Be nice to as many people as you possibly can. Lord knows, we all need it...
- The mind isn't locked in the brain, but extends far beyond it.
- There's no such thing as free will...but we're better off believing in it anyway.
- A rational nation ruled by science would be a terrible idea.
- On the flipside: religious extremists Daesh have been erasing Syria's rich cultural history, to the point of crushing mummies with bulldozers. We can only hope the Old Gods are displeased...
- Prehistoric tattoos were made with volcanic glass tools. Also: White walkers.
- Vatican unveils ancient frescoes that could show that women held power in the early Church.
- As the Earth's temperature continues to rise at an alarming rate, Britain faces the threat of catastrophic flooding.
- Over 100 years after the most powerful explosion in documented history, researchers are still trying to figure out exactly what happened at Tunguska.
- NASA lies about Jupiter probe, media swallows it.
- This planet with 3 suns shouldn't even exist.
- Ghostbusters, and why we like to laugh at things that go bump in the night.
- Fatality forces Tesla to confront the limits of their cars' 'autopilot' option.
- 'Vatileaks' pair convicted of leaking official documents about Vatican corruption.
- Wandering the labyrinth: monsters and magic.
- Kiefer Sutherland to resurrect his character in the Flatliners remake?
- Rat heart cells power robotic sting-ray
- This is your brain on silence.
Quote of the Day:
The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy; instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it...Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
A reminder: if you would like to be in the draw for a cool prize this month, offer some support as a 'Friend of the Grail' (e.g. by chipping in a few dollars a month to help keep our heads above water)...
- Scientists are teaching robots how to hunt prey. Because that's exactly what we need to do after previously doing this.
- DARPA goes full Tron with its grand battle of the hack bots. Never go full Tron.
- 'Hyperloop' connecting Helsinki and Stockholm turns a 300-mile round trip into a 28 minute ride.
- When artificial intelligence goes wrong, we won't be able to ask it why.
- Getting to know the machine elves: long-term immersion in the DMT realm through controlled intravenous injection.
- Some of the very best alien conspiracy theories.
- Who is this man who seems to die in every terrorist attack?
- Fortcast - a transmission of the strange.
- The great sulphur pyramids of Alberta dwarf the pyramids of Egypt.
- If we return Nazi-looted art, the same should go for empire-looted treasures.
- Why is there a seed vault in the Arctic Circle?
- How the American Pledge of Allegiance went from PR gimmick to patriotic vow.
- Scientist claims he's discovered a magnetic 'sixth sense' in humans.
- Image of the Day: The galaxy at the end of the ocean.
Quote of the Day:
One day the AIs are going to look back on us the same way we look at fossil skeletons on the plains of Africa. An upright ape living in dust with crude language and tools, all set for extinction
Nathan (Ex Machina)
Here and now:
- Possible remains of the Buddha found in China.
- Rock art on Danish island of Bornholm older than previously thought.
- Shaman woman's grave from 10,000 BC discovered in Galilee.
- Stone Age text links Australia to Europe: initial evidence for worldwide travel by an ancient Stone Age civilization.
- "Leaders of otherplanets are worried" - Confused EU President talks about extraterrestrials.
- Listen to the LHC’s weird, whale-like sounds.
- German 'Stonehenge' opens to the public.
- Scientists say Serpent Mound as old as Aristotle.
- What alien abductees’ stories tell us about humanity.
- Possible discovery of ancient mother and baby with elongated heads in Bolivia.
- Scientists warn of 'global climate emergency' over shifting jet stream.
- Massive 'lava lamp' blobs deep inside Earth have scientists puzzled.
- Single-celled organisms forced to play life-or-death Pac-Man.
- Stanley Kubrick's daughter has some choice words for moon landing truthers.
- A fifth force: fact or fiction?
Quote of the Day:
Time and space are modes by which we think and not conditions in which we live.
Juno insertion? Sounds like the worst movie prequel ever...
- Juno space probe successfully inserted into orbit around Jupiter.
- Here's what to expect from the mission now that Juno is in orbit around the biggest planet in our solar system.
- War, on drugs - using chemicals to get in a killing mood.
- How to spot alien life: new equation could help astronomers pinpoint planets that are home to extraterrestrials.
- China builds world’s largest radio telescope to hunt for aliens.
- Consciousness: the mind messing with the mind.
- As a psychiatrist, I diagnose mental illness. Also, I help spot demonic possession.
- Digital analysis of the Dead Sea Scrolls says Noah's Ark was a pyramid.
- Mining the treasures of the Antikythera.
- Prehistoric cave contains a hidden, 6000-year-old telescope.
- Woman arrested for threatening to kill Stephen Hawking.
- A strange case of consensual murder.
- Japan's first VR porn festival shut down, because too many people wanted to come. I did not write that headline, though I wish I did.
- Could cannabis cure Alzheimer's? Drug's active ingredient 'helps remove key toxic protein from brain cells'.
- 'Badass librarians' foil Al Qaeda, save ancient manuscripts.
- The occult returns to the art world.
Quote of the Day:
From out there on the Moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch.’
Edgar Mitchell (Apollo 14 astronaut)
Go commando? Boxers? Nah, I wear briefs. OH! I still got it!
- Ye olde Byggefoote ov the Tenth Century.
- Some folks see numbers as colors, others taste music, now there's sign-language synaesthesia.
- Contagious hiccups in Massachusetts.
- Fingers crossed that global warming is easily reversed like the Antarctic ozone hole which is rapidly growing smaller.
- Fred Flintstone's home discovered in glorious Mother Russia.
- Evidence builds in the case of the Chinese beating Christopher Columbus to America.
- Jaded city moths aren't attracted to bright lights.
- Plants can gamble. Y'feel lucky, punk?
- Adherents of reductionist materialism do their very best to explain near-death experiences. If only they'd deign to read Pim Van Lommel, Sam Parnia, or Greg Taylor.
- New gadget can facilitate human-firefly communication.
- Tabby's Star might be in the process of being sealed away in a Dyson Sphere. What about spotting stars that've already vanished from sight?
- The afterlife is eco-friendly, recycling souls throughout different cultures.
Thanks to Hayley Stevens, Rich Reynolds, and viewers like you.
"The fool who persists in his folly will become wise."
- William Blake
Weekend groove: Buffalo Daughter, Oui Oui.
- Digital analysis of Dead Sea Scrolls reveals Noah's Ark was a pyramid.
- Divers find more relics at the Antikythera shipwreck, but no more machines.
- Mysterious earthen mounds discovered in Cambodia using laser scanning.
- Graham Hancock talks about humanity's true origins and other Hancockian topics.
- The living dinosaur and the expeditions that didn't find it.
- Dr Beachcombing investigates the Norfolk shapeshifter. A 19th C. cosplayer?
- One of the Zimbabwe school kid UFO contactees speaks for the first time.
- NASA boss tells school kids extraterrestrial life exists, but not at Area 51.
- Sony is working on a robot that can form an emotional bond with humans. They should work on politicians first.
- Our personalities change over a lifetime, often for the better.
- The benefits of drinking coffee usually outweigh its risks.
- In Sidewalk Oracles, Robert Moss teaches us how to play with signs & synchronicity (Amazon US/Kindle).
- David Bowie's ESP tests with Laurie Anderson proved she could read minds.
Quote of the Day:
If voting made any difference they wouldn't let us do it.
~ Mark Twain
I'll be brief. Hehe, get it? Brief? 'Cause they're news briefs. Get me, I'm a reg'lar comedian here!
- This zoetrope is just too awesome for words.
- If robots are taking our jobs, should they pay taxes?
- I, for one, welcome our chatbot lawyer overlords.
- Are cruelty-free meat and leather around the corner? $40 million USD says "yes".
- Pressure from humans is forcing the evolution of new species, like this underground-dwelling mosquito.
- She's ba-aa-ck! Baba Vanga predicted the Brexit.
- 99.94% of near-death experiencers return with an overwhelming sense of kumbaya.
- Stephanie Kelley-Romano's listened to The Message Of Abductees, and they intersect at oblique angles with near-death experiences.
- How do mediums know so much about the lives of the dead? Are they sensing the Stories Latent in the Landscape, or do they have a hotline to the other side?
- Discover why ultra-powerful radio bursts are the most perplexing mystery in astronomy. Unfortunately the letters "E" and "T" aren't mentioned.
- Glow worms in New Zealand pretend to be stars to snag their next meal.
- Enjoy the music from Voyager's golden record. Here's the pygmy girl initiation song the uploader didn't include.
Thanks to viewers like you.
"Every day's a gift. It's just... does it have to be a pair of socks?"
- Tony Soprano
*Pops head out of reality tunnel*
*Ducks back in*
- Agnotology: culturally constructed ignorance wins the day.
- War of the certain: John Higgs interviewed.
- Why bad ideas refuse to die.
- Post Brexit, experts need to reassert their value to society.
- The lessons of a ghost planet: Vulcan shows us science beyond the scientific method.
- Am I living in a post-apocalyptic dystopian hinterland?
- Go on a ‘trip’ and cure your depression.
- The fascinating, strange medical potential of psychedelic drugs, explained in 50+ studies.
- Time is real. It’s space that’s bullshit.
- Pan’s portal?
- Pollution reaches Earth’s deepest trench — and never leaves.
- Ancient birds' wings preserved in amber.
- I, Snowbot.
- These people UFO so much harder than you.
- These otherworldly memorials commemorate famous UFO incidents in Europe.
- Who will debunk the debunkers? (via BoingBoing)
- David Bowie thought Laurie Anderson could read minds. (via The Anomalist)
- Auroras make weird noises, and now we know why.
Thanks to @catvincent
Quote of the Day:
Intelligence is the capacity to receive, decode and transmit information efficiently. Stupidity is blockage of this process at any point. Bigotry, ideologies etc. block the ability to receive; robotic reality-tunnels block the ability to decode or integrate new signals; censorship blocks transmission.
Robert Anton Wilson
- The sun has 'gone blank' for the second time this month. Here's what that means.
- Stephen Hawking warns of an 'artificial intelligence arms race'.
- Deathnauts: Strange scientific journeys into the afterlife.
- These people UFO so much harder than you. Wired throwing down the gauntlet to Grailers right there...
- The man who left his body.
- Spray and pray: Does intranasal oxytocin increase spirituality?
- Huge cache of ancient helium discovered in Africa's Rift Valley. Someone turn this into a comedy skit, stat!
- First telescope to track dangerous asteroids goes live in Russia.
- Prosecutor may use a 'witness' parrot's words as evidence in murder trial.
- An interview with John Higgs about Robert Anton Wilson, the KLF, and the cult of the individual.
- New evidence suggests that sperm whales form clans with diverse cultures and languages.
- Plants grown in simulated Mars conditions found to be safe to eat.
- Memorial planned for Isaac Newton would have eclipsed the pyramids.
- 30 years on, why is Jim Henson's Labyrinth so memorable?
Quote of the Day:
Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.
In case your day isn't turning out exactly as expected: a little perspective...
- Has an Australian researcher discovered the secret to Stonehenge?
- What caused the strange outbreak of 'dancing mania' that struck Germany six centuries ago?
- A mysterious medieval text, decoded.
- Steganography in the internet age: How a kitten video can transmit secret instructions to criminals.
- Pigs have a magnetic supersense.
- Smart bugs: some insects can count, recognize human faces, even invent languages
- Ancient insects carried corpses of their prey for camouflage.
- NASA considers turning Curiosity rover into a scout for water on Mars mountain
- Mysteries of space: 'Inverted crater' discovered on Mars.
- First science-backed anti-aging drug to be tested in humans next month.
- Chinese scientist may have an explanation for ball lightning.
- Forty people suffer burns during firewalk at seminar by motivational speaker Tony Robbins.
- Ready or not, companies will soon be tracking your emotions.
- Indigenous languages are dying in Canada. Here's how people are trying to save them.
- Devil names and Fortean places.
- A study in journalistic skepticism: cell phones and cancer.
- Video of the Day: As we approach the halfway point of the year, please watch this important, thoughtful documentary about 2016 so far.
Quote of the Day:
Everybody's got a little light under the Sun.