I really don't know, but I'm sure the answer lies at the bottom of a cup of very strong black coffee.
- Do sonar scans revealing artificial structures submerged off the southeast coast of Cyprus point to a possible location for Atlantis? Robert Sarmast, expedition leader, rejects claims his search for Atlantis is a cover for American oil prospecting.
- Does a Cryptozoologist have sonar evidence of Norway's Lake Seljord Monster, Selma?
- A bizarre freeway of fish swimming by the thousands along the shore of Englewood Beach has marine biologists puzzled.
- Crikey! There's a bloody big croc lurking in London's River Lea!
- Britain's first museum and gallery dedicated to fairies has opened in the Orkneys.
- Once scorned as mere mythology, Vedic literature is being verified by modern science. A fantastic article, and the photo galleries of underwater excavations at Dvaraka are incredible.
- The Vimana of ancient vedic texts: science-fiction or fact?
- Did ancient cultures receive visits from god-like extraterrestrials?
- The Chosen Foo: American musicians the Foo Fighters and the WWII UFO mystery from whence they got their name.
- Cyberpunk visionary William Gibson writes about U2's technology of blinding lights. U2 is a band who weren't named after a type of flying vehicle, but Dave Grohl still likes them.
- Restricted files of UFO encounters have been recovered from the Australian Government's top-secret archives. Our names haven't been mentioned yet, Greg.
- After a spate of UFO sightings over the past 50 years, the skies of Cumbria are silent. Cumbrians take note: you still have the stars and your imaginations.
- New Jersey has no such problems, and is a UFO hotspot.
- Can a single strand of hair provide proof of extraterrestrial visitors? Australia's leading UFOlogist, Bill Chalker, discusses the DNA evidence in his book Hair of the Alien (Amazon US or UK). This book is not to be confused with Donald Trump's biography.
- Saturn's moon Titan is dry as a bone, dispelling theories of hydrocarbon lakes.
- If I tell you what negative Quantum knowledge is, you will know less. The more I learn the less I know.
- Frighteningly, Galvanic Vestibular Stimulation can produce remote-controlled humans. There's something weird about my iPod earphones ...
- Syn is a beta-magazine dedicated to exploring synaesthesia, for those who experience the condition and for those who don't.
- Satire Warning: In a bizarre twist of irony, a suicide bomber was killed en route by a car bomb. To balance the satire, an old article about Bush announcing an end to America's nightmare of peace and prosperity experienced during the Clinton Administration. These articles are funny because they're so sadly true.
- Westerners laugh at Asians who mix up their Engrish. Now let's laugh at stupid white people who get kanji tattooes confused.
- Perception-distorting street art, with an anamorphosis view.
Quote of the Day:
I know enough about life that I've got the big moves down, sort of. The fine moves are moments you discover as you live life attentively.
I know we don't give y'all enough to read here on TDG, so just to fill out the weekend a little more with a complete book, I recommend checking out Jeffrey Mishlove's The Roots of Consciousness (online for free in HTML form):
The title for The Roots of Consciousness was inspired by a statement by cosmologist Arthur M. Young who cautioned against seeking only the flowers of consciousness. Although flowers provide moments of pleasure and delight, they are forgotten after they wilt and die.
This book is in four parts: the first looks at the history (and geography) of consciousness exploration, the second investigates the folklore, the third delves into the science of consciousness, and the final section provides some theories of consciousness. Snap exam on Monday, so read up...
For a long time, I aspired to understand quantum physics, but today's news made me realize I'll always know less than nothing about it.
- Braveheart's Iconic Proof: the sheer courage, principle, and merit of the common man.
- Scots will be mourning William Wallace on the 700th anniversary of his death.
- The battle over William Wallace's birthplace.
- Has King David's palace been found in East Jerusalem?
- Evidence that Polynesians landed in Southern California between 400 and 800 A.D.
- Amazonian languages challenge linguistic theories.
- Ireland's largest ancient fort found outside Londonderry.
- Cracking the brain's perception code.
- Collins describes widespread environmental damage visible from shuttle.
- Your Tap Water: Will That be Leaded Or Unleaded?
- Ice shelf collapse biggest for 10,000 years.
- How lowly bacteria froze Earth solid.
- Quantum physicists decide we can know less than nothing. If anyone understands this article, please explain it to the rest of us.
- Lack of understanding of space weather will block manned missions to Mars.
- Solar flares could force shuttle crew to take cover on space station.
- Physicists add salt to make nano-sized particles with magnetic properties.
- Cassini sends photos of Saturn's auroras.
- NASA's Spitzer Finds Hidden, Hungry Black Holes.
- Scientists drill into active section of San Andreas Fault.
- Sceptics silenced by new recordings of ivory-billed woodpeckers' distinctive calls and tree rapping.
- Of the 60 amphetamines tested against Parkinson's in mice, 14 were found to reverse symptoms, with Ecstacy being the most effective.
- America's Most Dangerous Drug: How meth quietly marched across the country and up the socioeconomic ladder—and the wreckage it leaves in its wake.
- Cocaine residue in Italian water reveals high number of daily users.
- What they still call "the disaster" in geneticist Pat Hunt's lab.
- Phthalates in cosmetics, plastics, found to trigger lupus.
- New study shows Hurricane Ivan generated monster waves.
- Deadly Bacterial Infection Being Brought Back from Iraq by U.S. Troops.
- Selective breeding's first major advance in 20 years: passive animals are more productive.
- Schools are destroying the joy of reading, but Grossology is packing kids in.
- College president weighs in on why we shouldn't confuse roles of science and faith.
- Newspeak rift: 'war on terror' back this week.
- Orwellian Doublethink In London.
- Oddities stranger than fiction.
- What makes life funny?
Quote of the Day:
Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.
Robert A. Heinlein
The latest issue of Nexus magazine has been released, with some free articles available from the mag's website as tasters. Available to read from the August/September issue are articles on the UFOs in Washington, D.C., the Bilderbergers exposed, and Britain's secret war in Antarctica. Plenty more besides, check the website for the full rundown.
Plenty of reading material for over the weekend...
- The latest MAPS Newsletter keeps you up to date with the psychedelic research community - including the worrying news that Sasha Shulgin has been in hospital (best wishes for a speedy recovery!).
- Nick Redfern uncovers a 40-year-old Flying Triangle report over at Phenomena Magazine.
- Tim Boucher has an in-depth interview with Joanna Harcourt-Smith.
- Filer's Files #32 for 2005 will keep you up to date with the latest UFO happenings.
- The International Survivalist Society has a profile of British medium Bertha Harris, by Barbara McKenzie.
- Extremophiles: Not So Extreme? So says SETI supremo Seth Shostak (warning: don't say that with a mouth full of food).
- Kevin Kelly says "We Are the Web" over at Wired.
- Fortean Times has a review of Michael Glickman's Crop Circles (Amazon UK).
Here's the rundown on the radio schedules for the second half of the week:
Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week Belgian authors Patrick Geryl and Gino Ratinckx say they have decoded Mayan and Egyptian prophecies regarding 2012. Afterwards, Linda Moulton Howe reports on that troubling collapse of the marine food chain off the Pacific Northwest.
Coast to Coast AM: Friday is open lines, on Saturday Rob Morphy will discuss the ever-growing database of cryptozoological sightings and data on the American Monsters site, and Sunday George Noory (now hosting the first Sunday of each month) has Richard C. Hoagland & Tim Ventura for a conversation about alternatives to rocketry and the Shuttle for 21st Century space propulsion.
Fate Radio: This week's guest on Fate Radio is Paul Stonehill, on UFOs over Russia.
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.
Let’s deviate from the main thoroughfare, and choose the less traveled path. If you see something that tickles your fancy along the way, feel free to depart from the group and explore. All of the byways in the maze converge at the end of the tour, but all journeys are unique. Enjoy the ride.
- Scientists crack 40-year-old DNA puzzle and point to ‘hot soup’ at the origin of life.
- By examining microscopic marks on fossilized teeth, scientists have pieced together the diets of two ancient prehumans.
- Prehistoric hunters and not the last ice age are the likely culprits in the extinction of giant ground sloths and other North American great mammals such as mammoths, mastodons and saber-toothed tigers. Culprits?
- An ancient lunar standstill pilgrimage that has not been made for nearly a millennium begins again on a high stony mesa in southwestern Colorado.
- Child mummy wows the Egyptologists.
- Prostitution in ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome and Israel was glorified or mildly tolerated, according to a new analysis of the world's oldest profession.
- Chinese calendars reveal ancient science.
- Clearing -- or perhaps roiling -- the murky and often contentious waters of Mesoamerican archeology, a study of 3,000-year-old pottery provides new evidence that the Olmec may not have been the mother culture after all. So who else was around?
- Much of what ancient scribes carved in stone is lost to weathering, but a new X-ray technique promises to reveal the message. This could be interesting - maybe we need some ancient wisdom.
- Are Earth ice ages created by stars? Makes my high school science project look pathetic, but I didn't live next to an astronomer.
- Why we all need pornography. Trust me on this one.
- One in a new generation of computer climate models that include the effects of Earth's carbon cycle indicates there are limits to the planet's ability to absorb increased emissions of carbon dioxide. Yet another model.
- Senator Norm Coleman submitted a statement denouncing a final report issued by the United Nations’ Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG) suggesting that the U.N. assume global governance of the Internet. Thank you Norm.
- Researchers are playing mind tricks to help dieters lose weight. Be careful there fatboy, mind tricks can have unintended consequences.
- Scientists invent a new love potion that works without fail, or so says Pravda.
- Scots bicker over birthplace of 'Scotty', a fictional Star Trek character played by the late James Doohan, a Canadian actor.
- Following the July 7 bombings in London that killed 56 people, the enforcement of laws that allow the deportation of Islamic clerics accused of whipping up hatred and violence has become more robust.
- Biotech giant Monsanto applies for a global patent on pigs.
- South Korea's pioneering stem cell scientist has cloned a dog, smashing another biological barrier and reigniting a fierce ethical debate. Come Snuppy.
- Snuppy's paving the way to our future. The Human-Techno Future: How Weird? How Soon? Author Joel Garreau describes research so cutting edge it seems mind-boggling in Radical Evolution: The Promise and Peril of Enhancing Our Minds, Our Bodies—And What It Means to Be Human is available at Amazon US and UK. I still want a 45-foot wingspan and a 10-foot tail.
- Why do men have nipples? That and hundreds of other questions are answered in a book subtitled 'Hundreds of Questions You'd Only Ask a Doctor After Your Third Martini'. (It's also answered in the link.) It's available at Amazon US and UK.
- The London-based company Intelligent Energy will sell hydrogen hogs. Well, not quite a hog with a top speed of 50 mph.
- Sea turtles that receive the highest protection in Costa Rica and other neighboring countries are dying by the thousands at the hands of unregulated commercial fishing in Nicaragua.
- Iran told the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog agency Monday of its decision to resume nuclear activities. Let's think for a minute, why does Iran want uranium? Stop the presses - late input: Iran mullahs back off. Sort of, anyway.
- How close was Hitler to getting the bomb?
- A new cosmic look may cast doubts on big bang theory.
- Russian researchers claim to have solved the mystery of Crop Circles, and it's not ol' Doug and Dave.
- Deep in the forests of North America, if the stories are to be believed, lives a breed of hairy giants that are tall, dark, and ugly.
- A team of physicists from Glasgow University has landed more than £1million to help uncover whether there really is life on other planets.
- After performing an unprecedented repair, the astronaut may need another spacewalk to fix a different trouble spot.
- Scientists peering through a ground-based telescope say the surface of Saturn's planet-sized moon Titan appears dry and not awash in oceans of liquid hydrocarbons as is commonly believed.
- Scientists speculated today on a solution to a longstanding mystery of why the Moon is overloaded with nitrogen. Guess from where the nitrogen came. Aw, go on, guess.
- Dissident scientists that sing the comet electric theory of the universe are having a field day in the wake of NASA's Deep Impact comet collision earlier this month.
Quote of the Day
And justice is the one thing
You should always find
You gotta saddle up your boys
You gotta draw a hard line
When the gun smoke settles
We'll sing a victory tune
And we'll all meet back
At the local saloon
We'll raises up our glasses
Against evil forces
Singing, 'Whiskey for my men, beer for my horses!'
Toby Keith/Scott Emerick
Whiskey for my men, beer for my horses
The latest issue of the succinctly named North American BioFortean Review is now available freely online (PDF), with features on the Flores 'hobbits', singing worms, and a slew of cryptozoology-related book reviews. Previous issues remain available online, and can be browsed here. Thanks to The Anomalist for uncovering this one.
Ultra-skeptic (cynic) James 'The Amazing' Randi has made his book, An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural available online at the JREF website.
This Internet version will contain many more illustrations than the printed one, and as time goes on we intend to add more categories and definitions, as well. If you have any suggestions along this line, we invite them eagerly. Please be sure that what you offer us is "in tune" with the subjects we handle, and when possible, give us a reference for the item.
Perhaps Wikipedia might be a more useful resource for some of these topics, but good on Randi for putting it online anyhow.
For those interested in advertising in our very own Sub Rosa magazine , we have added a Ratecard with further information on the Advertising page over at the SR website. We look forward to working with advertisers and supporters, with a great future ahead for the project. Please note, that we also offer a 15% commission to advertising agencies.