We've swapped news days, but we haven't swapped bodies. So why do I feel like a pint of Guinness and some Yeats?
- A picture of Isaac Newton's eschatological notes, as mentioned by Jameske yesterday. I feel fine.
- A new episode of Dr Who recently saw the intrepid Timelord visit the end of the universe. He had a few Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters too, no doubt.
- The Heavy Stuff doesn't get much heavier than the conundrum of where does space disappear to when a person experiences missing time?
- In 1967, an Italian immigrant saw a UFO in Canada, and collected a souvenir. Greg would've nicked the hood ornament.
- A geneticist believes he can settle the Etruscan controversy, claiming they were immigrants from Anatolia.
- The medieval maze known as Julian's Bower has been returfed and reopened to the public. The landscapers have yet to return.
- A Wiccan in Glasgow has combined witchcraft with beauty therapy, reviving an ancient tradition. No magic mirror involved.
- The two-million-year-old skull of a pygmy giant panda, the ancestor of today's endangered giant panda, has been discovered in a Chinese cave by University of Iowa anthropologists.
- A pre-Qin dynasty tomb has been excavated in China, and its occupants may have been buried alive. Emperor Qin can't be blamed for that one.
- CT scans will help identify the mummy of Queen Hatshepsut (1473-1458 BC), but Zahi Hawass thinks he knows which one it is.
- A brilliant article about the race to recover the Nile's mysterious Kingdom of Kush, which includes parts of what is today war-torn Sudan.
- Human rights abuses and mass slaughter continue unchecked in Sudan, but at least Sudanese authorities managed to catch 12 people accused of smuggling antiquities, including two entire mummies.
- The Pentagon is distributing playing cards to American troops, showing the locations of archaeological sites so they don't destroy them. Now they'll just loot them.
- A team of Danish researchers report that spring is arriving in the Arctic weeks earlier than it did a decade ago.
- The ESA is asking for six volunteers to spend 520 days in an isolation tank to simulate the round trip to Mars. The thought of being locked up in a Bio-Dome with Pauly Shore frightens me.
Quote of the Day:
Being prepared to receive what thought is not prepared to think is what deserves the name of thinking
The world is about to end, and I was just getting used to it.
- Earth is in imminent peril.
- Fabrication of stone objects, by geopolymeric synthesis, in the pre-incan Huanka civilization.
- The Gore dossier: the front man of the global warming hoax.
- Stones confirm golden past of ancient African kingdom.
- Embattled scientist on the edge of deletion.
- Mystery of Earth’s innermost core solved.
- We are running out of oil.
- Flying a kite.
- MAPS-ing a new frontier in psychedelic research.
- Bees on the battlefield and other US military experiments.
- Isaac Newton saw the end of the world in 2060.
- Warnings of internet overload.
- Drug resistance doesn’t always come from drugs.
- Pick your favourite flood story.
Quote of the Day:
Life is an unbroken succession of false situations.
As it turns out, hell is actually populated by realists, not sinners.
- Palaeolithic rock art, similar to that found in the Lascaux caves in France, has been discovered in Upper Egypt.
- Wreckage of Spanish galleon yields treasure: a chest full of jewels, gold chains and more than 1,000 rare black pearls. More. How much of the Santa Margarita's treasure remains unfound?
- Future shock: Many of our wildest speculations are becoming reality.
- Mainstream: Saturn's 'dead' moons, Tethys and Dione, may be volcanically alive after all.
- Alternative: Saturn's electric moons.
- Hannes Alfvén: A short biography of a scientific heretic.
- The Plasma Universe: Theory and background. Space plasmas.
- Revolutionary new treatment for neurological diseases uses an injection to tweak the way genes work in the brain.
- The Total Perspective Vortex: The typical person depends on three happy delusions for the self-esteem needed to function through a normal day. It's when these fantasies start to unravel that problems arise.
- Circadian rhythms dominate all life functions by impacting the orchestration of gene oscillation. I'm feeling a sudden need for black-out curtains.
- Deprived bacteria grow up meaner. Enough deprivation makes everything meaner.
- 'Extreme empathizers' feel your pain - literally.
- What happens when nations fail to police the global pipeline of pharmaceutical ingredients?
- Why the pet food industry is killing our pets.
- Do dogs have a sense of humour? And other questions science hasn't answered. Michael Hanlon's Ten Questions Science Can't Answer (Yet!) is available at Amazon US & UK.
Quote of the Day:
On our planet, we inhabit a calm little oasis of ordinary solids, liquids and gases that is immersed in a perpetually blowing, roiling, flaring erupting substance of a very different kind, called plasma. Sometimes called the fundamental state of matter to distinguish it from its tamer cousins, plasma makes up more than 99 percent of the visible universe. The plasma side of the cosmic ledger includes the seething atmospheres and interiors of stars, the wind of particles that our sun flings outward into space, Earth's cocoon-like magnetosphere, the tenuous wasteland between stars and galaxies, and fantastically energetic displays such as quasars, supernovas and parts of the compact spinning stars that spray out beams of x-rays like some kind of hellish fire hose. (More here.)
Adapted from The Pervasive Plasma State, an essay written by James Glanz for the American Physical Society.
What will vegetarians do if plants turn out to be sentient?
- Plants recognise their siblings. New spooky revelations about plants every other week lately...it'll be Day of the Triffids before too long.
- 'Beastwatch' investigators descend upon Cannock Chase, in search of a werewolf. Nick Redfern has been documenting the weirdness at Cannock Chase for a while, and I think has a book out on the subject later this year.
- Was there a psychic moment on Australia's 'Big Brother' television show?
- Was an unrepentant Edinburgh sorcerer the inspiration for Dr Jekyll?
- 'UFO' over Salt Lake City turns out to be a blimp. Are they sure it's not Moroni in his latest hot-rod?
- Demolishing a cliche, Neanderthals were in fact 'ahead of their time'. Although, to be fair, to be 'ahead of the times' in 30,000 BCE just meant you didn't throw your faeces at each other.
- Partying like it's 1999 (BC). Visiting Egypt's Sin City.
- Ancient Rome brought back to life via world's biggest computer simulation.
- An illustrated history of trepanation. Vaughan has a good summary on the topic as well at (the appropriately named, in this case) Mind Hacks.
- Treasure hunt strikes gold at former Greek royal estate.
- While Dan Brown might turn out to be a flash in the pan, the Bible continues to sell big. With a plot twist like the resurrection, how can you go wrong?
- Skeptic Benjamin Radford tells you how it is with Full Moon Fever.
- Oops - no puddles on Mars actually, say scientists. But forget puddles...new evidence points to oceans on Mars (in the past at least).
- Meet the man at the top of the 'United Nations of Space'. Wouldn't it be more fun if they called themselves 'The Federation', or the 'Galactic Empire'...heck, I'd even settle for the '12 Colonies of Kobol'.
- Revolutionary plasma rocket engine tested in Costa Rica.
- Seth Shostak discusses the possibilities of habitable planets outside our Solar System.
- Hail Eris! She's much bigger than Pluto.
- Baby monitor picks up video from the space shuttle. The mother should check her baby is still at home...
- Is the weather to blame for the great bee die-off?
- An influential life comes to an end - goodbye, Mr Wizard.
Quote of the Day:
Of all the ways of acquiring books, writing them oneself is regarded as the most praiseworthy method.
I'd rather be Marooned than feeling Blue...
- Bosnian 'Pyramid' loses government funding after Bosnian Culture Minister says the 'pyramids' are natural formations. Robert Schoch told us that last October in Issue 6 of Sub Rosa (free download as PDF).
- Ancient tomb found in Mexico reveals mass child sacrifice.
- Chinese find shipwreck laden with Ming porcelain.
- Massive birdlike dinosaur unearthed in China. Imagine the size of the 21-piece bucket at KFC back then...
- Why we may overlook extraterrestrial life - those sneaky non-carbon lifeforms. I know a few politicians who are made of slime.
- British MoD website publication of UFO files comes in response to the 'guerilla war' waged by the "UFO spotters." (see the second PDF).
- The Real 'X-Files': Is Uncle Sam a closet ufologist?
- Buzz Aldrin mentions the 'UFO' seen on a trip to the Moon.
- NASA's 'journey' to the center of Earth.
- Google Earth has made an alliance with a tribe in Amazon rainforest.
- Bending the light fantastic - scientists flirt with invisibility.
- US doctor smeared by FDA for raising concerns about drug?
- Four Alzheimer's drug trials bring new era of hope.
- 'Junk DNA' makes compulsive reading. Also: one scientist's junk is a creationist's treasure.
- Fossil traces deep dinosaur roots. You mean, back before 4000 BCE?
- Vatican urges all Catholics to stop donating money to Amnesty International, due to their stance on abortion.
- Honey, I killed the bees. Suddenly, the bees are simply vanishing.
- William Gibson (he of Neuromancer fame) has a new book out in August - Spook Country (with video overview with Gibson as well). You can pre-order the book from Amazon US and UK.
- Fridgehenge dismantled. And here I was thinking it was a shoe-in for the new Seven Wonders of the World competition.
Quote of the Day:
If science can disprove some aspect of Judaism, then to hold on to it makes me, I guess, a loyal Jew, but a stupid human being… If my religion says that the world is flat, and I can show a photograph that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that the world is round, but as a faithful person I’m going to hold onto the flatness of things, then yea, I’m a faithful idiot.
Rabbi Rami Shapiro
Jameske got caught short again this week, so I'm posting the news. Couldn't add much, with an important football game on and all...
- Maverick scientist gains funds for time travel research. Apparently they came from a smart investment in 1931...
- Back into the woods.
- Mike Ruppert and Peak Oil.
- The dark spell of Darwinism.
- Self-healing materials can mimic human skin.
- Finally we know were the WMDs are. The dolphins have them. Some things never change?
- Pentagon confirms it sought to build a 'gay bomb'. Is there a secret test range near San Francisco?
- The problem with politically correct scientists.
- The ever elusive dark energy.
- Space solar power: opposition and obstacles.
- Art imitates real life - prominent character in The Expected One (Amazon US and UK) modeled on the mother of RlC and Grail researcher Tracy R. Twyman.
Thanks Jameske, Baldrick, Shadows and Tracy.
Quote of the Day:
People say what we're all seeking is a meaning for life. I don't think that's what we're really seeking. I think what we're seeking is an experience of being alive...so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive. That's what it's all finally about..
My experiences with telepathy caused me to notice something both interesting and annoying -- the brain habitually echoes every thought by immediately trying to clothe it in words, even though I already know the full content of the thought without any words.
- The Pentagon wants a string of solar satellites to beam power to Earth.
- Light Fantastic: Flirting with invisibility.
- Cause of mammoths' demise a tad less wooley.
- New theories about why dinosaurs died agonizing deaths.
- Early Europeans likely sacrificed their own.
- World's oldest surviving book, the Dervenin papyrus, may hold a key to understanding early monotheistic beliefs. Large sections of the mid-4th century B.C. book -- a philosophical treatise on ancient religion -- were read years ago, but never officially published.
- Greek archaeologists find four intact tombs dating from the Mycenaean period.
- More Clues in the Legend (or Is It Fact?) of Romulus.
- Ancient Rome reborn in virtual reality.
- Professor proposes theory of unparticle physics.
- A shocking idea: Nerves may run on sound, not electricity.
- Can a Tiny Microphone Save the Bees — and the Food Supply?
- Space station's new wings unfold.
- Mysterious signal hints at subsurface ocean on Titan.
- Researchers chart Internet 'black holes' - when packets are diverted to the wrong location, and lost forever.
- New drug found to reverse male pattern baldness.
- Eisenhower, scientists, and Sputnik. When men were men, and science advisors trusted.
- Envirocateclysm of the Week: Dirty snow may be warming Arctic as much as greenhouse gases.
- Researchers hope that immersing people in a virtual wildfire will encourage them to invest in prevention.
- Drinking a milkshake-style medicine at breakfast seems to feed brain cells starved from Alzheimer's damage.
- Newly discovered antibody may be the body's natural defense against Alzheimer's.
- Drug that rejuvenates aging dopamine cells found to slow - and possibly halt - the progression of Parkinson's disease.
- Japanese researchers engineer rice to carry cholera vaccine - to be delivered in a capsule or pill containing rice powder, not eaten.
- Boffins put encrypted bio-copyright watermarks in beer DNA.
- Newly identified 'starvation hormone' is responsible for low-carb diet's effectiveness.
- Exploring the Mind-Body Orgasm. For more, check out The Science of Orgasm (Amazon US & UK).
- Need to make a decision? According to a surprising new study, it may help to get angry.
- Wisconsin Bigfoot sighting raises hairs. Includes photo of Bigfoot - trailed by what looks like the creature from the black lagoon.
- Philip K Dick: A sage of the future whose time has finally come.
- Anakin Skywalker: Borderline personality, bipolar or narcissist?
- Editor who was first to spot the potential of JK Rowling's boy wizard claims to have found Potter's successor in tale of boy archaeologist.
- Dante's Inferno: A Virtual Tour of Hell. (flash)
- The wrath of 2007: America's great drought.
- Eye-tracking device lets billboards know when you look at them.
- Which ISPs are spying on you? Is your firewall spying on you too?
- Additional 5.3 million pounds of ground beef recalled due to E. Coli contamination.
- First Indian finishing school opens, to groom geeky software engineers in workplace etiquette and social skills. More are expected to open soon, since 300,000 Indian 'computer nerds' will be hired this year, many of whom will travel the world to work with clients that have outsourced software programming jobs.
- Appeals court rules cops can stage collisions, steal cars and their contents, and lie to victims to conduct a warrantless search. Link now fixxored.
- Calling the federal Real ID Act 'repugnant' to the state and federal constitutions, New Hampshire lawmakers vote to reject the Real ID Act. Legislation or resolutions opposing Real ID have been introduced in at least 26 states.
- US federal appeals court orders the Pentagon to release a man being held within the US as an 'enemy combatant'.
Quote of the Day:
To sanction such presidential authority to order the military to seize and indefinitely detain civilians, even if the President calls them ‘enemy combatants,’ would have disastrous consequences for the Constitution — and the country. ...We refuse to recognize a claim to power that would so alter the constitutional foundations of our Republic.
Judge Diana Gribbon Motz, writing in the ruling of the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, in Richmond, Va. in the case of Ali al-Marri.
How's the serenity...
- The dreadful hammers of Jules Verne. How one of the giants of science fiction was also one of geology's first champions.
- Mercury - the magical metal that the EU wants to ban.
- Hill of Tara in list of world's Top 100 endangered sites.
- Climate change imperils monuments. Apparently, climate change also kicks the canes out from under Grannys, and pulls the tails of kittens as well.
- 1947 - quite a year. With that Roswell thing and all, y'know.
- Mentalists mingle at Meeting of the Minds. You'd have to feel a little insecure walking around that place.
- International Space Station gets a new pea-sized window courtesy of a meteorite.
- 50 things you never knew about the full Moon.
- The two biggest stars ever are circling each other near the centre of the Milky Way.
- NASA's Space Shuttle successor could fly in 2013.
- Alan Boyle continues to document the private sector push into space.
- Urban growth is reducing rainfall.
- Photosynth: the future of imaging software (video)? The BBC teams up with Microsoft to preview the tech.
- MIT demonstrates wireless power by illuminating a lightbulb from seven feet away.
- Run, bear, run! Robot bear will carry soldiers to safety. Perhaps a job best left to a President?
- Wheelchair man hits the highway on the front of a truck.
Quote of the Day:
Most people live, whether physically, intellectually or morally, in a very restricted circle of their potential being. They make use of a very small portion of their possible consciousness, and of their soul's resources in general, much like a man who, out of his whole bodily organism, should get into a habit of using and moving only his little finger. Great emergencies and crises show us how much greater our vital resources are than we had supposed.
Lots of great stories about today, so dive right in...
- Satellites spot lost Egyptian cities from space.
- Artistic adornments in Africa 82,000 years ago?
- Decapitated man found in Peruvian tomb with ceramic 'replacement' head.
- Iceman Oetzi's cause of death finally confirmed. And, what's this? Brad Pitt has a tattoo homage to Oetzi on his forearm?
- So, is this Brad's next tat? Mystery skeleton in Newfoundland iceberg.
- Major breakthrough in understanding of genetic component to world's most common diseases. Does that include stupidity?
- When they say that people are having fits about London's 2012 Olympics logo, they're not just speaking metaphorically - promotional footage may be causing epilectic seizures. Both Strange Attractor and Cabinet of Wonders compare the news to the Pokemon scare from a few years back.
- Plant 'families' literally scream for help as a group.
- Canadian Bigfoot video footage sold on eBay for $2617.00.
- Debunking the myths of Pirates of the Carribean. Where does that leave International Talk Like a Pirate Day?
- Is the recent upsurge in hurricanes just a return to normal?
- The phrase "can I buy you a drink" is redundant when it comes to chatting up female beetles, as they use male ejaculate to keep their fluids up. Ew.
- Police put more officers on the beat, to tackle 'full-moon violence'.
- Forgetting helps you remember the important stuff. I must have a lot of important stuff in my head then...
- Is there life out there? Almost definitely, say UK scientists.
- So is this hole the place where our Martian overlords are hiding? If it's a hole, why the anomalous edge at about 11.30?
- A rocket launcher of a different kind for id Software's John Carmack - success in the Lunar Lander challenge. No doubt his success can be tied to his understanding of the Necronomicon...
- Researchers catch motion of a single electron on video. And I thought it was hard to capture my kids on camera.
- Has the Holy Grail of particle physics already been found?
- Indian police block 'wonder boy' from competing in race.
- One month until the apocalypse says the Church of Subgenius...so it's time to party like it's 2007.
Thanks Kat and Baldrick.
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.
Posting the news on behalf of Jameske, who got called in to work halfway through...
- Is there life out there? Almost definitely.
- The forged origins of the New Testament.
- Brave New World at 75.
- The biology of the imagination.
- 7/7: the conspiracy theories.
- A sound way to turn heat into electricity.
- Kenya: Maasais, Canaanites And the Inca connection.
- Thor went the wrong way.
- Baked galaxies or half baked theories.
- God’s banker verdicts due in Roman court.
- Ice age ends smashingly: did a comet blow up over Canada?
- Colossal crystals discovered in cave.
- Flapping wings could revolutionize aircraft design.
- The impending global liquidity crisis.
- Owning the weather.
Quote of the Day:
This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.