News Briefs 02-05-2005

I hope your Beltane fires are still raging.

  • What is Beltane? The Beltane Fire Society know how to throw a good party. If you’d like to know more, then here are more links than you can poke a burning stick at.
  • A fire of a different kind as a man burns 80’000 books he can’t get rid of. How can we dance when our Earth is turning, how do we sleep while our books are burning?
  • A story to bring tears to the eyes of any pagan: urban kids don’t know what a tree is.
  • Orthodox Christians celebrate their version of Easter this week. I like the version with the chocolate rabbits.
  • Do you believe in fairies? Leave a saucer of milk outside for the wee folk tonight, the neighbourhood cats will thank you for it.
  • Megalithic stone circles of Scotland, a link to remind Cernig of bonny home.
  • Prehistoric rock art, a message from the past.
  • Check out these pics of the Pileta Cave prehistoric rock art in Spain.
  • Spain is also home to many megaliths. There are some good pics here.
  • Pyramids of the Canary Islands, and the Mediterranean.
  • A UFO over Cyprus. I could do with a Mediterranean holiday.
  • A new theory of how the Inca built the stone walls of Cuzco. The theorist invites your comments.
  • Can Machu Picchu be saved from destruction caused by tourism?
  • The mighty mystery of the Olmecs.
  • A rare discovery in Egypt of seals for soldiers who collected ferric oxide, used to make red paints. Can the Egyptologists speak for themselves, or does Zahi Hawass have to get his name in every media release possible?
  • Speaking of Zahi Hawass, the grisly evidence of human sacrifice in Abydos.
  • Urumqi mummies provide evidence that caucasians roamed China 1000 years before East Asians arrived.
  • Professor Jakob, the man who stole Homo Floresiensis, has discovered a community of pygmies. You can read more, with comments, here. For some odd reason, Prof Jakob strongly reminds me of a certain Egyptologist whose name is Hawass … no wait, that’s too obvious, I’ll call him by his first name Zahi.
  • Borneo is a hotbed for the discovery of new species of flora and fauna, but will they soon be extinct species?
  • Will our generation be the last to see live tigers?
  • Did our universe begin as a liquid? If so, then it vindicates Ancient Egyptian myths of life emerging from the Primordial Sea, and the Vedic accounts of the Sea of Churning Milk.
  • The mystery of dark matter, and Philip Pullman’s brilliant books about Dust.
  • Even better, a very cool interview with Michio Kaku about parallel universes.
  • A recent lecture by Stephen Hawking on life, the universe and everything.
  • An exciting photograph of an extrasolar planet.
  • Has the Mars Rover Spirit found Martian bedrock?
  • There’s life on Titan, of a kind.
  • Do mirror neurons make it possible for us to read minds? I know what you’re thinking, Greg.
  • Make a bid for a Mind-Reading Machine on Ebay. The photo is priceless. Or you can make your own from tin-foil and a lot of wishful thinking.
  • Natasha Demkina, the girl with x-ray eyes, gets four tests out of seven correct. But this isn’t enough to convince many skeptics. Perhaps Demkina can use her x-ray vision and tell us what lies between these skeptics’ ears.
  • A Russian cyberneticist says mirrors do more than merely reflect our physical image. I asked myself am I mouse or man, the mirror squeaked, away I ran.

Quote of the Day:

…two different worlds, consciousness and unconsciousness. Most of us are living in those two worlds, one foot in one or the other, and all of us are living on the borderline. That’s my definition of human life.

Haruki Murakami, author

    1. Unos, dos, tres …
      I was going to do a Babelfish translation, but then that’d be no fun. 😉

      Y’know, these days all we do is see. Television, magazines. Some of us hear, but the majority rely on images for information. The people who created the rock art would have had access to all of ou senses, amplified because of their reliance on nature, and complete proximity to. That’s another thing dulling our senses these days, the distance we put between ourselves and experiences, either through television or mere apathy.

    2. Cave Art
      Esta lámina representa una de las 28 escenas significativas que se encuentran dentro de la cueva grabadas en la roca. La lámina pertenece a los estudios de Juan Cabré y su hija M* Encarnación (dos de los principales investigadores de la cueva).

      This lamina represents one of the 28 significant scenes that they are within the cave recorded on the rock. The lamina belongs to the studies of Juan Cabré and its daughter M* Incarnation (two of the main investigators of the cave).

      translation from Google translate

  1. Machu Picchu
    Perhaps the buildings and landscape at Machu Picchu would not deteriorate so much if we left it alone. It would show proper respect for those who built it.

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