Don't say Phuket or Bangkok anywhere else but Thailand. But you are OK to say fornication or fellation just about anywhere and no one will know what you are talking about anyway.
- Freedom's curse.
- The hyped panic over War of the Worlds.
- Who wrote the Dead Sea scrolls.
- Rosetta flies by something really strange.
- The sun's protective bubble is shrinking.
- TV and the colour of your dreams.
- Ancient objects, dubious claims.
- Less ice in the arctic 6000 years ago.
- Publish and be wrong.
- Why current publication practices may distort science.
- Airline had near miss with UFO.
- India moon probe ready for launch.
- Typhoons bury vast amount of carbon dioxide at sea.
- Cosmic ray guns.
- Scientists determining which species to save. They are all here.
- Newly released UFO files from the UK government.
Quote of the Day:
The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.
High time humanity returned to its roots...
- Scientists discover evidence Stone Age humans used hallucinogenic plants. For more information on this topic, see Paul Devereux's book The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia (available now from Amazon US and Amazon UK), recently reissued by Daily Grail Publishing.
- World's first dog lived 31,700 years ago: discovery pushes back the date for the earliest dog by 17,700 years. I'm bettin' dogs domesticated humans.
- Tomb of 'Gladiator' Roman general unearthed.
- Sunken treasure: Glittering maritime hoard gives glimpse of ancient past.
- The heliosphere, the protective shield of energy that surrounds our solar system, is shrinking.
- UK boffin brings Star Trek's universal translator a step closer.
- What smells like fried steak, hot metal, and welding a motorbike? Maybe a giant strip of flypaper streamed along behind the ISS could give NASA a few clues.
- Attempt to restart Hubble runs into new snags.
- A helium leak, caused by a faulty electrical connection between two magnets, caused the Large Hadron Collider to be shut down until spring.
- As Hurricane Andrew smashed a Miami waterfront aquarium in 1992, six lionfish escaped into Biscayne Bay. Now thousands of lionfish are devastating Florida's native shoals -- and invading the rest of the Caribbean.
- Methane hydrates: Energy's most dangerous game.
- Scientists to probe fragile Antarctic ice shelf for global sea rise clues.
- Most ambitious expedition ever will explore huge Antarctic mountain range buried 4km beneath the surface of the icy continent.
- Four-fifths of all life on Earth is beneath the waves: The incredible secret world at the bottom of the sea. Extracted from Oceans: Exploring The Hidden Depths Of The Underwater World by Anne Laking and Paul Rose (Amazon US & UK).
- Number of West African chimpanzees has fallen 90% in less than 20 years.
- Combine a little nanotechnology, some metamaterials made of artificial atoms, and Einstein’s theory of general relativity, and what do you get? Optical microscopes so powerful they'll make DNA visible to the naked eye, superfast computer microchips, and a muggle knock-off of Harry Potter's most famous possession.
- New solar-energy material absorbs all the energy contained in sunlight, and generates electrons in a way that makes them easier to capture.
- Artificial intelligence chat program fools testers at British university.
- World's oldest city may hold the key to treatment of tuberculosis.
- Human disease genes emerged very early in evolutionary history.
- World's first fully functioning robotic exoskeleton: Bionic suit can multiply its wearer’s body strength tenfold. (Link fixxored, thanks to RPJ.)
- Magnet treatment awakens car crash victim from year-long coma.
- Worm grunting: Dune thumper mystery solved.
- With eloquence and anxiety, Wolfgang Sofsky speaks out about the betrayal of liberties for which generations fought and died, from the dawn of the Reformation to the end of the Cold War. Sofsky's Privacy: A Manifesto is available at Amazon UK.
- Shrine To Surveillance.
- Big Brother society: Mobile phone users may be forced to register on a national government database.
- The 21st century is fast becoming the age of paranoia.
- Marx makes a comeback: Das Kapital is flying off the shelves as the newly disenfranchised business class tries to work out the root of the financial crisis.
- Bigfoot hoax costume sold for $250,000 on eBay. A fool and his money...
- Loren Coleman ponders $250,000 for a Bigfoot hoax.
- MoD releases more files on UFOs and alien abduction.
- While based at RAF Manston in 1957, US airman Milton Torres was ordered to arm all weapons and fire on UFO.
Quote of the Day:
The general who became a slave. The slave who became a gladiator. The gladiator who defied an emperor. Striking story! But now, the people want to know how the story ends. Only a famous death will do.
Commodus, in Gladiator.
Reality check… mate?
- Experiment from 1953 may hold clues to the origins of life… More here about how volcanic lightning may have started it all.
- And what may have started it all before there was an “it”? Remnants of a galactic collision lends weight to the notion that black holes were common in the early universe.
- 345,000 year-old footprints?
- Reindeer games in the North Pole may be cut short by climate change. What, you thought global warming only threatened sea ice?
- Archaeologists team up to restore Abydos, one of Upper Egypt’s most ancient cities.
- Borneo’s longest stick-- I mean bug-- I mean-- stick bug is world’s longest insect.
- Programming molecules… or how lab-coats placed a bio-computer into a living cell.
- Squirrel immunity. Try rolling that on 10 sided dice…
- The mighty Hubble appears to be on its way back, thanks to an 18 year-old back-up.
- Meet Wasp-12b, the hottest extrasolar planet we’ve found (thus far).
- Invisible pulsar becomes… visible.
- Impact crater unearthed on Mars, thanks to NASA’s MRO.
Quote of the Day:
“After us… the deluge.”
Louis XV (attributed)
It’s not like the glass is half empty; actually, it’s half broken. And filled with... um... you get the picture.
- Playing the banjo... during brain surgery (with video). This act could be big in Vegas!
- You know, for supposedly-advanced superior beings, our alien overlords have really poor Geography skills!
- ...Or maybe the aliens are Democrats!
- NASA to attempt remote repair of Hubble telescope. Does this mean they plan to turn Ingo Swann into an astronaut?
- Mapping the Universe: The Sloan Digital Sky Survey's 3-D guide to the final frontier.
- Get ready to be beamed up! First 'Star Trek' pics released —They kept the mini-skirts, so I'm not complaining :-P
- New doll in the market seeks to dethrone Chucky.
- Beware of the mutant fish with a taste for human flesh!
- The science of shrinking human heads. Now THAT would make an original key chain ;-)
- Tests explore whether robots can think. Because it would be nice to have at least ONE sentient species on this planet.
- Megaliths in a Russian lake evidence of lost civilization?
- So this NY Times columnist says Gordon Brown has saved the world’s financial system. Does he know what’s he talking about? We’ll have to ask the Nobel Prize committee.
- With the world falling apart, who you gonna call? Superman? Batman? Pfft, Puh-leaaase! How about Gordon Gekko and his mighty suspenders?
- & Speaking of Wall Street, let’s talk about *other* kinds of human waste ;-)
- It may be time to put that 70's myth of a 'Coming Ice Age' to rest once and for all.
- Combine deep-sea critters + volcanic ash + a gazillion years, and what do you have? Virtual fossils.
- With the beatification of Pius XII full underway, a courageous rabbi speaks before a synod of bishops at the Vatican. You could almost cut the tension with a meser.
- Don’t be naïve & stop buying Evian.
- Chinese scientists map the Panda genome. I wonder which base pairs determine its cuteness :-)
- King Tut is the son of Akhenaton. That's what Zahi says and that should be enough for you, little brains.
- Spain has returned some 243 priceless artefacts to Peru. Are you paying attention, Austria??
- 'The Mexican Dream', by JMG Le Clèzio, new Nobel Prize recipient (Amazon US & UK). For a free preview —courtesy of Google Books— click here.
- Germans love light. And beer too, right Earthling? ;-)
A gazillion thanks to Rick, Greg & Kat
Quote of the Day:
"Greed is good"
Let's skip the preamble and get straight to the news...
- 30 years on: Australian UFO mystery remains unsolved. On October 21 1978, pilot Fred Valentich reported a strange flying object buzzing his plane shortly before he disappeared without a trace over Bass Strait.
- Remains of prehistoric child with toy hedgehog found at Stonehenge. Place of healing, funerary site, or daycare centre?
- Ethics expert suggests the dying take psilocybin to enhance and ease the experience of death.
- What happens when you put 300 experts on psychedelics in the same room? Nothing like the movie 300 I hope.
- 'Deathways' open doors to unexpected cultural practices.
- Mathematicians find deep connection between classical and quantum physics.
- Japan trials mind-controlled video game. Controlled by your mind that is, not the other way around like the mind-control video game we call reality.
- Fighting with jaguars: has a 3000-year-old ritual survived in the highlands of central Mexico? Unless RPJ has started his own Fight Club.
- Bonobo monkeys have been seen hunting and eating other primates, dispelling their peaceful reputation. Bonobo monkey, not U2's Bono.
- Lab tests reveal yeti hair is from a Himalayan goat. Or is it from a goatman? Naaaah.
- Witches of Cornwall: old magic surfaces in archaeologist's front yard.
- Water dowsers use intuition (and sticks) to help parched farms in California.
- A Norwegian politician calls fortune-tellers at Parliament's expense.
- UK politician says EU should properly fund search for extraterrestrial life.
- Scientists meet in Edinburgh to discuss search for alien life on extra-solar planets.
- Here's video of a green, pulsating UFO filmed over Skien, Norway.
- A UFO filmed near Mexico City International Airport drained the camera's battery.
- Dan Aykroyd selling vodka served in crystal skulls by talking about aliens and the paranormal is priceless. I just can't work out if it's satire or the real deal.
- Gary A. David explores the links between Mothman, a 14th century New Mexico pueblo, and psychoactive Datura flower.
- I reviewed Gary's excellent book The Orion Zone (Amazon US) in Sub Rosa Issue 6, and he continues his exploration of ancient Egyptian/Hindu links in the Native American Southwest in Eye of the Phoenix (Amazon US).
Thanks Greg and Kat.
Quote of the Day:
"That strange aircraft is hovering on top of me again … it is hovering and it's not an aircraft."
Last words of Australian pilot Fred Valentich, October 21 1978.
You learn something new every day. Today I learned that parrots should keep their beaks shut if they want to live.
- UFO sightings over Philadelphia.
- My parrot, my self.
- The key found to unlock Egypt's mysteries?
- The end of glue?
- Child robot makes a rare appearance.
- New pathway for African exodus.
- Body in mind.
- Smug men versus straw men.
- Giant cyclones seen on Saturn.
- Helmet to convey messages by thought.
- Flying cars near take off.
- There is more than one Rosetta stone.
- The pain ray truck is on its way.
- Why starving cells prolong life.
- Secret UN meetings continue on ET life.
- War and sunspot cycles.
Quote of the Day:
It is nobler to declare oneself wrong than to insist on being right - especially when one is right.
All things… reconsidered.
- Answering the secrets of the early universe with cosmic strings… presuming the lab-coats actually find them.
- A canary in the coal mine no more? More here on the collapsing animal populations.
- Underwater menagerie discovered off Tasmanian coast.
- First polar bears were in trouble, now the Tropics. And lest we forget about the whales.
- With “Gecko Grip”, glue may no longer be necessary.
- Microscope watches single cell become embryo. More here.
- Giant telescopes on the moon?
- The “first reporter on the scene” at Roswell in 1947, Frank Joyce, has sadly filed his last byline.
- UK’s Science Minister wants to put a man in space for the kids.
- ‘Unbreakable’ encryption forever, or for now?
- Last of the Seven Ancient Wonders gets a twenty-first century facelift, courtesy of Big Brother.
- Can you hear me… now? Scientists discover key protein that enables hearing.
- Roman sculptures found at the bottom of the Aegean Sea. Imagine what they’ll find if they keep digging deeper…
- Virgin births of the aquatic kind.
- Ultra-thin solar cells could generate power through windows.
- Scientists are unsure if a Jupiter-sized object is a planet or a failed star.
Many thanks to Greg, Rick MG, Red Pill Junkie, Kat and Bordeo!
Quote of the Day:
“Don’t look back… something might be gaining on you.”
Leroy “Satchel” Paige
"Will brief news for food" :-(
- Quetzalcóatl has returned! And in the form of... a house?? (More pics here)
- "LSD cured my headache, man!"
- This year's Nobel prize in Medicine opened old wounds —pardon the pun— and in Chemistry, scientist were awarded for their brilliant discoveries.
- Forensic analysis suggests Bach's wife may have written some of his music. With Einstein, that makes two who prove that REAL geniuses know how to relegate obligations ;-)
- Leading geneticist says human evolution has stopped. And now we go backwards to the tune of "Whip It".
- "One of these days, Chandrayaan-I: POW! to the Moon!!"
- McCain might hate planetaria, but the Bad Astronomer hearts them.
- Scientists meet for alien summit. Vulcan ears and Vader helmets are NOT welcome, though.
- Metallic vapor behind noctilucent reflectivity? 'Noctilucent'. Now THERE'S a word to write down, all you Scrabble fans out there.
- Incoming Reticulan vessel *implant activating* I mean, asteroid! exploded over Africa.
- Mother and son watched cow rise in golden-orange beam to disc. Poor, poor Bessie...
- Cattle mutilations is NOT a phenomenon exclusive to the U.S.A., you know.
- Deepest! Fish! Ever! Filmed!
- Ice Age people in Florida (video)? Come on, Nat Geo! Those retired folks are not *that* old ;-)
- The fight to save Ireland's sacred Hill of Tara from a freeway could end in a draw.
- You remember that 'uncontacted tribe' that was mentioned all over the web last year? Well, I've got some bad news for you...
- Now, Google wants to prevent drunk e-mailing—if suddenly I stop posting my weekly news briefs, you'll know why.
- Wikipedia: the answer to the prayers of lazy—and manipulative!— journalists all over the globe.
- Man in frenzied attack on priest after watching The Da Vinci Code. Perhaps the priest looked like Tom Hanks? :-P
- 'Miracolo!'. Italian plumbing bungle turns water into wine.
- Rating the paranormal TV shows.
- "Fosset. Steve Fosset." Take a look at the adventurer/millionaire's (RIP) super-secret flying submersible spaceship prototype —hot female side-kick not included.
- I haven't met Jay Walker, but because of his library, he's now my BFFL (Best Friend For Life).
Big thanks to Rick, Kat & Greg
Quote of the Day:
(On the defense of Oil companies):"Many people talk about loving the planet, but how many of them actually PENETRATE it"
Allow me to lend a machete to your intellectual thicket.
- Prehistoric cave paintings took up to 20,000 years to complete.
- Archaeologists find shoreline where Roman legions landed to begin their conquest of England in AD43.
- Ancient Peru pyramid spotted by satellite. 'Extending over a 9,000-square-mile area'? I should think 9,000 square meters would probably have sufficed. /snark
- Smithsonian's new hall is sea-creature central.
- British scientists begin work to create nuclear fusion reactor.
- Can machines think? Six computers are about to converse with human interrogators in an attempt to prove the answer is yes.
- NASA has concluded many of the world's greatest expeditions, including the Apollo moon missions, were either short-term or long-term failures - or both.
- Sun is not a perfect sphere, NASA spacecraft finds.
- Giant asteroid blast may have thwarted life on Mars.
- Six environmental research studies reveal critical health risks from plastics: Bisphenol A, phthalates and flame retardants are strongly associated with adverse health effects on humans and laboratory animals.
- Genes thought to cause autism may also confer intellectual gifts on people without the condition.
- The 'thinking cap' that could unlock your inner genius and boost creativity.
- The mind naturally creates illusions and superstitions at times of stress - and this could be adding to the global financial crisis. More.
- For generations, voodoo practitioners in rural Haiti have sworn by the mystic qualities of jatropha. Now the shrub is in bigger demand as a source of biofuel.
- Big Brother wants to scan every call, text and email in the UK.
- New surveillance program will turn military satellites on US.
- Wall Street may shun $700 billion bail-out. You best start believing in paradigm shifts -- you're in one!
- How the fate of the economy rests on a Dell workstation.
- Sudden outbreak of democracy baffles US pundits.
- The basics you just assume all computer users know -- but you're wrong. Suddenly I feel sullied and unusually dumb.
- Attention Deficit World Order: Parts one and two.
- The Devil in his details: Was John Milton a student of the occult? Published 9 Sept 2008, Milton's Paradise Lost, edited by Kerrigan, is available at Amazon US & UK.
Quote of the Day:
...In fact, let us not mince words... The Management is terrible! We've had a string of embezzelers, frauds, liars and lunatics making a string of catastrophic decisions. This is plain fact. But who elected them? It was you! You who elected these people! You who gave them the power to make your decisions for you! While I'll admit that anyone can make a mistake once, to go on making the same lethal errors century after century seems to me nothing short of deliberate. You have encouraged these malicious incompetents, who have made your working life a shambles. You have accepted without question their senseless orders. You have allowed them to fill your workspace with dangerous and unproven machines. You could have stopped them. All you had to say was 'No'....
V, in V for Vendetta.
Sometimes Friday just feels like… Friday.
- Sunspots are at their fewest since 1954… but why?
- This year’s Ig Nobel Awards are being handed out to a slew of wonderfully inspired, terribly misdirected scientists.
- Could tweaking plants turn toxic soil into farmland?
- Lessons about space on ice?
- Clusters of newborn stars might share life-bearing rocks between them. And by “bearing” I mean water bears…
- Dutch scientists decode the DNA sequence of the fungus which produces penicillin. Take *that* Dr. Fleming.
- Seeing the ‘true colors’ of the Moon - further proof it’s not just a giant block of limburger cheese.
- What’s dreaded in the stock market but eagerly welcomed by life in the ancient seas? Change.
- See no evil, hear no evil… test no evil? The true, behind-the-scenes tale of chimps used in medical research.
- The lab-coats are determined to find what caused "beaked whales” to strand on beaches in the Canary Islands. Naval sonar exercises or natural selection - you be the judge...
- Was Sheldrake's stabber a victim of mind control? Get out of my mind, Jobe!
- Are you a legitimate genius? Then you probably already know the 20 things simple-minded, wanna-be geniuses like us didn't (know)…
- Black rhinos released back into the wild for the first time in 25 years.
- BBC releases “post-nuclear blast announcement" to the public. Did someone just screen the “The Day After” or is this a none-too-subtle hint…
- Jupiter is ready for her close-up, Mr. Demille.
Super Grandé Thanks to Greg, Rick MG, Red Pill Junkie and Baldrick
Quote of the Day:
“To be on the WIRE is life. The rest is waiting… ”