News Briefs 17-11-2006

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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

Weekend Roundup 17-11-2006

A few things to keep you busy over the weekend...


Radio 17-11-2006

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.

Fortean Times #217

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.

Mothman 40 Years On

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.

News Briefs 16-11-2006

Rising from my sick bed to bring you news. Now, I retire...

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.

Bill Hicks

Unbeatable Brown

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).

News Briefs 15-11-06

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.

Will Durant

Hunting the Skinwalker

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.

Tuesday Roundup 14-11-2006

A strange assortment to get you through the week...