Food for the alternative couch potato.
- Plants behave like humans.
- Tomb that pre-dates ancient Rome found in Roman Forum.
- Temple gives up statue of ancient Egyptian Queen.
- Scientists solve puzzle of death of Pericles.
- Oil shortage looms in China.
- Scientific spin detector.
- Is religion the root of all evil?
- Thermonuclear squeeze: altered method extends bubble fusion claim.
- Who’s afraid of human enhancement?
- Mt. St. Helens grows new dome.
- Not enough metals on Earth to meet global demand.
- Evolution study tightens human-chimp connection.
- Ears that breathe and eight-toed feet.
- The Iron Sun debate. Part 1, 2 and 3.
- Iraq: the reckoning.
- The secret origin of AIDS.
- Baffled scientists say less sunlight reaching Earth.
Quote of the Day:
How dreadful knowledge of the truth can be when there is no help in truth.
Happy Birthday to my beautiful Tonita!
- Jimmy Carter talks about his UFO sighting, Roswell, and how a psychic once successfully found a crashed government plane.
- Jurassic Park a reality? Scientists close in on resurrecting the Woolly Mammoth.
- Will Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh (authors of Holy Blood, Holy Grail) stop the release of the movie version of The Da Vinci Code?
- Statistical study finds proof that miracle cures do happen.
- Petra to compete for new 7 Wonders of the World title. You can vote at the official website.
- Amazon.com to allow customers to buy just portions of a book.
- Does String Theory refute Intelligent Design? Hardly, it just offers a possible way around ID explanations. Some might even ask why String Theory isn't considered in the same 'proof required' boat as ID...
- Who is the world's most prolific inventor?
- Quantum computing is a quantum leap for computing.
- How will New Orleans be protected against future storms?
- Amazon tribe has an instinct for geometry.
- Forensic anthropologists use computer reconstruction to view George Washington at 19.
- Physicists offer new approach to studying antimatter in the lab.
- Doctors baffled by the mystery of Joyce Urch's restored vision.
- It's hard to read when you're constantly looking over your shoulder: The Rough Guide to Conspiracy Theories (available from Amazon US and UK).
- Plants "behave like humans".
- Dissertation available on Dr. John Mack and "the role of the media in the social construction of scientific authority".
- Texan gal tells of her sexual romps with a 6 foot reptilian alien. Whatever floats your boat baby.
Quote of the Day:
The real reason that we can't have the Ten Commandments in a courthouse: You cannot post "Thou shalt not steal", "Thou shalt not commit adultery" and "Thou shalt not lie" in a building full of lawyers, judges and politicians. It creates a hostile work environment.
Pardon the short news (well we do call them news briefs!), but my little girl started school today and it’s my wife’s birthday tomorrow. The news just didn’t rank on the priorities list...
- International archaeological team to investigate Bosnian 'pyramid'.
- Acupuncture 'deactivates the brain'. I'm sure some skeptics will get good mileage out of that headline despite the positive results.
- Skeptic Michael Shermer walks in Darwin's footsteps.
- Proof supporting Intelligent Design is bad science.
- The Plastic Skeptic solves the Maine UFO mystery. Except he doesn't. What's the vote, should I keep linking to this guy's stuff, or give him the obscurity he so deserves?
- Mind you, it's no wonder that Ufology struggles for respectability.
- Rob Zombie to make Bigfoot movie.
- Doctors claim suspended animation success.
- Is the Speed of Light not a constant?
- Briton's waste the equivalent of two power stations worth of electricity each year just by leaving their electrical equipment on standby.
- Nanoparticles of gold seem to dissolve the abnormal protein clumps found in Alzheimer’s Disease.
- Will the Sony Reader make e-books a worthwhile proposition?
- Robocops to patrol Korean streets. I'd buy that for a dollar.
- Did a 5th Century Irish king 'sire' 3 million modern people?
Quote of the Day:
Children hallow small things. A child is a priest of the ordinary, fulfilling a sacred office that absolutely no one else can fill. The simplest gesture, the ephemeral movement, the commonest object all become precious beyond words when touched, noticed, lived by one's own dear child.
Spiraling to fruition...
- New evidence suggests brain parasites may be altering the personalities of three billion people. Humm, Zimmer fails to consider that humans were Smilodon snacks until 10,000 years ago...
- Study suggests why Neanderthals vanished.
- America's Arcane Origins.
- Mysticism and UFO Sightings.
- Monster Hunter: Nick Redfern interviews Jon Downes, the director of the British-based Center For Fortean Zoology.
- The Lost Pyramids of Guimar, and their relation to Thor Heyerdahl's quest.
- The truth about the death of Lord Herbert Kitchener, from perhaps the only man alive who knows the secret.
- Dr. Pim van Lommel, a leading cardiologist, to talk at London conference about Near Death Experiences.
- In his new memoir, Riding Rockets (Amazon US & UK), astronaut Mike Mullane calls the Space Shuttle the most dangerous spacecraft ever flown, by anybody. (Interesting article, but that imbedded video link is a waste of time, imho.)
- A Dirty Space Smashup: Ancient asteriod collision may have scattered dust over Earth and cooled climate.
- We have lift-off - of the New Horizons spacecraft. (with photos)
- Happily, this article explains what frustrated systems are before it tells about a new way to explore them.
- Nuclear power 'cannot tackle climate change'.
- Warmer seas will wipe out plankton. Scientists warn of catastrophic implications for entire marine habitat.
- Earth's Limited Supply of Metals Raises Concern.
- Loss of birds, bees and other pollinators places plants at risk.
- Six Ex-Chiefs of E.P.A. Urge Action on Greenhouse Gases.
- Is It Warm in Here? We Could Be Ignoring the Biggest Story in Our History.
- New compound stops brain cell degeneration in Alzheimer's disease.
- Surgeons to put patients in suspended animation and drain their blood before carrying out life-saving emergency surgery.
- The Nine Underworlds of the Mayan Cosmos, and their corresponding levels of Consciousness.
- Mayan Calendar: The Beginning of the Fourth NIGHT.
- In the U.S., more than 50% of students who are nearing completion of 4-year college degrees, and more than 75% nearing completion of 2-year college degrees are so illiterate they cannot handle common tasks such as understanding the arguments of newspaper editorials, balancing a checkbook, or estimating if their car has enough gas to get to the service station.
- Could this 'common task illiteracy' be due to too much uncommon literacy?
- In the society where many people under 30 get their news from Jon Stewart, truth and fiction have become indistinquishable, interchangable.
- Remember me mentioning Saint Mongo recently? He's reverted to the name Prince Mongo, but he's still a crash-course in eccentricity all by himself.
- Another take on the voracious aliens that are sucking the human mind dry.
- Strange fish washes ashore in the Cayman Islands, baffles locals. Best cryptid photos in quite a while. What the heck is that?
- Edited to include The Cosmic Conversation: How can lifeless particles evolve into living things? They basically talk themselves into it, a group of scientists say.
Thanks Isis - and Richard.
Quote of the Day:
It is not their intention to destroy... Their intention is to feed for as long as possible on the tremendous energies generated by the evolutionary struggle. Their purpose, therefore, is to prevent man from discovering the worlds inside himself, to keep his attention directed outwards. What would man be like if he could destroy these vampires, or drive them away? The first result would certainly be a tremendous sense of mental relief, a vanishing oppression, a surge of energy and optimism. Then man's energies would turn inward. He would discover that he has many 'selves', and that his higher 'selves' are what his ancestors would have called gods.
Colin Wilson, The Mind Parasites
Is it just my perception, or is the news a bit slow today? Let the comments commence...
- Some of Ben Franklin's quirkiest ideas.
- Did the author of the article find King David’s palace?
- 10,000-year-old relics site found in western Beijing.
- Did Mongol conqueror Kublai Khan make it to America in the 13th century?
- Scientists genetic survey discovers most fertile Irish male.
- 2,600-year-old 'Cyclops' wall collapses, local legend says it was created by the one-eyed monster.
- Hillary's quest for yeti left myth intact.
- Disgraced cloning pioneer could keep his patents. UFO cult offers job to disgraced Korean scientist.
- Ostracised 'ghost' seeks help to prove he is alive.
- Moons over the Kuiper Belt.
- Planetary billiards make asteroids.
- Mars Science Laboratory to explore Martian landscape in 2010.
- It's hush-hush as Stardust's microscopic cargo of comet particles and star grains is flown to Houston.
- Dozens of new species found in California national park caves.
- Our ears once breathed.
- New evidence found for one-way evolution.
- Brain scans reveal men's pleasure in revenge.
- Laughter proves good medicine for heart.
- Digital Universe, an online information project, opens for public tryout.
- Paper-like electronic displays near market.
Quote of the Day:
Men are afraid to rock the boat in which they hope to drift safely through life's currents, when, actually, the boat is stuck on a sandbar. They would be better off to rock the boat and try to shake it loose.
Nearly forgot the news.
- Gigantic European pyramid seems to have escaped experts notice.
- Hardwired to seek beauty.
- Powerful new ion engine revealed.
- fUnderwater hotel construction begins next month.
- Do not offend water: it remembers every word you say.
- Is Wales the resting place of the Holy Grail?
- Chinese map may alter world history.
- Petra to become one of 7 wonders?
- Is Mount Fuji about to blow?
- Titan and its rilles.
- The truth about science.
- Plant methane surprises climate scientists.
- Fossil fuel theory takes a hit with NASA find.
- Enron, the smoking cannon of 911.
- Thinking right on being left.
- Irish warlord boasts 3 million descendents. Not all in one generation.
Quote of the Day:
Where fear is present, wisdom cannot be
Here then, dear reader, in the pages which follow are the result of a dream which nursed me into the world of the strange and unknown...
- The U.S. Department of State refutes 9-11 conspiracy theories one by one (a few months old).
- Meanwhile, new evidence renews Oklahoma City bombing conspiracy debate.
- James Lovelock, formulator of the Gaia concept, says it's too late to stop global warming and "billions of us will die". Hopefully that's not the optimistic prediction...
- How much of the modern world is due to LSD use (take for example, that thing you're are about to click)?
- Is online mapping becoming a dangerous practice?
- The Apollo mission that brought pornography to the Moon.
- Leonard Susskind's new book The Cosmic Landscape argues that there may be 10 to the power of 500 Universes, all as real as this one.
- Exercise reduces risk of Alzheimer's by 40%.
- Get yourself up to speed by learning these 15 important new technology concepts in 2006.
- The state of stem cells, 2006 - post-Korean fraud.
- Machine intelligence winning robot shows "fear" of new objects.
- Expert survey lists 20 future developments in nanobiotechnology.
- Mystery booms return in North Carolina.
- Spanish researchers say Neanderthals floated into Europe.
- High school Hogwarts comes to Canada.
- Skeptical Arquette infuses her Medium role with believability.
- "Alien Embryo" (unborn twin embryo) removed from man's back.
- A review of Daniel Dennett's Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon.
- Mars rovers become movie stars in new IMAX film.
- Is a Terry Pratchett book bound for the big screen?
Quote of the Day:
When you study natural science and the miracles of creation, if you don't turn into a mystic you are not a natural scientist.
Rico’s computer blew up, so I’m covering for him while he toasts some marshmallows over the embers...
- Does ancient map prove that Chinese beat Columbus to North America?
- Also - will DNA prove that Columbus was a pirate?
- Tooth marks link Viking and Native American cultures?
- Seat of Celtic Kings threatened by motorway.
- Mexico to pressure Austria over return of Quetzal head-dress.
- Japanese researcher discovers twin jaguar relief in Peru.
- Ancient remains found in downtown Miami.
- The Stardust mission makes it safely home. Hopefully whatever is on board is safe for us...
- Meanwhile, NASA’s Pluto probe gets ready to leave our planet. Earth is a regular revolving door...
- The surprising power of the aging brain, the hidden secrets of the creative mind, and how meditation reshapes your brain - all part of a Time magazine special on that lump inside your skull.
- The Quest For Immortality: how would you like to live say, 400 or 500 years, or even more and all of them in perfect health?
- British scientists seek to make human-rabbit hybrid embryo. What’s up with that doc?
- Tiny elephant put under microscope. Not literally, that *would* be a small elephant...
- Are they Indigo children, or is it just ADHD?
- The Idiot Skeptic manages to lower my estimation of his IQ yet again: "The average person that believes in UFOs is likely to believe that they are spacecraft containing beings from beyond the stars that want to destroy humanity so as to colonize our planet." I'm wondering who has the irrational and unsubstantiated beliefs here...
- Atheists, agnostics and secular humanists build a like-minded community.
- Learn how to become a ghosthunter.
- UK government planned to hunt Nessie using dolphins.
- She’s still out there (or at least, her myth still runs strong) - four sightings in 2005.
- Mothman turns 40 this year.
- Researcher says early man was hunted by birds.
- Rex Gilroy tries to rock the boat of Australian archaeology.
- Egyptian mummy shows a taste for pork.
- The Bilderbergers: Powerful men who meet secretly and plan...
- Is Google building Terminator’s Skynet?
- Scientists create first quantum microchip.
- A Doomsday vault to avoid famine?
- Training soldiers to obey orders with scent delivery device. You’d be scared to fart when talking to any army friends...
Thanks Kat and Pam.
Quote of the Day:
Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn’t matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle. When the sun comes up, you better start running.
Since I only pretended to sleep last night, I don't have much to say.
- Secret Vatican Archives Now Accessible Online.
- Publication of Gospel of Judas to show 'Judas was acting for God'.
- Divers face a desperate race against time to recover 8,000-year-old artefacts from underwater Stone Age site in UK.
- Seat of Celtic kings is threatened by motorway.
- Archaeologist on Isle of Wight is asking the public to help find a medieval village mentioned in the Domesday Book. But you might also find a Neanderthal, or gold.
- Two million years ago, early man was hunted by birds.
- Chinese find fossil of early mammal that walked like a platypus, looked like a shrew, and lived alongside dinosaurs.
- Ants offer first example of a teacher-pupil relationship in a nonhuman animal.
- Mystery solved: Honeybees do it 'ridiculously fast', and at a constant frequency.
- The fastest spacecraft ever built will streak to the moon in 9 hours, and to Jupiter in just over a year, but the trip to Pluto will still take at least 9 years.
- In a galaxy far, far away, there's an x-ray tunnel large enough for the entire Milky Way to fit inside.
- Astronmers discover a helical magnetic field, coiled like a snake around a giant cloud in Orion.
- Looking like a vinyl record that's been in the sun too long, the Milky Way galaxy is warped, and vibrating like a three-note chord.
- Star factory: Orion Nebula shines in grandest portrait yet.
- Exactly how fast are we talking about when we say 'glacially slow'?
- Lots of lightning in 2005 hurricanes baffles scientists.
- Newfound eye cells sense night and day.
- Taiwan breeds fluorescent green pigs. Even their internal organs are green.
- UK stem cell experts seek okay for rabbit-human embryo.
- Stem cells play a key role in the deer's remarkable ability to grow new antlers.
- "Darwinian debt" may explain why fish stocks don't recover.
- Scientists are planning a 'doomsday seed vault', encased in concrete and buried in an Arctic mountain, to safeguard the world's food supply against catastrophe.
- Researchers find largest-ever prime number - 9.1 million digits long.
- Morning grogginess impairs brainpower as much as being drunk.
- Brain scans are reinventing the 'Brave New science' of lie detection.
- Real I.D., State Nightmare: Congressional mandate to create a national standard for all U.S. driver's licenses by 2008 isn't upsetting just civil libertarians. Pretty boring - until you get to those numbers in the second half.
- While symbolically casting out the devil - by throwing a rock at a wall - 345 people were crushed to death, and 289 hospitalized.
- Minnesota gubernatorial candidate, who says he's a satanic priest, plans to run for governor on a 13-point platform that includes the public impaling of terrorists at the state Capitol building.
- Climate change experts attack Europe's plan to promote biofuels, saying it's leading to tropical forests being cut down for palm oil.
- With the global economy dependent on $3 trillion worth each year, the fact that we don't know how much oil is left is extraordinary. Saudi Arabia is already using massive water injection to keep it flowing.
- Televangelist Jerry Falwell claims that he former Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu conspired to trip up former President Bill Clinton, using the pressure of the Lewinsky sex scandal to force Clinton to abandon pressure on Israel to withdraw from the occupied West Bank.
- Is America exporting a huge environmental problem?
Quote of the Day:
Eighty percent of all the scrap electronics in the United States end up offshore and usually in Third World countries. I honestly believe there's a secret brotherhood that ships this stuff over there late at night when no one's watching, because none of our competitors do it, but it's all over there.
Bob Glavin, who runs one of the biggest recycling plants in the U.S.
Over a year since my last TDG news post, it's just like riding a bike...
- St. Michael's apparition linked to earthquake.
- Want to help with the dig for pre-Clovis artifacts in South Carolina?
- New archaeological discovery rewrites Hong Kong's history of human activity, moving the previous oldest dates from the Neolithic back to the Paleolithic.
- A review of China's 7 significant archaeological discoveries in 2005.
- The king and I by Zahi Hawass. Tut’s last tour is currently underway in America, as Zahi hobnobs with Jeb and Columba Bush.
- A year of museums is the Ministry of Culture's theme for Egypt in 2006, including the building of a Grand Museum of Egypt overlooking the Giza Plateau amongst other projects.
- Archaeologists are preparing a major excavation on a tiny Greek island to try to explain why it produced history's largest collection of Cycladic flat-faced marble figurines.
- Ancient bog men make fashion statement.
- Two ancient Malta temples dating back over 5,000 years and previously closed, are now open to the public on a weekly basis.
- Discover magazine’s top archaeology stories of 2005.
- The murky evolutionary history of cats is finally becoming clearer.
- Attacks on humans by man-eating lions are on the rise in Tanzania and Mozambique due to a shrinking habitat.
- LSD chemist wants drug ban eased.
- A star South Korean scientist fabricated key research, including claims to have cloned the first human embryo in 2004 and patient-specific stem cell lines last year. However. Snuppy really is the world's first cloned dog.
- Dude! Catch the wave! Pacific storms create surf nirvana.
- Climate change drives widespread amphibian extinctions.
- Deep-rooted plants have much greater impact on climate than experts thought.
- Scientists surprised to find that plants produce methane.
- China and India hold the world in balance.
- Spitzer telescope sees heart of Milky Way.
- NASA gambles all for a shot at the moon.
- ESA and ANU make ion engine space propulsion breakthrough, allowing us to potentially leave the solar system.
- Planet finders use much faster instrument to discover distant planet.
- Dark energy changes over time, controversial new calculations suggest.
- Spin doctors create quantum chip.
- Strip-searching goes digital at London train stations.
- Man claims to be reincarnation of snake god's wife.
Quote of the Day:
Passive acceptance of the teacher's wisdom is easy to most boys and girls. It involves no effort of independent thought, and seems rational because the teacher knows more than his pupils; it is moreover the way to win the favour of the teacher unless he is a very exceptional man. Yet the habit of passive acceptance is a disastrous one in later life. It causes man to seek and to accept a leader, and to accept as a leader whoever is established in that position.