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- 150 years ago today, a remarkable book was published. Hint: it has almost nothing to do with the Godly-design of the banana.
- And 35 years ago today, more monkey business.
- Big news of the day: Man in 'coma' for 23 years said to be conscious the entire time. But is he really conscious, or is he the puppet on the end of his carer's string?
- New map bolsters case for ancient ocean on Mars.
- Building a better alien-calling code. Sooo-eee, Eeee-Teeeee?!
- 2012: Skeptics vs Believers.
- Remote viewer Paul Smith notes the real-life people on which the characters in The Men Who Stare at Goats are based. You can also listen to Paul Smith discussing the topic on the latest Skeptiko podcast.
- Sting says he and his wife have seen a ghost in their house.
- Is Global Warming unstoppable?
- After so many years of being designated an urban myth, the 1935 'Gator in the Sewer' story is confirmed as real.
- Insects may have consciousness. Which makes some whacky DMT trips seem even spookier…
- Glowing alien-like flea takes top photography prize. You should see the size of his tiny camera...
- Monsters of the deep.
- Was there a Stone Age apocalypse?
- 3D computer fly-over of Stonehenge and assorted other ancient sites.
- Collision at the Large Hadron Collider. But proton beams this time, rather than baguettes. Hopefully they remember Egon Spengler's important safety advice…
Quote of the Day:
Don't cross the streams - it would be bad.
Dr. Egon Spengler (Ghostbusters)
Ready for cognitive overload?
- Faint writing found on the Shroud of Turin is typical of the Middle East in the first century.
- Sky detectives: the forensic astronomers who are seeking clues to historical events embedded in artworks and literature.
- New research sheds light on large-animal extinction. More.
- Spears didn't wipe out mammoths: Giant ice-age mammals faced extinction 2,000 years before deadly speartips were invented.
- Valley in Jordan inhabited and irrigated for 13,000 years.
- How humanlike was Ardi? A second look at the 4.4-million-year-old primate that sparked debate about upright walking and what it means to be in the human tribe.
- A treasure trove of Tibetan art and manuscripts uncovered in 'sky high' Himalayan caves could be linked to the storybook paradise of Shangri-La.
- Lava cave minerals are actually microbial waste that could offer clues in the search for extraterrestrial life. Photos.
- Photo gallery: Spacewalkers at work on the ISS.
- The beleaguered Hayabusa asteroid probe is back on track to return to Earth after ground controllers cobbled together a working engine from two dead ones.
- Solar winds are triggered by magnetic fields.
- Multi-trillion-watt laser at the University of Rochester has simulated a stellar jet -- an outpouring of matter from a fledgling star -- with unprecedented realism.
- Aquatic creatures mix ocean water.
- More than 17,000 new species found living in eternal darkness of deep ocean. More. A few nice photos.
- Lure of the deep is irresistible to scientists.
- Sushi is often not what you think.
- Blood and guts: On the brink of a revolution.
- Addition of single bacterial gene into yeast achieves dramatic improvements in bioethanol production from agricultural waste -- more ethanol, less acetate, and elimination of the major by-product glycerol.
- In recent years, scientists have decoded the DNA of humans and a menagerie of creatures, but none with genes as complex as a stalk of corn, the latest genome to be unraveled.
- Preliminary analysis of satellite data shows that, for the last three years, the 'stable' East Antarctic ice sheet has been losing 57 billion tonnes of ice per year, which is more ice than it is gaining.
- Sea levels could rise by up to 20ft (6m) if the world fails to get CO2 pollution under control, according to the latest study in the Antarctic.
- Carbon emissions from fossil fuels rise to an all-time high -- up 2 percent in 2008 despite economic downturn, and up 40 percent from 1990 to 2008.
- Ocean's ability to mop up CO2 is declining.
- Ocean acidity threatens fish: Carbon content of oceans leaves fish unable to 'smell danger'.
- Wildfires sweep across eastern Australia: Worse is yet to come as record temperatures, bone-dry bushland, high winds and lightning strikes combine to create the greatest bushfire threat in 100 years.
- Kidney stones, malaria, Lyme disease, depression and respiratory illness all may increase with global warming, researchers at Harvard Medical School say.
- Using stinging tentacles and wide mouths, large coral polyps in the Red Sea have, for the first time, been discovered eating jellyfish nearly as big as they are.
- Economists put a price tag on the benefits of coral reefs.
- The hidden costs of fossil fuels - and biofuels, too.
- Climate sceptics claim leaked emails are evidence of collusion among scientists. More.
- Climategate: the final nail in the coffin of 'Anthropogenic Global Warming'?
- A leading climate scientist: Leak of climate e-mails is appalling.
- There was no evidence of conspiracy among climate scientists in the leaked emails, but the University of East Anglia's response has been pathetic -- like responding to someone calling you a bastard by showing them your birth certificate.
- Why media tell the climate story poorly.
- Cigarettes are chock full of bacteria, including many known to cause disease in humans.
- Cigarette butts found to be toxic to fish. According to one estimate, some 4.5 trillion filters from spent smokes make their way into the environment every year.
- Mac user claims Apple voided her warranty and refused to repair her computer because it was contaminated with cigarette smoke.
- Normal bacteria living on skin surface prevent excessive inflammation after injury.
- Psychological therapy 32 times more cost effective at increasing happiness than simply obtaining more money.
- Tree-eating bugs threaten Monarch butterflies in Mexico.
- The koala wars.
- Oz farmer's lucky escape after savage kangaroo held him under water and tried to disembowel him.
- Shockwaves could replace viagra as treatment for erectile dysfunction.
- Female viagra accidently discovered.
- Scientists create the world's cleverest rat, called Hobbie-J, by modifying a single gene in a technique they believe could also boost human brainpower.
- Pope John Paul II regularly whipped himself in remorse for his sins, ala the Opus Dei monk in The Da Vinci Code.
- Sister of UN 'suicide' scientist who died in mysterious fall rescues potential evidence from destruction by police.
- Fat-stealing entities of Peru.
- Psychic claims that Britain’s biggest police forces have asked him to help solve cases by contacting murder victims 'on the other side'.
- UFO's? Texas man says he's got recorded proof.
- Britain's new internet law -- as bad as everyone's been saying, and worse. Much, much worse.
- 'Star Trek Online' offers free-to-play open beta trail period.
Quote of the Day:
Concern for man and his fate must always form the chief interest of all technical endeavors. Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and equations.
Winter, spring, summer or fall, it’s always a Swell Season.
- Think humankind is immune to extinction? Think again.
- Mass extinctions and the open ocean.
- Separating the quantum and classical worlds, one ripple at a time.
- Solar Tsunamis. SSIE.
- Fossils from the once swampy Sahara reveal a cache of crocodiles.
- Fossilized mammoth dung reveals clues to the woolly one’s demise.
- NASA greenights test to study long-term effects of radiation on primates for future space travel. What, Carrot Top wasn’t available?
- Trials to cure blindness with embryonic stem cells could soon be underway. Ladies and gentlemen, start your controversy engines…
- Trials to study whether blind people hallucinate on LSD reveal illuminating results.
- New evidence leads to new understanding of large animal extinction.
- The LHC restart could take place this weekend. Higgs Boson here we come!
- The birth of a star, captured on video.
- Do you want to go… faster?
- Scientists discover that eating buttered movie theater popcorn is equal to 3 quarter-pounders with 12 pats of butter. Cheeseburger popcorn, anyone?
- Then again, if we all stopped eating beef the Earth might breathe a welcome sigh of methane-free relief.
- Will religion evolve, devolve or disappear?
- Is the mysterious X-37, the Space Shuttle’s red-headed stepchild?
- Can you memorize 4000 numbers in sequence? Are you training for the Memory Olympics? The geeks shall inherit the Earth!
- And if you’re training for said Menta-lympics, you’re probably sleeping with lots of sounds to keep your gray matter finely honed.
- Nominations for the Bad Faith Awards are now open—Who’ll take the trophy for most outstanding contribution to the cause of unreason this year? Place your bets!
- Were the ancient Greeks sun worshippers? Just ask their temples.
- Small world, big pictures. Not to be confused with TV’s 'Small Wonder'.
- The genetic maze of maize, solved.
- Are you in like Flynn? Fire up your light-cycles kids, because TRON Legacy is coming soon to theater near you (and by soon I mean Dec. 2010).
Many thanks to Greg & RPJ & Moezilla!
Quote of the Day:
“Probably the central concept of shamanism, wherever in the world it is found, is the notion that underlying all the visible forms in the world, animate and inanimate, there lies a vital essence from which they emerge and by which they are nurtured. Ultimately everything returns to this ineffable, mysterious impersonal unknown…”
Douglas Sharon, Wizard of the Four Winds: A Shaman’s Story
All we are saying... is give prawns a chance.
- Could a matte-black, sunflower-shaped 'starshade', half a football field in diameter, help us to discover other Earths?
- One debate to rule them all: the 'hobbit' controversy keeps evolving.
- The Japanese are at the vanguard of cryptozoological research: the first to ever film a living Architeutis (2005), now they have taken the first photos of a baby coelacanth —Omedetou! But how about filming us a sea serpent next, you guys? ;-)
- Fancy a bit of T-Rex sirloin for supper? 8 ways in-vitro meat will change our lives.
- Franken-foods have a role to play in the struggle against global hunger, chief scientist say.
- Plants have social life too, study finds. I heard that Greg has an entire sequoia forest following him on Twitter! :-P
- Not happy with butterflies, it seems NASA has also sent British worms to the ISS aboard Atlantis —what's next, snakes?? oh, wait... wrong movie.
- After that huge shower of $$$ made by District 9 —inspired by the very real District 6 — during last summer, Sony is desperate for a sequel, but the Blomkamp-Jackson duo won't agree to it until a decent story-line is ready. In the meantime, Blonkamp might be the one to take us back to Arrakis.
- Sufi mysticism in Frank Herbert's classic scifi novel Dune (Amazon US & UK).
- The imaginary and the imaginal according to Sufism, by Henri Corbin.
- New video documentary claims that the body covered with the shroud of Turin was levitating —because resurrecting was just not enough to finish the prestige.
- Atlantis in Scotland? Uri Geller seems to think so...
- Die like an Egyptian: pharaohs also suffered from clogged arteries.
- Incas practiced ritual decapitation of enemies, archaeologists say — so Mexican druglords are descendants of the Incas? Who would've thunk :-/
- Au de Marylin? a new venture is promising fragances based on the DNA of dead celebrities, so Science hound Alan Boyle decides to take a skeptical whiff.
- Dr Swass-tika, and the tale of 'How The Führer Tried to Steal Christmas' —much better than 'Green Zyclon & Ham' IMO.
- The age of the cyberwars is upon us, according to general McAffe & admiral Norton.
- IBM computer brain simulation as complex as a cat's —and by default, far superior than a hooman's ;-)
- "Um... no hard feelings, eh son?": The 'Luke' prostethic arm is bringing us closer to robotic super-powers.
- Read the scoop on the upcoming first particle collisions at the LHC, all thanks to a tech-savvy reader of The Register.
- AH1N1 unleashes a plague of conspiracy theories in Ukraine.
- The Future of Evolution: What will be become? —I mean, aside from extinct... eventually.
- ...Then again, extinction might be a more dignified ending for our species: new hotel in France offers guests the chance to live as a hamster for the night *face-palm*
- You watched Chaplin eat his shoe; now watch him swallow the red pill!
Thanks to Rick, Greg, Loren, Jeff & Sugarhush — & thanks also to the mailman, for *finally* bringing my hardcover copy of Darklore 4!
Quote of the Day:
"Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced."
James Baldwin, American novelist.
I'm wearing my wolf pyjamas, waiting to see Where The Wild Things Are.
- Ayahuasca visionary artist Pablo Amaringo has passed away.
- A gallery of Pablo Amaringo's paintings available for purchase.
- In Brazil, Amazon Indians are brutally murdered for their land.
- Painted Maya pyramid depicts everyday life, not war & sacrifice.
- 2012: six end-of-the-world beliefs debunked.
- Archaeology Magazine also takes the blowtorch to the 2012 meme.
- It's the end of the world as we know it, and the Paranormal Pastor feels fine.
- Transcendental meditation reduces death risk for heart disease patients.
- in Bb 2.0: a brilliant collaborative online music project.
- How old is the Cerne Abbas Giant? Well, he doesn't need viagra...
- Brilliant gallery of stone circles by photographer Chris Lodge.
- Remains of Cambyses II's 'lost army' found in Egyptian desert?
- The 'lost army' claims are debunked, with a Bosnian 'pyramid' link.
- Britain's 2000-year-old Great Drain will flow once more. No, not Gordon Brown...
- Search for Genghis Khan's tomb is met with ambivalence.
- Were rats the cause of Easter Island's deforestation?
- Ireland's giant elk became extinct at the end of the last Ice Age.
- Ernest Shackleton's whisky has spent a century under Antarctic ice.
- Antarctica's icy lakes are surprisingly full of viruses, some unidentified.
- Beneath the icy crust of Europa may be oceans full of life.
- Astronomers find extrasolar planet with 'outlandish orbit'.
- The Vatican's chief astronomer says ET is possible.
- Former U.S. military personnel to discuss UFOs at nuke sites.
- I highly recommend UFOs and Nukes by Robert Hastings.
- Meet Zhang Yifang from China, physics professor and UFO enthusiast.
Thanks Greg and Mr Whisper
Quote of the Day:
You can't depend on your judgement when your imagination is out of focus
Rebellion is called for...
- Satan, the great motivator.
- Anti-war soldier faces 10 years in jail.
- Smart hand: merging mind and machine.
- Mozart and Orientalism.
- Mystery dark flow extends towards edge of the universe.
- Hypnosis has real effect.
- Tuna body shies from fishing ban.
- Wake from cryonics.
- Fluoridation increases infant death rates.
- Body parts sold to kebab stand.
- Bacteria glow near landmines.
- UFO hacker, Gary McKinnon, may have extradition stopped.
- Ancient Egyptian library rivaled a modern residential university.
- Red-faced worlds.
- Last ice age took six months to arrive.
Quote of the Day:
Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils
We like lists because we don't want to die. Here's a long one.
- Hawass: Beyonce is "a stupid person and she doesn't understand a thing."
- Meanwhile Andrew Collins' new book Beneath the Pyramids (Amazon US/UK) is out (and a new video of the caves under the Giza plateau, and an interview here).
- Extra-terrestrial oceans, on Earth?
- It's official: there's water on the moon, says NASA. But where are the aliens?
- Scientists can turn on a 'junk' gene that fights HIV. What else do we have in our evolutionary backpack? I'd like some wings, please.
- The evolution of the God gene. Atheists will be wanting to turn that one off.
- Even hard-core atheists believe in magic.
- Humans still evolving, as our brains shrink.
- Alex Grey's Chapel of Sacred Mirrors - the movie.
- Can you visualise the end of the world?
- Maybe the original film with the highest ever worldwide opening will help you.
- Lesley from Binnall of America weighs in on the controversial alien abduction film 'The Fourth Kind'.
- Does the brain tap into the future? George Dvorsky gets almost parapsychological.
- Why our brains will never live in the matrix. Wetware is so yesterday.
- The pyramids of Scotland revisited.
- Too many people are afraid of science, says Pope's astronomer. It's the scientists that I'm scared of.
- Mad scientist autobiography of the year.
- Peace on drugs?
- Keeping the spark alive: the neural correlates of love.
- More entertainment from 'Ghost Hunters' as ex-debunker debunks the show.
- Where No One Has Gone Before - Alternative Star Trek pilot to be released.
- Scientists demonstrate universal programmable quantum processor.
- Big bankers say they are doing God's work. Perhaps not these ones.
- Satan, the great motivator: The curious economic effects of religion.
- Less than half of Britons believe that human activity is to blame for global warming.
- Just pulling this out of the ground could work as a natural laxative!
Quotes of the Day:
One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.
A. A. Milne
“If the Sun and Moon should ever doubt… they'd immediately go out.”
- NASA's LCross mission reveals water on the moon. More here about H2O on La Luna.
- Capturing consciousness, one thought at a time.
- 2012: Carnival of bunkum?
- Rosetta probe does fly-by of Earth and takes awe-inspiring images while simultaneously solving a mystery.
- Two oxygen-rich, earth-sized celestial bodies have been located. Except… they’re stars.
- Birth of stars in stellar nurseries happens faster than we thought.
- Two of the most advanced WWII Japanese subs that never saw battle have been found undersea. Cool photos here.
- Ten failed doomsday predictions. Nothing beats failed doomsday predictions, except maybe failblog.
- What’s in the water? Might as well… flush.
- Coastal water being affected by ocean acidification.
- The world beneath Antarctica.
- Exoplanets lend clues to solar lithium mystery.
- Mini-Ice Age took Europe in months.
- The truth behind the truth behind the LHC.
- Quantum trampoline to test gravity.
- Ice in Greenland is melting faster every time they measure it. Meanwhile, record temperatures keep setting records.
- Iceberg takes walkabout off Australian coast.
- Rate of deforestation in the Amazon has dropped to lowest in years.
- The physiological importance of dreaming.
- Is this Spirit’s last stand?
- Scientists view cosmic skeleton of the universe.
- The fractal beauty of 3D Mandelbulbs.
- Interchangeable mustache pillows. Finally!
Quote of the Day:
“The eye altering, alters all.
See anything you like?
- Behold! the colorful center of our home galaxy, in all its funkadelic glory.
- Good news for planet hunters is bad news for battery makers.
- In a interview for Wired, science journalist Alan Boyle (of Cosmic Log fame) explains why we have such an infatuation with Pluto, the underdog of the Solar system —'The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference' [Amazon US & UK].
- First the original Apollo landing tapes, now the Kecksburg UFO files: is there anything NASA can store *without* losing it??
- Butterflies In Spaaaace! not a pre-school show, but NASA's latest project.
- Video: Phil "Naughty" Plait's talk at Gnomedex, where he discussed his favorite subject: skepticism.
- Here comes the sun *tu du du du* & I say: Godspeed! Spacecraft that sails on sunshine aims for lift-off in 2010.
- The oceans: our planet's first extraterrestrial visitors.
- The termites of the abyss —something not even James Cameron could have imagined.
- In 1924, the US Navy was looking to have contact with Martians. Don't believe me? here's the proof, direct from the National Archives (H/T Earthfiles).
- UFO hacker Gary McKinnon on medication to quell his suicidal tendencies, says Gary's mum.
- The aliens visiting Maine seem to think we should start celebrating Xmas —maybe they're partners of Zemeckis.
- Make it so —one layer at a time: The Star Trek replicator is now closer at hand.
- Fire up your stove with this —literal— green invention: a log made of leaves.
- Australia receives a very cool visitor this year: Australia">an iceberg —I bet it's Cody visiting his surfer buddies.
- Warm blood vs Cold blood: the great debate in paleontology —finally solved?
- Sauropods caught in the act... of evolving —thanks to a new fossil discovered in S. Africa.
- Guess who want to give you a free copy of "On the Origin of Species": the Creationists —did they get the idea from Umberto Eco? @_@
- Annoyed by the exorbitant phone bills in your household? blame the FOXP2 gene in your teenager child.
- Gattaca here we come! Complete Genomics, a company in California, intends to offer DNA sequencing services for US$5,000 next year.
- King Tut's tomb to get a makeover — part of Zahi's retirement arrangements? :-P
- Here's hoping that in the next 20 years, the world will have another former wall of shame as a tourist magnet.
Tip of my sombrero to Kat.
Quote of the Day:
"Freedom does not make men happy. It makes them, simply, men."
Manuel Azaña, Spanish poet
If ET prays in an alien forest, does Jesus hear him?
- The Vatican joins the search for extraterrestrial life.
- Close encounters of the faked kind: UK skeptic Chris French explains why he believes The Fourth Kind is "dangerously misleading twaddle". And more criticism.
- Extraterrestrial rafting: hunting off-world sea life.
- Will the Rosetta probe's upcoming Earth fly-by reveal an exotic physics anomaly?
- Triple delight at the centre of our galaxy.
- The power of psychic spying.
- A new release from Anomalist Books that looks fascinating. Dark Intrusions: An Investigation into the Paranormal Nature of Sleep Paralysis Experiences, by Louis Proud. Available from Amazon US and UK.
- Robert Bigelow purchases HBCC UFO Research from Brian Vike.
- Magic may be the best way forward for autism treatments, say scientists. You see what I did there?
- Giant asteroid stirred the Earth's oceans.
- The map that changed the world.
- The Spider Awards. I'd like to thank the Arachademy…
- Stone Age humans crossed the Sahara in the rain.
- Newly discovered ancient artworks reveal how the Maya lived.
- Plant experts unveil DNA barcode.
- Music improves brain function.
- Michael Shermer just made up a fresh batch of Kool-Aid. Here, have some.
Quote of the Day:
Under controlled conditions remote viewers have never succeeded in finding a hidden target with greater accuracy than random guessing.