A varied list of readings to get you through the week...
- Erowid.org has an update from someone who attended the cancelled Psytopia event.
- A discussion of Martian anomalies on the Phenomena Magazine website.
- Cognitive scientist Noel Sharkey was interviewed for ABC Radio on the limits of machine intelligence. You can also listen to the interview in Real Audio format.
- Randi's latest weekly newsletter on all matters skeptical.
- Loren Coleman's rejoinder to a critical blog from the RRR Group.
- Ian Lawton has released the third RSM newsletter.
With apologies to all the cows out there...
- Scientists find evidence for large amounts of water-ice on Mars.
- Team of astrophysicists claim to have found evidence that space is six-dimensional.
- Risk from 2029 asteroid now more remote.
- Planet-hunter Geoff Marcy shares in $1million Shaw Prize.
- US considers plutonium rockets for future space missions.
- Former Canadian Minister of Defense to speak on government cover-up on UFOs.
- The Koestler Parapsychology Unit is putting the psi back into science.
- Weird UK animal sightings distributed along ley line (with map)?
- Crop circles authentic. Apparently...
- Forget the Face on Mars. Here's the face in the clouds.
- Pope to declare five new saints next month.
- Whittington's tenuous link to the legend of the Holy Grail.
- Researcher unravels the mystery of Easter Island.
- Explorer says 'lost' Peruvian city has already been plundered by tomb robbers.
- Discovery Channel documentary claims to solve the mystery of the disappearance of Kublai Khan' naval fleet.
- Archaeologists believes he has found the birthplace of St Patrick.
- Boys' booty turns out to be a Viking hoard.
- Neanderthals and modern humans existed together for at least 1,000 years.
- Forget the Atkins diet - try a hypnotist (I don't mean eat one).
- From the 'you can't make up a headline like this' file: suicide grasshoppers brainwashed by parasitic worms.
- Mad Cow Disease may have come from human remains fed to cattle.
- Not cow-friendly news today: cows show promise as powerplants. I'm seeing the bovine version of the Matrix.
- Human stem cells become unstable in the lab.
- Four-legged fish is not a 'missing link' - instead is an evolutionary mistake. Or a faulty design, if you're that way inclined.
- A Disaster Map Wiki of Katrina is born.
- Katrina: they knew what to expect.
Quote of the Day:
It is often stated that of all the theories proposed in this century, the silliest is quantum theory. In fact, some say that the only thing that quantum theory has going for it is that it is unquestionably correct.
The September issue of Fate Magazine has been released, details of the contents are available at the Fate website's current issue page (previous issues can be found on the archive page). Free content offered in this issue, includes a debate of sorts about Roswell between Kevin Randle (Roswell Explained, Again) and Nick Redfern (Response to Randle). Also available is a tribute to Mark Chorvinsky, by Phyllis Benjamin. For the full list of content, head to the Fate website.
Once again, what's happening on alternative radio this week:
Jeff Rense Show: Monday is Wolfgang on surviving World War II, Tuesday is George Filer with the MUFON UFO Report and Patricia Doyle MD on emerging diseases, Wednesday is Jon De Pew on Coral Castle, Thursday George Whitehurst predicts the coming debt bubble explosion, Friday is regular Brad Steiger and special guest Rex Gilroy on Australia's ancient mysteries, Sunday as usual is encore.
Coast to Coast AM: Monday's guest is Gordon-Michael Scallion who will give an update on Earth changes and their relationship to Hurricane Katrina. On Tuesday author Jon Ronson will be talking about the infiltration of Bohemian Grove, conspiracy theories, and goat staring experiments in the Special Forces unit. Wednesday Mark Pinkham will talk about the mysteries of the Rosslyn Chapel and the Sufis and Gnostic of the Middle East, and Thursday's guest is psychic Sylvia Browne.
More details including relevant guest links are available at the respective websites. Also C2C can be listened to through KOGO.
Imagine if New Orleans was named Rico, and you're closer to knowing why the news is late.
- The UK's ID card scheme will do little to stop identity fraud, and may just make it worse.
- Here's a reputable and reliable list of charities to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. I emailed this link to Dubya, but he blocked it with anti-spam software. No, I am not giving you his email address! Gosh!
- A deep-sea exploration team dodged Hurricane Katrina to reveal fluorescent sharks and other marine oddities. Nice pic.
- Urban Legend: are sharks prowling the flooded streets of New Orleans? There has been confirmation of alligators.
- In South Australia, a surfer is extremely lucky to survive a Great White shark attack.
- What disease are you? I'm glad I don't do the Tuesday news.
- Deliberately-lit fires in Southeast Asia continue to wreak havoc with the environment.
- Hundreds of dead geese have been found in Oregon, possibly poisoned by man-made toxins.
- In a step towards better understanding of human biology, scientists have deciphered chimpanzee DNA. Please switch off the gene that makes them susceptible to rollerskating in tutus whilst smoking cigars.
- Neanderthals lived side-by-side with modern man for up to a thousand years. They still do at many football stadiums.
- Crikey! The Orion Constellation is an emu, according to Australian Aboriginal astronomical lore. I wonder if Robert Bauval will publish a revised edition of The Orion Mystery (Amazon US or UK).
- The Ahriman Gate is a fiction novel based on the Dropa Discs hoax (Amazon US or UK). Sigh. That is not a Dropa Disc, it's a Bi disc, of which thousands have been found in China. I'll post more information in a blog tomorrow.
- This mystery ain't a hoax -- the Brown Mountain Lights have bedazzled witnesses for hundreds of years. I like the swamp gas theory, I haven't heard that one before.
- George Van Tassel, extraterrestrial visitors, and a machine called the Integratron. Good gods, don't let it fall into the hands of Hollywood!
- The RRRGroup asks why no UFOs are sighted during natural disasters. My answer is because people are too busy surviving on the ground to notice odd things in the sky.
- In 1965, a UFO terrified the residents of Exeter.
- The Science of Aliens exhibition is open to the public, displaying what extraterrestrial life might be according to scientists. We only have the Ancient Egyptian Afterlife on display at my museum.
- Toys found by Norwegian kids turn out to be 1200-year-old Viking artifacts. Surely the parents had an inkling when their kids brought home axes and a longship? A strange necklace with a dragon motif, and an enigmatic medallion were two of the items -- hrmm, sounds like the beginning of a children's novel ... Kat, fetch my quill and ink!
- Peruvian explorers have found the fossilised remains of a 46-foot-long crocodile, supporting the theory that the Amazon rainforest was once an inland sea.
- An archaeologist from Kyrgyztan helped excavate a Mayan pyramid in Belize. There are bank accounts in Belize belonging to the world's rich and famous that should be excavated.
- The world's first mathematical formula has been developed to accurately model the collapse of societies on Easter Island. You can also view Easter Island's monuments in 3D.
- Petroglyphs in the Amazon rainforest.
- Amazing petroglyphs have also been found in the Iwokrama rainforest of Guyana. I'm imagining a cross between a Star Wars Ewok and the Hindu god Rama.
- Scientists say their recent discoveries on Saturn's moon Enceladus are stunning, if a little baffling.
- A team of astrophysicists claims to have identified evidence that space is six-dimensional. I've been feeling weird lately.
- Like the woman from a Ricky Martin song, black holes start with many bangs.
- Escaping pulsar breaks speed records. Gee, the guys at car manufacturer Nissan have been busy.
- Physicists propose a search for Dark Matter. Maybe it escaped in the pulsar.
Quote of the Day:
If we must have a tyrant, let him at least be a gentleman who has been bred to the business, and let us fall by the axe and not by the butcher's cleaver.
With even the science news sites mesmerized by New Orleans' unfolding disaster, finding other news was a challenge. Here's a bit of both.
- Scottish medieval monks' herbal elixir could be turned into new diet pill.
- Mysterious Temple Mount artifact evokes 'Da Vinci Code'.
- There's no such thing as nothing.
- Mammalian transcriptome mapped, and it makes antisense.
- Bumblebee see, bumblebee do.
- LSD finds new respectability.
- America's pristine wilderness myth.
- New theory on origins of BSE points to human remains in cattle feed.
- Richard Dawkins and Jerry Coyne demolish 'intelligent design'.
- ESP experiments: Putting the psi into science.
- Science and the seance.
- Sacred Smoke.
- Quantum leap from photon to photon.
- Mars Rover Crests Hill, Sees New Terrain.
- Saturn moon, Enceladus, is being constantly regenerated by a mysterious source of heat beneath it's south pole.
- Proving what you already know, researchers identify areas in the brain that battle over big decisions.
- Escaping Pulsar: Speeding, superdense neutron star somehow got a powerful kick that's propelling it completely out of the Milky Way Galaxy.
- We only have 5 billion years to plan our own escape from the Milky Way's ultimate disaster.
- Aquatic life dying in Gulf mystery.
- Groundbreaking research sheds light on Easter Island mystery.
- New catalyst produces hydrogen from water.
- The history and science behind the New Orleans flood: The Times-Picayune's 2002 special edition, Washing Away. Graphic, Going Under (JPG 1.3Mb), which includes the relative elevation of cross-streets along Canal Blvd. (lower right corner).
- New Orleans decends into Anarchy, Chaos, Agony, and Desperation as goodwill is hampered by bottleneck.
- Sheriff's deputies quit in despair amid Katrina chaos.
- Engineers have argued for years over need to revise 1960s design of New Orleans' hurricane levees (JPG 497k).
- Destructive power of hurricanes has doubled over past 30 years. World expert on thermodynamics of tropical cyclones explains why we can expect more hurricanes.
Quote of the Day:
If you had the right kind of storm come in there, you'd really be in trouble.
New Orleans' Times-Picayune engineering consultant Lee Butler, 2002
Plenty of reading material for over the weekend...
- The late John E. Mack reviews David Grinspoon's Lonely Planets. My own review of this excellent book can be found here.
- Whitley Strieber has plenty to say regarding Katrina and the storms (and he isn't walking on sunshine).
- Filip Coppens investigates two of the great American conspiracy theories.
- The Société Périllos has an overview of the writings of Henri Boudet for the PoS researchers out there.
- Universe Today has a book review of The Tunguska Fireball (Amazon US and UK).
- The International Survivalist Society presents a 1959 essay from Hornell Hart, titled "Can Consciousness Survive Destruction of the Brain?".
- BBC Magazine has a piece on the meeting place between sceance and science.
- The RRR Group says that Ufology is a joke in yo town (with apologies to Flavor Flav).
- Mark Pilkington discusses an electrifying 18th century wellness guru.
- Benjamin Radford from Skeptical Inquirer looks at exorcisms, fictional and fatal.
- Another review of Nick Redfern's Body Snatchers in the Desert (Amazon US and UK).
- Filer's Files #36 for 2005 has the week's top UFO stories.
Here's the rundown on the radio schedules for the second half of the week:
Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, this week weather expert Scott Stevens says there has been intentional interference with and control of weather phenomena. Afterwards will be Timothy Kusky, the St. Louis University professor who predicted this scenario in 2003. He tells us just exactly what happened and what to expect in terms of recovery from this disaster.
Coast to Coast AM: First two hours on Friday will be Linda Moulton Howe wiht an update on crop circles, followed by open lines. On Saturday Matt Savinar will be discussing the possible repercussions on fuel prices and availability in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, while on Sunday investigative reporter Peter Lance returns with devastating new evidence that the U.S. Government has been covering up its own counterterrorism failures since the mid-90s.
Fate Radio: This week's guest on Fate Radio is Peter Davenport, on detecting UFOs
More details including relevant websites are available at the linked pages above - Fate Radio is a Real Audio download from the link 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.
Take a break, chill out, align your frequency, lean back, and enjoy TDG news.
- The first four-legged animals inched along.
- Ancient and modern man lived side by side.
- New Orleans is flooded in wake of Hurricane Katrina. Don't miss the slide show.
- A new structure, a 200' diameter circle, is found at an ancient Ohio site. Chapa Eye?
- Humans smell like bloodhounds.
- Iranian archaeologists say that the historical sites in Iran's northern province of Mazandaran has been looted leaving 100,000 illegal excavation holes.
- The Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Zahi Hawass, discusses his greatness, his career, his pursuit of stolen antiquities, his being a media whore, and his hat. Pic is suitable for framing at your shrine.
- Creationists and New Agers have formed a common front to undermine mainstream archaeology and its scientific view of the human past. Are they winning?
- Update on the Swaziland King as he chooses a new wife (to stable with the 12 others) from among 20,00 topless teens. It's so good being king.
- Robot watchdog keeps overeaters on a tight leash. Hey you, dog, Klaatu barada nikto and pass the potatoes.
- Tens of thousands of people armed with 100 tones of plum tomatoes took part in the Tomatina, joyously splattering each other in the Spanish town of Bunol.
- Briton finds a venomous centipede in his house.
- Parasites brainwash grasshoppers into death dive.
- The human Y chromosome -- the DNA chunk that makes a man a man -- has lost so many genes over evolutionary time that some scientists have suspected it might disappear in 10 million years. But a new study says it'll stick around.
- Simply mentioning words like 'wheeze' can activate the brains of people with asthma.
- Asteroid dust may influence weather.
- Some of the great apes, chimps, gorillas, and orangutans, could be extinct within a human generation.
- Chimp genetic code opens human frontiers.
- The first-ever chimp fossils are found.
- Robotic bat 'sees' with sound.
- The work at the Los Alamos national laboratory in New Mexico has revealed that a thimbleful of soil typically contains at least one million bacterial species.
- What Is this strange Texas 'Chicken-Eater'? (Can you say Chupacabra?)
- It's a mystery even Doctor Who would struggle to explain - a Tardis has appeared in a wall in Glasgow's east end.
- 'Tiger stripes' and a mysterious 'hot spot' are found on Saturn's moon Enceladus.
- Space Penguin Could Hop Around Moon to Explore.
- Spacecraft powered by nuclear fission reactors are of limited use to astronomers.
- NASA's New Horizons aims for the final frontier.
Quote of the Day
The fellow that agrees with everything you say is either a fool or he is getting ready to skin you.
Author Robert Lomas (Turning the Hiram Key) has updated his website with a new section asking for your thoughts on Freemasonry:
During my recent book launch tour for Turning The Hiram Key I have been doing quite a lot of public speaking about the spiritual dimension that I find in Freemasonry. I've spoken to a wide range of people and heard mostly positive views but I'm curious to learn if other people share this perception with me. I've made this new page - The Meaning Of Masonry - available for anyone to post their thoughts.
Robert's certainly busy - he has taken part in a debate about the spiritual aspects of Freemasonry for BBC Radio Four's Beyond Belief which will be available as a webcast from the 5th of September, he will also be attending the Orkney Science Festival again this year, and he has also done an article and radio interview for Astraea Magazine. As a feather in Robert's cap also, the University of Bradford has issued a press release praising him for his work on uncovering the history of Freemasonry. Thanks Dave.