News Briefs 03-12-2014

If only.

  • The chilling sound of the Aztec death whistle.
  • Big bangs shake Britain.
  • 10 million years ago, our ancestors came down from the trees, to get drunk.
  • The forgotten brains.
  • Journalist obtains new footage of Phoenix lights showing military encounter with unknown aircraft.
  • Stephen Hawking warns artificial intelligence could end mankind. One presumes it's Hawking talking…
  • Stephen Hawking's new speech system is free and open-source. Will the real Hawking please stand up.
  • Meanwhile, robots can still act stupid. (h/t Boing Boing)
  • Nick Pope asks what alien life is worth.
  • NASA plans journey to Mars.
  • Or have they already been! Surely this 'statue' on Mars should be called BaROCK Obama. Daily Mail losing its touch?
  • Britain's ley line network due for radical upgrade.
  • Anglo-Saxon carving turns up in rockery rubble.
  • Transcending boundaries: identity and oppression within psychedelic culture. (h/t to disinfo.com)
  • Researchers turn back clock on Antikythera Mechanism.
  • Scientists claim the Golden Ratio unifies science.
  • No resurrection for mummy daddy.
  • Unused lunar barfbags left on moon. Someone should tell this guy.

Quote of the Day:

Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.

Roald Dahl

Time Trap: Sci-fi Comedy Short Offers an Explanation for Anomalistic Alien Sightings

"Stranded in space, but not in time..." Time Trap is a fun and brilliantly produced sci-fi comedy short film (from Late Nite Films) which presents an alien-eyed view of anomalistic encounters.

The Only Pie Graph About Pyramids You Will Ever Need

Pyramid Pie Chart

Looking for a better understanding of ancient pyramids? Be sure to consult this handy pie chart for all you need to know...

(via @andrewducker)

News Briefs 02-12-2014

We found this minion of Cthulhu on the beach on the weekend. R'lyeh is rising my friends, stay safe...

Thanks David.

Quote of the Day:

[T]he void left by the collapse of traditional religious cosmology cannot be filled by the marvellous narrative that science unfurls. Despite its truths and wonder, this narrative remains too allied to the view of things from without to easily bond with the atrophied but vital experience of things from within.

Gyrus

Rapping Out the New World Order!

Want to understand the Machiavellian schemes by which the Illuminati keeps us all enslaved? You could either read David Icke's entire bibliography, and pay some 35 quid to listen to the Reptilians' nemesis speak live on Wembley; OR just listen to Juice Rap News' latest clip, which lays it all out with rhyme and reason:

BTW is it just me, or does the Illuminati spokesman Bill de Berg look A LOT like certain charismatic British entrepreneur?

[H/T RT News]

News Briefs 1-12-2014

Your soundtrack for today's news briefs is an echo from the past...

Thanks David.

Quote of the Day:

We protect our money behind safes, we protect our security behind the Pentagon, behind giant walls. But we allow any kind of idea through our skulls.

Grant Morrison

Archaeologists Uncover the World's Largest Ancient Stone Block at Baalbek

Trilithon stone at Baalbek

The above image, of the “Hajjar al-Hibla” (Stone of the Pregnant Woman) in the quarry at Baalbek, Lebanon, is one of my favourite historical pictures ever. The massive monolith has widely been regarded as the heaviest stone block ever cut by humans, with an estimated weight of around 1250 tons.

Little did we know, however, that a bigger monolith lurked nearby. In fact, right beside it. Archaeologists have excavated another block beside the Hajjar al-Hibla, that dwarfs it, clocking in at an almost unimaginable 1650 tons:

Below the “Hajjar al-Hibla” and directly beside of it, there is another megalithic stone block, even bigger than the first one: it measures ca. 19,60x6x5,5m. In order to determine the exact height, the trenches should be extended in one of the next archaeological expeditions at the site. The second block weighs 1,650 tons. Archaeologists concluded that the block was meant to be transported without being cut. This means, that it is the biggest known ancient stone block.

And here it is, lying to the immediate right of its more well-known sibling.

Largest monolith in the world

I'm calling it.

Wanderers: A Vision of Humanity's Expansion into the Solar System

Wanderers is a vision of humanity's expansion into the Solar System, based on scientific ideas and concepts of what our future in space might look like, if it ever happens. The locations depicted in the film are digital recreations of actual places in the Solar System, built from real photos and map data where available.

If you liked Interstellar at all then you will love this - it's a short film to make a space geek cry. A stunning look at the new life that could await us in the off-world colonies - on the moons, the asteroids and space stations - beautifully rendered. Wing suits in space. Walking on alien moons. Hell. Yes.

Monsters in America: A Cryptozoological Map of the United States

Monsters in America Map

Unsure of what to get the anomalist in your life for Xmas? No doubt you've already bought them all of Daily Grail Publishing's books (*ahem*), so the next best thing might be this cool map of American monsters for hanging on their study wall. In terms of endorsements, it's got the best in the (monster) business, with our friend, Director of the International Cryptozoology Museum (and Darklore contributor) Loren Coleman giving it his backing:

The cryptid-filled, cartographically accurate Monsters in America: A Cryptozoological Map of the United States should be on the walls of every museum, library, and researcher's office interested in the science of as-yet-to-be-discovered animals. Hog Island Press has produced an informative, affordable, high quality collectible, which also serves as an educational tool useful for your next road trip, a future research trek, or everyday bibliographic study. There is not a fake on the map. I love the heavy paper stock. Discover and obtain yours today!

Follow the link to view a more detailed image of the map, and also purchasing instructions!

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