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News Briefs 27-07-2004

Aliens and beagles and Nessie, oh my...

  • Seth Shostak predicts ET first contact within 20 years. Hope they've got their radios on...
  • Sending a Messenger to Mercury.
  • Double asteroid impact delivered one-two punch. That's the sort of punch that could win a few super-heavyweight bouts.
  • Beagle 3 looks to hitch a lift with the Americans.
  • Strange movements may give early detection for autism in children.
  • Fighter pilots may soon command their very own drone swarms. Ah humans, always using techology for the noblest causes.
  • Skeptic Michael Shermer tells us why we should expect a little miracle every now and then.
  • Aboriginal artefacts seized in Australia while on loan from the British Museum. That's got to have serious ramifications for the future of travelling exhibitions.
  • One of a Neanderthal baby's first words was probably 'papa', says study. I was banking on 'ooga-booga' myself.
  • Discovery of chariot tracks pushes back date of earliest Chinese vehicles.
  • Archaeologists baffled by Iron Age mystery.
  • Historians excited by find of rare Italian pottery in Scotland.
  • Anomalies found in Roswell metal.
  • Mysteries of the deep at Lake Tahoe.
  • The Circle-Makers maintain their recent high profile in the media.
  • Dazed and confused at the UFO Daze.
  • Loch Ness water on sale for £6 a pint. And you can't even drink it...
  • The laid-back sorceress with uncertain spells - Caroline Tully.
  • World's tiniest fish identified. Imagine the size of the worm you'd need...
  • 'Frozen Ark' to preserve DNA of animal species.
  • The medical mystery at the heart of the movie Awakenings.
  • It was like the Super Bowl, Woodstock, Mardi Gras, a holy pilgrimage and Chippendale dancers all rolled into one.
  • Hewn from one rock, pillars in 7th century temple produce music.
  • Cave paintings expose origins of Mithrae cult.
  • Ticket to Mars will cost the Earth.
  • Childhood vaccination against drug addiction would protect adults from the euphoria experienced by users. Cause you don't want that euphoria thing...

Thanks Kat.

Quote of the Day:

The power of music to integrate and cure. . . is quite fundamental.
It is the profoundest nonchemical medication.

Oliver Sacks

News Briefs 26-07-2004

Here's today's hodge-podge of news, I hope there's something for everyone. All bad jokes that elicit groans are the responsibility of the author, not the administrators of this website.

  • 2004 Canadian crop circles include scorched soybeans. I guess even aliens can burn their toast.
  • Fire department bans old-fashioned book-burning. I wonder if Dan Brown could smell smoke ..?
  • Federal judge allows company to search for natural gas near Utah's Nine Mile Canyon, an area renowned for its ancient rock art.
  • The Mythopoeic Society's Mythcon 35 begins July 30th at the University of Michigan. Looks like a great event, pity I'm in Australia.
  • Perhaps I can teleport there, as New Zealand scientists bring teleportation closer to reality. I managed to avoid Star Trek cliches on this one.
  • An Italian town is banned from keeping goldfish in a bowl; a council official said, "A fish kept in a bowl has a distorted view of reality and suffers because of this." Thank goodness TDG isn't based in Monza, eh!
  • A Russian expedition sets out to find physical proof an alien spacecraft caused the Tunguska explosion, not a meteorite.
  • Islamic group cancels rally in London for fear of Al Qaeda terrorist attack. Geez, not even Osama Bin-Laden's fanboys are safe.
  • If you're in London and wetting your pants from fear of an Al-Qaeda attack, then the new pPod will show you where the cleanest toilets are.
  • Animal rights activist faces expulsion for reportedly calling for the assassination of scientists.
  • Zimbabwe plans to ban and expel human rights groups.
  • Here are some beautiful images of Saturn from the Cassini space probe. Cassini also sees lightning on Saturn.
  • We know how Napolean lived, but how did he die? The death of Alexander the Great is also a mystery.
  • Rare archaeological discoveries under Central Manezh Exhibition Hall in central Moscow.
  • Short-sightedness is on the rise due to extended use of televisions and computers. Perhaps we could market TDG magnifying glasses.
  • High radioactivity recorded in Israel is due to natural causes.
  • Were medieval monks obese? No evidence for the Priory of St McDonalds has been found so far.
  • Embarrassment for Donald Rumsfield when his credit card was rejected. Australia's Defence Minister Robert Hill suggests they use Saddam Hussein's Visa instead.

Quote of the Day:

Man is a genius when he dreams. Dream what you're capable of. The harder you dream it, the sooner it will come true.

Attributed to Akira Kurosawa

News Briefs 23-07-2004

Time to lighten-up a bit on the political front. The US presidential election is in November; take all political news that you come across anywhere with a grain of salt. To insure that everyone is equally offended, TDG offers this perspective. (Click on the picture, it will take a few minutes to load; with sound.) ;o)

  • Ah, an amusing little vintage with a hint of saber-toothed tiger musk. An archaeologist is attempting to trace the first wine to the Stone Age.
  • Baby's first word filled Stone Age Papa with pride.
  • Excavations are set to begin at one of the most important archaeological sites in Scotland.
  • Bronze Age ritual human sacrifice may have been rarer than believed.
  • Fraudulent behavior by a dog trainer who has assisted in archaeological disputes calls into question the use of dogs in archaeology. Eagle, the dog, did not misbehave. Good dog; bad trainer.
  • A 17,000-year old art relic has been found in central Russia.
  • The legal battle over the ancient bones of Kennewick Man has been won by the scientists, but they now face a new wrangle over access to the remains.
  • Ramses II, son of the Sun god, the greatest warrior king of ancient Egypt, has been defeated by the automobile.
  • A Kyrgyz-Russian expedition has embarked on a hunt for an ancient city covered by a lake - a Kyrgyz Atlantis.
  • Do you have dreams of taking a sunny paddle boat ride across the sky-blue waters of Lake Titicaca? Looks can be deceiving.
  • Here's a new twist. Napoleon Bonaparte died of too many enemas.
  • Following an NDE, a young monkey at an Israeli zoo has started walking on its hind legs only, just like us. Somebody notify Commander George Taylor.
  • The Dutch are getting taller, but they are being stalked by junk food.
  • Michael Jackson wants a celebrity exception to the First Amendment. No, we don't make this stuff up.
  • Thousands of acres were set on fire in California when a red-tailed hawk was electrocuted by power lines and fell to the ground.
  • Handedness develops in the womb.
  • The key genetic differences among people are revealed.
  • The ancient Germans weren't so fair.
  • Grey matter matters for intellect.
  • A new audio system lets flowers sing.
  • The blind really do hear better. That's fair.
  • Evidence is revealed for the creation of elusive matter.
  • Stephen Hawking concedes a bet, backtracking on his long-held belief that black holes obliterate everything that falls into them.
  • Cool fuel cells could revolutionize the Earth's energy resources. Somebody shovel some money to these guys.
  • Men with guns change the weather in China.
  • War is hell. US army food... just add urine.
  • What is happening to birds?
  • The shady phenomenon of freak waves as tall as 10-story buildings has been seen from space.
  • Drunken flight attendants fight a passenger. That's correct - read it again.
  • Scientists find that shorelines breathe. That's scary.
  • On a site beneath the waves off the coast of Florida, Atlantis is being built of concrete and human ashes. I don't think this is what Edgar Cayce envisioned.
  • While the Pacific Northwest has Bigfoot and Nevada is famous for UFOs, Illinois claims the Mad Gasser of Mattoon, the Farmer City Monster and perhaps yet another unconfirmed tall tale: Lake County cougars.
  • Is the story of Troy and the Trojan Horse really a tale of scheming gods? Zecharia Sitchin' THE EARTH CHRONICLES EXPEDITIONS is available from Amazon US and UK.
  • Is physicist Vittorio Formisano's Mars data being suppressed by the ESA?
  • Spirit and Opportunity get extended roving privileges on Mars. Guess what they don't get.
  • If aliens exist 'we'll know in 20 years'.
  • A new Martian meteorite has been found in Antarctica.
  • NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has taken a view of an eclectic mix of galaxies.
  • There are puzzling differences in Jupiter and Saturn.
  • UK Science Minister Lord Sainsbury wants NASA and ESA to join forces to achieve future space goals.
  • High-resolution images of Apollo 11's Moon landing on 21 July 1969 have been removed from a double freezer, thawed, digitally scanned, and re-produced.

Quote of the Day:

It requires more courage to suffer than to die.

Napolean Bonaparte

News Briefs 22-07-04

Here is todays news. It has always amused me that societies of "Enlightened" mystics have even more feuds than the average disfunctional family.

  • Couple find a mastadon tooth in a parking lot in Oregon. So how come I only ever find old shopping trolleys?
  • The Rosicrucians are back in court in a leadership dispute but are reputed to be broke.
  • South Africa takes measures to protect a plant more valuable than gold due to its appetite reducing effect.
  • The Seat of Irish Kings, described as the "heart and soul of the nation" is threatened by a new motorway.
  • Merlin was real even if Arthur wasnt, says John Mathews . Actually, this looks very familiar from Nicholai Tolstoy's book "The Quest for Merlin".
  • Indian holy man gets drunk on electricity.
  • A Swiss judge rules that IBM should stand trail for helping the Nazis organise the Holocaust.
  • I tried to find the silliest news item possible, and found the inventor of the "Scruples" board game allege that a Satanic conspiracy is keeping us all doped up.
  • A new study on global warming says the Sun is to blame. The sun got hotter so the Earth did? Amazing, Holmes!
  • The madness of King George attributed to arsenic poisoning. Thats Hanover, not Bush, by the way...
  • Size does matter. A big genome can increase your chance of extinction
  • The true story of Lorenzo's Oil is not quite as upbeat as the movie, but still an incredible argument for preserving biodiversity.
  • Archaeologists are finally in agreement that the Megalithic period in Ireland 'boomed' between the years 4200BC and 3500BC in Sligo.
  • The X-Prize fuels a new space race between commercial companies.
  • Space-borne invader from Mars found in Antartica.
  • Why the US has conspiracy fever.
  • A new movie, Stealth, causes confusion on "Area 51" websites after stills are released.
  • The latest British crop circles in pictures from the Temporary Temples website and a Conference in Glastonbury at the end of July.
  • Can GM Foods prevent the world's growing population from starving?
  • Britain's Ministry of Defence has asked scientists studying Gulf War Syndrome to withhold some of their findings from an ongoing investigation into the mysterious affliction.
  • Brazilian grassland's biodiversity threatened with destruction by 2030.
  • Lyndon LaRouche: Independant Democratic candidate for President, conspiracy-nut or international fraudster? Read about the Cult and the Candidate.
  • Anthrax found in Ivory Coast chimps could be passed to humans.
  • Saint or Sinner? Bill Gates to give his $3bn dividend to his charity.
  • Why Australian snakes have the deadliest venom. I thought it was because they were in competition with Australians...
  • Forget the blond, blue-eyed Ayrian, ancient germans had dark skin.
  • Studies show hints of Mankind's first words.
  • Rare Roman bust of Goddess Isis found at site in England.
  • Researchers conclude that Bronze Age sacrifices were rarer than originally supposed.

Quote of the Day:

"As soon as we are confident that we really have knowledge and understanding in some domain, we stop calling it philosophy and start calling it science. And as soon as we make some definite progress, we think ourselves entitled to call it scientific progress"

John Searle

News Briefs 21-07-2004

So, did Jupiter lose its core, or did it not ever have one? Post your thoughts.

  • Jupiter may have no core. Sounds about right according to this work.
  • Sacred geometry in the Boyne Valley? Perhaps it should be Orange shaped?
  • Secrets of the lost tribe: the Etruscan legacy.
  • A window into the Skull & Bones Society: Skeletons in the closet.
  • Could underwater patterns be evidence of super megalithic ruins on the bottom of the ocean?
  • Ancient DNA reveals skin colour.
  • The mystery of animal colours.
  • Property of Intelligence seemingly throughout the brain rather than in single area.
  • Oestrogen key to boosting male sex drive.
  • Diet can affect brain health. So, not too many vodka jellies at breakfast then.
  • Gene scientists plan aggression drug. Side effects include growing breasts and wanting to look like Marilyn Monroe.
  • Is 16th Century Voynich Manuscript a hoax?
  • Does the Gobi have its very own Sarlaac?
  • Flower power gadget turns flowers into amplifiers.
  • How has the US been spending other people's billions? All governments spend other people's billions.
  • Elves and Sprites: too high for planes and too low for satellites. So how come the casual certainty of the theory explaining them?
  • Yawning is catching in chimps. I wonder if deaf and blind people also yawn in synchrony with others? Having said that, perhaps they yawn all the time. They can't have much to do.
  • The discovery of rapid climate change.
  • Comets and the bronze age collapse.

Quote of the Day:

Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr: The only time we doctors should accept death is when it's caused by our own incompetence.

Dr. Alfred Necessiter: Nonsense. If the murder of twelve innocent people can help save one human life, it will have been worth it.

The Man With Two Brains

News Briefs 20-07-2004

Do you remember what you were doing 35 years ago? I bet Neil Armstrong does.

  • Could this be the decade of the Moon? Didn't we do this already? Did Peggy Sue get married?
  • Astronomers redate the very first marathon, based on phases of the Moon - and solve the mystery of why the very first marathon runner collapsed and died afterwards.
  • Forget about that lost Beagle, NASA now plans on sending a mole to Mars.
  • And NASA also announces the two latest proposals for their "New Frontiers" program.
  • Is Spirit starting to fade? Mars rover being driven backwards due to a problematic front wheel.
  • Rovers find that surface water existed on Mars for eons.
  • Asteroid fragments on a fast collision course with Earth.
  • Satellite sees sprites, jets and elves in the upper atmosphere.
  • Amish clue helps scientists find genetic basis for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
  • Researchers create super-conducting nano-cables.
  • Niacin found to be a potent brain protector against cognitive decline.
  • Health alert: don't swat mosquitos, just flick them away.
  • Nigerian mobile phone use drops as rumours of a killer call spread like wildfire. We need a few of those rumours ourselves I think.
  • Japan seeks commercial whaling okay, to kill 3,000 Antarctic minkes. Free advice to the Japanese: just accuse the whales of having WMD, should work a treat.
  • Good mothers stop monkeys going bad. Such a shame when a good monkey boy goes off the rails...
  • Graham Hancock fans take note: Pre-Harappan bricks found in the Gulf of Cambay.
  • Lessons from The DaVinci Code. Write a novel based on alternative history books?
  • Roslyn Chapel's Apprentice Pillar to be subject of thriller play.
  • Man remembers 1949 UFO sighting.
  • Mysterious crop damage featured on Linda Moulton Howe's Earth Files website.
  • Mystery creature lurks in Baltimore County (with pics and video).
  • The 'drums' of Seneca Lake are just big methane burps. Pity the unwitting fisherman who lights a cigarette at the wrong time.
  • Students use ancient system of Vedic Maths to solve the big equations.

Quote of the Day:

If the human brain were so simple that we could understand it, we would be so simple that we couldn't.

Emerson Pugh

News Briefs 19-07-2004

Warning: I write html like I drive a car. Greg is a very brave man to let me drive! Without further ado, put on your seatbelts, here's my debut news.

  • Cryptologists declare it to be medieval gibberish. No, not Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code", but the Voynich Manuscript.
  • 50 ancient Minoan tombs uncovered.
  • Future traffic police may use radio wave blasts to knock out car electronics. Let's hope they're not robot-driven cars.
  • Of the 38 million people living with HIV, 14 million also have Tuberculosis. Of those with both HIV and TB, almost 70% live in Africa. Nelson Mandela calls for help.
  • A major cause of the spread of HIV is a lack of condoms in third-world countries. The solution to the problem is so simple, it's frustrating.
  • A cd containing new songs by U2 was stolen. If you have it, please make me a copy... er, return it to Bono.
  • Odour-destroying lightbulbs.
  • Was there contact between the Ancient Chinese and the Olmecs? A great article, and the topic is a personal fave.
  • You can also see Dr Mike Xu's evidence for Ancient Chinese in Central America.
  • An international archaeology film and video festival! Except it finishes today. I posted the link so we all know what we missed out on.
  • Another scientific study into the effects of television on kids. I wonder if they'll ever do a similar study on TDG readers and excessive computer use.
  • Here's a bizarre Japanese commercial that defies logic. Windows media player. All your base are belong to us.

Thanks Greg, Mr Mandela and Bono.

Quote of the Day:

You only see the tree by the light of the lamp. I wonder when you would ever see the lamp by the light of the tree.

G. K. Chesterton

News Briefs 16-07-2004

You know, they call them fingers...but I've never seen them fing.

  • Stephen Hawking says he has cracked the enigma of his Black Hole paradox - and it means a reversal of one of his main hypotheses.
  • For the third time in eight months, classified disks have been reported missing at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Someone building a nuke at home?
  • The concepts behind I, Robot.
  • Trials begin on police gadget which disables cars by firing radiowaves at their computer systems.
  • The fractal origins of Earth's complex life.
  • The rise and rise of exobiology.
  • Tsk tsk...Nature should have pulled out their Oxford Dictionary, as the term astrobiology has just been added. Keep that in mind next time you play's gotta be worth a few points.
  • Ammonia on Mars could mean life (Jim but not as we know it).
  • X-43A - full speed ahead for Mach 10 (that's over 3 kilometres/second).
  • 35th annual MUFON conference to be held in Denver this weekend.
  • "Why don't pilots see UFOs?", by James McDonald.
  • Professor says that aliens have been walking among us for fifty years.
  • 'Cornfield square' still a mystery. At least it's a nice change from 'crop circle'.
  • Tales of psychic children. All students proficient at psychokinesis, please raise my hand.
  • The Third Eye: parapsychology in India.
  • Forget about your mouse - volunteers move cursor using power of thought.
  • Entering the world of the shaman, simply by plugging in.
  • Babies' use of sign language shows their innate sensitivity to communication.
  • Cloud-seeding row erupts in China.
  • The all-seeing eye, and how it enthralled the White House.
  • Abydos, the last resting place of the first kings of Egypt.
  • Woman survives 12-storey plunge.
  • It's raining fish, hallelujah it's raining fish.
  • German police resuscitate rabbit after house fire.

Quote of the Day:

I see Hermes, unsuspected, dying, well-beloved, saying to the people, “Do not weep for me, This is not my true country, I have lived banished from my true country — I now go back there, I return to the celestial sphere where every one goes in his turn.

Walt Whitman

News Briefs 15-07-2004

Questions about Global Warming, the "real" Arthur and missing missiles. If you have an opinion or comment on todays' news, share it with the readers.

Quote of the Day:

Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one he must more approve of the homage of Reason than of blindfolded fear.

Thomas Jefferson

News Briefs 14-07-2004

Of Ice Ages, Arthurian Legends and Lost Pelicans. Post your thoughts.

  • Where have all the pelicans gone?
  • MI5 for the US? Were The Professionals MI5? Surely the US could do better than Bodie and Doyle?
  • Sustainable oil?
  • Sistine Chapel of the Ice Age. A little bit of an exaggeration.
  • Terraforming Mars, the noble experiment?
  • The WHO vaccine conspiracy.
  • Arthur's round table gets around.
  • Quest for the truth about Arthur and Scotland.
  • 200000 year-old homosapien fossil excavated.
  • Supposedly sterile mule gives birth. Does that not really mess about with evolution?
  • Will store tags tag you?
  • Pi and Phi Have Been in the Spotlight. What about e?
  • Can space travel or climbing Everest help doctors keep intensive care patients alive?
  • Climate warning from the deep.
  • Bacteria tested in Mars simulator.
  • Will compasses point south?
  • Did cosmic rays cause ice ages? Having ruled out the obvious they go for something as spurious as ice ages.
  • Nuclear siren song beguiles Blair.
  • New Beatles songs found.
  • Whitehall keeps the secret state alive.
  • Ancient skeleton collection yields cancer clues.
  • Neutrinos topple matter theory.
  • Mission to deflect an asteroid.
  • Melting ice: the threat to London's future.
  • New study suggests that even men who aren't color blind may see the world differently than women do.

Quote of the Day:

I froze your tears and made a dagger,
And stabbed it in my cock forever.
It stays there like Excalibur,
Are you my Arthur? Say you are.
Take this cool dark steeled blade,
Steal it, sheath it, in your lake.
I'd drown with you to be together.
Must you breathe? Cos I need Heaven.

David Brent