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- Carbon nanotubes may have given ancient swords of Damascus their edge.
- Stone Age twins discovered buried under mammoth's shoulder blade.
- 38,000-year-old Neanderthal DNA pinpoints divergence of modern humans from their long-faced, barrel-chested relatives.
- Did catastrophe fall from above in 2807 B.C.?
- Going for a blast into the real past: If his experiment with splitting photons actually works, physicist says the next step will be to test for quantum retrocausality.
- Life in 2056: Scientists predict bonding with aliens and animals.
- Solar wind particles solve lunar mystery.
- Mars rover Opportunity snaps panorama of yawning crater, and Spirit is finally on the move again.
- NASA studies manned asteroid mission.
- The mysterious antigravity that caused the expansion of the cosmos to speed up was already present in space before the acceleration.
- Strong Leonid meteor shower expected this weekend. How to hear the Leonid meteor shower.
- Enviro-cateclysm of the week: Deep-sea trawling is destroying underwater mountains.
- Physics promises wireless recharging of electronic gadgets.
- Natural painkiller in human saliva is six times more powerful than morphine.
- Resveratrol found to double endurance and extend lifespan of mice.
- When Denise Faustman declared she had cured diabetic mice by getting them to regrow their insulin-producing cells, skeptics warned of bad experiments and false hope, but 3 research groups - who were each given $1m to prove her wrong - have reproduced her results.
- Failing hearts can carry out their own repairs - with a little help from science.
- A hands-on approach to the study of brains - including Einstein's.
- Scientists studying personal space say, in some circles, two is a crowd - even in cyberspace.
- High-tech 'Air guitar T-shirt' is an easy-to-use, virtual instrument that allows real-time music-making - even by players without significant musical skills.
- New intelligent prosthetic foot is so advanced, it may even allow amputee soldiers back into battle.
- Saudis to build $12b security fence to seal off border with Iraq.
- UK intelligence services ignored spy's al-Qaeda warnings.
- The UK's new hi-tech biometric passport is protected by military-level encryption. We cracked it in just 48 hours. Now the government is facing demands for a recall.
- Update: A review of PSIence: How New Discoveries in Quantum Physics and New Science May Explain the Existence of Paranormal Phenomena (Amazon US & UK), and an interview with author Marie D Jones.
- Deceiving the public: The secret world of Lonelygirl15, the breakout Web hit that, in September, was unmasked by fans as a work of fiction - when they noticed the photo of Aleister Crowley on her 'bedroom' wall.
Quote of the Day:
I sit here in this old house, all the while listening to the ghosts walk up and down the hallway. At 4 o'clock I was awakened by three distinct knocks on my bedroom door. No one was there. Damned place is haunted....
Harry Truman, writing about the White House in a letter to his wife
A few things to keep you busy over the weekend...
- Fortean Times has "The Rosslyn Cipher", by Brian Allan.
- Tim Binnall has written up a summary of the recent UFO Crash Retrieval Conference held in Las Vegas. It's also up on the C2C website, with a nice picture (Tim with Stanton Friedman).
- Matthew Cromer tries an informal afterlife experiment by sitting with Marcel Cairo. The brown-eyed girl thing is just plain spooky.
- The latest RU Sirius radio show is available as an mp3 download: "Robert Anton Wilson Lives!".
- Seth Mnookin has posted his Vanity Fair article on Lewis Perdue's copyright claims against Dan Brown on his blog.
- Loren Coleman details his comic-book identities at Cryptomundo.
- The Psychedelic Salon has a new podcast available, the latest is from Lorenzo himself, titled "The Other Side of 2012."
- J Fisher reviews Daniel Pinchbeck's 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl at Erowid.org (you can find my review of the book here on TDG).
- YouTube video of Richard Dawkins reading from his new book The God Delusion (Amazon US and UK).
- Filer's Files #46 has the latest ufological news from around the globe.
- Forget love...Mac Tonnies says that ufology is all you need.
- Ted Dace asks "Is it Real Science?" at SkepticalInvestigations.org.
- NUFORC documents a multiple-witness UFO sighting over Chicago's O'Hare airport.
Here's the rundown on the radio schedules for the second half of the week:
Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week Anne Strieber interviews healer Echo Bodine about here psychic ability and healing powers. Later, Linda Howe reports on mutilated cattle that were dropped from above after being killed!
Coast to Coast AM: Friday is a live remote from Ghost Fest aboard the Queen Mary, with George Noory presents a night of Open Lines. Early show Saturday Ian welcomes founder of the Kimball College, Glenn Kimball, who'll talk about the important discoveries of the mummy of Joseph, and the Hebrew Pharaohs of Egypt. Afterwards, Art Bell interviews futurist Dr. James Canton about the top ten trends of the extreme future, which include longevity medicine and climate change. Sunday's guest is Jim Bell, who will be discussing the equipment used on the Mars Rovers, the landscape, the prospects for discovering life there, as well as NASA's future intentions.
More details including relevant websites are available at the linked pages above. Remember also that while Coast to Coast is subscription, Dreamland is free. Dreamland also now offers a podcast of the most recent show.
The latest issue of Fortean Times has been released , with all the usual articles on high strangeness which you'd expect from the mag. Issue #217 celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of Nikola Tesla by featuring the 'electric wizard', with an article by Mark Pilkington on the "enigma of the man who lit up the world". Also in the latest issue is an article on the strange flying saucer contactee movement origins of the Findhorn community. Check out the FT latest issue page for full details.
With yesterday being accepted 40th anniversary of the Mothman sightings in Point Pleasant, Loren Coleman has written up an excellent piece on the details of the first sighting over at the Cryptomundo website. It gives a good rundown on how the phenomenon started, for those interested. Happily, Loren also passes on good news regarding the health of John Keel (author of The Mothman Prophecies). I'll update the poll here on TDG in the next day as well, with a fun little survey on readers' thoughts as to what 'Mothman' was.
Rising from my sick bed to bring you news. Now, I retire...
- UFO chatter fills conference.
- Deepak Chopra describes life beyond death in his latest book, Life After Death: The Burden of Proof (Amazon US and UK).
- TV show investigates boy's previous life claim.
- The race is on to digitise the world's media.
- Toilet evidence links Dead Sea Scrolls to sect. "For an ascetic time, call 555-049372."
- Muslim sabres contained carbon nanotubes.
- Is the return of the Freemasons at hand?
- The secret Rosicrucian symbols. Now online.
- Neanderthal DNA secrets unlocked. Arnie finally signed the consent form obviously.
- Why do smart people believe weird things? Probably because they read TDG...
- Scientist eyes mysterious mountain lights.
- Space mirrors could create Earth-like haven on Mars. I say we go all out and go all Death Star on Mars.
- Ancient asteroid caused massive tsunami?
- Red rain is gonna fall. But is it alien?
- Stem cells reverse muscular dystrophy.
- Google adds historic map overlays for free use with Google Earth.
- Second Life, or second hype? Who has time for a second life?
- North Sea temperature rises.
- Scientists set five grand challenges for nanotechnology research.
- Seth Shostak says ET is liable to phone any day now. Seth might want to check the mushroom phone...
- The anthropic principle comes under fire.
- Space elevators may be a non-starter due to the dangerous radiation found on the first floor.
- British Aerospace want to kill people in an environmentally friendly manner. Makes me all warm and fuzzy inside to hear it.
- The Leonids return in a few days time. Pack your thermos and a rug and take it all in.
Quote of the Day:
A guy says, "I hate Jews," and I said, "Why?" He goes, "Because they killed my God." They believe that. If I believed that the Jews killed my God, I'd worship the Jews, 'cause damn...there's some badasses on that team, man.
The Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal from author Lewis Perdue, who has claimed that Dan Brown plagiarised parts of his book Daughter of God in writing The Da Vinci Code, and who was seeking $150 million in damages. Perdue has commented on the decision on his blog, where he also published his petition to the Supreme Court (PDF).
Lots of interesting nonsense today. Post your thoughts.
- Corporate logos and freemasonry. The word.
- The case of earth’s incredible shrinking field.
- Meteor-dinosaur theory evolves again.
- Two black holes?
- Toilet evidence links Dead Sea Scrolls to sect.
- Free speech and Israel.
- 3D polymer with unusual magnetism.
- Archaeologists unveil calendar of pre-Colombia cultures.
- Sicilians in ancient Salcombe.
- Freak one-eyed monster storm spotted on Saturn.
- The 10 scariest medical mishaps.
- Virtual system eases phantom limb pain.
- I was frozen to improve my health.
- Another electrical shock for astronomers.
- Elevator in space.
- Was life on earth inevitable? You’d have thought so, since it happened.
- Eye-opening interview with Carol Rosin about the late Werner von Braun.
- Airing out an early atmosphere.
- Dandelion root cancer cure?
- Unmistakable lunar ruins on the moon.
Quote of the Day:
One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.
There are few more interesting stories over the past decade than that of the 'Skinwalker Ranch' investigation. A Utah ranch famed for its paranormal occurrences was bought up by Las Vegas entrepreneur Robert Bigelow (who has shot to fame recently via his achievements with Bigelow Aerospace), for the express purpose of a scientific study of the phenomena by his self-funded National Institute of Discovery Science (NIDS).
The events that transpired have recently been set out in the book Hunt for the Skinwalker (you can read my review here). One of the authors of that book - and former lead scientist with NIDS - is Colm Kelleher PhD. Colm has been kind enough to contribute a personal account to TDG, of one of the investigations that took place during the NIDS investigation the ranch, which he thinks would interest readers. I've added it to our Features section under the title "Two Scientists Hunting the Skinwalker" (you can read a previous interview with Colm here at TDG as well). Thanks to Colm for sending it in.
A strange assortment to get you through the week...
- Andrew Gough's Arcadia website features a new essay, "The Arcadian Meridian - London's Paradise Lost".
- Michael Shermer debates the benefits of religion in his latest Sci-Am Skeptic column.
- Frank Warren investigates the 1896 air-ship sightings at American Chronicle.
- Kevin Randle goes looking for more OOPARTS ('Out of Place Artifacts').
- Thothweb has "Before Recorded History: The Civilizations Lost in Time".
- Michael Prescott goes deeper into the story on remote viewers aiding in Saddam Hussein's capture.
- The latest MAPS news update is now available.
- UFO Casebook #230 is online.
- Brent Raynes reviews Brad Steiger's classic Strange Guests, recently re-released by Anomalist Books (Amazon US and UK).
- Filip Coppens revisits the prescient movie Wag the Dog.
- The Société Périllos have part four of their ongoing series, "Enigmas of the cemetery of Rennes-le-Château".
- Skeptic Randi's latest newsletter is out, with some news about Daniel Dennett having a brush with (a completely non-existent) heaven.