“Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.”
- Unprecedented new planet discovery.
- Exoplanets go blue.
- Glimpsing Saturn’s hexagon vortex.
- When black holes collide…
- Fifty-year solar staring contest pays off.
- The jade rabbit has liftoff. I repeat…
- Entanglement leads to wormholes, which leads to entanglement, which leads to wormholes, which leads to…
- Ancient DNA may reset humankind's timeline.
- Who hijacked the interwebs?
- Are you hearing voices?
- JILA develops spinning trap for electrons. Thought it said JLA…
- And so castles made of sand, fall in to the sea…
- Sports-cars, deconstructed.
- Erebor in Lego.
- This week’s evidence of the looming robot revolution… Google ‘Bot.
Quote of the Day:
“The learner always begins by finding fault, but the scholar sees the positive merit in everything.”
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
Make it so:
- The tacit supernaturalism of popular science.
- The selfish meme of the selfish gene is wrong.
- The legend of Darwin's finches, unmasked.
- Krampus: Saint Nicholas' dark companion.
- The powerful mix of 9000-year-old music and alcohol.
- Stonehenge bluestones revealed as musical 'lithophones'.
- 'Thoughtography' exhibition opens.
- What a habitable planet twice the size of Earth would be like.
- The Bunyip, an example of sceptical, but speculative, cryptozoology from The Cryptozoologicon Volume I (Amazon US/UK).
- Back to the Garden: awakening to the shamanic paradigm.
- Oldest human DNA found in Spanish cave.
- Oldest signs of life on Earth.
- Rare documentary, The Power of the Witch (1971).
- A collection of Dion Fortune's rituals (as encoded in her novels) by Gareth Knight (Amazon US/UK).
- The cave carver.
- The house built for 150 quid.
- Timelapse of Earth, from the ISS (which just gets in the way, tbh).
Quote of the Day:
The search for Reality is the most dangerous of all undertakings, for it destroys the world in which you live.
- A tree of life & a Canaanite goddess in ancient Egypt.
- Armed guards return to protect
stargatesEgypt's ancient sites.
- Ancient celtic geo-wizards plotted a real Middle Earth (Amazon).
- Fantastic cartography tips from the guy who mapped Game of Thrones.
- Six of Britain's oldest trees have their roots in stories & myths.
- Into the Woods: on British forests, myth, & now by Ruth Padel.
- Feathered primates: the intelligence of crows, ravens, & magpies.
- High in the Andes, hummingbirds defy the low levels of oxygen.
- Watch a peregrine falcon chase down a pro mountain biker.
- Musical project spans 16 countries & 500-million migrating birds.
- Oneironaut Hunter Lee Soik charts new maps for lucid dreaming.
- You might recall my interview with Hunter from last month.
- Hubble space telescope finds signs of water on five alien planets.
- Kepler-90 is a distant planetary system much like our own.
- It may be easier to find alien life on Europa than we thought.
- Wormholes might be linked with spooky quantum entanglement.
Cartoon of the Day:
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- To Heaven and Back: CNN features tales of near-death experiencers.
- Also on that story: Is there an afterlife? Near-death survivors believe they saw the other side.
- But hey, I wrote a whole book about all that and more: Stop Worrying! There Probably is an Afterlife (Kindle eBook / Paperback).
- Video of the moment a man was found alive within a sunken tugboat, after more than two days trapped in a pitch-black 'air bubble'.
- Mysterious ice circle forms in North Dakota river.
- The world's oldest javelins: Stone spears from 280,000 years ago provide clue as to how humanity evolved.
- Did the 17th-century painter Vermeer use an optical trick to create his photo-realistic scenes?
- Did an Australian build a flying machine after a 'UFO vision' in 1868?
- The curious case of the exploding pig farms. What's your Pig Bang Theory?
- UFO mystery as bizarre flying saucer shape is captured in the sky above a wind farm.
- Why commercial drone delivery services, such as that touted by Amazon, won't fly any time soon.
- Human memory, boss level.
- On the flipside: the man whose mind exploded.
- Face of 'Angel of 9/11' spotted in twisted girder.
- This Mekong River Monster footage is pretty weird.
- Though you won't find the Mekong River Monster on this handy map of the Lake Monsters of America.
- Norfolk police warn of alarming clown epidemic. Just wait till they get wind of what's about to happen on the Santa front...
- Secret labyrinth of tunnels under Rome mapped.
- The after-death writings of Mark Twain.
- Revenant, a new peer-reviewed e-journal "dedicated to academic and creative explorations of the Supernatural, the Uncanny and the Weird", is now taking submissions.
- The Grand Canyon, filled with fog.
- Image(s) of the Day: This 300-year-old carved Tibetan skull is a Tantric work of art.
Thanks Kat and Cat.
Quote of the Day:
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Black Friday video mash-up. The good news: nobody died this year.
- Sexual frustration decreases lifespan. Yep, sucks the will to live right outta ya.
- If people can take hard drugs and still go on
being paid to runrunning a national bank or Canada’s biggest city, how dangerous can such substances be?
- For 20 years, the nuclear launch code at US Minuteman silos was 00000000.
- A gigantic 'communal latrine', created at the dawn of the dinosaurs, has been unearthed in Argentina.
- Your brain continually eats itself - apparently.
- Distant memories: Mice can 'warn' sons, grandsons of dangers via sperm.
- No, humans are not chimp-pig hybrids. Could've fooled me.
- Crocodiles and alligators use tools.
- From Turing to Snowden: Revelations show transatlantic intelligence pact started in second world war is expanding beyond states' ability to control it.
- New report compiles extensive evidence showing how some of the world's largest corporations have
conspiredpartnered with private intelligence firms and government intelligence agencies to spy on activist and nonprofit groups.
- Why things are going wrong in biomedical research.
- Hey, ya'll -- this video of people taking the American dialect survey is fascinating.
- Why are there so many tunnels under London?
- How to store all those bits and bytes cheaply and reliably? Magnetic tape.
- Inside the high-tech fortresses of the super-rich. Anybody know what kind of gas knocks you out for 24 hours?
- Google has its employees using Macs, not Windows or its own Chromebooks.
Quote of the Day:
A stupid man's report of what a clever man says can never be accurate, because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something he can understand.
A summary of all the stories and news briefs posted on The Daily Grail over the past week - check 'em out if you missed any:
- News Briefs 25-11-2013 (Monday)
- Hunting for the Thylacine: Are There Still Tasmanian Tigers Roaming the Wild?
- News Briefs 26-11-2013 (Tuesday)
- German Archaeologists Suggest the Great Pyramid was Built Before Khufu?
- News Briefs 28-11-2013 (Thursday)
- Russell Brand Will Blow Your Mind
- Graham Hancock on the Indonesian Megalithic Site of Gunung Padang
- News Briefs 15-11-2013 (Friday)
- Christmas Gifts and Holiday Reading from the Grail Catalogue
Have a good weekend!
“You make your own dream.”
- Expanding the universal mind.
- My god, it’s full of… peanuts.
- Will ISON survive its perihelion? Watch it here and here.
- More on Egyptian archaeologist’s reactions to German archaeologist’s pyramid claims.
- Smaller black holes’ voracious appetite observed.
- A spotlight on Ceres.
- Star’s life and death, imaged.
- A ‘screaming comes across the sky’…
- Glimpsing the future of quantum computing?
- Fighting for the future.
- The Moon Rabbit turns jade.
- A link between Type-2 Diabetes and Alzheimer’s?
- Linking genes to diseases, one electronic medical record at a time.
- Hypoxia physical therapy.
- Edible photos.
- Lifting the fog.
- Diplodocus finds buyer with high ceilings.
- Well, that sucks.
- This week’s evidence of the pending robot uprising… Turtle ‘Bot.
Quote of the Day:
“There’s nothing new under the sun. All roads lead to Rome. And people cannot provide it for you. I can’t wake you up. You can wake you up. I can’t cure you. You can cure you.”
Happy Thanksgivvukah! You get double the guilt for that extra helping of Grandma's yams.
- 10,000-year-old house unearthed in Israel.
- Oldest stone-tipped projectiles predate modern humans. I sense Giorgio's hair raising!
- Step aside, Margaret! Tyrannosaurus Rex was the true Iron Lady.
- Pope Francis vs Neoliberalism.
- Lucid dreaming is now being taken seriously by mainstream science, but Stephen Laberge --the pioneer of lucid dream research-- is still an academic pariah.
- Flies like a butterfly, stings like a… jellyfish?
- Growing plants… on the Moon??
- Historic UFO audio archive dating back to the 1940s recovered.
- Fidel Castro: "The Warren commission was designed to fool the American people."
- The death of Alex Jones. Back & to the Woo.
- The end of 23andMe?
- "23andMe gave me a wrong diagnosis."
- Yet another reason why Canada is so freakin' cool: Baby dinosaur skeleton found intact in Alberta.
- Baby Kaiju caught on Miami beach!!! --or just a big-ass stingray.
- Oklahoma Bigfoot photos: Too good to be true?
- Red Pill of the Day: Historic plantation burned down by intoxicated ghost hunters. Mixing spirits: NEVER a good idea…
Thanks Kat, Rick & Susan.
-Quote of the Day:
"How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points?"
- Moronic ghost hunters burn historic Louisiana plantation to the ground.
- Hunting for the Thylacine: Are there still 'Tasmanian Tigers' roaming the wild?
- Preserving the archives of psychical research.
- Mysterious package found in century-old time capsule.
- Cicada 3301: the internet code-breaking mystery that has the world baffled.
- Mushrooms create wind to spread their spores.
- Woman single-handedly taped 35 years of TV news on 140,000 VHS tapes.
- Archaeologists uncover earliest evidence of birth of Buddha.
- German archaeologists penalised for stealing samples of King Khufu's cartouche from the Great Pyramid. Or, the alternative headline: German archaeologists suggest the Great Pyramid was built before Khufu!
- Is this the 'real site' of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon?
- Did giants once live in buried cities across America?
- The Discovery of Middle Earth: Did the druid priests of the ancient Celts map Western Europe more than 2000 years ago?
- What happens when podcasters take an heroic dose of magic mushrooms before going 'on air'? Enter the Mushroom!
- The latest Binnall of America podcast features Jeff Ritzmann discussing the world of the paranormal.
- Mums! Keep your baby in your placenta forever with these gorgeous placenta-based photo frames!
- Pope puts 'St. Peter's bones' on public display at the Vatican.
- Tiny flying robot soars like a…jellyfish?
- Mystery object falls from sky in Long Island.
- Investigating mediums: the 'dazzle shot'.
- Canadians rescue shark choking on a moose.
- Video of the Day: This praying mantis is a dirty, rotten scoundrel.
Thanks Kat and Cat.
Quote of the Day:
By reducing our worlds to the material, our thoughts to chemical reactions, our stories to illusions, and our experiences of the Other to delusions, Materialism rips from us the very tools by which we world the Other into the earth. While denying the Other and turning our desire and experience of it into mere psychological states and disorders, we find ourselves disarmed, alienated: we become disinhabited things.
- Were people killing giant sloths in South America 30,000 years ago? Bones with marks left by human tools could point to earlier human arrival in the Americas.
- Board game piece from the seventh century casts Anglo Saxon feasts in a new light.
- Fighting the tide of jade plundering in Guatemala.
- Mars needed a different atmosphere, not just higher temperatures, to have been a warmer, wetter, more Earth like world in the past, according to a new study.
- Signs of life preserved in meteor glass.
- Bacteria can reuse small scraps of 'second-hand' DNA, including 43,000-year-old segments from a woolly mammoth.
- When we lose antibiotics, here's everything else we'll lose too.
- New bacterial life-form discovered in NASA and ESA spacecraft clean rooms.
- Top 5 imported foods from China that you should avoid.
- In mice, anti-inflammatories ameliorate medical marijuana's memory mishaps.
- Ayahuasca could revolutionize psychotherapy.
- How many human body parts remain undiscovered?
- Within 10 years, experts claim they'll be able to 3D print whole hearts for use in transplant surgery, in about 3 hours, using the recipients’ cells.
- The dogs that can operate a washing machine with a quick bark and a push of the paw. Watch Duffy the dog work the washing machine and do the laundry.
- A puzzling 'blackout' at Puerto Rico's famous bioluminescent bay.
- Man who 'tastes' words comes up with a flavour for each of the 274 London Underground stations, from jelly to Spam fritters and 'wet sand'.
- Autistic people may have a tangling of the senses. Imagine if you were such an autistic.
- Reincarnation: Fact or fallacy? Three case studies.
- Father of boy, 9, killed in May tornado says recent photograph of his niece clearly shows his son standing over her 'like a guardian angel'.
- Sweden's transdimentional gas station: A first-hand account.
- Law enforcement officers now are part of the revenue gathering system. An ex-cop's guide to not getting arrested. Fair warning: it won't work for everyone.
- How a radical new teaching method could unleash a generation of geniuses.
Quote of the Day:
If you put a computer in front of children and remove all other adult restrictions, they will self-organize around it, like bees around a flower.
Sugata Mitra, in the last article linked above.