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  • Are crop circles that appeared in Illinois soybean fields connected to UFOs witnessed in the area days earlier?
  • A small independent publishing house in Vancouver Canada claims to have sensational evidence of alien spacecraft, but isn’t revealing it to the public just yet. I guess they’re waiting for the next version of Adobe Photoshop.
  • Is the Da Vinci Code a diversion from something more sinister? Historian Dr Paul Spice thinks so, in his book The Watchers.
  • If you’re old enough to remember The Smiths, you might be interested in the Princess Diana and Morrissey conspiracies. The biggest conspiracy is Morrissey’s hair hasn’t changed at all.
  • Can’t see the conspiracy? Scientists can replace your faulty lenses with plastic ones.
  • Scientists have erased memories in the brains of lab rats. I bet you one of the rats was named Philip K Dick.
  • Scientists have erased memories in the brains of lab rats. I bet you one of the rats was named Philip K Dick.
  • If you like your scifi, the Hugo Award winners have been announced.
  • Drinking tea is healthier than drinking tap water, according to a new study.
  • Stress is identified as a major factor in the cause of allergies. Are bubble habitats available to order from Amazon?
  • The bubble of Pluto’s status as a planet has popped, but many scientists are fiercely against the decision.
  • Somehow this row over Pluto could also see Neptune losing its status as a planet. The way we humans behave, Earth won’t be far behind either.
  • In the distant past, the Earth may have spun on its side to keep its balance; and is it about to do so again? To help out, we’re all urged to lean to the left a little.
  • Scientists have found that oxygen and the life that generates it might have enriched the Earth far earlier than supposed, with implications for extraterrestrial life.
  • The Observer has a few good articles about the free energy claims from a Dublin lab. Here’s an entertaining article from the Guardian Unlimited. U2 rack up a mighty power bill.
  • Speaking of Bono, some of you may have missed an excellent interview in last October’s Rolling Stone magazine. Bono could power a small city with his mouth.
  • Has evidence of a building linked to the myth of King Arthur been found at Windsor Castle?
  • The debate continues over whether King David was real or merely myth, with huge implications for Judaism and Christianity.
  • Often forgotten by mainstream academia, the enigma of China’s celtic mummies continues to baffle everyone.
  • I heartily recommend Elizabeth Wayland Barber’s book The Mummies of Urumchi (Amazon US or UK).
  • An international team of archaeologists have unearthed a well-preserved blond-haired, tattooed 2500-year-old mummy frozen in the mountains of Mongolia. Here’s a nice pic of the grave before excavation.
  • Chinese archaeologists believe 35’000 bamboo-slips inscribed with writing must have been mass-produced in factory conditions. Not much has changed in China.
  • Five people have been detained in China for arranging strippers at funerals. So that’s why some people like to read newspaper obituaries …
  • Tony Blair has been urged to halt the construction of a highway near Stonehenge. He’s being urged to halt a lot of things.
  • The giant statue of Zahi … I mean, Ramses II … continues its slow march through the streets of Cairo to a new home.
  • Time Magazine calls the experts involved in the argument over the Flores Island Hobbit as snarky, squabbling fifth-graders.
  • The thrill of hunting for dinosaur fossils in the Montana wilderness.
  • Christian zealots have destroyed a 1500-year-old gallery of ancient Arctic petroglyphs. Where’s Iorek Byrnison when you need an angry, armoured polar-bear?

Thanks Debraregypt, Paul, David and Kat (as always).

Quote of the Day:

Everytime someone ends a prayer in the Western world they say Amen – that is the name of an Egyptian god associated with completion. So we’re still praying to their gods.

Whitley Strieber