If Life gives you lemons, make Margaritas :-P
- Nasa's Ares I-X rocket —unveiled *Applause* [Video]
- "To boldly score, where no-one has scored before!" : New book reveals US and Russian astronauts tested sex in space.
- In Constantinople, scholars discussed the sex of angels; today, they calculate the number of Universes in the Multiverse.
- Hyperdrive propulsion could be tested at the LHC. Higgs bosons, mini black holes... Oh, dear humongous magic ring: is there anything you can't do? :)
- "And the Nobel prize for Defense against the Dark Arts goes to..." : 5 Forms of black magic that Science is making possible ($#%* warning).
- More alien big cats sighted in the British Isles, much to the skeptics' chagrin.
- Loren Coleman discloses Roger Patterson's deathbed confession —but not the one you might have expected.
- How would we humans react to that mythical First Contact: with a "Whoa!" or a "WHAAAA!"?
- The Wall Street Journal trashes "The Fourth Kind" in this movie review.
- The story about the police officer who saw three Nordic aliens inspecting a crop circle has finally hit the mainstream press. Those blokes at the Telegraph should read TDG more often.
- "Trick or BIGOTreat!" : 'Illegal Alien' costume stokes anti-Latino fervor.
- "Don't tase me bro'!!" Taser Intl. has a bit of advise for police officers —avoid shooting at the chest. No worries, since in America there's an ever-increasing *ahem* target area.
- Super-penalize me: Would being obese in America become prohibitely costly in the future?
- Is there a vaccine in the horizon for the epidemic of fear we are suffering? Why skipping shots is bad for everyone.
- 15 minutes of sensory deprivation can stir hallucinations —so I guess that next thing the DEA will start banning closets and mini saunas :-P
- Darwinism: It ain't only about the monkey stuff, ya know ;-)
- Chimps are happy to help each other, but ONLY if you ask them nicely —otherwise they'll go all Jack Nicholson on your sorry ass.
- The woman of Tomorrow: Shorter, plumper, & more fertile? —not if Ralph has something to say about it, dammit!!
- DIY body parts will be the hobby of our grandchildren.
- Rare Crusader-era murals (12th century, not Bush-era) found in Syria.
- Ancient cult of the Viking kings —if by "cult" you mean drinking & cavorting, that is.
- Hair allegedly belonging to missing aviator Amelia Earhart exposed as fake. It should be exhibited alongside Elvis & Jacko's capillary remains, though.
- Remnants of Federico García Lorca —a Spanish poet assassinated by the one Fascist regime no one cared to overthrow— may soon be found.
A round of Margaritas to my amigos Kat & Rick.
Quote of the Day:
"As I have not worried to be born, I do not worry to die."
- Interview with Ann Eller, assistant to UFO researcher J Allen Hynek.
- Exploring the tradition of the Lost Word, popularised by Dan Brown.
- Harmony & proportion, an introduction to Pythagorean music & space.
- Pythagorean theory of music & colour, by Manly P Hall (Amazon).
- Greece's brilliant new Acropolis Museum. Time to return the marbles, Britain.
- Zahi demands the bust of Nefertiti be returned, but Germany says nein.
- Tooth extracted from 4000-year-old Egyptian mummy may yield DNA.
- Bolivian pyramid may lose World Heritage listing due to dodgy renovations.
- Rare 12th century murals found in Syria. No pics, so use your imagination.
- A Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece could be hidden behind a palace fresco.
- Paintings by a dog are fetching high prices. Neva, come here please...
- Move over vampires, a full moon is rising & werewolves are coming.
- A carnival caravan, a dessicated cat, & British folklore.
- DIY device to help you experience lucid dreams.
- The Lucid Dream Exchange is an excellent free pdf e-zine.
- Harvard Uni's Project Zero: creatively enhancing cognitive learning.
- Mathematician probes his own brain to look for himself.
- First-time internet users get brain boost & learn to write, "lol noob".
- Monsanto to grow GM corn in Mexico, but RPJ's not joining the wave.
- Genocide of an Amazon tribe: the Akuntsu now number only five.
- Fines fail to deter river polluters in UK. Make them swim in it.
- Video: grunting, tone-deaf singing of alligators looking for love.
Quote of the Day:
As long as man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower living beings he will never know health or peace. For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other.
Pythagoras (c. 570 - c. 495 BC)
Noli nothis permittere te terere, Georgius!
- Wall Street's naked swindle.
- The lost prestige of nuclear physics.
- Cosmic pattern to UK tree growth.
- Block of ice glows red hot.
- When America showed up on a map, it was the universe that got transformed.
- It all started 96 hours after 911.
- McKinnon wins US extradition delay.
- Feminism made women miserable.
- Lost Greek city that may have inspired Atlantis myth gives up secrets.
- New robotic hand can feel.
- The amazing blob-bot.
- Dinosaurs may have been wiped out by a meteor four times bigger than Yucatan.
- Did Chinese ships discover America?
- Scientists announce planet bounty.
- Scientists watch evolution unfold.
- Large Hadron Collider failure put down to time travel.
- A very close call.
Quote of the Day:
Lack of money is the root of all evil.
George Bernard Shaw
It's a heckuva news day. Well... not as good as the day the Catholic Church admitted conspiring against the Templars, but still...
- Champion of the Kensington Rune Stone claims more evidence of authenticity. Scott F Wolter's new book The Hooked X: Key to the Secret History of North America is available at Amazon US & UK.
- Archaeologists say Mayan city of Mirador is home to the largest pyramid in the world by volume, the first freeway system in the world, and a newly unearthed piece artwork, the size of a football field, that could rewrite the historical timeline of the Mayan civilization.
- Underwater archeologists explore 5,000-year-old submerged city.
- Modern man is a wimp, says Australian anthropologist.
- Scientists use precise flashes of light to implant false memories in fly brains. Perfect graphic -- which leads us to...
- Delete: The virtue of forgetting in the digital age.
- Cheating Death: Researchers hope work with poison gas can be a lifesaver.
- Researchers map human epigenome; decode DNA's instruction manual.
- This is your spine on placebo. Deconstructing the placebo.
- Internet 'telepathy' on the horizon.
- Robot nuclear windjammer to sail oceans of Titan.
- Manned Mars missions boosted by continuous-communication breakthrough.
- China plans space station for the 2020s, eyes Moon trip.
- Chinese lab creates pocket-size artificial black hole.
- Doomsday in reverse: Is the future trying to save us from ourselves?
- The Basil Fawlty effect: Bosses bully you because they feel incompetent.
- The Simpsons is having a contest, and the winner will get to create a character for an upcoming episode. Better design your submission in a hurry - the contest ends on Oct. 24.
- The Top 10 artificially intelligent characters in movies.
- Dolphins play football off the coast of Wales.
- What will you do for International Day of Climate Action on Oct. 24? More than 3,000 events in 170 countries are in the works. Whatever you do, try not to get bitten.
- CIA is still cagey about Oswald mystery.
- Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon wins delay in extradition to the US.
- Ssh... your conversation may be bugged by a cyborg beetle.
- Who's in Big Brother's Database?
- Energy firms deeply split on bill to battle climate change, battling over policy decisions worth hundreds of billions of dollars in coming decades.
- It All Started 96 Hours After 9/11.
A big thanks to Greg and an anonymous commenter.
Quote of the Day:
Visit us, please, from a previous century and you'll see us walking down the streets, wired cockleshells in ears, jabbering like lunatics in a Victorian asylum. It has long been understood in any line at any shopping till that the electronic will take precedence over the physical. The queue will wait while the sales assistant answers the phone. In any given situation, Absence always trumps Presence, presumably on the grounds that the unknown has more potential for excitement than the known. "Is he all there?" we used to ask of our neighbours' idiot children. Now we ask of everyone, "Is he there at all?"
From David Hare's righteous rant It all started 96 hours after 9/11. The 240+ comments it's garnered aren't bad either.
- LHC sabotage from the future?
- Ice-free Arctic within a decade.
- 'Home-made' table-top black holes. The perfect stocking stuffer.
- Energy 3.0… Researchers discover 'magnetricity'.
- The mystery ripple in Saturn’s rings.
- It takes a village.
- The bright ribbon at the end ot the universe. More here.
- How the brain interprets the words we speak.
- Ancient lake found in Tanis, presumably adjacent to the 'Well of Souls."
- A screaming comes across the sky... Fireballs in the Netherlands.
- The great balloon boy hoax of 2009. Art imitates life imitating ‘12 Monkeys’.
- The placebo effect, coming soon to a hospital near you.
- Atomic clocks in space.
- A 200,000 year-old butcher shop.
- Taking the fizz out of soda.
- Tapping the elusive Casimir Effect.
- Vatican to host Galileo exhibit, replete with awkward silences for irony to sink in.
- Physics is wrong, according to Sir Roger Penrose.
- Alan Boyle speaks with everyone’s favorite 'not-so-angry evolutionist', R. Dawkins.
- Jupiter and Earth share the spotlight.
- Just when you thought Mars couldn’t get any weirder.
- In this week’s news of the coming bot-apocalypse…Terrifying life-like robot teaches it’s cold hard self to smile.
Merci Beaucoup a Greg et Kat
Quote of the Day:
“Only human beings have come to a point where they no longer know why they exist…”
Lame Deer, Lakota Shaman
TDG: Nourishment for the soul.
- Even if 2012 turns out to be a humongous "Meh", there are lessons we can learn from the ancient Maya.
- If it were still alive today, the largest snake ever known to have lived would feel right at home in South America's tropical rain forests. So the return of Quetzalcoatl is going to be scarier —& grosser— than you thought :-P
- But what's spookier than a big-ass snake? How about a spectral snake! which is exactly what Neil Arnold saw during the 'Weird Weekend'.
- Break on through to the *other* side: Researchers determine Morrison ghost photo 'Authentic' —Oh YEAAAaaaAAHHHHHH!!!
- How much would a Victorian-era Ouija board go for on e-Bay?
- Forget it, Buzz: even if the trip to Mars could be done in 39 days —as we discovered last week— the radiation will be too much for any hypothetical astronaut —or the hypothetical astronaut's *ahem* family jewels. Maybe we should send eunuchs?
- Jupiter moon’s ocean is rich in oxygen. So only two question remains: is there life in there? & when in the Hell are we going???
- Gallery of X-planes. Eye candy for our friend DynaSoar :)
- Aerial laser gunboat 'burns hole in fender' of moving car —something cheerful to think about, whenever you're stuck in traffic :0)
- DARPA tries to tap vacuum energy —which might trigger an interdimensional war.
- UFO footage from Asia reveals image of an alien... or does it?
- Cow abducted by flying saucer? Here's the video, and here's the subsequent analysis.
- Listen: Greg Bishop interviews Chris O'Brien over @ Radio Misterioso, where they both discuss Chris' new book 'Stalking the Tricksters' (Amazon US & UK).
- Not only did Chicago lose the Olimpic games to Rio; but adding injury to insult, the Windy City is being invaded by South American Monk parakeets.
- [Breaking News] A Bigfoot was sighted in downtown Portland! And the man behind the event was none other than the esteemed Loren Coleman.
- More than 1 in 3 Americans would like to see Bigfoot proven as real, according to national poll. Memo to Michael Steele: the ideal candidate for 2012 lives in the Pacific Northwest ^_^
- It's like a creationist's dream come true: a third of dinosaur species may have never existed.
- Canadians are definitely MY kind of people: they kniow that no one is more deserving to be immortalized on coins than a T Rex.
- Is Darwin's Rottweiler loosening his bite on religion? Not a chance in
- Leonardo's fingerprint found in painting originally thought to be from the 19th century. Another confrmation of Bob Ross' theory of 'happy accidents' in art.
- Open the bubbly, Zahi! France will return five segments of an ancient Egyptian tomb mural held by the Louvre museum. And Zahi: if you're still determined to break and enter to reclaim the Nefertiti bust, you should hire the services of the Egyptian Hulk.
- Aging heart? Preventable, scientists say. Broken heart? Keep, dreaming, Bubba.
- The way to an Indian woman's heart goes through the toilet.
Quote of the Day:
"We do not ask for what useful purpose the birds do sing, for song is their pleasure since they were created for singing. Similarly, we ought not to ask why the human mind troubles to fathom the secrets of the heavens. The diversity of the phenomena of nature is so great and the treasures hidden in the heavens so rich precisely in order that the human mind shall never be lacking in fresh nourishment."
- Creationists: Fossil 'Ardi' doesn't prove a thing.
- Odd new pterosaur: 'Darwin's Wing' fills evolution gap.
- Unknown Leonardo work revealed by artist's fingerprint.
- Prince of Darkness: The truth about Thomas Cromwell.
- Recruited by MI5: Benito Mussolini got his start in politics in 1917 with help of £100 weekly wage from MI5.
- Physicists measure elusive 'persistent current' that flows forever.
- The Collider, the Particle and a Theory about Fate.
- Jupiter Moon's ocean could be rich in oxygen.
- Great ball of fire! Video reveals explosive magnetic power of the Sun.
- From ancient life to alien life: Living where the sun don't shine.
- Now watch this: Saturn Aurora Movie.
- Cosmic Log: A smashing view from Hubble.
- Hunting arctic asteroid impact with hovercraft.
- Monkeys fall into 'uncanny valley', just like humans. I wonder what they'd think of horror movies.
- Half of young people claim they are happiest online.
- Scientists who risk their lives in the name of research face volcanoes, ice and hurricanes.
- Gene linked to better and faster decision making. Mine is switched off.
- Cleansing the air at the expense of waterways: The pollutants that coal plants are scrubbing from their smokestacks are finding their way into water instead.
- IEA wants $3.4 trillion spent on carbon capture by 2050.
- Potentially lethal CO2 may have to be stored under UK villages.
- Gorilla dung may help climate. So stop chopping off their hands for ashtrays.
- Nine different species of exotic giant snakes pose a major threat to U.S. wildlife.
- Dyson reinvents the humble fan - sans blades.
- Taiwanese Center has high-tech solar-powered skin.
- The science cartel vs. Immanuel Velikovsky. With a little libertarian philosophy thrown in for good measure.
Quote of the Day:
Most of us think of our DNA as sort of locked in our body, waiting to be passed on to our children, but in fact your DNA at every moment is interacting with your environment, interacting with every bite of food you take, interacting with your thoughts, your feelings, and various things, so when you take a bite of food, literally, the information -- beyond the calories in the food -- goes right into your cells, into your DNA, and switches on genes, or turns off genes based on what information is in that food.
Dr. Mark Hyman
- The collider, the particle and a theory about fate.
- The BBCs amazing U-turn on climate change.
- Out of your head: leaving the body behind.
- Mayan elder: 2012 is not the end of the world.
- Veggie spider shuns meat.
- Where does science end and magic begin?
- Surprising ship contrails seen from space.
- Ancient herbal remedy beats hayfever.
- Closing gaps in our knowledge.
- Subterranean vibration blues.
- What prevented the rise of modern science in Asia?
- Nanoparticles plus stem cells equals faster healing wounds.
Quote of the Day:
Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.
As the old Cuban saying goes, they only call it class warfare when we fight back.
- Mayans say 2012 isn't the end of the world as we know it. There are other inscriptions at Mayan sites for dates far beyond 2012 — including one that roughly translates into the year 4772.
- The Fall of the Maya: They did it to themselves - via deforestation.
- Computer solves Shakespeare mystery.
- 160 years on, Edgar Allen Poe finally gets the send-off he deserved, but the mysterious circumstances surrounding his death remain unsolved.
- Aristotle's lessons. Annabel Lyon's The Golden Mean (Amazon US) has been shortlisted for Canada's prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize.
- 50 million years ago, the temperature of sea water around the South Pole was a tropical 30ºC (86ºF).
- Desperate octopuses try to flee ocean dead zones.
- Confirmed: Current atmospheric CO2 levels highest in 15 million years.
- In test of water on the Moon, craft hits a bullseye.
- 35 years of the world's best microscope photography.
- Lab technique heralds age of discovery for countless new proteins.
- Little-known virus found in many with chronic fatigue syndrome.
- Common herbicides and lipid-lowering fibrate drugs block nutrient-sensing receptor in intestine and pancreas.
- Chasing toxic molecules through our bodies and around the globe. Elizabeth Grossman's Chasing Molecules: Poisonous Products, Human Health, and the Promise of Chemistry is available at Amazon US & (soon) UK.
- Learning 'sculpts' brain connections: Spontaneous brain activity, formerly thought to be 'white noise', changes after a person learns a new task.
- YouTube now gets over a billion hits per day.
- The Twittersphere is fundamentally changing the way people search for jobs - and job candidates. But Twitter is experiencing growing pains.
- Q microbe may be the future of fuel. Treehugger has a rough calculation of the potential yield of this poo-power.
- Solar Decathlon: Solar homes go for high-tech and practicality.
- 92% of Americans want solar power... now!
- Mother of Columbine killer tells of horror, 10 years after massacre.
- Daniel Suelo, a 48-year-old blogger, has gone 9 years without spending money. BBC's audio interview, Fall Equinox, 2009.
Quotes of the Day:
Banking was conceived in iniquity and was born in sin. The Bankers own the Earth. Take it away from them, but leave them the power to create deposits, and with the flick of the pen they will create enough deposits to buy it back again. However, take it away from them, and all the great fortunes like mine will disappear, and they ought to disappear, for this would be a happier and better world to live in. But if you wish to remain the slaves of Bankers and pay the cost of your own slavery, let them continue to create deposits.
Sir Josiah Stamp, President of the Bank of England in the 1920's, and the second richest man in Britain.
- NASA shoots the Moon: Watch NASA TV or enjoy live coverage here courtesy of Boyle's smashup mashup.
- Vive La Révolution: researching the paranormal with honesty and integrity. Enough with the dirty hands already.
- Time for an upgrade: Earth 2.0.
- McKinnon loses fight to stand trial in UK.
- Dan Brown and Freemasonry, sittin' in a tree...
- UFOs as agents of deconstruction.
- A heretic among heretics. Interview with Jacques Vallee.
- God is not the creator, bible says (says academic).
- Rewriting the Bible, again: the Conservative Bible Project. Let's hope they read it first!
- Disorganised religion.
- The Shroud of Turin: science by press release?
- Conformists may kill civilisations.
- Free flying cyborg beetles.
- The aliens amongst us.
- Glacial spacial special.
- "Cirque" founder hosts space show for Earth's water.
- The Rosetta Project: a digital library of human languages aims to slow the loss of cultural diversity worldwide.
- The end is nigher.
- Uncontacted tribe 'invented by environmentalists' should be 'bombed with napalm'.
- Ghost Hunters gets the South Park treatment.
- Blue Peter viewers to design new T.A.R.D.I.S. He's gonna time-travel in an eggbox?
- Dracula's cellar found.
Quote of the Day:
Individuality is only possible if it unfolds from wholeness.