News Briefs 14-03-2006

Something wicked this way comes. Or maybe it's just the imminent arrival of Sub Rosa Issue 4....

  • Dan Brown takes the witness stand in DVC court case, and scorns copy claim. Also - Richard Leigh admits to 'hijacking'.
  • British Rail patented fusion-powered ‘UFO’ craft (well, strictly speaking it wouldn’t be unidentified) in the 1970s. More on the story here.
  • NASA and Google take you to Mars. They can remember it for you, wholesale.
  • Phoenix Lights still debated.
  • Why do we think aliens are made of water? I’m hoping they’re made of chocolate, although it won’t do much for inter-galactic relations.
  • Searching for Civil War spirits. Nothing like the high-tech approach, drawing them out with "little pieces of beef jerky and chewing tobacco".
  • Contact with the dead can be an aid to healing. Perhaps the beef jerky has medicinal properties?
  • World’s oldest observatory unearthed in Iran.
  • Valley of the Kings find was a mummification chamber, not a tomb.
  • News video of excavation in Egypt unearthing Sekhmet statues.
  • Stolen Afghan artifacts found by the ton in Great Britain.
  • Mass extinctions: A threat from outer space, or just our own planet’s detox? Mom's comin' round to put it back the way it ought to be...
  • Doubts cast on the much vaunted return of the Ivory Billed Woodpecker.
  • ’Mental typewriter’ that can read minds goes on display at tech show.
  • Jogging on your own may not be good for your brain.
  • Ecstasy causes depression in pigs. No wonder I never see pigs having fun at raves.
  • Long term marijuana use that thing on top of your head...what’s it called again? Ah, the brain.
  • Researchers identify new form of superior memory syndrome.
  • Optic nerve regrown with nanofibre scaffold.
  • Model of Ice Age ice sheets may preview the next global climate change.
  • Scientists close to breaking the carbon barrier and creating artificial life.
  • Ig Nobel winners go on tour with their whacky science.
  • Satellite sleuth searches for Noah’s Ark on Mount Ararat. Exclusive Looking for that Fundamentalist demographic...a huge market.
  • Super-Earth discovered orbiting distant sun. I feel so inadequate now.
  • UFO contest wants you to fake it. The photo that is.
  • Conspiracy theories offer people a way to cope. Sure, another mainstream article covering up the truth by explaining away conspiracy theories as a mental construct! You don’t fool me!
  • Internet blows CIA covers. Internet reveals poem sent to it by Scooter Libby ("Online, where you reside, the servers will already be turning. They turn in clusters, because their name servers connect them. Come back to work -- and life.").
  • Cate Blanchett to reprise her role as Elizabeth I in a new film looking at the later life of the 'Virgin Queen'. I'm guessing the name of the sequel won't be Elizabeth II though. Perhaps another sequel after this concentrating on her relationship with John Dee would be cool?
  • Woman turns on kitchen tap to find beer running into her sink. Now that would get guys to wash up a little more often.

Thanks Kat.

Quote of the Day:

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.

Galileo Galilei

Radio 14-03-2006

Here's the alternative radio schedule for the first half of the week. Nick Redfern should be a good listen on Tuesday night, tune in if you can.

Fate Radio: This week’s guest is Jason Martell, who will discuss advanced technologies developed by ancient human civilizations.

Coast to Coast AM: Monday's guest is Catherine Lanigan discussing her work with people who have experienced angelic interventions and communication with the Other Side. On Tuesday Nick Redfern will talk about his work uncovering how the entire UFO research community has been monitored by U.S. Intelligence Agencies. Wednesday is still TBA, while Thursday sees comic book legend Neal Adams talking about his research on a new model for the Universe.

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

Fortean Times #208

Issue #208 of Fortean Times is now available, which features a 22 page special on the latest findings from the monster hunters. With the release of the new issue, there are also a number of articles made freely available from previous issues:

Full details are available at the Fortean Times website.

News Briefs 13-03-2006

Grab yourself a shovel and a tinfoil hat.

  • The first settlers on Easter Island didn't arrive until 1200 AD, up to 800 years later than previously thought, according to new research. Better late than never.
  • Here's another article on the Easter Island controversy, with a bit more information. Aloha!
  • Does anyone remember the ruins of an ancient civilisation discovered in a remote eastern Utah canyon almost two years ago? Here's a reminder.
  • Also in late 2004, ancient Mayan canals were possibly spotted in satellite images. Here's an update.
  • DNA taken from the remains of Christopher Columbus' brother and son support the claim that bone fragments in Seville belong to the legendary explorer.
  • Could this be the next Dan Brown character? The dirt detective who tracks down missing artifacts pillaged and plundered from archaeological digs.
  • The Association of Art Museum Directors has released new guidelines for the loan of antiquities. The British Museum accidentally deleted the email as spam.
  • Here are photographs of three Inca artifacts the Peruvian government wants Yale University to return.
  • Speaking of directors, Zahi Hawass was interviewed about the research of King Tut he hijacked.
  • Whilst Zahi was getting ready for the cameras, Egyptologists discovered 3400-year-old statues of the lion-headed goddess Sekhmet.
  • Buddhist texts found in Afghanistan in the 1990s, and recently translated by an Australian researcher, are the oldest ever found, illuminating the early history of Buddhism.
  • The Nepali boy claimed to be a reincarnation of Buddha has gone missing after a mysterious fire. Hrmm, coincides with the release of the Xbox 360...
  • Everyone except Richard Hoagland is celebrating the successful deployment of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which will map the red planet like no other satellite has ever done (probably because they all crashed).
  • Is an anomaly on a satellite image of Mt Ararat that of Noah's Ark, or the boy who thought he could fly?
  • NASA's Cassini spacecraft may have found evidence of liquid water on Saturn's moon Enceladus.
  • Dark energy and dark matter may be two sides of the same coin, according to a new theory. What about three sides?
  • A UFO that looked like a shining silver pyramid was seen over Putney, UK.
  • A UFO seen over Ayutthaya in Thailand recently may have just been a meteor.
  • Does shared serpent symbolism reveal a mythological link between China and Australia -- or a hallucinogenic one?
  • A repost of a Jameske news link, because it's a brilliant article: the dark side of China's economic boom. Are dragons grumpy when they wake up?
  • A bit of monkey magic, as stone eggs are born on Chan Dan Ya, a mountain cliff in Guizhou China, every 30 years.
  • From Cryptomundo, Nick Redfern investigates Scottish werewolf sightings. Has anyone heard from Cernig lately?
  • Let's stay in bonny Scotland for a wee bit, and investigate the spine-tingling case of the Loch Lomond wallabies. Thankfully they're the furry kind, and not Australian rugby players.
  • If you don't want to go to Scotland just to see Australian fauna, then how about a wee monster tour starting with Loch Ness?
  • Which of the 52 cards in a standard set of playing cards is referred to as the Curse of Scotland ... and why?
  • A species of rat-squirrel thought extinct for 11-million-years has been found alive and well (but annoyed it's been found) in Laos.
  • Employees at Tyco Electronics (which I suspect is a front for a secret genetic manipulation lab) has taken photos of a mystery fox/wampus cat/dingo/kangaroo thing. With pics.
  • Perhaps we should have the TDG awards. A Bulgarian mystic has been decorated with a state award for his supernatural powers and charity efforts.
  • The Da Vinci Code: fact, fiction or tourism conspiracy?
  • A New Zealand journalist sits in on the Da Vinci Code court case, and writes his account of the proceedings. Very flattering photos of Brown and Baigent included.
  • In case Kat hasn't told you already, the dvd of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire sold 5 million copies on its first day of release. Where'd you get all the cash from, Kat?

Quote of the Day:

There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.


Sacred Elixirs Audio

Gwyllm Llwydd sends word that the Earth Rites website has posted audio of the Sacred Elixirs conference. On site you'll find mp3s of speakers such as Paul Devereux, Mike Crowley, Dale Pendell, Clark Heinrich and also Earl Crockett with Alexander 'Sasha' Shulgin. I love it when mp3s of this calibre get posted freely on the web.

Also on the website you'll find details of another conference that may be of interest to TDG readers in California (and I know there's plenty of you). "SheShamans & Magic Mamas" will be held in Geyserville, California, over three days in June (23rd-25th). More info on the line-up is available at the main page of the Earth Rites website (scroll down a little). Thanks Gwyllm.

News Briefs 10-03-2006

So many controversies, so little time.

  • Devilish detail may prove saviour for The Da Vinci Code author.
  • Caves of mystery at Huashan.
  • Satellite sleuth closes in on Noah's Ark mystery. Satellite image of the Mt. Ararat anomaly.
  • Ancient seafaring ships, discovered in an Egyptian cave that has kept its secrets for 40 centuries, were probably built at a Nile shipyard, then disassembled and carried across 90 miles of desert to the Red Sea, with as many as 3,700 men taking part in the expedition.
  • Gospel of Judas has endured a rocky path from Egypt's desert to print.
  • US biologist weighs in on human quadruped controversy, saying reverse human evolution is plausible, testable.
  • UK evolutionary psychologist says both nature and nurture explain wrist-walkers.
  • It may be the researchers who are devolving, rather than the wrist-walkers: Misconduct claim pits relatively little-known Turkish reseacher against 3 internationally known UK scientists.
  • Living fossil: Squirrel-like rodent found in a Laos meat market last year belongs to a family thought to have died out 11 million years ago.
  • Cassini finds signs of liquid water on Saturn's moon, Enceladus.
  • Deities for Atheists: Michael Shermer pens a glowing review of George Basalla's Civilized Life in the Universe: Scientists on Intelligent Extraterrestrials. Amazon US & UK.
  • Buckyballs, known to damage or destroy DNA, could pose a health threat. Gee, ya think?
  • You are more important than a quark: A brain-tickling review of A Different Universe: Reinventing Physics from the Bottom Down by Nobel Prize winning physicist Robert B. Laughlin. New paperback edition available at Amazon US & UK.
  • Report reveals worldwide illegal spread of genetically engineered crops, including ordinary crops contaminated with GE crops containing pharmaceuticals.
  • Is neuroelectric therapy, or Net, which transmitts low-level currents to the brain, the answer to addiction?
  • The legend of United Flight 93: If the official story is true, how did a burning seat cushion land on the roof of a cabin two and a half miles from the crash site?
  • Details revealed about the blood oath taken by a 'made man' in the mafia.
  • The cult of the fox spirits lives on in China.
  • Near Miss in Saudia Arabia Would Have Been an Energy Pearl Harbor.
  • Hotter, Faster, Worser: Over the past several months, the normally restrained voice of science has taken on a distinct note of panic when it comes to global warming. How did we go from debating the "uncertainty" behind climate science to near hysterical warnings from normally sober scientists about irrevocable and catastrophic consequences?
  • At war with our planet: A 3-page review of The Weather Makers: How We are Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth by Tim Flannery. Amazon US & UK.

Quote of the Day:

Sarah, if the American people had ever known the truth about what we Bushes have done to this nation, we would be chased down in the streets and lynched.

George H. W. Bush, in an interview with Sarah McClendon, Dec. 1992

Skeptical Inquirer 30:1

The January/February issue of Skeptical Inquirer has been released (not sure if I missed this, considering it's now March), and as usual the SI website has a number of the articles available for free:

  • Is Paul Dead? Massimo Polidoro looks into the legendary Beatles rumour about McCartney's death.
  • Benjamin Radford investigates Ogopogo, the chameleon lake monster.
  • Stephen Barrett takes a look inside the 'natural cures' of infomercial master Kevin Trudeau.

See the SI website for complete details of the latest issue.

Weekend Roundup 10-03-2006

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

  • Binnall of America have their latest audio interview available, this week is Part 1 of Tim's chat with esoterica author Jerry E. Smith (available in both mp3 and Flash formats).
  • Graham Hancock's website has a new forum article - "The Orion Zone", by Gary A. David. Hey, I know that name...
  • The latest MAPS News Update is available online.
  • An interview with Ray Kurzweil, on 'reprogramming your biochemistry for immortality'.
  • Matthew Cromer discusses the latest research findings from 'afterlife' investigator Dr Gary Schwartz.
  • Robin Crookshank-Hilton writes a specific item about the Da Vinci Code court case for Phenomena.


Radio 10-03-2006

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

Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week's guest is Bill Sweet who discusses a pioneering effort to solve the mystery of prayer through science. Afterwards, Linda explores a mystery that has scientists terrified: why is bird flu spreading so fast?

Coast to Coast AM: Friday is open lines, schedule for Saturday and Sunday are still TBA at the time of posting (check the link for updates).

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.

Solomon Rumours

There have been some rumblings that bookstores are suggesting a May 2006 release for Dan Brown's next book, and one particular person over at the Cult of Dan Brown forums has said they have been sent a flyer from the Doubleday Book Club which says the same. Anybody else heard mention of this?