- Even if it takes us 150 years, let's go to Alpha Centauri! --wot, you have better plans?
- Our galaxy is being pushed at the astounding speed of 2 million km/hr by… nothingness?
- Ancient structures in Mars? It's all in the tetrahedra.
- Oz effect reported during encounter with shape-shifting UFO.
- Tom Delonge's new book about UFOs comes out in March 7 --psst! A cooler book will be published in May. Stay tuned…
- Six years later, Redditors are still arguing on whether this alleged video of an Almasti shot in Crimea is real or not.
- Bigfoot: It belongs in a museum.
- Dayum! X-Men's spinoff Legion sounds like it's gonna be awesome.
- CIA's released files reveal the Senate feared Stargate was actually MK-Ultra 2.0.
- My roundtable chums Seriah Azkath and Joshua Cutchin join Alex Tsakiris for a memorable session at the latest episode of Skeptiko.
- How a culture clash at NOAA led to a flap over a high-profile warming pause study.
- Remember Fukushima? Here's why you should!
- Another Dead Sea Scrolls cave? Well, we are living in the end times, so…
- Gel-based vasectomy? As long as it's not Krazy Glue, amiright?
- Your (strained) eyes won't believe the wonderful, colorful history of eyeglasses.
- The Robot Revolution is starting at the London Science Museum!
- Red Pill of the Day: Removing a live SQUIRMING cockroach from a woman's skull --no, she wasn't Joe's fiancee…
Thanks to Kat & Apollo
Quote of the Day:
"Seriah Azkath: We can’t understand these things for what they are, because our brains are limited and even though mind may not equal brain, the brain is what we have to use to interpret our reality and a lot of this stuff may just be beyond the capability of our brain to actually faithfully interpret."
"Joshua Cutchin: Yeah, I know, I agree, if you’ve got a 12" black-and-white tube television, you’re not going to be able to see some of the detail in a film that was released last year."
~Seriah Azkatch and Joshua Cutchin, on Episode 339 of Skeptiko.
You've got love to burn...
- Tree rings suggest an unexpected solar event occurred 7000 years ago.
- Giant lifeforms stranger than anything imagined by Lovecraft or Geiger once stalked Transylvania eating dinosaurs.
- Massive green fireball seen over the Midwest went plop into Lake Michigan.
- How to control the subjective experience of time.
- Will the theory of dark matter go the way of the luminiferous ether?
- Billionaires say they'll end disease; evolution says otherwise.
- Six stops on the hunt for the Holy Grail.
- Stonehenge tunnel plan given backing by English Heritage and the National Trust.
- Solving the mystery of the Druze - a 2000-year-old odyssey.
- Scientists unlock secrets of oldest surviving trade map.
- Researchers find there was no data manipulation in controversial climate study.
- New species of gecko discovered with massive scales and tearaway skin.
- NASA says an astronaut threw a football 564,664 yards.
- This man has been looking for the Loch Ness Monster for 25 years.
- Amazon river catfish found to migrate a record-setting 7000 miles.
- The world's oldest aquarium fish has died, at around 100 years of age.
Quote of the Day:
It's better to burn out, than to fade away.
Steve Feltham has been a full-time hunter of the legendary Loch Ness Monster for 25 years. While skeptics might bemoan a person spending so much of their life chasing a mythical monster, Steve - parked in a caravan right on the shore of the loch, explains exactly why he does it: "The reason I sit here and I try and solve this mystery, is: that's what makes my heart sing."
I first came to Loch Ness when I was a 7-year-old boy, and found this set of caravans with this gang of grown men hunting for monsters in Loch Ness. And I thought...that's amazing, that would be the life for me, I'd love to do that.
...If that little 7-year-old boy could see what became of him, he wouldn't believe his luck."
(via Boing Boing)
Couldn't see the geoglyphs for the trees...
- Archaeologists discover ancient henge-like geoglyphs hidden under the trees of the Amazon forest.
- A strange green comet is heading our way. The triffids are salivating already...
- Here's how your life flashes before your eyes, according to seven near-death experiences.
- Robot revolution news: Chinese factory replaces 590 of its 650 workers with robots, and sees a 250% increase in production.
- The real threat to humanity isn't machine intelligence, it's machine incompetence.
- We're probably underestimating how quickly electric vehicles will disrupt the oil market.
- Amputees control virtual prosthetic arm using nerve signals.
- Bumblebees are dying out because they are too fat to have sex.
- Uber hires NASA engineer to work on its flying car vision.
- Veterans of the NSA's psychic wars.
- A palace used by Sweden's royal family is haunted, according to the Queen.
- Ancient tomb of Chinese general and princess filled with figurines.
- Video of the Day: Watch four planets orbit another star.
Quote of the Day:
On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.
H. L. Mencken (1920)
Archaeologists have investigated hundreds of ditched enclosures - similar to those constructed in Europe in Neolithic times - that were constructed in the western Brazilian Amazon some 2000 years ago. More than 450 of the mysterious structures have been revealed as a result of deforestation of the area, with the earthworks previously being hidden from view by trees.
The function of the geoglyphs remains unknown, though excavations have revealed very few artefacts, suggesting they were not the site of permanent settlements, but rather more likely were used sporadically as ritual gathering places.
The archaeologist who excavated some of the sites, Dr Jennifer Watling, compared the Amazon geoglyphs with European henges:
It is likely that the geoglyphs were used for similar functions to the Neolithic causewayed enclosures, i.e. public gathering, ritual sites.
It is interesting to note that the format of the geoglyphs, with an outer ditch and inner wall enclosure, are what classicly describe henge sites. The earliest phases at Stonhenge consisted of a similarly layed-out enclosure.
The research team found that the inhabitants of the area cleared the forest in small areas in order to build the geoglyphs, with the trees then growing back and hiding them from view until now. That finding, Dr Watling noted, "really challenges the idea that Amazonian forests are ‘pristine ecosystems'".
However, she was quick to note that fact should not be used as an excuse for modern deforestation:
Our evidence that Amazonian forests have been managed by indigenous peoples long before European contact should not be cited as justification for the destructive, unsustainable land-use practiced today.
It should instead serve to highlight the ingenuity of past subsistence regimes that did not lead to forest degradation, and the importance of indigenous knowledge for finding more sustainable land-use alternatives.
The research will be published in PNAS soon under the title "Impact of pre-Columbian “geoglyph” builders on Amazonian forests".
That cognitive dissonance when you're an InfoWars reader and you're trying to figure out if GaGa's Satanic Super Bowl ritual helped the President's team win...
- Are solar storms causing mysterious sea animal beachings?
- Three theories of the apocalypse: researchers say pandemics, climate change and nuclear war could wipe us out.
- Scientists record breach in our magnetic field.
- The problem with developing near-speed-of-light interstellar travel? How to stop the damn thing.
- How to find the lost city of the Monkey God.
- The clues that Neanderthals didn't know how to make fire.
- Priceless ancient seed bank saved from destruction in Syria.
- Ancient DNA reveals 'continuity' between Stone Age and modern populations.
- James Cameron discovers Atlantis evidence in ancient anchors.
- Scientists have finally found out why whales leap into the air.
- Broad Haven UFO sightings marked forty years on.
- Giant geo-checkerboard spotted from space.
- Video of the Day: Flow.
Quote of the Day:
A nation...is just a society for hating foreigners.
In December 2016 two giants of 'alternative history', Graham Hancock and John Anthony West, sat down for a long chat about their fascinating work on ancient Egypt and lost civilisations. Clocking in at over 90 minutes, the discussion veers off on a number of interesting tangents, from the work of G.I. Gurdjieff to the near-death experience phenomenon.
(Shortly after this talk, John Anthony West was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer - John currently has a crowd-funding page set-up to help in his battle, for those who would like to contribute.)
”From modern thought to ancient wisdom the path would be short and direct, if one cared to take it.”
- Saturn’s rings may hide millions of moonlets.
- Wayward black hole discovered in Milky Way.
- The spirals of Mars.
- Why we sleep.
- LIDAR reveals ancient Mayan suerphighway.
- Lost continent discovered under Mauritius.
- Lost city in Antarctica?
- Did earth’s H2O come from within?
- The kaleidoscope of global megacities.
- Chandra observatory hints at dark matter.
- Computer interface helps paralyzed communicate.
- Public lands at stake in US.
- Asteroid fly-fy trifecta on 2/2.
- Via Danarica hiking trail winds through 7 countries.
- Robots on Proxima b?
- The platypus of microbiology.
- The microbes and poisonous seaweed of the Great Barrier Reef.
- Fluorescent probe developed for seeking out cancer cells.
- Entanglement experiment focuses on ‘spooky action at a distance’.
- A history of the Knights Templar.
- This week’s evidence of the looming robot uprising… Handle.
Quote of the Day:
“That which is and that which cannot be are both outside the realm of becoming.”
Fans of Frank Herbert's classic sci-fi novel Dune will be excited to learn that a new movie version of the story is 'officially' in the works, with the great Dennis Villeneuve (Sicario, Arrival, and the upcoming sequel to Bladerunner) signed up to direct the film. The announcement was made on Twitter by Herbert's son Brian, who has himself authored a number of other novels in the Dune series:
It's official -- Legendary Pictures has signed the very talented Denis Villeneuve to direct the exciting new DUNE series film project.
— Brian Herbert (@DuneAuthor) February 1, 2017
Dune has previously been made into a film by David Lynch (in 1984), and previous to that Alejandro Jodorowsky was also primed to make a movie version before the project fell apart.
Given Villeneuve's expert handling in bringing Ted Chiang's Story of Your Life to the screen (as Arrival), I'm really looking forward to this one.
Note too that Herbert's tweet refers to the project as a "DUNE series", so there may be more than just a single movie involved.
(via Bleeding Cool)
"We're gonna build a huge bridge, and the trolls are gonna pay for it!"
- Flying to new worlds on sailships propelled by starlight --and you thought scientists didn't read fairytales!
- Early results of how his 1-year space mission affected astronaut Scott Kelly are just in.
- This simple chemistry test may help NASA find aliens.
- The Rise of Fear and the Strange Death of the UFO.
- ...Of course, they should tell that to the scientists who keep studying --and photographing-- UFOs in Hessdalen, Norway.
- Is that a cluster of UFOs hovering over the Mexico-US border?
- The CIA reported UFO sightings over India, Nepal and Bhutan in the 1960's.
- CIA documents reveal use of University of Edinburgh's research in ESP.
- What really lies hidden in the Vatican's secret archives?
- Are these snowtracks found in Ellendale, N.D. evidence of Bigfoot, or a hoax?
- Turns out air pollution is what may have turned the crazy cat lady crazy.
- For US Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, bio-hacked Dalmatian dogs are potential weapons of mass destruction.
- The many tribes of Artificial Intelligence.
- Solving the Grandfather Paradox with a
- Red Pill of the Day: At last comes the first RPG that lets you customize the MOST important feature of your character --the size of its junk.
Thanks to Guillermo del Toro
Quote of the Day:
"Vendel: You've never met a conspiracy theory you didn't like.
Blinky: I hate conspiracies. That is why I am dedicated to rooting them out.
Vendel: Like you rooted out the plot to rid Trollmarket of all its cat meat?
Blinky: That was a misunderstanding.
Vendel: Or the time you were convinced we were infested with flea trolls?
Blinky: Precaution is the soul of virtue.
Vendel: Everyone in Troll Market thinks you're paranoid.
Blinky: If it's everyone, it must be a conspiracy!"
~Blinky and Vendel, Trollhunters