A summary of all the stories and news briefs posted on The Daily Grail over the past week. Feel free to share anything interesting!
- Two Mysterious Cavities Discovered Hidden Within the Great Pyramid
- News Briefs 17-10-2016 (Monday)
- We Are Made of Star Stuff
- News Briefs 18-10-2016 (Tuesday)
- The Lunatics are Running the Asylum
- News Briefs 19-10-2016 (Wednesday)
- Alien Intelligence: Stranger Than We Can Imagine?
- News Briefs 20-10-2016 (Thursday)
- News Briefs 21-10-2016 (Friday)
Have a good weekend!
“You must not change one thing, one pebble, one grain of sand, until you know what good and evil will follow on that act.”
- You monkeys only think you’re running things.
- NASA’s Juno mission loses computer.
- Europe’s Mars lander has gone silent.
- Laws of thermodynamics were made to be broken.
- The dinosaurs of Oz.
- Seeking out planet nine.
- New twist to 250 year-old Ossianic epic.
- Mysterious objects in the heavens detected.
- Tuning into the web.
- How to build a better computer 2.0.
- Rice as fuel.
- The history of right-handedness.
- The effects of diet change on blood cancer and transplants.
- Aluminum artifact or proof of ancient UFOs?
- Jaw evolution links man and fish.
- Getting Shanghai’d.
- Nazi base in Arctic revealed?
- This week’s evidence of the looming robot uprising…More Combat ‘bots than soldiers.
Quote of the Day:
“All knowledge is local, all truth is partial. … No truth can make another truth untrue. All knowledge is part of the whole knowledge. … Once you have seen the larger pattern, you cannot get back to seeing the part as the whole.”
Ursula K. Le Guin
- Egypt's Antiquities Ministry slams 'hidden pyramid chamber' reports as "inaccurate and hasty".
- The Zoroastrian texts of ancient Persia, underground cities, and what they reveal about advanced ancient civilisations.
- Evidence of advanced ancient seafarers on Azores Islands?
- Egyptian coin with alien head may not be Egyptian or alien.
- 'Planet Nine' blamed for curious tilt of the Sun.
- Fears grow that the European Mars lander has been lost.
- Weird deep space x-ray flashes stump astronomers.
- Conscious exotica: How could humans ever understand alien minds that are radically unlike our own?
- Killer machines and sex robots: unraveling the ethics of Artificial Intelligence.
- The world's knowledge is being buried in a salt mine.
- Researchers use nanotechnology to convert carbon dioxide into ethanol.
- 7 strange facts about the 'mind control' parasite Toxoplasma gondii.
- Scientists 'switch off' self-control using brain stimulation.
- The lunatics are running the asylum: How Donald Trump is influenced by conspiracy nut Alex Jones.
- The creepy clown phenomenon goes back to ancient Rome.
- Barbarella has landed: giant clitoris crop circle appears in French field.
- 100-year-old wreck of German U-boat supposedly attacked by a sea monster found by engineers laying subsea power cables.
- Why UFO conspiracists have so many opinions about 'angel hair'.
- Images of the Day: The funniest wildlife photos of 2016.
Quote of the Day:
I’ll show you politics in America. Here it is, right here.
“I think the puppet on the right shares my beliefs.”
“I think the puppet on the left is more to my liking.”
“Hey, wait a minute, there’s one guy holding both puppets!”
“Shut up! Go back to bed, America. Your government is in control. Here's Love Connection. Watch this and get fat and stupid.
"To search expectantly for a radio signal from an extraterrestrial source is probably as culture-bound a presumption as to search the galaxy for a good Italian restaurant." Ever since I first grokked this insight from Terence McKenna, I've made it a mission to try and think outside the anthropomorphic box when it comes to the question of what intelligent aliens might be like.
So I thought the Aeon video above was worth posting, along with the asking for your thoughts on what form ETI might take?
When we look for aliens, why do we always find ourselves staring back?
Humans have long imagined beings in other worlds or on other planets whose emotions, motivations and physiologies closely mirror our own. Science fiction in its many forms tends toward a human-inflected conception of non-human life out in the Universe. This view of aliens as rather like us is fine for ancient myths and Hollywood blockbusters, but even modern scientists can’t seem to shake the notion that extraterrestrials’ decisions and behaviour would follow logic and patterns akin to our own. Many of the major scientific projects seeking life elsewhere in the cosmos still rely on assumptions that reflect, above all, ideas about how we would do something if we were aliens.
But what does it take to become an interplanetary species? A major topic, I think, has to be the ability to get yourself off the planet. Is it necessary to be able to construct complex devices, as we have with rockets? Or are there other ways - for example constructing hardy lightweight 'transports', such as mushroom spores, that could escape the planet on the explosion caused by an asteroid impact? Or are we even so primitive that we think interstellar travel requires fighting against the power of our gravity well, when advanced species simply transfer their consciousness or slip between dimensions?
Is this a question you've pondered? Would love to hear your ideas for what form an interplanetary alien species might be like, and what their transport technology they might use to travel.
The beginning of the end?
- New study claims the Viking Lander found life on Mars in 1976.
- Looking for the roots of Halloween in Ireland’s Boyne Valley.
- Man 'high on LSD' saves dog from imaginary house fire.
- MIT nuclear fusion record marks latest step towards unlimited clean energy.
- Placebos: honest fakery.
- New mass sighting of UFO over infamous alien town Roswell.
- The coming human-machine partnership in creativity.
- Google's AI can now learn from its own memory independently.
- Now it’s time to prepare for the Machinocene.
- Half-headed man charged after setting mattress on fire.
- Volcanoes in Ethiopia shook up early human evolution.
- Getting rid of cash could have some pretty weird effects on our bodies.
- Making your brain learn like a kid again.
- Worms seen farming plants to be eaten later for the first time.
- Facebook has repeatedly trended fake news since firing its human editors.
- Why we are still in thrall to the occult and the supernatural.
Quote of the Day:
Everything starts somewhere, although many physicists disagree.
During this mad election cycle we have covered a number of stories about 'Wikileaked' emails to John Podesta - one-time chief of Hillary Clinton's campaign - concerning the UFO phenomenon. Some of the 'rational' crowd may have raised an eyebrow at this, but given that Podesta has long been known as a UFO tragic, and yet functions fine (or rather, at a very high level) regardless, it wasn't exactly ground-breaking news.
The Clinton campaign though is not alone in having some people in high-level positions who are interested in 'fringe' topics. In a new Kindle 'Single' titled The Elephant in the Room, author Jon Ronson outlines how the Trump campaign has been influenced by conspiracy talk show host Alex Jones.
Ronson has a long history with Alex Jones - as part of the research for his book Them: Adventures with Extremists, the pair 'broke into' the infamous Bohemian Grove encampment and filmed a mock sacrificial rite. So when Ronson noticed Donald Trump praising Alex Jones during a campaign rally, he decided to track down Jones and talk to him about it. Why?
Donald Trump might be on the verge of becoming the leader of the free world, and it was incredible to discover that he takes Alex seriously - that Alex might be influencing him.
Alex is basically the most irresponsible man I have ever met. He uses his powers to inflame paranoia. He boldly makes stuff up to suit his weird agenda. Alex eschews facts and reason and he definitely should not have political sway.
Ronson discovered that a number of Trump's conspiratorial talking points seem to have originated directly from Jones's monologues via his site Infowars.com: the 'Hillary for Prison' meme, and the 'rigged election', just two examples.
But how did Trump come to be paying attention to Alex Jones? Turns out the influence comes through Trump's right-hand man, Roger Stone:
Stone's beliefs, i later discovered, were just as crazy as Alex's. He had advised Trump in 2011 that there were "a lot of questions" about President Obama's birth certificate. He was forever juggling an array of malicious theories. Right now he was working on a book about how John F. Kennedy Jr. was murdered by the Clintons, while concurrently spreading a theory that Hillary Clinton's adviser Huma Abedin was a "Saudi asset".
Jones's crazy ideas about the Presidential election have even got some air-play from President Barack Obama, who had some fun with the theory that both Obama and Hillary were - literally - demons:
Anybody who has been around the fringe scene for a while (and I have) knows that Alex Jones is either as mad as a cut snake, or acts that way intentionally for showmanship purposes (or perhaps more likely, a little from column a, a little from column b). it is, once again, a sad indictment of the scene (and also, a large percentage of the US population) that it's guys like Jones who end up earning money, and now gaining political power, due to the many thousands of fools that are suckered by his schtick and buy into it to confirm their own sad beliefs.
- Irish 'land of the giants' caused by ancient genetic mutation.
- Rare Neolithic 'goddess figurine' discovered in Turkey.
- Was Tamana a universal civilisation of mankind before the great flood?
- University survey finds astonishing levels of belief in ancient astronauts and Atlantis.
- Cracking codices: Ten of the most mysterious ancient manuscripts.
- Has the secret of eternal youth been found?
- The 'Bicameral Mind' theory explains what's next for Westworld.
- How to share the planet with artificial intelligence.
- Scientists can make people hallucinate using a flickering image.
- UFO expert found dead after 'vomiting black liquid'.
- Muslim magic - Islam has always dabbled in the occult.
- Exorcism in Italy 'too scary' a job for young priests.
- Does your 'self' have a soul?
- How to make a semen vortex.
- DEA backs off its proposed kratom ban...for now.
- Wild chimpanzee mothers teach young to use tools, video study confirms.
- Forever quantum: physicists demonstrate everlasting quantum coherence.
- What do the scary clowns want?
- Clinton campaign chief talks about a UFO that crashed in the 1960s.
- Cousins reincarnated as twins?
Quote of the Day:
I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.
The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.”
- Carl Sagan, Cosmos
Sometimes we forget just how incredible our existence is. So here's a quick reminder from astronomer Dr. Michelle Thaller that you are, quite literally, made of the remains of an exploded star (along with the scientific explanation for why).
(via The Kid Should See This)
- How one scientist decoded the mysterious sounds of the Northern Lights.
- Scientists plan to create 'Asgardia' nation state in space.
- Comet impact linked to rise of the mammals.
- U.S. President issues executive order to prepare the nation for space weather events.
- The ancient Egyptians collected fossils...and may have believed they came from space.
- Two mysterious cavities discovered hidden with the Great Pyramid.
- Google Maps, but for the human body: a group of scientists has taken the first important steps towards creating the Human Cell Atlas.
- Our universe has 2 trillion galaxies, say astronomers - up to 20 times more than previously thought.
- Uber drones hover above traffic jams heckling drivers.
- Is our world a simulation? Why some scientists say it's more likely than not.
- The Wikileaked Edgar Mitchell email to John Podesta about aliens is authentic.
- We've reached the end of white Christian America.
- The quiet comeback of Istanbul's hidden Sufi lodges.
- Man on LSD saves dog from imaginary fire.
- Image of the Day: Star gate.
Quote of the Day:
So remember, when you're feeling very small and insecure,
How amazingly unlikely is your birth.
And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere out in space,
Because there's bugger all down here on Earth!
Monty Python, 'The Galaxy Song'
Almost a year ago we wrote about the announcement of the 'Scan Pyramids' project, which aimed to search for hidden chambers in the pyramids of Egypt. Just two weeks later came a breaking news story on an 'impressive anomaly' being detected behind the outer blocks of the Great Pyramid at ground level, suggesting the existence of a secret passageway or room.
A year on, and we finally have more news on the Great Pyramid investigation. Only, the much-vaunted 'impressive anomaly' on the pyramid's eastern side doesn't get a mention; instead new 'cavities' have been found:
An unknown cavity was detected at a height of about 345 feet from the ground on the northeastern edge of the monument, while a "void" was found behind the northern side at the upper part of the entrance gate.
"Such void is shaped like a corridor and could go up inside the pyramid," Mehdi Tayoubi, founder of the Paris-based Heritage Innovation Preservation Institute, told Seeker.
He added that no link can be made between the two cavities at the moment.
...Tayoubi and his colleagues placed detectors sensitive to muons, called emulsion plates, inside the pyramid to discern dense areas from less dense areas — essentially the bones and tissue of the pyramid. When the films from the detectors were analyzed at Nagoya University in Japan, they revealed a significant excess of muons in the same direction, strongly pointing to a corridor-like void.
"The precise shape, size and exact position of this void is now under further investigation," the researchers said.
Exactly how much 'further investigation' will be possible is up in the air though, as a familiar face heads up the scientific committee overseeing the investigation - and this particular person is not a fan of other people getting the glory ahead of him...
The results have been submitted to a scientific committee led by the former minister of antiquities Zahi Hawass... [He] believes more research is needed before it can be confirmed that the results point to hidden cavities or secret rooms.
"These people are scientists and do not have an archaeological background. The core of the pyramid was built using long stones and small stones. If you know that, you'll find anomalies everywhere," Hawass told Seeker in a phone interview.
"I think there are no secret rooms and these anomalies have to do with the way the pyramid was built," Hawass said.
There is currently no new information posted on the Scan Pyramids website, but we'll keep an eye out for new videos or press releases in the near future that might offer more information.