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- 'Spectacular' discovery hailed as scientists claim extraordinary new evidence to support the Big Bang theory for the origin of the Universe.
- Witness the joy of the man who predicted today's Big Bang discovery as he hears the news.
- Forget lightning in a bottle - how do you put a star in a bottle? The technicalities of fusion energy.
- Saturn's largest moon would host really, really, weird life. So Titan is much like suburban Brisbane then…
- Gnarly sea life aside, would you dare surf the waves of Titan?
- A tiny bone found in a 60,000-year-old body suggests that Neanderthals could talk.
- Archaeologists discover 9000-year-old 'wand' carved with human faces, near thirty decapitated bodies.
- The ancient Egyptians were burying cats 2000 years earlier than previously thought.
- U.K. Ministry of Defence project will obscure sunrise at Stonehenge says expert.
- Two Australians and two Canadians detained by Peruvian police for stripping naked at Machu Picchu.
- Was the English 'Green Man', pagan spirit of nature, in fact a secret symbol of resistance to Norman oppression?
- What are the acoustic wonders of the world?
- In quantum theory of cognition, memories are created by the act of remembering.
- Huge, cigar-shaped UFO glides over Ukrainian city.
- CNN host and pundit Brad Meltzer speculate whether Malaysia jet's disappearance was 'supernatural'.
- But is this a simple, prosaic solution to the MH370 mystery?
- Heading to the weirder side of the tracks again: Malaysian jet missing as the cast of Lost meet for 10 year anniversary of the show.
- Also: Uri Geller.
- Are UFO experts being murdered? I'd probably begin disputing the story at 'UFO experts'…
- From creationism to ESP (and skepticism) - why believers ignore science. Related: my review of Will Storr's Heretics.
- Farts: an under-appreciated threat to astronauts.
- Epigenetic marijuana mystery: exposure to cannabis causes behavioural problems not only in those exposed, but also in future generations.
- How unicorns evolved into rhinos.
- Insects and spiders that evolved to resemble things that are entirely unlike them - like leaves and poo.
- While octopuses and squids switch between camouflage and transparency to hide themselves, depending on the light.
- Do animals avoid power lines because they can see freaky ultraviolet flashes around them?
- Bigfoot? Pffft. MEGAFOOT!
Quote of the Day:
The greater part of human activity is designed to make permanent those experiences and joys which are only lovable because they are changing.
Archaeologists have discovered a 9,000-year-old 'wand' with two human faces engraved on it in southern Syria, near a burial site where 30 headless skeletons had been previously discovered:
The item, made of cow bone, is thought to date from the late 9th millennium BC. Archaeologists excavated it from Tell Qarassa, an Early Neolithic site. This is among the few archaeological sites not damaged in the fighting in Syria, which on Saturday marked its third anniversary.
The wand was found near a burial site, where 30 headless skeletons were discovered previously. Archaeologists say the findings shed light on the rituals of people who lived in the Neolithic period. Other findings at the site indicate that its inhabitants in the Neolithic period were some of the world's first farmers.
...The cow-bone wand, found by archaeologists during digs at Tell Qarassa in 2007 and 2009, was possibly used in a burial ritual, archaeologists believe."This small bone object from a funerary layer can be related to monumental statuary of the same period in the southern Levant and south-east Anatolia that probably depicted powerful supernatural beings," the experts said.
Take Neil deGrasse Tyson (host of the new series of Cosmos), get him talking on the topic of Isaac Newton, then slow down the video. Result: lulz.
I foresee a whole genre of NdGT Cosmos excerpts emerging on YouTube in the not-too-distant future...
(via Dangerous Minds)
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- Impending news of the Big Bang? Gravitational waves, the last untested prediction of Albert Einstein's General Theory of Relativity may now have been verified.
- It's official: Nasa-funded study says industrial civilisation could be headed for 'irreversible collapse'.
- Charles Tart reflects on reality.
- Psychophysical interactions with a double-slit interference pattern.
- Do Spirit Pond Inscriptions show that the Holy Grail was taken to North America?
- Prehistoric lithophones to go on concert tour.
- Sound and prehistoric art in caves.
- Dr. Roger K. Leir, known for his surgical removal and study of supposed alien implants from the bodies of alleged alien abductees, has died.
- Life extension: the perfect punishment?
- On the appropriation of Giordano Bruno.
- The intellectual snobbery of conspicuous atheism.
- "True Detective" vs. H.P. Lovecraft’s “cosmic horror”.
- Welcome to Night Vale, the podcast that's like a local news Twin Peaks.
- Hundreds flock to sleepy Belgian town to see 'glowing' statue of the Virgin Mary.
- Colour blind artist creates 'eyeborg' device to hear colours.
- Body swapping with Oculus Rift headsets.
- Has a Southend student emerged from coma with psychic powers?
Thanks to Greg and Kat for links
Quote of the Day:
Symbols are to the mind what tools are to the hand - an extended application of its powers
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:
- Scientists Study Woman Who Can Have Out-of-Body Experiences On Demand
- News Briefs 10-03-2014 (Monday)
- Stunning Photographs of India's Holy Men
- News Briefs 11-03-2014 (Tuesday)
- The Music of Birds & Fractal Dancing
- "Not Fit to Be Printed": The Suppressed Alchemical Papers of the Great Scientist Sir Isaac Newton
- News Briefs 13-03-2014 (Thursday)
- News Briefs 14-03-2014 (Friday)
- Watch This Fantastic TEDx Talk on End-of-Life Experiences
Have a good weekend!
One of the major surprises during the writing of my book Stop Worrying! There Probably is an Afterlife was how neglected the topic of end-of-life phenomena was, especially compared to its more famous sibling, the near-death experience. In the end, I was so fascinated that I wrote an entire chapter about end-of-life experiences, ranging from 18th century accounts through to recent research on the subject.
For those who haven't read my book, the recent TEDx talk by Martha Atkins embedded below will give you a great overview, as she touches on a number of the elements I discuss in my book, not least how the question of whether these experiences are 'real' may be secondary to the impact they have on the dying and those they are leaving behind. Fantastic presentation...but please, nobody tell certain whiny atheist bloggers about it lest they have TED remove it.
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"Science is much more than a body of knowledge. It is a way of thinking."
- The lopsided universe.
- The medieval multiverse.
- Remember when?
- Looking to the future with P.K. Dick.
- The mystery of Malaysian flight MH370 deepens further.
- Buried ocean, unearthed.
- In the battle of man vs. nature…
- Rage in the nanocage.
- The sound of food.
- Many thanks to the almighty sponge!
- Deep-core drilling teams are so 1998—Now you can hunt your own ‘ELE’ asteroid.
- New drugs to fight new bacteria.
- The histone code under the microscope.
- Twenty years to find intelligent alien life… The clock is ticking.
- Google river?
- This week’s evidence of the looming robot uprising… Pole Dancing ‘Bots.
With many thanks to G.F. Lee and Rick Starr.
Quote of the Day:
“We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.”
Here's to another 25 years of LOLcats, twerking & the occasional revolution inspired by social networks.
- Tim Berners-Lee calls for an online Magna Carta.
- The Web We Want: Join the campaign to forge a free, secure & TRULY global internet.
- In order to preserve the very structure of the net, Silicon Valley needs to learn how to share --their profits, that is.
- Woman 'attacked' in San Francisco for wearing Google Glass.
- Beyond the Vallee of the Dolls: Why our Universe & the Web share so much in common.
- And the award to best UFO-hunting province in all of Canada goes toooo… Vancouver!
- Phantom phone calls from vanished Malaysia airlines flight passengers?
- Michio Kaku cringes with cinematic depictions of aliens --*I* cringe with his eagerness to jump in the materialistic brain=mind bandwagon, but that's just silly woo me…
- Can heart surgery change a person's personality?
- The Reckoning: How the father of Adam Lanza has tried to cope with what his son did.
- The Ogre & the Orgone: When Shrek's creator illustrated a book by Willhelm Reich.
- A global call for DNA evidence of cryptids, co-organized by the International Cryptozoology Museum.
- The Men Who Stare at Goatsuckers: A little article re. the Chupacabras & 90's nostalgia by yours truly.
- Radio Misterioso with guest Nick Redfern: In which the most prolific Fortean writer to date is suddenly possessed by the spirit of… Camilla the chicken??
FlyLift me to the Moon ♫...
- Red Pill of the Day: Monocles are making a comeback --because Glass-holes are soooo 2013...
Thanks, Susan & Tim.
Quote of the Day:
"Unless we have an open, neutral internet we can rely on without worrying about what's happening at the back door, we can't have open government, good democracy, good healthcare, connected communities and diversity of culture. It's not naive to think we can have that, but it is naive to think we can just sit back and get it."
~Sir Tim Berners-Lee
Sir Isaac Newton's influence on the modern scientific worldview is profound, and despite a paradigm change in physics a century ago through the discoveries of the quantum world, many people still see the world through the prism (no pun intended) of 'Newtonian' physics. Indeed, that scientific philosophy has now become synonymous with a purely mechanical cosmos, stripped of superstition, magic, and even the impact of consciousness, via the loss of free will. It is a worldview, however, that may have horrified Newton himself.
When the great scientist died in 1727, he left behind him a substantial estate, including a library with nearly 1800 books and a large number of manuscripts. He did not, however, leave behind a will. After much debate and argument, it was decided that the manuscripts would be examined by Dr. Thomas Pellet, a member of the Royal Society, with the intention to publish and sell them. Once Pellet had looked over the papers though, the idea of releasing them publicly quickly receded - in the end, only one out of eighty-one items was published. The rest were tagged “Not fit to be Printed”:
Many of these manuscripts were of a theological nature. Theology as such was of course not an issue, but, on the contrary, an asset: After all, Newton was one of the true defenders of the faith against popish plots and Cartesian deism. But Mr. Pellet must have had a bad time when he realised that Newton’s theology was of a very heretical nature. Leafing through piles of apocalyptical interpretations and anti-Athenasian rants, Pellet understood that Newton’s anti-Trinitarianism and idiosyncratic interpretation of Church history should not be made public, lest the image of the great Newton be blemished.
...At the time of his death, Newton’s library contained at least 138 books on alchemy, many of which showed signs of extensive use. This was not unheard of for ‘enlightened scientists’: some were avid book collectors, interested in all sorts of curiosities. The manuscripts, however, proved that Newton’s interest in alchemy went far beyond curiosity. There are thousands of folios with Newton copying from all sorts of alchemical manuscripts, and recent scholarship has shown that he must have been actively involved in the circulation of alchemical knowledge. Not only did he read and copy out entire tracts, Newton even gave detailed descriptions of alchemical experiments he performed himself. How could a hero of modern science be engaged in such occult and ‘unscientific’ practices?
The economist John Maynard Keynes purchased Newton's works - many of which were encoded and needed deciphering - at auction in 1942, and on discovering the alchemical nature of much of it was moved to state that "Newton was not the first of the age of reason, he was the last of the magicians".
For those interested in learning more, see the Nova feature Newton's Dark Secrets embedded below:
When Jarbas Agnelli was reading a newspaper one day, he saw a photo of birds perched on wires. He was immediately struck by how the arrangement of the birds resembled musical notes. So he cut out the photo and composed music. Or rather, the birds did. The result is enchanting.
From the middle of the song on, I embellished the arrangement, playing variations of the theme, on various orchestral instruments, like the oboe, the bassoon and the clarinet. I think the success of the piece comes from all those elements. The idea of birds composing a song. The music itself. The illustrative video. source
I can only imagine what symphonies are being composed by the fractal dancing of starlings...