Just got home from seeing Damien Rice perform, so the news is a wee bit late.
- The pig was always late in Chinese mythology. Happy Lunar New Year!
- The Vietnamese welcomed the Year of the Fire Pig a day earlier than the rest of Asia, all because of the moon's orbit.
- A renowned German Indologist claims he has decoded the mysterious Indus Valley scripts. He's renowned for being an Indologist, not a German.
- A Japanese excavation has uncovered four incredibly intact sarcophagi in the Saqqara necropolis.
- Recent discoveries in the Saqqara area shed more light on the history of this Ancient Egyptian necropolis.
- Here's what Dutch archaeologists have been digging up in Saqqara.
- If you were thinking Zahi Hawass was oddly absent in the previous articles, that's because he's been forced to take three weeks off. Quick, investigate the Pyramid shafts while he's away!
- A new archaeological site dating back to the Harappan period has been discovered.
- A well-preserved coin from 32 BC has Cleopatra on one side and Mark Antony on the other. Which one is heads and which is tails?
- The hairless Mexican Xoloitzcuintle dogs were once used as bed warmers by the Aztecs. Waking up to one of those is the reason I stopped drinking at pubs.
- A new study suggests barley may have undergone domestication twice, with important implications for the beginning of agriculture. My ex-girlfriend tried to domesticate me three times.
- Archaeologists are returning to the Savannah River to investigate the Clovis culture and 50'000-year-old artifacts.
- Native Americans share gene signature with the indigenous people of eastern Russia. It makes sense, it's where shamanism (and the word) originated. I wonder if they've compared Japan's Ainu people?
- Lasers beamed from space have detected big sloshing lakes of water underneath the Antarctic ice. Let's hope it's not meltwater.
- All EU nations must back proposals to cut harmful emissions by 30% by 2020 or risk jeopardising the global effort to curb climate change, calls UK's environment minister.
- An orbiting spacecraft has sent back new evidence for the presence of water on Mars.
- Experts suggest a 150 million pound space mission should be launched to deflect an asteroid coming our way in 2036. Twelve is the magic number -- 2012, 2024, 2036. Ok, I made that up.
- "Recent developments in cosmology have irreversibly changed our understanding of the structure and fate of our universe and of our own place in it," says Stanford physics Professor Andrei Linde.
- Officials deny that tightened security measures at Prague airport were provoked by a psychic's predictions.
- John Wenz doesn't know if he believes in psychic abilities, but neither does he disbelieve.
- Is this photo of a Russian bigfoot legitimate or a hoax? A few shots of vodka and you'll see it too.
- Alfred Webre, a principle investigator of civilian studies of extraterrestrial communication undertaken by the White House, Pentagon and Stanford Research Institute under President Carter, says there is no doubt about the authenticity of alien visitors.
- Virtual reality is being used to treat soldiers returning from Iraq with post-traumatic stress disorder. They make them watch Fox and CNN.
- Here's audio streams and a transcript of veteran journalist Bill Moyers' speech at the National Conference on Media Reform in Memphis. Listen to or read it, it's very important.
- A new article challenges Cuba's claims that it found the remains of Che Guevara in Bolivia ten years ago.
Thanks Kat, and especially Damien Rice and band.
Quote of the Day:
Big Media is ravenous. It never gets enough. Always wants more. And it will stop at nothing to get it. These conglomerates are an Empire, and they are Imperial."
I keep singing in my head the ever-so-prescient "Information Overload" by Living Colour. Methinks my brain may be on to something...
- SETI's Seth Shostak asks: "When did science become the enemy?"
- New Mexico spaceport leader Lonnie Sumpter dead at 58.
- Space historian sees cyborgs in our future.
- Stone tools may be among America's oldest, pushing back the date on human migration to the New World by millennia.
- Let's not honey-coat this stinging news. The buzz is that we're in the middle of a bee emergency.
- News of a 'brain intention reader' has triggered calls for a debate on neuroethics.
- Scientists create macroscopic quantum effects. More on the quantum weirdness in this story.
- Hole in ice fuels UFO speculation.
- Crowds flock to 'miraculous' sculpture of angry Jesus after some claim to fall into a trance and see sparks shooting out his eyes. An angry Jesus is not a pretty sight.
- The great California Weedrush.
- When 'greening' your environment is taken too literally. Let's hope Condi doesn't mention anything about being 'blown away' by China.
- Is there a pilot in the insect?
- Biology goes open source.
- Underground pipes channeled water on Mars millions of years ago. Call me psychic, but I see a Richard Hoagland update on the horizon...
- And to continue the planetary plumbing vibe: Reservoirs of water found beneath Antarctica.
- And to continue the Antarctica vibe: temperatures disagree with climate model predictions.
- Researchers begin work on Minority Report-like computer interface.
Quote of the Day:
If a civilization survives to a certain point they could easily become immortal...their lifetime effectively becomes the lifetime of the universe. Migrating between stars to stay alive will not be a hurdle for these "old ones"...If you don't insist on making the trip within the current human life span, there are no huge technical hurdles.
Too many books + Not enough time = large pile on my bedside table...
- Faces, faces everywhere. Why do we see faces on Mars and on cheese sandwiches?
- Is there a simple explanation for the Betty Hill 'star map'?
- Betty Andreasson's abduction a hoax, or just sour grapes from a spurned stepson?
- How's your knowledge of UFO history? Test yourself guru.
- How's your identification of UFOs? Don't mix them up with airplanes.
- Robert Bigelow's bigger vision for space.
- Behold, the eye of God (or Sauron).
- Spacecraft in solar orbit gives a glimpse of the South Pole of the Sun. Weather was "hot and sunny", apparently.
- Ancient coin shows Cleopatra was no beauty.
- 1.8 million ancient manuscripts go online.
- Native American populations share gene signature with eastern Russians. Lucky this wasn't discovered while McCarthy was around.
- Solving the mysteries of the origin of the Etruscan civilisation.
- Louvre staff go on strike over the stress of looking after the Mona Lisa. She is a high maintenance gal that one.
- Deep sea squid use flashes of light to disorient their prey.
- Moth eludes spiders by mimicking them. With link to video of the moth scaring a spider.
- Can females become sexually mature, just by looking at beefcake?
- The power of praise: giving props to your child's intelligence has negative consequences, while praising effort is good.
- Military research leads to portable power from garbage. Great Scott! 'Doc' Emmett Brown was onto something Marty!
- Haptic glove will let you touch virtual fabrics.
- Vernor Vinge questions his own concept of 'The Singularity'.
- The latest anti-terror squad: dolphins. Can't be long now until "So long and thanks for all the fish".
- Cancel doomsday: cheap oil to last, says author.
- Damning EU report on secret CIA kidnappings.
- Was the body of Che Guevara really found?
- Pwnage news - mobile license plate recognition allows police to scan 3000 cars an hour.
- Headline of the week for me: "St Valentine's Day Sperm Massacre".
Quote of the Day:
All you need in life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.
Good luck to McKinnon.
- McKinnon appeal begins.
- Test may prove far-out theory.
- Comet clash kicks up dusty haze.
- Breast cancer drug cuts deaths.
- Trees vs. temperature.
- Nagging? You may have a reason for not responding.
- Answering Fermi’s paradox.
- Phoenix lights UFO returns?
- What causes variable stars?
- What exactly is love?
- From space, the sight of Earth elicits a profound response. It may even have the power to change our consciousness.
- Squid vid shows swimming surprise.
- Cultured cousins?
- A new medieval view of Stonehenge.
- Octagon Earthworks’ alignment with moon likely is no accident.
- Keppler: The Harmony Of The World.
- Anatomy of a hoax.
- Lawson: The economics and politics of climate change.
- Escape from snowball Earth.
Quote of the Day:
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.
There's probably more news out there somewhere, but I'm off to watch Star Trek instead.
- MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies) wins law suit against DEA!: Judge recommends DEA end its illegal monopoly on medical marijuana research. (PDF of the judgement.)
- Update: Study finds marijuana eases AIDS patients' pain.
- Going gaga over Gaia.
- Using data from Mars Express, ESA produces topographic map of Mars.
- Satellite could see shadow of extra dimensions.
- Molecular 'fishing' technique paves way for advanced hand-held sensing device (i.e., a Tricorder).
- If whales can communicate by telepathy, why can't (most) humans?
- Japan pushes to lift moratorium on commercial whaling.
- Tools of the chimps reveal our primate cousins' Stone-Age skills.
- Researchers publish first working model that explains how biological clocks work.
- Norway reveals design of Doomsday Vault.
- UFO crashes and explodes, killing nomads in northern India.
- Linda Howe's recent three part series on High Strangeness in Tappen, North Dakota, and MP3 podcast about why UFOs sometimes play cat and mouse with humans, provoked a flood of emails from viewers and listeners.
- Here's a short video feature on my favorite aliens.
- Ancient Anomalies, from strange petraglyphs to Pedro, the Mystery Mummy.
- How the Maeshowe winter solstice looked to Neolithic humans.
- The dream incubation chambers of ancient Greece.
- Professor claims that archaeological remains, so far ignored by scholars, point to the exact location of the Second Temple in Jerusalem.
- Afternoon naps reduce risk of death from heart disease.
- Nigel Calder, former editor of New Scientist, on why climate change 'orthodoxy' must be challenged.
- Professor challenges Darwinian dogma by contending that evolutionary changes occur suddenly. (PDF of Jeffrey H. Schwartz's paper Do Molecular Clocks Run at All? A Critique of Molecular Systematics.)
- Alfred Russel Wallace: Charles Darwin's neglected double.
- Reason and Reverence: A review of The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief by Francis S Collins (Amazon US & UK).
- Secrets, Sources & Spin: Democracy Now interviews Raney Aronson, producer, director and writer of Frontline's two-part documentary, News War. Part one airs Tuesday, Feb 13th on PBS.
Thanks a bunch to Greg.
Quote of the Day:
Whoever's producing CBS News doesn't seem to grasp that 'the blogs' are not some undifferentiated goo to spread on stories for spice. The salient features of the blogosphere are its diversity and depth. Perhaps that explains why it's so alien to nightly news producers. Where the nightly news puts a homogenizing sheen on every 2 minute clip, blogs and blog posts vary wildly in length, tone, erudition, evidentiary support, and uses of the term 'wanker.'
David Roberts, in CBS News and the blogosphere.
I got kinda distracted, so the news is late and short.
- A new book claims Heinrich Himmler made a secret wartime visit to Montserrat Abbey in Spain to find the Holy Grail. Sorry, no Amazon link, the book's in spanish.
- But here's a real Amazon link -- another South American 'stonehenge' has been found on a grassy hilltop in the Brazilian rainforest.
- Gary David discusses how the three major Giza pyramids may have been modeled after three mountains in the Arizona desert. I reviewed his book, The Orion Zone (Amazon US or UK) somewhere on TDG, and an interview is on its way (I better let Gary know about that!).
- The prehistoric Native American Pilsbury Mound is being sold for $200'000 by the South Florida Museum because it doesn't fit their "mission", allowing the site to be legally developed. Contact details for the SFM can be found here, I encourage everyone to protest.
- Are there more ancient man-made mounds to be found in Lincoln Parish?
- If you live in the UK, then this fossil exhibition in Hertfordshire is worth a visit.
- A 1700-year-old Buddhist temple has been discovered in northern Bangladesh.
- Ask not what you can do to looters of archaeological sites, ask what looters can do for you.
- The world's smallest bible has been found in a boot stuffed up a chimney to ward off evil. I'd hate to be a kid living in that house at Christmas.
- A team of neuroscientists has developed a technique to scan an individual's mind and read their intentions before they act. You get a free souvenir copy of your brain scan before being taken away to Guantanamo Bay.
- The PEAR (Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research laboratory is closing down after decades of embarrassing university administrators and outraging Nobel laureates with their scientific research into psychic phenomena. They will be missed.
- Dean Radin has a few words to say about PEAR's closure.
- UFO Digest's Steve Hammons discusses recent research into anomalous cognition, and how we may get used to it becoming not-so anomalous.
- Can a mushroom once used by ancient Chinese royalty succeed where western medicine has failed?
- Vikings may have used special crystals to navigate without the aid of the sun.
- Scientists have discovered that the surface of the moon can accumulate a huge charge of static electricity.
- Mars' moon Phobos could be used in a technology trial that seeks to return rock samples to Earth.
- Lesley the Debris Field blogger rebukes the accusations of skeptics that UFOlogy is a cult by highlighting that the majority of UFOlogists don't agree with each other. She makes a good point about tax exemptions for religious organisations too (wink wink, Greg).
- Stanton Friedman tears apart a National Geographic 'documentary' that makes a mess of debunking aliens at Roswell.
- Remember Randi's one-million-dollar Paranormal Challenge? Turns out the prizemoney is in worthless bonds.
- Speaking of worthless, Prime Minister John Howard has publicly tongue-lashed Democrat presidential hopeful Barack Obama. Howard's too scared of Hilary to attack her.
Quote of the Day:
"So, if [Howard's] ginned up to fight the good fight in Iraq, I would suggest he calls up another 20,000 Australians and sends them up to Iraq. Otherwise, it's just a bunch of empty rhetoric."
Senator Obama, telling Howard to put his troops where his mouth is.
Even though I've pared it by half, it's still a huge news day.
- Update: Sir Richard Branson has offered a $25m (£12.8m) prize for scientists who find a way to help save the planet from the effects of climate change.
- Saturn's moon, Enceladus, is a cosmic graffiti artist.
- Space scientists ponder which Jupiter moon will reveal the most.
- The saga of NASA's lost moon tapes. WashPost log-in probably req'd.
- Astronaut sets US spacewalking record. Drat! - the largest photo I could find, and I still feel like I'm looking at one of Hoagland's anomalies.
- Night clouds warm surface of Mars.
- 3-D model shows huge body of water in Earth's deep mantle.
- LSD reveals its secrets: how hallucinogens are able to bend minds.
- Chile's Armed Forces reveal presence of UFOs.
- UFO light show stuns crowds in UK.
- Covert iris scanner close to Minority Report future.
- Mysterious lights spotted over Phoenix, again. With video.
- Cheering Movers and Art Student Spies - Was Israel Tracking the Hijackers Before the 9/11 Attacks?
- Parasitic worms alter hosts' sense of smell, making them more likely to be eaten by the parasites' next host.
- American Museum of Natural History invites humans to meet their ancestors. That chimp skeleton looks more like a Star Wars droid.
- Scientists discover dinosaur nesting site. With photo.
- Highlighting an aspect of quantum mechanics' elusive Casimir-Polder force, physicists find that the warmer a surface is, the stronger its subtle ability to attract nearby atoms.
- Scientists use HIV's transport protein, TAT, to help kill cancer cells.
- Psychologists find that women shun 'the man who has it all.'
- Economists find evidence that prison doesn't deter crime. UK study finds that violent criminals who meet their victims face to face are less likely to reoffend.
- Brain scan that can read people's intentions brings call for ethical debate over possible use of new technology in interrogation.
- Interview with Chris Hedges, author of American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America (Amazon US & UK). More.
- Most commonly used anesthetic gas induces neuronal cell death, and produces Alzheimer's-like changes in the brain.
- Murdoch 2.0: The corporate giants who are determined to control your eyeballs and siphon your money. Global hegemony isn't limited to the political arena.
- Enviro ...err, Econ-(non)cateclysm of the week: Barclays predicts climate change will boost the global economy and dominate financial markets for the next 25 years. Gloating CO2 skeptics rush to increase their investments in companies that produce humble pies.
- Scientists find symptoms of autism can be reversed - by activating a specific gene.
- Divided by origins, united by wealth: It's a wonderful world for Britain's new super-rich. London has become a paradise for plutocrats with an unquenchable thirst for conspicuous consumption of such things as paintings and £84m penthouses which include bulletproof windows, eye scanners in the lifts, and panic rooms.
- Brazilian saves grandson from 5-meter-long anaconda.
- Forced to resign as president of the National Association of Evangelicals by a gay sex scandal, Rev. Ted Haggard feels that, after three weeks of intensive counseling, he is now 'completely heterosexual.' We do try to cover miraculous news.
- London museum's spy show to uncover truth behind espionage. Plus, the latest gadgets for spooks.
- Since hardwood, carpeting, and concrete can be hard on the pocketbook as well as the environment, natural builders are experimenting with - and improving - earthen floors.
- Scientists convert humble carrot into revolutionary material to be used in everything from fly-rods to battleships.
- Got snow? You need Japan's new autonomous snowplow robot.
Quote of the Day:
Aesthetically, earthen floors are "really special. After a while they look like an old cracked leather couch. When people walk in, they don't say, 'Oh, nice floor.' Everyone gets down on their hands and knees to admire it."
Frank Meyer, natural builder in Austin, TX
How's the new Daily Grail working out for you?
- Nazi Grail hunters: Himmler's secret quest to locate the Holy Grail.
- Ghosts find a home in Canada.
- The garbage dump that is our skies. Good thing we haven't had rocket science since the time of the Egyptians (please, no arguments), or we wouldn't be able to see the stars at night anymore.
- Team envisions exploring Mars with mini probes.
- UFO(s) over Lake Erie (video)?
- Maybe it was a few people joy-riding in their advance order X-Hawk fancraft?
- Court told that HIV deniers are like UFO supporters. Glad to see ufology is held in such high regard.
- "Global warming, as we know it, does not exist". Careful there, soon you'll be compared to UFO supporters.
- Where have all the real scientists gone? You know the ones, those tough geeks that will jab themselves or swallow all manner of strange things (right Dr Hofmann?).
- Hi-tech search for prominent computer scientist lost at sea.
- Poking fun at Newtonian reality: stopped laser pulse reappears a short distance away.
- Newly discovered skeletons push primates closer to the dinosaur era.
- Hobbit skeptics split on what a second skull would mean.
- First American's arrived recently and settled the Pacific coast. Wonder whether they had to be fingerprinted like the rest of us?
- The Bible versus science, in the Grand Canyon.
- Women have played a major role in history - right from the beginning. The Invisible Sex: Uncovering the True Roles of Women in Prehistory is available from Amazon US and UK.
- Video blogger who recorded vandalism at a G8 conference serves longer in jail than any other journalist for refusing to comply with a subpoena.
- Woman missing for 25 years, after hopping on the wrong bus.
Quote of the Day:
May God keep us from single vision and Newton's sleep.
- Ancient pyramid spells deciphered.
- The criminal history of the papacy. Part 1 and Part 2.
- Could ancient mushroom magic banish a modern medical scourge.
- Shocking news on lunar surface.
- The 140 year old Nan machine.
- Eternal embrace. Couple still hugging 5000 years on.
- DNA test for China’s legionary lore.
- An upside to inbreeding?
- New technologies for missions to Moon and Mars unveiled.
- Can we turn off Mad Cow?
- Global warming: the cold, hard facts?
- Skin samples rife with unknown bacteria.
- Battery breakthrough.
- DNA clue to presidential puzzle.
- Can ageing be stopped?
- Repressed memories a recent development?
- Healing spark of an idea.
- Human guinea pigs advance medicine.
- Crystals may have aided Viking sailors.
- Electricity alters Martian soil.
Quote of the Day:
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.
Damn I'm tired. Might try this sleeping thing for a change, I've heard it's good...
- Bridge stirs the waters in Machu Picchu.
- Steamrolling antiquities at an Olympic pace in Beijing.
- One Oxford professor to another: Do stop behaving as if you are God, Professor Dawkins.
- Pulitzer-prize winner Norman Mailer is a believer in reincarnation.
- Center for Spirituality and Mind uses modern science to analyse spiritual beliefs.
- 23...such a weird number.
- Wired has a comment on the recent WaPo article on mind control: it's madness.
- More Aussie panther sightings. Grandma Grail saw one a few years ago in the wilds of the deep North.
- UFO sighting over Islington.
- Mexican UFO recorded on phone cam?
- Falling objects sighted across three states.
- SciAm has 16 mind-blowing microphotographs of living things. No penis jokes, please.
- Physicists identify molecular cause for one form of deafness.
- Thomas Edison - a bit of a loopy individual.
- Repressed memory - is there any truth to it all?
- 181 things you could do on the Moon.
- With the rise of humanity, survival of the fittest is no longer valid. It's now survival of the cutest.
- Here's a novel way to combat global warming: nuke the planet.
Quote of the Day:
Nothing remains without change.