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News Briefs 13-01-2009

The uncertainties of the day.

  • Sightings in UK and USA of UFOctopi.
  • UFOs seen over lake in Argentina by multiple witnesses.
  • The Earth's magnetic field impacts climate.
  • Genetic secrets of Tasmanian Tiger.
  • How to resolve the credit crisis.
  • How to hallucinate with ping-pong balls and a radio.
  • The threat of Apophis.
  • Hitler and the secret Satanic cult at the heart of Nazi Germany.
  • Yellowstone quakes shake loose eruption fears.
  • 4,500 year-old limestone plaque indicates direct link with Stonehenge.
  • How old are the stars?
  • Googling is not the environmental problem.
  • Mystery roar from faraway space detected.
  • Unusually quiet sun has scientists worried.
  • Hubble mystery light puzzles astronomers.

Quote of the Day:

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.

Voltaire

News Briefs 12-01-2009

Mysteries galore...

Quote of the Day:

O cosmic Birther of all radiance and vibration!
Soften the ground of our being and
carve out a space within us where
Your Presence can abide.
Fill us with your creativity so that we
may be empowered to bear the fruit
of your mission.
Let each of our actions bear fruit in
accordance with our desire.
Endow us with the wisdom to produce
and share what each being needs to grow and flourish.
Untie the tangled threads of destiny that
bind us, as we release others from the
entanglement of past mistakes.
Do not let us be seduced by that which would
divert us from our true purpose, but illuminate
the opportunities of the present moment.
For you are the round and the fruitful vision,
the birth-power and fulfillment,
as all is gathered and made whole once again.

The Lord's Prayer translated directly from Aramaic into English, rather than from Aramaic to Greek to Latin to English, as in the New Testament (source).

News Briefs 09-01-2009

“I was dreaming when I wrote this, forgive me if it goes astray…”

BIG dankë schöens to RPJ and GT. Here’s to a brilliant, bright 2009 for one and all!

Quote of the Day:

“That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar", every "supreme leader", every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there - on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam."

Carl Sagan, on Planet Earth

News Briefs 08-01-2009

Welcome to the Future my friends, for that is the place where you & I will spend the rest of our lives.

  • Greg Bishop shares with us the predictions Criswell made for 1966 in The Tonight Show; after that, enjoy the song Mae West wrote & sang for Criswell, her dear friend "who was correct 90% of the time—tested!."
  • Recipe for fake Lunar regolith done here on Earth: Go to Montana & start choppin' some friggin' rocks, son!
  • NASA's Big Cheese Mike Griffin is stepping down on 'Hope Day' (Jan 20th). Who will replace him?
  • Thanks to Dan Brown, we now know Galileo was a member of the Illuminati; and in 2009 with the beginning of the International Astronomy year, it's time to launch the REAL Illuminati Project.
  • Mom likes to dress in many layers to protect her children, and scientists have identified a new one they call a "warm plasma cloak."
  • The hormone that makes mothers & babies bond also helps us to remember strangers' faces. Man... I don't even remember my High-school classmates' faces :(
  • This is your brain; and THIS is your brain aging. Any questions?
  • LSD, The Movie: Life of R.D. Laing will be brought to the big screen. Trailer is expected to appear during the theatrical release of Tim Burton's 'Alice in Wonderland' ;-)
  • Wanted: Psychic children, from ages four to fifteen, capable of bending spoons or seeing dead people.
  • Whitley Strieber has a frightening encounter with an eerily familiar blue light that caused a bit of mayhem.
  • Genuine UFOs over the Garden State, or just road flares attached to helium balloons? Watch the video and decide.
  • In Britain, all UFO sightings will now be dealt with—and solved too?— at RAF High Wycombe.
  • Argentina: UFOs and 'Katchinas'.
  • It seems that all Hale breaks loose once again in the 'Bigfoot Hoax Department'.
  • "Mirror, mirror on the fish/ Who's the spookiest of them all?"
  • WWF's 9 species to watch in 2009 (H/T Earthfiles).
  • Ten extinct beasts that could walk the Earth again. Dodo for Thanksgiving 2020? Yummmy!
  • How humongous winged reptiles —big as a giraffe!— got airborne... we think.
  • Beware of the six-legged Talibans! Terrorists could use insects to transport biological weapons.
  • The cyborgs are at hand. Darpa's prosthetic arm gives amputees new hope.
  • There's nothing innovative about wind power. Persians were using it 5000 years ago (H/T Unknown Country).
  • Last Thursday marked the 15th Anniversary of the Zapatista's uprising; which *obviously* prompted the reappearance of this guy, doing what he does best: Ranting. Meanwhile in the Caribbean, other 'rebels' celebrated too...

Thanks to Kat & Rick. I predict that 2009 will be a great year for you, that Greg will win the Nobel prize—causing the collective suicide of Randi & Phil Plait—and that we'll all spend our holidays on the Moon.

Quote of the Day:

"Our destiny is live in question, to struggle and wonder. And, I believe [...] that this is, perhaps, our true glory and our blessing. We can bow before the grandeur of God and the vastness of the mystery that surrounds us. We can know it. But we can never, finally and forever, bring it into focus."

Whitley Strieber

News Briefs 07-01-2009

From deserts to oceans...

Thanks Kat, Luke, William Gibson, and those little machine elves.

Quote of the Day:

We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one.

Jacques Cousteau

News Briefs 06-01-2009

Happy New Year. Dont give up anything.

  • Developer of a revolutionary energy source wont let the laws of physics stand in its way.
  • Huge undersea wall discovered.
  • Police free to hack your PC.
  • Mystery shrouds the ancient Oshoro circle.
  • How a cloud of space dust could wipe out life on Earth.
  • New window on the high energy universe.
  • Can ancient charcoal put the brakes on global warming?
  • The nature nurture debate redux.
  • The dictatorship of relativism.
  • Time is everything.
  • Alternative cancer treatment.
  • Archaeologists find lost city of cloud people in Peru.
  • Effect of subliminal marketing greater than thought.
  • How long ago? Part one and Part two.

Quote of the Day:

The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said.

Peter Drucker

News Briefs 05-01-2009

Playing post-holiday catch-up...

Thanks Perceval.

Quote of the Day:

You're not allowed to smoke
or tell a dirty joke
And whistling is prohibited
If chewing gum is used
the chewer is pursued
And in the hoosegow hidden
Whatever form of pleasure are exhibited
Report to me and they will be prohibited
It's as I say, so shall it be
This is the land of the free.

A singing Rufus T. Firefly, after being named president of Freedonia, in Duck Soup (1933).

2008 News Roundups

Happy New Year to all TDG readers! Before we plunge headlong into yet another 12 months of news, both scientific and strange, I thought it might be worthwhile looking back on 2008 in summary. Over the next week I'll some lists of material that I thought were the most noteworthy stories, but for now here's everyone else's lists:

Fortean Roundups:

Science Roundups:

Tomorrow I'll post the first of my own picks from 2008. Plenty of reading above to keep you going till then...

News Briefs 25-12-2008

On the first day of Christmas, RPJ gave to me
A bunch of cool news @ TDG :)

  • Apparently, mistletoe can work more miracles than just helping break the ice in those office parties.
  • Stop bothering your kids and let them eat all the candy canes they want.
  • Chocolate, wine & tea can boost brain power —Yaaay! :-D— in *modest* ammounts —Geee... :-(
  • UFO photographed in Cannock. Doesn't look like a sleigh, does it?
  • Archeologists find gold coins at the Holy City. The Frankincense and myrrh are still missing.
  • The perfect gift for your Otaku boyfriend who is an ignoramus when it comes to Politics & Economics: a Manga edition of Marx's 'Das Kapital'.
  • Oh! and in case you were wondering? the bankers are having a VERY Merry Xmas this year.
  • Go ahead and indulge yourself with your traditional Xmas cigar—Cohiba? cool!— Canadian medi-boffins are working to get you mint-condition replacement lungs.
  • Snowtastic sculptures will amaze tourists at the upcoming Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival, in China.
  • Meet the Japanese who claim to be descendants of Jesus. I dunno dude... Sushi for Xmas seems like a No No.
  • Following in the footsteps of the Nazarene: British inventor seeks to bring back 20/20 sight for the billion poorest people. *stands up in ovation*
  • Move over, Christian Bale! This is the real BATMAN. Psst! Before you go... can I have your autograph?
  • Neither Dave Gibbons nor Alan Moore were aware in the 80's that they were destined to make the Citizen Kane of comics: 'Watchmen'. Here's a lengthy interview with Gibbons @ Wired, concerning his new book Watching the Watchmen (Amazon US, & UK).
  • The great Twilight vs Harry Potter debate: Questions #1 & #2.
  • In Britain, 29% of science teachers believe Creationism should be taught alongside Evolution. After he recovered from his cardiac arrest, Richard 'Ebenezer' Dawkins responded thus; which in turn provoked this counter-response.
  • The BAD AStronomer discusses the Dover "Monkey" trial of the XXIst century: Simon Singh vs the British Chiropractic Association.
  • First "Out of Africa" migrants were mostly male. I bet they were kicked out for not taking the trash out of the caves ;-)
  • You gotta give credit to him: Zahi Hawass is one dedicated — and prolific — Archeologist.
  • A tourist project has been aborted to protect the pyramids at Teotihuacan.
  • Crucifix attributed to the great Renaissance master — and my favorite Ninja Turtle — Michelangelo is on display in Rome.
  • Obama chooses Abe Lincoln's Bible for his inauguration swearing-in... for good luck?
  • Have we all been duped by the "Don't be evil" Google mantra, and unknowingly ceded to our right of free speech?
  • Imaginal hygiene is the inner art of self-managing the imagination. NOT, mind you, the art of imagining your arm pits don't smell...
  • Gloria-Lee Byrd: Alien Contactee... & Anorexic.
  • Who says the dead are idle? In a Spanish town, they're the ones who provide the energy.
  • Drillers make First Contact with Inner Earth & strike magma. Quit buggering my Mom you perverts!!
  • JibJab's 2008 year in review (they even mention the Georgia Bigfoot hoax!).

Thanks to my TDG compadres Greg, Kat, Rick, Turner Young, Perceval & Jameske. But also thanks to YOU, all the Grailers out there —Both the commenting ones as well as the Read-only ones— for teaching me so much & making this place the Greatest. Site. Ever!! Happy Holidays, and I'll see you in 2009.

Quote of the Day:

"Let's be naughty and save Santa the trip."

Gary Allan

News Briefs 23-12-2008

Meanwhile, beyond the tipping point...

Quote of the Day:

"Diddly dum, diddly dum, Vworp!"

The Radiophonatron