News Briefs 26-08-2004

Colin Wilson, virtual girlfriends, disappearing Martians and all the other news that's fit to print. Hope you enjoy.

  • The new version of the fish story goes: "You should have seen the fish I caught! It was thiiiiiiiis polluted."
  • Colin Wilson gives an interview on ancient mysteries.
  • The frozen preserved bodies of three WW1 soldiers have been found in an Italian glacier.
  • The perfect gift for the techno-geek with share options in everything: a virtual girlfriend for his cellphone.
  • A study finds that lopsided people are more aggresive. Who pays for these studies?
  • The telltale signs of a cometary impact at Cheasapeake Bay have been found in Georgia, USA.
  • NASA says it has begun work on what may one day be a Star Trek main ship's computer.
  • Australian scientists are turning to insect swarms to inspire a new generation of smart weapons.
  • Investigating the lives of Ice Age hominids.
  • The humanoid face on Mars has mysteriously disappeared.
  • Planners for the next series of moon landings look again at Apollo style rockets.
  • British fisherman are finding that exotic species are now the catch of the day.
  • The Festival of Adonis in ancient Lebanon.
  • The latest advanced combat drone, the X-47B, gets the go-ahead.
  • Researchers are called out to a crop circle in Kalamazoo.
  • Remembering the Code Talkers, as the last one of his tribe dies.
  • African villagers flee after a mysterious spectral event kills 17.
  • Plans are afoot for a UFO theme park at a Scottish alien hotspot.
  • Every culture believes in some sort of magic.
  • A leading dream researcher gives his opinions on why we dream. He concludes that dreams have no purpose.
  • A solar-powered car travels across America in an attempt at a distance record.
  • Japan intends to launch spy satellites next year.
  • A "super-earth" planet, massive but not a gas giant, has been discovered.
  • Bones left from 9,000 year old meals can reveal the lives of the early inhabitants of America.
  • A heat resistant replacement for silicon in electronics has been developed, opening the way for new advances.
  • Research originally used for DNA sequencing could soon be defeating the e-mail spammers.
  • The forensic astronomers of Texas look up answers to ancient questions.
  • Evidence for the impact of climate change on deep sea biodiversity.
  • The twelve "tipping points" that could lead to rapid climate change.

Quote of the Day:

Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. But I should mean that every man should receive those papers and be capable of reading them.

Thomas Jefferson

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News Briefs 25-08-2004

Anyone seen F for Fake?

  • Noah's ark discovered?
  • Signs of life on Mars: Part 1. Part 2.
  • Lightning bolt kills Danish cows.
  • How can it rain fish?
  • Terrified of needles? Help is on the horizon.
  • Language may shape human thought. And vice versa?
  • Miracle on probability street.
  • A genetically modified survey.
  • When the body says no.
  • Sedna has invisible moon.
  • Pigs test positive for bird flu.
  • Mystery of Wales turtle solved.
  • Jolts of electricity reviving coral reef off Bali coast.
  • Deepest image of exploded star uncovers bipolar jets.
  • New species of shark uncovered in Germany.
  • Researchers are trying to predict how much rain to expect based on how often lightning strikes.
  • Remains of a prehistoric Berber town have been discovered in Western Sahara and are supposedly 15000 years old.
  • Painter jailed for committing masterpieces.
  • Allegations abound that the Holy Grail has been found.
  • Vast new energy source almost here. Wait for the rises in global temperature that will follow.
  • The bizarre evolution of male genitalia. As if the look of a butchered chicken covered in elbow skin weren't enough.
  • Sardine migration one of natures's great wonders. Getting in those tins was a master stroke.
  • Hebrews of the old testament were Arabs. Next it will be neither.
  • Genghis Khan was a contemplative chap.
  • Meteorites supplied Earth life with phosphorus. Earth life? Do they know something?
  • Russia on alert after double jet crash.
  • The Garden of Eden.
  • I'm not guilty, but my brain is.
  • Scientists debate methane on Mars.
  • Viking find extremely significant.

Quote of the Day:

I must believe that at least art is real.


Davies Articles

The NIDS website has been updated with a link to an article (PDF, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader) by physicist Paul Davies on the concept of multiverses. In fact, the site linked to has a number of articles worth checking out, have a glance over the list. Some tres cool reading material right there.

Radio 23-08-2004

No Rense schedule released for this week at this moment (feel free to check for a change yourself if interested), so for now here's just the line-up for Coast to Coast AM for the next few days:

Coast to Coast AM: Monday night George Noory talks to the creator of the Star Kids Project, Dr. Richard Boylan about "hybrid children", while on Tuesday author William Strauss outlines the cycles of American history and explains how ten years ago he predicted an American mood change (“turning”) for the years 2005-2025. On Wednesday Dr. Len Horowitz offers new views of emerging genetic science consistent with sacred spiritual knowledge, and Thursday Dr. Nick Begich will present correlations between climate changes, Earth’s magnetism and geophysics.

More details including relevant links are available at the website.

News Briefs 24-08-2004

Does the internet have a pause button? I'd find that quite handy at times...

  • Ah the glamour of archaeology, sifting through the mud at the bottom of the Hudson River.
  • Across the Middle East, the quest for sacred artifacts and for the lessons they can teach us is taking on new urgency.
  • Was Genghis Khan's pen mightier than his sword? That would be a hell of a pen.
  • The 1400-tonne time bomb that lies at the bottom of the Thames could blow at any time.
  • Stem cell discovery may help diabetics.
  • US scientists genetically engineer mice with twice the endurance capability of normal mice. Say bye-bye to the Olympics folks.
  • Researchers find that fruit flies have sex longer when their body clock is impaired. The world is in turmoil, and science is improving the sex life of fruit flies.
  • We all might be capable of enjoying the pleasure of synesthesia. Shh, can you smell something?
  • Electric shock treatment revives coral reef.
  • God's fragrance descends upon Church two weeks after the prophetic proclamation "When you experience my fragrance, know that my glory is not far behind." Try that line out next time you break wind in an elevator.
  • Better the devil you know in Rennes-le-Chateau.
  • Pope condemns human cloning and arrogance of man. Not sure if he means one man in particular, or all of us in general.
  • Canadian film company releases full-length documentary about Aztec UFO crash.
  • Noah's Ark discovered?
  • Lightning bolt kills 31 Danish cows.
  • It's raining fish, hallelujah it's raining fish.
  • Dowsing: is it science or mysticism?
  • Randi rants about Roswell, Radin and reader queries. Damn, last week was alliteration week here at TDG, what a waste.
  • Hot meteorite found in backyard. Alternatively, it could be a cooked mushroom or fresh dog droppings. No wonder the guy picked it up with a paper towel...
  • Raelians hold public lecture to share their message, and insist they are not 'nuts'.
  • For some strange reason, scientists are unconvinced by the Tunguska UFO story.
  • Mars Odyssey mission gets a new lease on life.
  • Asteroid shaves past the Earth in the nearest miss so far recorded.
  • Exploded star detailed in new Chandra X-ray image.
  • Scientists puzzled by remnants of 1994 Jupiter comet collision.
  • In the loneliness of space, astronauts may one day count on the company of Robonaut. At least it doesn't have one of those funny round mouths.
  • New Moon Rising (Amazon US and UK) details the behind the scenes recent history of NASA, from the Columbia explosion to the release of the Presidential Commission's report on "Moon, Mars and Beyond".
  • Human hibernation being investigated by the European Space Agency (ESA).

Quote of the Day:

The things that will destroy us are: politics without principle; pleasure without conscience; wealth without work; knowledge without character; business without morality; science without humanity; and worship without sacrifice.

Mahatma Gandhi

Sciam 09/2004

The September issue of Scientific American is out and about, and is instantly recognisable by the face of one A. Einstein on the front cover. In fact, the issue is choc full of Uncle Albert, as Sciam celebrates 100 years (more or less) of the man who introduced science to relativity. There are a few articles available free online - if you want the rest, better purchase a copy quickly as I'm sure this issue will be popular.

Coppens Articles

There's been a number of additions to the website of author Filip Coppens over the past few weeks - if you're after some interesting reading, try some of these:

  • Caral in Peru - the oldest town in the new world.
  • Father de Coma, contemporary of RlC's Berenger Sauniere, had LOTS in common with the aforementioned mystery man...and also had his building works dynamited when the mystery of Sauniere first appeared.

    Filip is putting up interesting articles on a weekly basis, a site well worth bookmarking.
  • News Briefs 23-08-2004

    Today's News is 99.9% politics free. It may contain traces of peanuts and personal bias.

    • Remember the Kent County Court House ghost caught on security camera earlier this year? It's an insect according to the security company who studied the recordings, and they say it's happened before. Yeah, but have they considered it could be the ghost of an insect?
    • Want to catch your own ghost? A ghostbusting kit will soon be mass-marketed. I always wanted to be Venkman.
    • Richard Freeman's report of his expedition to Sumatra in search of the Orang-Pendek and other cryptozoological mysteries.
    • Fancy learning more about Cryptozoology? Check out Ben Roesch's Online Cryptozoology Archives.
    • Does a dinosaur named Mokele-Mbembe exist in the African Congo?
    • The world may be getting smaller, but there's still plenty of wild territory for Extreme Expeditions.
    • Bizarre creatures of Japan. No, not lolita-goths and cosplayers, but goblins and ape-men. Genki link!
    • An excellent website detailing Archaeoastronomy in Japan. Of particular note is the star chart of Kitora Kofun.
    • Cesare Berrini's theories of Tiahuanaco's Gateway of the Sun.
    • Explorers find new districts of ancient city in Peruvian Andes. If similar expeditions could get decent funding, I'm sure more discoveries could be made in South America.
    • Paul Stonehill, of the China Paranormal Research Center, presents an interestin article about Ancient China's mysterious Yellow Emperor, Huang-Ti.
    • Gusev Crater on Mars may contain evidence of a watery past. The evidence is watery because Skeptics keep peeing on it.
    • Are magnetic hills a hoax or the real deal?
    • Greens call for action on Scotland's chaotic summer weather. Cernig wonders if it's safe to return. It is, but only when the soccer's not on.
    • First Dr Wynn warns of massive tsunamis smashing America's east coast, now he says he was exaggerating and the volcanic collapse of the Canary Islands will only cause mini waves. Surfs up, Prez.
    • Butterflies are disappearing, possibly due to climate change. Butterflies are symbolic of what, according to Jung? Post your answers and I'll think of a prize.
    • Hopes for an International Linear Collider to be built are rising.
    • The darkest body in the universe may be a moon that partners Sedna.
    • A shortage of primates for lab experiments could slow medical breakthroughs. Uh ... any volunteers?
    • The world is experiencing an increase in dust storms. Where's Iorek Byrnison when you need him?
    • Munch's painting The Scream has been stolen. Give it back, Greg: administrating TDG isn't that stressful and it hardly looks like you anyway.
    • A woman hanging out her washing becomes the first person in Britain to be hit by a meteorite. What surprises me is that other people in the world have been hit by meteorites! I wonder if she saw stars?
    • Impact craters hidden under the Antarctic ice sheet are mapped.
    • A strain of China's Avian flu is discovered in pigs.
    • A US County Sheriff suspects "Al-Qaeda or teenagers" for a string of unsolved petty crimes.
    • A feel-good cute animal story to end today's news, as Henry the new-born leatherback turtle swims out to sea.

    Quote of the Day:

    The essential thing in art cannot be explained.

    Pierre-Auguste Renoir

    News Briefs 20-08-2004

    There's nothing I enjoy more than Myth-Breakers; evidence that contradict beliefs that every just 'knows' are true. You know, Captain Kirk never said 'Beam me up, Scotty' and lemmings don't commit suicide by drowning themselves in the sea.

    It's a slow news day, so there's a change of pace here today, folks. I've selected articles that are contrary to commonly-held beliefs. Let us know how you like it. Warning: If you've got some belief that you hold very dear to your heart, and it appears that I'm about to step all over it, just skip it. I'm not here to trash your psyche or crash your karma. Just having a little Phriday Phun here at TDG.

    Oh yeah, just in case this doesn't work we don't need to mention it to Greg, do we? ;o)

    • The first humans came to North America after the last Ice Age ended about 13,500 years ago, crossing a land bridge from Asia into what is now Alaska and spreading quickly across the continent. Then what's this.
    • History tells us that the arrival of Columbus in the New World marked the beginning of the extinction of the native population of Cuba. But history is often in error.
    • Everyone believes that a tunnel is the best way to reduce traffic and congestion around Stonehenge. Not.
    • The cave art of Ice Age Britons is rather dull and uninspired when compared to their Paleolithic counterparts on continental Europe. Really?
    • The Dead Sea Scrolls found a half-century ago in the caves above Qumran leave no doubt that the Essenes occupied that region in Biblical times. No.
    • Some scholars maintain that King Solomon is a mythological figure, a kind of Jewish King Arthur.
    • The first Olympic participants performed their competitions in the nude. Not intentionally.
    • The dingo descends from ancient, wild wolf-like animals unique to Australia. DNA evidence says the Dingo's mamma was Chinese.
    • Friday the 13th and the number thirteen are universally considered unlucky. Nope.
    • The news coming from the rovers on Mars is so exciting that no printed publication would find it necessary to embellish the truth. Not quite.
    • Alzheimer's disease has only been identified as a collection of brain cell abnormalities since 1906 making an ancient Chinese cure absolute nonsense. We shall see.
    • President Bush has banned stem cell research. Not at all.
    • First proposed in 1950, the idea of linguistic determinism has been discredited.
    • There are no South American Piranhas in Dutch canals. Wanna bet?
    • President Bush was looking for an excuse to invade Iraq and used 9/11 as an opportunity to do so. Not according to the 9-11 Commission Report. Read Chapter 10.3 'Phase Two' and the Question of Iraq (14 ppg.). BTW, if you read the whole report it refutes about 95% of Michael Moore's movie.
    • The damp Rosslyn Chapel has deteriorated and has few visitors.
    • No one would object if the U.S. military policy offered free breast implants to female soldiers.
    • Europe is adamant about maintaining their status of remaining GM-crop free. Not everyone.
    • The story of Noah's Ark is mythology, a local river flood at best. Okay, what's this?
    • The concept of the automobile has matured and very little innovation is necessary. Scroll through the numbers and hold on tight.
    • President Bush is saber-rattling, threatening Iran with invasion if the don't abandon their nuclear weapons projects. Not hardly. A diplomatic approach seems to be working well in Iran.
    • Gravity is well understood and and perfectly explained by Newton's Laws of Motion and General Relativity. You left out the invisible hand and the pendulum.
    • All scientists agree that soaring levels of the greenhouse gas cause Global Warming making the Kyoto Protocol our only hope. Uh oh, maybe Bush's mean ol' USA scientists were right.
    • Humankind needs religion for moral guidelines.
    • The earth is well-mapped and we know everything about it. There are no remains of an 'ancient civilization' yet to be discovered.
    • All little boys grow up to be violent boyfriends and husbands, and that all little girls grow up to be docile wives and mothers who maintain family harmony at all costs.
    • They sting, bite, spread disease, and annoy us. The world would be a better place if we could rid the planet of insects. Mankind has no use for bugs.
    • These 'mystery animals' that keep popping-up are all known species. Are they? Okay, what's this one?
    • Russian cosmonauts have never reported seeing UFOs while in space.
    • The concept of a flying car is the stuff of science fiction and the Jetsons. It will never become reality. Don't bet on it.
    • Virtual reality systems rely on a user navigating through a space using a joystick or some other controller, but lack the physical feeling of movement. Not anymore.
    • Ghosts are associated with family castles, predominantly in Great Britain. Not always.
    • Wondering whether extraterrestrials exist or not is just an entertainment, it really doesn't matter.
    • Having no magnetic field and being so small, Mars never had an atmosphere or liquid surface water.
    • There's very little to be gained by further exploration of our solar system. We know everything.

    Thanks Jerry and Marlin.

    Quote of the Day:

    Space travel is bunk.

    Sir Harold Spencer Jones
    Astronomer Royal of Britain
    1957, two weeks before the launch of Sputnik