Weekend Roundup 31-03-2006

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


Radio 31-03-2006

Here's the rundown on the radio schedules for the second half of the week:

Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week author Joshua Greene discusses the spiritual quest of Beatle George Harrison. Afterwards, Linda Howe looks at the satellite photos of Mt Ararat...does it show Noah's Ark?

Coast to Coast AM: Friday is open lines. Saturday and Sunday are still TBA, check the link for updates to the schedule.

More details including relevant websites are available at the linked pages 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.

News Briefs 30-03-2006

I'm in need of employment. Anybody got a decent offer?

Quote of the Day:

Democrats are attacking the culture of life, traditional family values, and the institution of marriage, the very code words that make this country sound so great.

Stephen Colbert

News Briefs 29-03-06

Surely there is more to Coral Castle than a fanciful myth. Post your thoughts.

  • Physics world buzzing over faster than ever particles.
  • The Lincoln conspiracy: inside the plot to avenge the Confederacy.
  • Coral Castle: a fanciful myth.
  • Asteroid Itokawa and why Saturn shouldn’t float on water.
  • Stanislaw Lem is dead.
  • Searching for the invisible man.
  • Earth is at the tipping point.
  • The Dam is breaking on the 911 cover-up.
  • Skull find could force rethink on human origins.
  • A pill to beat fear?
  • Great fakers scammed Ancient Italy.
  • Italian scientists find Ancient Ur tablets.
  • Garlic has efficacy against cancer and heart disease.
  • Forbidden planet Mars.
  • Noah’s ark plan from top moon man.
  • Surgeons remove two foetuses from infant.

Quote of the Day:

If you don't make mistakes, you're not working on hard enough problems. And that's a big mistake.

Frank Wilczek

Solar Eclipse

No, it's not the End Times. Right about now a total eclipse of the Sun will be visible from within a narrow corridor that travels across half the Earth over the next 24 hours. There'll be two paths, the major one being that of the Moon's umbral shadow. Beginning in Brazil, it's extending across the Atlantic, through northern Africa and central Asia where it'll end at sunset in Western Mongolia. A partial eclipse will be visible in the much broader path of the Moon's penumbral shadow that includes two thirds of Africa, Europe and central Asia. For more information, including some fantastic graphics, click here. If anything weird or wonderful happens to you today, please post here or tell Jonathan Cainer about it. Blink and you'll miss it.

UPDATE: You blinked, and missed it. For a stunning photo gallery click here. I'm still looking for a news story that showed footage of crowds watching the eclipse at the Pyramids of Giza, on the banks of the River Ganges in India, the plains of Africa ... stunning.

Baigent and Brown Redux

In what is said to be a complete coincidence (though my cynicism runneth over), March 28th saw the release in the U.S. of books by both Dan Brown and his court adversary Michael Baigent. Five million paperback copies of The Da Vinci Code were (finally) released to U.S. stores, which will no doubt add to the 12 million hardcovers already sold (and 40 million copies worldwide), in anticipation of the movie version of the novel which is due for release May 19th...and no doubt the current court publicity has played out nicely as well.

Meanwhile, Baigent's embargoed book The Jesus Papers (Amazon US and UK) came dancing out of the shadows as well with an initial print run of 150000, to sit (at this moment) at #2 on Amazon.com's charts:

As a religious historian and a leading expert in the field of arcane knowledge, Baigent has unequaled access to hidden archives, secret societies, Masonic records, and the private collections of antiquities traders and their moneyed clients...The evidence he has uncovered has lead him to make shocking new assertions that threaten the conventional account of Jesus's life and death and shake the very foundation of Western thought, based as it is upon the assumption of Jesus's divinity.

For full details about the book, visit the Harper Collins website which has a full synoposis and also a chapter excerpt.

Robot Race

The PBS series Nova has yet another great feature on their website, the latest being on the DARPA-sponsored 'Robot Race' which we covered in the news here last year. The full show will be available online from tomorrow, and besides that they have plenty more information, out-takes from the show, and interactive features about this challenge, in which driverless vehicles 'competed' in a 130-mile race across the Mojave Desert.

Tuesday Roundup 28-03-2006

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


News Briefs 28-03-2006

Data, for your mind to filter...

  • The Eye of God returns! Sounds dramatic doesn’t it.
  • Satanic art of the Catholic Church exposed. Apparently.
  • Weird science: the Financial Times review of Ray Kurzweil's The Singularity is Near (Amazon US).
  • Could Ethiopian skull be the missing link?
  • Brighter sun adds to fears about Global Warming.
  • Whale song reveals sophisticated language skills.
  • Study finds that, among Europeans, German people are the most intelligent.
  • Meet Benjamin Radford, the 'real Ghostbuster' (he's a CSICOPian). Oh dear, even he trots out the "why haven't psychics found Osama Bin Laden" line. Must have been top of the talking points memo at the last CSICOP monthly meeting....
  • Have you seen the ghost boy in Three Men and a Baby? A good example of how easy it is to mistake one thing for another I guess.
  • Australian aborigines built underground water reservoirs.
  • Egyptian Museum in Cairo ‘finds’ the mummy of Queen Hatshepsut. Perhaps a spring clean is in order Zahi?
  • What can we expect from quantum computers?
  • CNN.com has a video feature on the future. I would be more excited if I could watch them on my retinal implant.
  • First launch from New Mexico spaceport nears.
  • Artificial Gravity generator now possible?
  • First images beamed back by Mars probe.
  • Team readies for Venus arrival.
  • Oh my god, they killed satire. Is religion winning the battle against free speech?
  • Here come the God-killers. Interesting how this meme has jumped out in the past month, from Bering in this article to Daniel Dennett, Richard Dawkins and others featuring in news or releasing books on the topic.

Quote of the Day:

Science can destroy religion by ignoring it as well as by disproving its tenets. No one ever demonstrated, so far as I am aware, the non-existence of Zeus or Thor— but they have few followers now.

Arthur C. Clarke

Radio 28-03-2006

Here's the alternative radio schedule for the first half of the week.

Fate Radio: Paranormal investigator Josh Warren discusses his theory that ghost, extraterrestrial, and cryptid sightings and experiences are fundamentally connected to one another (Realplayer or Windows Media).

Coast to Coast AM: Monday's guest is researcher Heidi Hollis who will discuss ‘Shadow People’ and sightings of a satanic-like being. On Tuesday David Icke will talk about what is happening with the world we live in and where his research has taken him recently, Wednesday is TBA (check the link for updates), and on Thursday Dr. Bruce Maccabee will discuss UFO incidents including a 2002 Mexico sighting as well as his study of Tesla's works.

More details including relevant guest links are available at the C2C website. Also C2C can be listened to through KOGO.