So many TDG updates lately. Whatever Greg's drinking, I want some.
- Archaeologists say Central Americans were drinking beverages made from the cacao plant, the key ingredient in chocolate, 3000-years-ago. Erich Von Daniken's still searching for a Sumerian espresso machine.
- We are entering a third age of space exploration, unless we miss the turnoff at the third star on the left.
- A mechanism similar to Earth's northern lights might be brightening the polar caps of Jupiter's largest moon Ganymede.
- The most accurate experiment yet into the relativity of time has proven Einstein right.
- Watch clips of Michio Kaku's BBC documentary series, Visions of the Future. Hopefully coming to YouTube soon.
- An experiment proves simple organisms can survive a trip through space. A case for panspermia?
- A Sunderland woman captured footage of a UFO on her mobile phone.
- A UFO enthusiast has used the Freedom Of Information Act to force the Clinton Library to release its files.
- The testimony of pilots and a former Arizona governor show the mainstream media UFOs aren't a joke.
- Robert Morningstar was at the National Press Club conference on UFOs and gives us his account of what went on.
- Not shy of the spotlight, Dr Steven Greer continues to push for Government disclosure on extraterrestrial contact.
- Video of a ghostly blue cloud at an Ohio gas station will amaze you. Smurfs have an afterlife?
- Quantum physicists talk like mystics to explain the universe at the sub-atomic level.
- American tv can't get enough of the paranormal, but the Indian government wants to ban paranormal programmes.
- Drive down the musical road in Japan. Unfortunately you can't run over the Spice Girls.
- An expatriate professor reminisces about Japan's yokai folklore, and its place in pop culture.
- The Japanese whaling industry won't rule out killing Migaloo the albino humpback. Why doesn't Randi attack the scientific research of Japanese whalers?
- Chinese archaeologists are following bulldozers at construction sites for ancient relics.
- New Scientist has an excellent feature on China in the 21st Century, without mentioning the Chinese submarine that embarrassed the US Navy.
- A top ten list of reasons to be skeptical of Global Warming, with counter arguments for man-made climate change.
- The deadly H5N1 strain of avian influenza has been confirmed as the source of a bird flu outbreak in the UK. Mad cow, bird flu -- go vegan, Anthony.
- At the UN's Internet Governance Forum, hundreds of experts will be calling for an end to U.S. control of a global network.
- At a Veteran's Day parade, members of an anti-Iraq-war veterans group were arrested by police despite their peaceful protest.
Thanks Kat and Cernig.
Quote of the Day:
To hunt a species to extinction is not logical.
Spock (Star Trek IV)
So, it was the dinosaurs that shot JFK. I knew it.
- The dinosaur conspiracy theory.
- Placenta has parasitic-like properties.
- Argentinian police encounter UFO and aliens.
- Daniel Tammet the amazing savant.
- Galactic nuclei and cosmic rays have a connection.
- Why are better educated, more advantaged individuals more likely than others to join terrorist groups? Ask any War President.
- So you want to live forever?
- Fire from the sky.
- Tree man who grew roots may be cured. Photos may upset some people.
- Rare great ape fossil challenges evolutionary theory. Just make them descendents of humans.
- Comet Holmes bigger than the sun.
- Comets: the loose thread.
Quote of the Day:
I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which, when you looked at it in the right way, did not become still more complicated.
Casting for the new Star Trek movie appears to be going well. I can hardly wait. Warp speed ahead, Mr Sulu!
Attention, US and Canadian Star Trek fans: On two nights only -- Tuesday Nov. 13th and Thursday Nov. 15th -- Star Trek: The Menagerie - digitally re-mastered in High-Definition and Cinema Surround Sound - will be showing in movie theaters across the US, and in Canada. For a hint what re-mastered means, click here.
Update: Looks like it's become a world-wide phenomena. Star Trek: The Menagerie is also showing at theaters in Europe and Australia. Different dates in different countries, so check those links carefully.
- For the first time, scientists have created dozens of cloned embryos from adult primates. What are the implications for the future of mankind?
- Massive DNA sequencing project reveals shortcomings of modern genome analysis.
- Researchers look into warp speed.
- 4,000-year-old temple filled with murals unearthed in Peru.
- Astronauts ready space station for arrival of European and Japanese science modules.
- Lifting the Venusian veil.
- Nonlocality of a single particle demonstrated without objections.
- On what scale do the quantum world and the classical world begin to cross into each other? How big does an "observer" have to be?
- Einstein's still right on time.
- Fuel without the fossil.
- Researchers successfully simulate photosynthesis and design a better leaf.
- Too much sugar turns off gene that controls the effects of testosterone and estrogen.
- This explains your doughnut addiction: Rats prefer sweetened water to cocaine, even those already cocaine-addicted.
- First biomarker for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder discovered -- and why PTSD is so difficult to treat.
- More-harmful effects from stress may explain why, compared to males, females are more vulnerable to addiction, depression, PTSD.
- Mitochondria Send Death Signal To Cardiac Cells, Study Shows.
- Dangerous Minds: A look at FBI profiling.
- Born in Iowa, regular American guy was a top Soviet spy who penetrated the Manhattan Project.
- Ancient witch guide was way ahead of its time.
- Study shows indoor plants have 'enormous positive impact' on human well-being.
- Dolphins save injured surfer from great white shark.
- Miracle water gushes from murky well.
Quote of the Day:
Zefram Cochrane: A group of cybernetic creatures from the future have traveled back through time to enslave the human race... and you're here to stop them?
Will Riker: That's right.
Zefram Cochrane: Hot damn, you're heroic!
The movie Star Trek: First Contact, 1996
Polly wants...? I bet you read my mind.
- Can parrots use telepathy? Why the heck do they talk so much then...
- Mexican stand-off: the battle for Chichen Itza.
- 'Curse of the Iceman' a load of rubbish, says archaeologist, in wake of Australian scientist's death.
- Cosmic rays have their origin in black holes?
- Also: could quantum mechanics offer a glimpse beyond the event horizon.
- William Gibson: the Rolling Stone 40th anniversary interview.
- Meet Mothbot, a small robotic vehicle controlled by the brain of a moth. Unfortunately, he heads straight for the headlights of any passing vehicle...
- Hunting Bigfoot with Tom Biscardi (and a 300,000 volt cattle prod "just in case"...)
- Take a peek at the future of space exploration. Kind of underwhelming isn't it...
- US law-makers warn that NASA penny-pinching may leave us exposed to a planetary catastrophe.
- The Moon - in high definition (video). Or a Tokyo basement - I'll let you choose.
- Or lots of basements all over the world. It's officially a Lunar free-for-all, with Germany jumping on the Moon-train.
- 'Light trap' is a step towards quantum memory.
- The end of oil is upon us. Aiiieeee, panic time!!
- But, in case you're not in the mood for doom and gloom: Brazil discovers huge new oil reserves. Woo, party time!
- Hold the party poppers a second - is Yellowstone getting ready to blow?
- No problems there - maybe Yellowstone will solve our energy problems.
- Leaning church topples the Tower of Pisa out of the record books.
- And to finish, a brain-teaser: is it possible to have an older sister who is actually your younger sister? Or should that be a younger sister who is actually your older sister. I'm confused...
Quote of the Day:
I think I can safely say that no one understands quantum mechanics.
Feel free to post a review of Darklore to Amazon. Our good friend Michael Tymn already has...
- The world's tallest ancient Buddha statue is getting a facelift.
- The Iceman cometh, amid debate over how he went.
- The name is Kate Mosse, not Kate Moss. And she did not jump on Dan Brown's coat-tails. All clear now?
- Planet-hunters excited by new discovery which could be perfect for supporting life.
- UFO feature on Larry King Live, this Friday night. Greg Bishop (of UFO Mystic) has pointed out this 1992 interview with Larry King as interviewee on the topic of UFOs.
- Former Arizona governor, and also airline pilots, to speak at National Press Club on UFO close encounters.
- When the Square Kilometre Array Telescope comes online, astronomers expect to be processing 10 million gigabytes of data every hour. You think that's impressive, you should see my friends' BitTorrent traffic...
- Area 51's robotic spy bird. I wonder if Frater Ijynx has seen any of these on his camping trips...
- Buzz Aldrin goes zero G again...with Super Mario?
- Fish lives in logs, breathing air, for months at a time.
- U.S. nuclear weapon targeting list 'mushrooms' in size.
- Shuttle Discovery returns to Earth safely.
- Immunologist warns of Western World's anti-bacterial crusade.
- A big chunk of the Universe is missing..again. I've told Rick to check under TDG's rug, but I don't think it's there.
- Australia's Network Ten accused of subliminal advertising.
- Research team makes progress toward 'printing' organs. I wouldn't like to be the person who cleans out the printer jams...
- Sports administrators concerned about placebo dosing on race day. No, that's not a headline from The Onion.
- And neither is this one - Australian kid's toy turns into party drug GHB...just add water.
- Couple escapes injury when cow falls off a cliff and on to their minivan. Udderly ridiculous.
- UK chooses most ludicrous laws. Get to it, pregnant women!
Quote of the Day:
LeMay said, "If we'd lost the war, we'd all have been prosecuted as war criminals." And I think he's right. He, and I'd say I, were behaving as war criminals. LeMay recognized that what he was doing would be thought immoral if his side had lost. But what makes it immoral if you lose and not immoral if you win?
So much great news posted at TDG the past week, I hope you have room for more.
- It's been a year since the Chicago O'Hare UFO incident, but does anyone remember? We have memories like elephants at TDG.
- Er, I forget what my next link was going to be.
- Experts from seven countries will call on the US Government to divulge what it knows about UFOs at a panel discussion next Monday.
- The folk at UFO Media Matters had a great night listening to presentations by UFOlogist Budd Hopkins. With video of Dr Steven Greer at the X Conference 2007.
- If you're considering a holiday, try Templar Trails, taking you to Rosslyn Chapel and other sacred sites.
- Here's one for Ragnar: Loren Coleman discusses the Flatwoods Monster, with a plethora of pics. It's a cyborg-nun.
- What's either the spawn of the Jersey Devil, a Fiji Mermaid, or a deformed flying squirrel was found in an attic.
- Historical evidence shows rampant belief in the undead among early New England settlers. And today's voters.
- Secrets of the lost ouija boards: looking back on 40 years of contacting the other side. Jumanji meets Poltergeist.
- Parahunt is a team of self-confessed paranormal hobbyists who enjoy helping people out with their demonic possessions and narky poltergeists.
- They have a ton of electronic equipment, but this team of East Texas ghost hunters are missing Bill Murray.
- An experiment involving a robot called QRIO shows kids aged between 18 and 24 months treated it as an equal. Let's see what happens when we take away the puppy.
- Astronomers have announced the discovery of a fifth extrasolar planet circling the star 55 Cancri, a mere 41 light years away. Great media at this site.
- Beijing plans to launch a space station by 2020, and is also setting up a third research base in Antarctica. All your base are belong to us.
- Did you know Philip K. Dick used the I Ching to write his novel The Man In The High Castle (Amazon US or UK)?
- An 800-year-old ship lying on the seabed off the coast of China will be salvaged, including its priceless cargo.
- The 1800-year-old seal of a Chinese king has been made public by a man claiming to be his 75th descendant. Sucks to be the 76th.
- In Taoism, Peng-lai is an island in the East China Sea, where the mushrooms of immortality grow. It's also a mystical mountain in mainland China.
- Horai is the Japanese name for Peng-lai, and you can read the folktale collected by Lafcadio Hearn. Horai is mentioned in The Dream of Akinosuke.
- Archaeologists working near Stonehenge have uncovered what they believe is the largest Neolithic settlement ever discovered in Northern Europe.
- Researching plant intelligence at the International Laboratory of Plant Neurobiology. Vegan employees get paid extra.
- October in the USA saw a record 87 tornadoes in a 3-day period. Munchkins are complaining about the increase in foreign refugees.
- Missing for five years, a lost cat is found the day after her canine friend passes away.
Quote of the Day:
Personally, if someone digs me up in a thousand years, I hope there's a curse on them, too.
Agent Mulder, The X-Files
More deception comes your way.
- Operation begins on Indian girl with eight limbs.
- Scientists baffled by Indonesian volcano.
- More artificial ruins on the moon.
- On possible electric phenomena in solar systems and nebulae.
- Gene links breastfeeding to IQ. If you are happy you perform better on tests.
- Volcanoes may have swallowed early Earth's oxygen.
- Comet draws scientific and amateur interest.
- Extinction theory falls from favour.
- Stonehenge's huge support settlement.
- Life in 2020.
- The Salzburg cube.
- Thought police: how brain scans could invade your private life.
- Proposals to terraform Mars about, but are any of them feasible?
- UK climate bill's 60% emission cut.
Quote of the Day:
The secret of life is to appreciate the pleasure of being terribly, terribly deceived.
Apathy makes the baby Jesus cry...
- British mediums help find remains of missing soldier.
- NASA to look for papers on Kecksburg UFO incident.
- Ten years on, an X-Files sequel is coming. Also, Joss Whedon returns to TV.
- And, J.K Rowling writes another book - you can pick it up for $60,000 or upwards. But will our dear J.K. tarnish her friendly image by pulling some legal muscle against a fan?
- Careful which figures of speech you employ - for instance, snake oil salesmen may actually have been on to something.
- Not to mention that whole "growing on trees" figure of speech. Because computers surely don't...right?
- Dealing with death, the Mexican way.
- The Top 25 Censored Stories of 2008. I knew time was flying, but it appears I've been left behind...
- In our continuing series of "Lots of Mars water, there's no Mars water", we bring you the latest twist: Vast amount of water ice may lie on Martian equator.
- Mars Express probes the Red Planet's unusual deposits.
- Black holes may harbour their own Universes.
- U.K. Ministry of Defence tests invisible tank. I have a squadron of invisible fighter planes in my back yard, if anyone is interested in buying them.
- More on the Pentagon's gay bomb. I'm starting to wonder whether Republicans and Fundamentalist leaders were invited to some test firings...
- Is there a pattern in lottery numbers?
- First we lost Alex, now Washoe, a female chimpanzee said to be the first non-human to acquire human language.
- Missing nukes: treason of the highest order?
- Civilisation ends with a shutdown of human concern. Are we there already?
- Power from the final frontier.
- What's so funny about technological collapse?
- Forget the X-men and Heroes - check out the real superhumans and the quest for the future fantastic.
- Our good friend Mark Pilkington (of Strange Attractor) has a book out with his collected 'weird science' writings from the Guardian over the years: Far Out (Amazon US and UK). Funky looking book!
Thanks Kat and Rick.
Quote of the Day:
I could be mistaken. Maybe it was another bald-headed, jigsaw-puzzle-tattooed, naked guy I saw.
Mulder ('The X-Files')
Roswell, Presidential candidates, and LSD. Sounds like a fun night out in anyone's books...
- LSD inventor Albert Hofmann tops list of the 100 Living Geniuses.
- Roswell incident not explained to Presidential candidate's satisfaction.
- Is tuberculosis to blame for vampire folklore?
- Even worse, was a skin disease to blame for communism?
- Oklahoma spooklight source still unknown.
- Tunguska meteoroid's cousins found?
- International Space Station solar panel tears, adding challenge for Shuttle crew.
- A new spin on how stars are born.
- Chicken Little was right.
- Why they called it the Manhattan Project.
- Unearthing Egypt's greatest temple.
- 53-million-year-old spider digitally dissected.
- New ideas about human migration from Asia to Americas - did they take a little time out on the Bering Land Bridge?
- Archaeologists surprised by discovery of one of the most important pre-Columbian sites in the Carribbean.
- Does taking lithium extend your life-span?
- Devil returns to haunt demonic authors.
- Loren Coleman discusses his contribution to a pretty cool book.
- Can fractals spot a fake masterpiece?
- E-Paper can display video as well as text.
- Waterspout helicopter designed to take off from underwater.
- Robot suit may help you achieve a perfect golf swing. Tiger Woods to sue for patent infringement...
- Riding with robots: a test ride in one of the entries in the DARPA autonomous vehicle grand challenge.
- Pwnage news: U.S. spy expense in 2007 was $50 billion. That's around $10 each, for everyone on Earth?
- Saudi Arabian leader greeted at Buckingham Palace with Darth Vader's theme song (video).
Quote of the Day:
I didn't go looking for LSD, it came looking for me; it decided to ring my doorbell, to make its presence known... the world needs it now more than ever.
It's an auspicious night, the cat has brought me a mouse just as I start the news. Darn, it's a toy mouse, not a real one; but it's the thought that counts.
- Samhain is upon the Northern Hemisphere, a night when the veil between the material and spirit worlds is lifted.
- Samhain is a night to remember those who have passed to the other side, and dance with their spirits in the flicker of firelight. There's much to find at WitchVox.
- History Channel presents the pagan roots and pop culture of Halloween.
- Maybe Rev Dr Martin Israel, who passed away on October 23rd, will visit a lucky few tonight.
- Cosmos Magazine has a Halloween special on the 'real' werewolves, that doesn't include me.
- I bet Red Pill Junkie is excited about Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead.
- Two British mediums helped a mother find her son, missing for three years.
- Ghosthunters by John Kachuba takes us on the trail of mediums, dowsers, and spirit seekers of America's paranormal world (Amazon US or UK).
- Not to be confused with Deborah Blum's brilliant book Ghost Hunters (Amazon US and UK). Greg's still buzzing from his interview with Deborah Blum.
- A chilling collection of haunting encounters to read by candelight.
- Brad Steiger dares to investigate beings from the darkside in his brilliant book Shadow World (Amazon US or UK).
- Anthony North chips in with a look at Spiritualism: is anybody there?
- Is there a connection between magnetic fields and haunting phenomena?
- A glowing hexagonal ball of light was filmed in the skies of Turkey.
- Dr Dean Radin gives us a brief tour of the Institute of Noetic Science's research facilities, with photos.
- Thanks to a lawsuit filed by UFOlogist Leslie Kean, NASA will search its archives for documents on a 1965 UFO incident the Government intended to keep secret.
- "More people in [the USA] have seen UFOs than... approve of George Bush's presidency," says Democratic candidate Dennis Kucinich.
- New research suggests our brains process frightened faces faster than that of a neutral or happy face.
- A tsunami only partially explains the disappearance of the Minoans.
- Archaeologists in Puerto Rico have made the discovery of a lifetime, but the US Army Corps are accused of taking artifacts without permission. Where's Indiana Jones when you need him.
- The oldest-known human burial is now thought to be just over 29'000-years-old.
- The Scotsman has an excellent series of videos exploring Rosslyn Chapel, available in podcast or download.
- Filming will begin this December on a new X-Files movie, and David Bowie will help Spongebob Squarepants find Atlantis.
Quote of the Day:
Receiving a visit from outer space sounds almost as comfortable as having a God. Yet we shouldn't rejoice too soon. Perhaps we will get the visitors we deserve.