I'm baaa-aaack! TDG will be back on normal transmission from today, although things may be a little rusty - especially considering Rico's computer has blown up and Bill has decided to bow out from TDG duties to spend more time ranching in Texas. I'm sure all will join with me in wishing Bill the best, and also thank him for the wonderful input he's provided here at TDG over the years. We'll miss you Billy boy!
Meanwhile, Robert Bauval's webmaster Fuzzy sends word that RB's website can now be found at www.robertbauval.co.uk, not at www.robertbauval.com. No doubt things will be hotting up over there as the countdown begins to the release date of RB's new book The Egypt Code (March 2006). As usual, we'll keep you up to date with any developments.
Okay, now I need to get a serious cup of coffee and set to work on this nasty email Inbox that's facing me...
Happy New Year! Still, I picked the wrong time to give up sniffing glue.
- NASA team sees explosion on the moon.
- Has rapid climate change been halted?
- The Muslim brotherhood, the NAZIs and Al-Qa’ida.
- The prophecies of Mitar Tarabich.
- Earth may have formed in the wink of an eye.
- More birds affected by pole shift.
- More things in heaven and earth.
- Talking Elmo book has adult theme. Elmo was not available for comment - he didn’t have a hand up his arse.
- The Dad difference. Why you little…
- The origins of Doomsday anxiety. Ask Elmo…
- The picture that won’t go away.
- Bush defends eavesdropping amid calls for testimony.
- Mount St.Helens releasing lava at an astonishing pace.
- US prepares Iran strike according to German media.
- Mystery spot of Santa Cruz solved.
- Partial ingredients for DNA and protein discovered around a star.
- Surprising saffron.
- Building a better TARDIS.
- Halting exploding lakes.
- Sun fuels climate change.
- The origin of species.
- What is your most dangerous idea? 100 thinkers answer.
Quote of the Day:
Observe always that everything is the result of change, and get used to thinking that there is nothing Nature loves so well as to change existing forms and to make new ones like them.
Humm, maybe an aerial view would be more enlightening... Let's all take a flying leap into 2006.
- Cryptographers claim to have broken the code on the cover of The Da Vinci Code.
- Underwater Mayan-like Pyramids Found in Southern China.
- As you can see for yourself in The Past From Above: Aerial Photographs of Archaeological Sites (Amazon US & UK), aerial views let archaeologists see things that aren't obvious from the ground.
- Obelisk, new finds unleash debate over Aksum in Ethiopia.
- Near-complete Titanosaurus discovered in Argentina.
- Newly released papers show Churchill wanted Hitler executed.
- In Ancient Egypt, dwarfs commanded respect.
- Ancient Egyptians sought 'epiphany' on New Year's Day by drinking beer til they passed out.
- Geologists are baffled by volumn of lava at Mount St. Helens.
- Tsunami warning hits U.S. West coast.
- Physicists keep faith in constants.
- Fairy Tale Physics: Myths and Legends Explained.
- Chandra looks back at the Earth.
- Why We're Going Back to the Moon.
- Their warranty expired long ago, but NASA's twin robots are still motoring around Mars.
- Hyperbaric oxygen treatments found to mobilize stem cells.
- The 50 Best Robots Ever.
- Technology's 2005 turn to the dark side.
- Sighting gives Malaysia bigfoot fever. National Parks director willing to collaborate on scientific study to verify creature's existence. Humm, hair reeking of body odour recovered...
- Best of the weird: Woman marries 'Israeli' dolphin. With photo.
- For Rico: China sacks officials after pollution riots.
- Was it UFOs? Mystery haunts Colorado's eastern plains.
Quote of the Day:
Wow! Brazil is big.
George W. Bush, after being shown a map of Brazil by Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
Happy New Year to all, welcome to another year at the Grail! Just stopping in quickly before the big drive to get home, and thought I'd pass on a worthy link. In 2005 we featured a number of links to excellent audio interviews at Binnall of America - they posted a new one on Xmas Eve with Stanton Friedman on all things Roswell, as well as related Ufology subjects.
While there you may also enjoy checking out Binnall's 2005 Coastie Awards, which takes a look at the best shows presented by Coast to Coast AM this year. And you can't go past the 2005 Hoags to Hoags count, which lists the number of appearances by Richard Hoagland on C2C over the past year (58) and describes the content.
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Christmas Holidays - for news editors? Bah, HUMBUG! -- Great minds... ;-)
- Henges, pyramids, and the Celtic cross helped ancient mariners sail the world: Crichton Miller's discovery could lead to a total re-evaluation of Neolithic history.
- Reconstructed Stone-Age circle in Germany catches sun's rays.
- Rare 6th-century seal bearing images of Jesus and a cross that signifies the name 'Christ' excavated in Tiberias, Israel.
- Ice-age footprints left some 20,000 years ago are giving a fresh perspective on the lives of Australian Aborigines. Love that photo.
- Unveiling part of the wooley mammoth's nuclear DNA, researcher says, 'Mitochondria is sooo 1980s.'
- Just reactivate the thymus gland, insert blood stem cells from the organ donor, and voila', you have a whole new immune system which permanently accepts the transplanted organ.
- Neuroscientists find evidence that memory retrieval is a form of mental time travel.
- Research finds SSRI anti-depressants increase the number of axons in areas of the brain that are important for thinking, feeling, and autonomic functions.
- European Space Agency finds killer electrons.
- Hubble Reveals New Moons, Rings, Chaotically Jockeying For Position Around Uranus.
- The year of unnatural disasters. They bloody well should have added this to the list!
- UK scientists squint really hard at Martian photos, and say, well, it certainly looks like a dead dog to us. Where's Hoagland when you need him?
- Prestigious US journal Science lists top 10 scientific achievements of 2005. Nice close-up of Titan's surface.
- Science on a lighter note: 2005 has had its share of unusual, outrageous, tragi-comic and just downright silly science news. I can't decide which I like better, the two beetle-naming experts, or the inventor of an alarm clock that rings, then runs away and hides.
- Cows excel at selecting leaders.
- Effective, safe anthrax vaccine can be grown in tobacco plants.
- Engineers show off prototype of hydrogen fuel cell vehicle for the masses. Yo, Santa! This is what I want for Christmas next year! And, umm, one of those hiding alarm clocks too, please.
- Harry Potter magics children out of hospital accident wards. Don't be raising those eyebrows at me - this is scientific research!
- Scholars, archaeologists, architects and engineers team up to design Nazareth Village, an authentic re-creation of a first-century Holy Land farm.
- Anthropologist says, what we need is the historical context of the war on Christmas. Humm, War? What war?
- The new Scrooges of Christmas present.
Quote of the Day:
The Scrooge factor is permanent in human nature, and seasons like Christmas always bring it out. But in many ways, excess is the point of Christmas. It's a big blast at the coldest, darkest part of the year. I just hope that people balance the excess of pleasure with an equivalent excess of kindness and charity - and many people do.
Richard Holloway, former Bishop of Edinburgh
Christmas Holidays? Bah, HUMBUG!
- Instead of egg-nog this Christmas, leave a glass of Deus out for Santa Claus.
- HOw Christian is Christmas, anyways? Here's another take on Mithraism and Christmas from the Hindu World Wide Web.
- Here's another good article. The Merriest Days of the Year: Unearthing the Pagan Origins of Christmas.
- The Garden of Eden before the apple was eaten is about to become America's first Christian nudist camp. Church pews are uncomfortable to sit on when you're clothed, imagine the pain without pants!
- Italy's leading exorcist says there are up to 330 priests practicing the Vatican-approved procedure for casting out demons.
- U2 leadsinger Bono and billionaires Bill and Melinda Gates are Time's Persons of the Year, for being shrewd about doing good, for rewiring politics and re-engineering justice, for making mercy smarter and hope strategic and then daring the rest of us to follow. Bono, I'll follow you anywhere.
- Moby is to become the first pop star to visit outer space, without the aid of hallucinogenic drugs.
- A new robot demonstrates self-awareness, able to recognize the difference between a mirror image of itself and another robot that looks just like it.
- Have the constraints of physics remained unchanged since the Big Bang?
- A swath of space beyond Neptune is getting stranger all the time as astronomers find an ever-more diverse array of objects in bizarre orbits and groupings. Space, the final frontier.
- In the northern hemisphere, the constellation of Orion is throwing a leg up over our fence of the mountains.
- Army Lt. Walter Haut, who issued the news release in 1947 that began the infamous Roswell UFO crash mystery, died on Thursday.
- KGB's secret UFO files finally made public: the KGB agents were making records of UFO observations in special Blue Folder.
- UFO sightings in Russia, a 2005 wrap-up.
- Exo-politics seems a little like post modernism; not sure how to define it, and once you do, you’ve missed the point.
- Is this a pyramid on Mars, or just an unusually shaped hill?
- Have the mysterious chupacabras returned to Entre Rios?
- Stalin planned to create an army of ape-man super-warriors!
- Perhaps he's responsible for a young Russian girl turning into a cactus.
- What do the break-up of the Soviet Union, the Chernobyl disaster, Boris Yeltsin’s electoral victory, the date of Stalin’s death, the sinking of the Russian submarine Kursk, and Topalov’s victory in the world chess tournament this year have in common? Before conspiracy theorists get carried away; they are all events said to have been foretold by “Baba Vanga”.
- Scientists have mapped part of the genome of the woolly mammoth, a huge mammal that's been extinct for about 10,000 years: a breakthrough that could lead to recreating the creatures.
- Do African elephants get drunk on naturally-fermented fruit? And do they see pink people?
- The world's largest collection of fossil human footprints, dating from the planet's last ice age, has been discovered in Mungo National Park, 110km north-east of Mildura, Australia.
- Here's the 139-page PDF for the Pennsylvania Intelligent Design court ruling. Darwin won, by the way.
- And because I care about your health over this festive season, here's an article discussing why combining artificial food colourings, flavours and preservatives are bad for you.
- I'm joking about the "humbug" thing, I hope you all have a peaceful and happy festive season, whatever faith you follow, wherever you may live, whoever you may be. Peace and respect to all.
Quotes of the Day:
I'm not an Indigo Child, I'm just a grumpy old man.
Rico, TDG News Admin
May you have a Merry Christmas, a Kwazy Kwanzaa, a Tip-Top Tep, a Dignified Ramadan, a Happy Hannukah, a Whacky Wiccan Ritual, and a Joyous Jedi Council
Rico paraphrasing Krusty the Clown
The Xmas season is upon us, and as usual visitor numbers to the site will drop off for a few weeks as everyone travels, gather with friends, or just set up camp in good pubs. I'm therefore using the opportunity to take a few weeks off from TDG. I'm also encouraging the other admins to take some time for themselves as well, because this can be a gig that burns you out quickly.
As such, posts on TDG may be sporadic over the coming weeks, it may even stop completely at times. The solution for those of you who are still looking for your daily hit? Simply check our Stream site for user-contributed stories (there is a permanent link beneath the logo above).
On the flipside, there will be nothing there to read unless users also contribute stories of interest (all members of TDG are able to post stories at the Stream site) - I urge anyone with interesting news, a website update of note, or a cool new book, to post a story to pass on word to the community. It's a simple process, you can find out more in this primer. Try to structure the story much as you see here on TDG (and please note: there is no need to sign off like you do in an email, as your username is added to the post automatically). I have set a very low moderation threshold on the Stream site, so that anything posted will almost straight away be allowed on the front page. If something is offensive, vote it negative and it will likewise disappear off the front page.
Apologies for any inconvenience caused during this 'holiday' time. Best wishes to all for a safe and happy Xmas period, and look forward to 2006 with you all.
For those that don't download our free PDF magazine Sub Rosa, I've taken the interview with Graham Hancock we published in Issue 2 and added it as a feature article here on TDG (minus all the pretty graphic layout). It's a fairly long read, but definitely an interesting one. As always though, I recommend reading it in
Sub Rosa if you have the option - we've got three issues now, and they are all free...so just go download them.
E-Paper could make Harry Potter's moving photos a reality, but as you'll discover below, there's a price to pay.
- Archaeologists unearth evidence of ancient 'shock and awe'.
- Shakespeare's FX: a clue to the longstanding mystery of the floating dagger in Macbeth has been found in John Dee's preface to Euclid's Geometry.
- Atlantis: the Andes Solution.
- Mysterious granite slab slows Chesapeake Bay impact crater probe.
- The deep-sea floor is an area of 300 million square kilometres. Scientists' census of marine life has, to date, sampled an area equal to a few football pitches. More, including a photo of a real alien: physconect siphonophore.
- Fish with chips dish up ocean's secrets.
- High ozone levels in the mountains of Tibet are caused by a Taylor column formed in rivers of air.
- What can we do with the excess of CO2? Put it into the ground to help pump more oil.
- Astronomical Battle of the Titans: The Cosmic Shredder vs. the Magnetar.
- Japan's Hayabusa probe may now be damaged goods, but it generated priceless data for future treks to 'small cosmic bodies' - and for defending Earth from asteroids.
- Methane-producing microbes under Greenland's ice sheet may preview finds under Mars' surface.
- Aspiring astronauts beware: training for a space mission is a daunting mental and physical challenge.
- Research shows meditation changes the physical structure of the brain, and can strengthen the mind for years to come.
- Scientists are studying the brain of Kim Peek, the real-life Rain Man who has memorized 9,000 books.
- Migraines: They may feel like a hole in your head, but they may actually be caused by a hole in your heart.
- Researchers find that chimps only imitate when they think there may be a purpose to it, but are puzzled to find that children overimitate clearly purposeless behavior.
- This year has been the warmest on record in the northern hemisphere, say scientists in Britain.
- Amazon's trees are older and grow slower than previously believed.
- Searching the web is more complicated than you think.
- E-Paper's Killer Ap: Think the Flash ad banners on certain websites are annoying? A new display technology promises to put pulsating electronic signs on practically everything.
- Skin-color gene sheds light on why skin isn't simply brown or white, but many shades in between.
- Forget mutations: geneticists are hunting for subtler changes to DNA.
- Lyle Craker, head of the University of Massachusetts medicinal plant program, says government-grown marijuana lacks the potency medical researchers need to make important breakthroughs.
- Hustler's November interview with Dr. Stephen Greer on UFOs, current research into zero-point energy and antigravity technology, the death of CIA Director William Colby, and more.
- Fox News' derisive video interview with Paul Hellyer, who recently called for Canadian government hearings on relations with ETs. The question is, why would Fox News bother to so flagrantly belittle him?
- Peer review finds that Wikipedia's science articles are almost as accurate as Encyclopedia Britannica.
- Sun Standing Still: Celebrating the winter solstice.
- The Unacknowledged Threat: Secret and Covert Operations by the USA.
- Pundit says, having found globalism too confining, the New World Order is now reaching for a much higher goal. ;-)
- After divers untangled her from crab lines, a humpback whale nuzzled her saviors in thanks.
Quote of the Day:
Things don't 'fall' normally around small cosmic bodies. The local gravity is so low that any lateral velocity has an exaggerated effect. The behavior of objects around asteroids is counter-intuitive, if not absolutely chaotic. Because of this low gravity, we B612'ers talk about 'docking with' a near Earth object and not 'landing on' one.
Russell Schweickart, former Apollo astronaut and B612 Foundation chairman
The latest issue of Fortean Times (#205) is out for sale, so pick yourself up a copy if you get the chance. This issue's theme is spirit mediums, with a number of articles exploring various sub-topics within that broad subject (such as 'Spirit Town USA', and 'The Perfect Medium'). Also in this issue is a profile of Rudolf Steiner. See the latest issue page for details.