Lots of news out there today — here’s a smattering.
- It’s the death of history: 2,000-year-old Sumerian cities torn apart and plundered by robbers.
- Ancient Scots mummified their dead.
- Yale to return thousands of Inca artifacts taken from Peru’s famed Machu Picchu citadel almost a century ago.
- How the discovery of geologic time changed our view of the world.
- New method can reveal ancestry of all genes across many different genomes, unearthing some surprising clues about why new genes pop up in the first place, and the biological nips and tucks that bolster their survival.
- The spirited beginning of Sherlock Holmes: Notebooks describing Arthur Conan Doyle’s earliest contact with mediums and psychic phenomena emerged last week.
- People rely on their cell phones for mood regulation and maintaining relationships, and a majority experience phantom ringing.
- Loneliness is a molecule: Changes in the immune system may explain why social factors like loneliness are linked to an increased risk of heart disease, viral infections and cancer.
- Arctic ice melt opens Northwest Passage.
- What global warming looks like.
- Update: Sinking states.
- Scientists plug gap in how planets form.
- Cassini reveals two faces of Iapetus: one hemisphere black as tar, the other white as freshly fallen snow.
- Human security, and technologies from cell phones to weather forecasts, are at risk from anti-satellite weapons and space junk.
- New DNA test could help people prove their health has been damaged by toxic chemicals.
- Scientists say people smell the world differently because of their genes.
- Researchers link common physical symptoms to intensity of everyday smells.
- Living your dreams, in a manner of speaking.
- UC Davis statistician analyzes evidence of remote viewing.
- Woman fights 15-foot-long python to save her pet dog.
- A monkey and a pigeon have become inseparable friends at an animal sanctuary in China.
- In a Lithuanian zoo, a lonely baboon has adopted a chicken he saved from certain death last month, and the two have formed a fast friendship.
- Ontario is the new hotspot for UFO sightings.
- Former Air Force fighter pilot Russ Wittenberg, who flew for Pan Am and United for over 30 years, and previously flew two of the actual airplanes that were allegedly hijacked on 9/11 (United Airlines Flight 175 & 93), does not believe the government’s official 9/11 conspiracy theory. (With video.)
- In the early 1930s, a clique of America’s ‘ruling families’ were hell-bent on supplanting US democracy with a fascist state.
- Linda Howe talks with Jim Marrs about his book Psi Spies: The True Story of America’s Psychic Warfare Program (Amazon US & UK).
- The strange saga of how, and why, Australian spooks and spies kept watch on Oz’s UFO research community for years. Nick Redfern’s On the Trail of the Saucer Spies: UFOs and Government Surveillance is available at Amazon US & UK.
- In his new memoir, Alan Greenspan says the Iraq war was really about oil. Now he’s ‘clarifying‘.
- The Elders, a new alliance of elite senior statesmen, aim to solve thorny global problems.
- BBC News: Big Brother is watching us all: US and UK governments are developing increasingly sophisticated gadgets to keep individuals under their surveillance.
Quote of the Day:
We interrupt this program for a message from the president:
Ladies and gentlemen… The very word secrecy is repugnant in a free and open society. And we are as a people, inherently and historically, opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths, and to secret proceedings. For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence, on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly-knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations. Its preparations are concealed, not published; its mistakes are buried, not headlined; its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned; no secret is revealed. That is why the Athenian lawmaker Solon decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy. I am asking your help in the tremendous task of informing and alerting the American people, confident that, with your help, man will be what he was born to be — free and independent.
Audio of speech by President John F Kennedy, as presented in Zeitgeist – The Movie, 2007.