Archaeology, UFOs, ghosts, and Middle Eastern crises: plenty for everyone.
- A new book claims Merlin was from Glasgow. Finding Merlin by Adam Ardley (Amazon US or UK).
- The Burning Man Festival has suffered a setback, after the 40-foot-tall Man was set alight and the person responsible arrested.
- A Viennese pathologist claims Beethoven's physician accidentally overdosed him with lead.
- Czech archaeologists will use radar to avoid a 400-year-old Bohemian curse. It turns you into a clove-smoking poet.
- Excavations of a 14th century Anatolian monastery provide insight into the Seljuk period.
- A very special archaeological site is the key to unlocking the complex mystery of Kings Solomon and Hiram.
- Undersea explorer Robert Ballard has found a treasure trove of Byzantine artifacts while testing new technology in the Black Sea.
- We've been dropping messages in bottles since 310 BC, but what's become of the ones NASA launched into space? Sending out an S.O.S...
- NASA has found no evidence of heavy drinking before space missions in the past 20 years, and many astronauts are pissed off at the accusations.
- Luke Skywalker's lightsaber will fly aboard the October shuttle mission. Hooray for the inanimate carbon rod!
- Scientists will study the atmosphere and surface of Venus with a balloon.
- Was there a confluence of balloons, missiles, test dummies, and two extraterrestrial vehicles at Roswell, confusing everyone?
- Clark C. McClelland, former ScO Space Shuttle Fleet 1958-1992, says Werner Von Braun was at Roswell during the UFO crash.
- A report by two Russian UFO investigators reveals there were very few alien abductions reported in the former USSR. An extraterrestrial glasnost.
- When the sun goes down over the Banni grasslands, mysterious ghost lights dance and lead the unwary astray.
- If you enjoyed Greg's excellent interview with Deborah Blum, here's an About dot com conversation with ghost expert and clairvoyant Melba Goodwyn.
- Melba Goodwyn's brilliant book Ghost Worlds is available from Amazon US and her publisher Llewellyn.
- Where do we go when we die: an excellent article about Australians investigating life's great mystery.
- Two of China's main rivers are so polluted, they're unfit for human contact.
- Former Middle East CIA Operative Bob Baer says he's been told the USA plans to attack Iran later this year.
- Dubya gives a speech about Iran's "murderous activities" threatening to place the Middle East under the shadow of a nuclear holocaust.
- The US military has scored an own goal in Afghanistan by distributing soccer balls stamped with "Allah".
Quote of the Day:
No one can predict how deep the decline in Western economies that is underway will go, because there is so little transparent information. Within the U.S., the government is hiding the severity of the crisis in order to prevent a collapse of consumer confidence.
from an article by Richard C. Cook for Global Research, August 28th 2007
It’s official. The moon is gay.
- Lost city of Mu found.
- $4.5 Billion bet on another 911 within 4 weeks.
- Mars direct.
- Graphic changes to rings on Uranus.
- Evolution balls up.
- Scars of evolution: the aquatic ape hypothesis.
- Footage of airplane struck by lightning.
- Superstition blamed for killing thousands of black cats in Italy.
- Frozen bacteria repair own DNA for millennia.
- Expanding earth debate. Part 1, part 2 and part 3.
- Great wall mark two in Iran.
- Jupiter’s protective pull questioned.
- AIDS is caused by HIV: it is an established fact beyond any reasonable doubt. Here is the reasonable doubt.
- Mystery of the black triangle UFOs.
- I’m no conspiracy theorist, but…
Quote of the Day:
I daresay one profits more by the mistakes one makes off one's own bat than by doing the right thing on somebody else's advice.
W. Somerset Maugham
Are you being targeted by the perps? I'm pretty sure they've been dogging me for decades.
- The soil on Mars may indeed be teeming with microbes, according to a new interpretation of data first collected more than 30 years ago.
- Your guide to Tuesday's total lunar eclipse.
- Astronomers astounded by hole in the Universe. More. Yep, Captain Janeway had a heck of a time getting Voyager through one of those voids.
- Moon meteorites may hold clue to how life began on Earth.
- Guitarist and songwriter Brian May has completed his doctorate in astrophysics -three decades after he put academia on hold to form the rock group Queen.
- Archaeologist claims to have found famed lost city of Apollo on a ridge overlooking Stonehenge.
- Find of 700 Yorkshire skeletons deepens the mystery of medieval roundheads.
- Underwater caves may house a wealth of pre-European archaeological treasures, say Australian researchers.
- Letters reveal that Mother Teresa was tormented by a loss of faith. More.
- The science of out-of-body experiences.
- Human-derived stem cells can repair rat hearts damaged by heart attack.
- Babies born in June and July have a 24% greater chance of becoming severely myopic than those born in December and January.
- Mobile phones used to call owls. More importantly, the owls call back.
- Quest for ivory-billed woodpecker is worth the expense.
- The wild world of animal prostheses.
- China’s pollution problem has shattered all precedents.
- Pac-Man-like game that delivers electric shocks to gamers reveals the brain's reaction to danger.
- Award-winning filmmaker and libertarian political activist Aaron Russo died of cancer Friday. This webpage includes Russo's recent films Mad as Hell and America: Freedom to Fascism.
- Iraq whistleblowers are vilified, demoted, fired and treated like criminals.
- WikiScanner has discovered that American Airlines changed their Wikipedia entry to state that Flights 11 and 77 were not scheduled to fly on Sept. 11, 2001. Care to hazard a guess? Winston rectifying the past, hackers, disinfo, truth?
- Pwnage news: Data mining may well be replacing intuition, but that pales in comparison to the ambitions of Omneuron. Literally sounds ominous, doesn't it?
- A subterranean artifact in Slovakia.
- Former U.S. military commander says elites hide knowledge of, and contact with, extraterrestrials civilizations from humanity .
- Jimmy Carter's UFO experience suggests the 'Security and Prosperity Partnership' has possible extraterrestrial association.
- Is Russia researching mind control?
- From the world of psychic spies, paranormal goat killers, and Skinwalkers haunting remote regions of Utah, something wicked and wacky this way comes (scroll down), with government trying to use psychic spies to tap into the collective unconscious, where brains meet branes.
- Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean you're not being targeted by the perps. More. Humm, a few of these ...uhh ...'coincidences' are eerily familiar.
Quote of the Day:
I froze in amazement - there stands something like a large, black silo framed in white limestone formations. It is a glass-smooth flank of a seemingly man-made structure. Even the thought of a tower-sized artifact embedded in rock in the middle of an obscure mountain is bewildering.
Antonin T. Horak's Diary, October 23, 1944, quoted from 'A subterranean artifact in Slovakia'.
A shout-out to my big sis for her very big birthday yesterday...
- Sleight of mind: the magic of consciousness.
- Spooks vs psychics: who predicted 9/11 better? I think PNAC trumps them both.
- Space.com has a review of the recent MUFON conference.
- Former US military commander says an elite hides evidence of extraterrestrial contact.I wouldn't trust those former military commanders, they say all sorts of crazy things about Iraq...
- New study says Martian soil may contain life. Someone else says 'bogus'. And so it goes on...
- Perhaps the Mongolian Death Worm originated on Mars...
- Astronomers find gaping hole in the Universe. It's on God's to do list.
- The race to mine the Moon.
- John Carmack's Armadillo Aerospace suffers a crashing setback.
- Cold fusion heretics keep the research coming.
- Scientists investigate physics behind invisibility cloaks. Stupid muggles.
- More on the story about the Clovis culture comet mentioned previously.
- Mayan monuments escape the wrath of Hurricane Dean.
- German returns cursed Pharaonic carving to Egyptian embassy.
- Inside the Chinese Emperor's underground palace.
- Controversial scholar claims modern culture was born in the foothills of the Alps.
- Unravelling the mysteries of ancient human migrations.
- Seahenge saga comes full circle. With video.
- Report says Tara ruins must be preserved.
- A last chance to see the Dead Sea Scrolls.
- The secret history of the Nazi mascot.
- Sony develops bio battery powered by carbohydrates. Matrix, here we come.
- Underwater turbines to generate record power.
- Scientists ask: where have all the dolphins gone? Standby for a lot of news stories titled "So long and thanks for all the fish".
- 'Alien' creatures found on deep-sea mountain range. With images.
- Fact or fiction: Can an opera singer's voice shatter glass?
- Sasquatch chronicler John Green turns 80.
- Scientists drug-test whole cities.
Quote of the Day:
I think the very rigidity of science has made it an incredibly powerful investigative tool into nature - we reap the benefits of that daily. But that same exclusivity has made it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to do major investigations of some very important questions.
Crayola's 'magenta' has been my favorite color since grade school. According to new research, it's a predictable preference.
- With a top speed of 40 mph, the fastest creature on two legs was a tiny dinosaur about the size of a small cat.
- Researchers in Ethiopia say fossils of ancient ape suggest humans and apes may have split much earlier than previously thought.
- Boys like blue, girls like pink -- it's in our genes.
- Ancient Egyptians' tax burden revealed.
- Found in Australia, the world's oldest known diamonds - almost as old as the Earth itself - could hold the key to how the planet's crust evolved.
- Controversial new study claims ocean-like waves on the Sun may cause tiny tremors on the Earth - and could even cut off mobile phone calls.
- Sun's temper blamed for loss of water on Mars.
- 'Cosmic train wreck' may derail theories of dark matter.
- Google Earth's 'Sky' to give stargazers a celestial view.
- In search of interstellar dragon fire.
- Pinhead-sized fossils buried deep under the ocean show that glaciers did not coat the poles 41 million years ago.
- Is a perfect invisibility cloak theoretically possible?
- Cosmic Log: Fuel cells in your future.
- Human brains learn better at night.
- Milestone in the regeneration of brain cells. Hotdamn, there's hope for me yet!
- Excessive noise causes thousands to prematurely die from heart disease.
- Accused of murder at the height of the post-Bolshevik Revolution Red Scare, Italian-American anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were executed eighty years ago today. Protests against their execution rocked every major city across the world. Bruce Watson's Sacco and Vanzetti: The Men, the Murders, and the Judgment of Mankind is available at Amazon US & UK. Trailer for the documentary Sacco and Vanzetti (DVD, Amazon US & UK).
- Mata Hari, the most notorious female spy in history, was only interested in one thing -- and it wasn't espionage. Thirty years after her execution, one of her prosecutors conceded the truth: 'There wasn't enough evidence to flog a cat.' Pat Shipman's Femme Fatale: Love, Lies, and the Unknown Life of Mata Hari is available at Amazon US & UK.
- The CIA's withering 9/11 intelligence report.
- Alex Jones says the History Channel's 9/11 Hit Piece is full of dirty tricks, malicious lies, and journalistic fraud.
- An excerpt from William Gibson's Spook Country (Amazon US & UK).
- Italian serpent symbolism is strikingly similar to the Mayan's Quetzalcoatl mythology.
- The latest threat from China: toxic clothing for children.
Quote of the Day:
I champion the weak, the poor, the oppressed, the simple and the persecuted. I maintain that whosoever benefits or hurts a man benefits or hurts the whole species. I sought my liberty in the liberty of all, my happiness in the happiness of all. I wanted a roof for every family, bread for every mouth, education for every heart, light for every intellect. I am convinced that human history has not yet begun, that we find ourselves in the last period of the prehistoric. I see with the eyes of my soul how the sky is diffused with the rays of the new millennium.
Anarchist Bartolomeo Vanzetti
Diversity without too many platitudes. Post your bs.
- Is this the end of English literature?
- Modern cosmology: science or folktale?
- Rare dead star found near Earth.
- Scientists hail frozen smoke as a material that will change the world.
- The expanding Earth debate: part 1.
- Modelling the Earth's climate mathematically is hard already. Now a new difficulty is emerging.
- We’re not from here.
- Where is the rest of the universe?
- Social psychology, religious belief, censorship and the Holocaust.
- Risky business: gene therapy.
- Drug found to erase memory in rats.
- Were ancient seafarers living on the Queen Charlottes islands 16000 years ago?
- Is there a theory of everything?
- How ads affect our memory.
Quote of the Day:
Platitude: an idea (a) that is admitted to be true by everyone, and (b) that is not true.
Rain here today. It's been so long, such a beautiful sound...
- Space shuttle Endeavour undocks early from the ISS to try and beat Hurricane Dean to Houston.
- We are the Blade Runner generation. Except for Harrison Ford, he's a bit too old...
- Also: artificial life likely in 3 to 10 years. Michael Prescott comments on his blog.
- Double also: the return of Philip K. Dick.
- Spooks in space: what are the chances that an everyday object could suddenly appear out of thin air? Teaser available, but subscription to New Scientist needed for full access.
- Woman hears voices - with a speech impediment.
- Were earthquake lights recorded on video during the recent Peruvian quake?
- And were UFOs flying around as far back as 1897?
- More cool CG UFO hoaxing. Nice eye candy.
- Can fat be fit?
- Surviving immortality: just getting to the Singularity is the hard part.
- Robot wars are a reality.
- Probably confirming what many of us think, it appears that paedophiles have less grey matter. The discovery could have legal implications.
- NASA off by 64 years on hottest year claim.
- 'Volcano cure' for Global Warming? Not so fast...
- Hunting the elusive Tasmanian Tiger.
- Darker fruits may fight cancer.
- A Minnesota mystery: the Kensington Runestone.
- Underwater archaeologists search for mythical city off coast of India.
- Student finds Neolithic chewing gum.
- Meet the devil worshippers of Iraq - the Yezidi.
- Napoleon's death mask not his. You mean...Napoleon's alive!?!
Thanks Kat and Ross.
Quote of the Day:
The deadliest enemies of nations are not their foreign foes; they always dwell within their borders. And from these internal enemies civilization is always in need of being saved. The nation blest above all nations is she in whom the civic genius of the people does the saving day by day, by acts without external picturesqueness; by speaking, writing, voting reasonably; by smiting corruption swiftly; by good temper between parties; by the people knowing true men when they see them, and preferring them as leaders to rabid partisans or empty quacks.
So much of interest to learn about, so little time on this Earth...
- It's life Jim, but not as we know it - scientist find 'life-like' attributes to dustclouds in space.
- German physicists claim to have broken the speed of light, violating Einstein's theories.
- First genome transplant turns one species into another.
- William Gibson talks about the future past.
- Is dying star with comet-like tail laying seeds for planets?
- As the 'Wow' signal turns 30, SETI's Seth Shostak says (say that 3 times quickly) the Allen Telescope Array will reinvestigate the 'signal'.
- Jerry Bruckheimer to go treasure hunting in new series for CBS.
- Efforts continue to secure the future of the Miami Circle.
- Excavating the tomb of King Midas.
- First churches of the Jesus cult.
- Lunar Ark proposed in case of deadly impact on Earth.
- Sharks found to have genes for fingers and toes. In their stomach perhaps...
- Ice cap meltdown could cause 22ft floods.
- Fickle ocean current foils climate modellers.
- 'Elixir of life' could soon be available by injection.
- Ten unsolved mysteries of the brain.
- Newton scooped by subcontinent scholars: key mathematical concept for one part of calculus was identified by scholars in southwest India in around 1350. Dr. Joseph's book The Crest of the Peacock: the Non-European Roots of Mathematics is available at Amazon US & UK.
- If you're looking for God, you might like to check your egg-plants. Those sneaky deities sure find good places to hide...
- Sasquatch hunter hit and killed by automobile.
- It's not just cats that have the skill - 'Grim reaper' dog senses nursing home deaths.
- Pwnage news: surveillance cameras plus high-tech facial recognition software to track suspects in China.
- Stranger than fiction, funnier than home videos: A look at the Annals of Improbable Research.
- Are giant octopi eating swimmers in Oklahoma's lakes?
Thanks Kat and Ross.
Quote of the Day:
Only puny secrets need protection. Big discoveries are protected by public incredulity.
Nietsche vs Dawkins - now *that* would be an interesting debate...
- Robert Bigelow to skip a step in his grand plan for a human-ready inflatable space habitat - the new schedule could see success within 3 years.
- Revisiting the 'wow' signal, thirty years later.
- Did life begin in space?
- Neil Spencer, astrologist for The Observer, makes some excellent points in his commentary on Richard Dawkins' new series The Enemies of Reason.
- Can a blind psychic see into the minds of murderers?
- Hearing voices in your head has been common throughout human history. Muses, Madmen, and Prophets, by Daniel B. Smith, is available from Amazon US and UK.
- Nick Redfern obviously has access to the extra 12 hours in each day that I've been searching for - he now has a conspiracy blog ('Night of the Living Jackboots') to go with UFO Mystic and There's Something in the Woods.
- Abraham Lincoln was a two-faced...ah, seems he was just two-faced.
- Monkeys learn math for peanuts. With video.
- Behold, the sublime beauty of sweat.
- In search of the biggest thing in physics.
- Physicist says Hollywood movies hurt students' understanding of science. I'm more worried about their understanding of good scriptwriting.
- The New York Jets listen to Mozart to improve their ball skills - but are they relying on discredited junk science?
- Does a mysterious creature live in the depths of Cameron Lake?
- Viking ship completes 1000 mile journey.
- Angkor Wat collapsed due to pollution of its water system.
- Intact 2000-year-old Etruscan tomb discovered. Intact until now.
- Does the Lost City of Apollo lie beside Stonehenge?
Quote of the Day:
Do you believe that the sciences would have arisen and grown up if the sorcerers, alchemists, astrologers and witches had not been their forerunners; those who, with their promisings and foreshadowings, had first to create a thirst, a hunger, and a taste for hidden and forbidden powers? Yea, [and] that infinitely more had to be promised than could ever be fulfilled?
Can the internet spring a leak? I have no idea how my house used up 12gig in one month. Wait a second, the cat told me about the cheese article...
- Experts have unearthed a 5000-year-old Neolithic settlement in the Orkney Islands as important as Skara Brae.
- A 13000-year-old carving discovered in a cave is being hailed as one of the most significant examples of prehistoric art ever found in Britain.
- A 2300-year-old Persian cup may be decorated with the world's oldest animation. Watch video of the cup in motion while you ponder cave-art as manga.
- NASA technology has revealed the ancient site of Angkor was once part of an urban settlement the size of London.
- Another article about the discovery, asking why this ancient Cambodian capital disappeared.
- Google maps of Sydney have been blurred and censored in preparation for September's APEC summit. Now we'll never know why Dubya crossed the road.
- Media commentator Joe Bageant discusses the holographic nature of American media, and how to see through the illusions.
- Australian police cars go high-tech. They don't hover or fire lasers, and still guzzle fossil fuels.
- A flexible paper battery slightly larger than a postage stamp can only produce 2.3 volts, but the future is bright.
- The decapitated head of a snake has bitten a man.
- Infrared video of California squirrels intimidating rattlesnakes by heating their tails. Another century of evolution and they'll fire laser beams from their eyes.
- The strange tale of Gef the talking mongoose.
- New research says the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant has not created a wildlife haven like previous studies have claimed.
- Teaching parapsychology in higher education makes Dawkins choke on his tea, and writing an article about it gets you abuse and ridicule.
- Nick Redfern highlights an extract from the report of a UFO encounter involving the British Police Force, thanks to the Freedom of Information Act.
- Story (with video) of the UFO symposium in Denver that Kat didn't go to.
- Balls of light are being seen across the UK, but not all can be explained as super-heated plasma.
- The science of dreams and cheese-based hallucinogens. Monty Python's cheese shop sketch takes on a whole new meaning.
- Mushrooms are packed with Vitamin D. I'm a smurf with mushrooms.
- Archaeologists say they've uncovered evidence of the world's biggest prehistoric brewing industry in Ireland. They're at the pub right now, researching.
Thanks Greg, Kat and cat.
Quote of the Day:
This 'flying saucer' situation is not at all imaginary or seeing too much in some natural phenomena. Something is really flying around. The phenomenon is something real and not visionary or fictitious.
Gen. Nathan Twining, Chief of Staff US Air Force (1953 - 1957)