tzatziki dip, cheese and green tea, I'm managing to survive. Can't wait for payday on Friday though!
- This is what happens when aliens drink and drive.
- Four galaxies have been witnessed crashing into one another in one of the biggest cosmic collisions ever seen. I hope God's insured.
- A rotating silver pyramid and a mother ship with two smaller orbs were among the UFO sightings reported to the UK's Ministry of Defence last year.
- A new report by NARCAP is available about the Chicago O'Hare airport UFO.
- Robert Bigelow says "Hello alien friends" via an orbital billboard. Greg is drooling about the possibility of TDG's logo getting a go.
- Two physicists at Scotland's University of St Andrews have solved the sticky problem with levitation. It doesn't involve changing the test pilot's underwear.
- Banned during the Cultural Revolution, there's now a future for Chinese scifi.
- If you're in China, the 2007 International SF/Fantasy Conference is in Chengdu August 24-27.
- The recent banning of Tibetan Buddhism's tulkus from reincarnating without Chinese government permission is all about controlling future leaders.
- Conservative authorities in the 18th & 19th centuries reacted the same way to hypnotism as they did to hallucinogenic drugs in the 1960s.
- A 17-year-old French girl who committed suicide after eating psychedelic mushrooms has ignited a campaign to ban the fungi in Amsterdam. I can't help but wonder if poor health care for people with mental illnesses is the problem, but try telling that to the lynch mob.
- Professor David Nichols, one of the world's most experienced hallucinogen researchers, battles the stigma of whoa-dude-faaaaar-out! LSD in the hope of treating cancer patients with depression.
- A device that resembles hairdryers is being hailed as a radical new treatment for depression. The US Military needs them for when soldiers get their buzzcuts.
- A federal judge has barred the US Navy from using underwater sonar blasts in tests off California's Channel Islands. Huzzah!
- Hysteria in European media reporting vultures eating humans. That's the bird kind of vulture, not corporate/political.
- The Yangtze river dolphin has been declared extinct, thanks to Chinese industrialisation. I hope they just left because the Earth is about to be destroyed by Vogons.
- A new analysis of more than 5000 ancient teeth suggests Europe's first people came from Asia, not Africa.
- Vandals have destroyed prehistoric cave paintings in Spain's Cova de la Clau with flourescent yellow paint. The irony hurts.
- A 1300-year-old skeleton buried with gold artifacts in a Bolivian pyramid may have been an elite member of the ancient Tiwanaku culture.
- In Afghanistan, the 900-foot-long Sleeping Buddha eludes archaeologists. He must be sleepwalking.
Thanks Greg, Kat and Neil.
Quote of the Day:
If you drilled from Hopiland through the center of the earth, you would exit in Tibet, another sacred culture situated on a high and dry plateau. Certain words in the Hopi and Tibetan language have reversed meanings – for instance, the Hopi word for day, “Nyma,” is the Tibetan word for night. The word for Moon in Tibetan, “Dawa,” is the Hopi word for Sun.
12 Monkeys featured today…
- Timebomb diseases that scientists are breeding in our labs.
- The dream of time travel.
- The Sudarium of Oviedo - better than the Turin Shroud?
- The origin of tektites.
- The downside of diversity.
- The origins of Europeans: the teeth tell the tale.
- Lightbulb: a kinetic sculpture.
- Rutgers scientists debunk panspermia based on dirty snowball comet model.
- 8 million year old bug is alive and growing.
- Sightings of mysterious bird in San Antonio.
- Scientists reveal secret of levitation.
- The world’s most advanced bionic arm.
- Has SETI been barking up the wrong tree?
- Largest known planet befuddles scientists.
- Alexander the Great’s gulf outpost uncovered.
- Ancient ruler’s tomb, gold trove found in Bolivian pyramid.
- Hardtalk: Richard Dawkins interviewed on Atheism and Religion.
Quote of the Day:
Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.
I sure could use a Vulcan mind meld right about now.
- Is anybody out there?
- Archaeologists in Mexico City find first tomb of Aztec ruler.
- Clues to Britain's darkest age unearthed.
- Simulation shows how an asteroid explosion 29 million years ago may have turned Saharan sand into glass.
- From the ashes of failed missions, Phoenix rises to search for life on Mars.
- Dark Matter: All Wrong?
- Historian seeks to revive ancient discipline of cosmography.
- Magic Airport: Watch the Burning Man revelers pull an airport out of the desert ...then make it disappear.
- Russia's long love affair with space.
- The worst drought in a thousand years is choking Oz's Murray river.
- Daffodils flowering seven months early have gardening experts blooming baffled.
- Global Warming: The truth about denial.
- China tells Tibet's living Buddhas they must obtain government permission to reincarnate.
- Scottish scientists reverse the signs of Alzheimer's.
- In animals at least, the difference between male and female sexual behaviour may be due to a tiny organ in the nose.
- Sexual abstinence programs found to have no impact on the age at which individuals lost their virginity, whether they had unprotected sex, the number of sexual partners, the rates of sexually transmitted diseases or the number of pregnancies.
- Is Africa home to an electrogenic mammal? (With photo.)
- Mixing science with religion creates thorny questions.
Quote of the Day:
On a personal level, Freaking Out is a process whereby an individual casts off outmoded and restricting standards of thinking, dress, and social etiquette in order to express CREATIVELY his relationship to his immediate environment and the social structure as a whole.
As Living Colour once sang, information overload...
- The curse of Highway 35: Loren Coleman notes similarities between yesterday's bridge collapse and the Silver Bridge-Mothman mythos. Even Wired make note of it.
- Minding the mind: how much of what you do is controlled by subliminal priming?
- Original Star Trek series gets some digital enhancement. Maybe we'll see Mr Spock taken aboard a 'drone' sometime soon?
- TV producer revives the controversy over the alien autopsy film.
- Cassini probe to fly through plume on Saturnian Moon.
- Martian Dust: evidence for water and life on the Red Planet?
- Russian submarine plants flag under the North Pole. Brings new meaning to 'waving' the flag I guess.
- Radical new view of the birth of civlisation suggests that it extended well beyond Mesopotamia.
- When you've got money and power, anything is possible on the Giza plateau...even a private tour with the Big Z.
- Underwater 8,000-year-old Stone Age site in Britain to be studied by scientists.
- Archaeologists find Aztec Temple destroyed by Spanish invaders.
- Odd skull boosts Human-Neanderthal sex theory. Hey, check the right neighbourhoods and you'll find abundant evidence that it's ongoing.
- Orangutans use 'charades' to communicate.
- Exorcism leaves autistic teenager seriously injured.
- Underwater worm-like creature baffles scientists (video).
- Pwnage news: Australian police given power to take DNA from offenders, regardless of the crime.
- The trouble with transhumanists: a short review of the recent Transvision conference.
- Is your printer polluting the air you breathe?
- Brain electrodes awaken brain-injured man.
- Electric fields have potential as cancer treatment.
- First armed robots on patrol in Iraq. Dead or alive, you're coming with me...
Quote of the Day:
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands, but seeing with new eyes.
Neurons are a perversely fragile place to store memories. I still know the exact situation, place and age at which I first heard the words 'broccoli' and 'pizza', but ten years of piano lessons have utterly vanished.
- How a tsunami turned Britain into an island.
- Digital archive of Apollo-era moon pictures to go online.
- Ultraclean combustion technology for electricity generation fires up in hydrogen tests.
- Discovery of 8-million-year-old unpetrified cypress trees could provide clues about prehistoric climate.
- Can the future leak into the present? Quantum physics gets curiouser and curiouser.
- The memory of water is a reality.
- Conversations on Consciousness: What some of the world's most eminent scientists and thinkers think about the human mind.
- The subconscious brain is more active, independent and purposeful than once thought.
- Brain-injured man regains speech after brain stimulation. More.
- Scientists have witnessed a new memory being formed for the first time.
- Princess Martha Louise of Norway has shocked the nation by announcing she is a clairvoyant and wants to teach people how to communicate with angels.
- British 'UFO Hacker' Gary McKinnon granted leave to appeal his extradition to the House of Lords.
- British UFO mystery solved.
- Nick Redfern's new book Man Monkey: In Search of the British Bigfoot has been released (Amazon US and UK).
- Orangutan communication is like charades.
- A panicking crowd can be evacuated faster by placing certain types of obstacles in its path, say Oz researchers who've been studying the masters of crowd control: ants.
- Indonesian fisherman catches 'living fossil'.
- Fossil of Coelacanth fin sheds light on fin-to-limb evolution.
- Two new crop circles in Wiltshire.
Quote of the Day:
I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success... Such emotions make a man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything.
Kat's taking a well deserved rest, so it's just you and me tonight. Isn't this cozy...
- Do UFOs really exist. Well, of course 'unidentified flying objects' exist...it's whether the various 'options' given as explanations really exist.
- The Norman Invasion of England in 1066 brought with it a wave of devil possessions.
- Does science have its own holy relics? What about the venerated middle finger of Galileo (what marvellous symbolism to match the science-religion juxtaposition as well)? H/t to Cabinet of Wonders.
- Scottish Rite Freemasons sponsor race team.
- Meet the good folk behind TAPS paramagazine.
- Another year of the Garuda? Sightings of mysterious giant bird continue in San Antonio.
- Is there a secret city beneath Tokyo?
- The Marfa Lights, up close. Not close enough for mine.
- New Last Supper hidden message from Leonardo crashes websites. More here, with images. Not so sure about that myself.
- Warning: good moods are liable to make you more prone to believing in the supernatural. No wonder Richard Dawkins is such a cranky old bugger.
- Enlightened medicine found in Dark Ages.
- 100,000 year old knife found in Iran.
- 'Cairo toe' may be world's oldest prosthetic.
- Fossil hunting, on Mars...
- The first casualties of the private space travel era? Three die in explosion at Scaled Composites.
- The week in photos, from the smallest robot to the world's tallest building.
- Frequency of Atlantic hurricanes has doubled over the past century, due to warmer waters.
- Scientists use virtual worlds as social laboratories.
- Afterlife archive: website archives the Myspace pages of the deceased.
Quote of the Day:
But although life is not energy, any more than it is matter, yet it directs energy and thereby controls arrangements of matter.
Satan oscillate my metallic sonatas ...
- NASA investigates sabotage of computer on board space shuttle Endeavour.
- Report says that astronauts drink heavily before launch. Drunkenness plus sabotaged computers - not a good combination.
- The other Phoenix in the news.
- U.S. Army developing truck-mounted laser weapon.
- (Not-so-imminent) apocalypse warning: Once we reach the 'northside' of the galaxy, in about 12 million years, we'll be like bacteria being put through a steriliser.
- The joys, terrors and true possibilities of navigating the Fourth Dimension, with quantum physicist Michio Kaku and astrophysicist Charles Liu (video).
- The moggie you don't want curling up on the end of your bed: Oscar the cat seems to be able to predict which patients in a nursing home are about to die.
- Bonnybridge: Scotland's own Roswell?
- Careful who you associate with: obesity may be contagious.
- Should humanity's first footprints on the Moon be protected by heritage laws? Sounds fair to me, although I wouldn't want to be the security guard left on site to protect them.
- MIT researchers quest for people power - literally. Harnessing the energy of human movement.
- Queen guitarist Brian May is completing his doctorate in astrophysics.
- A return Mars mission: is the cost worth it?
- Experts skeptical of new Da Vinci discovery claim.
- Did the Ancient Egyptians bowl?
- American Indians and plants in the Great Basin: An ancient relationship.
- Spiral wall motifs reveal Çatalhöyük migration.
- Major quake due for Middle East, similar to one which devastated the coast of Phoenicia some 1500 years ago.
- Couple's faces grow more alike as they age. Pity my wife...
Thanks Rick and Baldrick.
Quote of the Day:
There is hopeful symbolism in the fact that flags do not wave in a vacuum.
Arthur C. Clarke
Ten years to the day since my life changed for the better...
- The Maya: Glory and Ruin. A National Geographic feature.
- Hidden city found beneath Alexandria.
- Answers to the secrets of the Cosmos, without a 42 in sight.
- Psychedelic author and investigator Peter Stafford has sadly passed away.
- Burning Man festival to invite corporate participants?
- Einstein and extra-dimensional humans (and no, the story is not about people who can't fit into a size 18.)
- Russian submarine sets sail for the Arctic, to claim it for the Kremlin. I think if they're setting sail in their subs, that could explain a lot about the end of the Cold War...
- Yes, those Mars rovers are still going. I say pick them up when we do a manned mission and bring them home for a ticker tape parade.
- How romantic would it be to head down to the beach with your betentacled green spouse and watch a quadruple sunset?
- Conservation biologist says renewable energy sources could 'rape Nature', and suggests nuclear energy as the alternative.
- Peru makes ambitious move to regrow lost forests.
- Historical evidence uncovered for facts in Biblical book?
- San Francisco's Cab #666 may soon be retired. The Antichrist needs to drive cabs to make ends meet?
- Mobile phone mast illnesses are all in the mind.
- Adolescent rats enjoy cannabis more than their elders. Punks.
- Megafish project to look for real-life 'monsters'.
- Human skin to replace animal tests.
- The booms are back...
- Inside the files of cryptozoology legend Bernard Heuvelmans.
- And another entrant in the headlines you can't make up department: dead cybernetic-frog with webserver for guts can be 'brought to life' by Internet users. Now if this doesn't catch on as new funeral option soon, I'll be amazed. "Make grandpa's leg kick Jimmy, go on..." (with apologies to any Jimmys reading today whose grandfathers have recently passed away.)
Quote of the Day:
The irony of man's condition is that the deepest need is to be free of the anxiety of death and annihilation; but it is life itself which awakens it, and so we must shrink from being fully alive.