I recommend reading the Grail whilst listening to Moonbell, a music generator that plays musical scores based on lunar topographical data captured by Japan's Selene probe.
- Two Bermuda Triangle disappearances may have been solved.
- Experts to explore the dark depths of Mayan sacred pools in Belize.
- Hunting hidden dimensions: black holes may reveal new realms of space.
- UFO evidence that doesn't fit skeptical explanations of natural phenomena.
- The Eye: Masonic symbolism, ancient mystery, and the occult.
- National Geographic debunks 8 myths about the Freemasons.
- Freemasons welcome Dan Brown's latest novel as "good fun".
- Cosmic Log's Alan Boyle asks, did Greg Taylor find the Lost Symbols?
- Rare 14th century Hebrew prayer book will be on public display.
- Archaeologists unearth 2000-year-old stone carving of a menorah.
- Roman-era figurines of Aphrodite discovered in Hippos, Israel.
- Gemstone engraved with portrait of Alexander the Great found.
- 9000-year-old 'mother goddess' figurines were toys, not sacred feminine art.
- 1600-year-old skeleton at Roman site in Britain mystifies archaeologists.
- Cave in UK yields teeth and bones from late Ice Age animals.
- Tiny Italian bat has unusually switched to hunting in daylight.
- Aussie witnesses two rabbits killing a snake. Getting pet rabbits soon, Greg?
- Evidence points to conscious 'metacognition' in some animals.
- Japanese town continues dolphin slaughter, despite international condemnation inspired by documentary film The Cove. Our metacognitive friends need help.
- Circue du Soleil founder on poetic mission as world's seventh space tourist.
- A terrific blog exploring and collecting stories of synchronicity.
- A violin treated with fungus outplays a Stradivarius.
- Photos taken by 19th century globetrotter. A picture is worth a thousand words.
- Do bees dance to the music of the spheres?
Thanks, as always, to Kat and Greg.
Quote of the Day:
Every religion is true one way or another. It is true when understood metaphorically. But when it gets stuck in its own metaphors, interpreting them as facts, then you are in trouble.
-- Joseph Campbell
How could anyone fall asleep in the midst of all this?
- Life existed in the oceans 200 million years before oxygen appeared on Earth.
- The mysterious blood falls. Europa in colour. Europa again in true colour.
- Atmospheric solar heat amplifier discovered.
- When nature is freakier than sci-fi.
- The mysterious collapse of WTC7. BBC report before the collapse.
- Specialist pleading.
- Having a bath might be cleaner after all.
- Twisters captured by storm-chasing photographer.
- Centre of consciousness discovered?
- Mountain formation: a choice between speculation and hearsay.
- Jupiter turned comet into moon for 12 years.
- Is the starchild skull really a human-alien hybrid?
- Snake with foot found in China.
- Machine rebellion begins: killer robot destroyed by US jet.
- Ancient man used stone sat nav 5000 years ago.
Quote of the Day:
In every work of genius we see our own rejected thoughts.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Yep - it's still a strange world out there.
- Rebirth of an icon: Latest Hubble images are out of this world.
- Chinese astronomer clarifies: Photos taken during solar eclipse were of an 'unidentified object' - a bright ring of light - not of an unidentified flying object.
- Astronomers are puzzled by the extreme temperatures of 'gas clouds' at the Milky Way's core. A Thunderbolts theorist explains it for them: that's not 'gas' — it's plasma, an excellent conductor of electricity.
- Astronomers search for habitable moons.
- It has taken six years, but as of November 1, 2009, the International Cryptozoology Museum will open to the public in a permanent space in downtown Portland, Maine.
- Cops get paranormal help from above and beyond.
- Evolution may explain why a familiar face is more trusted — but an unfamiliar one is more attractive.
- Humans were using flax fibers 34,000 years ago.
- Wall Street's math wizards forgot a few variables. The flaw in free markets: humans.
- A look inside the emerging science of social contagion.
- Blame evolution for the rise in infertility: Scientists say men are producing 'super-sperm' that are too fast and powerful to impregnate women.
- Snake with a single clawed foot discovered in China.
- Playing a musical instrument enlarges the left side of the brain, and improves pupils' behaviour.
- Climate change may be bad for polar bears, but reindeer are thriving in the rising temperatures in the Arctic circle.
- Melting Arctic ice opens legendary Northeast Passage to ships.
- Volunteers track monarch butterfly migration as population shrinks.
- Maori legend of giant man-eating eagle is true.
- Homing pigeons beat broadband.
- Grrr, sniff, arf: A cognitive scientist leads a tour of the sensations and thought processes of dogs.
- Elderly peoples' memory improved 12 percent after reminiscing about past events.
- Norman Borlaug, father of 'green revolution' that saved one billion from starvation, dies at 95.
- UK scientists find master gene that can kill cancer.
- To beat the recession, Americans are growing more cannabis. So far this year, law enforcement officials have chopped down $12bn worth of the illegal crop.
- UK illusionist Derren Brown leaves viewers with more questions than answers after 'disclosing' how he predicted the winning National Lottery numbers, beating odds of 14 million to one. A YouTube user claims to know the secret, and has successfully recreated the trick.
- Washington DC and its freemasons brace for new Dan Brown book. NYTimes review of The Lost Symbol, available at Amazon US & UK.
Quote of the Day:
My interest in secret societies is the product of many experiences, some I can discuss, others I cannot.
Author Dan Brown
It’s all relative, including relatives…
- Navigating gravity corridors may change space travel as we know it. Then again, so would teleportation.
- Calling occupants of interplanetary, most extraordinary craft.
- Sea levels rose two feet this summer, much to scientist’s shock. Perhaps they didn’t see this video -- Or hear about Greenland’s glaciers melting faster than predicted.
- An earthquake caused by a geothermal energy plant gives the German government pause.
- No, that’s not your ears ringing... It’s the Moon.
- Measuring what we don’t know.
- Life on Mars, proof that Alternative III is still alive and well.
- Life on Earth, proof that size does matter.
- Death don’t have no mercy… but it does have a scent.
- Blackouts in London, circa 2016. Lights out, uh-huh. Blast, blast, blast.
- Floating mice with magnets. Danke JPL!
- Drought threatens the stability of Kenya’s wildlife and cattle populations.
- Who needs the LHC to smash particles when you’ve got a black hole?
- Spring in 2050 – set your clocks for January.
- Oldest fiber used by humans dates back 34,000 years.
- Gone but never forgotten… These memories can’t wait.
- Choose your own afterlife. Not to be confused with choose your own adventure.
- UFO encounters from a long ago era known as the early 20th century.
- Life post Da Vinci Code: An exclusive interview with Dan Brown. Meanwhile, Da Vinci Code fans find themselves at the center of a real-world international conspiracy.
- The past of human evolution was then: Ancient Georgia skeletons threaten to overturn theory of human evolution.
- The future of human enhancement is now: Matrix science goes from movie to meta.
- This Sunday Sunday Sunday!! Head on down to Bigelow's Aerospace & Saucer Emporium for all your intergalactic space travelin' needs. Courtesy of Skeptical Inquirer, Vol. 33.4.
- M. Shermer asks, “Why do we believe in conspiracies? Why do you ask – is that what ‘they’ told you to say?
Many thanks to Greg for too many reasons to count.
Quote of the Day:
“While the traditional model of psychiatry and psychoanalysis is strictly personalistic and biographical, modern consciousness research has added new levels, realms and dimensions and shows the human psyche as being essentially commensurate with the whole universe and all of existence.”
It's been a hard day's night, and I've been blogging like a dog...
- The mystery of the alien abduction of Google's "o", solved at last.
- Da Vinci Code fans are in for a very nasty surprise —as in malware nasty—if they attempt to Google clues for Dan Brown's next novel; so you'd better stick to Greg's posts.
- "Pero sigo siendo el Rey" : The last days of American Physics, and the struggle for a collisional end.
- Natural History Museum unveils £78m Darwin Center —visitors will be asked *not* to feed the scientists.
- British researchers are set to embark on an expedition in search of Sumatran 'Yeti'.
- Picture of a Backyard Bigfoot taken by an automatic trail camera —or is it?
- Video: Michio Kaku takes us to a journey from our Universe into the Multiverse. Are you ready? [H/T Posthuman Blues]
- Freeman Dyson contemplates the future limits of human potential, arguing that it's better to be wrong than to be vague —damn right!! ['Imagined Worlds': Amazon US & UK]
- NASA is releasing the first spectacular images of the rejuvenated Hubble —revenge is a dish best served cold... in zero g ^_^
- Is there a connection between UFOs, crystall skulls and the year 2012? Jaime Maussan seems convinced of it —I suspect his crystall skull must be rather... opaque ;-)
- Another leaked video of the UFO spotted in China during the eclipse —pay attention or you'll miss it.
- The Americans have always assumed that aliens would want to contact them first —but they fail to realize these would actually be intelligent beings :-P
- Matt Damon to play Bob Lazar in an upcoming movie? [H/T to The Orange Orb]
- Jennifer Connelly & her family move out of haunted home —can't say I blame the ghosts for wanting to stay close to her :-P
- Is that a fairy caught in the picture of a garden? It's probably just a bug, but don't stop clapping just yet...
- World's top ten most mysterious & horrible spots —strip malls are not included, because there ain't nothing mysterious about them.
- Ancient citadel of Sigiriya in Sri Lanka gets probed —ouch!— with hi-tech tools.
- Climate change could bring a poisonous cloud of ozone down to the surface —but look at the bright side: it's a better death than drowning!
- Norwegian company StatoilHydro unveils floating wind turbine [Video here]
- A cordless future for electricity? Tesla will at last be vindicated.
- Pew Pew! : Laser gun to be used against Somali pirates.
- Religious nutjob attempts to hijack a plane in Mexico —what happened to the good-ole' secular terrorists, man?
I get by with a little help from my friend Rick :)
Quote of the Day:
"Science works for evil when its effect is to provide toys for the rich."
Let's party like it's 09/09/09.
- 2012: is it the end of the world as we know it? I feel fine.
- Regan Lee examines the Unidentified Flying Triangle phenomenon.
- Scientists hope to save Britain's short-haired bumblebee from extinction.
- Mind-opening research on psilocybin and mystical states at Johns Hopkins (h/t @DMT_TSM on twitter).
- Crystal Skulls were on display at World Mysteries Conference in Arizona.
- Pyramid found in a Mexican field is a Yacata.
- Zahi Hawass gets cranky about Geezer Day.
- Brilliant photo gallery of Göbekli Tepe.
- Parts of a colossal Apollo statue unearthed in Turkey.
- 1500-year-old statue of Hindu goddess Lakshmi found in Kashmir.
- Archaeologists solve mystery of Easter Island's giant red hats. Without Freud.
- Lemuria, Mu, Shambhala -- journey to lost lands and cities with the A-Z guide Companion to Atlantis, by Ronan Coghlan (Amazon US & UK).
- Mother Shipton's cave is for sale. Only £1.8m, if you're interested Nyte.
- Garrotting ghouls: the sinister side of London's folklore.
- The Exorcist's Field Guide by Pastor Swope (Amazon). Read at bedtime.
- Wisconsin's werewolves, witches, and sea monsters, oh my.
- Lovecraft is Missing: brilliant website devoted to the creator of Cthulhu.
- A tale of two Arctic explorers who didn't go where they said they did.
- 6 lost treasures you'd love to find, including a Rothschild Fabergé Egg.
- Behold the Green Dragon: this Asian secret society doesn't allow hobbits.
- Asia's wildest festivals, from the Philippines to Japan.
- Interview with author Douglas Coupland. Tomorrow's tech is today's voodoo.
- The Augmented Sculpture Project by Pablo Valbuena. If Escher designed TRON...
Thanks Kat, A Friend, and Mr Miyagi.
Quote of the Day:
Before enlightenment: chop wood, carry water.
After enlightenment: chop wood, carry water.
-- Zen proverb
Assorted fairy tales...
- Fairy tales have ancient origin.
- The age of enhancement.
- UFO filmed for 40 minutes by Chinese scientists during solar eclipse.
- Lost world of fanged frogs and giant rats discovered.
- Economics is not a natural science.
- Coming loose in time.
- Memories of war.
- The price for a timely estimate of death.
- A squint into the future.
- Plasmobot: the slime mould robot.
- AIDS is a mass murderer.
- We are all mutants.
- A cordless future for electricity?
- Dogs first tamed in China to be food?
- Humans may have reached Europe far earlier.
- Dravidian only a British construct.
- Inside the aurorae.
- When species will go 404.
- Would pain-free animals make a more humane hamburger? More here.
Quote of the Day:
Any man who afflicts the human race with ideas must be prepared to see them misunderstood.
I'm convinced the universe is working on a new and improved Murphy's Law, and my life is the beta version.
- NASA research reveals major insight into evolution of life on Earth.
- The adventures of Dyzio the feathered Dilophosaurus.
- Where did you get that hat? Secrets of the Easter Island statues.
- New finds shed light on Mayan city of El Mirador.
- New study shows fairy tales are much older than previously thought.
- Ancient black hole dates from early universe.
- China filmed UFO for 40 minutes.
- Unexplained phenomenon: Why we are captivated by UFOs.
- Mystery haunts Mexico: What happened to Bermeja, an island off the Yucatan coast that appears to have vanished without a trace?
- 40 new species discovered in crater of giant extinct volcano, including a rat the size of a cat.
- The world may have to turn to God to save itself from climate change, claims one of Britain’s most eminent scientists.
- Biologists have figured out the most efficient way to destroy an ecosystem — based on Google's search algorithm. Or to put it another way, who eats whom.
- Facebook could enhance a key element of intelligence that is vital to success in life, a psychologist has claimed, but using Twitter may have the opposite effect.
- Jurors find it hard to tell right from wrong: Researchers say new legal definitions needed after study finds huge variations in what people view as dishonest.
- Older people have a much stronger sense of morality than the young, the world’s biggest study into dishonesty suggests.
- UK Home Secretary Alan Johnson accused of cover-up over Gary McKinnon's legal battle.
- Obama adviser on environmentally friendly jobs resigns after being tied to suggestions of a governmental role in 9-11.
- Virtual blockade: Thousands of Chinese video gamers used their characters to block entry to a virtual world, in a protest against the over-commercialisation of a classic fantasy game.
- Rebellion-B-Gone: Chemical Neurowarfare.
- Telegraphs ran on electric air in crazy 1895 magnetic storm.
- Panels of light fascinate designers.
Quote of the Day:
You can give people money or food and help them for a while. You can give them an education and help them for one life. But if you give them an opportunity to really meet with their mind - to understand that their mind is indestructible space - you help them for life, for death, what comes after death and for all future lives.
What if Joan Osborne was right and God was one of us? Gauntlet, thrown ;)
- Milky Way’s twin galaxy – the galactic cannibal.
- Humankind appears to have staved off the next ice age, for now. More here.
- Arctic temperatures hit 2,000 year peak as if to make a point. More here. And a little more here.
- Climate change could make fall colors nothing more than memory.
- Unlike asteroids, NASA *is* tracking space junk headed for the ISS. More here.
- That said, UK designed gravity tractor may alleviate NASA’s lack of vision.
- Will the oceans (aka carbon sinks) solve our CO2 problems?
- Meanwhile, prognosis for the Great Barrier Reef is not... great. More here.
- A new underwater triangle that has nothing to do with Bermuda.
- A computer powered by air redefines the meaning of ‘airbook’.
- Molecular decay in whales offers new evidence for theory of evolution.
- Mutants, mutants everywhere.
- Do three genes make us human?
- NASA and India’s tandem mission to find water on the moon has gone the way of the dodo.
- Scientists hope Kepler mission will find habitable moons.
- A fingerprint on Mars and other stunning images.
- Interstellar winds may play more of a role in shaping the solar system than previously thought.
- Climate change will be costly and could make your meat less tasty.
- A 1 million year-old hand axe proves humans were smarter than we thought earlier than we thought.
- Music to mellow your monkey.
- Two words…Tactical bacon.
- And in this week’s news of the coming robot revolution… Lab-coats develop electric tongue to mimic human taste. Guess they forgot about ‘To Serve Man’…
Quote of the Day:
“It isn’t that the world of appearances is wrong; it it isn’t that there aren’t objects out there, at one level of reality. It’s that if you penetrate through and look at the universe with a holographic system, you arrive at a different view, a different reality…”
So the big news in the Nerdosphere was Marvel being bought by the House of the Mouse. And you all know what happens every time there's a merger of two big companies, right? Layoffs.
- NASA's most awesomely weird mission patches —because astronauts may be cool, but they still watched cartoons on Saturday mornings like the rest of us geeks ;-)
- India's first Moon probe is lost —what's the Sanskrit word for "Epic Fail!"?
- Conspiracy theorist convinces Neil Armstrong Moon landing was faked —those dudes at The Onion are officially on Aldrin's 'to punch' list now :-P
- Using nothing but the sun to send a telegraph 150 years ago —beat that, Twitter!
- This is your brain. And this is your brain on Halo —so you may want to reduce your fix of corpse humping, son.
- Why Christopher Reeves wouldn't have minded to become a cyborg.
- The unfortunate sex life of the banana —stop giggling!
- New understandings in the evolution of the <3.
- Israeli researchers develop an algorithm that can decipher previously unreadable ancient texts —it would be such a disappointment to discover the Voynich manuscript is nothing but a cook book.
- WWF warns that Artic ice melt rate is doubling, putting a quarter of the population in possible risk —and the first casualties were 1000 ice men in Berlin.
- Dozens of birds drop dead in Quebec city —Aïe! @_@
- Wasteland or Wonderland? The mystery of Chernobyl.
- Video: 13,000 Mexican zombies danced to the rythm of Thriller to set a new (unofficial) record —and in case you're wondering: No I didn't go, 'cause I can't dance to save my life (or my undeath).
- ...And speaking of Mexican gore: Amazingly preserved mummies of Guanajuato go on display.
- 1997: Puerto Rico's "Alien Foetus" —What *IS* it with all these alien babies? Is Earth the planetary equivalent of Tijuana for Zeta Reticuli?? [More here].
- #1 Fortean podcaster Tim Binnall interviews iconic abduction researcher Budd Hopkins —maybe Budd can answer the alien babies puzzle for us.
- Wife of new Japanese PM defends his nickname: The Alien —Meh... I once had a girlfriend who called me Bigfoot, after we broke she gave me a farewell present (12 cans of deodorant; go figure).
- "Is that a long-necked plesiosaur in your loch, or are you just happy to see me?"
- Chupacabras caught on Texas? You know that monster hunter Nick Redfern currently lives in Texas —so if you add 2+2 on this...
- Nick also discusses Brad Steiger's new book on vampires [Amazon US & UK] For a cool coincidence, check out today's quote!
Thanks Rick & Moonchild.
Quote of the Day:
[...]"You know... there is one thing." Redfern hesitated, his airline pilot's confidence fading for a moment. "I do remember something, but it won't be of any use to you, I don't think..."
Eph shrugged almost imperceptibly. "We'll take anything you can give us."
- "Well, when I blacked out... I dreamed of something —something very old..." The captain looked around, almost ashamedly, then started talking in a very low voice. "When I was a kid... at night... I used to sleep in this big bed in my grandmother's home. And every night, at midnight, as the bells chimed in the church nearby, I used to see a thing come out from behind a big old armoire. Every night, without fail —it would poke out its black head and long arms and bony shoulders... and stare at me..."
- "Stare?" asked Eph.
- "It had a jagged mouth, with thin, black lips... and it would look at me, and just... smile."