Happy birthday Mr Doppelganger!
- In this recent TED talk, Stephen Hawking makes the claim that 'UFOs' are only seen by "cranks and weirdos". More here.
- Queen guitarist Brian May appointed University Chancellor in the wake of receiving his Ph.D. in astrophysics.
- Astrobiologists say "No thanks" to Mars suicide mission. Chances, of anything, coming from Earth...
- The battle hots up for first access to the Clinton archives, with UFO hunters raising the ire of salacious scandal investigators.
- America vs Japan: who will have the first 'Iron Man' exoskeleton? Includes videos of the contenders.
- Universal 'babelfish' could translate alien tongues.
- Superhumans possible via genetic modification. And by superhumans, they definitely don't mean ubermensch, and the genetic modification bit has nothing to do with Darwinism. Definitely. Nothing to see here Ben Stein!
- Six formerly kick-ass creatures, ruined by evolution. Damn you Darwin!
- Lizards show rapid evolution since introduction to new environment. X-Lizards?
- Did the Flores hobbit have dental work done in the 1930s?
- Plants 'thrive' on Moon rock diet.
- Moon's birth changed the length of days on Earth. Much like the invention of the working week...
- 'Bionic eye' offers hope for blindness cure. I just hope it makes the same sound Steve Austin's did.
- Respected wine producers embrace the spiritual philosophy of Rudolf Steiner's biodynamics.
- James Randi and friends talk to London.
- Speaking of Randi's friends...the Skeptologists are coming! The video trailer has some sage words from Michael Shermer...
- Rising sea levels threaten Egypt's ancient cities.
- The Terracotta Army has egg on its face. Literally.
- 100 years ago, Sci-Am reported on the Wright Brothers' first flight.
- And look at how far we've come: the F-117 Stealth fighter is given a gold watch and put out to pasture.
- Bigelow Aerospace provide bigger space pictures. Shh, nobody tell the Bad Astronomer about some of the other weird pursuits of the folk at BA...
- Deicide vocalist Glen Benton claims to have seen a Bigfoot.
Quote of the Day:
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes.
Dwight Eisenhower (1961)
- Complete works of Darwin go online.
- 150 years since the publication of Darwin's On the Origin of Species - time to clear up some misconceptions?
- Quantum Zeno Effect explains bird navigation, and maybe some other stuff too.
- Skeptiko.com founder Alex Tsakiris presents a new video supporting Dr Rupert Sheldrake's telepathic dog theory.
- Bloodline producer says DNA test showing a Middle-Eastern maternal origin for a 2000-year-old body in Templar tomb in the Languedoc could 'shake the Vatican to its core'.
- Predictable news? UK psychics, mediums and magic workers may have to prove their claims.
- Meanwhile, Britain's biggest banks use astrology to play the markets. Could get expensive all round.
- Could deja vu be explained by grid cells? Haven't I read that somewhere before?
- Scientists reveal human thought in action, but what are the government thinking?
- 2012 - a singular date. 2013 - multiple possibilities?
- Indiana Jones in the land of pet theories.
- Hypnotist hypnotises himself before 83 minute bone operation.
- 5 extraordinary uses of caves. Nothing beats what our ancestors got up to!
- Babbage's Victorian-era supercomputer finally completed. Meanwhile the New Scientist treats us to the ten weirdest computers.
- Depictions of the human energy field in metaphysical and religious literature, describe plasma?
- David Shayler's alleged 'fantasy' supported by French intelligence experts. Not this fantasy.
- Playing God? well, virtually.
- The day the aliens landed. New film to document event witnessed by 62 schoolchildren in Zimbabwe.
- Singing Tesla coils - as a long-time fan of weird electronic music, I just love this video!
Quote of the Day:
We must act as if the apocalypse has already occurred.
Butterfly wings will be flapped at half mast today... Vaya con Dios, Mr. Lorenz...
- The father of chaos theory, Edward Lorenz, has departed this mortal coil. Probably raising a glass with Wheeler and Schrodinger as we speak…
- Laser controlled lightning? Fetch my Sir August de Wynter bear suit!
- Is Moore’s Law about to be broken? Silicon meet Graphene. Now play nice.
- Neanderthals “speak” after 30,000 years of silence.
- Have flu will travel… New N.G. article tracks flu virus origins and its worldwide travel itinerary.
- New mystery virus appears in Bolivia. “Chapare” is *not* the name of that hot new scent from overseas...
- Are scientists on the verge of revolutionizing the world energy supply with frozen natural gas?
- 43.9 billion liters of fresh melt-water drains in 90 minutes from Greenland ice sheets (faster than the average flow of Niagara falls)…
- Plants grow in lunar rocks without plant food. Who needs plant food? Soylent green is people, anyway.
- Dark matter possibly detected inside Italian mountain? Apparently Dr. B. Banzai wasn't part of this study…
- How much does a kilo really weigh? Just don’t ask the scientists…
Quote of the Day:
"There are two ways to live your life: one as though nothing is a miracle; the other as though everything is..."
Is Absence of Evidence Evidence of Laziness?
- Mediterranean tsunami warning system set for 2011. Am I the only one who feels that EVERYTHING is converging towards that particular date we are all well aware of?
- IPCC, meet thy nemesis: The NIPCC.
- Excuse me, have you seen my lake?
- Potatoes 'could solve food shortage'. But then I’m sure someone would invent a scooter than runs on chips.
- According to Big Pharma if you can write a blog, then you can also write a scientific study.
- Komodo Dragon's Deadly Secret Revealed: The dragons are… muslims. OMG!!!
- CT scan reveals mammoth’s innards. It seems the baby mammoth was a mule for the neolithic drug cartels… bastards!
- Wouldn’t a triceratops look lovely in your living room? Here’s your chance.
- Peru accuses Yale University of having over 10 times the number of Machu Picchu artifacts (40'000!) they've admitted to 'keeping' in their collection (read: “stealing”).
- Yale University says counting the artifacts is complicated. That should be the recruitment slogan for their Mathematics Department.
- It's not a Roman Curse Tablet, but a construction worker's jinx on the New York Yankees.
- Black Hole found in Omega Centauri. Mr. Wheeler would be rather pleased, methinks.
- Sigourney Weaver reunites with James Cameron in ‘Avatar’, a 3D sci-fi movie to be released in December 2009.
- Upcoming ‘X-Files’ movie has finally got a title, and all I can say is: Why, Chris Carter, WHY??????? :-(
- UFO sighting over Barron County, Wisconsin.
- Another UFO sighting, this one over Gran Canaria.
- UFO: It may not be what the doctor prescribed, but it sure was what the nurse saw.
- Damage to van blamed on Lizardman was actually done by Bigfoot, according to researcher. Whatever it was, I bet that ‘cryptid attacks’ wasn’t covered by the insurance policy.
- After they attacked our mate Rick, it seems the Chinese students went out to create a website against ‘western media hegemony’. Link to said site here.
- The fight of the century: Homer Simpson vs Hugo Chávez. Place your bets!!
- International experts differ on the definition of “cyber-terrorism”. Maybe they should just consult the Wikipedia entry and be done with it.
- Flogos: Now not even God’s realm is safe from advertising.
Danke, Herr Rick
Quote of the Day:
”We are participators in bringing into being not only the near and here but the far away and long ago. We are in this sense, participators in bringing about something of the universe in the distant past and if we have one explanation for what's happening in the distant past why should we need more?”
I'm so sick I've completely lost my voice. I can only make wheezing sounds not unlike a Victorian mansion's rusty iron gate blown by chilly winds off moonlit, fog-shrouded moors. My head feels like it's filled with congealed porridge, so I'll have to watch out for Scottish zombies. It could be a gypsy curse, or because a cat sneezed in my face last week. I may be feverish, but said cat is right now telling me to get on with the news...
- Trust no one, Agent Tornquist -- a brilliant 206-page 15.50MB pdf of Norwegian UFO files and photos.
- Heroes creator Tim Kring writing series of novels about a man who gains superpowers after participating in the CIA's LSD experiments of the 1960s.
- Santo Daime, an ayahuasca religion, is spreading to Britain. The Green Man returns, and Brown will be seeing red.
- According to Nature, 20% of scientists surveyed admit to using 'cognitive enhancing' drugs. How many cups of coffee a day, Greg?
- Brain scanners can see your decisions before you make them. I can't decide if I want one or not.
- Why the Dawkins army must be stopped: creating art from faith.
- At 78, a leading scientist hasn't given up on finding the holy grail of physics -- the God particle.
- Sea levels could rise by up to one-and-a-half metres by the end of this century. I'm glad my nephew is named Noah.
- A Norway spruce in Sweden is almost 10'000 years old. It's home to retired squirrels.
- Nick Redfern talks about eight-foot-tall, hairy man beasts with glowing red eyes prowling the English woods. Do you have an alibi, Anthony?
- A pontianak, a Malaysian vampire woman, is scaring villagers. I've got a scary image of Hillary driving a Pontiac.
- Perhaps we can introduce her to Popobawa, a man-raping winged monster.
- Can reports of giant human fossils be trusted, or are they just tall tales?
- The awesome Regan Lee has a new blog dedicated to the Mothman mystery.
- Mothman is not to be confused with the equally creepy Hat Man and other types of Shadow Beings.
- Brad Steiger writes about true encounters with shadow beings in his book Shadow World (Amazon US or UK).
- I confess to not having read the following two articles, because I have a phobia of freaky haunted dolls and spirits who attach themselves to dolls. *shudders*
- A Vatican excorcist gives an inside look at the Devil and demonic possessions.
- An intriguing, if disturbing, interview with demonologist Kenneth Deel.
- Rupert Sheldrake bravely talks about getting stabbed, and the healing process.
- Archaeology Magazine has a very skeptical feature on the legend of the crystal skulls, which inspired the new Indiana Jones movie.
- I'm thinking Lloyd Pye's Starchild Skull provided the inspiration to George Lucas.
- Mystery of the Crystal Skulls is a fantastic book by Chris Morton and Ceri Louise Thomas (Amazon US or UK) that will woo the open-minded and make the skeptics go woo-woo.
Quote of the Day:
Descartes believed the only kind of mind was the conscious mind. Then Freud reinvented the unconscious. Then Jung said it's not just a personal unconscious but a collective unconscious. Morphic resonance shows us that our very souls are connected with those of others and bound up with the world around us.
Rupert Sheldrake, from an interview with Salon (Nov. 23 1999)
Always pick the other door...
- Seven new deadly sins.
- Reading Herodotus, and Herodotus and bad fate.
- Happiness is the measure of true wealth.
- Unusual earthquake swarm off coast of Oregon puzzles scientists.
- Is this the way the world will end?
- Gut bacteria species becoming one.
- Laser triggers electrical activity in a thunderstorm.
- Earth cooled down in three rapid steps 33 million years ago.
- Is Stickney crater an impact feature?
- A look back at CSICOP and sTARBABY.
- And behind door No.1, a fatal flaw.
- Nervous system for man-made structures should improve safety.
- Blue skies and red hot temperatures in the Cretaceous.
- Is Stonehenge Roman?
- The BBC, the UN and climate bullying.
Quote of the Day:
People ask for criticism, but they only want praise.
W. Somerset Maugham
What can I say ...
- Smart aliens might not even live on Earthlike planets. If they're smart, they won't come here either.
- Looking out into space, or looking into our souls.
- Organics shaping up as next wave in digital signal processing.
- Insects evolved radically different strategy to smell, but do they need it any more?
- Round towers: needles in magical landscape?
- Needles of Stone author Tom Graves is speaking at the annual Megalithomania conference. Read/download his excellent book Inventing Reality: towards a magical technology.
- Two stone circles discovered near Manchester. That'll be a hot topic at the conf. Stoner? Check out the brilliant new DVD Standing with Stones.
- Magical thinking: Even hard-core sceptics can't help but find sympathy in the fabric of the universe.
- Cosmoetica interviews veteran paranormal author Brad Steiger.
- Da Vinci's mother was a slave.
- Was Kubrick 'snuffed' for symbolic exposé of the Illuminati?
- Robbie Williams' close encounter with Radio 4.
- Fossilized snake with two legs found. Four legs good, two legs bad, no legs evil?
- The largest known star (It's big).
- Penn Jillette on predicting the future.
- Can the brain be rebooted?
- Can we really transplant a human soul?
- Can people have meat and a planet, too?
- ‘World’s oldest tree’ discovered in Dalarna.
- Fifty years since Laika followed Sputnik. Fetch!
- Throwaway idea: compostable books.
- Global food fight, anyone?
- The false dilemma between Neo-Darwinism and Intelligent Design.
- Solar power to rule. Get out and get charging.
- 2-faced baby is hailed as an Indian Goddess.
- Dick Cheney's shades reflect a strange being. If your Ood is happy, then you'll be happy too...
- Monsters from Scottish folklore brought back to life.
- Rick carries the torch for human rights (and gets a kicking on his way to the football).
Quote of the Day:
We may all be unfolded images of aspects which exist in a higher reality.
Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority...
- Jupiter’s Great Red Spot recreated in terrestrial soap bubble? I thought April fool’s was last week...
- With bee populations waning, Beekeepers turn to Einstein’s oft-quoted ‘pollination theory’ for answers. Only problem is… Einstein never said it. Another snopes forum debunking the quote, here.
- Ever wonder what happens to your garbage after the trucks haul it away? National Geographic did.
- And if you think the above-referenced garbage is worse than the trash most people feed their kids, guess again. New UK Study says food additives DO harm children. Doesn’t anyone remember the free nutrasweet gumballs-by-mail fiasco from the 80’s?
- Mark your lunar conspiracy calendars for 2011… NASA announces plans to launch new spacecraft to study lunar dust.
- Scientists discover new method for preserving endangered species. And it isn’t just another vault on Spitsbergen… So there.
- Missing link between planets and stars found… Something tells me they aren’t referring to the Nova 'Missing Link' special from 2002.
- Stranded by the recent airline debacle in the states? So was this pilot.
- Robots doing the work of 3.5 million Japanese? Apparently, the robo-revolution has begun (so claims this article from NZ). Personally, I refuse to believe the robot apocalypse is upon us – at least not until "All your base are belong to us".
- That said, should you suddenly find yourself in need of a ‘robot apocalypse fix’, check out this classic MST 3K episode. All hail Joel and the ‘Bots!
- ’Chain letter study’ reveals circulation patterns of information dispersal across the globe. Now send this link to 10 friends in the next 2 minutes…
Quote of the Day:
Sit down before fact like a little child, and be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abyss Nature leads, or you shall learn nothing...
T. H. Huxley
Why the Hell do I take free-lance jobs if I can’t stand the pressure of deadlines? *sigh*
- Sure, mortgage debts are going through the roof, and oil hit a record US$112. But what really has me worried is that the price of rice continues a record surge. What’s that ominous sound coming from the distance? Is that a horse galloping?
- US doctors have carried out what is believed to be the world's first simultaneous six-way kidney transplant. Meh…If the doctors had been blindfolded or juggling a pair of chainsaws, now THAT would be worth posting on Youtube!
- 2008 Hurricane Season Will Be "Well Above Average". Couldn’t you Weather folks be just a LIIITLE bit more specific for a change???
- Anthony North quickly enters a british phone booth and puts his Super-Hero costume to go and save the planet!
- X-ray Vision Spies Dinosaur-Era Bugs. How in Tarnation would a T. Rex ever manage to scare its flies off?
- Meteorites made life left-handed. I was born a lefty, you know. But they forced me to use my right hand at school. Something about not having any left-sided student chairs…
- Close-ups of martian moon Phobos. Mmmm… No sign of that darn soviet probe, is there?
- Article says disclosure of ET/UFO cover-up has already taken place, but Media coverage has been Slight. How could I miss this?? That’s what you get for setting up your Tivo to record only the Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim.
- A really interesting analysis on Whitley Strieber and his writings. (H/T UFO Mystic).
- Are we covertly being colonized by aliens? I have very obnoxious neighbors, but I seriously doubt they come from Zeta Reticuli. I never accept their invitations, though… just to be on the safe side.
- Industrial Control Systems Killed Once and Will Again, Experts Warn. Blame Skynet, or the lawn-mower man?
- How to identify the look of love —or lust! Now you know why I don’t have a webcam.
- New anti-terror weapon: Hand-held lie detector. iPhone, uLie.
- Chertoff Likens U.S. Cyber Security To 'Manhattan Project'. Does that mean Dubya received a signed letter from Albert Einstein too?
- Is “God Particle” the right term for massive mystery in Physics? Atheists are free to send submissions.
- The coming war between Religion & Super-Science. When the time comes, which side will you choose?
- Earliest mixtec cremations found; show elite ate dog. How was your breakfast, BTW? Mine was a little mangy ;-)
- Getting drunk on chocolate in 1100 B.C. Salud!
- Exhibit on site of new archeology finds highlights Chinese Culture Week. They sure need some good PR right now.
- ‘Edge of World Retreats‘ offers journey into the ancient mysteries of Egypt.
- Erich Von Daniken will turn 73 on April 14th. I’m sure his friends will make him a cake with 73 moai-like candles to blow.
- A foul-mouthed parrot, who once told a vicar to f*** off, has been teaching other birds how to swear. Not even Hitchcock could have come up with that!
- Fla. lawmakers OK take-your-guns-to-work law. Let’ see who dares take MY stapler now!!!
Quote of the Day:
"In all of this, there is only one thing that we do, and that is that we deny contact. It is not the visitors who hold back, it is us who make the process impossible."
I have a plethora of book reviews and interviews lined up, so if you'd like to see me post these instead of news briefs for a while let us know. Otherwise, business as usual:
- Research says finding an explanation is like having an orgasm. It's why a certain skeptic is amazingly Randi.
- 6000 degrees Kelvin is the surface temperature of the Sun, and what's inside a new hyper efficient plasma lightbulb. I write my news by candlelight.
- Doctor reveals the dirty secrets of multinational pharmaceuticals.
- The US establishment media in a nutshell. Feed people peanuts...
- A homeless man who built an elaborate treehouse is being evicted. More photos of David Csaky inside his brilliant home.
- When a house is repossessed, many people also lose their traumatised pets.
- There's a bread shortage crisis in Egypt and President Mubarak has ordered the army to bake more.
- Sudan's pyramids vastly outnumber those of Egypt.
- Archaeologists will search a bay in the far north of Scotland for Viking artefacts.
- Did explorer G.E. Kincaid stumble upon a cave full of ancient Egyptian treasure in the Grand Canyon?
- A possible explanation why the ancient Puebloans of Arizona and New Mexico, better known as Anasazi, packed up and mysteriously left?
- Gary A. David writes about the mysteries of America's Southwest in Eye of the Phoenix (Amazon US or UK). I highly recommend his first book, The Orion Zone (Amazon US or UK)
- Spielberg and Ford initially resisted Lucas's crystal skull story. 42 days, 3 hours and 44 minutes to go!
- Frank Warren has posted a terrific interview with one of the founders of UFO researcher Major Donald Keyhoe. By the way, Keyhoe's groundbreaking book The Flying Saucers Are Real is available to download for free.
- Strange entities in human shape are visiting Argentinian communities.
- Mac Tonnies wonders whether SETI would tell us if ET called? Not if SETI has voice-activition menus and daggy on-hold music.
- Mars is preparing for an invasion of robotic explorers from Earth. Martians are already selling their homes and packing.
- We won't have far to move because scientists have found another, more reasonable Universe.
- Like a scifi Howl's Moving Castle (Amazon US or UK), giant robots could carry lunar bases on their backs.
- A Bosnian man whose home has been hit by meteorites five times believes he is being targeted by aliens.
- He's lucky they're not throwing peanut-shaped star systems.
- Male juvenile rhesus monkeys show a preference for playing with "masculine" toys like trucks over "feminine" toys. RPJ makes a Pew! Pew! Pew! noise when playing with his X-Wing fighter.
Thanks Greg and Kat.
Quote of the Day:
My own suspicion is that the universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.