Warp speed, Number One… engage.
- It’s the 50th anniversary of Sputnik, the little satellite that thought it could.
- The Hubble Space Telescope has taken spectacular images of a stellar jewelbox.
- A green-hued meteor lit up the sky above Melbourne last night. So that’s why I woke up to find men wearing biohazard suits in my bedroom.
- Are light orbs in photographs proof of a spirit realm?
- What can Near Death Experiences reveal about human consciousness?
- With a 1 in 1000 chance of a civilisation-ending impact this century, it’s time we took asteroids and comets more seriously. Wearing a helmet won’t help you.
- Tests on mummifed Inca children reveal they were fattened up for sacrifice. Did the Brothers Grimm travel to Peru?
- The fearsome Ice Age sabre-toothed Cat bit like a domestic moggie. That’s why they put the smile in Smilodon.
- Fellow Gippslander Tim Cope’s Genghis Khan adventure. This link has photos.
- The Amazon rainforest could be lost in our lifetime due to industry.
- Parts of a temple dating to the reign of pharaoh Ramses II have been discovered in a historic Luxor mosque.
- A 25-foot-tall statue of Anubis floated down the River Thames.
- King Darius had a dashingly azure moustache and beard.
- Excavations at the ancient Anatolian city of Ephesus will continue for centuries.
- A brilliant collection of photo galleries of ancient cities and monuments.
- Peter Hopkirk’s Foreign Devils on the Silk Road chronicles explorers seeking lost cities in Central Asia, from Sir Aurel Stein to Sven Hedin (Amazon, US or UK).
- Lost cities of the Silk Road: a space-age search for relics of ancient Central Asia. Among Warriors (Amazon US or UK) by Pamela Logan.
- A leading archaeologist claims the first kings of Ireland came from Donegal.
- A temporary preservarion order has been signed for Rath Lugh in the Tara/Skryne valley. Here’s another article with photos showing it might be too late. Tara Hill remains threatened by the M3 and needs your support.
- Here’s a terrific photograph of a fairy ring. Mmmm, mushrooms.
- Labyrinths are ancient paths to increasingly popular modern meditation.
- We are compassionate, why are you killing us? is Paul Levy’s passionate testimony to the Buddhist monks of Burma.
- As we approach the 700th anniversary of Grand Master Jacques de Molay being arrested, The Knights Templar Encyclopedia by Karen Ralls is essential reading (Amazon US or UK). An Illustrated History of the Knights Templar by James Wasserman is also excellent (Amazon US or UK).
- Forensic work suggests bones found near the Russian city of Yekaterinburg belong to the son and daughter of the last czar.
Quote of the Day:
And Kingdoms rise
And Kingdoms fall
But you go on…