A very late bag of mixed everything.
- Forget Bosnia, China's pyramids are in danger of collapse and need urgent attention, yet UNESCO is silent.
- Lord Averbury says he is stunned the Countryside Agency wants to label Silbury Hill, the largest prehistoric man-made mound in Europe, as "unimproved chalk grassland".
- Zahi didn't find his mummy, but the mystery of Egypt's tomb KV63 lingers.
- What are these mystery rocks, with evidence of carvings, in Saskatchewan Canada? Maybe we can send Paul to investigate?
- Unknown to most, New England has its fair share of mystery megaliths. Hrmm, that's probably a bit out of Kat's way ...
- Will she kill him off or won't she? Rowling plays coy on the fate of Harry Potter. I've read the manuscript and Harry lives, but Hermione dies ... ooops, sorry Kat!
- A school for witches will open its doors in Illinois, attracting pagans and cats. The article has the predictable Harry Potter reference, when Jill Murphy's The Worst Witch is more applicable (Amazon UK or US).
- My birthday in two weeks will be nothing like that of Professor Paul Davies's 60th celebration -- he invited thinkers from across the world to discuss life, the universe and the emergence of human consciousness.
- Monster waves are being sighted more and more across the world's oceans, causing concern for oceanographers. Which makes me wonder about the dreams I've been having of drowning and being swept off my feet by waves ...
- Global Warming has been recognised as the cause behind much of 2005's hurricanes.
- A Japanese man taken prisoner by the Soviets in 1945 has returned to Japan for the first time in almost seven decades.
- Mira Kimura is an acclaimed Japanese violinist who has the rare ability of producing strange sounds with her instrument.
- Will China's train across the roof of the world damage Tibet's unique culture? That's assuming it isn't already damaged beyond repair ...
- Tens of thousands of people marched through the streets of Hong Kong on Saturday demanding democracy.
- Forensic scientists continue to exhume the mass graves of Kurdish villagers in Iraq, finding that many of them managed to hold on to their ID cards.
- India will offer its cotton farmers cash and debt relief in a bid to halt the alarming number of suicides over loan repayments.
- Scientists in Israel have discovered a new method to curb the spread of cancer through research on increasing the size of fruit.
- A large cat dining on the entrails of one our early ancestors thousands of years ago contracted an ulcer-causing bacteria that spread to lions, cheetahs and tigers and which persists to this day, a new study concludes.
- Researchers suggest the ancestor of every person now living on Earth lived in East Asia around the same time the Pyramids of Giza were built. Coincidence?
- Scientists are trying to develop an artificial human body clock which would help combat sleeplessness. Gives a whole new meaning to the nursery rhyme Hickory Dickory Dock.
- Is there a major discrepancy in the timeline of Ancient Crete?
- Voyager 1 is probably 100 times as far from the Sun as is the Earth by now, and here's a peek at what it's like for the little spacecraft that knew it could.
- Scientists have created a device that helps patients grow back their own teeth. I'm waiting for the device that will recover lost brain cells.
- Can sufferers of Deja Vu reveal insights into the inner workings of human memory? (login: dailygrail, password: article)
- Mice can feel each other's pain, say Canadian researchers who have been injecting the rodents with acid to make them writhe while their cagemates look on.
- Research has revealed males will willingly stand more pain if the person tormenting them is a woman. Even if I were tortured by this woman, I would buckle within seconds.
- A Czech town has opened the world's first beer spa, being marketed as the cure for a range of ailments. This link following on from the Choco Party ad above is no coincidence.
Thanks Kat, Rob and The Scotsman.
Quote of the Day:
"She knows, now, absolutely, hearing the white noise that is London, that Damien's theory of jet lag is correct: that her mortal soul is leagues behind her, being reeled in on some ghostly umbilical down the vanished wake of the plane that brought her here, hundreds of thousands of feet above the Atlantic. Souls can't move that quickly, and are left behind, and must be awaited, upon arrival, like lost luggage."
from the novel Pattern Recognition by William Gibson
For those who are unable to download our free PDF magazine Sub Rosa, I've added another 'reprint' from the mag to TDG. The latest addition is our Issue 4 interview with one of the 'legends' of ufology, Dr Jacques Vallee. Dr Vallee shared his thoughts on a number of topics, from the state of ufology in 2006 through to the links the phenomenon seems to share with 'high strangeness' reports and parapsychology. Hope you enjoy it.
It's not your typical TDG fare, but I found the last two paragraphs on this page, about a Japanese girl's memory of groking English, interesting.
- Robert Lomas, sometimes described as the real Robert Langdon, goes into prehistoric mode to put his theories about ancient astronomy into practice. You can now pre-order Lomas's new book Turning the Solomon Key : George Washington, the Five Pointed Star, and the Secrets of Masonic Astrology, due out in September, at Amazon US. Amazon UK is not accepting pre-orders yet, but you can bookmark this page.
- Ancient Brazilian tribes charted the heavens.
- New tomb in Valley of the Kings reveals ancient woven flowers, but not Tut's mom. More here: Guardian of Egypt's Past Preserves a Moment of Mystery.
- Zahi Hawass clarifies the 'pyramid expert' sent to Bosnia.
- Artifacts from two lost cities of ancient Egypt, rescued from the sea after more than 1,300 years, have ignited religious debate in Egypt.
- Did early man take his first steps in Asia?
- Christian archaeology team believes it has found Noah's Ark.
- Bones and tusks dating back 400,000 years are the earliest signs in Britain of ancient humans butchering elephants for meat.
- Dinosaur has means to be mother of all meat-eaters.
- 5000-year-old settlement areas found in Bolaghi Gorge.
- The quest for the metal library in the tunnels and caves beneath Ecuador and Peru.
- Etruscan expert announces historic discovery at ancient site.
- Scientists believe they will soon be able to detect gravity waves.
- Ants find their way home using pedometers.
- Study detects prejudice in the human brain.
- Research indicates mice feel empathy. Hopefully, they'll find a gene that they can transfer to us humans.
- Nearly half of elementary school teachers admit to bullying students.
- Lost world: Is society's divorce from nature putting the planet at peril?
- Princeton researchers find that the link between income and happiness is mainly an illusion.
- How cooperation can evolve in a cheater's world.
- Farming for Ethanol would have serious consequences for forests, food production.
- Plants that build homes for bacteria could do without chemical nitrogen.
- Get ready for internet toll roads.
- There's a message coming through, captain. Translating babble into Babel.
- 'Apocalypto' now for Mel, Maya and historians.
- The truth about the Superman curse.
- Remembering Who We Are: Apela Colorado and the Indigenous Mind.
- Preserver of the past giving ancient cosmology a graphic form.
- Multiple UFOs photographed in Greece. (Scroll down.)
- Strange lights in the Phoenix sky.
- Tim Hildebrandt remembered.
- Power, Paranoia and Presidential Tyranny: a review of Ron Suskind's The One Percent Doctrine. Amazon US & UK.
- Vale to Babylon: The Neo-Assyrian Empire offers lessons for the present age. Parts l, II, and III. I'm not sure how to describe these articles, but I read section III, The Armies of Ashur, on how the iron age changed the balance of power in the Hittite Empire, first. And yes, I read magazines backwards too.
- The NYSun touts British Bill of Rights as The Independent charts a nine-year-long assault on civil liberties that surely must have Churchill spinning in his grave.
- It's somehow reassuring to know there are still knights in shining armour, even if they are (pre)occupied with jousting rather than chivalry.
Quote of the Day:
The white man is clever, but he is not wise.
Ishi, the last member of the Yahi tribe
A few things to keep you busy over the weekend...
- Andy Gough interviews Filip Coppens over at his excellent Arcadia website.
- The Psychedelic Salon has a new podcast available: "Using Psychedelics for Rational Work on Rational Problems in the Totally Material World", by James Fadiman (from Mind States 2003).
- Stanton Friedman takes on the SETI folk. See Sub Rosa Issue 5 for my thoughts...
- Michael Prescott has another intelligent blog posting, this time on the alleged necessity of repeatability in parapsychology research.
- Skeptic magazine has a back issue article available online: "The Other Intelligent Design Theories ".
- The Book of Thoth has "The Nature of the Holy Grail by Sol Aris.
- SurvivalAfterDeath.org has "The Mediumship of Katie Cook", by Florence Marryat.
- On the NDERF website, a 2004 paper by Pim van Lommel titled "About the Continuity of Our Consciousness".
Here's the rundown on the radio schedules for the second half of the week:
Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week William Henry interviews Robert Temple, on his research into ancient methods of predicting the future.
Coast to Coast AM: Friday is open lines, Saturday's guest is astronomer Seth Shostak of the SETI Institute, and on Sunday George Knapp fills in for Art Bell, interviewing Don Ecker who is the director of research for UFO Magazine and the host of Dark Matters Radio.
For those following the Bosnian Pyramid controversy (a few, going by the votes on our current poll), make sure you check out Astraea Magazine's page devoted to the subject. The Astraea team are posting exclusive audio interviews/updates from Semir Osmanagic regarding his alleged discovery and subsequent excavation, and also are providing video and PDFs related to the subject. Steve and the boys are doing a fine job over there, so browse around and see what else you can find of interest on their site.
The inquisition, let's begin...
- Chinese archaeologists discover a foreigner helped to build the Terracotta Army.
- The ancient world rises via the stones of the Salisbury plain.
- Picknett and Prince defend Dan Brown from the bandwagon-jumping nay-sayers. Picknett and Prince's related book The Templar Revelation: Secret Guardians of the True Identity of Christ is available at Amazon US & UK.
- Professor Paul Davies turned 60 recently, and in celebration hosted a conference covering topics ranging from cosmology to consciousness. Worth the read.
- The Cosmic Log mailbag has plenty on last week's story about scientific evidence for UFOs.
- Shuttle launch countdown begins. Well, not *the* countdown...otherwise it would be launched already wouldn't it.
- British Freedom of Information office accused of being secretive. That really is quite funny...
- Do we all have a thin grasp of reality, or is it just a scientist saying 'stupid sh*t'?
- Research seeks answers to mysterious musical phenomenon.
- Brain can be made to self-repair.
- The language you speak may determine your math skills. I speak native Neandertal.
- Ultrasound technique may help regrow teeth.
- Tropical ice cores reveal two abrupt global climate shifts.
- New study finds that warming was the key factor in last year's hurricane season.
- Air-conditioning and lack of sleep promote obesity. Sounds like I'll be packing on the pounds this summer...
- British doctors review their euthanasia stance.
- Scientist calls for stricter regulation of the influence of pharmaceutical companies in medical issues.
- Test tube meat nears the dinner table. Grandma Grail better install a lab, quick-smart!
- New species of snake discovered in Borneo, which has the chameleon-like ability to change colour to suit its surroundings. No wonder we took so long to find it...
- Rare giant beetle scares workers, but is spared the 2-pound hammer.
- Did lions kill villagers as revenge for their kidnapped cubs?
- Symposium on 'The Occult Life of Things' to be held in Spain next month.
- New research suggests pirates were spreaders of democracy. Ahoy, Cap'n Dubya! Where's Master Bates, Seaman Staines and Roger the Cabin boy?
Quote of the Day:
I think anybody who doesn't think I'm smart enough to handle the job is misunderestimating
George W. Bush
Issue #212 of the always informative Fortean Times is now on news-stands, with the following content packed within its covers:
- The Real Priory of Sion: For many "da Vinci" decoders, this shadowy group is the key to the mystery, while others dismiss it as a hoax by a right-wing fantasist. Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince argue that the truth is far more surprising than anything in Dan Brown’s novel.
- The Rosslyn Cipher: Theories abound concerning hidden treasure in Rosslyn Chapel, particularly since the appearance of The Da Vinci Code. Forget the Holy Grail, says Brian Allan – Rosslyn’s real secret could be a musical one.
- The Mask of Harlequin: Could some of the greatest artistic revolutionaries of 20th-century Europe have formed an occult group with the intention of transforming Western society? Steve Ash strays from conventional paths of art history in search of modernism’s magical agenda.
Much more besides, and also remember that there is plenty of free content from previous issues of FT available at their website.
Short and sour.
- Scientists playing God? We should rejoice.
- Big Brother eyes boost honesty.
- Tropical Stonehenge may have been found.
- Double vortex at Venus south pole unveiled.
- Gravity, the final frontier.
- Discovery could rock archaeology.
- The mysterious gift of musical savants.
- King Tut’s necklace shaped by fireball. Of London.
- A new handheld device for the blind converts print to audio.
- Ancients had canoe in pocket for jade.
- Traffic on trial in supreme court.
- Unidentified object near Saturn. Other image here.
- London bomber was working for MI5.
- Tropical ice cores show two abrupt global climate shifts.
- Truth and lies of 911. Part I, II, III, IV.
Quote of the Day:
This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.
A strange assortment to get you through the week...
- UFO Digest claims Project Serpo deception.
- Paul Kimball interviews Stuart Miller (of UFO Review).
- Nexus has an article by Filip Coppens, on "The Quest for the Metal Library" of South America (from the latest issue of the mag).
- UFO Casebook #211 is now available.
- Skeptic Randi continues his Uri Geller fascination in his latest newsletter.
- Filip Coppens has a new essay on his website: "The Jesus Dimension" (Part 2 of "Deciphering The DaVinci Code", Part 1 is here).
- An interview with Brian Clegg, author of The God Effect (Amazon US and UK).
- ThothWeb has "Secret Flying Saucers - The Gateway to the Stars".