- Ancient Santorini eruption - suggested by some to be the origin of the Atlantis myth - was much larger than originally thought.
- Grisly remains at Aztec site evidence they captured, ritually sacrificed and partially ate several hundred people traveling with invading Spanish forces in 1520.
- The neuroscience of music: it makes your brain happy. See also: This is Your Brain on Music.
- Stem cells grown without destroying human embryos.
- Cows have regional accents. Le Moo.
- China and Russia to launch joint mission to Mars. It is the Red Planet after all...
- Space Station set for massive expansion. I think that action is trademarked by Bigelow Aerospace.
- NASA confirms new Moon vehicle is Orion.
- After all the media hype last week about extra planets, it looks more likely that Pluto is being dropped.
- 40-year-old Mars mystery solved?
- Rethinking peer review. This news item posted after being approved by a panel of 25 experts.
- One of mathematics' brightest stars turns down his Fields' Medal.
- Time reports how the 'Hobbit Wars' have "turned a group of PhD researchers into snarky, squabbling fifth-graders". The One Ring does that to people...
- 3D TV that actually works. One Wonka Bar, coming right up.
- A little dopamine helps punters spot the best bet. I wonder whether this crosses over to Dean Radin's parapsychology research at all?
- 2006 Texas Bigfoot Conference has been cancelled.
- UFO lights up sky in northern Norway.
- Materialization of items by sheer mental power.
- Paranormal group given permission to do DNA test on alleged Malaysian vampire.
- Forget the Bosnian pyramid...what about those Italian pyramids?
- Teacher removed from class after burning American flags for a lesson on free speech. It's all very cultish isn't it, this sacredness of the flag business?
Quote of the Day:
We are like caterpillars, contemplating pupation. No longer will I chew on the cabbage leaves, no longer will I spend my time moving around on the underside of the foliage. Life must be a preparation for the transition to another dimension...
Issue #214 of the always informative Fortean Times is now on news-stands. This issue's theme is 'Dark Nature', with the following content packed within its covers:
- Fox Tales: The trickster-like figure of the cunning fox is almost universal in folklore and mythology, says Trevor Ouelette, but it also has a frightening tendency to possess and transform its human compatriots.
- Stoat Packs: The stoat is notorious for its ability to 'freeze' a rabbit with its glare, its slinky, hypnotic dance and its ruthless predatory nature. However, Merrily Harpur reveals some less well-known behaviour – the triumphal capture dance, the funerary hiding of killed stoats and the swarming of huge stoat armies.
- Divine Monsters: Handel House Museum in London is presenting an exhibition on the composer’s musical relationship with 18-century castrati, and Jen Ogilvie explores the vanished world of these sexually ambiguous superstars who suffered a major loss in the hope of attaining fame and glory.
Much more besides, and also remember that there is plenty of free content from previous issues of FT available at their website.
I think a sunspot cycle would be a little too hot on the phatarse.
- German astronomers produce original Apollo 11 tapes.
- Perpetual motion claim probed.
- Team finds proof of dark matter. Someone is gunning for funds.
- New York Times withheld a story about the Bush administration’s illegal domestic spying until after 2004 election.
- Why some people have HIV but don’t get AIDS. So, not going for the ‘does not cause’ view.
- Scientists issue unprecedented forecast for next sunspot cycle.
- Water as fuel.
- A history for Hyperion.
- Grey squirrel virus wiping out reds.
- Ice geysers discovered on Mars.
- Q the historical Jesus.
- Loose Change second edition.
- Scientists argue about hobbit skeleton.
- JFK lone-gunman theory doesn’t hold water.
- Revealed: the world’s oldest computer.
- Mint pain killer takes leaf out of ancient medical texts.
- How to win friends and influence people.
- Thank who very much?
- This old house.
- Dwarfing Earth’s largest dinosaur.
- Do modern humans carry Neanderthal genes?
- Can money make you happy?
- Early life lines make waves.
Quote of the Day:
It is a terrible irony that in human pity rests the glorification of war, and hence war itself.
Check out Celestia - it's a complete free space simulation that lets you explore our universe in three dimensions. It has very cool add ons...you will love it. It has over 500,000 stars you can fly to, following the Voyagers on their tour etc. You can go back in time and follow the Tunguska meteor impact...or watch the comet impact on Jupiter. There are also cool download links for space ships and even a complete Star Trek/Star Wars/or alien universe you can download and discover it, the same way as Google Earth works...
After a quick play, looks like a bunch of fun, and could be a handy educational tool too. Wish I had more time to play with it - take a look if space is your thang, you won't be disappointed. Also, if you really get into it, head over to the Celestia Motherlode for heaps of add-ons. Thanks AtlantiS!
A strange assortment to get you through the week...
- The journal Esoterica has "The Curious Case of Hermetic Graffiti in Valladolid Cathedral", by Eric W. Vogt, available online for your reading pleasure.
- Astraea Magazine has an audio interview with Dr Brendan Myers, about his book The Mysteries of Druidry: Celtic Mysticism, Theory, & Practice. Amazon US & UK.
- Filer's Files #33 has the latest UFO news from around the globe.
- Another handy resource is UFO Casebook #219.
- Skeptic Randi gets his Geller-fixation on in his latest weekly newsletter.
- The Société Périllos have Part 2 of their new essay series, "And he is there, dead". Here's Part 1.
- Filip Coppens' website has his article "The Quest for the Metal Library", from Nexus Magazine.
- UFOWatchdog.com interviews Chris Kenworthy about the Australian UFO Wave hoax. TDG's interview with Chris is here, for those that missed it.
Let's pump ourselves full of magic monkey juice and take a trip to space land...
- The drugs did work - Philip K. Dick was the master of 'reality shift' fiction...if only because his life was exactly like that.
- UCLA professor says that the Dark Lord is just misunderstood, in his book Satan: A Biography (Amazon US). Anyone noticed how you never see Satan and Donald Rumsfeld in the same room together?
- Whitley Strieber's new novel The Grays uses fact-based fiction to tell amazing truths. Amazon US & UK.
- Generation X-files go to school.
- Pope to inspect image of Christ on veil.
- More on that Harry Potter porn story I linked to a couple of weeks ago. Actually, it just looks like a rewrite.
- Michael Shermer's latest "Skeptic" column in Scientific American tells how a court of law may determine the meaning of replication in science.
- NASA finds direct proof of dark matter. "There's gotta be something between Dubya's ears," says official. Okay, so he didn't say that.
- The Inelegant Universe: new books argue that it's time to drop the idea of string theory.
- The robots are coming!
- Study says that Greenland's glaciers have been shrinking for 100 years, undermining Global Warming claims. That sort of cold will make anything shrink...right fellas?
- Prehistoric tools and weapons found in the Andes.
- Is the Antikythera Mechanism the world's oldest computer? That, or the Vic-20 I have out in the back shed.
- Egyptian-Australian family go in search of a Pharaoh's ransom, hoping to tap the riches of the long-dormant gold mines of Dynastic Egypt.
- The Aegeans ritual prehistory stretches back into the 3rd millennium BC.
- The Bruton Vault in Virginia is worthy of a Dan Brown novel. Considering the alleged link to Francis Bacon, perhaps it will be...
- Irish company challenges scientists to test their 'free energy' technology. I'm guessing they're trying to remove the quotes from around 'free energy'. Looks like they have some challengers.
- Artificial Intelligence proponents say that search engine technology is still in its infancy.
- Questions that call for a genius. I'm just going to quietly pop out for a coffee...
- Man survives 1000 meter fall.
Quote of the Day:
Today we live in a society in which spurious realities are manufactured by the media, by governments, by big corporations, by religious groups, political groups...So I ask, in my writing, What is real? Because unceasingly we are bombarded with pseudo-realities manufactured by very sophisticated people using very sophisticated electronic mechanisms. I do not distrust their motives; I distrust their power. They have a lot of it. And it is an astonishing power: that of creating whole universes, universes of the mind. I ought to know. I do the same thing.
Philip K. Dick (1978)
The latest issue of Nexus Magazine is now available, with the Nexus website offering some free samples from the latest issue (13:4):
- Was Martin Bryant framed for the Port Arthur massacre? (Part 1)
- The health dangers of indoor moulds.
- How international drug trafficking serves some powerful political and economic interests.
Full details of the latest issue's contents are available from the website.
Here's the alternative radio schedule for the first half of the week.
Fate Radio: No new show this week, although there are a bunch of 'encore' shows available, including interviews with Colin Andrews, Peter Davenport and Roger Leir.
Coast to Coast AM: On Monday psychiatrist Dr. Brian Weiss will discuss past lives & future lives, as well as out-of-body experiences. First hour Tuesday, George will chat with entrepreneur and radio talk show host, Andre Eggelletion, followed by Tom Van Flandern who will discuss proposed changes in descriptions of our planetary line up as well as exploded planets hypothesis, debunking the big bang, and Mars artifacts. Wednesday is still TBA (check the link for updates), while on Thursday Whitley Strieber will discuss his first book in nearly 10 years, The Grays.
More details including relevant guest links are available at the C2C website. Also C2C can be listened to through KOGO.
Water water, everywhere, and not a drop to drink.
- Coinciding with World Water Week, experts are warning there must be a radical global rethink on water management to repair the worsening water resource crisis.
- Taking the first positive step, China will invest billions of yuan to combat its dire water pollution problems.
- Money can't help the drought-stricken south-western provinces, as areas like Chongqing struggle to deal with a lack of fresh water.
- Despite the warnings of health officials, people are still flocking to a Mumbai beach to drink sea water that has turned sweet.
- Problems of fresh water shortages is a global problem, according to a WWF report. Good to know Stone Cold Austin cares about the environment.
- Despite the country's water crisis, Australians are more concerned about terrorism (and what's on television tonight).
- 115 million years ago, Australia was once home to ancient reptiles that swam in huge icy lakes.
- Mammoth sperm frozen in permafrost for thousands of years may help bring them back to life. Anyone like to volunteer to be a surrogate mother?
- Researchers at America's very posh National Academy of Sciences claim the Flores Island Hobbit is nothing but a deformed caveman. Their words, not mine.
- Scientists have discovered a unique gene sequence that appears to play a role in the development of the cerebral cortex and human evolution.
- A backward sunspot seen a few weeks ago is a sign the next solar cycle is beginning, which could delay planned missions to the moon over the next few years.
- A small hi-tech firm in Dublin has developed a free energy technology that could power everything from mobile phones to cars. Gee U2 are an amazing band.
- Ajay Sarma, a lecturer in physics from India, says he has found a conceptual loophole in Einstein's famous equation.
- Can science provide the answers to some of the world's most perplexing questions? This question doesn't count.
- Several passengers aboard a flight from Volgograd to Moscow witness UFOs.
- Missing Time is a new website dedicated to sharing paranormal research.
- Alien Log is a new novel by Dr Robert Farrell, a retired professor with a keen interest in UFOs and alien life (Amazon US or UK). A review's coming soon.
- A Nigerian-born doctor in the US has witnessed many things he can't explain, and keeps an open mind. But does he give his patients a lollipop?
- New research suggests men and women have significantly different dreams. Then I must be an extraterrestrial considering the dreams I have (ask me about the monkey dream).
- If you have access, the History Channel is premiering a documentary about the Egyptian Book of the Dead on August 22nd.
- A Madrid museum is returning a centuries-old mummy to the Canary Islands.
- Is the mummy connected to the Canary Islands's Pyramids of Guimar?
- A 2400-year-old chariot has been excavated in China, with horse remains amazingly preserved in mid gallop. Great pic.
Thanks Neila, Alex and Kat.
Quote of the Day:
And you can dream
So dream out loud
And don't let the bastards grind you down
U2, "Acrobat" (from their album Achtung Baby)
The trickster has well and truly settled in at TDG this week, with the Circlemakers coming out of the closet (there's actually a good essay about this on the Circlemakers website), and also the unveiling of the Australian UFO Wave 'hoax' - which, like the Circlemakers, was stated to be "immersive artwork".
In my earlier story I mentioned my concerns about the ramifications of these sorts of public deception, but I wanted to hear the other side of the story so I contacted Chris Kenworthy, who was the film-maker behind the Australian UFO Wave project. To his credit, Chris was honest and forthright in his answers, and certainly makes some good points, although I continue to see a negative side for ufology - I've added the interview to the site for those interested.