Blowjobs and elves.
- Weird things start to happen when you stare into someone's eyes for 10 minutes.
- Priceless treasure hoard found in 1st century grave of Sarmatian woman in Russia.
- First almost fully-formed human brain grown in lab, researchers claim.
- Why the world's remaining hunter-gatherer societies are some of the biggest pot smokers.
- Everything you've heard about chastity belts is a lie.
- 'Winged monster' rock art finally deciphered.
- If you go down to the woods today… watch out for Atlas.
- Searching for Doggerland.
- Our early solar system may have been home to a fifth giant planet.
- Butterfly wings offer clues to vastly improved solar power.
- More awe.
- Wikipedia is corrupting science with "blowjobs and elves".
- Did an ancient civilisation drive tanks and trucks in Turkey?
- Could Ancient Greek myths hint at contact with South America?
- How radio enthusiasts are listening to Earth's secret symphony.
Thanks to Greg.
Quote of the Day:
Heresies are experiments in man's unsatisfied search for truth.
H. G. Wells
Purists will probably hate it, but Harry Potter teaming up with Professor X with a 'Guy Ritchie's Sherlock' style treatment sounds okay to me for some Frankenstein-themed fun.
Or it could turn out like Van Helsing, so...
Here's a spectacular short clip of the Northern lights, as seen from the vantage point of the International Space Station. Just Wow.
The vid was recorded by NASA astronaut Scott Kelly during his 141st day aboard the ISS --only 222 more days to go, chief!
— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) August 15, 2015
With an office view like that, who would mind working inside a cramped, smelly room with NO cigarette breaks?
Just in case you forgot, we've got a spaceship in orbit around Saturn sending us back photos of everything it's seeing...
- Sinkhole discovered beneath Kukulcán's Temple at Chichen Itzá.
- Hy-Brasil: The legendary phantom island of Ireland.
- The Bologna Stone was a glowing mystery for 400 years.
- The 1000-year-old phone of ancient America.
- Ancient underwater plant 'could be world's first flower'.
- Whistled Turkish language is perceived differently by the brain than spoken language.
- Exposing pseudoastronomy: Richard Hoagland and his artificial artificiality.
- Batman impersonator killed after being struck by his Batmobile.
- The hippie who ate human hearts for Satan.
- Cancer-detecting dogs given approval for hospital trial.
- Expert says that AI probably won't kill us all. Well obviously, it's going to have to spare some humans for slavery purposes...
- Could this nanotech 'drinkable book' provide clean water to the developing world?
- Canadian company granted patent for space elevator. To 20km, just 80km short of space...
- When will the next solar superflare hit Earth? And here's what could happen...
- Apple is building a self-driving car.
- Image of the Day: Rare proton arc aurora caught on camera.
Quote of the Day:
Mind has come up with this brilliant way of looking at the world — science — but it can’t look at itself. Science has no place for the mind. The whole of our science is based upon empirical, repeatable experiments. Whereas thought is not in that category, you can’t take thought into a laboratory. The essential fact of our existence, perhaps the only fact of our existence – our own thought and perception is ruled off-side by the science it has invented. Science looks at the universe, doesn’t see itself there, doesn’t see mind there, so you have a world in which mind has no place.
The Yucatán peninsula enjoys a semi-tropical climate, yet despite its lush jungles potable water is rather scarce. That's why the ancient Mayas venerated cenotes, the natural groundwater wells formed in the limestone bedrock, as sacred places which could be used as conduits to the Underworld or Xibalbá. Indeed, archeological diving in recent years has found many artifacts which were thrown by the Mayas into the cenotes as offerings to the gods... including of course, human remains.
But now it seems that, for the builders of the famous ancient city of Chichen Itzá, one particular cenote held a special importance: Scientists from Mexico's National University (UNAM) have recently announced they have detected one of these natural sinkholes right underneath the temple of Kukulcán --also known as El Castillo-- worldly renowned for the incredible spectacle of lights and shadows formed at its stairways during the Spring equinox.
"Underneath the pyramid we detected a body of water surrounded by limestone, which indicates it's very likely [the temple] is seated over a cenote," said UNAM's Institute of Geophysics investigator René Chávez. The cavity was located indirectly through 3D electrical(resistivity) tomography, placing 96 electrodes around the pyramidal structure, which showed it had an approximate length of 30 to 35 meters, and a depth of 20 meters; the pyramid rises in one of the corners of this natural inner chamber, so there's no danger of collapse.
Chávez also mentioned that, prior to taking the readings on Kukulcán's temple, his team tested the equipment in another of Chichen Itzá's buildings: The pyramid of El Osario, also known as the tomb of the High Priest; interestingly enough, they managed to detect a similar well below this structure as well; the scientists think it's possible these two bodies of water could be connected through a subterranean tunnel.
It's interesting to note that in the Maya dialect used by the builders of Chichen Itzá, the name of the city means "at the mouth of the well of the itza" --itza means 'water sorcerers' and it's how the Maya group who inhabited the Yucatán peninsula in the post-Classic people called themselves.
The group of scientists have confirmed they will carry on a second field study in October, in which they will try to reconstruct the interior of El Castillo, and verify its constructive stages throughout history --Mesoamerican pyramids are like onions, with an original, smaller structure being covered by a newer layer after a given time period, usually concordant with the 52-year cycle in which the 365-day 'ordinary' calendar, and the 260 'sacred' calendar coincided, which was of significant importance for all the cultures of ancient Mexico.
More importantly, the researchers want to find out whether there's an actual passage connecting the cenote with the pyramid, which perhaps would help them understand "why the hell it occurred to them to build such a beautiful structure on top of that thing," as Chávez put it during the announcement.
My own personal speculation, is that for these 'water sorcerers' it was of vital importance to 'tap in' the energy flowing through these sacred wells. In my essay for the Intrepid magazine blog titled Across the Coils of the Feathered Serpent, I discussed how it is very likely the ancient cultures of Mesoamerica chose the placing of their temples, in accordance to the same rules followed by other ancient civilizations all around the world; rules Alfred Watkins re-discovered when he came up with the concept of Ley lines --which also seem to be somehow linked to the UFO phenomenon...
Like the waters contained in those sacred chambers to the Underworld, this new discovery will hopefully help the Truth keep seeping in through the dry cracks of Orthodoxy, and flow freely with a fresh understanding of our ancient past.
LINKS (in Spanish):
- Mayas construyeron pirámide de Chichén Itza sobre cenote
- Descubren un cenote debajo de pirámide en Chichén Itzá
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- Image of the Day: Greek laptop.
Thanks to @WeirdAustralia.
Quote of the Day:
You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.
Last month the 2015 Breaking Convention - a multidisciplinary conference on psychedelic consciousness - was held at the University of Greenwich in the U.K. Quite a few of our good friends were in attendance (some speaking/performing), and I'm thrilled to see that quite a few of the talks are now available on the Breaking Convention Vimeo Channel.
Above I've embedded Professor David Nutt's excellent talk about the need for changes in drug policy, not least to assist in medical research. Others available include Daniel Pinchbeck chatting about DMT entities, Dr Rick Strassman on Neurotheology and Kat Harrison discussing 'The Perception of Feminine Personas in Psychoactive Species'. If you're interested in the topics of shamanism and psychedelics, but couldn't make it to the conference, dig in!
A summary of all the stories and news briefs posted on The Daily Grail over the past week. Feel free to share anything interesting!
- The Heretic Volume 6
- News Briefs 10-08-2015 (Monday)
- First Trailer for HBO's Artificial Intelligence Series 'Westworld'
- News Briefs 11-08-2015 (Tuesday)
- Has an Egyptologist Discovered the Lost Tomb of Nefertiti?
- The USAF's New Fighter Jets Were Built Using Flying Saucer Technology
- News Briefs 12-08-2015 (Wednesday)
- Jane Goodall on the Advanced Mind and Emotions of the Chimpanzee
- News Briefs 13-08-2015 (Thursday)
- News Briefs 14-08-2015 (Friday)
Have a good weekend!
"The Tao is like a well: used but never used up..."
- Rogue supernovas and black hole slingshots.
- Gemini Planet Imager spots baby Jupiter. More.
- Natural resources reach tipping point.
- Does extinction augment evolution?
- When isolated tribes make contact.
- The pyramid of Ceres.
- Healing hertz and hurt.
- More on the healing power of music.
- Making painkillers from yeast.
- Tibet’s first civilization.
- Tapping into the universal code. No Babel fish required.
- Monkey see, monkey speak?
- The California’s drought has balls. With video.
- The sky is crying.
- In the battle of eagle vs. drone…
- The influence of Star Wars.
- Building Minas Tirith.
- This week’s evidence of the looming robot uprising… Bots building better ‘bots.
Quote of the Day:
“...It is like the eternal void: filled with infinite possibilities.”
Forget the Berenst#in Bears problem...was it Interview with the Vampire or Interview with a Vampire?
- FACT: The USAF's new cutting-edge fighter jets rely on flying saucer technology from the 1950s.
- Apollo astronaut says aliens tried to save America from nuclear war.
- Octopuses 'are aliens', scientists decide after DNA study.
- Brazil's mediums channel dead artists. Is it worship or just delusion?
- The long history of hacking into your own dreams.
- Ancient Arkaim is the Stonehenge of Russia.
- Russia bans all of Reddit based on a single thread with instructions on how to grow magic mushrooms.
- Anne Strieber, wife of husband Whitley Strieber and editor of his Unknown Country website, has sadly passed away.
- David Lynch will direct all of the new Twin Peaks as one long movie.
- Venomous cobra has two heads that fight each other.
- Thrift store find yields an astronomical mystery.
- Be careful, your love of science looks a lot like religion.
- Video of the Day: Elephant plays with a ribbon.
Quote of the Day:
Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.