What do you think of Greg's TDG book anthology idea?
- Hot News: Incredible evidence will be released this week suggesting a comet exploded over the Earth nearly 13000 years ago, wiping out most Ice Age populations.
- An old theory gets a second chance: were the Khufu Pyramid's building blocks made of cast concrete?
- Another theory as to how the Khufu Pyramid was built from the inside out using internal ramps.
- Breaking News: Belgian archaeologists have discovered an incredible tomb belonging to an Egyptian courtier who lived 4000 years ago. We'll hear from Zahi when he finds his hat.
- Archaeologists in Honduras have discovered a tomb in the Maya capital of Copan containing a skeleton seated in an upright position.
- Pre-Islamic Persian regions were home to mysterious snake cults from circa 1250 BC until 550 AD. Conan's Stygians?
- Archaeologists have found evidence that modern Chinese script is 8000-years-old, several millennia more than previously thought.
- Golden statues of Buddha and other artifacts were stolen from a North Korean museum.
- Beijing's protected hutongs surrounding the Forbidden City will be demolished for new residential high-rises.
- A senior British police officer has warned that the proliferation of CCTV cameras risks creating an Orwellian society.
- Internet censorship is on the rise, a study reporting that 26 out of 40 countries are blocking or filtering political and social content.
- A revered Rabbi (who died in 2006, aged somewhere between 106 and 117), claimed to have met the real Messiah in 2003, but he/she won't come forward until Ariel Sharon passes away.
- A woman who can communicate with animals says she isn't psychic, it's just a matter of asking them. When my housemate's cat meows nonstop, I don't have to be psychic to know she's hungry.
- This little piggy went to market; a Tempe Arizona psychic says she can read your future by looking at your toes. Considering some people's hygiene, I'd stick with palms.
- Over the past several years SETI has brought together anthropologists and scholars from other disciplines to brainstorm the cultural differences between humans and extraterrestrials.
- Bren Burton of the Open Minds Forum discusses a whistleblower's claims that the material world is coming into conflict with the metaphysical world, and the US Government is covering it up.
- A planet resembling a hot snowball orbiting a distant star is the latest discovery of an extrasolar world that has astronomers confused and excited.
- Cracks in the icy surface of Saturn's moon Enceladus open and close daily under the pull of Saturn's gravity.
- In 2008, NASA's Phoenix spacecraft should land on Mars and begin its search for life in the Martian ice.
- The world's deepest sinkhole in Mexico has been used to test NASA's DEPTHX robot, which is being developed to explore Europa's ice-covered oceans.
- A leading astronomer at the University of Arizona is proposing an enormous liquid-mirror telescope on the moon that will be a hundred times more sensitive than Hubble.
Quote of the Day:
It is of interest to note that while some dolphins are reported to have learned English -- up to fifty words used in correct context -- no human being has been reported to have learned dolphinese.
Don't eat the yellow snow...
- Are military's laser-created plasmas to blame for UFO reports? Greg Bishop comments at UFO Mystic.
- Tony Wright is 4 days into his attempt to break the world record for sleep deprivation, employing some interesting theories on primate diets and mystical consciousness . Only 7 days to go...ugh.
- French architect Jean Houdin's new pyramid ramp theory has made the cover of the May issue of Archaeology magazine.
- Snake cults dominated early Arabia.
- Ancient Mayan tomb found with upright skeleton.
- Dan Brown donates a cool million to a local (to him) community center project.
- Monet didn't evolve into an abstract painter. He just got cataracts.
- The Annals of Improbable Research (founder of the Ig Nobel awards) is set to go online.
- Baby stars hatching in Orion's head. I had that same feeling after knocking off a bottle of Dolcetto.
- Bigelow Aerospace launch date delayed till late-June.
- SETI's Seth Shostak gets excited about a 'planet of promise'.
- Greenpeace building Noah's Ark on top of Mount Ararat. Overheard comments include "how the heck do we fit two elephants in here?".
- Lightning strike just misses two children running in the rain (video).
- Reporter has her 'sixth sense' removed, with operation to take out her 'transhuman augmentation' (magnet under her skin).
- Forget that transhuman crap. I want my muscle suit!
- Chinese grandmother becoming a unicorn, with 4 inch horn growing out of her forehead. Niiiice...
Quote of the Day:
Some scientists claim that hydrogen, because it is so plentiful, is the basic building block of the universe. I dispute that. I say there is more stupidity than hydrogen, and that is the basic building block of the universe.
Weirdness abounds. At least in my head...
- Opening the files on the British flying saucers.
- Area 51 movie takes aliens and conspiracies to the next level. Are they sure there are any more levels? I think the oxygen is getting pretty rarified already at the level Area 51 sits these days...
- Look to the sky for the mysteries of Marfa.
- Strange photo anomalies in France, or just insects and water in front of the camera lens?
- Rare giant turtle found in Mekong. Although 'giant' would be a relative term, if this thing turned out be a turtle (see the comments for the concensus opinion that it is in fact a whale).
- 29 million year old ape skull found in Egypt. Atlanteans!
- Roman towns aligned with the Sun.
- Study shows that accident-prone people do exist, with 1 in 29 having 50 percent more chance of having an accident.
- New Scientist takes on climate change myths in its special feature: "Climate Change: A Guide for the Perplexed".
- On the other hand, is the momentum changing in the Global Warming debate?
- Could grazing the scalp be a cure for baldness?
- New chemical reaction may open the way for hydrogen cars.
- Pesticide contamination ubiquitous in pregnant women.
- No longer a Zen question: how much does a black hole weigh?
- Bizarre new deep sea creatures found off Antarctica. Atlanteans!
- Open Source Science website launches.
- Winners announced for 2007 Best Visual Illusion Contest.
- Zecharia Sitchin returns.
Quote of the Day:
The biggest threat to America today is not communism; it's moving America towards a fascist theocracy and everything that has happened during the Reagan administration. Is steering us right down that pipe.
Frank Zappa (1986)
Perhaps free will has flies? Post your thoughts
- Ancient royal temple discovered in path of Ireland highway.
- In the Alps, hunting for Hannibal’s trail.
- Lost Slavic mythology.
- Does necropolis hold the key to freemasonry’s secret history?
- The bee’s needs.
- Melted moons.
- Does consciousness depend on the brain? Rebuttal to the article. Rebuttal to the rebuttal.
- Relativity: joke or swindle?
- Just say no to bad science.
- Do flies have free will?
- BBC reporter loses it with Scientologist.
Quote of the Day:
Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten
I just found out, new power adapters for four-year-old monitors can be hard to come by.
- An almost perfect 29m-year-old fossilised skull from one of humankind's earliest ancestors has been unearthed in Egypt.
- From the 'news you couldn't make up' department: To keep back-from-the-dead ectoplasmic soldiers from giving away D-Day secrets, British intelligence agents, including Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond, jailed a famous spiritualist for contravening the Witchcraft Act of 1735.
- Digital tricks preserve thousands of dinosaur tracks.
- Will an impending magnetic pole reversal spell danger for the Earth? An article from The Economist no less.
- ESA's Cluster was in the right place and time to make a shocking discovery. The four spacecraft encountered a shock wave that kept breaking and reforming – predicted only in theory.
- Mexican sinkhole may lead NASA to Jupiter.
- Changes in deep ocean circulation triggered the two enormous 'burps' of carbon dioxide released from the depths of the ocean around Antarctica at the end of the last Ice Age.
- 'My stroke left with me a foreign accent'.
- Pwnage news: Google has drawn up plans to compile psychological profiles of millions of web users by covertly monitoring the way they play online games.
- Google study finds one in 10 web pages searched contains malicious code. No surprise to most of us.
- Spreading viruses as we breathe.
- Researcher says some children demonstrate unusual abilities after UFO and Extraterrestrial Encounters.
- Robbie Williams talks to dead people.
- Mike Oldfield talks about his slow, painful recovery from the mental health problems that underlay his 40-year musical career - and about his autobiography, Changeling.
- Depleted uranium weapons linked to lung cancer in new study.
- Human enhancement: right or wrong?
- Doom creator John Carmack's Armadillo Aerospace is on track to win the 2007 Lunar Lander Challenge (with video link to test flight).
- Almost 30 years ago, NASA sent a gold record to the aliens. More pertinently though, were some of the strange images within due to Carl Sagan's predilection for a toke or three?
Quote of the Day:
Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored.
Ramen noodles, food of the Gods.
- Scientists examining documents up to 5'500-years-old say they have found proof that the origins of modern medicine lie in Ancient Egypt, not with Hippocrates and the Hellenes. I can hear a collective "Told you so!" from alternative researchers.
- Ancient Romans built their towns using astronomically aligned grids, according to an Italian study. Marco Polo brought back Feng Shui.
- Glasgow Necropolis is a giant masonic symbol, 37 acres of landscaped metaphor.
- Archaeologists in Greece have discovered a rare 2700-year-old piece of fabric inside a copper burial urn, along with dried pomegranates. Persephone's gotta eat.
- Restoration work has begun to prevent Silbury Hill from collapsing, and perhaps solve a few mysteries.
- A neat article discussing the Kingdom of Bhutan's yeti, the mirgu, and the Sakten Wildlife Sanctuary that protects it. Here's a brilliant photo gallery of Bhutan.
- Forget Salem, there are parts of England packed with occult tales and history. With video report.
- Ghost Radar, a USB ghost detector, alerts you if there's a change in the magnetic waves within a room. The Bullsh*t Detector is free with every brain.
- South Korea's LG Philips has developed the world's first electronic-paper: A4-sized, colour, paper-thin and bendable. Imagine toilet paper.
- A rocket containing the ashes of Star Trek actor James "Scotty" Doohan is still missing after two weeks.
- Strange, orange lights have been witnessed in the skies of Northern Ireland. Jameske's been playing golf at night.
- It was the 90th anniversay of the Fatima Miracle on the weekend, with up to half a million pilgrims visiting the Portugese town.
- Jacques Vallee has his own theory, shared by other UFOlogists and alien abduction researchers, what the three Fatima children really saw.
- An excellent book about the Fatima Miracle is The Fatima Secret, by Michael Hesemann, edited by Whitley Strieber (Amazon US or UK).
- Researchers have found that at the molecular level, water flows like molasses.
- The Hidden Messages in Water by Masaru Emoto (Amazon US or UK).
- Once thought to be useless, Junk DNA is a powerful regulator playing a role in controlling when genes turn on/off. That explains why the geneticist said I'm "trailer trash".
- Microbes survive in space, hitching rides on astronauts and spacecraft.
- Earth's extremophiles make microbial life on Mars plausible. Ironic the Viking probe killed the life it was sent to find.
- NASA has unveiled a model of the James Webb Space Telescope, to see the farthest reaches of the Universe. It replaces Hubble, which is still going strong.
- New data from the Voyager spacecraft says our solar system is bullet-shaped as it streaks through space at approximately 62'000 miles per hour. I feel dizzy.
- A self-confessed murderer accused of blowing up an airliner and killing 73 people walks free on a technicality, but Gary McKinnon faces life in prison for embarrassing the US military. If embarrassment's a crime, Dubya is the Don.
- One billion people will likely be displaced fifty years from now if climate change continues, says a report.
- Providing today's quote, what could you spend $456 billion on, other than a war in the Middle East? As the U2 song goes, "I'm waiting on the crumbs from your table" (the song is 2 minutes in, after Bono's speech).
Quote of the Day:
"According to World Bank estimates, $54 billion a year would eliminate
starvation and malnutrition globally by 2015, while $30 billion would
provide a year of primary education for every child on earth. At the
upper range of those estimates, the $456 billion cost of the war could
have fed and educated the world's poor for five and a half years."
Data, damn data...
- Finding the grave of Charles H. Fort. Actually, graves. How Fortean...
- Forget the 'greys', and start worrying about the Michelin Men from outer space.
- The ashes of Star Trek's Scotty, and astronaut Gordon Cooper, are lost in New Mexico after rocket return. Hmm, dead interstellar traveller, spacecraft landing in New Mexico....why does that ring a bell?
- And perhaps one day we could send Spock's ashes to his home planet. We should probably wait till he dies though.
- Pope to canonize first Brazilian saint, despite claims of fraud.
- Does Glasgow necropolis hold the key to Freemasonry's secret history?
- The Great Zahi stomps on alternative pyramid construction theory.
- More on the discovery of King Herod's tomb - this time, a photo-essay.
- During Jamestown's "starving time", settlers ate horses, then rats, then snakes, then boots...and then, the other red meat.
- Archaeologist says Israeli Antiquities Authority is destroying the Leviticus Scroll.
- Can life travel from planet to planet riding on meteorites?
- Does wearing a helmet actually increase the chance of being hit by a car?
- NASA's next Mars probe, the Phoenix lander, touches down at the Kennedy Space Center.
- Why the low gravity over Canada?
- Our Solar System is bullet shaped.
- Marsupial junk DNA points to medical breakthroughs for humans.
- Do drug companies push anti-psychotics on to children?
- Drinking farm milk reduces childhood asthma and allergies, but raw consumption remains unsafe.
- US temperatures to jump 10 degrees Fahrenheit over the next seven decades?
- Scientists ponder jet stream to fill global energy needs.
- What to do when you misplace nuclear material? Place an ad in the local Pakistani rag, of course...
Quote of the Day:
I am a pioneer of a new kind of writing that instead of heroes and villains will have floods and bugs and stars and earthquakes for its characters and motifs.
At least six impossible things before breakfast...
- Book details plot to steal Abe Lincoln's body. Stealing Lincoln's Body by Thomas J. Craughwell is available from Amazon US and UK).
- John Edward loves Australians. Dead right mate.
- Australia's aborigines came out of Africa some 55,000 years ago.
- Think you know what aliens look like?
- Cryptomundo has posted some stills from an upcoming Loch Ness Monster movie.
- Cynical skeptic Michael Shermer tells of how he was abducted by aliens (YouTube video).
- One step closer to invisible cloaking.
- Dealing with insomnia? Whack yourself upside the head with a magnetic stimulator for a good night's sleep. Reading the disclaimer (very quickly), "warning, trans-cranial stimulation may also provoke savant abilities or lead to meetings with God".
- Is peer review stifling science?
- Scientists get closer to secrets of prion disease.
- Oral sex can cause throat cancer. Not sure if they've factored in the after-sex cigarette smoking there...
- Is it possible to be inhumane to robots?
- Gene mutation linked to cognition found only in humans.
- Does electro-shock treatment rejuvenate the brain?
- Egyptians, not Greeks, were the true fathers (or mothers) of medicine.
- Incas crossed canyons on fibre suspension bridges.
- Pentacle markers finally in place for Wiccan soldiers.
- Illuminating the origins of modern culture's colours.
Quote of the Day:
It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards.
Lewis Carroll ('Through the Looking Glass')
Plenty of good stuff to be getting on with today. Post your thoughts.
- Many scientists are convinced that man can see the future.
- Is the IPCC doing harm to science? The great global warming swindle.
- Was Timothy Leary right?
- The Morgellons mystery.
- America: Freedom to Fascism.
- Mercury may have a molten core?
- Martian pole has enough water to cover the planet with an 11 metre deep ocean.
- Gut almighty.
- Graham Hancock: raider of the lost ark.
- Super heavy element 112 behaves like one of the family.
- Lava cooks up nanotubes.
- Ancient Australians were a people apart. Some would say they are now.
- Star dies in monstrous explosion.
- Venus double vortex evolves over time.
- Unearthing the final secrets of Herod the Great.
- The conspiracy theorists may be close to the truth.
- Eating to cure disease.
- Dust devils: prediction confirmed.
Quote of the Day:
The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.
CIA black ops have taken out Kat's computer. I've barricaded the door and have managed to get today's news briefs out to you...
- The New Yorker goes in-depth on the Antikythera Mechanism.
- Tsunami swamped England 400 years ago.
- Mathematicians design invisible tunnel. I have this vision of a Monty Python-esque situation, with John Cleese in a lab pointing at nothing and saying "there it is!".
- Chandra sees brightest supernova ever.
- Forget swamp gas, these days UFOs can be explained by glowing golf balls.
- Hunting party to chase Nessie with mini-sub-cams.
- Meanwhile, researchers surprised to find common toad at the bottom of Loch Ness. Unless it's 10 metres long, I don't think that's the answer.
- Redefining death.
- Man seeks compensation after spending all his money due to an incorrect diagnosis of a terminal illness.
- US to outlaw genetic prejudice.
- Europe rejects Monsanto GM patent.
- Alan Boyle listens to the music of the genes at Cosmic Log.
- Canadian poppy coin gets US Army seeing spies.
- 3D printers headed for the home.
- Searching for the giant, chicken-eating spiders of the Amazon. It's when they come through the drive-through at KFC asking for a family bucket that we should start being concerned...
- Europe bans most severe animal tests for cosmetics.
- Native American DNA found in UK. I actually tripped over some last time I was in London, it's lying about all over the place.
- Spiders make home in boy's ear. At least it stopped the dreadful buzzing that fly was making.
- Russian Fortean researcher Yuriy Morozov passes away, aged 55.
- Does video show UFO crash at White Sands?
- Paul McCartney and David Bowie set to contact aliens (without the use of LSD).
Thanks Rick and Loren.
Quote of the Day:
The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.