"The past is history, the future a mystery, but this moment is a gift…that’s why it’s called present"…That was some brainy turtle. Cool moves too.
- Justice from Beyond: Spirit message convicts paedophile.
- Vatican to probe Medjugorje 'Virgin Mary' apparitions.
- Pregnant women get morning sickness to protect fetus. Yet ANOTHER thing I will get bribed for on Mother’s Day…Sheeesh!
- Michelangelo Mangano—theoretical physicist at Europe’s CERN—discusses with Cosmic Log’s Alan Boyle the benefits of Black Holes (goodbye credit card debt!)
- Space probes show that the edge of the solar system is dented, not round. Which shows God was a reckless driver in His/Her youth.
- 100 years after Tunguska, it’s time for a protection plan—but wasn’t that the REAL purpose of Reagan’s Star Wars?
- The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) is 40 years old. The world is still choke-full of nukes, but we are still here so that should count for something.
- Biofuels: A nice concept in the theory; but in the real world, you need to take the weather into account.
- Extinction risks vastly underestimated. Or maybe it’s our ‘intelligence’ what’s vastly OVERestimated?
- The latest Olympic nightmare for China: Algae bloom—What’s next, LOCUST?
- ”… And all I ask is a tall telescope, and a planet to steer her by”. New planet points the way for ET hunters.
- University of North Texas checks authenticity of 100-year-old UFO story.
- Buckminster Fuller & his amazing Dymaxion plans.
- Cyber-smearing—how unfounded rumours and disinformation spread online by a handful of individuals can sway a nation.
- Move over Iceland! Denmark is now the happiest country in the world—I suspect your bear-killing tendencies was the culprit. But don’t feel bad, America; you may not be the happiest, but you sure are the highest! ;-)
- 9/11 hero to be cloned. No, not a fireman… a dog.
- Washington’s boyhood home is found. Lincoln’s gold is still missing.
- 5000 year old Stone Age house found in England. Nice façade, and a good view, but no satellite dish?? This lemon will never sell ;-)
- The key to Stradivarius’ secret has finally been solved. Now about that Paganini dude…
- Cronenberg’s Fly goes to the opera. Maybe one day they’ll do the same with Ghostbusters, or The Planet of the Apes… Oh, wait!
- 'Hellboy' taps into ancient irish folklore. Hmmm… I didn’t know the old celtic gods fancied Mexican beer.
- Five superpowers from the Bible that put Marvel & DC to shame. Stan Lee vs Jehovah… tough call!
- Harry Potter 'deluxe' first edition set goes for $US35,000. That's not even 'real' first editions folks. Hold on to those 'Darklore Volume 1' hardcovers—US$160.40 on Amazon!—some day they’ll put your grandchildren through college.
Thanks to Rick, Greg & Kat.
Quote of the Day:
”I strongly suspect there is a strong correlation between peace and happiness.”
Ronald Inglehart, political scientist at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research (and the greatest mind of our time IMO, for coming up with such insight)
In recent months my PC blew up, my mobile died and the repairman can't figure out why, my television stopped working, my mp3 player plays weird distorted sounds, my new Mac has faulty screen resolution, and the cat is looking at me like it's all my fault.
- New clinical trial praises beneficial effects of psilocybin mushrooms. Indigenous shaman around the world roll their eyes and say, "Duh!"
- Mad to live, mad to be saved, mad for mushrooms (with delicious recipes!). This humble fungus is a superfood.
- Rituals of the Andes: terrific feature on ayahuasca shamanism and Andean culture.
- Paintings by Augustin Lesage, a miner who had never painted before in his life and said he was guided by spirit beings, are on display in Paris.
- Salman Rushdie and the Renaissance, the fantastic, and the power of beauty. The Enchantress of Florence (Amazon US or UK).
- Good sailing, Ahab: Don S. Davis, 1942 - 2008. Best known for his roles in Twin Peaks and Stargate, he played Agent Scully's father in one of the best episodes of the X-Files, Beyond the Sea.
- Madame Marie, the psychic made famous by Bruce Springsteen, has passed to the other side aged 93. Her craft continues through the next generation of clairsentients.
- Since these tv interviews with Donald Keyhoe 50 years ago, have we advanced our understanding of UFOs? Still has the 'U' in it.
- Royal Navy engineer sees disc-shaped UFO above M5.
- Welsh 'Roswell' witness breaks his silence after 34 years.
- Here's an update on the cold-fusion demonstration in Japan a few weeks ago.
- About 330ft underground in Switzerland, it's about to reach absolute zero.
- Scientists reassure us there's nothing to fear from the world's biggest atom smasher. Got your trusty crowbar ready, RPJ?
- If scientists don't know what to expect from the LHC, how can we be so sure there's nothing to be worried about? Don't panic!
- Good news everyone! Stephen Hawking has an explosive new theory on the creation of the universe.
- I have some bad news, everyone: the unknown risks of nanotechnology.
- Accidental fungus may become promising cancer drug.
- Happy 150th birthday, Darwinian evolution! Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, you smell like a monkey, and you're descended from one too.
- The U.S. removes Nelson Mandela from their terrorist list as an early birthday present. You should see the presents they bring to bar mitzvahs.
- Bill Moyers -- it was oil all along.
Thanks Greg and Kat.
Quote of the Day:
Science may set limits to knowledge, but should not set limits to imagination.
A few crumbs short of a fruitcake...
- Ancient crashed UFO claimed to be from the dinosaur age.
- My strangest UFO abduction case.
- Tunguska event at 100. More here.
- Get out of your own way
- The motives that ought to encourage us to the sciences.
- Yellow science.
- OOBEs and grasping the ungraspable.
- Invention: jet engine silencer.
- Planet's magnetic field varies much faster than expected.
- Forget viagra, eat watermelon.
- Japanese firm offers weddings in space. Next it will be divorces.
- Cancer cells revert to normal at specific signal threshold, researchers find.
- Saturn's thermogenic vertex.
- Your brain can lie to you.
Quote of the Day:
As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand.
Kat's away at a not-so-secret cat conference for a feline new world order, but she still managed to find half of today's news.
- Loren Coleman gives us an update on his fight to save the cryptozoology museum.
- Was shamanic astral traveling involved in the Nazca lines? I was pondering the same thing last week. Alas, Evan Hadingham's Lines to the Mountain Gods is out of print (wink wink, Greg).
- UFOs buzzed a family's home recently in northern Australia, but were they F-35Bs? I'd drive up there to find out, but Greg's closer.
- Central Australia is a hotbed of UFO sightings, with the secretive US base PIne Gap in the middle of it all. Crikey, it's Steve Irwin meets David Icke!
- Can aboriginal myths of sky people be linked to UFOs in Australia?
- On your marks, get set... GO! Buzz Aldrin warns America must invest in NASA or lose space exploration to Russia and China.
- After decades insisting they're safe, the US has issued health warnings for mercury tooth fillings. I can't receive Coast To Coast, just a Mexican folk music station.
- Research suggests marijuana is a powerful medicine -- but it toasts your memory.
- A zombie tale of old New Orleans, with eyes to die for.
- Texas Supreme Court throws out case against exorcism.
- Five psychological experiments that prove humanity is doomed.
- Researchers at Harvard, MIT, and Yale have found evidence that meditation can alter the physical structure of our brains. Om.
- Helping cyclone victims has rejuvenated Burma's buddhist monks.
- Snow leopards survive 30 years of war in Aghanistan, only to face a new threat.
- Amazing photos of thousands of stingrays migrating to new waters.
- The disappearance of bees poses a disaster for us all.
- Inspiring photo of a wildlife officer saving a drowning bear. Get him a job in Iceland.
- Paris is 3000 years older than previously thought, and the celebrity isn't happy.
- Aztec whistles of death. I heard that whistle in Kill Bill 1.
- Egyptologists find ancient painted coffins, some dating to the 13th century BC.
- Looters have taken all but one relic from an ancient Hindu temple in Pakistan.
- Happy birthday to Nelson Mandela, who turned 90 years young last week and is passing the baton for the fight against poverty and oppression to those more able.
Thanks Greg, Kat, and our feline overlords.
Quote of the Day:
Every age has its massive moral blind spots. We might not see them, but our children will.
"I always question the received reality. The consensus reality is often potentially misleading…"
- Last Sunday, the one and only George Carlin made his grand exit. The world may never be as funny, observantly deconstructed or well-skewered… Thanks for the decades of laughter, Rufus…
- Martian soil comparable to grandma’s veggie garden? More here.
- Back from the future, it’s the steampunk desk.
- Did an object collide with the Earth in ancient times, creating a haven for life with it’s impact?
- Something wicked this way comes? The Search for Extra-Terrestrial Artifacts and 1991 VG.
- Just how smart is the octopus?All hail our cephalopod overlords...
- Rain on Mars? Sounds like a forgotten ELO album.
- Hidden area beneath Antarctic ice where Hitler's hidden base is located,
revealed? Even *that* would’ve made a better Indiana Jones movie…
- Japan Airlines plans biofuel test flight. Engineers fear the jet fumes might attract Godzilla. Mothra called in to consult.
- Melbourne's graffiti to be considered for heritage protection. So they’re protecting it from… MORE graffiti?
- Pubs in Yorkshire have banned hats so CCTV can more easily identify people. Try doing that in Texas.
- Wars around the globe have killed three times more people during the second half of the 20th century than previously estimated. Whoops.
- India has rolled out its first electric-powered car, the REVAi, and Norway plans to sell its own in the USA in 2009.
Big Danke Schöen to Greg, Rick and RPJ…
Quote of the Day:
“The very existence of flamethrowers proves that some time, somewhere, someone said to themselves, "You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I'm just not close enough to get the job done...”
- A kinder, gentler Purgatory. Can Catholics find solace in the afterlife evidence from mediums?
- Jacques Aymar, Murder-Solving Dowser (is that an awesome title for a business card or what?)
- Is the Universe fractal...or merely fraked up?
- Earth to Aliens: We're a bunch of dorks (but you already know that, don’t you?).
- Another match in the “UFOs VS Choppers” current tournament: Super fast silent UFO pursued by military Chinook helicopter in Washington USA.
- It’s not 4th of July yet, but the aliens are already setting off the fire works. Waitiminite… Didn’t they lose that day?
- Astronomers explain Mars’s lopsided shape as the result of a cataclysmic impact of a Pluto-size meteor. You can almost hear Velikovsky’s voice coming from the ether yelling “Told ya so!!”.
- Alien video man Jeff Peckman asks Barack Obama to back UFO plan (Blokes at the Telegraph got the WRONG video BTW).
- Papa was a rolling stone… from space! DNA precursors in meteorite confirmed as extraterrestrial.
- Does the 'Data Deluge' make the scientific method obsolete? Well it’s not like it’s Microsoft™ registered ya know — not yet at least ;-)
- Marijuana has anti-inflammatory that won't get you high… but might still get you in jail — especially if you’re one of those dangerous crazy people who believe in Bigfoot.
- Disney's Buzz Lightyear & Wall-E explore space for NASA. In other news, Sully & Mike will be conducting the interrogations at Guantanamo from now on.
- Say hello to your great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great-grandfather: Fossil of most primitive 4-legged animal found.
- The Great Human Migration. Why humans left their African homeland 80,000 years ago to colonize the world — I’ve always thought the Whys are much more interesting than the Hows.
- Archaeologists in Mexico discover ancient Mayan city more ancient than Uxmal & Chichen Itza.
- Brain scientists discover why adventure feels good: Because Homo Sapiens are nothing but stupid naked monkeys.
- Psst, Hey! Have you by any chance seen some missile parts lately? No? Ok, the Pentagon will have to keep looking I guess.
- UK is developing "intelligent" CCTV that not only sees trouble, but hears it. Why don’t they just follow Dilbert’s example and be done with it??
- Japan defends its rights to whaling at an international meeting in Chile. Their argument: That since they gave us Mario & Zelda, we owe it to them.
- North Pole may be ice free for first time this summer. You happy now????
- Now you hate’em, tomorrow you’ll love’em: How a man-made tornado could power the future.
- If you were
QatarDubai, what would you do with all your oil money? Build hospitals? Schools? Museums? Boooring! There’s no coolest way to invest your people’s future than building an incredible morphing skyscraper.
Thanks to my senpai Rick-san, Greg & Michael —not you, the OTHER Michael.
Quote of the Day:
"We shed a lot of blood for this country. We are not going to give up our country for a mere X on a ballot. How can a ball point pen fight with a gun?"
Robert Mugabe, benevolent & compassionate tyrant of Zimbabwe
- Cardiff UFO update: watch the video footage filmed by the police helicopter crew.
- Honeymooners claim the UFOs were just glow lanterns released at their wedding.
- Liverpool man films several UFOs hovering in the sky on his mobile phone.
- British MoD faces calls to launch inquiry into recent UFO sightings.
- Nick Redfern wonders why a UFO case declassified for years has been neglected.
- Poll result: most believe U.S. Government will never admit to an alien presence.
- UFO investigator Leslie Kean won her lawsuit and now has NASA's files on the Kecksburg UFO incident in her hands. You know my email, Leslie. ;-)
- Paul Kimball risks waking up next to a pony's head by defending exopolitics against the UFO mafioso.
- Airliner personnel report UFOs over Mexico City International Airport. Sorry RPJ, I forgot to tell you friends of mine are coming to visit.
- Video of thirteen spinning UFOs filmed by British soldiers above their barracks. Priceless commentary.
- In the remote Australian Outback, a retired miner is the toast of astronomy by capturing rare pictures of an electrical storm on Saturn.
- June 19, 240 BC: the Earth is round, and it's this big.
- In the northern hemisphere, no one noticed the longest day of the year, the summer solstice. Greg's in sunny Queensland, but further south where it's freezing I was thinking about the summer solstice a lot.
- Video: the winter solstice was New Year's Day in the Andes, the Inca greeting the first day of the year 5516.
- Mystery of the Maya slowly unravelling. Interview with archaeologist George Bey.
- Japanese astronomers on quest to find alien civilisations orbiting distant stars.
- Secrets of the samurai sword: a thousand-year-old art and science.
- Wet weather and a lack of sheep has left the Cerne Abbas chalk giant feeling faded.
- Loren is longing for Lingsangs, a very rare, and cute, Indonesian carnivore.
- One step closer to tricorders; hand-held devices capable of identifying life forms.
Many thanks to Greg and Kat.
Quote of the Day:
We don't know a millionth of one percent about anything.
Need a laugh?
- NeanderTOOL Man: Dig gives cavemen's thick-headed image a makeover.
- Astronomical references in Homer's Odyssey appear to confirm that the return of Odysseus to the island of Ithaca coincided with a solar eclipse on April 16, 1178BC.
- Backstreet workshop is set to become UK's latest tourist attraction due to family's habit of never throwing anything away.
- You Are What You Keep: Psychologist says your stuff reveals a lot more about you than you'd think. Gosling's book Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You is available at Amazon US & UK.
- It's mine, I tell you: Mankind's inner chimpanzee refuses to let go.
- Inti Raymi: Thousands gather in Cusco, Peru today to celebrate Festival of the Sun.
- The blood of Dresden: Kurt Vonnegut was a prisoner of war in Dresden during the allied bombing raids and was later forced to dig out bodies from the ruined city. In papers discovered by his son after his death last year, he provides a searing eyewitness account of the ‘obscene brutality’ that inspired his novel Slaughterhouse-Five. Extracted from Vonnegut's Armageddon in Retrospect (Amazon US & UK).
- Eating Away History: Micro-organisms are destroying Angkor Wat and other historic landmarks.
- Microbe colonies show sophisticated learning behaviors.
- Why glass is glass: Scientists say glass is actually in a 'jammed' state of matter, an insight which could lead to futuristic metal alloys.
- NASA’s Hansen: Humans Still Loading Climate Dice.
- Are Big Oil and Big Coal Climate Criminals?
- Cosmic Log: Revving up electric cars.
- Wildlife at risk in Kenyan wetlands: Biofuel project's controversial sugar cane plantation to occupy more than 80 sq miles of Tana river delta.
- Residue of weedkiller in government-issued manure is stunting the growth of vegetable gardens all over the UK.
- Bridgend suicides linked to radio waves from mobile phone transmitter masts near the homes of the 22 victims.
- Travelling with the ship monitoring rapid Arctic change.
- Robots: Nothing to lose but their chains.
- Apes plan for the future.
- Take two rads and call me in the morning: Professor believes short-term controlled exposure to low doses of radiation may significantly improve our health.
- On the trail of the 'Indian Yeti'.
- Great photo of flying saucers.
- Amazing images of clouds taken from space.
- Gary McKinnon on hacking off America.
- US court rejects 'enemy combatant' classification of a prisoner held at Guantanamo Bay.
- Guantanamo: Beyond The Law -- McClatchy Newspapers' 8-month investigation.
Quote of the Day:
An animal resting or passing by leaves crushed grass, footprints, and perhaps droppings, but a human occupying a room for one night prints his character, his biography, his recent history, and sometimes his future plans and hopes. I further believe that personality seeps into walls and is slowly released.
Quoth Illidan: You Are Not Prepared!
- How Darwin won the evolution race.
- Authors claim Michelangelo hid coded insults to the pope, and more, in Sistine paintings. The Sistine Secrets: Michaelangelo's Hidden Messages (in the UK), or Michelangelo's Forbidden Messages in the Heart of the Vatican (in the US), is available at Amazon US & UK.
- Universe of Stone: How and why was Chartres Cathedral built? Phillip Ball's Universe of Stone: Chartres Cathedral and the Triumph of the Medieval Mind is available at Amazon US & UK.
- 'Bloodline' papers dated to 19th century - during the time Berenger Sauniere was at Rennes-le-Chateau.
- Neanderthal tools found at West Sussex dig.
- In Qatar, archaeologists discover what they believe to be the oldest organised human community ever found.
- Mystery stone of the Maya slowly revealing new twists.
- Archaeologists electrified by evidence of farming at 3,600-year-old native village site in Canada.
- Explorers hope to reveal secrets beneath the Antarctic ice.
- Over the past five decades, the world's oceans have warmed 50 percent faster than previously thought.
- James Hansen, one of the world's leading climate scientists, calls for oil companies' CEOs to be tried for high crimes against humanity and nature.
- Heavyweight physics prof, David J C MacKay, crunches the numbers, then weighs in on climate and energy debate.
- Why 'gallons per mile' is a better way to think about your car's fuel efficiency.
- Photos suggest Google Street View is determined to violate eveyone's privacy.
- As numbers increase, blue whales deepen their pitch.
- 'Social Viagra': Pharmas working on new drug to combat shyness and social awkwardness.
- Scandinavian author, Margit Sandemo, talks about her extra-dimensional perception.
- M. Night Shyamalan and the Placebo effect.
- Night sky photographer documents secret satellites -- all 189 of them.
- Chickens unlock allergy secret. Now if they'd just answer that "which came first, the chicken or the egg" question...
- Carl Zimmer on why the octopus has made it into the journal Consciousness and Cognition.
- Amazing - animal feats.
- UK forces attack Taliban with thermobaric weapons -- which create a pressure wave that sucks the air out of victims, shreds their internal organs, and crushes their bodies.
Big thanks to Greg!
Quote of the Day:
What a pity that the human animal is not able to put his moral thinking into practice. ...I fear that machines are ahead of morals by some centuries and when morals catch up perhaps there'll be no reason for any of it.
President Harry S Truman, in his diary.
"We are now at a point where we must educate our children in what no one knew yesterday, and prepare our schools for what no one knows yet…"
- The Reality Test: How a team of physicists in Vienna is asking, 'Do we create the world just by looking at it?'
- Farewell to Gunter S. Stent, renowned scientist and molecular biologist who helped solve the mysteries of the gene and DNA alongside Watson and Crick.
- Just what is the Summer Solstice? Let N.G. do the talking...
- Will 'Nanonhorns' usher in a new wave of sci-fi medical tools?
- And you thought wireless groceries were just for the Jetsons…
- Researcher opens NASA's X-Files on the Kecksburg Incident.
- Rapid climate change may happen faster than anyone expects… More here, from the BBC.
- Notes on ‘How to talk to a Climate Change Skeptic’ -- A point by point guide.
- How the DARPA brain drain cost the agency $32 million.
- New competition to put homeopathy on trial…
- And from TDG’s Strange But True Files… Indian baby 'back from the dead'.
- Contrary to popular reports (including my own), the unknown Amazonian tribe that had no contact with the outside world has actually been under surveillance (from a distance) for years.
- Gastric bypass surgery as cancer cure? More proof that obesity now can lead to problems later (he says as he puts down the cookie)…
- Following up on a macabre story we first reported on in March (“Whatever you do, take care of your shoes”), another foot in a running shoe (minus the leg) has turned up in B.C. – the second this week… A little more here.
- Kittens off the hook as great marine mammal killers… Just watch out for those Toxoplasmosis-laden anchovies.
- Retreating Antarctic ice creates new threat to migratory whales. Like the deck isn’t already stacked against them enough?
Special thanks to TDG’s avatar (aka Greg)
Quote of the Day:
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world..."