- France has a dedicated state-run team of UFO hunters.
- Marijuana: gateway drug to the White House.
- Death isn’t scary if you’ve had a near-death experience.
- Hopi prophecy and the end of the world. Part two here.
- Did Bach’s wife compose some of his masterpieces.
- Examining SETI assumptions.
- The threat of alien
- Where does Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar sit in the sci-fi movie pantheon?
- Ridley Scott is producing a miniseries sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey.
- ’Hovering UFO’ found in 16th century painting in Romanian monastery.
- More Brits believe in aliens than in God.
- Dalai Lama enlightens and enraptures contemplative scientists in Boston.
- What happens when your friend’s smartphone can tell that you’re lying? Worse: what happens when your friend’s smartphone can vaporise you for lying?
- New technology shows nurses where your veins are. This is going to be huge in the vampire market. Heck, even vampire deer will probably come out of the woods looking for it...
- Deer with vampire fangs spotted for first time in decades.
- Promiscuous male birds eat poisonous beetles to rid themselves of STDs.
- Explaining the unexplainable: When logic fails, stories and superstitions prevail.
- The latest edition of the free PDF journal Paranthropology is now available.
- The Binnall of America podcast has wrapped up Season 8 with a two-parter: Adam Davies and Lori Simmons discuss a secret Bigfoot expedition, and David Paulides, author of the Missing 411 series of books.
- The science of Bigfoot.
- A portal to the real twilight zone is hidden in North Carolina.
- Hayley Stevens reviews the James Randi documentary, An Honest Liar.
- Australian man apologises for riding a whale carcass.
- Nazi-fighting bear to be commemorated in Scotland.
- Rare rainbow cloud spotted in Australia.
- Image of the Day: James Henry Breasted copying inscriptions in the Temple of Horus, 1906.
Thanks David and @tobadzistsini.
Quote of the Day:
We may disagree with James Randi on certain points, but we ignore him at our peril.
Well that'll teach me for going to work on Monday instead of calling in sick. I missed this spectacular cloud formation appear above my neck of the woods in Gippsland, Australia. The cat was home at the time though, and I bet she had something to do with it. Or God decided at the last second not to crush that house beneath His foot. However, the rare atmospheric phenomena has a more earthly explanation. Known as a Fallstreak Hole, or more commonly a hole punch cloud, it's formed by ice crystals that concentrate in one part of a cloud. ABC news has more photos of this stunning Gippsland hole in the clouds. And for all sorts of castles in the sky, check out the Cloud Appreciation Society's website.
I missed this beauty, but my luck was with me last year.
Via ABC news. Photo submitted by David Barton.
The latest issue (Vol 5, Number 4) of the free PDF journal Paranthropology ("anthropological approaches to the paranormal") is now available to download (or you can read it online via Scribd). Here's the complete rundown of features in the latest issue:
- "Differentiating Experiences from Events, and Validity from Authenticity in the Anthropology of Consciousness", by Stanley Krippner & Mark A. Schroll
- "Reflections on Methodological Concerns in the Anthropology of Consciousness: A Response to Krippner & Schroll", by Hillary S. Webb
- "Interplay of Perspectives in the Anthropology of Consciousness: A Commentary on Krippner & Schroll", by Susan Greenwood
- "Experiencing Dream Telepathy (Or Non-Local Memory): A Fifty Year Retrospective Autobiographical Analysis", by Mark A. Schroll
- "Psychic Dreams: Evidence, Transformational Process and Magical Thinking", by David Luke
- "Whose Dream Is It Anyway? A Commentary on Experiencing Dream Telepathy (or Non-local Memory): A 50 Year Retrospective Autobiographical Analysis", by Zelda Hall
- "Sacred Places and Home Dream Reports: Methodological Reassessments and Reflections on Paul Devereux’s Experiment in Wales and England", by Stanley Krippner & Mark A. Schroll
- "Geomantic Earthmind: Practicing Earth Yoga: A Response to Krippner & Schroll", by Bethe Hagens
- "Commentary: Barometers for the Anomalous? Dreams and Transpersonal Archaeology", by Ryan Hurd
- "Bohm’s Influence on Ullman’s Theory of the Origin of Dreams: Reflections and Insights from Montague Ullman’s Last Interview", by Mark A. Schroll
- "Dreaming, Ullman, and Bohm: A Commentary", by Daniel Deslauries
- "Epilogue: Toward a New Paradigm of the Varieties of Transformative Experience", by Mark A. Schroll & Darlene Viggiano.
- "Review: ‘Seeing Fairies: From the Lost Archives of the Fairy Investigation Society, Authentic Reports of Fairies in Modern Times’
by Marjorie T. Johnson", reviewed by James McClenon
In case you haven't read this great resource before, all of the previous issues remain available to download from the site as well. I know from experience the work that goes into doing something like this, so if you get something out of the journal make it your mission to throw some money their way with a PayPal donation. Even small amounts help!
Just looked back in the archives and found a post from me in 1999 in which I said I had run out things to say to introduce the daily news briefs. So you can imagine where I’m at in 2014…
- Will the Virgin Galactic crash set back space tourism? Also: investigators find that ‘feathering device’ on SpaceShipTwo was deployed before it should have been.
- The Zen of SETI.
- How on Earth can life depend on the seemingly delicate effects of quantum biology?
- Aerial images reveal mysterious ‘big circles’ in Middle East landscapes.
- First ever video shot inside the Amphipolis Tomb.
- Ancient Teotihuacan tunnel glitters like the night sky.
- The Leonardo self-portrait that was hidden from Hitler in case it gave him magical powers.
- A beacon in the land of the Pharaohs: what the Great Pyramid looked like more than 4000 years ago.
- Fresh off supporting evolution, Pope Francis says he’s also backing exorcism. Maybe he's just working his way through the alphabet… (the 'f's should be interesting!).
- Research shows that magic mushrooms create a hyperconnected brain.
- Meet the amateur sleuth who says he’s about to unmask the Zodiac Killer.
- Mystery drones breach airspace above seven nuclear reactors in France.
- Great balls of fire over India.
- The latest Mysterious Universe podcast investigates the dark age of Buddhist history in Tibet and Google’s new plan to cure your illnesses with nanotechnology.
- A Moon-walking army: Did Michael Jackson try to clone himself?
Quote of the Day:
Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain.
You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today.
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you.
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun.
Pink Floyd, ‘Time’
Deep beneath the Pyramid of the Plumed Serpent at Teotihuacan, Mexico, a 340-foot-long tunnel had been coated in a metallic powder that, when illuminated by torches, glittered like the starry night sky. Sealed almost 2000 years ago, and discovered in 2003, archaeologists have now completed their excavations of the tunnel, finding over 50,000 artifacts... and burial chambers they believe no one has entered since they were originally sealed. This could shed light on who built the awe-inspiring temple city, its origins shrouded in mystery and abandoned centuries before the Aztec found it. The Aztec named it Teotihuacan, which can mean "birthplace of the gods" in their Nahuatl language, although this interpretation is one of many.
The team are already planning to enter the chambers soon. Will they find royal burials? Or ancient aliens? Exciting times for Mexican archaeology! You can view photos of the site, with some of the artifacts, here. Archaeology Magazine also has a terrific feature on the thousands of years of history and mythology that lies buried beneath the streets of modern Mexico.
Via the Telegraph UK.
A summary of all the stories and news briefs posted on The Daily Grail over the past week. Feel free to share anything interesting!
- Revisiting the Age of the Sphinx Controversy with Robert Bauval and Robert Schoch
- Review - Constantine Pilot
- News Briefs 28-10-2014 (Tuesday)
- Kickstarter: Miskatonic West
- Ridley Scott to Bring the Life of Occult Rocket Scientist Jack Parsons to the Small Screen
- News Briefs 29-10-2014 (Wednesday)
- Conspiracies? LOL Shut Up!
- News Briefs 30-10-2014 (Thursday)
- A Beacon in the Land of Pharaohs: What the Great Pyramid Looked Like More than 4000 Years Ago
- News Briefs 31-10-2014 (Friday)
- A Moon-walking Army: Did Michael Jackson try to CLONE Himself?
- Review: Interstellar
Have a good weekend!
Christopher Nolan's Interstellar is a film that sits comfortably on the shelf next to its most closely related films; Stanley Kubrick's classic trip, 2001  and Robert Zemeckis' Contact . A little too comfortably actually, as it leeches ideas and material from both of these two major works of the "quasi-mystical space quest" SF sub-genre, mutating them to serve in its own plot.
Held against the recent piece of clear anti-space propaganda, the “life in space is impossible” of Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity, it functions as a much needed response, but overall comes off as a less focused work.
Starring Matthew McConaughey - who played a Christian philosopher in Contact and was most recently seen on TV's True Detective as the grim Rust Cohle, a role heavily influenced by the “cosmic pessimist” philosophy outlined in Eugene Thacker's book In The Dust Of This Planet - as Cooper: a former NASA pilot, engineer and reluctant farmer in a new Dust Bowl America of unclear proportions who is chosen by outside forces for a most optimistic cosmic, covert mission; to save the human race.
Put simply, it's not a great time to be alive. This is the near future of economic and ecological collapse and near-term human extinction; a similar setting to the recent Autómata. It's hinted that the Earth's population has been decimated, though no exact facts are given... in fact, the truth is a casualty of the times. One of the most powerful scenes early on involves an earnest young school teacher repeating the line of the 'updated textbooks': the Moon landings were faked in an effort to bankrupt the Soviet Empire by making it spend all its money on all that unnecessary spacecraft. This is a “caretaker generation” that has long since stopped looking at the Heavens and is focused purely on the dirt and the muck of Earth. No ambition (unlike the ESA), just grit-teethed, dumb-minded stoicism – as embodied in the film by Cooper's son.
Cooper's daughter, Murph, is a dreamer. Reading his old textbooks, getting into fights in defence of her beliefs, seeking the wondrous in the world. There's a ghost in her room that she's convinced is trying to tell her something. It's Coopers eventual interpretation of this message and act of faith in following it that sparks his quest to another galaxy, in search of a new homeland for his species.
This world’s a treasure that’s been telling us to leave for a while now.
Mankind was born on earth. It was never meant to die here.”
Without getting too much deeper in the details of the plot (trailer below) – they travel through ... Read More »
Probably the best way to start the Halloween festivities: A recent news spreading around the interwebs, that Michael Jackson spent millions of dollars before his untimely death in an attempt to clone himself. Just another WTF! myth to ensure his long-lasting cultural legacy, or does the story have any (dancing) legs?
According to author and UFO researcher Michael Luckman --who's no stranger to controversial allegations-- the King of Pop paid a fortune to Europeans geneticists, because his wish was that his clones would carry on his legacy after his death. From The Boys from Brazil to The Boys from Neverland!
Michael C. Luckman claims the information was given to him from the late celebrity fashion designer Andre Van Pier - who designed stage costumes for Jackson and his sisters.
Luckman told BANG Showbiz: ''Van Pier first learned of the futuristic cloning experiments and the secret sperm deposits from a close associate at a longevity centre based in Panama. Michael's enthusiasm for cloning began with the successful cloning of Dolly the Sheep and escalated following false claims by the Raelians, a UFO cult group with headquarters in Canada, that they had cloned the first human baby.''
Luckman, who has just finished his book 'The Battle for Michael Jackson's Soul', believes the cloning process could even be being carried out now.
The author says: ''Michael wanted this happen, and spent time and money trying to achieve his goal. We could see many dead stars resurrected with science. Canadian dentist Dr. Michael Zuk purchased one of John Lennon's teeth at auction and has announced plans to use the DNA from the tooth to create a perfect double of the former Beatle.''
It's a bit hard to take this story seriously; but even if Jackson did try to preserve his genetic material for posterity --and let's be honest, he wasn't particularly famous for making sound economic decisions with his money-- we know fully well that heredity plays only a part in the make-up of a human being. Even if you had a perfect genetic copy of Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley or even Jesus, that does not guarantee the clone would be able to replicate the accomplishments of its 'original'. Would Michael have agreed to submit his clones to the same pain and abuse he suffered himself as a child?
Personally, I prefer the fact that there will never be another King of Pop, and what better way to honor his memory, than to enjoy what still is the best, god-damned music video of all time?
Happy Halloween, Grailers!
”Man is the most insane species…”
- Parallel worlds.
- The beginning of life?
- Titan-ic sunlight.
- Manipulating light.
- Music for Gaia.
- Sending messages from now to then.
- Equality for man & monkey.
- NASA finally concedes to escape hatch.
- Is Deepmind just a pseudonym for Skynet?
- Earth’s ancient waters.
- Get out of my mind, Jobe.
- Antarctic melt could lead to global floods.
- When plants eat meat.
- Illuminating the dark side and a blue marble.
- Lego goes dark.
- The science of Interstellar.
- Tips for getting more treats than tricks.
- This week’s evidence of the looming robot uprising… Dr. Bot.
Quote of the Day:
“He worships an invisible god and destroys visible nature, unaware that this nature he’s destroying is the god he’s worshiping.”
Though I've never had the pleasure to visit Egypt and contemplate the massive splendor of the Great Pyramid (yet), modern tourists will never truly grasp why sheer size and geometric perfection weren't the only things that made this monument the biggest wonder of the Ancient World.
That's because what remains of the pyramid attributed to the pharaoh Khufu is now almost completely devoid of its outer layer of highly polished limestone blocks, which would have made it look shiny white to the naked eye, and easy to spot for many miles around - a vision Egyptologist Dr. Jacquelyn Williamson has tried to recreate using the magic of CGI for a documentary produced by the Smithsonian channel.
I hope the documentary remembers to mention an oft-forgotten aspect in the mystery of the Great Pyramid: that of the missing capstone, which some believed was made of pure gold -- and which was supposedly going to be replaced as part of a grandiose ceremony at the start of the current millennium.
Seeing how the structure was covered in a bright material such as limestone, it makes sense the top portion of the pyramid, which would have been hit first by the ray of the rising sun, should have been made of an equally-reflective or more reflective substance, in order to turn it into a beacon presiding over the land of the pharaohs, bringing forth illumination from the realm of the gods.
[H/T Fast Company Design]