”What we observe as material bodies and forces are nothing but shapes and variations in the structure of space.”
- Did consciousness create the universe?
- Solar polar reversal on the horizon.
- Jupiter’s Great Red Spot… unraveled?
- Watching 5 billion years on Mars.
- Exploring Phobos.
- Such a cute baby: The infant Milky Way.
- My god, it’s full of… black holes.
- Glimpsing Neptune’s 40-yr. seasons.
- Panpsychismand the birth of consciousness.
- Once in a while you get shown the light in the strangest places (if you look at it right).
- This is your brain... on friends.
- How the brain sees the unseen.
- Triangular UFO / UFOs, drones or budding sfx artist?
- MAVEN set to analyze Martian atmosphere.
- Sentenced to life on Earth?
- Mapping today’s forests for the sake of tomorrow.
- Observing photons without obstruction.
- The price of immortality.
- Man’s best friend for the last 18,000 years.
- The last unicorn?
- A rolling glacier gathers no moss.
- “Help me Obi Wan…” hologram at your fingertips… for 95k.
- Changing the shape of technology.
- Blowing the horn of Ragnarok?
- The nightmare fodder of shuttered toy factories.
- Wes Anderson & Jason Schwartzman, circa 1955 Italy.
- When manmade objects swarm.
- Need a keyboard tutorial? Look no further than the White Keys.
- This week’s evidence of the looming robot uprising… Bot shuts down NASDAQ.
Quote of the Day:
“Quantum physics thus reveals a basic oneness of the universe.”
Dear iPhone users: Prepare to be blown away by awesome 5D energy & Christian Bale rage.
- Rumors that Stuxnet has infected the ISS's computers are unfounded. Now, as for the astronauts downloading porn…
- Rise of the E-Tattoos: From Motorola's neck microphone to Google's lie-detecting ink, which one are you more excited to mock?
- Here comes the newest invisibility cloak. Stop teasing me & name your price, dammit!
- Elon Musk: "I'll build a Hyperloop if no-one else does." [Obligatory]
- "No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to dive!": Floating lab looks like the perfect villain lair.
- The (not-so-secret) abodes of secret societies. And if YOU want to join the world's most secret society, click here.
- Attending OTO's gnostic mass sounds a hell a lot more fun than going to an atheist megachurch --Just sayin'…
- It Just Is Media (podcast): A look into the Skinwalker ranch lore, along with an (anonymous) interview with a man who's lived near the ranch for 16+ years.
- Robert Bigelow wants a piece of the Moon! Wacky Ventura-like conspiracies in 3… 2… 1…
- Kennedy & Kerry: When politicians put themselves on the side of conspiracy theorists.
- First came the Northampton Clown, now comes um… Northfield's Absinthe Gurl?
- One good thing Family Guy *did* give us: The Carl Sagan papers.
- Ok, so what's the deal with this six-tailed, comet-like asteroid thingy??
- Radical teaching method could unleash a generation of geniuses in Mexico --something that would be against the interests of politicians, who prefer to deal with apathetic mediocres.
- In Japan, imperial protocol is more important than civilian protection.
- Vintage Bigfoot: The 1962 Nape photograph --in color!
- Red Pill of the Day: Poetic (Genomic) Justice --then again… maybe not?
Thanks to Rick & the members of the Android army.
Quote of the Day:
"Insanity is a legal concept; not a medical one"
Composer John Tavener has gone beyond the veil.
- The ancients had pyramids & stone circles, we have Star Axis.
- Preparing for first contact with aliens, sans Zefram Cochrane.
- In Kentucky, 1948, a pilot crashed his plane & died chasing a UFO.
- Former Canadian Defense Minister says US must openly discuss UFOs.
- Mirage Men down under? Boomerang-shaped UFO caught on film.
- A strange blue orb was also photographed the same night.
- Help purchase camera traps for snow leopard conservation.
- Oldest big cat fossil ever found discovered in Tibet.
- Genome of cave bear dead for almost a million years reconstructed.
- Zoologists looking for Tasmanian tiger have no doubt it's not extinct.
- Google Earth helps scientists find Mozambique's lost forest of Mt Mabu.
- The Khanyisa Psychoactive Healing Garden: an ethnobotanist's vision.
- Like Tibetan Buddhist mandalas, this experimental film will enfold you.
- Once considered fringe, lucid dreaming is accepted by TEDx.
- Respect my hamster ball & we'll get along just fine.
Quote of the Day:
To die will be an awfully big adventure.
JM Barrie, Peter Pan
Anyone had a chance to read my book Stop Worrying! There Probably is an Afterlife? Would love to hear your thoughts…
- Secretary of State John Kerry doubts that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
- How many astronauts believe aliens exist? All of them, according to Commander Chris Hadfield.
- Speak of the spacewalking devil: Chris Hadfield on beliefs, spirituality, and alien life.
- Zoologists hunting the Tasmanian Tiger declare they have no doubt the species still exists.
- Pseudoscientist Rupert Sheldrake is not being persecuted, and is not like Galileo. An article in which Jerry Coyne was apparently paid per use of the word 'woo'.
- And here's Daily Grail contributor David Metcalfe's response.
- Science and its skeptics.
- Physicists smash record for wave-particle duality, observing quantum superposition in molecules containing 5000 protons, neutrons and electrons.
- Fortean Times: 40 years of covers, in pictures.
- This is the box. The box of crazy.
- Stuxnet, a computer virus built to attack rogue nuclear plants, has infected the International Space Station.
- The world's hub for Spiritualism, captured in photos.
- Mystery of the Coral Castle explained.
- Autopsy of a sea monster.
- Archaeology, from spaaaace.
- The code of the conch: How the science of sound explained an ancient Peruvian oracle.
- Israel returns 90 stolen antiquities to Egypt.
- Porcupines found to attack in groups and stab their victims to death with their quills.
- 'Hidden caves' in the brain open up during sleep to wash away toxins.
- Meet the real life Magneto.
- The experiments most likely to shake up the future of physics.
- Atheist mega-churches take root across the world. NOT A SATIRE.
- Hundreds attend war veteran's funeral after word spreads on social media that he died without wife or children.
- Image of the Day: Mega-Saturn!
Thanks Kat and Richard.
Quote of the Day:
There’s a certain point in researching anomalistic science where the astute investigator realizes that the skeptical sub-culture is near illiterate in their understanding of cultural issues, and because of this, they, as a self identifying group, lack any discernment into the areas that they feel strangely compelled to mock, deride, dismiss and hoot at like drunken frat students who’ve been huffing dust off.
A summary of all the stories and news briefs posted on The Daily Grail over the past week - check 'em out if you missed any:
- News Briefs 04-11-2013 (Monday)
- Is There a Ghost in this Image?
- News Briefs 05-11-2013 (Tuesday)
- I'm Not Saying It Was Dentists, But…
- The Wisdom of Robert Anton Wilson: A Tonic For the Internet Age
- News Briefs 06-11-2013 (Wednesday)
- SIRIUSly? Art Bell Leaves the Air Waves... Again
- EdgeScience #16
- News Briefs 07-11-2013 (Thursday)
- Kickstarter: The Omega Point Project
- News Briefs 08-11-2013 (Friday)
- Keeping Up with the Open Mindians: Alejandro Rojas Takes the Kardashians to Area 51
- This is the Box. The Box of Crazy
Have a good weekend!
- This satellite is falling uncontrollably to Earth. But please remain calm.
- How quantum mechanics derives from a revolutionary new theory of information.
- The Survivorship Bias convinces people that psychics are real.
- Six-tailed comet or self-destructing asteroid? It's a comsteroid! We can only hope it develops now into a comsteroidnado...
- The wisdom of Robert Anton Wilson: A tonic for the Internet age.
- What's this? Oh nothing, just some guy flying around Mount Fuji in a homemade jetpack.
- Solved: Strange triangular object in NASA photo resurfaces.
- On this week's Binnall of America podcast UFO researcher Frank Feschino discusses his book Shoot Them Down, which details the 1952 UFO wave that spawned military orders to 'take down' the mysterious craft.
- While the latest Skeptiko podcast features an interview with UFO and alien contact experience researcher Mary Rodwell, examining the power of personal experience.
- Is there a ghost in this image?
- Issue 16 of the free magazine EdgeScience is now available.
- 39,000-year-old woolly mammoth found in Siberia to go on public display in Taiwan.
- Bilbo Baggins versus the Mongolian Death Worm.
- The mysterious tool-making culture shared by crows and humans.
- Pee, Robot? In the future, your urine might power robots.
- Mars iguana!
Quote of the Day:
Unfortunately Greg Taylor is not a scientist and has no science education.
Finally had the chance to see Gravity last week.
It was such a powerful experience, I completely forgot to feel some foolish nationalistic pride over the fact it had been directed by a compatriot.
But I'm sure the pride will return if the Academy doesn't give Cuarón the Oscar. You have been warned, Hollywood!
- Guess what, Dawkins? Turns out Genesis might have been right after all.
- A secret look into the late Arthur C Clarke's home in Sri Lanka.
- 1 in 5 stars in our galaxy have planets which could host life, new study finds.
- UFO sightings on the rise, 'thanks' to unmanned drones.
- Keeping up with the OpenMindians: Alejandro Rojas takes the Kardashians to a Dreamland roadtrip.
- Peer inside the Box of Crazy if you dare!
- The Grimerica Show talks to Robert W Sullivan IV, 32nd degree Mason & author of The Royal Arch of Enoch [Amazon US & UK].
MothraMothman sighting in Japan?
- Camp Century: The 'research' facility the US built in Greenland under the ice, whose real purpose was to store nuclear weapons.
- Thorium: The fuel of the future?
- Score 1 for Conspiracy theorists: Arafat may have been poisoned with radioactive polonium.
- Man, what DIDN'T kill King Tut??!
- Zana, the Russian Almasti captured in the XIXth century, had 100% Sub-Saharian DNA. Escaped slave, or remnant of an ancient tribe of humans?
- How English slowly became the (un)official language of Science.
- If all the ice in the poles melted, Florida would be swallowed by the sea --although perhaps many Americans would see that as an improvement…
- Red Pill of the Day: So long, Jar Jar!
Quote of the Day:
“The wish not to believe can influence as strongly as the wish to believe.”
Take a walk down an abandoned path leading to an unknown place.
- Graham Hancock says this short film is "extraordinary, amazing, disturbing, thought-provoking. [It] flashed me right back into some of my DMT journeys..."
- Prof David Nutt says drug laws are blocking critical medical research.
- We're about to lose Net Neutrality -- and the internet as we know it.
- CIA realises it's been using black highlighters instead of yellow or pink.
- A Romanian scientist claims to have developed
- The Myth of the Watchers: how angels saved Jewish mythology.
- A 2300-year-old colourfully decorated collar found in an Egyptian tomb.
- Beautifully preserved 1500-year-old elongated skull unearthed in France.
- Watertown cashes in on Area 51 & a witch's claims of a time vortex.
- Channel Islands ghost pig may be a wild boar that swam from France.
- As if paying tribute, a pod of orcas swam with a ferry carrying tribal artifacts.
- Heartbreaking photos of wildlife in captivity around the world.
- Mass killings can haunt elephants for decades.
- Nepal's 'bird brother' calls crow conferences to highlight conservation.
- Crows make tools, play tricks on each other, & caw in unique dialects.
- Hummingbirds create symphonies with their tail feathers.
- New research suggests big cats are prowling the British countryside.
- International team hopes to find evidence Tasmania's thylacine isn't extinct.
- 80-year-old man survives falling off a cliff while fighting a bear.
Quote of the Day:
The Atoms of Democritus
And Newton's Particles of Light
Are sands upon the Red Sea shore,
Where Israel's tents do shine so bright.
~ William Blake, Mock on, Mock on, Voltaire, Rousseau
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- China's Forbidden City was built with giant 'sliding stones' moved on paths of wet ice.
- Researchers say King Tut probably died in a horrific chariot accident, and then his dead body spontaneously combusted. It's good to be the king?
- The Tibetan Book of the Dead and modern accounts of death: A comparative analysis.
- Ian Stevenson's case for the afterlife: are 'skeptics' really cynics?
- Don't worry, be happy: There probably is an afterlife!
- Richard Dawkins outraged over having his honey confiscated at the airport; says "Bin Laden has won", then goes on a rant against the "idiots" of Twitter. Then when people make fun of him, retweets this message in support of himself. Gold!
- A blow to the New Atheism? Britain is losing its religion - but is becoming "spiritual" instead.
- Wikipedia: the only way to win is not to play.
- Deepak Chopra on the rise and fall of militant skepticism. And a counterpoint from skeptic Steven Novella.
- LBJ was the man who killed Kennedy.
- 'Paranormal radio' icon Art Bell quits his new radio gig just six weeks into his comeback.
- The latest Binnall of America podcast features David Acord discussing his new book When Mars Attacked, on the famous Orson Welles radio program based on The War of the Worlds.
- Some of the most plausible scenarios for alien civilisations.
- But what if alien civilisations Act like parasites?
- Extraterrestrials genetic code may be found in human DNA, according to scientists' biological SETI theory.
- Meet SR-72, the most astonishing airplane you'll ever see.
- India successfully launches its first mission to Mars.
- Astronomers find there are likely billions of habitable planets in the Milky Way galaxy.
- Mysterious lights on the ocean. Alien patterns. What's it all about? Squid.
- Forget the geeks…the crows might inherit the Earth.
- Electrical fireball glides along power lines (video).
Quote of the Day:
I have found that if you get astronomers and physicists drunk enough, you can get them to admit that what’s going on in the quantum field is not a hair’s breadth from metaphysics.
Home again, home again, jiggety jig. And now that I've finished finding your news, I'm off to read Russell Brand's 4,500-word manifesto for revolution.
- Mindful individuals less affected by immediate rewards: People who are aware of their own thoughts and emotions are less affected by positive feedback from others.
- Different DNA: Surprising variation among genomes of individual neurons from the same brain.
- Rare hybrid solar eclipse wows world.
- Volcanoes in Maine - yes, Maine - among Earth's biggest.
- 9,000-year-old painting of volcano linked to a real eruption.
- The kraken rises! New fossil evidence revives sea monster debate.
- Egyptologist finds evidence that 'King Tut' spontaneously combusted.
- Norwegian vikings purchased silk from Persia.
- Heinrich Mueller, the head of Hitler’s Gestapo secret police, was buried in a Jewish cemetery in Berlin in 1945, a German newspaper reported Thursday.
- German police recover 1,500 art masterpieces looted by Nazis.
- How did life begin on Earth? Texas paleontologist says he's found the biological 'Holy Grail'.
- 'Bread from air': It's 100 years since Fritz Haber found a way to synthesise ammonia – helping to feed billions but also to kill millions, and contributing to the pollution of the planet.
- New botox treatment for 'suicide' headaches takes only 30 minutes, and lasts 3 to 8 months.
- A study using DNA testing offers most credible evidence to date of adulteration, contamination and mislabeling in the herbal supplement industry: Americans spend $5 billion a year for little more than powdered rice and weeds.
- Jump-starter kits for the mind. More.
- Keep the mornings honest, the afternoons for lying and cheating: Harvard study suggests that we're more likely to be economical with the truth when our brain gets tired.
- Tail-wagging in dogs reveals more than you think - especially to other dogs.
- Octopuses are so smart they get bored. Octopuses are so smart, they don't just look at you, they stare you down.
- Russian shepherd, 80, kicks and headbutts attacking bear, which tosses him off a cliff – but he lives to tell the tale.
- Nine skydivers leap to safety, as one pilot ejects and other manages to land plane, after midair crash over Wisconsin.
- Scientific research provides tantalising evidence as to the existence of big cats stalking the British countryside.
- Three men arrested after accidental shooting during 'Bigfoot hunt'.
- 18 percent of Americans claim to have seen a ghost, 29 percent report contact with the dead.
- CIA made doctors torture suspected terrorists after 9/11, taskforce finds.
- No morsel too miniscule for all-consuming NSA.
Quote of the Day:
Contrary to what we once thought, the genetic makeup of neurons in the brain aren't identical, but are made up of a patchwork of DNA.
Fred Gage, Salk Institute researcher, here.