“The great cycle of periods is born anew.”
- Down the great spiral of existence.
- Thunderbolts and antimatter.
- A quasar quartet.
- Plight of the honeybee.
- Illuminating the dark side.
- Can you buzz your brain?
- Ant math.
- I’ll stop the world and melt with Antarctica.
- Identity of galactic murderer revealed.
- Fluffy galaxies.
- The Indiana Jones-ification of archaeology.
- This week’s evidence of the looming robot uprising… Huggable ‘bots.
Quote of the Day:
“Blessed is he who has been able to win knowledge of the causes of things.”
...Does this mean I get a refund?
- Roswell Slide Research Group (RSRG): "It's a mummy, dummy!"
- 3 members of the RSRG --plus one clueless Mexican-- go to Radio Misterioso to explain how they finally debunked the slides in about 10 minutes.
- Richard Dolan's final word on the matter.
- Chile's official UFO group misquoted re. the Collahuasi UFO [More here]
- I for one welcome our Ceresian overlords...
- Lamprey-like soft robot designed to explore the oceans of Europa. But what if native Europans find it tasty and/or attractive?
- The truth about the premiere date for the new X-Files show is out there!
- EsoterX: Why we abhor an anomaly.
- Dr. Stuart Hameroff: Do souls move between parallel universes after death?
- Has a Russian scientist managed to photograph a human soul? Our colleague Martin Clemens investigates.
- How the language you speak shape your view of the world.
- Stop worrying about brain-eating zombies. Worry about brain-eating amoebas instead.
- Forget Cohibas! What America wants from Cuba is their lung cancer vaccine.
- Glasses-free 3d holograms are coming to this galaxy faster than lightsabers and Deathstars --damned egg-heads and their wrong priorities…
- For all the positive change he wants to bring into the world, turns out Elon Musk is something of an a-hole…
- Red Pill of the Day: And the 2015 Darwin award goes toooooo… drunk guy chasing a bear in the woods with a dull hatchet!
Thanks to Paul Revans, Chuckycabra and the Roswell Slides Research Group (RSRG)
Quote of the Day:
"There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact"
~Arthur Conan Doyle
You cannot step twice into the same news stream...
- Dying trees can send food to neighbours of different species via ‘wood-wide web’.
- The end of science. Has cosmology run into a creative crisis?
- Scientists: Earth endangered by new strain of fact-resistant humans.
- Perhaps not so new, according to seventeenth-century mythbuster Thomas Brown's Pseudodoxia epidemica.
- Does life exist on ancient planets?
- New study presents evidence of extensive inbreeding among Ancient Egyptian royalty.
- Rogue antimatter found in thunderclouds.
- Bright spots on dwarf planet Ceres may be 'ice rinks'.
- Creepy 'death simulator' allows people to experience being cremated.
- Huge increase in patents for mind-reading tech.
- The Soviet military secret that could become alaska's most valuable crop.
- The secret of magic mirrors from the Far East.
- Planet Weird wants your paranormal paraphernalia.
Quote of the Day:
I only answer to two people, myself and God.
M. C. Escher
The release date has been set for Magicians of the Gods, the much-anticipated sequel to Graham Hancock's 1995 'alternative history' bestseller Fingerprints of the Gods - September 10 this year - and the book is now available for pre-order from Amazon US and
In a statement published at The Bookseller, Graham says:
When I published Fingerprints of the Gods in 1995 I didn’t expect the immensely enthusiastic public response to the book or the furious academic backlash that followed. Twenty years on, however, Fingerprints has weathered all attempts to ‘debunk’ it and powerful scientific evidence has emerged to support the case it makes for a great lost civilization destroyed by a global cataclysm at the end of the last Ice Age. It’s because this evidence is so compelling, and so new, with such revolutionary implications for our understanding of history, that I’ve written Magicians of the Gods.
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Christmas Festivus card to fellow skeptic & atheist Massimo Pigliucci for years now. The Professor of Philosophy & editor-in-chief of Scientia Salon isn't afraid to turn the blowtorch of skepticism on itself, and call out the double standards of those who lead and the blind faith of those who follow. Pigliucci recently published this op-ed piece, and it's well worth a read.
"Here's what I find unpleasant about SAM [skeptic and atheist movements]: a community who worships celebrities who are often intellectual dilettantes, or at the very least have a tendency to talk about things of which they manifestly know very little; an ugly undertone of in-your-face confrontation and I’m-smarter-than-you-because-I-agree-with [insert your favorite New Atheist or equivalent]; loud proclamations about following reason and evidence wherever they may lead, accompanied by a degree of groupthink and unwillingness to change one’s mind that is trumped only by religious fundamentalists; and, lately, a willingness to engage in public shaming and other vicious social networking practices any time someone says something that doesn’t fit our own opinions, all the while of course claiming to protect “free speech” at all costs."
Pigliucci might not be winning many friends in the skeptic movements; but I'm sure he's not losing any sleep over it because importantly, he's winning minds. With Dawkins embarrassing himself in recent years, PZ Myers getting sex wrong, and James Randi pooh-poohing actual science, it's little wonder many are tiring of their boorishness and hypocrisy.
Tip o' the hat to Rob Brezsny.
And to Greg who posted this in Tuesday's news briefs.
- Strange bright spots on dwarf planet Ceres come into sharper view.
- Egyptian animal mummy scandal. Does this mean undead animals have risen from the grave?
- Is there a real-life conspiracy about the killing of Osama bin Laden?
- Amanda Berry tells of the despair she felt when she watched 'psychic' Sylvia Browne tell her mother she was dead.
- Man behind new Roswell alien photos linked to string of alien hoaxes.
- An interview with parapsychologist Dr. Dean Radin.
- Reflections on the skeptic and atheist movements.
- Where have all the ghosts gone?
- The dawn of artificial intelligence.
- Stone circle on Dartmoor may be older than Stonehenge.
- Reverse-engineering a dinosaur from a chicken.
- Dust off your trench coat: the X-Files will return in January 2016.
- Video of the Day: It's the Goddamn Jetman.
Quote of the Day:
I'm not playing with death...I'm playing with life.
Jetman Yves Rossy
Join Jetman Yves Rossy and his protege, Jetman Vince Reffet as they explore Dubai WITH GODDAMN JET WINGS STRAPPED TO THEIR BACKS. Be sure to pump up the resolution and full screen it!
This better be ubiquitous wearable tech before I die...
If you're freaky, then own it...
- Exploring the link between autism and anomalous experiences. Related?
- Shock news! Popular 'brainpower boosting' electric brain stimulation method found to lower IQ scores.
- This 'Afterlife Experience' is everything that's wrong with Virtual Reality hype.
- Scholars to review immortality research (and debunk the NDE) in final conference.
- Black magic on Red Square: In Russia, there are more faith healers than professional doctors.
- Einstein, Gödel, and our strange experience of time.
- The unbelievable back-story of the 18-year-old classified ad seeking a time-traveling companion.
- Can we cure blindness by transmitting visual code directly to the brain, bypassing the eyes?
- Was the Loch Ness monster mythos inspired by an earthquake?
- More than 1000 UFOs were sighted over Canada in 2014.
- 'Roswell alien' photo likely a baby mummy.
- New evidence that ancient Chinese explorers landed in America.
- Stone bracelet dates back 40,000 years, making it the oldest ever found in the world.
- Tipón, Peru and the hydro-engineering marvel of the Inca.
- Image(s) of the Day: The forgotten pyramids of Meroe.
Quote of the Day:
Not all who wander are lost.
Since 1989, Ufology Research in Canada has collected UFO sighting data from active Canadian researchers, and each year has compiled it into an annual 'Canadian UFO Survey' and released it publicly "in an attempt to promote the dissemination of information across the field of ufology".
The 2014 report is now out, and it seems that - contrary to some media reports - UFOs are certainly not dead. 1021 UFO sighting reports were collected in Canada during 2014 - almost three a day - the third-highest number of UFO sightings recorded in the last 25 years.
Other interesting facts from the report summary:
- The Top 5 metropolitan areas with the most UFO reports are (in order of highest): Toronto, Vancouver, Hamilton, Calgary and Montreal (tie), and Edmonton.
- Although there has been a trend during the past 25 years of having more UFO reports received in the mid-summer months (corresponding to long nights and fair weather for observing UFOs in the night sky), 2014 was exceptional in that the was a marked peak in UFO reports in the early fall. In fact, almost 17 per cent of all reports in 2014 came in September, well above the average of 9.5 per cent for September during the past 25 years.
- In 2014, the average Strangeness rating of UFO reports was 4.26, well above the 25-year average of 3.5 and above last year’s average of 3.67. Strangeness measures the degree to which a UFO report is comparatively unusual, for example a simple light in the sky being 2 or 3, and occupants observed outside a landed craft being about 8 or 9 on the Strangeness ratings scale. The average Reliability rating was similarly up in 2014, suggesting more cases were of higher quality or were better investigated. Most UFO sightings, unfortunately, are not well investigated, leaving the field wide open for speculation and sensationalism.
- More than 47 per cent of all UFO sightings were of an object described as a “point source,” or starlike.
- The typical UFO sighting lasted approximately 13 minutes in 2014, comparable with other years.
Head over to the Ufology Research website for more details, and follow the links to dig into the data.
(h/t Chris Rutkowski)