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- Apollo astronauts found to have higher rates of cardiovascular problems, possibly caused by space radiation.
- Scientists find distinctive patterns in the brains of patients under hypnosis.
- UFO sighting over America last week was a Chinese rocket re-entry.
- Gullies on Mars probably weren't carved by water flowing.
- Anthrax outbreak in Russia blamed on a frozen 75-year-old reindeer carcass defrosting in a recent heatwave.
- The Goetia of Music: what the vibration patterns of musical notes look like.
- 21st century biohacking is fruity: human ears are being grown on apples.
- Ten of the weirdest things found on the bottom of the ocean.
- 'Ayahuasca is changing global environmental consciousness', says Dennis McKenna.
- How nitrous oxide inspired early psychedelic literature: An interview with Darklore contributor Mike Jay.
- Wild theory suggests that Snow White is actually a Lord of the Rings sequel.
- Earthquake clues from ancient temples in the Himalayas suggest the area could be overdue for a catastrophic quake.
- Australia to move itself one metre to fix GPS discrepancy - an illustration of how self-driving cars will need to take tectonic plate movement into account.
- Video of the Day: How to free-fall 25,000 feet from a plane without a parachute and survive.
Quote of the Day:
It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.
Nightmares of the Present: Anthrax Outbreak in Russia Came From a 75-Year-Old Frozen Reindeer Carcass Thawed by HeatwavePosted by Greg at 12:39, 31 Jul 2016
A horror scenario straight out of a science fiction story appears to have come to life in Russia, with an outbreak of anthrax - which has killed 1500 reindeer and hospitalized a number of humans - being blamed on a frozen 75-year-old reindeer carcass that has been thawed by a recent heatwave:
According to the Siberian Times, officials initially thought that the reindeer deaths and human illnesses were the result of a heat wave, after uncommonly high temperatures of up to 95 degrees F swept through the region. And, in a way, it seems they were: Officials with the Russian Ministry of Agriculture believe the cause of infection is the thawing of the frozen carcass of a reindeer that died 75 years ago. Reindeer, weakened by the heat, may have eaten the carcass, and then passed on the disease to the nomad herders.
Grailers will remember one of Mikey's posts in his "Nightmares of the Future" series touched on the 'climatological horror' scenario depicted in the British TV show Fortitude (if you haven't seen it, spoilers follow). In that case, a thawing mammoth carcass was to blame for bringing back to life an ancient parasite that spreads through the population of a small settlement in Norway.
As our planet continues to warm, and glaciers and other ice packs disappear, hopefully there aren't any greater 'evils' waiting to wake from their slumber...
Here's your dose of crazy for the day: American skydiver Luke Aikins jumped from a plane at 25,000 feet with no parachute or wingsuit, aiming to freefall the entire distance and land in a (relatively) small net held off the ground by four cranes.
Spoiler alert: He's still alive.
A summary of all the stories and news briefs posted on The Daily Grail over the past week. Feel free to share anything interesting!
- Upcoming Giveaway of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Signed by Alan Moore, for Supporters of the Grail
- News Briefs 25-07-2016 (Monday)
- New Theory Attempts to Explain Ball Lightning Anomaly
- News Briefs 26-07-2016 (Tuesday)
- Archaeology Continues to Reinforce the Truth That Human History Has Been One Long Trip
- News Briefs 27-07-2016 (Wednesday)
- Why Does Our Universe Seem to be Fine-Tuned for the Existence of Life?
- News Briefs 28-07-2016 (Thursday)
- News Briefs 29-07-2016 (Friday)
Have a good weekend!
“A frog in a well cannot conceive of the ocean.”
- Nanoblock holograms.
- Seeking proof of ABC.
- As the crow flies… toward using tools.
- Will algae unlock biotechnology?
- The 100th monkey?
- Cleaning the ocean one plastic-gobling sea bin at a time.
- Boosting memory via brain stimulation.
- New York’s Fukushima?
- Solar cells 2.0?
- Future tech that could change lives.
- Dandelion rubber.
- The nose knows... how to fight drug-resistant staph.
- This week’s evidence of the looming robot uprising… Worm ‘bot.
Quote of the Day:
“The wise man looks into space and does not regard the small as too little, nor the great as too big, for he knows that, there is no limit to dimensions.”
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- Archaeology continues to reinforce the psychedelic truth: that human history has been one long trip.
- Easter Island bacteria may contain fountain of youth drug.
- Why did Iran's Lake Urmia just change from bright green to blood red?
- Trove of ancient jars found in the waters off Sicily.
- Throughout human history we have been fascinated and fearful of the eternal.
- Orangutan found to be copying sounds of human speech.
- How miraculous microbes help us evolve better, faster, stronger.
- Website tests predictive powers of the hive mind.
- What can we learn from recording and reading people's dreams?
- SETI: Detecting 'stellified' objects.
- Futurist Ray Kurzweil is talking bullshit again.
- Scientists discover mysterious purple blob at the bottom of the ocean.
- Mercedes demonstrates its self-driving bus of the future in Amsterdam.
- A professor is working with NASA to 3D-print houses on the Moon.
- Ten strange inventions that could exist in ten years.
- 'Ice Bucket Challenge' leads to ALS breakthroughs.
- Mysterious vanishings at the Nevada triangle.
- 'Infomercial psychic' Miss Cleo has died, aged 53.
- Listen to the rare, uncut recordings of the 67 terrifying exorcisms of Anneliese Michel.
Quote of the Day:
If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.
A continuing bone of contention in modern physics is the strange manner in which our universe seems perfectly tuned to give rise to life. For some, it is evidence that our existence is no accident, while more skeptical thinkers have suggested that the thinking is back to front - and we only see things as perfectly tuned because life was what arose under the conditions of our universe.
The video above is from a recent discussion hosted by the Institute of Art and Ideas titled "A Goldilocks World", featuring philosopher Massimo Pigliucci, M-Theorist and author of Universe or Multiverse? Bernard Carr, and Oxford constructor theorist Chiara Marletto:
Is the universe finely tuned for life? Copernicus and Darwin taught us to be skeptical of feeling we were special. Yet from the size of the electron to the cosmological constant our universe is strangely fine-tuned for life. Is this a spectacularly fortuitous accident? Has the universe been tailored for us or do the theories just make it look that way?
- The LUCA - last universal common ancestor of all life on Earth - was only half alive.
- UCSB researchers find similarities in chaos and entanglement.
- Ants invented farming 60 million years ago after ditching hunter-gatherer lifestyle.
- New DNA tests on Paracas skulls yield unexpected results.
- Researchers find pre-Inca petroglyphs at Machu Picchu that could rewrite Andean history.
- Data storage breakthrough could store the Library of Congress on a dust mite.
- Voice control in orangutan gives clues to early human speech.
- UFO hunter spots ‘alien city’ on Google Earth.
- Google’s quantum computer just accurately simulated a molecule for the first time.
- We'll only have one year's warning before a planet-devastating super-eruption.
- Social status leads to trust, but not vice-versa.
- Has the Beast of Dartmoor mystery been solved?
- Why can’t we remember being a baby?
- Britain’s ‘Pompeii’ likely torched by Bronze-Age warriors.
- Properties of spider silk continue to surprise scientists.
Quote of the Day:
The multiverse is the last refuge of the die-hard materialist.
A recent paper on ancient cannabis use has made news this week, with some fascinating insights into its origins and spread through Asia and Europe. You can read a good summary of the research at the New Scientist link, so no need for me to rewrite it here.
What did catch my attention though is the following image from the paper, which maps archaeological sites in Eurasia that have been found to contain cannabis remains that date to more than 3000 years ago (ie. 1000 BCE).
What this clearly shows is how widespread the usage of cannabis was in ancient times, with some of the dates stretching back well before the advent of written records. In his wonderful book The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia*, Paul Devereux offers fascinating insights into how not only cannabis, but many other psychoactive plants, have been used the world over for millennia, often for ceremonial and/or religious/mystical reasons. It is one hell of an eye-opening read, especially for those who think 'tripping' was something that started with the counterculture of the 1960s, and I can't recommend it highly enough (no pun intended)!
Understanding this fact makes modern culture's outlawing of many of these plants as even more nonsensical than it already is. Our ancestors across the globe have actively used these plants as both physical and spiritual medicine for at least 10,000 years, but suddenly in the last few decades our governments and law-makers have seen fit to not just ban them from human consumption, but to make them illegal and even imprison people who choose to use them.
It is an absolute joke that such laws continue to exist - persecuting those wishing to explore their own mind - when prominent political leaders (the last three U.S. presidents), scientists (Carl Sagan, Francis Crick, Oliver Sacks etc.), tech leaders (Apple's Steve Jobs etc.) and artists and musicians (too long a list to even begin) have all admitted to using psychoactives, and in some cases have been passionate advocates for their use and benefits.
That is certainly not to dismiss the dangers that such mind-altering substances can sometimes pose. But as long as no-one else is being hurt by a person's decision to explore their own mind with psychoactives, I don't see how it is any business of the government, or law enforcement, to stop people from doing so (let alone imprison them for doing it!).
The laws are a nonsense, and it's far beyond time for us to state that plainly and make the necessary changes. The story of human history is one of exploring and expanding our minds to uncover new ideas and understand ourselves better, and the archaeological record continues to reinforce the fact that psychoactive plants have been an integral part of that entire history.
* Full disclosure: 'The Long Trip' is a release of Daily Grail Publishing.
- Was this canal, recently discovered under Pacal's pyramid at Palenque, a path to the afterlife?
- The mammoth tool that helped our ancestors make rope 40,000 years ago.
- Mystery ancient human ancestor found in Australasian family tree.
- A new explanation for one of the strangest occurrences in nature: ball lightning.
- What lies beneath the clouds of Venus.
- Making Jupiter a star.
- Five places aliens might be hiding in our Solar System, according to scientists.
- Your robot butler will arrive in the next five years! Shame it might get hacked and kill you.
- Cowboys and dinosaurs.
- We've been wrong about lichen for 150 years.
- World's first solar-powered around-the-world flight touches down in Abu Dhabi.
- Mysteries, myth and death at New York's cursed lake.
- The mystery of how a shark in a Sydney aquarium came to spit out a human arm. Hrmm, there's a fish named Dory that has shark friends, is known to travel long distances to Sydney, and an aquarium, conveniently forgets things...I think you see where I'm going with this.
- Fisherman captures footage of epic battle between hammerhead and tiger sharks.
- Video of the Day: Lightning obliterates telegraph pole.
Quote of the Day:
The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.
It works the same in any country.