Here then, dear reader, in the pages which follow are the result of a dream which nursed me into the world of the strange and unknown...
- The U.S. Department of State refutes 9-11 conspiracy theories one by one (a few months old).
- Meanwhile, new evidence renews Oklahoma City bombing conspiracy debate.
- James Lovelock, formulator of the Gaia concept, says it's too late to stop global warming and "billions of us will die". Hopefully that's not the optimistic prediction...
- How much of the modern world is due to LSD use (take for example, that thing you're are about to click)?
- Is online mapping becoming a dangerous practice?
- The Apollo mission that brought pornography to the Moon.
- Leonard Susskind's new book The Cosmic Landscape argues that there may be 10 to the power of 500 Universes, all as real as this one.
- Exercise reduces risk of Alzheimer's by 40%.
- Get yourself up to speed by learning these 15 important new technology concepts in 2006.
- The state of stem cells, 2006 - post-Korean fraud.
- Machine intelligence winning robot shows "fear" of new objects.
- Expert survey lists 20 future developments in nanobiotechnology.
- Mystery booms return in North Carolina.
- Spanish researchers say Neanderthals floated into Europe.
- High school Hogwarts comes to Canada.
- Skeptical Arquette infuses her Medium role with believability.
- "Alien Embryo" (unborn twin embryo) removed from man's back.
- A review of Daniel Dennett's Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon.
- Mars rovers become movie stars in new IMAX film.
- Is a Terry Pratchett book bound for the big screen?
Quote of the Day:
When you study natural science and the miracles of creation, if you don't turn into a mystic you are not a natural scientist.
Here's the alternative radio schedule for the first half of the week.
Coast to Coast AM: On Monday preparedness experts and authors, Stan Deyo and his wife Holly Drennan Deyo, will be talking about how to anticipate and survive various disasters, both natural and manmade. Tuesday's guest is maverick physicist James McCanney, who will be talking about the Stardust mission as well as the many Planet-X type objects in the solar system. On Wednesday Alex Jones pops in for a chat about the latest infiltration of the Bohemian Grove, while Thursday's schedule is yet to be released (check the link for updates).
More details including relevant guest links are available at the C2C website. Also C2C can be listened to through KOGO.
Here's a quick summation of some of the many "Top 10" (T10) lists of events, news etc in 2005 which are likely to be of interest to TDG readers:
- Cryptomundo has the T10 Cryptozoological stories.
- Pysorg.com has the T10 offbeat science stories for the year.
- Not so much a list, but this story explores similar territory.
- The T10 paranormal events.
- The T10 Astrobiology Stories.
- The prestigious journal Science have announced their T10 scientific breakthroughs for 2005.
- Forget Top 10 - Discover have their Top 100 Science Stories for the year, which you can also browse by subject area.
- National Geographic have their T10 stories for last year, and as a bonus also their T10 videos.
- The T10 weird weather stories - in a year that definitely had plenty of highlights (or is that lowlights?).
If you come across more, please add them in the comments section and I will add them to the above.
I meant to post this website link when they first contacted me last year, but Xmas ambushed me - for those with a broadband connection, you can't go past this site for a worthwhile visit: The Broadband Learning Channel. On site you'll find video interviews with Graham Hancock, Gary Schwartz, Stuart Hameroff and Walter Cruttenden (amongst others), which you are able to access completely free of charge. They do request a free registration, and it's unfortunate that Internet Explorer is required (ugh, the pain!) if you're a dedicated Mozilla/Firefox or Opera user - but it's worth the inconvenience. I spent more than a little time at this site (so get some coffee ready beforehand)...
Rico’s computer blew up, so I’m covering for him while he toasts some marshmallows over the embers...
- Does ancient map prove that Chinese beat Columbus to North America?
- Also - will DNA prove that Columbus was a pirate?
- Tooth marks link Viking and Native American cultures?
- Seat of Celtic Kings threatened by motorway.
- Mexico to pressure Austria over return of Quetzal head-dress.
- Japanese researcher discovers twin jaguar relief in Peru.
- Ancient remains found in downtown Miami.
- The Stardust mission makes it safely home. Hopefully whatever is on board is safe for us...
- Meanwhile, NASA’s Pluto probe gets ready to leave our planet. Earth is a regular revolving door...
- The surprising power of the aging brain, the hidden secrets of the creative mind, and how meditation reshapes your brain - all part of a Time magazine special on that lump inside your skull.
- The Quest For Immortality: how would you like to live say, 400 or 500 years, or even more and all of them in perfect health?
- British scientists seek to make human-rabbit hybrid embryo. What’s up with that doc?
- Tiny elephant put under microscope. Not literally, that *would* be a small elephant...
- Are they Indigo children, or is it just ADHD?
- The Idiot Skeptic manages to lower my estimation of his IQ yet again: "The average person that believes in UFOs is likely to believe that they are spacecraft containing beings from beyond the stars that want to destroy humanity so as to colonize our planet." I'm wondering who has the irrational and unsubstantiated beliefs here...
- Atheists, agnostics and secular humanists build a like-minded community.
- Learn how to become a ghosthunter.
- UK government planned to hunt Nessie using dolphins.
- She’s still out there (or at least, her myth still runs strong) - four sightings in 2005.
- Mothman turns 40 this year.
- Researcher says early man was hunted by birds.
- Rex Gilroy tries to rock the boat of Australian archaeology.
- Egyptian mummy shows a taste for pork.
- The Bilderbergers: Powerful men who meet secretly and plan...
- Is Google building Terminator’s Skynet?
- Scientists create first quantum microchip.
- A Doomsday vault to avoid famine?
- Training soldiers to obey orders with scent delivery device. You’d be scared to fart when talking to any army friends...
Thanks Kat and Pam.
Quote of the Day:
Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn’t matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle. When the sun comes up, you better start running.
New Dawn Magazine #94 has hit the street, and as usual there are some free offerings on the ND website. "Bird Flu or Cash Cow?" by Eve Hillary looks at one of the hottest news topics around at the moment, seeking the reality behind the hype. And Frank Joseph discusses "America's Arcane Origins", sure to be a big topic as well when Dan Brown releases his sequel to The Da Vinci Code. Plenty else besides in the print edition, including a Robert Anton Wilson feature/interview combo, and also my interview with Graham Hancock which originally appeared in Sub Rosa Issue #2 (recommended for those who prefer reading off paper). Full details of the issue contents are available at the New Dawn website.
Since I only pretended to sleep last night, I don't have much to say.
- Secret Vatican Archives Now Accessible Online.
- Publication of Gospel of Judas to show 'Judas was acting for God'.
- Divers face a desperate race against time to recover 8,000-year-old artefacts from underwater Stone Age site in UK.
- Seat of Celtic kings is threatened by motorway.
- Archaeologist on Isle of Wight is asking the public to help find a medieval village mentioned in the Domesday Book. But you might also find a Neanderthal, or gold.
- Two million years ago, early man was hunted by birds.
- Chinese find fossil of early mammal that walked like a platypus, looked like a shrew, and lived alongside dinosaurs.
- Ants offer first example of a teacher-pupil relationship in a nonhuman animal.
- Mystery solved: Honeybees do it 'ridiculously fast', and at a constant frequency.
- The fastest spacecraft ever built will streak to the moon in 9 hours, and to Jupiter in just over a year, but the trip to Pluto will still take at least 9 years.
- In a galaxy far, far away, there's an x-ray tunnel large enough for the entire Milky Way to fit inside.
- Astronmers discover a helical magnetic field, coiled like a snake around a giant cloud in Orion.
- Looking like a vinyl record that's been in the sun too long, the Milky Way galaxy is warped, and vibrating like a three-note chord.
- Star factory: Orion Nebula shines in grandest portrait yet.
- Exactly how fast are we talking about when we say 'glacially slow'?
- Lots of lightning in 2005 hurricanes baffles scientists.
- Newfound eye cells sense night and day.
- Taiwan breeds fluorescent green pigs. Even their internal organs are green.
- UK stem cell experts seek okay for rabbit-human embryo.
- Stem cells play a key role in the deer's remarkable ability to grow new antlers.
- "Darwinian debt" may explain why fish stocks don't recover.
- Scientists are planning a 'doomsday seed vault', encased in concrete and buried in an Arctic mountain, to safeguard the world's food supply against catastrophe.
- Researchers find largest-ever prime number - 9.1 million digits long.
- Morning grogginess impairs brainpower as much as being drunk.
- Brain scans are reinventing the 'Brave New science' of lie detection.
- Real I.D., State Nightmare: Congressional mandate to create a national standard for all U.S. driver's licenses by 2008 isn't upsetting just civil libertarians. Pretty boring - until you get to those numbers in the second half.
- While symbolically casting out the devil - by throwing a rock at a wall - 345 people were crushed to death, and 289 hospitalized.
- Minnesota gubernatorial candidate, who says he's a satanic priest, plans to run for governor on a 13-point platform that includes the public impaling of terrorists at the state Capitol building.
- Climate change experts attack Europe's plan to promote biofuels, saying it's leading to tropical forests being cut down for palm oil.
- With the global economy dependent on $3 trillion worth each year, the fact that we don't know how much oil is left is extraordinary. Saudi Arabia is already using massive water injection to keep it flowing.
- Televangelist Jerry Falwell claims that he former Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu conspired to trip up former President Bill Clinton, using the pressure of the Lewinsky sex scandal to force Clinton to abandon pressure on Israel to withdraw from the occupied West Bank.
- Is America exporting a huge environmental problem?
Quote of the Day:
Eighty percent of all the scrap electronics in the United States end up offshore and usually in Third World countries. I honestly believe there's a secret brotherhood that ships this stuff over there late at night when no one's watching, because none of our competitors do it, but it's all over there.
Bob Glavin, who runs one of the biggest recycling plants in the U.S.
Author Ian Lawton (Giza: The Truth, The Book of the Soul) updated his website shortly before Xmas with a host of new essays worth checking out. New to the site: " Spirituality and Science: The Holographic Universe" by Michael Talbot, the interesting reincarnation evidence to be found in "The Case of Taranjit Singh by Jupinderjit Singh, "Past Lives, Future Lives, and the Nature of Time" by IL himself, and also Ian's analysis of Paul Brunton's A Search in Secret Egypt. Anyone interested in reincarnation/past lives research should definitely pick up Ian's most recent release, The Book of the Soul, which can be ordered cheaply direct from his website.
A few things to keep you busy over the weekend...
- MAPS is offering blogs and podcasts from Albert Hoffman's 100th birthday celebrations in Basel, Switzerland.
- Why not help celebrate by reading Hofmann's book LSD: My Problem Child online.
- The Psychedelic Salon has a podcast of Alex Grey talking at the 2002 Mind States Conference about his art.
- The International Survivalist Society has two historical essays from psychic Frederick Marion available: "Experiments in Criminology", and "On Trial in England".
- About.com has the Top 10 Paranormal Events of 2005.
- The latest issue of Fate Magazine is available, and on site they have the sample article "Kensington Runestone Proved Authentic, by Frank Joseph.
- Whitley Strieber discusses the death of Art Bell's wife Ramona in his latest journal update.
- Phenomena Magazine has "Hermetic Astrology: The Language of the Stars", by Adrian Gilbert.
After the success of last year's question to leading scientists, "What do you believe is true even though you cannot prove it?", the Edge Foundation's World Question Centre has now provoked a new round of thinking with the question for 2006: "What is your dangerous idea?" With answers from a diverse group of scientists and thinkers including Richard Dawkins, Brian Greene, Michael Shermer, Freeman Dyson and Clifford Pickover, you can be sure of some interesting reads. Shame the question wasn't posed to a few of the really 'dangerous' scientists though, those on the edge like Stuart Hameroff (or at least his highly credentialled partner, Roger Penrose).