Sorry folks. I forgot to observe the Moon for a little while there tonight, and all quantum hell broke loose. Which reminds me - I should go check on the cat…
- Megalithic origins: ancient connections between Göbekli Tepe and Peru.
- Romancing the Stones: A New Yorker piece on modern-day druids flocking to Stonehenge.
- They were mummified by accident in copper masks almost 1000 years ago. But who were they?
- Loggers find 200-year-old face carved in a tree.
- Who knew the US Army was in the business of building
- Shrimp-like fossil has the oldest cardiovascular system ever found.
- The oldest living things in the world.
- Do humans have the ability to sense the future? This survey of experiments so far says…yes!
- The secret spiritual history of calculus.
- How should one approach the study of demons, possession, and spiritual warfare?
- Sperm can pass trauma symptoms through generations, study finds.
- Ancient Mars was probably too cold for liquid water.
- Look! In Saturn’s ring! I think he’s giving birth to a baby Moon!
- How do we know the Moon landing isn't fake?
- The inventor of everything: How an egotistical genius convinced Silicon Valley to invest hundreds of millions in his shoddy science.
- What the Tamiflu saga tells us about drug trials and Big Pharma.
- This ex-astronaut is stalking asteroids to save civilisation.
- Fighter pilot's amazing UFO encounters.
- The Blood Falls: A horror movie and an astrobiological wet dream.
- Can this device translate dolphin sounds into English?
- The woman and the poetic giant (not a fable).
- Jim Harold talks with reincarnation researcher Dr. Jim Tucker on the latest Paranormal Podcast.
- Talking chicken causes mass panic.
- Image of the Day: Sunset on Mars.
- Bonus Apocalyptic Image of the Day: Blood Moon!
Quote of the Day:
It is well beyond time that we took the safety off, and started to think about pulling the Cosmic Trigger….a clean headshot is generally best.
- Document suggesting that Jesus had a wife is proven to be authentic.
- As Rome approaches 2,767th birthday, excavation reveals wall built more than a century before official founding year of 753BC.
- Tambora, 1815: Largest volcanic eruption in human history changed the 19th century as much as Napoleon.
- 'Hubble Madness' picks a winning image, and deep space never looked so good.
- Blood moon: Don't miss the total lunar eclipse on April 14/15. Darkness will cover the craters and mountains in which humans have spotted faces and figures for millennia.
- Phil 'Bad Astronomer' Plait owns up to some Bad Skepticism.
- Melvin Morse, well-known for his research into near-death experiences
in children, gets a three year prison sentence for 'waterboarding' his step-daughter.
- How the Freemasons got caught in a plot to topple the Castros.
- El Niño could grow into a monster, new data show -- on a par with the biggest El Niño ever recorded, in 1997-98, which caused $35 billion in damages and 23,000 deaths worldwide.
- Desmond Tutu calls for anti-apartheid style boycott against the fossil-fuel industry.
- Entire marine food chain at risk from rising CO2 levels in water.
- 'Bigfoot has Australian genes!': The myth and mystery behind Australia's bush monster the Yowie.
- The real Darwin fish: Why creationists hate Tiktaalik.
- Whole brain emulation: Can we really upload Johnny Depp's brain, as depicted in Transcendence?
- The hubris of Fukushima and Chernobyl. Fukushima’s lessons, unlearned in America?
- A brief, terrifying history of viruses escaping from labs.
- Study reveals gene expression changes with meditation.
- Happy people are more productive (especially if they get chocolate).
- Occupy was right: Capitalism simply isn't working and here are the reasons why. More details.
- An immodest proposal: A global tax on the superrich. Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century is available at Amazon US/Kindle & UK/Kindle.
- What is it like to live on Britain's most expensive street? (Apparently, they really do need all that security.)
- The appalling program that allows local cops to seize (and cash in) pot-related assets, even where marijuana is legal.
- El Salvador's battle to keep its gold in the ground.
- HIV's grip on the American South.
- Dying to make your chips: Samsung’s cancer-stricken workers are focus of fresh debate in South Korea. (Also explains why Silicon Valley has more hazardous waste sites than any other US county.)
- Politicians have delegated power to global corporations bent on engineering a world of conformity and consumerism.
- Study: American policy exclusively reflects desires of the rich; citizens' groups largely irrelevant.
- The US Navy just announced the end of big oil, and no one noticed.
- Correction: Seawater-to-fuel story I meant to post, instead of the one linked above.
- Statue of a homeless Jesus startles a wealthy community.
- Three expensive milliseconds.
- How Heartbleed broke the internet.
- NSA exploited Heartbleed to siphon passwords for two years.
- What the NSA's denial isn't telling you: it didn't even need know about Heartbleed to vacuum your privacy and store it indefinitely.
- A look at good coding: They Write the Right Stuff (Dec 1996/Jan 1997 issue of FAST COMPANY magazine).
- An interactive map showing global cyberattacks in real time.
- The magic of metaphor: What children's minds teach us about the evolution of imagination.
A big thanks to Perceval and Greg for loads of links.
Quote of the Day:
We live in a world dominated by greed. We have allowed the interests of capital to outweigh the interests of human beings and our Earth. It is clear [fossil-fuel energy companies] are not simply going to give up; they stand to make too much money.
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 07-04-2014 (Monday)
- Explore the Temples of Angkor with Google Street View
- Mars Rover Sees a Light on the Horizon
- News Briefs 08-04-2014 (Tuesday)
- Rare Video of Oarfish Beaching Themselves
- News Briefs 09-04-2014 (Wednesday)
- News Briefs 10-04-2014 (Thursday)
- For Your Dream Travel List: Kailashnath Temple
- News Briefs 11-04-2014 (Friday)
- Document Suggesting That Jesus Had a Wife is Proven to be Authentic
- Jason Silva: What is a God?
Have a good weekend!
"May your trails be crooked, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view..."
- When neutrinos collide…
- Three spins on the Mars light story-- Choose your own adventure.
- Step into Saturn’s hexagonal pole.
- Flying saucers for Mars!
- Saving Gaia-- You’re doing it wrong.
- When the seas boiled.
- Hubble bubble just got bigger.
- A cosmic cover-up.
- …That’s no moon.
- Trees. In. Space.
- Dinosaur-killing asteroid’s big brother, revealed.
- Our submerged prehistory, revealed.
- More gray matter.
- 30 years of NDEs.
- This week’s proof of the pending robot revolution… Roach nanobots.
With thanks to Kat for today’s looming robo-pocalypse news.
Quote of the Day:
“May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. May your rivers flow without end, meandering through pastoral valleys tinkling with bells, past temples and castles and poets' towers into a dark primeval forest...”
- Science gives you permission to trust your gut.
- How to tell if you're dealing with a 'pseudoskeptic.'
- Robert McLuhan's take on cases of alleged reincarnation involving children.
- Tony Morrill discusses the phenomenon of demonic possession.
- 'Switching' to quantum computing, thanks to new breakthrough.
- Rendezvous with Rosetta: The ESA is ready to land a spacecraft on the surface of a comet.
- Move over, Chicxulub! THIS is the Mother of all asteroid impacts.
- Divinity as Monstrosity: A look at Aronofsky's obsession with the story of Noah [Mild Spoilers].
- Lawmakers decide Sea World can keep its orcas… for now.
- Nick Redfern investigates the mystery of lake monsters.
- Exhibit (a) that the US Navy is turning into Battlestar Galactica: Turning seawater into fuel.
- Exhibit (b): Their sci-fi electromagnetic rail-gun.
- ...Speaking of which, you can start praising (or cursing) the lords of Kobol: Battlestar Galactica is coming to the silver screen!
- The Paracast interviews Canadian UFO investigator Chris Rutkowski.
- Valeria Lukyanova, the 'human Barbie doll', sees herself as a 'Nordic' & frowns upon 'race mixing.'
- Red Pill of the Day: Space Barbie, Vice's 2013 documentary on Valeria Lukyanova.
Thanks to Susan.
Quote of the Day:
“Their mouths, which mere minutes before had been employed in the process of demolishing and ingesting various foodstuffs, were now jammed up damply against one another while still being used for breathing, which must have been more than a little uncomfortable.”
“Bits of one jammed into bits of the other, dangerously close to some of the weakest and most important internal organs.”
“With absolutely no regard for personal space, the two of them created an unnecessary amount of friction, generating sweat in the process.”
“Some sort of gel emerged.”
“One sat upon the other, like furniture that sneaks inside of your body.”
Erotica Written By An Alien Pretending Not To Be Horrified By The Human Body (excerpt), by Mallory Ortberg.
Happy birthday, Daz!
- (Free!) Remote Viewing magazine Eight Martinis seeks contributors.
- American (ESP)ionage: the true story of a psychic spy.
- Astronomer says our consciousness interacts with other dimensions.
- Consciousness & Reality: more connected than we think?
- Listen to the Message: adventures with sound & explorations outside time.
- Watch the late John Mack discuss case histories of alien encounters.
- Our brain's response to music is primarily subconscious.
- Neurons to Nirvana: psychedelics as medicine on the Skeptiko podcast.
- Meet the filmmakers (or me!) at a screening in my town this month.
- And there are still tickets available for Graham Hancock in May.
- Help kickstart Imaginatrix - The Terence McKenna Experience.
- Psychedelic, shamanic, & magickal themes in video game culture.
- LSD & mushrooms help cancer patients overcome fear of death.
- Agrostis: tryptamines in an obscure grass in ancient Greece.
- Ancient technology that's still a marvel to behold today.
- Amenhotep III's mortuary temple being rebuilt from the rubble.
- Explore the ruins of Angkor with Google Street View.
- A mysterious face rocked up on a Scottish beach.
- What mysterious creature could kill 12 armed samurai?
- Hummingbirds: still evolving endless forms most wonderful.
- It's been 1000 years this month since the death of Irish King Brian Boru.
- A wonderful exhibition in Dublin for Brian Boru, featuring Cartoon Saloon.
- Vale Peter Matthiessen (1927 - 2014), author, Zen Buddhist, & spy.
- Loren Coleman on Matthiessen's interest in the Yeti & Sasquatch.
Quote of the Day:
“I’m all for mystery. I think it’s going to be a very dull world when there’s no more mystery at all.”
~ Peter Matthiessen
Sorry for the slow-down in posts here at the Grail…real-world responsibilities have been taking priority for the last few weeks. Hope to be back on the Grail horse again now though.
- Make the sign of the….Y? Scientists say Shroud of Turin shows that Jesus was crucified in 'very painful position', with arms over head.
- The BBC covers the riddle of the Voynich Manuscript.
- Sunrise photos show the astronomical orientations of ancient cairns.
- Mars rover sees a mysterious light on the horizon of the Red Planet.
- The esteemed 19th century scientist Johann Zöllner created tests to find out whether ghosts lived in the fourth dimension.
- While 21st century astronomer Bernard Carr says….that spiritual phenomena exist in other dimensions. Everything old is new again.
- Is lightning caused by cosmic rays?
- Skepticism increases about that 'skydiver almost hit by meteorite' video. More skepticism from the Bad Astronomer.
- The people with animal powers: humans augmenting their bodies and minds to acquire non-human abilities.
- Floating Away: the science of sensory deprivation therapy.
- Can colour-blind people see more colours when they take hallucinogens? I just got 0 out of 8 on this online Ishihara test. Please send me your hallucinogens and I shall test the hypothesis. FOR SCIENCE!
- Psychedelic, shamanic and magickal themes in video game culture.
- How to create a Harry Potter-style invisibility cloak.
- Crowdfunding pseudoscience.
- Scientists find that what we see at each moment is not an up-to-date 'snapshot' of the world but rather an average of what we've seen over the past 10 to 15 seconds.
- Sherlock Holmes & the Case of the Pointless Universe: Solved by the unlikely team of Freeman Dyson & Terence McKenna?
- Planet X conjecture has been revived after the recent dwarf planet discovery. But is the theory disproved by the motion of the already known planets?
- Paranormal investigators capture "impressive evidence" of spooks in historical museum.
- Flesh-crawling page-turners: the books bound in human skin.
- A 19th century chupacabras? In England? (/Michael Palin voice).
- Image(s) of the Day: Walk around the amazing ancient temples of Angkor via Google's Street View.
Quote of the Day:
God wanted to hide his secrets in a secure place… Then the solution occurred to him. 'I shall put my secrets in the inner sanctum of man’s own mind. Then only those who really deserve it will be able to get to it'.
Tale recounted in the Amazon to Professor Benny Shanon, and quoted in his book The Antipodes of the Mind
'In unseen worlds, science invariably crosses paths with fantasy.'
- Phil Plait asks "Did a skydiver almost get hit by a meteorite?"
- Mississippi trail cam captures strange object spooking deer.
- Bigfoot hunter Rick Dyer confesses to another hoax.
- A university lecturer claims to have photographed fairies in the Rossendale Valley in Lancashire. Dr Beachcomber gets to the bottom of it.
- Boulder carved with mysterious face discovered after falling off a Scottish cliff.
- Extract from Daisy Campbell and John Higgs' interview with Alan Moore - voicing FUCKUP in Campbell's play of Robert Anton Wilson's 'Cosmic Trigger'.
- Remembering Terence McKenna.
- Teller's version of Shakespeare's The Tempest takes magic literally.
- Ten ancient stories and the geological events that may have inspired them.
- Are animals fleeing Yellowstone a sign of an impending eruption?
- The Junkie Genius: new biography reveals the extremes of William S. Burroughs.
- Visions of the Impossible: Jeffrey Kripal explains how ‘fantastic’ stories unlock the nature of consciousness.
- Why physicists make up stories in the dark.
- Time to build a real Jurassic Park?
- Why psychics don't win lotteries.
Quote of the Day:
Long live transfinite mountains, the hollow earth, time machines, fractal writing, aliens, dada, telepathy, flying saucers, warped space, teleportation, artificial reality, robots, pod people, hylozoism, endless shrinking, intelligent goo, antigravity, surrealism, software highs, two-dimensional time, gnarly computation, the art of photo composition, pleasure zappers, nanomachines, mind viruses, hyperspace, monsters from the deep and, of course, always and forever, the attack of the giant ants!
“However vast the darkness…"
- Unlocking the multiverse?
- Enceladus’ subsurface ocean.
- Life in Enceladus’ dark water could inspire new era of exploration.
- When the Arabian Desert went green.
- Earth to the Moon: The liquid link?
- La Luna’s birthday unveiled?
- A new twist to dark matter mystery?
- The Cuban revolution will be tweeted, thanks to U.S. agency.
- Clinton echoes Reagan on UFOs… and Werner Von Braun?
- Maps… You’re doing it wrong.
- Conjuring ‘ghosts’ with the Philip Experiment.
- The genetic flight of the hummingbird.
- Dinosaur chase, reconstructed.
- Growing organs, one stem cell at a time.
- When tsunamis ruled the oceans.
- Have a light breakfast.
- Superman vs. Gravity.
- Color pixels promise new clarity.
- HAL vs. Jobs.
- Lego Batmobile, circa 1966.
- Spreading the love, one graham cracker at a time.
- This week’s evidence of the looming robot uprising… Roo-‘bots.
Quote of the Day:
“...We must supply our own light.”
Last month on the Grail was the biggest reader numbers ever. Welcome to all you new Grailers!
- In need of a lubricant so that you can slide something large into the Forbidden City? The ancients knew what to use: ice.
- Demons, mummies and ancient curses: should the British Museum be afraid?
- Ground up mummies were once an ingredient in paint. Spreading the curse, one coat at a time…
- Ancient mummy has tattoo of an angel on her inner thigh.
- The Gobekli Tepe of Ireland? 10,000-year-old settlement found in Cork.
- New discoveries challenge orthodox beliefs on humans' arrival in the Americas.
- A Good Trip: Researchers are prescribing psychedelics to help cancer patients deal with their situation - and it's working.
- Ultra-thin graphene might allow us to wear contact lenses with infrared vision in the future.
- Just a few days on from last week's new planet discovery, another new dwarf planet has been found in our Solar System.
- Hamster wheel to Alpha Centauri: Massive spaceships could be fuelled by human exercise.
- Alien abduction, Scarlett Johansson-style. Silver Screen Saucers reviews Under the Skin.
- Body swapping: the science behind the switch.
- Can a psychic help you with your grief?
- Frontiers in Human Neuroscence published a paper about precognition. Burn them!
- Embracing the unexplained - how 'fantastic' stories unlock the nature of consciousness.
- The 8-year-old exorcist saving Brazil's slums.
- 12 strange vintage photos of séances.
- Home is where the heart is (buried under the floorboards). The childhood home of Jeffrey Dahmer, site of his first killing, is up for sale. Would you live in it?
Quote of the Day:
The laws of nature are but the mathematical thoughts of God.