Happy birthday for tomorrow to my wonderful, amazing, beautiful Tonita!
- Does the 'Murphy mover' explain the pyramids? I didn't realise there were Irishmen in ancient Egypt.
- Quarrying company wins battle over ancient Henge site.
- Is the real Mona Lisa buried in Florence?
- USD professor says that the Battle of Big Horn was actually a rout, with Custer's troops disintegrating in panic.
- Swiss archaeologist digs up African pottery dating to at least 9,400 BCE.
- Drawing back the veil on Pre-Columbian America: a review of Charles Mann's 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus (Amazon US and UK).
- Meet the real Dr Frankensteins of the Cold War era.
- Mental training has the ability to physically change the brain. As opposed to Cold War scientists changing it for you. This article part of a current Time magazine feature on the mystery of consciousness.
- 'Baby mind reader' wants to challenge Randi for his million.
- Uri Geller is 'spooking' Israeli magicians.
- Is the O'Hare UFO sighting the start of a new 'flap'?
- Alfie Carrington has spent half his life trying to build a flying saucer. Probably better off hijacking one this year sometime.
- New research suggests that the Moon influences our lives in many ways.
- Exploding robots may scout hazardous asteroids. I've been waiting for the day when astrophysics and slapstick would combine for the greater good.
- Scientists say 'Fantastic Voyage' willl be a reality in 2009.
- The twenty most popular scientific myths.
- India's space hopes soar as capsule returns to Earth.
- Gambling appears to show that consciousness is a sure bet.
- Ironically, also in today's news: activation of brain region predicts whether a person will be selfish or altruistic. What about if you gamble your own money and give it to someone else?
- Western faiths begin to connect with Yoga.
- Neural 'extension cord' developed for brain implants. Why not add in a double adaptor so that great minds can think alike?
- While nanotechnology is all the rage in the scientific world, for most people it's off the radar.
- MIT study urges use of geothermal energy as a power source.
- Aerosol pollution slows down winds and reduces rainfall. Apparently also good for cleaning glass, eradicating mosquitoes, and starching your clothes.
- Stephen Hawking warns of climate change danger. Hmm, his spaceflight training makes more sense now....deserter!!
- More on that ball lightning in the lab story from a week or so ago.
- Don't try this at home kids...television repairman shoots electricity from his fingertips (video). Ball lightning in the home?
- US man survives 17-story tumble. Unfortunately, loses out in sympathy stakes to the duck that survived being shot and then surviving two days in a fridge.
Quote of the Day:
I'm fascinated that our government could lie to us so blatantly, so obviously for so long, and we do absolutely nothing about it. I think that's interesting in what is ostensibly a democracy.
- Here are those robots I was asking for last week, but I prefer nurses of the human kind (especially cute ones).
- Two US human rights groups claim to be working with Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and Vodaphone to protect civil liberties. Hrmm, which satellite did China shoot down?
- The Mind-Energy.net site discusses Randi's obsession with Uri Geller.
- Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain, a new book by Wall Street Journal science writer Sharon Begley, discusses a conference of buddhist monks and neuroscientists (Amazon US or UK).
- The Sentience and Consciousness website has an interesting article about the development of conscious perception.
- Nick Redfern writes about Puerto Rico's (no relation) Moca Vampire. Not to be confused with the cappuccino vampire.
- Whitley Strieber's talking about nothing really, just something about global superstorms, UFOs and nuclear armageddon.
- Joe Kovacs (any relation to Ed?) reports that Colonel Brian Fields has photographed UFOs eerily similar to the Phoenix Lights (Wiki? We need a Red Pill entry).
- UFO Digest says that the O'Hare UFO and the latest in Arkansas could be sign of more sightings to come.
- Carl Mason says we shouldn't ignore skeptics completely. Except Randi.
- An excellent article about the Chachapoya "Cloud People" ruins found in the Peruvian Andes last August. National Geographic also has an excellent feature with pics, as does Living In Peru dot com.
- Ancient weapons 5500-years-old speak of ancient battles in Syria, near the Iraq border. Close, Dubya, but not close enough.
- A brilliant four-page feature about the 13th century medieval text found to contain the oldest known writings of Archimedes.
- A statue of Hanuman in an Indian temple apparently shed tears. Attention-seeking deities will do anything to pull a crowd.
- Researchers in Canada have resurrected the virus behind the 1918 flu pandemic and infected monkeys with it. So that's why Hanuman is crying.
- Analysis of a 40'000-year-old human skull found in Romania suggests Neanderthals and early Europeans may have interbred. We still are.
Quote of the Day:
You gotta be pretty desperate to make it with a robot.
Anybody know where I can buy an inexpensive sonic ice disintegrator? While a brick chisel and a hammer are effective for breaking up sheets of ice, I've found out the hard way, they're also hard on soft tissue.
- As The Da Vinci Code copyright appeal rolls on, do articles like this one - from 36 years ago - argue against the originality of Baigent and Leigh's 'hypotheses'?
- So much space, so little time: Danish researcher believes he's solved Fermi's paradox, and argues extra-terrestrials haven't found us yet because they haven't had enough time to look. His original paper is here.
- If extra-terrestrials tens of light-years away have radar and FM radio, we may finally be able to hear them.
- Parrots' language skills are more complex than previously thought. And Alex must have the patience of Job, to have put up with these stupid researchers for so long.
- Cat and dog save their human companions from house fires.
- 1918 flu pandemic killed by pushing immune systems into overdrive.
- Their doctors told them it was impossible, but neuroscientists have discovered why women with severe spinal-cord injuries can still feel sexual stimulation and have orgasms.
- Bored out of your mind? Scientists say the mundane moments of life allow brains to shift into a default resting state that invites daydreams.
- Anomalous ruins found in Peruvian jungle.
- Earth Tranformation and Exopolitics Conference announced; former Canadian Deputy Prime Minister champions extraterrestrial awareness.
- The Pentagon says its sensational espionage report about Canadian spy coins was not true, and has launched an internal review to determine how the false information found its way into a report.
- ESA's gamma ray observatory Integral has caught the centre of our galaxy in a moment of rare quiet.
- A world of wild weather: The first maps of their kind show how climate change will turn rare disasters into regular events.
- Bright white beetle dazzles scientists.
- Tobacco pandemic fuelled by nicotine hike.
- The maneuverability of a bat in flight makes even Harry Potter's quidditch performance look downright clumsy - and may point to a novel lift-generating mechanism.
- Psychedelic Alchemy.
- The real Frankensteins.
- It's official: Elvis lives. It might sound a little crazy, but our standard theories of cosmology and physics suggest that an infinite number of Presleys still exist, says Marcus Chown.
Quote of the Day:
Just look at us. Everything is backwards; everything is upside down. Doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, universities destroy knowledge, governments destroy freedom, the major media destroy information and religions destroy spirituality.
So glad to see you. I've missed you so much...
- Baigent and Leigh appeal Da Vinci Code copyright decision.
- The ten most expensive books of 2006. Sorry Frater Ijynx, no Crowley firsts in there.
- Looking for Bigfoot? He's obviously been seen quite a few times. The website includes a Google Earth plug-in file (down the bottom of the page) for those that want to see details.
- Do UFOs lurk in the ocean off California?
- Aliens are welcome in the small town of Rachel, Nevada.
- The latest issue of Fortean Times is now available on newstands, with plenty of tasty subjects to whet your appetite.
- Stephen Turoff: psychic surgeon or misguided messiah?
- Sleep paralysis happens all the time.
- Ditto for UFOs, ESP and NDEs.
- Experts can't find source of mysterious NYC odor.
- It's been two years since Huygens landed on Titan. So what have we learned?
- Dwarf planet from outer Solar System may change into the brightest comet ever seen (you just have to wait around for 2 million years to see it).
- Real life lasers continue to move towards becoming a reality. What a wonderful and joyous day that will be, when we can burn a hole right through our enemies.
- The myth of the amnesia of our youth.
- Chimp born at zoo, despite all male monkeys being neutered. Little monkey Jesus?
- Looking for consciousness in a cockroach.
- Zoological Society of London lists Top 100 Rarest and Most Endangered Species.
- Mach c? Scientists observe sound traveling faster than the speed of light. I could do the same this Sunday watching TOOL at the Big Day Out concert.
- Torturing gay sheep. It's not true (or should that be trewe?).
- Cheap, safe drug found to kill most cancers.
- Changing wombs? US doctors plan womb transplant.
- Pirate Bay seeks to buy Sealand to create an off-shore data haven.
- Dr Zahi Hawass sent to the US for eye surgery, possibly due to a stone falling on his head.
- Bering Land Bridge theory disputed. "More of an overpass" says researcher. Okay, so he didn't say that. Would have been funnier if he did.
- Napoleon's death mystery unmasked.
- Forget crop circles - the aliens have gone urban. But that doesn't even rank on the bizarro-meter compared to a Geostationary Banana Over Texas.
Quote of the Day:
We've heard that a million monkeys at a million keyboards could produce the complete works of Shakespeare; now, thanks to the Internet, we know that is not true.
It has been a while so I am a bit rusty. Happy New Year.
- Casual sex is a con.
- Microbe experiment suggests we could all be Martians.
- Sleep paralysis happens all the time.
- Skull shows possible human and Neanderthal interbreeding.
- Titan’s strange atmosphere.
- I, Columbine killer.
- Tesla’s fuelless generator.
- Basque-ing in welsh dna.
- Even closer to finding Ithaca. Or not?
- Doctors plan womb transplant.
- Dwarf planet becoming comet.
- The scientific basis for race.
- Ancient book of herbs used in the war on bacteria.
- Human immortality: a scientific reality?
- Bring back the Neanderthals.
- Parasitic infections could stop the immune system from self-attack.
- Why are lions not as big as elephants?
Quote of the Day:
If you knew what I know about the power of giving, you would not let a single meal pass without sharing it in some way.
This is a circular vortex, spinning...
- Four years ago Sylvia Browne and James Van Praagh said Shawn Hornbeck was dead. Now they have some explaining to do.
- WaPo have a long and in-depth article on people how believe they are victims of mind control experiments.
- Critics brand UK super-database "frightening and intrusive".
- Excavations show that Stonehenge didn't stand alone.
- Grand Canyon creationist tale has National Parks service under fire from scientists.
- Creationist museum has dinosaurs and humans living together.
- Ancient stone tools may rewrite American prehistory. Perhaps they were Noah's?
- The terror on the face of an Amazonian mummy.
- Ancient spice healing remedies - an ingredient in curry shows promise for Alzheimer's, cancer, and other diseases.
- The New York Times has an obituary for Robert Anton Wilson.
- Humanoid robot controlled with the mind (with video).
- Japan recommends scrapping Moon mission.
- NASA's Pluto probe prepares for Jupiter flyby.
- String theory? Knot.
- The latest issue of Scientific American is now out - one of the free articles from the new issue is this one on dark energy.
- 2006: The year in sci-fi book cover art.
- The must-know lexicon of the 21st century intellectual.
- Woman dies during "hold your wee for a Wii" competition.
- America goes insane over the weather.
- World's first test tube baby gives birth to her own baby, doing it the old-fashioned way. Much messier.
- Genetic search closes in on Alzheimer's mutation.
- Are memories made of this molecule?
- What we hear, and how it affects what we see.
Quote of the Day:
Men, for years now, have been talking about war and peace. But now, no longer can they just talk about it. It is no longer a choice between violence and nonviolence in this world; it's nonviolence or nonexistence.
Martin Luther King
It's 2007, where are the hover cars and robot maids?
- South Korea isn't letting me down, aiming to put a robot in every home by 2010.
- Also in South Korea, a robot that gives birth is helping medical students who can't practice because of the country's low birthrate. Governator Arnie plans to use it in his new movie, Terminator Junior.
- Australia is taking part in the One Laptop Per Child project for aboriginal communities in the top end.
- Will Windows Vista be one step forward, two steps back? One day we will witness iWindows.
- Comet McNaught, named after the Australian astronomer who discovered it last August, streaks across the southern skies this week, but Sydney may miss out. Some punters say it's a cricket ball smashed by Gilchrist from hapless English bowlers.
- Black diamonds may have their origins in intersteller space, US researchers claim.
- A researcher says the Viking space probes of 1976-77 did find life on Mars, but inadvertantly killed it and didn't recognise what it had found.
- We are the Martians.
- New life forms have been discovered in the Arctic Ocean.
- A plant with the world's largest flower evolved from a family of flora whose blossoms were nearly all tiny. You should see the bees.
- A duck believed to be extinct has been found alive because scientists were looking in the wrong habitat for 18 years. Maybe the duck was hiding.
- A 36'000-year-old skull discovered in South Africa gives support to the "Out of Africa" hypothesis.
- But wait, there's more. Modern humans may have spread out of Africa only relatively recently according to the analysis of fossil finds in Russia.
- Tools found in northern Minnesota may be 13000 to 14000 years old, which many skeptical archaeologists are having a hard time grasping.
- A quartz stela unearthed in the Avenue of Ram-headed Sphinxes in Luxor has changed what Zahi Hawass knows of Ancient Egypt's 20th dynasty.
- A slickly-produced SciFi Channel program is looking for flying dinosaurs in the mountainous jungles of New Guinea with sexy guides.
- The Transylvanian castle loosely associated with Vlad the Impaler is on sale for $91million US, but could end up as part of a theme park. Now I know why Greg made a donation link for TDG.
- This is the reason, not Stephen King's It novel and miniseries, why clowns scare the hell out of me.
- A campaign to clear the name of Mrs Helen Duncan, jailed for nine months in 1944 for being a witch, is gaining international support.
- What is this strange flying orb captured on video?
- The Other Side of Truth says the O'Hare UFO incident, for better or worse, will define how the public views UFOlogy. If only the public read TDG instead of celebrity paparazzi gossip magazines.
- Paul Kimball also believes that self-styled alien abduction researchers -- such as David Jacobs and Budd Hopkins, have is a cult. I'm disappointed in Paul, he (conveniently) fails to mention John Mack's research.
- But this piece by the UFO Iconoclast(s) is just plain offensive, describing abductees as people experiencing psychotic episodes who need to be "cured". Whoever wrote that needs to be anal probed by klingons.
- Nick Redfern says he supports people who search for ET using radar and radio, but wonders if we'll have a better chance winning the lottery. I forgot to buy a ticket last week.
- The Beyond Reason talkshow discusses the latest in UFOlogy with Dr Kevin Randle.
- Does this video footage really show a spiraling UFO above Russia, or is it a clever fake?
- The opposition to String Theory is growing. I can hear the snip snip of scissors.
- The internet needs less cell-phone recordings of Saddam Hussein's latest booze-up and Paris Hilton's execution , and more pics of the O'Hare UFO.
- Is this the face of Dante? The author of The Divine Comedy (Amazon US or UK), not the guy from Clerks.
- I'm a big fan of Rob Brezsny's Free Will Astrology and Pronoia (Amazon US or UK), and I'm delighted to discover he reads TDG.
Quote of the Day:
"I have a dream that in the New World Oprah Winfrey will buy up all the Pizza Huts on the planet and convert them into a global network of menstrual huts, where for a few days each month every one of us, men and women alike, can resign from the crazy-making 9-5, drop out and slow down, break trance and dive down into eternal time."
from Pronoia, by Rob Brezsny
- Russian archaeologists discover body of 2000-year-old warrior preserved intact in permafrost.
- "Orcs in loincloths" is how this Mayanist describes Mel Gibson's Apocalypto.
- Peru pushes to make Machu Picchu a wonder of the world.
- Aboriginal anger as Wandjina graffiti spreads to the city.
- The Priory of Sion resorts to recruitment by spam. Things must be tough in the secret society business.
- Ball lightning created in the lab (with link to video).
- The subversive skeptical strategy: we all know UFO really means aliens from outer space...right?
- Unless they are of course owls. Greg Bishop riffs on 'skeptic' Joe Nickell's owl fixation, in a post on the 'Kelly Green Men'.
- Research continues into deep space travel propulsion.
- Europe targets its own Moon and Mars missions. It's gonna get pretty crowded up there I think.
- Dogs are as good at sniffing out cancer as an state of the art technology. Coincidentally, Astraea radio recently interviewed Nicholas Broffman on this very topic.
- Several thousand birds mysteriously drop dead in Australia.
- Pessimists are likely to die early. Guess they'll be self-righteous now too.
- And in more self-confirming news, a research thesis into procrastination is finally finished...after ten years.
- Hitachi develops system that reads people's minds via their blood flow.
- Desktop fabricator may kick-start a home revolution.
- Relax if you're in London. You're secure beneath watchful eyes.
- 2006 was the warmest year on record for the U.S. Conversely, it's half way through summer here and we've barely had a hot day.
- Scientists make molecular rings in shape of King Solomon's Knot.
- Here's a map of world happiness. One day I'm going to set up a lobby group for colour blindness...do people realise how hard it is to make sense of diagrams using such close colours?
- Next James Cameron movie (Avatar) will take 'digital actors' to a new level.
- Tourists ponder Loch Ness Monster's feeding times. I hope some quick local said something like "when the plumpest tourist gets close to the water".
- A short message from Robert Anton Wilson about his impending death.
Quote of the Day:
In America attendance at church is much higher, and it convulses the body politic because, unable to fulfill it's sacral function, the church has become simply a lobbying force for fundamentalist social policy...I think we should level [churches] to the ground and start over.
My to-do list has exceeded the limits of time provided by all of history combined. I'm going to have to become a deity to get through it...
- Rats, not men, to blame for death of Easter Island. It would be more poetic if it were bunnies, I think.
- Two Easter Island stories in one day: Easter Islanders wonder how many statues are enough. Perhaps they should be more worried about how many rats are about...
- Untangling the mystery of the Inca. Because they used knotted strings. 'Untangling'. Get it? I'm a frayed knot.
- Climate key to Sphinx's riddle.
- Were humans in North America 50,000 years ago?
- Struck down by Motor Neurone Disease at 21 and given two years to live, Stephen Hawking yesterday celebrated his 65th birthday. And he shows no signs of slowing down, with a trip on the Vomit Comet planned for this year.
- Pluto had something go its way in 2006 - it became the word of the year. As in, "you've been Plutoed".
- Seeking lost cities from space.
- Mysterious gas odor plagues New York.
- PBS wants you to pick their new science show. Power to the people.
- Chicago UFO story goes big - there's an interesting aside in the story about the FAA's position, worth taking note of.
- Also: Chicago now, and the Phoenix Lights ten years ago - the only difference may be video.
- John Mack Institute seeks to produce film on the Ariel School UFO sighting.
- 'Sea Serpent' surprises Nova Scotia lobsterman.
- Psychics called in to help with 25-year-old murder mystery.
- Italian police set up elite squad to take on the devil himself.
- Secular fundamentalists are the new Totalitarians.
- Visit the US, and have your fingerprints on record for crime agencies. Make that the centre of a tourism campaign, and see how well it goes...
- Trusting your instincts leads you to the right answer. Is it paradoxical if my instincts tell me this research is bogus?
- Augmented cognition: science fiction, or science fact?
- Cancer warning over stem cell therapies.
Quote of the Day:
All of us have mortal bodies, composed of perishable matter, but the soul lives forever: it is a portion of the Deity housed in our bodies.
Lots of good things in the news to start the year off...
- A video interview with 'NASA UFO Hacker' Gary McKinnon.
- Inventors win funding for research into flying saucer technology. Gary McKinnon's uncles perhaps?
- Marijuana might cause new cell growth in the brain. I'm really getting confused as to whether it's supposed to be good or bad for you.
- Looking back (or is that forward?) on the story of alleged time-traveller John Titor.
- Is taking the oath of office on the Koran a threat to American values? What about if it's on Thomas Jefferson's Koran?
- Pat Robertson says God has whispered in his ear that there will be mass killing in the U.S. during 2007. Hrm, hearing voices and predicting mass killing - sounds like someone should be sent to Gitmo without a trial...
- Free will: now you have it, now you don't. Is your conscious mind just a puppet of the subconscious?
- Study finds that coal mining causes earthquakes.
- Manufacturing uncertainty: how oil money funds groups who "cast doubts and deceive the public on the scientific consensus regarding global warming." I guess the critical part is whether it's deception or information.
- Climate shift helped destroy China's Tang Dynasty.
- The music of the hemispheres. Brain hemispheres, that is.
- 49 of 72 rare rhinos go missing in Nepal.
- The Lure of Móo: judging Augustus Le Plongeon.
- The ancient and mysterious history of tattooos. Grisly image warning.
- Satellites and video game technology used to track the movements of ancient Central Americans. I hope they didn't frag them.
- 2007 is the Asian Year of the Moon, as China and Japan ready lunar probes.
- Lost lakes of Titan found at last.
- Amazon forest relies on dust from the Sahara. And that butterfly beating its wings too, no?
- Human brain evolution slows to a crawl. Dubya, you're dragging our average down!
- Spaceship Earth sculpture falls apart. Art imitating real life?
- The Wunderkammer: cabinets of curiosities make a comeback.
- Spilt Animal parts and a tomahawk missile listed as worst traffic incidents in US during 2006.
Quote of the Day:
We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.
Martin Luther King