As Dan Brown’s website says, a secret CIA document contains the phrase, “It’s buried out there somewhere.”
- King Arthur’s round table may have been found by archaeologists in Scotland.
- Are you a man or a mouse? How humans evolved from a rodent that lived in China 160m years ago.
- Nearly 2 million years ago, the original naked chef was cooking up a storm.
- Defining the universe is harder than you think.
- An Earth-centered universe? Some Catholics still insist Galileo was wrong.
- Asteroid impacts may spread life to other planets.
- Exploding star to be visible from Earth within a fortnight.
- Meteorite blasts across skies of Peru leaving forest fires in its wake. Includes video.
- In the wake of the Russian Progress vehicle crash, International Space Station could be de-manned.
- China set to launch rival to ISS.
- Rocky planets 15 times farther from their parent star than Earth may generate enough heat to keep water flowing — if their atmospheres are made up primarily of hydrogen.
- GRAIL moon mission in final preparations for September launch.
- Live, from the bottom of the sea: Dropping sensors into the deep ocean as part of a major initiative to better understand oceans, climate and plate tectonics.
- Scientists call for better management of the deep sea.
- Plant die-off study faces questions.
- Subterranean Amazon river ‘is not a river’.
- People are biased against creative ideas, studies find.
- ‘Time cells’ weave events into memories.
- Speed of thought and perception limited by unified neocortical gateway.
- The unconscious at the helm: When it comes to goal setting, your unconscious mind can be a great motivator.
- One in seven believe U.S. government staged the 9/11 attacks in conspiracy. A quarter of 16 to 24-year-olds subscribe to the theory
- 9/11 conspiracy theories have not faded over time: BBC’s list of the five most prominent theories, and their analysis.
- Al-Qa’ida book by ex-agent sets off war between FBI and CIA.
- Scottish zoo plans to start new breeding programme for chimpanzees, despite recent research showing that captivity drives chimps mad.
- Speaking of mad… Got 10 bucks for a cup of joe?
- Japan warns nuclear disaster area could be uninhabitable for 20 years.
- Did fracking cause the East Coast earthquake?
- Experiments show that gravity is not an emergent phenomenon.
- Quantum correlations – without entanglement.
- Scientists man bioterror front lines post-9/11.
- A decade of clinical farm animal mutilations in Wales is being investigation by pathologists who suspect aliens may be to blame.
- NY Times obituary for ‘alien abduction’ researcher Budd Hopkins.
- History Channel puts strongest UFO evidence under the microscope.
- TV crew comes to Carlton County, Minnesota, looking for Bigfoot. Locals talk about their sightings.
- Taking Sasquatch from the tabloids to the science journals.
- The Dyatlov Pass Incident: A scrawled note found near the campsite said, ‘From now on we know that snowmen exist.’
- Treasure hunters use electric pulses to probe Oak Island.
- Lee Cronin: ‘Aliens could be made from iron.’
- Did Apple invent the iPad? Or did Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke?
- The Secret Language Code: Psychologist James Pennebaker reveals the hidden meaning of pronouns.
Thanks, Greg. Hat tips to Anomalist & Mind Hacks.
Quote of the Day:
Much to my surprise, I soon discovered that the ways people used pronouns in their essays predicted whose health would improve the most. Specifically, those people who benefited the most from writing changed in their pronoun use from one essay to another. Pronouns were reflecting people’s abilities to change perspective.
As I pondered these findings, I started looking at how people used pronouns in other texts — blogs, emails, speeches, class writing assignments, and natural conversation. Remarkably, how people used pronouns was correlated with almost everything I studied. For example, use of first-person singular pronouns (I, me, my) was consistently related to gender, age, social class, honesty, status, personality, and much more. Although the findings were often robust, people in daily life were unable to pick them up when reading or listening to others. It was almost as if there was a secret world of pronouns that existed outside our awareness.
Psychologist James Pennebaker