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News Briefs 28-06-2004

Grandma Grail is visiting. Perhaps I should have given her the Monday update to do...

  • Amateur archaeologists busted doing DIY digs at Mycenae.
  • Egypt steps up call for return of Nefertiti bust from Germany.
  • Baalbek identified as ancient city of Tunip.
  • Pigeons lead to medieval fresco of winged angels in false ceiling of cathedral.
  • US military base in Iraq said to have caused 'horrifying' damage to ancient Babylonian temple.
  • Despite the media hype, Burt Rutan says that space tours are not on the horizon. Would that be due to the atmospheric costs? Or the space constraints? Bah, I tire of this word-play.
  • Additionally, data is showing that SpaceShipOne took a 'trajectory excursion'. At least it wasn't a 'major malfunction' (children of the 80s will know what that refers to).
  • NASA announces organisational changes.
  • takes a closer look at the dragon in the Northern sky.
  • Spirit finds a rock unlike anything seen on Mars or Earth before.
  • Beach blob mystery solved at last. Also: abstract for "Microscopic, Biochemical, and Molecular Characteristics of the Chilean Blob and a Comparison With the Remains of Other Sea Monsters: Nothing but Whales".
  • Chinese building longevity gene database.
  • Breast milk found to destroy warts, perhaps also cancers.
  • Doubts cast on effectiveness of Alzheimer's drug Aricept.
  • Irishmen see delta-winged inter-planetary craft. Apparently.
  • Cryptozoology conference held on the weekend.
  • A recap of Robert McNally's research on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and alien abductions.
  • What a task it would be, to count all the fish in the sea.
  • Let the science and art of nanotechnology take you on a fantastic voyage.
  • Robot scout heading to Iraq for some real-world testing.

Quote of the Day:

Know that your mind itself is immeasurable, the container of a myriad, myriad universes, each of them vast beyond your comprehension. All the illimitable power that exists in those myrids of universes would be yours in full, if you had the wisdom enough to use it. The same is true of every sentient being ... when a single bee sucks honey, all beings in the myriad universes suck honey; when a worm is crushed , all beings in those universes are crushed. Remember, the source of all power lies within yourself ...

John Blofeld

News Briefs 25-06-2004

Ta Da! It's Friday at TDG. Slip into the weekend with the news ........

  • Though the catastrophe that destroyed the dinosaurs' world may have begun with blazing fire, it probably ended with icy darkness.
  • Hair and fur could be our window to the past, according to scientists who have just extracted and cloned DNA from a 64,800-year-old bison. Amazing stuff.
  • A Utah rancher harbored a prehistoric trove.
  • A Dinosaur Auction is assailed for offering illegal fossils.
  • Research shows that many medications draw their punch from common weeds.
  • A set of ancient Maori heads is destined to return to New Zealand. That's nice.
  • Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a band of brothers whom they believe helped to transport giant bluestones from the Preseli mountains in west Wales to build Stonehenge more than 4000 years ago.
  • A frustrated Welshman is calling on the Bronze Age builders who built Stonehenge return to their homeland and install his central heating. They are, uh, dead, dude.
  • Tooth growing experiments bring smiles.
  • Honeybees' genes are the key to hive air conditioning.
  • A new survey of the depths of the ice-capped Arctic Ocean could reveal a lost world of living fossils and exotic new species from jellyfish to giant squid.
  • Anyone for a little Texas Holdem? Here's a nice little article on the ancient history of games.
  • Pleasure receptors best known for helping the body respond to morphine and opium may also hold the key to mother-child bonding.
  • The U. S. Air Force is testing robots to protect bases and forward units. SkyNet alert.
  • North Korea has demanded massive energy aid in exchange for a nuclear freeze. Haven't we seen this movie before?
  • Dogs can predict epileptic seizures.
  • Is polygraph testing junk science?
  • The world's weather goes electric.
  • Microsoft has been awarded a patent for using human skin as a power conduit and data bus. My skin? Can he do that?
  • Scientists report that they have found a naturally decaffeinated version of the world's most popular coffee bean.
  • New light is shed on dark energy.
  • German Scientist Werner von Braun anticipated terrorists, asteroids and ETs on American's 'Enemy's List'.
  • Historian and best-selling author Laurence Gardner discusses ancient secret science.
  • Bob White (TDG News Briefs 22-06-2004) is finding that his UFO discovery is a tough sell.
  • If you're somewhere near central Ohio, come to Prospect Place for a ghost hunt.
  • Learn why a human being does not live 1,000-years anymore.
  • We visited with the Druids at Stonehenge earlier. What's a Summer solstice like in Denmark?
  • A team of scientists has discovered two new molecules in an interstellar cloud near the center of the Milky Way Galaxy.
  • Here's some great pictures of the first flight of SpaceShipOne, the first private venture ship to leave earth's atmosphere and enter space.

Thanks Melinda.

Quote of the Day:

You live and learn. At any rate, you live.

Douglas Adams

News Briefs 24-06-2004

Ah, DSL is back. Everything in the world just seems a lot better now...

  • Archdruid of Wales wants Stonehenge returned. Didn't the workpersons mean to build it there? "Syllddddsbpphyry, not Salisbury you idiots!"
  • Origins of farming pushed back 10,000 years to 23,000 BCE.
  • Recent finds are giving us a new look at the ancient Maya.
  • The Long Man of Wilmington chalk figure may be only a few centuries old.
  • Gypsy groups accuse IBM of aiding Nazi mass-murder.
  • Not to be outdone, Holocaust victims sue Germany for $18 billion for holding stolen artworks.
  • Mummy of a child stolen from ancient Egyptian tomb.
  • Random noise in our visual systems may be the key to the enigma of the Mona Lisa's smile.
  • Listen to the birth cry of the cosmos. Five million years compressed into 5 seconds.
  • NASA plans cash prizes in wake of SpaceShipOne's success.
  • Astrobiology analyses Cassini's flyby of Saturn's mysterious moon, Phoebe.
  • Where will travellers of the 21st century look for destinations of interest?
  • Get out your prospecting gear Bill: Texas hit by asteroid 58 million years ago.
  • Exploring crop circles through the documentary Stardreams.
  • Bigfoot - "There's a ton of evidence...a mountain of evidence. The problem is that none of that evidence is any good.
  • Bigfoot - "We have enough evidence here to warrant a government investigation into this creature..."
  • One of Scotland's most distinguished astronomers and paranormal researchers, Professor Emeritus Archie Roy, speaks his mind.
  • Giant sea blobs are just whale carcasses.
  • Strange lights appear after power failure.
  • Hi-tech clairvoyance. I don't think I'm that interested in the future.
  • Secret sexual history of the monk ghosts of BlackFriars Priory.
  • You thought that was a great headline? Try this one: Ronald McDonald charged after armed siege in nuclear bunker. The headline is better than the story.
  • Quantum dots may brighten your home in the future.
  • Chemical eye chip becomes a reality.
  • WHO warns of dangers of alternative and herbal medicines. What's on second.
  • Creative side unlocked by stroke.
  • Holograms - high art or just a gimmick?
  • Scientists cultivate beautiful silicon nano-flowers.
  • Net pioneer predicts the future web.
  • Suspicion of spyware on latest Beastie Boys CD. I'm tellin' y'all it's a sabotage.
  • 'Mighty Mouse' gene found in humans.
  • This looks like X-Box and PS2 game: "Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy". Perhaps I should buy an X-Box before I buy the game.

Quote of the Day:

Cause What You See You Might Not Get

And We Can Bet So Don't You Get Souped Yet

You're Scheming On A Thing That's A Mirage

I'm Trying To Tell You Now It's Sabotage

Beastie Boys - 'Sabotage'

News Briefs 23-06-2004

The Welsh are making a nuisance of themselves today. Post your thoughts.

  • Traditions of Atlantis in Britain. The world's premier location for prehistoric concentric circles.
  • St. George found in Welsh church.
  • Welsh helped build Stonehenge.
  • A stone's grow away?
  • Mystery of the Voynich manuscript.
  • The mythical homeland of Mexico's Aztecs, Aztlan, is clouded with spin and scholarly speculation.
  • Dilmun civilisation was one of the first to use a solar calendar?
  • Unseen clock may be operating in all forms of life, dictating the rate of genetic change.
  • Archdruid wants Stonehenge back.
  • Early humans may have started talking half a million years ago. And they still haven't finished.
  • A new look at the ancient culture of the Maya.
  • Neanderthal man was not so dumb after all.
  • Cereals sought much earlier than thought.
  • Rock face mystery baffles experts.
  • Anomalies in first private spaceflight revealed.
  • Probing the world of alien abduction stories.
  • Patriot Act unleashed on biotech activists.
  • Comet not a dirty snowball? Wouldn't surprise me.
  • Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 911: A conspiracy theory.
  • Your life in the hands of your postal worker.
  • All disruptive children to be forcibly medicated?
  • The Anti-Defamation League has called on the Texas Republican Party to modify its party platform calling America a Christian nation.
  • US media's dirty little secret.
  • Will the 911 commissioners cave?
  • Judge compares Bush rise to power with Hitler and Mussolini.
  • Iran stands ready to attack the West.
  • Like religion, science isn't a unified set of principles: it's a bunch of politicized factions.
  • When the doctor is also the executioner.
  • Extraterrestrial impact created in the lab.
  • Outrage over destruction of Celtic fort.
  • Genghis Khan: ancestor to millions.

Quote of the Day:

If God lived on earth, people would break his windows.

Jewish Proverb

News Briefs 22-06-2004

Dang, see that video of SpaceShipOne? That's a hell of a ride....

  • SpaceShipOne makes history. A blow-by-blow narrative. And the funky dude behind it all: Paul Allen.
  • The planetary uncertainty principle. Should we terraform Mars?
  • The cosmic collision that gave birth to our Moon.
  • Speaking of Moons, some of you might like to ask your congressman why they attended the coronation of Rev. Sun Myung Moon as the Prince of Peace, dresssed in maroon robes and hailing himself as the second incarnation of Jesus in a lavish ceremony held in a Senate office building. You can't make this stuff up. Advertisement must be viewed to access article.
  • UFO connection to crop circles still unsure.
  • Bob White wants you to see his metallic object, which he saw fall off a UFO.
  • Is Bigfoot out there?
  • Has it come to this? Researchers test Bigfoot buttocks imprint. That'd be one big ass.
  • Paranormal research group explains weirdness to the public. Listen to some audio.
  • Naked shoppers hunt for bargains in London shopping centre. I guess you could pick the shop-lifters by the way they walk.
  • I have enough problem with my lawn...but this lady says she even has a stone that grows.
  • The Grayson County Courthouse is surrounded by mysteries.
  • The town of Blind River is right out of the X-Files - something is moving clocks ahead by 10 minutes.
  • Does the music talk to you? That's because it's language, dummy.
  • Mmmm, pork fat covered in chocolate. 'Supersize me' has nothing on this...
  • Wireless pebbles to track glaciers. Personally I haven't seen too many wired up pebbles.
  • Nuclear terror a matter of time. Sounds like a good time to buy a country home.
  • Douglas Adams' voice to appear in new radio adaptation of the Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
  • More on the Welsh creators of Stonehenge.
  • Outrage over vandalism of 3,000-year-old Celtic fort in County Kerry, Ireland.
  • US and UK sign treaty to protect Titanic.
  • Study finds that dogs predict epileptic seizures in children - and what's more act to protect them.
  • Global study links climate change to rise in asthma rates in children.
  • Scientists have engineered a virus which curbs cocaine cravings.
  • How to trick cancer cells into committing suicide.
  • Smoking triggers genetic changes.
  • The Earth Simulator retains its place as the world's fastest supercomputer. That's right folks, this is just a simulation. The real thing will begin in 2012.
  • But finally, to the important question: why do men have nipples?

Quote of the Day:

We believe no more in Bonaparte's fighting merely for the liberties of the seas than in Great Britain's fighting for the liberties of mankind. The object is the same, to draw to themselves the power, the wealth and the resources of other nations

Thomas Jefferson

News Briefs 21-06-2004

No matter whether your day is really long, or really short, there's still plenty of news. TDG serves both hemispheres with equality...

  • Rupert Sheldrake gets funky with his latest column for the Daily Mirror, "Sexual Telepathy". Somehow I can't see Marvin Gaye singing that...
  • Meanwhile, Timothy Good says that aliens have been living on Earth for a long time....and we're not the ones running the place. Douglas Adams was on to something...
  • Ghostly activity may be on the increase in Wisconsin.
  • Sylvia Browne says she's a telephone. I think James Randi may have called her worse.
  • David Booth, the disposable prophet of the apocalypse.
  • Documentary shines light on the sex magick of former conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
  • 3CPO and Astroboy are to be inducted in the Robot's Hall of Fame. Wonder if there'll be a jam as good as Prince's induction into the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame?
  • SpaceShipOne takes off for the 100km mark today - but is it a historic flight or just stunt-flying? Would you climb aboard for the first flight? Even if you don't make launch time, here's a viewer's guide.
  • Astrobiology has posted the final instalment of the Great Terraforming Debate. The previous five articles are linked from the bottom of the page if you haven't been keeping up.
  • Should we rename Comet Wild 2 to 'Dark City'?
  • Eckankar, a New Age religion that emphasises spiritual development.
  • Adding a chromosome may be just the trick for gene therapies to treat genetic diseases. 46&1 is just ahead of me.
  • WHO lists Europe's top 5 child-killers.
  • Future cities to swelter in summer.
  • Stonehenge built by Welshmen? I don't think so, otherwise it would have been called Styphonddggehengyrrrrre or similar.
  • Regardless of who built it, Stonehenge always has plenty of friends come the Summer Solstice. Let's hope they stay friendly to the old girl.
  • The White Mountain treasure still inspires searchers.
  • Hilltop sites in Arizona functioned as communications hub over 100s of kilometres.
  • Whassamada Torquemada? Vatican downsizes the Inquisition. Is that like neo-Nazis downsizing the Holocaust?
  • The problem with restoring Cairo's Islamic archaeological treasures.
  • Archaeologists seek to unlock answer to mystery anchors.
  • Identical twins break arms identically.
  • Trackers to search for Sydney's mysterious black panther.

Quote of the Day:

Like Marks, I am a sceptic, but of a different kind. His scepticism is directed towards anything he regards as "paranormal", taking as normal that which lies within the limits of current scientific understanding. My scepticism is directed towards the assumption that we know enough to proclaim what is possible and what is not.

Rupert Sheldrake

News Briefs 18-06-2004

I'm having a water well drilled on an ancient fault line. Price is based on depth. Does anybody know any water witches?

  • The skull of Tyrannosaurus rex acted like a giant shock absorber to support his flesh-ripping lifestyle.
  • Brazilian scientists have discovered a ratfish, a species of fish that has been swimming the seas since dinosaurs walked the Earth.
  • The mystery of the longest surviving mammoths.
  • Scientists have discovered skeletons in southern Mexico that could be more than 3,000 years old. Olmecs? Video and pics.
  • The huge mound on the Rum River couldn't be a burial site because, 'It's beyond human comprehension, building something like that'.
  • Ancient maps and corn help track the migrations of indigenous people.
  • Prehistoric rock faces in Northumberland baffle the experts. For more baffling, visit the University of Newcastle upon Tyne Northumberland Website and see the rock art photo gallery.
  • Egyptian tombs older than the great pyramids of Giza reveal a complex society.
  • Federal police have seized dinosaur eggs and fossils worth millions of dollars during raids south of Perth.
  • U.S. Customs officials have returned to Guatemala 26 pieces of Mayan artifacts that survived the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
  • Ding! Your mail has been intercepted. Five mummified skulls from a pre-Inca culture were discovered in the Peru mail.
  • If research released by the Vatican is right, the Inquisition was not as bad as one might think.
  • A guy in Tanzania laced his wife's half-eaten body with poison to kill rogue lions that are terrorizing villages. It worked.
  • Donkeys once heehawed out of Africa.
  • Science and native Indian spirituality clash over a lost and lonely killer whale (who may be a reincarnated chief) on Canada's Pacific Coast.
  • Chinese panda porn results in a pregnant female. Kinky.
  • It's not exactly the Star Trek transporter, but scientists have performed a successful teleportation on atoms for the first time.
  • Pollution controls are going very well in California. The woman who helped design Southern California's pollution-credit anti-smog program was arrested for allegedly defrauding companies.
  • Scientists say they have found how to change promiscuous wayward males into attentive home-loving husbands. Make them into steers?
  • Researchers are developing devices aimed at protecting pilots and soldiers from blinding lasers.
  • NASA data shows that hurricanes help plants bloom in 'ocean deserts'.
  • A German zoologist says bees aren't as busy as people are led to believe.
  • The high priest of British white witches plans to contact Nessie's ghost in a séance.
  • There's nothing natural about this alien invasion.
  • The secret Cold War program Skyhook was the likely progenitor of many key aspects of UFO mythology.
  • The surface of this comet surprised NASA.
  • Researchers show how Jupiter's moon Io vaporize rock gases into atmosphere.
  • Did comets flood Earth’s oceans?
  • How would aliens from Mars view us?

Quote of the Day:

New and stirring things are belittled because if they are not belittled, the humiliating question arises, 'Why then are you not taking part in them?'

H. G. Wells

News Briefs 17-06-2004

Go the Maroons...

  • Archaeologist solves mystery of monk who stole the bones of a saint.
  • Review of Ancient Medicine (Amazon US/UK) by Vivian Nutton, which details the story of ancient medicine from early Greece (8th century BC) to Late Antiquity (7th century AD).
  • Project Ghost Hunt has plenty of fun with pub spirits after closing time. It's a one-liner with no extra help required.
  • Ghosts also for San Antonio Paranormal Investigators at the Jailhouse Cafe.
  • SpaceShipOne runs on rubber fuel. Flubber?
  • Not content to be doing great things with SpaceshipOne, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is also behind the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame. Get your Enterprise uniform on and beam on down if you're in the area.
  • President Bush's Moon to Mars Commission labels NASA a 'relic of the Apollo age'. Sounds like NASA's about to be torn apart.
  • Perhaps not if John Kerry is elected: "NASA is an invaluable asset to the American people and must receive adequate resources to continue its important mission of exploration."
  • Utah rocks could help explain Martian 'blueberries'.
  • Astrobiology continues its excellent 7-part series on the 'Great Terraforming Debate' with Part 3. Also see Part 1 and 2. Tres cool astrobiologist David Grinspoon is one of the participants, make sure you read my review of his book Lonely Planets as well - definitely worth purchasing, it's a great read (available from Amazon US and UK).
  • Quantum computing a step closer as scientists confirm quantum teleportation. Where does the science end and the magic begin?
  • Octupuses have a preferred arm. I know left and right, but what do we call the ones in-between? And shouldn't that be octopi?
  • Five UFOs in the sky above Emley.
  • Meteorite the 'size of a house' explodes over Australia. Gotta love the police statement: "There was no bloody great rock sitting in the middle of the highway, anyway".
  • Are mountain lions attacking pets in Kentucky?
  • Listen to your dreams - you never know when you might have to save someone from a rocket fuel explosion.
  • Thoughts captured in real-time.
  • Medical implants to be powered by body heat.
  • Anti-depressant nerve stimulator device approved by FDA.
  • UK and US conspiring on nukes?
  • Weapons that can incapacitate crowds of people by sweeping a lightning-like beam of electricity across them are being readied for sale to military and police forces in the US and Europe. And the funny thing is - we pay the wages of these government research organisations. Go figure.

Quote of the Day:

And along with indifference to space there went an ever more complete indifference to time. "There seems to be plenty of it," was all I would answer, when the investigator asked me to say what I felt about time.

Aldous Huxley ('The Doors of Perception')

News Briefs 16-06-2004

An inflatable space station? I wonder if that has been thought of before? Post your thoughts.

  • Laurence Gardner on ancient secret science.
  • Big oil and the wars on drugs and terrorism.
  • Astounding discovery from old moon images.
  • Fractional Reserve Banking as Economic Parasitism.
  • I sing the body's pattern recognition machine.
  • An inflatable space.
  • Acid-fast bacteria implicated in prostate cancer?
  • Corruption of intelligence has caused the greatest foreign policy catastrophe in modern U.S. history.
  • Why did Ike support revising the pledge of allegiance.
  • Are there really mole people living under New York City?
  • Odd (b)lack hole defies explanantion.
  • Cannabis triggers transient schizophrenia-like symptoms. Next: cannabis can reduce symptoms of autism.
  • Phoebe's surface reveals clue to origin.
  • Cosmetic surgery was born 2500 years ago and came of age in the inferno of the Western Front.
  • Psychology and the conflict in Iraq.
  • Bioterror grand jury trial begins for art professor.
  • Testosterone damps pain sensation in males.
  • Rupert Sheldrake: The need for open-minded scepticism - a reply to David Marks.
  • Some think telepathy is biologically based.
  • In the shadow of Babylon.
  • Archaeologists in Egypt unearth 5000 year old necropolis with 20 tombs.

Quote of the Day:

There are three classes of intellects: one which comprehends by itself; another which appreciates what others comprehend; and a third which neither comprehends by itself nor by the showing of others; the first is the most excellent, the second is good, and the third is useless.


News Briefs 15--06-2004

Apparently nothing below is happening (although paradoxically, that would then include the story that tells us none of this is happening). It's tough being my brain...

  • Taking life's final exit. Really nice piece.
  • Climber says Mount Everest is haunted by spirits.
  • Teenagers really like the new magazine-style Revolve Bible. Wonder what'll be in the next issue?
  • 'Invisibility cloak' inventor looks to make invisible walls, as others worry about the criminal implications. "It would become incredibly difficult to spot a thief...if the items they were taking were simply disappearing under the cloak." Ummm, doesn't that happen with a normal cloak/coat/pocket anyhow?
  • Memory fails under stress, throwing into doubt witness testimony extracted during psychological trauma.
  • Cocaine vaccine stops addiction.
  • Parkinson's vaccine shows promise.
  • Independent inquiry to be held into Gulf War Syndrome.
  • Scientists determine solar storm speed limit. Who's going to give the Sun a ticket?
  • Taiwanese space authorities say they may sell imagery from their brand-spankin' Earth Observation satellite.
  • Cassini sends back some nice pictures of Phoebe. No, not some Italian voyeur on's the Cassini space probe.
  • Milky Way's satellite enigma solved.
  • Giving life back to Mars - a debate on terraforming the Red Planet. Astrobiology just keeps serving up the tasty stuff.
  • Nessie, UFOs, and ghosts - where are they all? I think the best measure of weirdness is my spare time...and it has been non-existent for a couple of months. Somebody pass on a few decent web addresses to this guy.
  • Analysis of the Utah UFO. Obviously can't be a UFO as we're in a weirdness drought.
  • But wait, there's more - exhibition traces UFO signs in Slovakia.
  • Researcher returns for another crack at the Sumatran Yeti (known to his friends as orang-pendek).
  • What do you do with a piece of UFO? Leave it at the scene like a hubcap?
  • Research on Nazi underground systems.
  • American travel writer Bill Bryson wins the Aventis Prize for his book A Short History Of Nearly Everything (Amazon US/UK).
  • Divers fail to find Babe Ruth's piano in Sudbury Pond. It's like a mix'n'match headline isn't it?
  • Richard Branson sets the record for the fastest crossing of the English Channel by an amphibious vehicle. If Sir Rich needs to spend big to keep himself entertained, me and my balloon animals are just waiting for the call.
  • Iraqi authorities smash illegal trade in ancient artifacts.
  • More on the new discovery in Egypt.

Quote of the Day:

What if Earth

Be but t' shadow of Heaven, and things therein,

Each to the other like more than on earth is thought?