A heads-up on a few things being changed here on TDG. Firstly, I've added the feed from our Underground Stream of Consciousness website to the right hand side of the page, just beneath the poll. A few people are getting the hang of posting at the Stream, so it might be an opportune time to track new stories on there. I know we already provide lots of links here on TDG, but the Stream site allows everybody to post interesting links directly to the frontpage of the site - in the manner of Digg.com, so along with TDG it should provide complete coverage of well, everything! The Stream website has the same login details as you use on TDG, so it's easy enough to login there as well (apart from our ongoing double-login problem). At the moment, everything posted by members goes direct to the front page - if in future it becomes overwhelming, then we might go to a voting situation to bring the cream to the top.
Also, I've moved the 'Recent Blog Posts' block from the bottom left of the page, to the right, directly beneath the new Stream feed block. This should make it more noticeable to the casual reader. I have also set it to display the most recent 15 blogs (it used to show 10), so that new blogs don't drop off the list too quickly. Apart from those changes, there are a few other moves, basically blocks changing from left to right and vice-versa - I'm sure you'll find them if you need them.
One great big festering neon distraction...
- Scientific danger ranking of drugs ignored by UK politicians because of the controversial findings (ie. that tobacco and alcohol are more dangerous than LSD, Ecstasy and GHB).
- Has the variety of human cultures come about because of a brain parasite? Some commentary here, and also an article in The New York Times (link fixed now, thanks Pam).
- Seth Shostak gives SETI's response (audio) to Steven Greer's claim that SETI had made alien contact.
- Hawaian temples much older than thought. Older than thought itself...is that possible?!
- Archaeologists excavate the grave of the 'black Paul Bunyan'.
- Ancient global warming spurred primates into North America.
- Yowie caught on video. Or is it just a tall cocker-spaniel?
- Buddhas emitting miraculous rays of light, or optical illusion?
- Prayer book reveals scientific secret. Sounds like something to get the CSICOPians up in arms, but not really.
- Stephen King pleads with J.K. Rowling not to kill Harry.
- Is alchemy being welcomed back into the fold by science, after years of being the embarassing family member who turns up drunk.
- Searching for an afterlife via Electronic Voice Phenomenon (EVP).
- Can you imagine life after Earth?
- It's aliiiiiiiivvve! A handy school project for all the kiddies out there: get some rat neurons, a computer and a robot rat...well, you see where I'm going with this.
- DDT set to return as a weapon against malaria.
- FDA survey finds widespread political meddling in publication of scientific results.
- Our own Kat explores scary news that the Amazon could be a desert in 2 years, in a recent blog entry.
- Predators hunt small-brained prey. Joke about Dubya avoiding trips to Africa omitted (due to those delicate sensibilities out there).
- Forget your mouse, soon you'll be giving your computer the finger.
- Japan aims for manned Moon station by 2030.
Quote of the Day:
Learn to swim.
For those that missed the update in the blog roll, TDG member Colette Dowell has sent an update from Bosnia, where she is accompanying 'age of the Sphinx' geologist Robert Schoch on a fact-finding mission. Colette and Robert are hoping to send a further update, with images, especially for us TDGers when/if they get the chance once they have done proper examination of the areas in question. In the meantime, you can see some images of Robert and Colette on the Bosnian Pyramid website (click on the 28/07/2006 update and scroll to the bottom).
Update: Images now added to the blog
Plenty of weirdness for all you Orang-utans
- It’s like this, you see.
- The adverse health effects of indoor moulds. I collect spores, mould and fungus - though not on purpose.
- Artist claims ET code in Arecibo signal.
- Why men are like dogs. And there was me thinking it was because the farts smell bad.
- Martian butte and crater.
- The peculiar disappearance of the war in Iraq.
- What kind of genius are you?
- The search for the Apollo 11 missing tapes.
- Rare clouds seen above Antarctica.
- Granite city in a spin over UFOs.
- Prayer book reveals scientific secret.
- Bronze age boat discovered.
- Russian woman stops sleeping for 8 years out of fright. If you had no fear could you sleep for 8 years?
- Abundant power from universal geothermal energy.
- Has Alien contact been made? SETI urged to fess up over Alien signals.
- Methane lakes on Titan?
- Space show: the low down on tethers.
- The spirit of the lone eagle.
- The silent epidemic: the health effects of illiteracy.
- Orang-utans, our smartest relatives. Orang-utan and the enigma of human origin.
Quote of the Day:
Nothing is as simple as we hope it will be
As noted in today's news briefs, Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves has announced details of a radar investigation of another possible tomb in the Valley of the Kings. Earlier this year, Reeves and his team claimed they were the original discoverers of the much-publicised KV-63 tomb (credited to Otto Schaden’s University of Memphis team). Now, Reeves says that KV-63 is just the 'signal' pointing at the discovery of a much more significant tomb:
...despite current media disappointment at the absence of bodies it will soon become apparent that KV63 is in fact a discovery of the most extraordinary significance - not for what the single chamber actually holds but for what it clearly signals, which is the definite presence in the Valley of at least one further tomb. The situation is this: as a chamber full of embalmers’ refuse KV63 stands in relation to a future burial as the KV54 embalming-cache in 1907 stood to the tomb of Tutankhamun. It represents without question an augury of further, significant discoveries to come.
Reeves says the Valley of the Kings Foundation decided to publicly state the existence of this possible new tomb, and even its precise location, for three reasons:
Firstly, it will prevent the possibility of yet another ‘accidental’ discovery and hurried clearance: publicising the existence of the feature in advance of its physical exposure ought to allow time for a considered, scientific approach to its investigation to be insisted upon by the wider archaeological community and arranged through the SCA. Secondly, disclosure now will limit the amount of collateral archaeological damage otherwise likely to be sustained in the sort of random search which is all but imminent. Thirdly, with the publicity the announcement of a new tomb is likely to generate there is a chance that sanity will prevail and the message at last get through that all future excavations in the Valley must be carried out systematically and at a state-of-the-art level - not by the very modest standards which are currently considered acceptable.
On the VOTKF website, Reeves makes clear that he believes the current state of play in the Valley of the Kings is not good, raising his concerns over the excavation of KV-63, and even intimating that Egyptologists are fearful of upsetting the authorities with any criticisms. He says that, due to his 'exile' from the Valley of the Kings (although an acknowledged expert, Reeves was ejected in 2002 after allegations he was part of a stolen antiquities racket - an allegaation of which he was cleared in 2005), he can now "provide the sort of independent voice which has for too long been lacking and which like-minded colleagues, fearful for their own concessions, are loath to venture."
It will be interesting to see how this progresses - there is certainly more than a little politics involved in this one. Thanks Chris for the heads-up.
A strange assortment to get you through the week...
- Joe Firmage was on RUSirius radio, discussing UFOS and alternate realities.
- Over at Skeptical Investigations, Ted Dace has a commentary on how real science is being squeezed out in the battle between scientism and pseudo-science.
- Also at Skeptical Investigations, Guy Lyon Playfair offers Part 1 - 'Birth of a Movement' - of his series "Has CSICOP Lost the 30 Years' War".
- Pam has added a very Pamish newsletter to our Underground Stream sub-site. Feel free to add your own links and stories of interest there.
- ABC Radio has an audio interview with Daniel Dennett on breaking the spell of religion.
- Victor Zammit responds to a New York lawyer's queries regarding the "David Thompson materializations".
- UFO Casebook #216 is now online.
- Skeptic Randi's latest newsletter has been posted.
- Edward O'Toole asks who wrote the Necronomicon for Phenomena.
- 'Bad Astronomy' expert Phil Plait reviews the recent Apollo 11-UFO documentary "First on the Moon: The Untold Story" (which is on YouTube for those with a big enough pipe).
I wonder if Mel Gibson realises that Jesus was a Jew...
- Another new tomb in the Valley of the Kings? Fresh news, straight from exiled Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves (hat-tip to Chris Ogilvie-Herald).
- Meanwhile, KV-63 holds a mystery fit for a Pharaoh.
- France's new Stonehenge: secrets of a neolithic time machine.
- Nobel Prize winner Brian Josephson takes on Nature over its article attacking government funding of bubble fusion research.
- Steven Greer repeats his assertion that SETI has made alien contact.
- The Washington Times reviews George Basalla's controversial 'anti-SETI' book, Civilized Life in the Universe: Scientists on Intelligent Extraterrestrials (Amazon US and UK).
- Panspermia gets new life breathed into it with the electromagnetic bug transfer theory.
- Will our Google future allow instantaneous Akashic records-like recall of information?
- National Geographic have images depicting that giant dinosaur mentioned in Rick's news yesterday.
- Did the Red Baron just get lucky?
- Rosslyn ghost sighting spooks festival actors.
- Does the Holy Grail lie under Lincoln Cathedral. And the bigger question - is this BBC news story about our own Spearjig?
- The secret is out: Da Vinci mania is fading.
- Forget all those first-person shooters, here's the real excitement in virtual reality gaming: become the French minister of budget. I can feel the adrenaline pumping already...
- First ever world map of happiness produced. Funny how it seems to correlate with the areas which are well off financially. What's that saying about money and happiness?
- Leaked memo reveals coal industry's global warming propaganda plan.
- Arizona man lifts car off trapped cyclist.
- The 40 year tradition of knocking people over with a big eel has been banned. Damn fish-huggers!
- It's a bird, it's a crashed plane, it's....a log.
- Scorpion venom attacks brain tumours.
- Invisibility: It's closer than you think. Shhh, I think it's behind you.
Quote of the Day:
Observing the work currently being carried out in the Valley my fears for this and other aspects of the site’s archaeological legacy have grown. As an informed third party no longer engaged in fieldwork I am able to speak freely on the current situation and indeed feel a strong responsibility to do so - to provide the sort of independent voice which has for too long been lacking and which like-minded colleagues, fearful for their own concessions, are loath to venture.
Here's the alternative radio schedule for the first half of the week.
Coast to Coast AM: On Monday Richard C. Hoagland will discuss the missing Apollo II video tapes as well as the pending NASA 'Orion' Moon missions, with Buzz Aldrin also joining in the show. Tuesday's guest is Craig Webb, who will discuss pre-cognitive, lucid, telepathic, and remote viewing type dreams. Wednesday is still TBA (check the link for updates), while on Thursday Michael Cremo joins George Noory to discuss his latest research into the history of man.
More details including relevant guest links are available at the C2C website. Also C2C can be listened to through KOGO.
I closed my eyes and clicked links at random.
- Ellen Lloyd has written an excellent article about the possibility of alien stargates in Peru. She also has a book, Voices from Legendary Times (Amazon US or UK).
- NASA's Cassini spacecraft has found lakes on Titan's surface.
- The frozen outer reaches of our solar system could be littered with more objects than previously thought.
- American astronomers claim that black holes may not exist. Then please explain what happened to the crew of the Palomino!
- Sugar molecules have been found in a cloud of gas and dust near the center of our Milky Way Galaxy, providing a clue to the origin of life. This also proves we're living in God's coffee mug, the spiral swirl of galaxies stirred by His spoon.
- Here's some more information about galactic sugar from Astrobiology Magazine.
- A drug made to enhance memory appears to trigger a natural mechanism in the brain that fully reverses age-related memory loss.
- The New Yorker has an excellent article about the Red Pill ... er, I mean Wikipedia! I like the Onion's article best.
- Those with bachelor's degrees are finding their incomes stagnate despite a growing economy. Mine comes with a free happy meal.
- Argentinian scientists have discovered fossils from one of the largest dinosaurs ever to roam the Earth.
- Archaeologists are refuting claims by a Canadian architect that 15th Century ruins on Cape Breton belong to Chinese explorers. Paul Chiasson has written a book, The Island of Seven Cities: Where the Chinese Settled When They Discovered North America (Amazon US or UK).
- Indiana University archaeologists believe they are closer to discovering some of Christopher Columbus's lost ships, and answering the mystery of what they carried. There's a conspiracy novel idea worthy of Dan Brown.
- Archaeologists who measured the Pyramids of Giza over a century ago were surprisingly accurate, according to a review of historical surveys. According to an Egyptian hatter, the measurements of Zahi Hawass's cranium are also surprising.
- Enjoy higher energy and self-esteem levels by carrying Pyracards. I bet Zahi's is platinum.
- Information and photo-tours of Malta's prehistoric megalithic temples.
- Remarkably preserved ancient human footprints almost 20'000 years old have been discovered in Australia.
- Japanese researchers have found a 7th Century painting of a Simorgh, a mythological Persian bird, in an Afghan cave. "Osama Bin Laden hearts CIA" was found nearby.
- Is it a bird? A plane? Examining an Ancient Egyptian enigma, the Bird of Saqqara.
- The Ninki-Nanka continues to elude cryptozoologists searching for this legendary dragon-dinosaur in the jungles of West Africa.
- Erroneous claims of a 'spooky synchronicity' between the text of an ancient psalm book, recently unearthed from an Irish bog, and Israel's war in Lebanon, were based on the assumption that the Vulgate version of Psalm 83 is the same as the King James version. As the director of The Museum of Ireland recently explained, they are not the same.
- A State Museum in Malaysia has opened an exhibition displaying artifacts from the region's supernatural folklore. The Johor Bigfoot got in for free.
- Here's a great article examining the views, opinions and analyses of the many psychologists who have investigated the UFO/alien abduction phenomenon.
- What are these UFOs hovering in a photograph of a Greek sunset?
- Is there a connection between lights in the skies of Phoenix and ancient petroglyphs?
- An interview with Chris McKay, a planetary scientist with the NASA Ames Research Center, about human exploration of Mars and life on other planets.
- A new documentary reveals how desperate the Americans were to put a man on the moon before the Russians - and how NASA's haste almost saw them stranded there.
Thanks Doug, Ellen and Kat.
Quote of the Day:
“Physicists and astronomers see their own implications in the world being round, but to me it means that only one-third of the world is asleep at any given time and the other two-thirds is up to something.”
Dean Rusk (American Statesman 1909-1994)
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