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News Briefs 16-09-09

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.

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

News Briefs 15-09-2009

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

News Briefs 14-09-2009

Yep - it's still a strange world out there.

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

News Briefs 11-09-2009

It’s all relative, including relatives…

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.”

Stanislov Grof

News Briefs 10-09-09

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."

Freeman Dyson

News Briefs 09-09-09

Let's party like it's 09/09/09.

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

News Briefs 08-09-2009

Assorted fairy tales...

Quote of the Day:

Any man who afflicts the human race with ideas must be prepared to see them misunderstood.

H.L. Mencken

News Briefs 7-09-2009

I'm convinced the universe is working on a new and improved Murphy's Law, and my life is the beta version.

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.

Kalu Rinpoche

News Briefs 04-09-2009

What if Joan Osborne was right and God was one of us? Gauntlet, thrown ;)

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…”

Karl Pribram

News Briefs 03-09-2009

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."

Excerpt from 'The Strain', by Guillermo del Toro & Chuck Hogan [Amazon US & UK]