Some weak foundations appear to be on the verge of crumbling....
- Jesus Inc. is hot stock at the moment...although perhaps not in the way the Church would want it.
- A critical review of Michael Baigent’s The Jesus Papers (Amazon US).
- The Vatican attacks Da Vinci conspiracy theories. Heck, so does the Archbishop of Canterbury as well.
- The Pope denounces hints of a new, improved Judas in recently released 'Gospel of Judas', labelling him a "greedy liar".
- Christian Conservatives see Mark of the Beast in national ID.
- Art Bell remarries just months after the death of his wife Ramona.
- Argentinian lake monster photographed?
- German couple insist their Tasmanian Tiger photograph is not a fake.
- In search of the real Dracula.
- A review and summary of Weird California (Amazon US).
- Behind the scenes of the new hit television series, Ghost Whisperer.
- The medical benefits of meditation.
- Study finds that scientific misconduct is endemic. I hate it when they use those sciencey words.
- Online skeptic’s dislike of New Age Nitwits (although he does pay a little back-handed compliment).
- Dedicated SETI optical telescope begins work.
- How long will it be until we are using computer to brain interfaces? Dang, the only exercise I get at the moment is moving the mouse around the desk....this could be very bad for my health.
- The Dead Sea is dying.
- Military seeks to replace troops with armed robots. If they put them under the control of Skynet, I’m outta here.
- Exhibition of Chinese corpses pits science against morality.
- Nature paper shows that cell division is reversible.
- New mouse strain sheds light on regeneration.
- Mass whale deaths tied to U.S. military sonar?
- Are we living on an Easter Island Earth?
- Senior Marines officer offers to apologise for damage caused to Babylonian site by U.S. troops.
- 100 years on, San Francisco faces another big shaker.
- Could pets help in predicting the next quake?
Happy birthday for yesterday Mum (and Cam, and Mr MJK)!
Quote of the Day:
We all feed on tragedy, it's like blood to a vampire. Vicariously, I live while the whole world dies. Much better you than I.
What better way to start your week than with a topsy-turvy dose of red-pill news?
- 'John the Baptist' cave could be part of an underground complex used by Biblical prophets.
- Indiana Jones of the Balkans and the mystery of a hidden pyramid.
- Cana dig aims to unearth miracle of Jesus - before ruins are pulverized by local building contractors.
- Opus Dei demands Da Vinci disclaimer - and prints cartoon of Muhammed in hell.
- The publishing world's new holy grail: Mary Magdalene.
- New optical telescope is solely dedicated to detecting light signals from alien civilizations.
- Max Headroom creator claims he hoaxed Alien Autopsy film.
- A loathsome spider: a review of Elizabeth's Spy Master by Robert Hutchinson. Amazon US & UK.
- Scents to punctuate the Japanese release of the movie The New World. Aroma-Cinema? No thanks - I'll just wait for the DVD release.
- The burning of hydrocarbons may be cooling the Earth. If so, we'd best immediately add crows to the endangered species list.
- The Great Easter Egg Hunt: New photo of void space reveals incredible richness.
- Fancy yourself a pretty good Easter Egg decorator? Maybe it's time to try your hand at the fine art of Easter Egg piercing.
- ESA's Venus Express has returned the first-ever images of the hothouse planet's south pole.
- A surprising number of the moon rocks show signs of melting about 3.9 billion years ago.
- Fragrance of pine forests found to affect climate.
- Six climate-monitoring satellites successfully launched into orbit.
- Giant Deep-Sea Volcano With "Moat of Death" Found.
- An invention to dye for: the colour purple.
- The rise of the serial soulmate and the four stages of dating.
- Psychologist explores human perception, finds 'wow factor'.
- A review of The Jasons: The Secret History of Science's Postwar Elite by Ann Finkbeiner. Amazon US & UK.
Quote of the Day:
It's amazing how much panic one honest man can spread among a multitude of hypocrites.
Kat is busy nailing a certain President to a cross, so I'm filling in. Please excuse the smudges of chocolate I left all over the links.
- Are you confused about the connection between rabbits and eggs? You can get explanations here and from New Moon Rising.
- Can there ever be a reconciliation between science and religion? And if they divorce, will they get joint custody of the kids?
- Controversy surrounds the Gospel of Judas recently revealed -- the art dealer who "rescued" it from obscurity was detained several years ago in an Italian antiquities smuggling investigation. She stands to make as much as $2 million from deals involving the Gospel of Judas. Better than a Dan Brown novel.
- Are fossils recently discovered in Africa the missing link in the chain of human evolution? You can see a terrific photo here (a big claim from such a small collection of bone fragments).
- Geneticist Bruce Lahn says humans are evolving more rapidly -- and more recently -- than previously thought, but some radical thinkers say it's not moving fast enough, and suggest it needs a little help from science.
- Zoologists have found a fish in Africa that can move from water to land in the hunt for food.
- New research says the length of a male lion's mane is directly related to climate. The colder the climate, the longer and thicker the mane. Bald men across the world move to Siberia.
- Here's the trailer for the President-who-should-have-been Al Gore's documentary on global climate change, An Inconvenient Truth. You can download it to your iPod too, Bill.
- Australian researchers claim pharmaceutical companies are inventing diseases to sell more drugs.
- In the near future, US tanks and vehicles may be protected by a hemispherical force-field. No word yet on a warp drive.
- A high school student has won $250 in the Tallahassee Skeptics' fake UFO photo contest. The laugh's on them, the winner is an alien in disguise.
- Infamous British hacker Gary McKinnon could end up in Guantanamo Bay without being tried in a US court of law if extradited, his lawyer has claimed.
- Can dogs smell cancer? Wrigley the golden retriever can. I'll ask my golden retriever, Macy, when I see her on Sunday.
- Richard T. Crowe says he can smell ghosts. I think they used that in Ghostbusters.
- Two women are holding a class on ghost hunting for the adventurous and curious. Prospective students who bring their own death certificates enrol for free.
- It's easy to scoff, but tales of Near Death Experiences are eerily similar.
- A new study has found a link between the rapid-eye movement (REM) state of sleep and Near Death Experiences. This article from Nature has completely misrepresented the findings, as the study leader, neurologist Kevin Nelson, clearly stated it does not mean NDEs are dreams. I guess Nature just writes what it wants to, regardless of the actual study results Dr Nelson's (and colleagues) cautioning that the study was retrospective and based on questionnaires.
- REM = sleep. Goodnight.
Quote of the Day:
The aim of life is self-development. To realize one's nature perfectly - that is what each of us is here for.
If you don’t see me till Sunday, don’t assume too much...
- Erich von Daniken's World Mysteries Theme Park is in financial trouble.
- South African crop circle was an April Fool’s joke.
- More on that Near Death Experience study finding correlations with REM sleep (no, that’s not people who find Michael Stipe’s singing boring). The last sentence is a very important statement - and it’s refreshing to see researchers making this point. Something which this article completely missed.
- Harvard telescope will search for E.T.'s lights.
- Moon and Mars Russian space targets by 2030.
- The great space debate: should China and the U.S. cooperate?
- Saturn's moon is the best chance for life.
- Bizarre things in space: a Rorschach gallery.
- Dan Brown to face new plagiarism claim from Russian art expert?
- That secretive and camera-shy guy takes time to reveal his thoughts - Zahi speaks!
- Bosnian town hopes to cash in on their pyramid.
- A response to the story about global warming stopping in 1998 (see Tuesday's news).
- Global warming could cause mass extinctions by 2050.
- Or, conversely, global-warming alarmists intimidate dissenting scientists into silence.
- When information goes missing: the bioterrorism trailers that weren't.
- Physicist says heat substance felled the WTC.
- Big earthquake could devastate the U.S. Midwest, say scientists.
- Synthehol: all the pleasures of alcohol, without the downsides.
- Another ambivalent review of Daniel Dennett's Breaking the Spell.
- Literally playing Devil’s Advocate: the slander and lies which have plagued the Devil over the years.
- The man who wrote the book on American religions.
- A book that’s bound in human skin. Gives new meaning to the phrase "I read him like a book."
- Judge orders forced medication of Death Row inmate, in order to make him mentally competent enough to be executed.
- Scientists attach motor to single-molecule car. But how do you turn on the car radio?
- DNA’s dark side challenges the most basic concepts of modern biochemistry.
- Will machines ever think? Just as long as there’s no Nutri-matic Drinks Synthesizer on the horizon.
- Are laser weapons ready for duty?
- When rabbits go bad: monster rabbit stalks U.K. village. I think, considering the time of year, there is a very simple and scientific explanation for this. The Easter Bunny is stocking up for his yearly run (hop?).
- Just in case monster rabbits don’t keep you up at night, what about a fish that hunts on land? With video.
- Evolution of irreducible complexity explained. In your face Intelligent Design (in my best Homer voice)!
Quote of the Day:
The Nutri-Matic Drinks Synthesizer claimed to produce the widest possible range of drinks personally matched to the tastes and metabolism of whoever cared to use it. When put to the test, however, it invariably produced a plastic cup filled with a liquid which was almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea.
Douglas Adams (‘The Restaurant at the End of the Universe’)
So, is Nucular War on the horizon?
- US team explain NDEs. More here.
- Drug firms are inventing diseases.
- In the Gospel of Judas the renegade is redeemed.
- America’s blinders.
- A science that relies on luck to explain the fate of billions of people is a dismal science indeed.
- Blue rings pose new mystery.
- New Yorker claims US planning nuclear war.
- First Knights Templar are discovered.
- Why did the iceman cometh?
- Maybe the dirty snowball theory is wrong.
- Math suffers from a problem - it doesn’t make sense.
- Why are some animals so smart?
- Jumpy eggs caught on camera.
- Tenth planet as bright as fresh snow. So, perhaps brightness at such a distance denotes artificiality or youth?
- All the pleasures of alcohol with no downsides.
- Psychologist exploring human perception finds wow factor.
- The lost cities of Barsoom.
Quote of the Day:
Never take the advice of someone who has not had your kind of trouble.
What's the best flu remedy out there?
- Was the Da Vinci court case a conspiracy? Or is it the opposite, and Baigent and Leigh will have to sell their houses to pay for the costs?
- First Knights Templar found in Northern Israel.
- The anthropologist who became a believer in the supernatural.
- Neanderthals were not stupid, just a bit anti-social. Perhaps I have a bit of Neanderthal blood in me...
- Dublin library handed rare Dracula books.'
- Science and religion are still worlds apart.
- NASA aim to crash into the Moon in a search for water. Surely that's got to be the easy assignment..."you want me to ram the spacecraft into the Moon?".
- Martian astronauts may be protected by tiny robot-like brains. CSICOP is travelling with the Martian astronauts?!
- The Global Warming problem is that it stopped in 1998.
- Getting evolution up to speed.
- California's car culture could increase earthquake catastrophe.
- Could 'The Knowledge' of biotech spell the end of humanity?
- Alcohol is more lethal than many other recreational drugs.
- Nanoparticles are armed to combat cancer.
- Was the first Sasquatch expedition 72 years ago?
- For the more positive-minded mystery researchers out there, here's the happy Face on Mars.
- For UFO believers, things are always looking up.
- Crop circle footage shows mysterious lights hovering over glyphs. Hopefully not torches...
- In search of the vortex vibe in Sedona, Arizona.
- According to Jon Ronson, things are out of the ordinary.
- Google buys new search algorithm.
- Men in Black to get new colours (apparently). Somehow "Men in Light Grey" just doesn't have the same intimidating ring to it...
Thanks Kat and Thrustbucket.
Quote of the Day:
The evolution of the brain not only overshot the needs of prehistoric man, it is the only example of evolution providing a species with an organ which it does not know how to use
It was the best of times, it was the blurst of times.
- An Australian Federal Police officer has been suspended for consulting a psychic over assassination threats against Prime Minister John Howard. Tony Blair reads tea leaves, Kim Jong II consults the I Ching, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad seeks shathiyats, George W. Bush visits the Oracle of Delphi ... why are my fellow Australians so damn skeptical?
- Ten years after the Port Arthur massacre, a Melbourne mum reveals she had a premonition of her daughter's death.
- It's all happening in my part of the world, it seems. After 40 years, a group of Melbourne UFO witnesses reunite to discuss what they experienced.
- Are UFOs a modern phenomenon, or are they part of our world's history?
- Mysterious lights hovering over crop circles were caught on film, and shown for the first time at the 11th annual Unexplained Mysteries conference at Dorchester on Sunday. No conference reports yet, so stay tuned for Greg's Tuesday news.
- Paranormal researcher Alan Foster says mysterious spheres of light are on the increase, and could be souls, or beings from other realms.
- A Chinese man is auctioning his soul for sale on the internet. I wish the internet was around when I sold mine.
- China is seeking answers to the mystery of Peking Man's disappearance. He wasn't sold on Ebay, that's for sure.
- It's a new quest for China, recovering stolen artifacts from collectors and blackmarket dealers. Fantastic article.
- The discovery of Sueki ceramics dating to the late fourth century, is causing a rethink of ancient Japan's trade with Korea.
- Archaeologists are unable to fully excavate a pre-hispanic pyramid found in Mexico City because it's the sight of a grisly Crucifixion of Christ reenactment ritual. Here's another article describing the 1500-year-old pyramid in more detail.
- Zahi Hawass discusses the limits of new science techniques in deciphering the mysteries of Ancient Egypt. I wish one of these interviewers will ask Zahi what's going on with the Pyramid shafts.
- A lost gospel says Jesus asked Judas to betray him. It's only a matter of time before the lost gospels of Bono are found.
- A blue ring has been discovered around Uranus. A witty remark would be too obvious for this one.
- Analysis of the first lunar soil collected by Neil Armstrong has thrown what we know about the Sun into disarray.
- Astronaut Andy Thomas is pushing a $150 million project to turn the Woomera rocket range into an international spaceport for tourists. I love the idea, but I already get free rides from my bedroom.
- Professor predicts human time-travel will be achieved this century, but you already knew that. Wait a second, why did he clarify it as "human" time-travel? Where'd that cat come from?
Quote of the Day:
Suppose we were able to share meanings freely without a compulsive urge to impose our view or conform to those of others and without distortion and self-deception. Would this not constitute a real revolution in culture.
Due to Billionaire Bill's onerous f*#&ware crashing four times, I don't have a clue if this is even most of the news, but at least I've got a parrot story for shadows.
- Check out this 9-minute trailer for 'Entheogen: Awakening the divine within'.
- Gospel of Judas rattles beliefs.
- The Judas cover-up.
- A Song from Sumer - committed to clay in 2,300 BC.
- Egypt finds clue to ancient temple's secret.
- China digs into mystery of missing Peking Man fossils.
- Archaeologists find Amyclae, Virgil's demi-god city where Castor and Pollux fought Aeneas.
- Study explains evolution's molecular advance.
- Accidence and substance: Two possible explanations for the bulk of reality.
- Star explodes inside atmosphere of another.
- Our solar system is enveloped in a giant bubble caused by an ancient supernova explosion.
- Uranus found to have rare blue ring.
- SpaceX says human error doomed rocket.
- Tech update turns yesteryear's polyester leisure suit into taser-proof armor.
- Soft paternalism: When the state wants to nudge you in the right direction.
- Former head of Star Wars program says Cheney main 9/11 suspect.
- The Federal Bureau of Luddites.
- VoIP customers are discovering that their calls cannot be connected because telecom companies are blocking the movement of such traffic across the net.
- The idea of a happy, cooperative society in which no one gets punished falls apart as soon as a few freeloaders show up.
- The Cosmic Ordering Service: No commitment, unlimited benefits.
- Interest in the werewolf phenomenon will never fade.
- Shades of shadows: Mark Morford is nuts over his parrot too.
- Nazi Flying Saucers.
- Pravda asks: Did US astronauts spot UFOs on the moon?
- Confessions of a NASA airbrusher.
Hat tip to Richard.
Quote of the Day:
Parrots, you should know right now, are enormously weird. Surreal. They bring with them a bizarre sense of wild and unfamiliar nature and you cannot feed them or watch them move and preen and waddle awkwardly down the hall without this sense of trippy otherness...
Mark Morford, who exhibits remarkable restraint regarding the circumstances of his girlfriend's screams.
If you get the chance to have a look at David Attenborough's Life in the Undergrowth, do it. Fascinating...
- Professor predicts human time travel within 100 years. How do we know he doesn't have some inside information on this?
- Europe sets next phase in asteroid deflection project. Giant baseball bats swinging off the Moon was not accepted by the committee.
- Asteroids: Treasures of the past and a threat to the future.
- Are humans descended from Martian microbes?
- China unveils ambitious space plans at National Space Symposium.
- Chameleon clothing lets you vanish into the background.
- Two new animal species discovered in the Philippines.
- Scientists warn to brace for another bad hurricane season.
- Lab-grown bladder a milestone. As long as it's not a gall-stone.
- Japan unveils the new fastest train in the world.
- Jurassic Park is back on the table.
- Fossil fish with limbs is missing link.
- Scientists create 'green' explosives to save harming the environment. If there's a higher power, he/she must really wonder sometimes...
- Unusual Ancient Egyptian pillow analysed.
- Egyptian techniques to be used to save China's ancient books.
- Ancient pyramid discovered in Mexico under the site of a re-enactment of the crucifixion of Christ.
- Talking of the J-man: study finds that Jesus probably walked on ice, not water. That's right up there with the study which found an anomalous tidal event parted the Red Sea for Moses. All in the name of science...
- Restoration work begins on the Great Sphinx of Giza. Perhaps they can add an escalator down to the Hall of Records?
- 9,000-year-old drilled teeth are the work of a Stone-Age dentist. Using "drills tipped with shards of flint" - I'll never complain about my dentist trip again.
- Secrets of swamp girl revealed in Germany. I'm sure it would be every woman's dying wish to be remembered for eternity as 'swamp girl'.
- Death-Crown phenomenon still evokes amazement.
- Monk's uncorrupted corpse to stay on display. Perhaps someone will do him a favour and corrupt him a little.
- New documentary investigates the mystery of Iceland's elves, and the widespread belief in the little folk.
Quote of the Day:
Forgive him, for he believes that the customs of his tribe are the laws of nature.
George Bernard Shaw
Irish drinking songs have everything. Proof of the existence of God, man in song and chaos amidst order. Sing your songs.
- Sunspots and earthquakes.
- Predicting earthquakes from space. Earthquake precursors or background noise?
- Physicists make a baffling discover: Chaos=Order. New concept, Chorder.
- Cinnamon may prove useful for diabetes.
- Lost photos confirm fossil finds.
- Magnetic moondust is given the brush off.
- What’s behind the solar systems biggest light shows?
- Huge alcohol cloud stuns sky watchers. 100% Proof that God is Irish.
- Ebola and the Army of the 12 Monkeys.
- Caveman crooners may have aided early human life.
- Some scientists think that humans descended from Martian microbes.
- Why is a woman’s brain smaller than a man’s? Perhaps as I suggested on GHMB years ago - human beings applied breeding to themselves just as they did to other life. But with humans, morality, religion and social taboos may have been the method of achievement.
- Einstein and his deadly error.
- The case for evolution in real life.
- Censorship: from Socrates and Copernicus to Galileo and the Present.
- Astronomers watch the skies for threat of deadly impact.
- Dinosaur tumour studied for human cancer clues.
- Are morning-after pills abortion or contraception?
- Kyoto and a climate of moralism.
- Cutting calories may boost your lifespan.
Quote of the Day:
Speech is the socialism of song.