It's a sign of the times when even light is bent the wrong way.
- A severe case of mistaken consensus.
- What the fuck?
- Police could not find fingerprints on Dr. Kelly's 'suicide' knife.
- Weird weather makes waves in Iowa.
- Volcanic moon's gassy mystery solved.
- Light bent the wrong way.
- Brightest known supernova detected.
- From sky flivver to hyrdopolis.
- Democracy, GDP and natural disasters.
- Brain imaging shows similarities and differences in thoughts of chimps and humans.
- Titan's strange atmosphere.
- Human sequences cropping up in Neanderthal genome.
- The most horrific EVP ever recorded.
- The importance of knowing your history.
- Huge dinosaur skeleton unearthed.
Quote of the Day:
There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.
Sir Francis Bacon
Kat's away, so we mice can play.
- Illegal in most countries but sacred to Amazonian shaman, ayahuasca is turning into a multi-million dollar business for Peru.
- The Dutch government has banned the sale and use of hallucinatory mushrooms, without consulting common sense.
- Recording the oral traditions of the last Gaelic generation raised without TV or electicity on Scotland's Isle of Skye before it dies out.
- A skeptic complains there are too many paranormal television shows. I guess she doesn't like reality television.
- Norman Mailer's new book On God, expands on his belief in reincarnation, with a unique twist on Heaven and Hell (Amazon US or UK).
- Ordinary people describe their love, and fear, of ghosts that share their homes.
- Anthony North takes us on a trip through ESP research.
- Do Gnostics and indigenous peoples share vital insights into UFOs and extraterrestrial knowledge?
- A review of Strange Company by Keith Chester, exploring military encounters with UFOs in WWII (Amazon US or UK).
- UFO Paradigm discusses dream states and alien abductions, and whether mind control technology is involved.
- Transhumanists see recent advances in medical science as the first step towards uploading the human consciousness onto a computer.
- A researcher claims humans will be marrying robots and having sex with them in the near future. I prefer the Weird Science method of getting a girlfriend.
- Amazingly detailed images from the Cassini-Huygens space probe show the hydrocarbon lakes and seas on the poles of Saturn's moon Titan. Wired has a gallery of stunning images.
- In search of the Con Rit, a sea centipede that grows to 150-feet in length.
- A researcher claims to have recorded Bigfoot chatter. You can listen here, and read a comparison with a similar recording. You should hear the noise Australian possums make, they're demonic.
- Where the Great Old Ones Are: artist Toren Atkinson combines H.P. Lovecraft with Maurice Sendak. For Elder God rock'n'roll, try Toren's band The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets (Amazon). I know what Greg's getting for Christmas.
- French archaeologists have discovered an 11'000-year-old mural in Syria which they believe is the oldest in the world. Palaeolithic cave art doesn't count?
- A mysterious carved stone has been found by archaeologists at Whitby Abbey in North Yorkshire.
- Nuffnuffs have vandalised and damaged precious prehistoric open-air rock carvings in southeastern Norway.
- New research dispels the myth of knuckle-dragging human ancestors, claiming they walked upright. Like the Flores Hobbit, this is big news.
Quote of the Day:
Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths.
Did Father Crowleymas visit you this morning? If not, break out your Templar costumes and party like it's 1307 tomorrow...
- SETI's new Allen Telescope Array swings into action. And to think they could have just spent $20 for a toke of DMT, and spoken with our mantis overlords face-to-face...
- Sparks fly over Peruvian meteorite.
- Yet another reason to take UFO reports with a grain of salt.
- Is the flying car about to take off?
- Did LDS founder Joseph Smith use psychedelics?
- Church wants Masonic square and compasses removed from historical landmark.
- The neurology of Alice in Wonderland.
- Communicating through the veil of the vegetative state.
- Diet and fat: when scientific concensus is wrong.
- He lived as a feral child after the Nazis sent his mother to a death camp, and his scientific peers thought he didn't have a clue. Now Mario Capecchi has won a Nobel Prize for the medical revolution he has begun.
- NASA asteroid probe tests ion engine.
- Venus, not Mars, may be the best candidate for former life. David Grinspoon has been saying as much for years.
- Pentagon backs plan to beam solar power from space to Earth.
- How baboons think.
- We need a scientific, statistical approach to drugs. And: police chief says legalise (and regulate instead) all drugs.
- But in Amsterdam, the magic may soon be gone from mushrooms.
- Australian doctors save poisoned Italian tourist with a vodka drip. Surely Bundaberg Rum should have been the medicine of choice?
- Long lost text of Archimedes shows he had begun to discover the principles of calculus.
- We have a moral and ethical duty to biologically enhance our children.
- U.S. Navy plans unmanned, heavily armoured fleet.
- Supreme Court dismisses German man's legal challenge to his CIA abduction/rendition, on the basis of a government claim that state secrets would be revealed. Something's rotten in the state of Denmark (and when I say Denmark, I mean the United States).
Quote of the Day:
A new classification system, a 'hierarchy of harm' encompassing all substances of abuse and based upon identified social harms, should, in my opinion, be at the centre of a new substance misuse regime - one based upon evidence, not moralistic dogma.
Chief Constable Richard Brunstrom
Got some serious hail here on Tuesday...my poor garden.
- Completely rethinking human origins: were our ancestors bipedal, and 'knuckle-dragging' chimps and gorillas an offshoot?
- The history before history (Part 1).
- Freemasonry is a religion. Officially!
- Help me Obi-Wan! Real life X-Wing fighter disintegrates on take-off (with video).
- Maybe a bad omen for taking Luke's light sabre into space on the Shuttle?
- The War of the Worlds book cover collection. So cool!
- The thing from space that destroyed the car.
- Opening the X-Files: Inside Britain's UFO project, with Nick Pope.
- How's the weather (on Jupiter)?
- Galileo: is the symbol of peace and unity stumbling?
- The luminiferous aether....it's baa--aack.
- Deflecting asteroids...it's all done with mirrors.
- Fusion pioneer passes away.
- Of course God is in the Brain, you ninny. Everything is.
- Can Freud's theory of dreams hold up against modern neuroscience?
- Buddha's "Golden Period".
- Scientist debunks myth of the nomadic Australian aborigine.
- Hobbits mastered use of stone tools. And all-powerful rings as well, apparently.
- Unlocking the secrets of the mummies of Yemen.
- Greenpeace urges kangaroo consumption to fight global warming Yes, you read that right - we Australians do eat our national symbol.
- Though we might be too busy eating the moths to put a kanga side-dish on our plate.
- Dream leads woman to her missing friend.
- And from our "headlines you couldn't make up" department: cop shoots jar off the head of a skunk. And no, there is no street lingo in there - cop, jar and skunk are exactly that.
Quote of the Day:
The ego is not master in its own house.
You may say that I'm a dreamer...
- This is an awesome Right Brain/Left Brain test. Watch the dancer spin around -- the direction you see her spin determines which side of the brain you use most. I'm Right Brain; no matter how hard I squint, I can't make her spin the other way.
- A plane smuggling 3.7 tons of cocaine that crashed in the Yucatan a couple of weeks ago had previously flown to Guantanamo Bay.
- Protestors report seeing insect-sized robotic spies. So that's what keeps biting me.
- DARPA plans to use cyborg insects -- part bug, part machine. I can't imagine a mosquito talking like Arnie.
- Do infants have an innate spider detection mechanism? My parents tell me my first words weren't "mummy" or "daddy", but "my spidey sense is tingling".
- Little Savages is an art exhibition at the Natural History Museum exploring how faeries behave in the wild, such as tormenting foxes. I don't think Inari and her fox spirits will be happy about that.
- Man-eating Trees and Mongolian Death Worms, oh my: that's a tree that eats men, not a man eating a tree.
- A plague of bogong moths has invaded Sydney. Why don't they just turn off the lights?
- Brisbane is alive with ghost activity. Who ya gonna call? Greg Taylor!
- Interest in ghost-hunting is becoming increasingly popular.
- A photographer swears a phantom cat that appears in a photograph wasn't at the church wedding. I happen to be writing a story about a ghost-cat.
- Nick Redfern discusses Brad Steiger's Shadow World, and how spirits and beings from dark realms connect with UFOlogy (Amazon US or UK).
- More than 60 glowing red orbs were throbbing and hovering above Uckfield, UK. Roxanne...
- The Jesuit and the Skull: Teilhard de Chardin, Evolution, and the search for Peking Man by Amir Aczel (Amazon US or UK).
- The democratically-elected Tibetan government-in-exile (TGIE) has challenged China's law forbidding lamas from reincarnating. Hopefully China's lawmakers reincarnate as Buddhist monks.
- The United States didn't set out to eradicate the Mandeans, the only surviving Gnostics from antiquity, but they're not helping either.
- Searching for God in the brain: are spiritual epiphanies neurological?
- A geneticist who made a synthetic chromosome says he is creating artificial life that could combat climate change. He should've said, "It's alive!"
- Saving the world is easier than you think: 10 little things that make a difference.
- Pregnant moose stay close to humans to escape the threat of hungry bears. Unfortunately, hunters don't have to walk as far.
- A plan to build a stairway on an ancient Native American mound in the Toltec Mounds Archaeological State Park has experts fuming.
- A little known nomadic tribe has been photographed deep in Peru's Amazon. Encounters with unknown tribes are increasing.
- A private dive team has discovered the wreckage of an American ship that sank off the Alaskan coast in 1868.
- The notes of 17th-century scientist Robert Hooke are now online thanks to the Royal Society.
- The New Horizons spacecraft has taken incredible pictures of Jupiter, including footage of a volcanic eruption on Io.
- Happy 67th birthday to John Lennon for yesterday, and best wishes to Yoko and her Imagine Peace project.
Thanks Greg, Kat and Brian.
Quote of the Day:
Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.
I guess all these yoga masters must not understand what yoga is supposed to do.
- Great floods cut off Britain.
- Current not responsible for Antarctica's ice.
- Sun to blame for mysterious blemishes on Saturn moon.
- I am creating artificial life declares scientist.
- Giant jellyfish of doom.
- Evolution transforms junk DNA into genetic machinery. Or pre-determinded plan unfolds over time.
- Searching for God in the brain.
- Relativity derived without calculus possibly centuries ago.
- Do infants have an innate spider detection mechanism?
- The top ten outlandish mega disasters.
- River reveals jurassic dragon.
- Spacecraft surfs Jupiter's magnetic tail.
- When yoga hurts.
- New evidence for quasar ejection.
Quote of the Day:
The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments.
William H. Borah
Better late than never...
- Knights Templar exonerated in new Vatican book, to be published Oct. 13th - on the 700th anniversary of the Templars' arrests. As one defender of the Templars' honor said, "and to conspiracy deniers, a collective 'bite me' I think is in order, from all of us to all of you." More.
- Papers of 'Britain’s Leonardo', lost for centuries, become available to read online today.
- Great World Wide Star Count: Scientists want you to participate.
- Five essential goals for exploring the solar system.
- The future of space exploration.
- Humans are returning to the moon, and plan to stay a while.
- If you have the right stuff, NASA's recruiting.
- We've all been taught that our bodies, the Earth, and in fact all matter in the universe is composed of tiny building blocks called atoms. Now imagine if that's not the case.
- New plastic is thin, transparent, and as strong as steel.
- Missiles, satellites, nuclear power plants, and even a critical part of the space shuttle have all fallen victim to tin whiskers.
- Created in 3 days, Canyon Lake Gorge boasts three species of dinosaur tracks.
- Biologists discover how normally benign Dr. Jekyll-like fungus, Candida albicans, transforms into potentially life-threatening Mr. Hyde-like form.
- New telomere discovery could help explain why cancer cells never stop dividing.
- Stem cell transplant leaves man with two sets of DNA.
- From wisdom teeth to ear muscles, the human body has a number of useless parts, but scientists have discovered that the appendix does have a function after all.
- Squelching the dark past: The mechanics of memory suppression.
- What's it like to have your brain split in half?
- When your most significant other is a computer.
- Why do we conform to society?
- Online game companies get serious about cheating. Always good to know what you're up against: Exploiting Online Games is available at Amazon US & UK.
- Rats and Bees trained to sniff out TB.
- Tiny 'tailcams' reveal cleverness of crows.
- Cats continue to amaze with uncanny abilities.
- Meeoow and my shadow.
- Toddler lost in Brazil's Amazon for 11 days has been found, unharmed but for dehydration and thorns.
- Blow'd Up Real Good: Part One.
- Breaking the poverty trap.
- Earthen cottage was born from a desire for the simple life. The Hand-Sculpted House is available at Amazon US & UK.
Thanks, Cernig and Rick.
Quote of the Day:
Perhaps I'm old and tired, but I always think the chances of finding out what really is going on are so absurdly remote that the only thing to do is to say "Hang the sense of it" and just keep yourself occupied.
Slartibartfast, in The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy.
Tomorrow never comes...
- Forbes reviews Rocketeers, by Michael Belfiore (Amazon US and UK), which looks at the new generation of the space industry (Rutan, Bigelow et al).
- How do we know when an extrasolar planet is habitable?
- It's life Jim, but not as we know it. The largest organism on Earth is a mushroom.
- Peru foils attempt by U.S. meteor hunting group.
- And still, they come. Fireball seen in Minnesota sky.
- Atlantis, crystal skulls, alien artifacts at Area 51 and a monkey god: the 13 year journey to the new Indiana Jones movie.
- The past-life memories of James Leininger.
- The problem with atheism.
- The monster stories of Lake Erie.
- Italian UFO videos show alien craft, or Earth balloon (literally)?
- An instructive NY Times article for any UFO photo true believers out there: "Proving that Seeing Shouldn't Always be Believing".
- Also instructive: Invasion from Mars - the anatomy of a panic.
- Biologically-based technological civilisation is likely a fleeting phenomenon.
- Russia marks Sputnik launch anniversary.
- Using the heat off inefficient engines.
- The ancients engineered sophisticated machines, without knowing the math.
- Ancient documents may reveal imminent Middle East earthquake.
- Crow-cams reveal extensive tool use by wild birds.
- Strippers' earning potential affected by hormone cycle.
- Microsoft launches Health Records website. Kind of gives new meaning to the term 'Blue Screen of Death'...
- Since when do news items on terrorism give you Thai recipes to go with the bulletin? When burning chilli sparks a terrorism alert...
- Record 22c temperatures in Arctic heatwave.
- And one we missed: melting ice cap triggering earthquakes.
- Why climate change can't be stopped.
- But forget all those problems, our salvation is at hand: Gibson's latest guitar is self-tuning. The world feels a happier place already.
Quote of the Day:
It seems to me that intellectual honesty is now, and will always be, deeper and more durable, and more easily spread, than “atheism.”
Should be able to give you a sneak peek at the upcoming Daily Grail anthology tomorrow (and a name)...
- Arthur C. Clarke remembers Sputnik (and the Space Age in general) on its 50th anniversary.
- And what of the next 50 years?
- NASA: China may win the new Space Race. Sounds like someone's pushing for some increased funding. Although I think "NASA: Iran set to win Space Race, with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Osama Bin Laden to be the first men on Mars, dancing on an American flag" would work better for them.
- Asteroid renamed in honour of Star Trek's Sulu.
- McCanns to consult top UK psychics?
- Apparently all of us here at TDG need to grow up. Perhaps Mr Linklater should acquaint himself better with topics before he labels them 'mythology'? Looking forward to Loren Coleman's deconstruction of this one...
- British Stone Head mystery solved.
- Peruvian meteor crater to disappear within a couple of months.
- The 'Queen of Ayahuasca' passes away.
- Building a computer that reads minds.
- Squelching the dark past: the mechanics of memory suppression.
- Why do migratory birds fly in a V-formation?
- Researchers discover link between schizophrenia, autism, and maternal flu.
- Go East Old Man! Neanderthals reached China's doorstep.
- Gold rings create first true invisibility cloak.
- Five things Hollywood thinks computers can do.
- Grass-munching bugs could power rural phones.
- 2007 ozone hole 'smaller than usual'.
- Believers turn into skeptics after alien implant lecture at New Zealand conference.
- Get set for a deluge of ghost pictures in the near future.
- Tin foil hat for a fetus? Check out 'MummyWraps'.
- Court says prisoner not entitled to Odinism rituals.
- Researcher claims: "Australian actresses are plagiarizing my quantum mechanics lecture to sell printers". Now that doesn't happen to you every day.
Quote of the Day:
I hope that nations can at last see better reasons for exploring space, and that future decisions would be informed by intelligence and reason, not the macho-nationalism that fuelled the early Space Race.
Arthur C. Clarke
Warp speed, Number One... engage.
- It's the 50th anniversary of Sputnik, the little satellite that thought it could.
- The Hubble Space Telescope has taken spectacular images of a stellar jewelbox.
- A green-hued meteor lit up the sky above Melbourne last night. So that's why I woke up to find men wearing biohazard suits in my bedroom.
- Are light orbs in photographs proof of a spirit realm?
- What can Near Death Experiences reveal about human consciousness?
- With a 1 in 1000 chance of a civilisation-ending impact this century, it's time we took asteroids and comets more seriously. Wearing a helmet won't help you.
- Tests on mummifed Inca children reveal they were fattened up for sacrifice. Did the Brothers Grimm travel to Peru?
- The fearsome Ice Age sabre-toothed Cat bit like a domestic moggie. That's why they put the smile in Smilodon.
- Fellow Gippslander Tim Cope's Genghis Khan adventure. This link has photos.
- The Amazon rainforest could be lost in our lifetime due to industry.
- Parts of a temple dating to the reign of pharaoh Ramses II have been discovered in a historic Luxor mosque.
- A 25-foot-tall statue of Anubis floated down the River Thames.
- King Darius had a dashingly azure moustache and beard.
- Excavations at the ancient Anatolian city of Ephesus will continue for centuries.
- A brilliant collection of photo galleries of ancient cities and monuments.
- Peter Hopkirk's Foreign Devils on the Silk Road chronicles explorers seeking lost cities in Central Asia, from Sir Aurel Stein to Sven Hedin (Amazon, US or UK).
- Lost cities of the Silk Road: a space-age search for relics of ancient Central Asia. Among Warriors (Amazon US or UK) by Pamela Logan.
- A leading archaeologist claims the first kings of Ireland came from Donegal.
- A temporary preservarion order has been signed for Rath Lugh in the Tara/Skryne valley. Here's another article with photos showing it might be too late. Tara Hill remains threatened by the M3 and needs your support.
- Here's a terrific photograph of a fairy ring. Mmmm, mushrooms.
- Labyrinths are ancient paths to increasingly popular modern meditation.
- We are compassionate, why are you killing us? is Paul Levy's passionate testimony to the Buddhist monks of Burma.
- As we approach the 700th anniversary of Grand Master Jacques de Molay being arrested, The Knights Templar Encyclopedia by Karen Ralls is essential reading (Amazon US or UK). An Illustrated History of the Knights Templar by James Wasserman is also excellent (Amazon US or UK).
- Forensic work suggests bones found near the Russian city of Yekaterinburg belong to the son and daughter of the last czar.
Quote of the Day:
And Kingdoms rise
And Kingdoms fall
But you go on...