A summary of all the stories and news briefs posted on The Daily Grail over the past week - check 'em out if you missed any:
- News Briefs 14-10-2013 (Monday)
- Mark Twain in Nikola Tesla's Laboratory in 1894
- News Briefs 15-10-2013 (Tuesday)
- Billionaire Richard Branson: The 'War on Drugs' Has Been An "Abject Failure"
- 17-Foot Long 'Sea Serpent' Dragged From the Ocean Off Los Angeles
- Vale Nevill Drury
- News Briefs 17-10-2013 (Thursday)
- Viral Video for Rayban Sunglasses Shows How Easily Our Eyes Can Be Fooled
- Is the Yeti an Ancient Polar Bear-Brown Bear Hybrid?
- News Briefs 18-10-2013 (Friday)
Have a good weekend!
“It is never too late…”
- Tilted worlds.
- Newly discovered near-miss asteroid set for 2032 return.
- Is dark matter intelligent? ASU scientists might agree. H/t to the Anomalist.
- The bogs of Titan.
- You monkeys think you’re running things.
- New revelations prune ancestral tree.
- Chelyabinsk meteor raised from the deep.
- Making an impact.
- Dr. Banner releases new gamma ray study.
- Expanding through trade vs. conflict.
- Wi-fi? I'll take Li-fi, thanks.
- Deadly virus fashion.
- Sleepiness is next to cleanliness.
- This week’s evidence of the looming robot uprising… Electric blood.
Quote of the Day:
“…to be what you might have been.”
A new DNA study has some scientists suggesting that the legendary 'Yeti' of the Himalayas could be a hybrid bear species descended from both the polar bear and the brown bear:
Bryan Sykes, professor of human genetics at the Oxford University, set out to collect and test “yeti” hair samples to find out which species they came from. In particular he analysed hairs from two unknown animals, one found in the Western Himalayan region of Ladakh and the other from Bhutan, 800 miles to the east.
After subjecting the hairs to the most advanced DNA tests available and comparing the results to other animals' genomes stored on the GenBank database, Professor Sykes found that he had a 100 per cent match with a sample from an ancient polar bear jawbone found in Svalbard, Norway, that dates back at least 40,000 years - and probably around 120,000 years - a time when the polar bear and closely related brown bear were separating as different species.
Professor Sykes believes that the most likely explanation is that the animals are hybrids - crosses between polar bears and brown bears. The species are closely related and are known to interbreed where their territories overlap.
Our good friend, cryptozoologist Loren Coleman, has posted about the new finding on his blog, saying that these results could shake up the field of Yeti studies:
For decades, Cryptozoologists have pointed to three kinds of Yetis – a small Yeti, a human-sized Yeti, and a quite large bear-like Yeti. Bernard Heuvelmans, Ivan T. Sanderson, as well as modern researchers, including me, Mark A. Hall, and Patrick Huyghe called this variety the Dzu-Teh. It appears now Dr. Sykes has confirmed there may be a new unknown species or a hybrid bear behind some of the Yeti cases.
According to Loren, more details will be revealed on a British Channel 4 three-part documentary beginning its broadcast this coming Sunday. I wonder if any scientific paper will accompany the TV feature though?
It's a viral ad for Rayban, so apologies to all for succumbing to the machinations of advertising executives, but this video is worth posting just to show how easily our eyes can be fooled. Stay with it for the twist at the end!
I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy...
- 17-foot-long 'sea serpent' dragged from the ocean off Los Angeles.
- A mysterious light floating in the trees of Gurdon, Arkansas may be a piezoelectric effect
- Why the odds of spotting E.T. are so slim: it's the economy.
- Huge chunk of the Chelyabinsk meteorite hauled out lake; fractures into pieces as it is weighed on live Russian TV. Or should 'fractures into pieces' be 'hatches'…hmm?
- What if the Moon was as close as the International Space Station?
- Bats use curled-up leaves as ear trumpets?
- The ancients had gods and pyramids to tame the sky's mystery. We have Star Axis.
- The 4500-year-old city of Mohenjo Daro is crumbling. And no-one is stopping it.
- What's this? Oh, just a photo of Mark Twain in Nikola Tesla's laboratory illuminating a wireless light globe!
- The latest Binnall of America podcast features an interview with long-time UFO researcher Peter Robbins.
- Back from the dead: reversing 'walking corpse syndrome'.
- All the evidence that time travel is happening all around us.
- Red Bull releases incredible POV footage of last year's 'jump from the edge of space'.
- Billionaire businessman Richard Branson says the 'War on Drugs' has been "an abject failure".
- New comic book series has atheists protecting humanity from supernatural threats that they do not believe in.
- US and Russia may team up to use weapons against asteroids.
- Soviets, saucers and secret studies.
- New film chronicles the 1947 Maury Island UFO hoax.
- Alien skull uncovered at Denver International Airport! The controversial landmark has begun using its conspiracy reputation for publicity purposes.
- Cannibalism, orgies and suckling demons: witchcraft in art.
- Teenage girl is found barely alive after crucifixion-style exorcism.
- Respected esoteric researcher, author and documentary producer Nevill Drury has passed away.
- Image of the Day: Uri Geller has nothing on the Jello mind power of Bill Cosby.
Quote of the Day:
In ancient times cats were worshipped as Gods, they have not forgotten this.
Sad news this morning, with the website of esoteric researcher and author Nevill Drury reporting his passing. I was hooked into Drury's writing some 15 years ago via his book Don Juan, Mescalito and Modern Magic, and now have a number of his works on the bookshelf behind me. He was also behind the fascinating documentary The Occult Experience (embedded above).
As a writer, Nevill’s driving interest was always associated with the relationship between art, visionary experience and the esoteric traditions. In 1971, during an eight-month visit to England, he worked in a London bookshop and acquired a reader’s ticket to the British Museum. Here he read the visionary texts of the neglected English artist Austin Osman Spare, who was both a trance artist and occultist. Nevill’s first book, The Search for Abraxas, co-authored with a university friend, Stephen Skinner, and published in 1972, delved further into this area. It was described by British author Colin Wilson, who contributed an introduction, as ‘the manifesto of a new generation’. Over a period of some forty years Nevill wrote and co-authored numerous books on shamanism, modern Western magic, contemporary art, ambient music, holistic health, paranormal consciousness research and esoteric thought.
Farewell, and thanks, to Nevill Drury (1 October 1947 – 15 October 2013).
Imagine snorkeling in idyllic island waters and coming across something like this. That's the sight marine science instructor Jasmine Santana was confronted with when swimming at Catalina Island, some 22 miles off the Californian coast. Thankfully for her, the creature was dead - so she grabbed it by the tail and hauled it ashore.
What Santana had found was the largely intact carcass of a giant oarfish, a member of the Regalecidae family that can grow to 17 metres in length (about three times as big as the one pictured above!). While oarfish are found all over the globe, they are rarely observed alive in their natural environment. One reason for that may be their ability to inhabit waters as deep as 1 kilometre (roughly 3000 feet). They do however have a habit of coming to the surface when sick or dying, and occasionally being beached during wild storms, and as such they may well be a source of many legends about sea serpents - for instance, the following illustration is of a 16-foot-long oarfish found on a Bermuda beach in 1860, and which was described at that time as a sea serpent.
Oarfish have on rare occasions been caught on video in their natural environment via remotely operated underwater vehicles - the following YouTube clip has some amazing footage of a 'small' oarfish:
Other folklore surrounding oarfish includes the Japanese belief that the appearance of the Slender Oarfish (Regalecus russelii) - the 'Messenger from the Sea God's Palace' - in shallow coastal waters foretells impending earthquakes.
And while the newly discovered oarfish makes for an impressive photo, it still doesn't top this 1996 photo of a 23-foot-long oarfish discovered by U.S. servicemen on the shore of a San Diego beach:
Billionaire businessman Richard Branson last week spoke on CNN against the 'War on Drugs', labeling it "an abject failure". Speaking in purely business terms, Branson said that if he "had a company that had failed for 60 years I would have closed it down 59 years ago". He went on to cite the likes of Portugal, a country that has achieved success by treating those with drug problems, rather than punishing them (and thus all those connected to them) through incarceration.
Branson's interview was related to his attendance and participation in a screening of the documentary Breaking The Taboo (trailer above) at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The film explores the conclusion reached by the Global Commission on Drug Policy in 2011 that drug liberalization is the best approach in dealing with drug policy, and features interviews with a number of former heads of state, including US Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, and Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso:
The War on Drugs has failed. After 50 years of prohibition, illicit drugs are now the third most valuable industry in the world after food and oil, all in the control of criminals. Drugs are cheaper and more available than ever before. Millions of people are in prison for drugs offences. Corruption and violence, especially in producer and transit countries, endangers democracy. Tens of thousands of people die each year in drug wars.
Improving our drug policies is one of the key policy challenges of our time. The time for action is now.
Breaking the Taboo is available to purchase from iTunes.
An open letter to the Illuminati, the NWO, the Vril Society et al.
- Was ancient cave art created mostly by women?
- New archaeological dig could explain Stonehenge's history.
- A secret thousand-year-old library is now being digitally excavated.
- Life imitates Jurassic Park: fossil of mosquito contains traces of 46-million-year-old blood molecules.
- The Uncertainty Machine: Forget prophecy and wisdom, using the I Ching is a weirdly useful way to open your mind to life’s unexpected twists.
- Short documentary Surviving Death talks to three near-death experiencers.
- A grave problem: Nothing is rotting in the state of Norway.
- 'Belief in ghosts is rising': Looking beyond the headlines.
- Physical mediumship in the laboratory.
- Naked man claiming to be a descendant of Sasquatch attacks hunter.
- Scientists discover the deadliest substance known to man, keep the gene sequence top secret.
- Commercial companies show off their weaponised battlefield robots to the U.S. Army.
- Space ghost!
- How the Bible and YouTube are fueling the next frontier of password cracking.
- Apes comfort each other like humans.
- App lets you remote control a cockroach.
- Radioactive polonium found on Yasser Arafat's clothing.
- Was the CIA involved in the 1985 murder of a DEA agent?
- Google explains quantum computing in one simple video.
- The Northampton Clown…unmasked.
- Images of the Day: the airships of yesteryear seem like a glimpse into some alternative dirigible reality.
Quote of the Day:
There are some oddities in the perspective with which we see the world. The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be
Your double dose of awesome for today: a photo of Mark Twain visiting Nikola Tesla's laboratory in 1894. The image is a ten-minute (!) time-lapse photograph taken for an article in the Century, and in it Twain illuminates one of Tesla's wireless light globes:
Refining his theory on wireless communication, the inventor realized that electrical energy could be transmitted in two distinctly different ways, one as radiation through the air, and the other as conduction through the ground. Today this difference corresponds to FM and AM radio.
...Tesla began to realize that he could design vacuum tubes which would respond only when a precise combination of two or more circuits were being triggered. One of the lamps held by Twain was illuminated in this manner, its dual circuit triggered by a correspopnding dual circuit created by two cables laid around the room.