Dean Radin is best known as a scientist who examines possible 'psi' abilities in others, working at the Institute of Noetic Sciences on experiments on topics ranging from telepathy and precognition through to the effects of consciousness on quantum experiments. But the seasoned researcher has also had his own brushes with the stranger side of reality, including the massive synchronicity he personally experienced in the year 2000 involving another psi researcher (and lead designer of the Apple Powerbook) Jon Krakower.
I'll let Dean tell the story himself:
What do you think? Evidence that our minds/reality have certain undiscovered connections, or just a massive coincidence?
Uh-oh Moscow, who ya gonna call? Photographer Alexander Lukinsky took the incredible image above of strange, ethereal clouds hovering above the Russian capital on Tuesday night. But rather than signaling the impending arrival of Gozer the Gozerian, what Lukinsky caught on his camera was a relatively rare phenomenon known as noctilucent ('night-shining') clouds.
Noctilucent clouds are still surrounded by mystery. There are no recorded observations of them prior to 1885, suggesting they are a relatively new meteorological phenomenon, and possibly linked to global warming. What we do know is that they occur at incredible altitudes: at 76–85 kilometers (46–51 miles) high, they are above the stratosphere. This height helps give them their eerie appearance: the tiny ice crystals from which they are composed are hit by the sun from underneath - giving them a silvery-blue appearance - despite the sun being below the horizon line, meaning the viewer sees these shining clouds from a position of darkness.
While they are rarely sighted, it seems that noctilucent clouds are showing themselves a bit more lately - astrophotographer Christoph Malin captured the time-lapse footage below in London last week, and many other amateur sky-watchers have captured the clouds on camera as well.
Exorcizamus te, omnis immunde spiritus!
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- Why the ancient Egyptians worshiped beetles that eat poop for a living.
- Mesolithic shamanistic meteorite talisman unearthed.
- What lies beneath: new discoveries about the Jericho skull.
- BBC staff told to stop inviting 'cranks' on to science programmes.
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- Dark days: where has all the light in the Universe gone?
- Virtual body-hack with an Oculus Rift allows you to inhabit and control another person's body.
- Government scientists stumble across forgotten vials of smallpox in an unused storage room.
- The Pentagon's $399 billion next-generation plane, the F-35, may end up being too dangerous to fly.
- Voyager 1 confirmed to be in interstellar space.
- Comic of the Day: Carl Sagan on belief in the afterlife.
Quote of the Day:
It seems to me what is called for is an exquisite balance between two conflicting needs: the most skeptical scrutiny of all hypotheses that are served up to us and at the same time a great openness to new ideas … If you are only skeptical, then no new ideas make it through to you … On the other hand, if you are open to the point of gullibility and have not an ounce of skeptical sense in you, then you cannot distinguish the useful ideas from the worthless ones.
20th Century Fox has released the 1st official trailer of Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings, featuring Christian "Where Is It!" Bale as Moses, and Joel Edgerton as Ramesses.
By the looks of it, it seems 2014 shall be remembered as the year Biblical patriarchs stopped being so damned passive, raised their weapons & took a stand! —probably the reason why one chooses the Batman as the leader of Israel...
What say you Grailers? Yay or Nay?
[UPDATE]: Had to change the Youtube URL for one with less quality. Dontcha love it when Hollywood studios try to stop the kind of content that might inspire the audience to watch their movies? Oh well...
One of the long-running stories in ufology touches on UFOs allegedly seen by astronauts on the Apollo Moon missions, with one of those being Buzz Aldrin's supposed confession that he saw a UFO outside the Apollo 11 spacecraft on the way to the Moon. The legendary American astronaut participated in a Reddit AMA yesterday, and during that question and answer session clarified what the 'UFO' likely was:
On Apollo 11 in route to the Moon, I observed a light out the window that appeared to be moving alongside us. There were many explanations of what that could be, other than another spacecraft from another country or another world – it was either the rocket we had separated from, or the 4 panels that moved away when we extracted the lander from the rocket and we were nose to nose with the two spacecraft. So in the close vicinity, moving away, were 4 panels. And i feel absolutely convinced that we were looking at the sun reflected off of one of these panels. Which one? I don’t know. So technically, the definition could be “unidentified.”
We well understood exactly what that was. And when we returned, we debriefed and explained exactly what we had observed. And I felt that this had been distributed to the outside world, the outside audience, and apparently it wasn’t, and so many years later, I had the time in an interview to disclose these observations, on another country’s television network. And the UFO people in the United States were very very angry with me, that i had not given them the information. It was not an alien.
Link: Buzz Aldrin Reddit AMA
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Quote of the Day:
We're just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl, year after year.
Pink Floyd ("Wish You Were Here")
So you have this great idea for a new book, a film or a new invention, and you're considering trying your luck in the crowd-funding pool & appeal to the generosity of the online community to make your dream a reality.
FOOL! Don't you get it by now? Nobody cares about the kick-ass screenplay that's been brewing on the back of your head all these years, or the sweet gadget that's totally going to revolutionize the world overnight. When it comes to crowd-funding, it's all about the LULz.
The LULz —and potato salad.
Zack Danger Brown from Columbus, Ohio, decided to try & make potato salad for the 1st time, and he had the good sense of creating a Kickstarter campaign to back him up:
Basically I'm just making potato salad. I haven't decided what kind yet.
What may have started as something of a joke, has clearly escalated into a 5-fork viral phenomenon. As of the moment this article will be posted, Zack has already acquired the support of 1,842 backers, gathering a total amount of $23,586(!!!), with still 25 days to go until the campaign is officially funded —Bear in mind that when I first learn of this story this morning, they had gather about half of that amount. So basically the sky's the limit with this one, and it's going to be brimming in potato salad.
Here's a look at the latest stretch goals in the campaign:
NEW STRETCH GOALS:
$1000: I'll do a live stream of the potato salad making
$1200: I'll pay someone to film a thank-you video for all of my backers!
A BIG STRETCH GOAL:
We're really tearing through these stretch goals. I honestly don't know what is realistic anymore. So, I thought maybe we try to double the current number?
$3000: My kitchen is too small! I will rent out a party hall and invite the whole internet to the potato salad party (only $10 and above will be allowed in the kitchen)! The internet loves potato salad! Let's show them that potato salad loves the internet!!
Should they reach $100k, I honestly feel Zack ought to officially change his name to Mr. Potato Salad.
H/T to The Grande Zkombe, who along with me is going to create a Macaroni salad Kickstarter now that we've finally read the signs. You think a solid million would be too conservative at this point?
— サ (@SASSA1002) July 4, 2014
Footage of the Kyoto salamander:
On the 4th of July a normally nocturnal dog-sized Giant Salamander decided to take a walk alongside the Kamogawa River in down-town Kyoto, Japan. People were apparently so shocked by the sight of the rare creature that the police were summoned to the scene.
There are only three species of Giant Salamander in the world: The North American Hellbender (AKA "snot otter", "devil dog", "mud-devil", "grampus", "Allegheny alligator", "mud dog", and "leverian water newt") which grow to around two feet in length; the Japanese Ōsanshōuo ("giant pepper fish" because of the peppery smell they exude) which can be five feet long; and the Chinese Giant Salamander which can reach six feet in length.
The Ōsanshōuo live in clear rivers and streams, have very poor eyesight and hunt fish, frogs and small mammals using special sensory cells which cover their skin to detect minute vibrations in the water. Once collected for food and now with their habitat under threat, the species is classified as "near threatened" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
While the residents of Kyoto may have been shocked to see a Giant Salamander out for a stroll (especially since, unlike other salamanders, they can't actually breathe out of water, so I hope he/she headed back into the river soon after), some 200km (125 miles) East in the Okayama mountains there is an annual festival held in celebration of the creature.
The village of Yubara Onsen has held its Hanzaki Festival for almost fifty years now. Hanzaki is the local name for the Giant Salamander which refers to the ancient belief that if the creature were cut in two, both halves would live and grow into a whole.
A procession takes place through the village every 8th of August. Two floats with gigantic models of Giant Salamanders - a black male and a red/brown female - are followed by singers and dancers.
After a day of festivities the Hanzaki Song is sung "Shiawase wa, hanzaki matsuri dakara..." ("Happiness is the giant salamander festival!").
More info on the Hanzaki Festival can be found here: http://altjapan.typepad.com/my_weblog/20...
National Geographic short about the Japanese Giant Salamander at:
I am the God of Hellfire, and I bring you…
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- Chimpanzee dictionary published.
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Quote of the Day:
Your weirdness will make you strong. Your dark side will keep you whole. Your vulnerability will connect you to the rest of our suffering world. your creativity will set you free. There's nothing wrong with you.
A summary of all the stories and news briefs posted on The Daily Grail over the past week. Feel free to share anything interesting!
- UFOs Explained: It's the Alcohol Silly!
- News Briefs 30-06-2014 (Monday)
- Ufologist Stanton Friedman Suffers a Heart Attack
- News Briefs 01-07-2014 (Tuesday)
- Fabergé Fractals: Alien Objects from Another Dimension
- A Gnostic Vision of the Conquest: A Review of Graham Hancock's War God
- News Briefs 03-07-2014 (Thursday)
- Scientists Gather 37 Samples Alleged to be from Yetis and Bigfoot - and Return with a Surprising Conclusion
- Bring Out Your Bigfoot: How 'Science' is Failing at Educating the Public
- News Briefs 04-07-2014 (Friday)
- This UFO is Real, According to a Government Agency
- Crop Circles? They Belong in a Museum!
Have a good weekend!