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He’s a Highlander, by God, and the last sound he hears should not be that of a wailing woman!

  • Archaeologists open 4,000-year-old tomb of Bronze Age hero near Forteviot, Scotland. Four-tonne carved capstone sealed the burial chamber so well that organic materials including wood, bark and leather survived intact. More here. Cernig adds, Forteviot was where part of Robert The Bruce’s pagan kingship rituals were conducted in the 14th century.
  • Neolithic cathedral, built to amaze, unearthed in Orkney.
  • Britain’s first works of art really rock.
  • Lexicon of life’s rich history: the biggest, most groundbreaking experiment in the history of the English language.
  • How the Mayan Calendar is related to the Perseid meteor shower, and how the Maya learned to predict lunar eclipses. Vincent H. Malmström’s book Cycles of the Sun, Mysteries of the Moon is available online.
  • Finding lost Egyptian cities with magnetometers. Includes YouTube link to the BBC’s fascinating Lost Cities of the Ancients (2006).
  • NASA panel envisions visits to asteroids, fly-over of Mars, and visits to potential sites for future spacecraft fuel depots – Lagrange points, where the gravitational pull of the Earth and the sun balance out and allow an object such as a satellite to maintain a stable position. One such point is almost 1 million miles from Earth, four times farther than the moon, but considerably closer than the 35 million mile distance to Mars.
  • Mystery storm clouds appear on Titan, Saturn’s largest moon.
  • New theory brings invisible gateways, like the one to Platform 9 3/4 in Harry Potter, a step closer to reality. Or are they already here?
  • The two envelopes paradox has been ‘driving mathematicians nuts’ since the 1930s, but it may explain how hedge funds beat the odds.
  • Mathematical model developed for surviving a zombie attack.
  • Zombie ants controlled by parasitic fungus.
  • Polio surges in Nigeria due to mutation of live virus in oral vaccine.
  • The myth-making genius of Neil Gaiman.
  • Forty years after Woodstock, cops mistake legendary musician for confused homeless man. The comments paint a different view of this incident than GMA’s cheery version.
  • Secrets of District 9’s grungy alien realism.
  • MoD’s secret UFO files, released today, tell of ‘alien Toblerones’ over Scotland.
  • The Rendlesham incident: Letter from former head of the armed forces warned that either a craft had entered UK airspace with impunity or US airmen were capable of a serious misperception.
  • MoD files reveal alien abduction bid. Pdfs of all newly-released files.
  • Scientist admits to study of Roswell crash debris. A research study, obtained this month through FOIA, offers stunning confirmation that Wright-Patterson Air Force base contracted Battelle Memorial Institute to analyze material from a crashed UFO at Roswell in 1947.
  • Journalists hunt for the acid-spitting, lightning-shooting Mongolian Death Worm. Hasn’t that been done before?
  • Against atheist fundamentalism: The problem with evangelical ‘true unbelievers’ is their faith that all would be well with our lot if everybody would just get on board with their sternly anti-religious program.
  • Click here to watch the new two-hour movie 9/11: Blueprint for Truth – The Architecture of Destruction, produced by Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth. The group’s founder, Richard Gage, AIA, has speaking engagements scheduled all over the US, and around the world.
  • The truth about lying: who does it, and why.

Thanks, Greg. And a big thanks to Red Pill Junkie, too, for filling in for me for the past few weeks. My cat has finally returned to vibrant good health after his near-death bout with fatty liver disease, but after 5 months of force-feeding-and-watering him every few hours around the clock, I had a monsterous sleep debt to cure.

Quote of the Day:

Regarding the North Texas Church of Freethought:

Hmm. One doesn’t quite know what to make of an atheist church. Most people, when they cease to believe in the Easter bunny, don’t hold monthly services to celebrate the non-existence of a peripatetic paschal rabbit. But you know Dallas: We’re so religious that even the atheists go to church. For the record, at their next service, the freethinkers will focus on invisibility. Ah, reason.

Rod Dreher, in Against atheist fundamentalism.