Kat's taking a well deserved rest, so it's just you and me tonight. Isn't this cozy...
- Do UFOs really exist. Well, of course 'unidentified flying objects' exist...it's whether the various 'options' given as explanations really exist.
- The Norman Invasion of England in 1066 brought with it a wave of devil possessions.
- Does science have its own holy relics? What about the venerated middle finger of Galileo (what marvellous symbolism to match the science-religion juxtaposition as well)? H/t to Cabinet of Wonders.
- Scottish Rite Freemasons sponsor race team.
- Meet the good folk behind TAPS paramagazine.
- Another year of the Garuda? Sightings of mysterious giant bird continue in San Antonio.
- Is there a secret city beneath Tokyo?
- The Marfa Lights, up close. Not close enough for mine.
- New Last Supper hidden message from Leonardo crashes websites. More here, with images. Not so sure about that myself.
- Warning: good moods are liable to make you more prone to believing in the supernatural. No wonder Richard Dawkins is such a cranky old bugger.
- Enlightened medicine found in Dark Ages.
- 100,000 year old knife found in Iran.
- 'Cairo toe' may be world's oldest prosthetic.
- Fossil hunting, on Mars...
- The first casualties of the private space travel era? Three die in explosion at Scaled Composites.
- The week in photos, from the smallest robot to the world's tallest building.
- Frequency of Atlantic hurricanes has doubled over the past century, due to warmer waters.
- Scientists use virtual worlds as social laboratories.
- Afterlife archive: website archives the Myspace pages of the deceased.
Quote of the Day:
But although life is not energy, any more than it is matter, yet it directs energy and thereby controls arrangements of matter.
Satan oscillate my metallic sonatas ...
- NASA investigates sabotage of computer on board space shuttle Endeavour.
- Report says that astronauts drink heavily before launch. Drunkenness plus sabotaged computers - not a good combination.
- The other Phoenix in the news.
- U.S. Army developing truck-mounted laser weapon.
- (Not-so-imminent) apocalypse warning: Once we reach the 'northside' of the galaxy, in about 12 million years, we'll be like bacteria being put through a steriliser.
- The joys, terrors and true possibilities of navigating the Fourth Dimension, with quantum physicist Michio Kaku and astrophysicist Charles Liu (video).
- The moggie you don't want curling up on the end of your bed: Oscar the cat seems to be able to predict which patients in a nursing home are about to die.
- Bonnybridge: Scotland's own Roswell?
- Careful who you associate with: obesity may be contagious.
- Should humanity's first footprints on the Moon be protected by heritage laws? Sounds fair to me, although I wouldn't want to be the security guard left on site to protect them.
- MIT researchers quest for people power - literally. Harnessing the energy of human movement.
- Queen guitarist Brian May is completing his doctorate in astrophysics.
- A return Mars mission: is the cost worth it?
- Experts skeptical of new Da Vinci discovery claim.
- Did the Ancient Egyptians bowl?
- American Indians and plants in the Great Basin: An ancient relationship.
- Spiral wall motifs reveal Çatalhöyük migration.
- Major quake due for Middle East, similar to one which devastated the coast of Phoenicia some 1500 years ago.
- Couple's faces grow more alike as they age. Pity my wife...
Thanks Rick and Baldrick.
Quote of the Day:
There is hopeful symbolism in the fact that flags do not wave in a vacuum.
Arthur C. Clarke
Ten years to the day since my life changed for the better...
- The Maya: Glory and Ruin. A National Geographic feature.
- Hidden city found beneath Alexandria.
- Answers to the secrets of the Cosmos, without a 42 in sight.
- Psychedelic author and investigator Peter Stafford has sadly passed away.
- Burning Man festival to invite corporate participants?
- Einstein and extra-dimensional humans (and no, the story is not about people who can't fit into a size 18.)
- Russian submarine sets sail for the Arctic, to claim it for the Kremlin. I think if they're setting sail in their subs, that could explain a lot about the end of the Cold War...
- Yes, those Mars rovers are still going. I say pick them up when we do a manned mission and bring them home for a ticker tape parade.
- How romantic would it be to head down to the beach with your betentacled green spouse and watch a quadruple sunset?
- Conservation biologist says renewable energy sources could 'rape Nature', and suggests nuclear energy as the alternative.
- Peru makes ambitious move to regrow lost forests.
- Historical evidence uncovered for facts in Biblical book?
- San Francisco's Cab #666 may soon be retired. The Antichrist needs to drive cabs to make ends meet?
- Mobile phone mast illnesses are all in the mind.
- Adolescent rats enjoy cannabis more than their elders. Punks.
- Megafish project to look for real-life 'monsters'.
- Human skin to replace animal tests.
- The booms are back...
- Inside the files of cryptozoology legend Bernard Heuvelmans.
- And another entrant in the headlines you can't make up department: dead cybernetic-frog with webserver for guts can be 'brought to life' by Internet users. Now if this doesn't catch on as new funeral option soon, I'll be amazed. "Make grandpa's leg kick Jimmy, go on..." (with apologies to any Jimmys reading today whose grandfathers have recently passed away.)
Quote of the Day:
The irony of man's condition is that the deepest need is to be free of the anxiety of death and annihilation; but it is life itself which awakens it, and so we must shrink from being fully alive.
News was slow today so I made a lot of it up.
- The recording of a Chinese pilot's UFO encounter above Shanghai 16 years ago has been released to the public for the first time.
- Bruce Maccabee has been asked by New Zealand UFOlogists to study a 1965 photo of a UFO taken on a NZ naval ship.
- Linguistic fingerprints prove all but one of the Majestic Documents are fake.
- Michael Heiser's novel, The Facade, manages to pack everything from UFOs, metaphysics, ancient texts, alien abduction, HAARP, Nephilim...
- Stratford-Upon-Avon, birthplace of Shakespeare, was brought to a standstill as hundreds observed five orb-shaped UFOs.
- Yet another article misusing the term UFO to mean alien spacecraft, this time dealing with a photograph taken at 37000 feet.
- Deakin University PhD student has pioneered a technique for colouring wool with a special photochromic dye that changes colour when exposed to the sun. My uni, but different campus.
- Scientists at the University of Liverpool have identified two episodes of abrupt climate change that suggest the UK climate is not as stable as previously thought.
- A new study suggests the Tibetan plateau is getting warmer at twice the global average.
- A construction site in Chengdu is the location of a 3000-year-old settlement that has yielded about 6000 elaborate gold artifacts and elephant tusks.
- The rare remains of a prehistoric mastadon have been found in northern Greece, including intact tusks.
- The nonprofit Colorado Plateau Archaeological Alliance has donated more than 5000 books to Utah history teachers in the belief education will prevent kids from vandalising priceless rockart.
- A nanny from Iceland wonders if she was wise to divulge her belief in fairies to her employers in Surrey, UK.
- The myths, legends and folklore of the wee folk in Cumbria. That's wee as in faeries, not people urinating.
- If you were lucky enough to experience Faerieworlds last weekend, hope you had fun. If you're even luckier to be attending the Burning Man Festival next month, I'll ask you for advice when I go there in 2008.
- Eric Taub is starting an ibogaine center in Barcelona and has asked the Autonomous University of Barcelona to support a study on the hallucinogen.
- An interview with Jay Griffiths, an adventurer who has traveled with Amazon shamans, gypsies and the Inuit. She's documented her journeys in Wild: An Elemental Journey (Amazon US or UK).
Quote of the Day:
“Come Fairies, take me out of this dull world, for I would ride with you upon the wind and dance upon the mountains like a flame!”
Dangerous ideas? Like I am going to kill you!!!
- In defence of dangerous ideas
- What people with autism can tell us about honesty.
- Fruit fly gene from out of nowhere is discovered.
- Supergiant star spews molecules needed for life.
- The race is on for the God particle.
- Antarctic atmosphere could give Gaia hypothesis a boost.
- Weather-changing scientists want to fool Mother Nature.
- Lunar craters: a failed theory.
- New mutations implicated in half of autism cases.
- The New 7 wonders vs. the Ancient 7 wonders.
- Assassins fort secrets out.
- DDT and global warming.
- Lascaux on the Nile.
- The Ephesus of the Black Sea to be unveiled.
Quote of the Day:
The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
Now that Monday's news is done, where was I? Oh yes - The Battle of Hogwarts...
- Scientist: Human Origin Impossible to Pinpoint.
- Pre-dinosaur fossil, found in New Mexico, will rewrite history. More.
- Fossilized tooth, found in a swamp, has allowed scientists to work out the DNA of the mastodon.
- Linguists seek a time when humanity spoke one common language.
- Massive Ancient Egyptian fort discovered.
- Archaeologists dig up huge Roman bath.
- Mythical satyr may be preserved in salt.
- Rediscovered: Lost abbey where Robert the Bruce is believed to have been crowned king.
- Nanosized double-slit experiment to help physicists understand light at the nanoscale.
- New head of Science Museum says, to cut global warming, get rid of a few billion people.
- German Protestant Church says Cruise is the 'Goebbels of Scientology'.
- An Islamic Creationist - and the book sent round the world.
- Tiny brain - just a thin sheet of brain tissue, actually - no obstacle to French civil servant.
- Key to a long life -- less insulin in the brain.
- Nicotine rush hinges on sugar in neurons.
- New fingerprint technique could reveal diet, sex and race.
- Japanese to let customers pay simply by scanning their fingers.
- Three fishing buddies from Wales design box that turns car fumes into biofuel.
- Stress of ecotourism drives monkeys to infanticide.
- Disillusioned Russians flock to new religions.
- Religious beliefs, political opinions, and even the sex life of Britons travelling to the US is to be made available to US authorities.
- Researchers interviewed about vast crop circle formation - at
least 100 circles spread across 1,033 feet of wheat - which was created in under 90 minutes.
My overwhelming gratitude to Rico for being incredibly thoughtful - and, apparently, psychic as well.
Quote of the Day:
The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.
That sound you hear is the rustling of money in pockets, being magically summoned to J.K. Rowlings' bank account...
- Embargos are made to be broken, with rave newspaper reviews of the Harry Potter finale already comparing it to other fantasy classics such as The Lord of the Rings. Meanwhile, J.K.'s not happy, and her publisher has released the dementors (otherwise known as their legal team) upon the embargo breakers. All in all, wonderful publicity you couldn't afford to buy (unless you're...errr...J.K. Rowling).
- Has the Hessdalen Lights mystery been finally solved?
- Area 51 undergoes top secret construction work.
- Military prepares for a ray-gun war. Set them to stun!
- James Randi better start popping steroids and doing bench presses - Uri Geller is headed for US television.
- Also: Sci Fi announces new show called UFO Hunters.
- Korean bishop cracks down on controversial Marian shrine.
- Science fiction and no-way physics.
- Colorado professors receive death threats for teaching evolution.
- Freeman Dyson tells of our biotech future.
- Saturn gets a sixtieth moon.
- When publicity stunts offend pagans (sounds like a good name for a television series): following on from Homer and his doughnut beside the Cerne Abbas giant, pagans receive an apology for Long Man 'defacement'. Can you say "goooooaaaaaaaaaal!!!!"?
- Viking treasure hoard uncovered.
- New British PM Brown signals a tougher stance on cannabis use.
- Vanuatu defends its famous brew kava.
- LSD-assisted psychotherapy trial to begin in Switzerland.
- Asian parasite to blame for vanishing bees says scientist. Also: Queen Bees brainwash workers with chemicals.
- More Bigfoot footage found to be hoax.
- Secret squirrel - Iran detains 14 squirrels on charges of espionage. If they offer them nuts, the jig is up...
Quote of the Day:
I can, of course, put myself into the sectarian scientist's attitude, and imagine vividly that the world of sensations and of scientific laws and objects may be all. But when I do this, I hear that inward monitor of which W. K. Clifford once wrote, whispering the word 'bosh!' Humbug is humbug, even though it bear the scientific name, and the total expression of human experience, as I view it objectively, invincibly urges me beyond the narrow 'scientific' bounds.
A great line-up assembling for our Daily Grail anthology - stay tuned...
- Yahoo has a slideshow of the recently unearthed Thracian artefacts.
- Scholars in panic mode over Vatican Library closure.
- Ancient megaflood made Britain an island.
- M3 will not be rerouted away from Tara, despite EU warning.
- Divers find supposedly 'legendary' lost village beneath lake.
- 'Mystery metal' which fell through roof turns out to be a woodchipper part.
- The Today Show visits Roswell, and talks to Jesse Marcel Jnr and Stanton Friedman (linked video). Frank Warren expresses his disappointment at the lack of analysis.
- The 'science' of ghosthunting.
- Hindu priest offering opening invocation of U.S. Senate is shouted down by Christian 'patriots'. With cringe-inducing video.
- Physicist to charge backwards with time-twisting research.
- Nine brain quirks you didn't realize you had. Does that make it ten?
- UK report suggests links between electricity pylons and and health problems - primarily, childhood leukaemia.
- An interview with Sean McCarthy, CEO of 'perpetual motion machine' claimants Steorn.
- Pentagon eyes high altitude balloons for emergency communication system.
- Bird-sized airplane will fly like a swift.
- Authentic Enigma Machine on eBay.
- New skintight spacesuit design unveiled. I'm pretty sure that's a sculpture behind the model, not the air pack.
- Saturn's 'walnut moon' mystery solved.
- Vitamin C 'does not stop colds'. Let's move on to trying wine then.
- Echidna, feared extinct, is alive and apparently very 'tasty'.
- Unlike the strange and mysterious kangahippomouse.
- Forget the environmental peril of SUVs - a kilogram of beef is worse than a day trip in your car. I can see Grandma Grail's blood pressure rising from here...
- And - we need to stop cows burping if we're going to survive this global emergency. Maybe all this hot air has another origin?
Quote of the Day:
When a person identifies himself with a group his critical faculties are diminished and his passions enhanced by a kind of emotive resonance. The individual is not a killer, the group is, and by identifying with it, the individual becomes one. This is the infernal dialect reflected in man's history.
Pollution, all around, sometimes up, and sometimes down.
- Here's a video news story from China with footage of the mysterious boat-sized creatures seen swimming in Kanas Lake. It's the Chinese women's swimming team.
- Beijing persuaded the World Bank to cut from a report findings that pollution has caused about 750'000 premature deaths each year, according to the Financial Times.
- Excellent Sky News video story with further proof of rampant pollution in China causing death and illness. As long as it's not causing Global Warming, who cares right?
- This year could see the biggest dead zone form in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico since records began.
- Thousands of coins from China's Tang Dynasty era have been found in a central Vietnam province.
- Archaeologists think naming Petra as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World will see more tourists damage the ancient ruins.
- A group of Israeli archaeologists has condemned the Antiquities Authority for allowing Islamic trust officials to carry out a dig on the Temple Mount.
- Roadworks in Greece have unearthed a rare Mycenaean grave thought to be over 3000 years old.
- Blistering barnacles, Tintin in the Congo has been removed from the children's section of Borders stores in the UK, US and Australia because some find it racist (Amazon US or UK).
- A century after Ota Benga, a Congo pygmy, was displayed in a New York City zoo, a troupe of pygmy musicians visiting Brazzaville for a music festival were made to stay in the local zoo.
- The president of the Pagan Awareness Network in Brisbane says the magic of Harry Potter rings true for Wiccans. Please don't turn me into anything unnatural, Kat.
- Pagans have pledged to perform rain magic to wash away a giant outline of Homer Simpson painted next to the Cernes Abbas giant. If it's to promote the new film, surely they could just use CGI?
- Can't make it to New Mexico for the 60th anniversary of Roswell, then watch this video.
- At last, footage of eleven UFOs chased and filmed by the Mexican Air Force three years ago. A plethora of pinyatas?
- The anthropic principle is dividing physicists, exciting multiverse pundits, and confusing me. Which me is confused, I don't know yet.
- Out of sight and sound, Michael Prescott discusses NDEs and OBEs.
- New treatments for sudden cardiac arrest are saving more patients, and providing more Near Death Experiences.
Thanks Kat and Eibon
Quote of the Day:
“We're in a giant car heading towards a brick wall and everyone's arguing over where they're going to sit.”
- Why did Rome fall? It is time for new answers.
- La Brea yields oil eating bacteria.
- Mercury’s gooey centre raises problem of origin.
- Rock hypocrisy and the warming hoax.
- Deep inside you are a comma.
- Moebius strip solved at last.
- Planets go splat on stars.
- Seeing circuits.
- What science can and can’t tell us about the insanity defense.
- A race to solve the mystery of the subterranean chambers of Mystic Pointe.
- Back from the dead.
- Evidence found for novel brain cell communication.
- The myth of consistent scepticism.
Quote of the Day:
Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone elses opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.