- Science gives you permission to trust your gut.
- How to tell if you're dealing with a 'pseudoskeptic.'
- Robert McLuhan's take on cases of alleged reincarnation involving children.
- Tony Morrill discusses the phenomenon of demonic possession.
- 'Switching' to quantum computing, thanks to new breakthrough.
- Rendezvous with Rosetta: The ESA is ready to land a spacecraft on the surface of a comet.
- Move over, Chicxulub! THIS is the Mother of all asteroid impacts.
- Divinity as Monstrosity: A look at Aronofsky's obsession with the story of Noah [Mild Spoilers].
- Lawmakers decide Sea World can keep its orcas… for now.
- Nick Redfern investigates the mystery of lake monsters.
- Exhibit (a) that the US Navy is turning into Battlestar Galactica: Turning seawater into fuel.
- Exhibit (b): Their sci-fi electromagnetic rail-gun.
- ...Speaking of which, you can start praising (or cursing) the lords of Kobol: Battlestar Galactica is coming to the silver screen!
- The Paracast interviews Canadian UFO investigator Chris Rutkowski.
- Valeria Lukyanova, the 'human Barbie doll', sees herself as a 'Nordic' & frowns upon 'race mixing.'
- Red Pill of the Day: Space Barbie, Vice's 2013 documentary on Valeria Lukyanova.
Thanks to Susan.
Quote of the Day:
“Their mouths, which mere minutes before had been employed in the process of demolishing and ingesting various foodstuffs, were now jammed up damply against one another while still being used for breathing, which must have been more than a little uncomfortable.”
“Bits of one jammed into bits of the other, dangerously close to some of the weakest and most important internal organs.”
“With absolutely no regard for personal space, the two of them created an unnecessary amount of friction, generating sweat in the process.”
“Some sort of gel emerged.”
“One sat upon the other, like furniture that sneaks inside of your body.”
Erotica Written By An Alien Pretending Not To Be Horrified By The Human Body (excerpt), by Mallory Ortberg.
Happy birthday, Daz!
- (Free!) Remote Viewing magazine Eight Martinis seeks contributors.
- American (ESP)ionage: the true story of a psychic spy.
- Astronomer says our consciousness interacts with other dimensions.
- Consciousness & Reality: more connected than we think?
- Listen to the Message: adventures with sound & explorations outside time.
- Watch the late John Mack discuss case histories of alien encounters.
- Our brain's response to music is primarily subconscious.
- Neurons to Nirvana: psychedelics as medicine on the Skeptiko podcast.
- Meet the filmmakers (or me!) at a screening in my town this month.
- And there are still tickets available for Graham Hancock in May.
- Help kickstart Imaginatrix - The Terence McKenna Experience.
- Psychedelic, shamanic, & magickal themes in video game culture.
- LSD & mushrooms help cancer patients overcome fear of death.
- Agrostis: tryptamines in an obscure grass in ancient Greece.
- Ancient technology that's still a marvel to behold today.
- Amenhotep III's mortuary temple being rebuilt from the rubble.
- Explore the ruins of Angkor with Google Street View.
- A mysterious face rocked up on a Scottish beach.
- What mysterious creature could kill 12 armed samurai?
- Hummingbirds: still evolving endless forms most wonderful.
- It's been 1000 years this month since the death of Irish King Brian Boru.
- A wonderful exhibition in Dublin for Brian Boru, featuring Cartoon Saloon.
- Vale Peter Matthiessen (1927 - 2014), author, Zen Buddhist, & spy.
- Loren Coleman on Matthiessen's interest in the Yeti & Sasquatch.
Quote of the Day:
“I’m all for mystery. I think it’s going to be a very dull world when there’s no more mystery at all.”
~ Peter Matthiessen
Sorry for the slow-down in posts here at the Grail…real-world responsibilities have been taking priority for the last few weeks. Hope to be back on the Grail horse again now though.
- Make the sign of the….Y? Scientists say Shroud of Turin shows that Jesus was crucified in 'very painful position', with arms over head.
- The BBC covers the riddle of the Voynich Manuscript.
- Sunrise photos show the astronomical orientations of ancient cairns.
- Mars rover sees a mysterious light on the horizon of the Red Planet.
- The esteemed 19th century scientist Johann Zöllner created tests to find out whether ghosts lived in the fourth dimension.
- While 21st century astronomer Bernard Carr says….that spiritual phenomena exist in other dimensions. Everything old is new again.
- Is lightning caused by cosmic rays?
- Skepticism increases about that 'skydiver almost hit by meteorite' video. More skepticism from the Bad Astronomer.
- The people with animal powers: humans augmenting their bodies and minds to acquire non-human abilities.
- Floating Away: the science of sensory deprivation therapy.
- Can colour-blind people see more colours when they take hallucinogens? I just got 0 out of 8 on this online Ishihara test. Please send me your hallucinogens and I shall test the hypothesis. FOR SCIENCE!
- Psychedelic, shamanic and magickal themes in video game culture.
- How to create a Harry Potter-style invisibility cloak.
- Crowdfunding pseudoscience.
- Scientists find that what we see at each moment is not an up-to-date 'snapshot' of the world but rather an average of what we've seen over the past 10 to 15 seconds.
- Sherlock Holmes & the Case of the Pointless Universe: Solved by the unlikely team of Freeman Dyson & Terence McKenna?
- Planet X conjecture has been revived after the recent dwarf planet discovery. But is the theory disproved by the motion of the already known planets?
- Paranormal investigators capture "impressive evidence" of spooks in historical museum.
- Flesh-crawling page-turners: the books bound in human skin.
- A 19th century chupacabras? In England? (/Michael Palin voice).
- Image(s) of the Day: Walk around the amazing ancient temples of Angkor via Google's Street View.
Quote of the Day:
God wanted to hide his secrets in a secure place… Then the solution occurred to him. 'I shall put my secrets in the inner sanctum of man’s own mind. Then only those who really deserve it will be able to get to it'.
Tale recounted in the Amazon to Professor Benny Shanon, and quoted in his book The Antipodes of the Mind
'In unseen worlds, science invariably crosses paths with fantasy.'
- Phil Plait asks "Did a skydiver almost get hit by a meteorite?"
- Mississippi trail cam captures strange object spooking deer.
- Bigfoot hunter Rick Dyer confesses to another hoax.
- A university lecturer claims to have photographed fairies in the Rossendale Valley in Lancashire. Dr Beachcomber gets to the bottom of it.
- Boulder carved with mysterious face discovered after falling off a Scottish cliff.
- Extract from Daisy Campbell and John Higgs' interview with Alan Moore - voicing FUCKUP in Campbell's play of Robert Anton Wilson's 'Cosmic Trigger'.
- Remembering Terence McKenna.
- Teller's version of Shakespeare's The Tempest takes magic literally.
- Ten ancient stories and the geological events that may have inspired them.
- Are animals fleeing Yellowstone a sign of an impending eruption?
- The Junkie Genius: new biography reveals the extremes of William S. Burroughs.
- Visions of the Impossible: Jeffrey Kripal explains how ‘fantastic’ stories unlock the nature of consciousness.
- Why physicists make up stories in the dark.
- Time to build a real Jurassic Park?
- Why psychics don't win lotteries.
Quote of the Day:
Long live transfinite mountains, the hollow earth, time machines, fractal writing, aliens, dada, telepathy, flying saucers, warped space, teleportation, artificial reality, robots, pod people, hylozoism, endless shrinking, intelligent goo, antigravity, surrealism, software highs, two-dimensional time, gnarly computation, the art of photo composition, pleasure zappers, nanomachines, mind viruses, hyperspace, monsters from the deep and, of course, always and forever, the attack of the giant ants!
“However vast the darkness…"
- Unlocking the multiverse?
- Enceladus’ subsurface ocean.
- Life in Enceladus’ dark water could inspire new era of exploration.
- When the Arabian Desert went green.
- Earth to the Moon: The liquid link?
- La Luna’s birthday unveiled?
- A new twist to dark matter mystery?
- The Cuban revolution will be tweeted, thanks to U.S. agency.
- Clinton echoes Reagan on UFOs… and Werner Von Braun?
- Maps… You’re doing it wrong.
- Conjuring ‘ghosts’ with the Philip Experiment.
- The genetic flight of the hummingbird.
- Dinosaur chase, reconstructed.
- Growing organs, one stem cell at a time.
- When tsunamis ruled the oceans.
- Have a light breakfast.
- Superman vs. Gravity.
- Color pixels promise new clarity.
- HAL vs. Jobs.
- Lego Batmobile, circa 1966.
- Spreading the love, one graham cracker at a time.
- This week’s evidence of the looming robot uprising… Roo-‘bots.
Quote of the Day:
“...We must supply our own light.”
Last month on the Grail was the biggest reader numbers ever. Welcome to all you new Grailers!
- In need of a lubricant so that you can slide something large into the Forbidden City? The ancients knew what to use: ice.
- Demons, mummies and ancient curses: should the British Museum be afraid?
- Ground up mummies were once an ingredient in paint. Spreading the curse, one coat at a time…
- Ancient mummy has tattoo of an angel on her inner thigh.
- The Gobekli Tepe of Ireland? 10,000-year-old settlement found in Cork.
- New discoveries challenge orthodox beliefs on humans' arrival in the Americas.
- A Good Trip: Researchers are prescribing psychedelics to help cancer patients deal with their situation - and it's working.
- Ultra-thin graphene might allow us to wear contact lenses with infrared vision in the future.
- Just a few days on from last week's new planet discovery, another new dwarf planet has been found in our Solar System.
- Hamster wheel to Alpha Centauri: Massive spaceships could be fuelled by human exercise.
- Alien abduction, Scarlett Johansson-style. Silver Screen Saucers reviews Under the Skin.
- Body swapping: the science behind the switch.
- Can a psychic help you with your grief?
- Frontiers in Human Neuroscence published a paper about precognition. Burn them!
- Embracing the unexplained - how 'fantastic' stories unlock the nature of consciousness.
- The 8-year-old exorcist saving Brazil's slums.
- 12 strange vintage photos of séances.
- Home is where the heart is (buried under the floorboards). The childhood home of Jeffrey Dahmer, site of his first killing, is up for sale. Would you live in it?
Quote of the Day:
The laws of nature are but the mathematical thoughts of God.
It's April 1 folks. I've done my best to filter out the foolishness, but might still be worth doubling-down on your dose of caveat lector before you begin exploring today's new briefs...
- Spanish couple claim to have found the Holy Grail. Chaos ensues.
- National Geographic Channel pulls Nazi War Diggers series from air after outcry over shoddy excavation techniques and disrespect for the dead.
- Graham Hancock "horrified" by the latest developments at Stonehenge.
- Under pressure from religious leaders, Darren Aronofsky's Noah now features a disclaimer.
- Was Noah a shaman?
- Smoke and Mirrors: Occult detectives and the first paranormal investigations.
- Bigfoot hoaxer's dummy maker reveals his secret.
- Exorcist director says the film worked because he made it "as a believer".
- Tomb of the Mothman? Inside the eerie TNT storage bunkers of West Virginia.
- Some reflections on children's memories of past lives.
- The Society for Psychical Research has received a £750,000 donation from the estate of the late Nigel Buckmaster.
- Real Apollo 11 training photos look like prep for a fake Moon landing. If someone finds Kubrick in one of those images, shout out...
- Could galactic empires exist without faster-than-light travel?
- Will we ever…travel in wormholes?
- Has this new discovery by astronomers confirmed there is a 'Planet X'?
- Related: Scott Sheppard discusses his discovery of the new dwarf planet in the outer reaches of our Solar System, and what it means.
- Japan told that its whale science is non-science, and ordered to halt Antarctic whaling.
- The 14 greatest hoaxes of all time.
Quote of the Day:
A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.
Hard disk recovery = News Briefs recovery. Was NOT looking forward to to rewriting the news on my iPad from a photo of my frozen Mac screen!
- The first transparent 3D-printed skull has been successfully implanted.
- Speaking of see-through heads: glass brain - an anatomically-realistic real-time 3D brain visualisation.
- Still speaking of see-through heads: a transparent head might foil facial recognition software, but won't stop scientists recognising the face you're thinking of.
- Whales are cool and all, but this is getting desperate, no? How whale faeces help slow Antarctic warming.
- Mirage Men - how the US government created the UFO myth §now online.
- Wirral mathematician solves secrets of stonehenge.
- How to prove the paranormal: scientists discuss.
- Quantum experiments show how time emerges from entanglement.
- Just don't blame the bankers: former World Bank senior council says a "second species" on Earth controls money & religion.
- Suspended animation trials on humans begin.
- Could "Ancient Egyptian" glyphs found in Australia rewrite history?
- Researchers are giving psychedelics to cancer patients to help alleviate their despair - and it's working.
- James Lovelock: 'Instead of robots taking over the world, what if we join with them?'.
- Demons, mummies and ancient curses: should the British Museum be afraid?.
- How to unmake a sea serpent: the case of the Scoliophis Atlanticus.
- Controversial glow-in-the-dark plants go on sale.
- How to bake scientifically accurate cake planets.
- 10 of the most bizarre books ever written.
Quote of the Day:
One man practicing kindness in the wilderness is worth all the temples this world pulls.
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:
- Waking Up to the Devil in your Room
- News Briefs 24-03-2014 (Monday)
- News Briefs 25-03-2014 (Tuesday)
- The Language of the Birds: Hummingbird Vocalisations Eight Times Slower Than Normal Speed
- An Unearthly Scene: Tumbleweed Fire Twister!
- Has This New Discovery By Astronomers Confirmed there is a 'Planet X'?
- News Briefs 27-03-2014 (Thursday)
- News Briefs 28-03-2014 (Friday)
Have a good weekend!
“Every now and then a man's mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation…”
- Life, the multiverse and everything.
- Lunar life?
- Lunar construction.
- Is that a UFO? No... Siriusly.
- A babel fish for dolphins?
- Solar flare source explained?
- Peering out of the quantum vacuum.
- Brazil pushes arrival in Americas back to 26,000 years.
- A milestone in synthetic biology.
- The dinosaur of Siem Reap.
- Like riding a brike.
- It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a… floating generator.
- Electric rain.
- Living materials and bio-manufacturing.
- Mirroring windows in the lab.
- Star Wars theme goes organ-ic.
- Jupiter ascends.
- A meteoric meal.
- This week’s evidence of the looming robot uprising… Cybathlon.
Quote of the Day:
“…and never shrinks back to its former dimensions.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.