News Briefs 16-12-2005

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

Fortean Times #205

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.

Weekend Roundup 16-12-2005

Just a few articles for your reading pleasure over the weekend...


Radio 16-12-2005

Here's the rundown on the radio schedules for the second half of the week:

Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week William Henry and Jim Marrs discuss why Saddam Hussein was spending billions of dollars to rebuild Babylon. Afterwards Linda Howe talks about the recent eruptions of geysers in Oklahoma.

Coast to Coast AM: Friday is a rebroadcast from 2005's Scariest Moments Open Lines. On Saturday Glenn Kimball will be discussing the dire prophecies in "The Kolbrin," an anthology of ancient wisdom books found in the Glastonbury Abbey during the 12th century, while on Sunday Art Bell returns live, talking to Tess Gerritsen about forensic research, grave robbers, paranormal events, and Frankenstein.

More details including relevant websites are available at the linked pages above. Remember also that while Coast to Coast is subscription, it can be listened to through KOGO, while Dreamland is free. Dreamland also now offers a podcast of the most recent show.

Deciphering Da Vinci Movie

Anybody notice a little cipher at the end of the new movie trailer for The Da Vinci Code? I picked it up and went for a little explore, check out where it leads. Probably yet another viral marketing campaign with no clear outcome - but hopefully the clues so far fit into something more interesting than just that. Anybody see something I missed?

News Briefs 15-12-2005

Merry Christmas or my best wishes to whatever you celebrate this time of year.

The archaeological community is buzzing with that Maya mural find that TDG told you about yesterday. Old Mayan concepts are crumbling along with European and American human-occupation timelines.

  • Here's a follow-up on those footprints found in 1.3 Million-Year-Old Mexican volcanic rock that I told you about last week.
  • Ancient tools found in Britain show that humans lived in northern Europe 200,000-years earlier than previously thought, at a time when the climate was warm enough for lions, elephants and saber tooth tigers to also roam what is now England.
  • The largest collection of South American skulls ever assembled suggests that a different population may have crossed the bridge to the New World 3,000-years before those Siberians crossed the Bering Strait on a land-ice bridge.
  • Here’s more on that Maya mural that Greg told you about yesterday. More and even more.
  • The Mayan version of the Sistine Chapel leaves archeologist in awe.
  • Iraq’s Kurds live on a hill of undiscovered treasuries.
  • Divers exploring a river near a former Roman Empire fort and settlement in Britain have found a piece of pottery that depicts the backside of a rather buff gladiator wielding a whip and wearing nothing but a G-string.
  • Could robotic patrol boats safeguard the seas from piracy and fight ocean-going people traffickers? New movie coming - The Pirates vs. the Daleks. ;-)
  • I know I saw this movie. Scientists create a hybrid brain.
  • Geneticists find link to brain evolution.
  • Exxon Mobil Corp. forecasts a 60-percent increase in global energy consumption over the next 25 years. Buy oil stock, or see next article.
  • The hydrogen gold rush is on.
  • A voice-, face- and emotion-recognition system has scanned the face of the Mona Lisa painting and declared that she is confident and happy, but also found evidence of disgust, fear and a little bit of anger.
  • Bumblebees recognize people.
  • Shocked scientists find tsunami legacy: a dead sea.
  • Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has described the Holocaust as ‘a myth’ and suggested that Israel be moved to Europe, the United States, Canada or Alaska.
  • Ancient Sumerians possessed extensive knowledge of the Solar system without telescopes.
  • Scientists are on the verge of creating marvels in the space propulsion labs by reverse engineering extraterrestrial UFO technologies. [India Daily]
  • The Skeptical Inquirer investigates the reincarnation of Buddha.
  • Space 'spiders' could build solar satellites.
  • A strange new object has been found at the edge of the solar system.
  • Hubble finds mass of white dwarf.
  • Microbes under Greenland Ice may be preview of what scientists find under Mars' surface.
  • China will begin an effort to send astronauts to the moon in about 2017, with a landing some time after that.

Quote of the Day

The Supreme Court has ruled that they cannot have a nativity scene in Washington, D.C. This wasn't for any religious reasons. They couldn't find three wise men and a virgin.

Jay Leno

Code Trailer

As mentioned in the news today, the official first full-length trailer for The Da Vinci Code has been released, and is available over at the Apple website devoted to movie trailers. Looks pretty darn good too, kind of exciting to see some 'flesh' laid on the bones of characters which exist only in our imaginations. The use of architecture to set the mood also seems to work well - look forward to seeing the movie.


Those out there who enjoyed the Alex Grey piece in the most recent issue of Sub Rosa, and who like that teeny-boppin' boy band known as TOOL, might be interested in a new book from Alex Grey scheduled for June 2006. The short blurb for the book includes this: "Tool celebrates the fusion of two of the top talents in the worlds of art and music."

And if you like TOOL and art combined, then you're surely a person of high tastes and don't mind combining the legendary band with some wine as well. And what better wine to drink when listening to Mister Keenan's dulcet tones than this little drop? I'm sure our good friend Blair over at has been telling us about this for months now, but knowing him he probably wrapped it in some esoteric biliteral cipher known only to a few enlightened initiates (and their drinking buddies, waitresses, and really anybody who would listen to them at 3am after a long night).

Sub Rosa Issue 3

In case you missed the new kick-ass cover graphic over in the left-hand column: we've released Sub Rosa Issue 3 today, so get over there and download the new issue. Clocking in at a whopping 91 pages, this is our biggest issue so far - and it's full of tasty treats such as our interview with visionary artist Alex Grey, an article on the truth about Rosslyn Chapel, the totally non-Christian founding of the United States, reincarnation research, and lots more besides. We even roped Rico into doing the news for us.

As we've mentioned previously, Sub Rosa takes a lot of work - so if you haven't already, why not make a small 'voluntary subscription' donation via our Paypal button (at the SR website) to help ensure our future? Also, we have some very supportive advertisers in the magazine, who have products that would certainly interest TDG readers - so please support them to complement their support of us. Lastly, there's a very easy way to support us without costing you a cent - pass on the link to your friends, mailing lists you're on, anybody that you think would enjoy Sub Rosa.

As mentioned a few days ago, also take time to vote in our poll here on TDG, so we know whether going to print is a worthwhile idea for the magazine. Certainly would love to see a print version of this issue - between the art of Alex Grey and Luke Brown that we feature in this issue, there's plenty of eye candy.

Lastly, in Issue 4 we will be having a letters section - so if you have any thoughts feel free to share them by emailing me with "Sub Rosa Letters" in the subject line. Also, if you have any reviews that you think would be worth putting in the mag, send those on too (we don't pay, but we do credit!) Enough talk - go download it, read it over the weekend and let us know your thoughts!

News Briefs 14-12-2005

When suffering from Atheism, the TDG doctor recommends listening to Bernie Worrell play keyboard. If you can't see God, you can at least hear him...

Quote of the Day:

Finnegan's paper began with the electrifying sentence, "The average Canadian has one testicle, just like Adolph Hitler -- or, more precisely, the average Canadian has 0.96 testicles, an even sadder plight than Hitler's, if the average Anything actually existed." He then went on to demonstrate that the normal or average human lives in substandard housing in Asia, has 1.04 vaginas, cannot read or write, suffers from malnutrition and never heard of Silken Thomas Fitzgerald or Brian Boru. "The normal," he concluded "consists of a null set which nobody and nothing really fits"...

Robert Anton Wilson