Daylight Savings just ended down here, but instead of winding the clock back one hour, I wound it back one day. No wonder I don’t know what time it is.
- Surf’s up, Captain. Giant waves seventy feet high pound a research vessel for 12 hours off the coast of Scotland.
- Undeterred by reports of a 90-foot wave, a Dutchman has built a replica of Noah’s Ark. Perhaps he knows something about the Netherlands’ dykes that we don’t.
- The European Space Agency’s chief scientist says there should be a Noah’s Ark on the moon, in case life on Earth is wiped out. Me, worried?
- Two months after accusations of censorship, NASA commits to free discussion.
- Why does NASA refuse to spend more money on the enigmatic moons of Europa and Enceladus when they have more chances of finding life there than they do on Mars? I just answered my own question.
- A review of Programming the Universe by Seth Lloyd (Amazon US or UK), who says the universe operates like an enormous computer. Mac or PC?
- The collision of two superdense stars would produce the strongest magnetic fields in the Universe, say scientists. I’ve never heard of that Magnetic Fields album.
- Physicists have confirmed that neutrinos, which are thought to have played a key role during the creation of the Universe, have mass. Does that make them Catholic?
- A review of Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast (Amazon UK) by Lewis Wolpert, a passionate rationalist exploring the scientific roots of religious belief, superstition and plain old luck.
- Music may have played an important role in the evolution of early humans.
- Which ties in nicely with a new article by Mike Hayes, who discusses the number seven, octaves and extraterrestrial DNA. A great read.
- Out of control — nearly 4 million Americans, most of them children and young adults, are being prescribed hyperactivity drugs. Ah, so Indigo Children are named after the colour of the pill they take!
- Perhaps the Nepalese boy claimed to be a reincarnation of Buddha was diagnosed with ADHD.
- Sharpen your crayons and start drawing pictures of that Bigfoot or Chupacabra you saw — a cryptozoology museum exhibition needs your sketches.
- Amazing dinosaur fossils are being excavated on New Zealand’s Chatham Islands. This is the first evidence that dinosaurs lived on isolated islands in the southwest Pacific.
- MUFON discusses time travel, aliens and government coverups.
- There’s only one thing worse than Rense, and that’s the UK’s Sun — but it has an interesting statement by SETI’s Seth Shostak, who says we’ll make contact with extraterrestrials between 2020 and 2025.
- Among the ruins of a 3200-year-old ruins near Athens, archaeologists believe they have found the palace where Ajax, the legendary Greek hero of the Trojan war, ruled.
- Archaeologists have discovered hundreds of stone tablets from the Sumerian civilisation of Ur, some dating between 2700 BC and 2100 BC. I can’t wait for Zecharia Sitchin’s translations.
- It’s a confusing website, but a good one detailing archaeoastronomy across the world.
- Sheriff Zahi Hawass says the St Louis Art Museum has a week to turn over the allegedly stolen 3200-year-old mask of Ka-nefer-nefer, or face legal action. Ka-nyah-nyah.
- A big happy 71st birthday to Erich Von Daniken, who has never ceased wondering at the mysterious. All the best mate.
Thanks Kat for the Dixie Chicks video.
Quote of the Day:
The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whosoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed.