TDG - the remedy for your comparatively antidilluvian education.
- Sacred plants of the Maya forest are revealed by the Maya, more than 1,000 years after their demise.
- Increased population density, rather than boosts in human brain power, was the catalyst for the emergence of modern human behavior. More.
- Evolutionary transformations of brain size turn out to be surprisingly complicated.
- The big similarities and quirky differences between our left and right brains: Pages one & two.
- Shortage of donated human brains may cause vital research to grind to a halt. The brain isn't included under existing regulations governing organ donation, so if you want to donate your brain to science, you need to complete a separate consent process.
- Fossil evidence shows ancient Arctic mammal, a hippolike creature called Coryphodon, lived there year-round.
- Origin of Antarctic ice revealed.
- New radar detects huge waves in the atmosphere, which can be hundreds of kilometers long and travel at half the speed of sound.
- Canada once bordered Zimbabwe: New technique allows researchers to precisely date ancient volcanic rocks for the first time.
- Rocking the atmosphere: Researchers discover how Earth's water was delivered.
- You can participate in NASA's Mars missions by using Google Earth to recommend places of interest to photograph with the THEMIS camera on NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter.
- New method developed to extract drinking water from air humidity -- no electrical power needed.
- Wish you were an astronaut? Traveling in space gives you headaches and leaves you short, fat and ugly.
- It's not just the astronauts who give every last drop to keep the taps flowing aboard the ISS. The full experimental complement of 72 rats aboard the space station also give their all for water reclamation.
- Still game for space travel? Best first take a ride on the vomit comet - which scientists employ for a surprisingly wide range of experiments.
- Scientists are using viruses to build solar cells and other gadgets that are dramatic improvements over their existing counterparts.
- Superfast laser blast to filaments doubles the efficiency of incandescent light bulbs.
- Flexible solar roof shingles may soon replace today's boxy solar panels made of rigid glass or silicon and mounted on thick metal frames.
- In a Russian mountain range, unknown forces made perfect 'quasicrystals' - a type of material researchers previously thought could only be created in a lab.
- The biggest 'spooky' system ever seen: 4 entangled ions.
- Deer and cattle lose their orientation to Earth's magnetic field near high-voltage power lines.
- Naturally produced hydrogen peroxide summons white blood cells to wounds.
- Pigs are underestimated source of flu.
- The inside of the human nose is a bit too chilly for avian flu virus, perhaps explaining why the strain has so far not spread easily.
- Newly identified arenavirus caused highly-fatal hemorrhagic fever outbreak in late 2008.
- The bane of scientific research: Faking results and omitting inconvenient truths are more widespread than previously thought.
- Bacteria from the deep could be powerful clean-up tool for heavy metal pollution.
- Whether they're shortened or not, dysfunctional telomeres can trigger cancer.
- JAMA: Negative experiences in childhood establish 'biological memories' that weaken physiological systems and make individuals vulnerable to problems that can lie dormant for years. I think it was Edgar Cayce who said parents would shudder if they understood how profoundly they affect their children.
- In that tucked tail, real pangs of regret? From brain scans and other data, more signs of animal ruefulness.
- Dungeons, slavery and executions: The history of personal bankruptcy. But when corporations go bankrupt, the penalty is still cannibalism.
- 'Warrior gene' linked to gang membership, weapons use.
- Wiltshire's June cropcircles: Below Milk Hill, Knoll Down, Little London, and Little Farm.
- War, *huhhh*, what is it good for? Lining pockets, I'd say. Scientists, however, think altruism evolved from 200,000 years of human conflict.
- Hi-res video of The Corpus Clock & Chronophage. At 2:27, you'll see close-ups of the incredibly detailed escarpment - a fanged grasshopper that blinks.
Quote of the Day:
Adverse childhood experience is one of the largest contributors to such chronic health problems as diabetes and obesity, psychiatric disorders, drug abuse – almost every major public health challenge we face.
The authors of a study published June 2 in The Journal of the American Medical Association.
Holding infinity in the palms of our hands…
- Universe versus multiverse.
- Life, from above.
- Quantum entanglement unraveled (and demonstrated) in lab.
- Following up from last week’s news… the mystery of giant ice circles in Russia has been solved.
- The Tiananmen Tank Man, 20 years later. Watch Frontline's documentary on this enigmatic figure, online for free.
- The science of fads fading into obscurity.
- Who needs a paintbrush if you’ve got an iPhone?
- Need a FEMA trailer? Got a buck?
- A 50 year portrait of changing landscapes in the Himalayas.
- The origin of Antarctica’s 14 million year-old ice. And behold Antarctica’s ‘Alps’, buried thousands of meters deep.
- Fossilized treasures unearthed in a German quarry.
- Star clusters near the center of the Milky Way’s supermassive black hole appear ‘normal’.
- UFO or USAF? You be the judge of the top-six top-secret aircraft most commonly mistaken for UFOs.
- Does anybody remember laughter? Apparently monkeys and our ancestors do.
- Space Monkeys won the space race -- further proof us humans only think we’re running things. Damn dirty apes!
- A “stroke” of genius… UK man awakens from surgery as an artist reborn.
- “I see," said the blind man -- all thanks to stem cells.
- Greening the desert, one ‘bilbie’at a time.
- How much water should you really drink per day?
- And so castles made of sand, fall into the sea, eventually.
- Beneath every giving tree, there should be a growing chair.
- Is the future of food factory-grown in Japan?
Danke to Greg, Kat & RPJ
Quote of the Day:
“If the doors of perception were cleansed, every thing would appear to man as it is… infinite.”
They say China is planning to buy the Hummer division. Is it perhaps to re-enact this more cost-effectively?
- Finding ice on the Moon has proven to be more difficult than finding a Nazi lunar base. Or maybe...
- New Champ video? Our friend Loren Coleman —*cough!* save the museum *cough!*— takes a deeper look.
- Chimp-made toolkit most complex ever found. MacGyver's missing link??
- How do you like your mammoth: medium-rare or well done?
- Where to go on a first date with a paleoartist.
- The Starchild Skull grabs a new moment under the spotlights.
- Did an Airline pilot see a UFO, and Twitter about it? More about this here.
- Does the US government want you to think that a UFO crashed in Roswell? "Maybe", says Nick Redfern. No Xmas greeting cards from Stanton Friedman in your mailbox this year, Nick!
- Stunned onlookers watch as mysterious orange UFOs swoop across Britain's skies. Countermeasures to test the defences of a Royal Navy ship?
- Seems that UFO Hunters will be abducted from the airwaves on season 4. Excuse me while I go open the champagne...
- First they go bumping into electric windmills, now they appear in our fields in crop-circle form. Our jellyfish alien overlords are growing impatient ;-)
- Terry Gilliam & Johnny Depp will resume their attack on the windmills. "Forward, Sancho!"
- Guillermo del Toro wants to take the gayness out of vampires —Glowing skin? Are you s*$%ting me??!
- Field guide to ghost-hunting —complete with DIY proton pack assembly instructions.
- Ghost in bottles, for just 20 bucks. It's a bargain in ANY life!
- Video: After slaying Templar infidels in Jerusalem, Altaïr journeys to XVth century Venice, in the 2nd installment of Assassin's Creed.
- As the survivors of the Tiananmen Square massacre still try to cope with their experiences, the post-1980s Chinese kids go "Meh" with the 20th anniversary.
- Exxon Valdez: Still cleaning up the mess after 20 years!
- Parle vu 'oink'? WHO close to declaring swine flu a global pandemic.
- For over 14 years, Daniel Estulin has investigated and researched the Bilderberg Group's far-reaching global influence. Well, the fact that he's still alive doesn't add up to his credibility, now does it?
- U.S. accidentally releases list of Nuclear sites —D'uh! or better yet: D-U92-H1.
- Video: Man pinned down by police prays to Yahweh; Yahweh endows man with super-human strength to withstand a Tazer zapping.
- US firm says handheld puke ray is ready to go. I already know what I'll be asking for this Xmas ;-)
Thanks Greg, Rick, Kat & Tank Man.
Quote of the Day:
"You can raise pigs to be very strong and very fat. But a pig is still a pig. And a pig has no rights."
Liu Suli, 49-year-old book seller who spent 20 months in prison for his involvement with the Tiananmen protesters.
"Our country is like our national animal, the panda. It is slow to change, but change will come. We're making sure of it — but just quietly."
Anonymous 25-year-old Chinese office worker
Today's news is a mess of surrealism and contradictions...
- Ben Radford discusses the remote viewing twitter experiment for Live Science. Although, Ben's not exactly telling the full story now is he. But have we come to expect anything different from this mob? I think the word is propaganda folks...
- Boy chosen by Dalai Lama as reincarnated spiritual leader turns his back on Buddhism.
- Richard P. Feynman...one of the greatest minds of the 20th century, and a kickin' bongo drum player to boot.
- Space rock yields evidence for origins of life. Nice try, but "It's formic acid Jim, but not as we know it" doesn't really cut it.
- The 'truth' behind NASA's UFO videos.
- Fear and Loathing: the board game. Go to Bat Country. Go directly to Bat Country. Do not pass Go, do not collect $200.
- Decoding Antiquity: Eight ancient scripts that still can't be read.
- Solid science may be the salvation of string theory. No, not that string theory, silly moggie.
- Out of...Europe?!
- The 'reality-based community' criticise the power of intention in healing. LOL at people who label themselves 'reality-based', 'skeptics' etc. May all their tweets end up here.
- Deep brain stimulation being tested with brain injury and Alzheimer's.
- Pilot leaving Houston spots strange object close by.
- Ufologist Nick Pope gets the Slashdot treatment.
- Scientology CEO outraged by Wikipedia ban. Religions are headed by CEOs now?
- Don't cut the black wire!!
- New tech lets plants phone for water. Just don't give them your credit card details and you should be fine.
- Especially given that plants can recognise themselves. I say destroy all the triffids now, before the meteor storm.
- 'Oldest pottery' found in China. Or is that oldest china found in Pottery? Confusing stuff.
- Expert: Turtle rock has tool marks.
- Unemployment rises as the Netherlands has to close prisons for lack of prisoners. Come on criminals, stop slacking off and help the economy!
- Starfish defy climate change gloom.
- A planet as big as its star.
- The search for life in the Universe.
- Billion-pixel pictures allow ultra-zooming for science. Not as much fun with porn...
- David Lynch's Interview Project begins.
Quote of the Day:
You have to systematically create confusion, it sets creativity free. Everything that is contradictory creates life.
A wide assortment of brain candy today...
- Twitter's psychic experiment: This week, experts investigating remote viewing want the public to tweet their impressions of randomly chosen spots in the UK visited by one of the researchers. To take part in the experiment, visit https://twitter.com/RichardWiseman.
- Technology development based on mind-matter interactions?
- Biological quantum entanglement (pdf) at room temperature? Earlier layman's version.
- Scientists who swam against the tide.
- Marine scientists discover massive 15,000ft underwater volcano off Indonesia's western coast.
- The cloud with no name: Meteorologists campaign to classify unique 'Asperatus' clouds seen across the world.
- Human skin is a des res for an astonishing number and range of microbes.
- The new exoplanetology - learn from Mother.
- Around 10,000 years ago, when agriculture was getting under way in the Fertile Crescent, cats domesticated themselves (and us).
- People may be able to taste words.
- Time-lapse video of change on Earth.
- A human language gene changes the sound of mouse squeaks.
- A memory for faces, extreme version.
- Archaeologists excavate ancient Maya river port in Southeast Mexico.
- Remains of Temple of Isis found - inside Florence courthouse.
- Legends abound as to who chiseled Ethiopia's rock churches: an Egyptian patriarch, the Knights Templar, the 13th-century King Lalibela, or angels?
- Wikipedia bans Church of Scientology.
- The Savannah River Site has been a hotbed of UFO sightings for as long as the bomb plant has been around.
- UFOs spotted over Luton.
- Beeb names new Doctor Who companion. 'I can't quite believe it', gushes fresh Dalek-bait.
- Roadie claims Jimi Hendrix was murdered by his manager.
- Experts expect a nightmare situation when another hurricane hits New York City. A blast from the past: Parts one, two and three (with the most pics).
- Another elaborate creation in Wiltshire's crop circle capital.
- UK's MPs are agreed -- it's everyone's fault but theirs.
Big thanks to Greg!
Quote of the Day:
Out of the pecuniary and political pressures and fashions of the time… political systems cultivate their own versions of the truth. No one is especially at fault; what it is convenient to believe is greatly preferred… There is no serious sense of guilt; more likely there is self-approval.
J K Galbraith, in his extended essay, The Economics of Innocent Fraud.
In and out of focus…
- Do you have God on the brain?
- Mass extinction, courtesy of a Chinese volcano?
- Recent study reveals bombardment of Earth may have been survivable.
- Newly discovered exoplanet proves that even tiny stars can have big planets.
- Rising sea levels likely to threaten NY and Boston. They’ve already taken their toll on these atolls.
- Lab-Coats detect nearest supernova in five years. And by near I mean 12 million light-years away.
- Look, up in the sky… It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s... a winged cat.
- Logging halted in roadless forests while the release of dam-controlled waters are increased to save endangered fish… Yes we can.
- Glowing monkeys inherit glowing gene from parents and ignite controversy, all while Peter Gabriel plays in the background.
- I see, said the blind man—courtesy of a new stem cell contact lens.
- FLAME-out over the expected size of giant Messier galaxy.
- DNA origami and growing an interstellar probe.
- Could laser fusion and California’s National Ignition Facility be the answer to the global energy crisis?
- Silencing genes to fight cancer.
- 11 year-old boy helps SETI’s search for extraterrestrials.
- To the edge of the black hole and back.
- Meanwhile, Chandra Telescope spots black hole ghost in the machine.
- Melting permafrost may cause a permanent problem.
- Inexplicable 'ice circles' appear in remote Siberian lake.
- Meanwhile, Russian claims of UFO-Tunguska collision oddly met with skepticism.
- In a change of policy, UK's NHS supports use of acupuncture.
- Alternative, Solipsist solutions to the Fermi Paradox suggest we might not be alone for the reasons we think.
- Will the LED guitar bring out the hero in you?
- The end of dental fillings?
- And from the 'Life imitating art imitating life imitating a Rudyard Kipling story' Dept... a Siberian child appears to have been raised by cats and dogs.
- Explore a life-size Blue Whale, one click at a time.
- Enterprise, meet Death Star.
Tremendous thanks to Kat & Greg & RPJ
Quote of the Day:
“Time turns elastic…”
There's a strange echo in here. Anyone home? ;-)
- Giant blob found deep beneath Nevada. I didn't know we'd lost it.
- Google's operational Holodeck! Can it run in 'subjective mode'?
- Tim Minchin's Storm. Someone call SCEPCOP!
- Artificial nanosperm to deliver the goods. Don't worry, we're not redundant yet, boys!
- Synaesthesia: Scientists find evidence for woody and tinny words?
- Baikal Lake circle spotted by ISS.
- Is the sun being boring? Let's liven things up a bit. H/t to disinfo.com.
- Good catch: Praying mantis eating a hummingbird. Mmm!
- Is aging an accident of evolution? As opposed to what? A deliberate act of evolution?
- Zombie denied social security. He could always get a job in the movies.
- Rising sea levels: Survival tips from 5000 BC.
- Green-glowing monkeys have green-glowing babies.
- Exploring Deep Mind: chapter by Peter Russell from Measuring the Immeasurable (Amazon US/UK)
- Bolt from the blue opens the doors of perception.
- New computer system to remain viable for billions of years. Uhoh, immortalizd lolcats!
- Oddities from NASA's massive image archive. Nothing new there!
- How to grow plastic on trees. Now all we need to work out is how to eat it.
- Nessie caught on sonar?
- Decoding antiquity: Eight scripts that still can't be read.
- US Doctors’ association calls for Moratorium on GMO Foods, while Vatican study endorses GMOs for food security.
- Astronomer seeking 2nd Earth got 2 calls from the Vatican.
- The 10 most popular conspiracy theories.
Quote of the Day:
While we may reject the doctrines of many religions, we should not dismiss spiritual experiences in the same breath; they may hold essential clues for navigating our way through these troubled times.
The news at short notice. Rick is out for the count.
- Moonwalk One: Apollo 11 landing film to be released on DVD.
- Space rock yields carbon bounty.
- Rosswell debris confirmed as extraterrestrial: Lab located, scientists named.
- Synchronicity on your cell phone?
- Neuroscience sheds new light on creativity.
- Did a UFO collide with Tunguska meteorite to save Earth?
- Did President Kennedy meet extraterrestrials?
- Pink Floyd star David Gilmour joins fight to halt extradition to US of hacker Gary McKinnon.
- Meditation on demand: New research reveals how meditation changes the brain.
- Five-million-year old sloth fossil found in Peru.
- When science meets art, NASA's moon dust rocks.
Quote of the Day:
Never attempt to reason with people who know they are right.
Jameske's down, so into the breach I go dear friends, once more...
- Why was there no Chinese Newton?
- Computer scientist to unroll papyrus scrolls buried by Vesuvius.
- Tasers work, but we don't know how.
- Rooks reveal remarkable tool use. I for one welcome our new avian overlords...
- Is SETI@Home heading towards a posting on Fail Blog?
- On the other hand, Seth Shostak has been chillin' with Steven Colbert.
- The inner worlds of conspiracy believers. Or as I like to call it, the ongoing media conspiracy to silence inquisitive thinking!!
- Scientists identify hair loss gene.
- Rotating space elevator propels its own load.
- Not seeing what's not believed.
- The coming superbrain.
- The remake of cult 80s alien invasion miniseries V cometh! Check out the trailer.
- Secret U.S. military spending surpasses entire military budget of Russia.
- Have Mars landers been destroying signs of life?
- Why people believe invisible agents control the world.
- Richard Dawkins brings you The Greatest Show on Earth*. (* Show may not actually be the greatest show on Earth)
- The rising odds of DNA false matches.
- An answer to the Venus polar vortex mystery.
- 20 things you didn't know about time.
- The hallucinations of UFO hostages. Or is that the UFO hallucinations of hostages? Depends whether you took the red or blue pill...
Quote of the Day:
The proposition, foisted upon us by a materialism based on classical physics - that we human beings are essentially mechanical automata, with every least action and thought fixed from the birth of the universe by microscopic clockwork-like mechanisms - has created enormous difficulties for ethical theory. These difficulties lie like the plague on Western culture, robbing its citizens of any rational basis for self-esteem or self-respect, or esteem or respect for others. Quantum physics, joined to a natural embedding ontology, brings our human minds squarely into the dynamical workings of nature...
Professor Henry Stapp
As Grant Morrison suggests, we may all be nothing but fingers in God's hand. Problem is, some fingers are meant to carry rings, and others are meant to go naked :(
- Billionaires are brainstorming to come up with ideas to cull the masses of grubs overcorwding THEIR planet.
- The Coming Superbrain: A NY Times article about AI, and some of its prophets.
- You think the swine flu is a new threat? Its genes have been circulated for over a decade.
- If you need an incentive to visit Mexico city, how about "City of Gods": an exhibition with 435 works of arts which opens this week.
- West Virginia witness watches a UFO conduct some kind of 'ground search' —don't those idiots know that I live in Mexico??
- Touch down! Kudos to the Atlantis optometrists for a job well done. So, what's next?
- In 1000 years, students will learn of three things regarding the XXth century: Rock & Roll, Star Wars, and the Hubble telescope.
- Stop: Bolden time! Obama oficially nominates ex-astronaut Charles Bolden as NASA's new chief. Take us to the stars, Chuck.
- Video: BadAs-tronomer Phil Plait wants to change the face of Mars —check out the very last part of the video.
- Europeans have spent an entire millenium over-exploiting the seas.
- Cold-blooded foes are invading a Military runway in Florida.
- Animals have a sense of morality, according to a new book. I always knew my dog Kimba was an angel sent from Heaven —God, I miss her.
- Enjoy us while you can, ladies; 'cause we're fading away.
- Archeologists in Tucson have unearthed the earliest known irrigation system from around 1,200 BC —they were not watering golf courses, mind you.
- Hey Boyeeee! Mesoamericans' dental bling could show a thing or two to Flavor Flav.
- The only thing that Ida seems to have uncovered, is the murky world of fossil collecting.
- The Media has had a long-lasting crush with the term 'Missing Link'. Check out the fossils who have been granted such a dubious honor in the past.
- Neanderthal was part of our ancesters' diet! Wait... now, does that really shock you?
- The gene for the 'Werewolf syndrome' might have been uncovered in China. I wonder if Nick Redfern speaks Mandarin...
- The inventor of DNA fingerprinting is outraged by the the UK's decission to keep 800,000 innocents' profiles.
- Tony Blair: Holy Warrior — and yet the OTHER ones are the fanatics!!
- "No we won't". "Yes, YOU WILL!". The US insists that the future of Jerusalem will be determined by negotiations.
- Aussies are the cyber-pirates's new idols.
Quote of the Day:
"Funding increased science exploration … without continued improvement in our ability to safely send humans beyond Earth’s bounds … literally defeats our innate human drive and curiosity to explore the unknown"
General Charles Bolden, nominee for the position of NASA's Administrator.