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News Briefs 05-05-2005

Jameske was unable to bring us a news brief for Wednesday, so here is your “late night double feature” – there’s even somewhat of a creature show.

  • Egypt – archaeologists are celebrating the discovery of a brilliantly coloured mummy whose gilded mask and decorative bands have prompted them to declare it the most beautiful ever found. Here are some more pics.
  • The latest edition of New Scientist is now available online. Check it out here.
  • The ACLU is to file a lawsuit on behalf of a Wiccan who was banned from giving the religious blessing at a Virginia local government meeting.
  • A fossil found in South Dakota is that of a never before seen species of dinosaur, a horse-sized plant eater with spikes on its bony flat head.
  • And in more dino news, birdlike dinosaurs newly unearthed in Utah may be a missing link between primitive meat-eating creatures and more evolved vegetarians.
  • The Malagasy people of Madagascar carry the genes from ancestors in both nearby East Africa and also distant Borneo suggesting a big migration from Asia back to Africa 2,000 year ago
  • Does evolutionary theory allow for circumstances in which “spin-off” human species like Neanderthals, Homo erectus and the dwarf hominids whose remains were discovered last year in Indonesia could develop again?
  • The Manitoba sasquatch story — complete with video of a massive, hairy beast — will air Wednesday night on “A Current Affair”, the granddaddy of American tabloid television. Theres a link to a clip from the vid in the article.
  • Italy is a treasure trove of buried antiquities. But now they are being systematically plundered by illegal tomb-raiders.
  • The armchair glaciologists who may be doing some of the most important work on tracking global warming.
  • Transcendental Meditation may help people live longer, but critics say more research is needed.
  • First it was mysterious big black cats, now it’s strange marsupials jumping around the gardens of England. It’s just a jump to the left…
  • Meng Zhaoguo, a rural worker from northeast China’s Wuchang city, says he was 29 years old when he broke his marital vows for the first and only time — with a female extraterrestrial of unusually robust build. Prepare the transmat beam!
  • Natural evolution has produced the eye, butterfly wings and other wonders that would put any inventor to shame. But who’s to say evolution couldn’t be improved with the help of a little technology?
  • Ethanol, a fuel that is increasingly replacing gasoline today and may help to power the fuel-cell vehicles of tomorrow.
  • Fossils of an ancient fish – dating back 450 million years, when the creatures had neither bones nor teeth – have been found in South Africa
  • Saturn’s pock-marked moon Phoebe could be a comet that was captured by the gravity of the ringed planet.
  • Now you too can leave the lab and watch your favourite Steve Reeves movies on your sunglasses as you go.
  • NASA will use a new human centrifuge to explore artificial gravity as a way to counter the physiologic effects of extended weightlessness for future space exploration.
  • Government-funded researchers tested AIDS drugs on hundreds of foster children in at least seven states over the past two decades, often without providing them a basic protection afforded in federal law and required by some states.
  • With a bit of a mind flip it’s into the time slip! If you’re into time travel, mark your calendar for Saturday, May 7, 2005, when the first Time Traveler Convention will be held at MIT. Or if you miss it, perhaps you can wait a few years and attend anyway.
  • Here’s a transcript of a George Noory interview with Dr. Steven Greer, who is the founder/CEO of Space Energy Access Systems and also the founder and director of the Disclosure Project.
  • Texas lawmakers sent a message to the state’s high school cheerleaders on Wednesday: no more booty-shaking at the game. But it’s the pelvic thrust that really drives you insane…
  • It takes conventional rockets about six months just to get to Mars. Total roundtrip times can be as long as three years but the roundtrip journey could be wrapped up in about 90 days using NASA’s Magnetized Beam Plasma Propulsion system.
  • It sounds scary – like comic book super-villain scary – at first, this idea that Iran is plotting to hit American with a king-sized electromagnetic pulse, triggered by a nuke in the skies. Luckily, it’s a scenario about as realistic as the X-Men.
  • Expect fashionably-sleek little wings and long, tapered missiles. The Italians are about to start testing a prototype killer drone of their own and the French want one armed with nukes!
  • A new book says that many of the sacred cornerstones upon which much of today’s ufological lore are constructed, had their origins not in the far corners of the galaxy, but in the fertile and imaginative minds of American military intelligence and the behind-the-scenes spook-brigade.
  • Part of an English sacred landscape cherished by Neolithic man 5,500 years ago was the setting for a modern version of a pagan ceremony to mark the ancient festival of Beltane. It’s nice to see the Beltane festivals spreading.
  • A major experiment in Florida is being prepared to test the theory that cosmic rays – from the sun and other stars – are a crucial element in causing thunderbolts.
  • Nefertiti the Musical – I wonder if they found a part for Zawi? They can’t do anything about ancient Egypt without him, can they?

Thanks to Rick

Quote of the Day:

There are those who say that life is an illusion, and that reality is but a figment of the imagination.

The Narrator

  1. love the quote
    I actually agree with the quote.You can’t really believe that some of the things that actually happen are real.Better to believe in fantasies.

    The mummy is sensational.I wonder who it is, and I wonder how long before Hawass lets us find out.

    I loved the Wired article about assisting the animals.I could do with a gag for The Parrot who never shuts up.

    The spin-off human species are a worry.You can see them happening already.

    Great links “Cernig”, you must have nearly killed yourself.

    Thank you,


    1. The Quote
      Thanks shadows,

      That quote is why, every time I think of Oscar, I imagine him looking and sounding like the Narrator from Rocky Horror. 🙂

      Regards, C

  2. Texas Cheerleaders
    I can just see my niece (who is a cheerleader) being a total pain in the butt and suggesting that the whole squad start wearing burkaa’s and just standing still while whispering their new cheer … one two three four – we can’t shake them any more; five six seven eight – so the house has legislate.

    Celtic Coyote

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