If you haven’t voted yet in this year’s Zorgy Awards, head on over and rock the vote for The Anomalist for ‘Top Paranormal News Service’. Three years holding the title is enough for the Grail, and The Anomalist is one of the all-time greats…
- The Eerie Silence: Professor Paul Davies writes on the history, techniques, and merits of SETI.
- Syria’s Stonehenge.
- So, the DNA evidence has now shown the KV55 mummy is probably Akhenaten, right? Perhaps you shouldn’t believe everything (anything?) that the big Z says. More here.
- A rare Buddhist flower that blossoms once every 3000 years found beneath a nun’s washing machine. If that doesn’t sound like a bunch of euphemisms, I don’t know what does.
- Human culture is an evolutionary force.
- You know that ‘missing link’ fossil that made huge news last year, being an early human ancestor? Yeah, not so much anymore.
- Orca whales defeat great white sharks by flipping them upside down.
- Commonly used pesticide (banned in most of Europe) turns male frogs into females. Gives a new spin to the Princess & the Frog Prince fable.
- Ants navigate via stereo smell.
- Implanted neurones let the brain rewire itself.
- Dark matter could meet its nemesis on Earth in Newton’s second law of motion.
- Joseph Capp reports from the International UFO Conference in Nevada.
- The top ten spooky sleep disorders.
- Poll: what would it take for you to believe in UFOs and aliens? Me: UFOs exist, emphasis on the U; as for aliens, get away from city lights & take a look at all those stars.
- 8-limbed boy needs surgery to remove parasitic twin. Not sure I’d want someone else’s buttocks sticking out of my chest either.
- On this week’s Skeptiko podcast, Alex Tsakiris chats with Renée Scheltema about her film Something Unknown is Doing We Don’t Know What?.
Quote of the Day:
SETI is enormous fun and of great interest to the public. The momentous nature of a positive result hardly needs to be spelt out. Unfortunately, the subject represents a level of speculation unusual even by the standards of contemporary theoretical physics, and it may turn out to be a wild-goose chase.
Professor Paul Davies