The news will get you so excited, that by the end of it you might start sweating blood!
- Is there a musical secret hidden in Da Vinci's 'Last Supper'?
- As tradition —and stupidity, if you ask me— dictates every Easter, the Passion & Crucifixion of Christ will be re-enacted tomorrow in the poor mexican neighborhood of Iztapalapa.
- Six animal species under threat in Mexico. Sadly, drug dealers are not among them.
- Lions & elephants speared near Kenya Wildlife Park. I still have hope that someday Aslan will return to rectify all this.
- Scientists spot organic molecule on distant planet. Whoever said Voyeurism couldn’t be used for the benefit of Mankind?? :-)
- But wait, there’s more! Water vapor detected in Protoplanetary Disks.
- Jules Verne reaches 'parking' orbit.
- Creepy four-legged robot moves in an impressive —yet disturbing— life-like manner. Like something come out of the ’Half-Life 2’ video-game (and me without a crowbar!)
- Gene for brain connections linked with autism.
- 10 Million Baby Boomers Face Alzheimer's, Report Predicts. Cheer up! You know what would be the most effective remedy for this? A Nuclear Holocaust! MUAHAHAHAAAA >:) <————— Evil machiavellic grin
- Yikes!! Monitors that test for consciousness during operations may not be effective :-(
- Interview of Fritjof Capra, founding director of the Centre for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, California, & author of 'The Tao of Physics'.
- Sundown With Arthur: A very touchy remembrance by Jeff Greenwald on his 4-decade-old friendship with Arthur C. Clarke —scuba diver, ping-pong player, and a hell of a writer too!
- See Arthur’s last recorded reflections upon his 90th orbit around the sun.
- Is the mystery of Saint Exupéry’s disappearance finally solved?
- Ufo spotted over Great Gonerby (UK) could be one of Uncle Sam’s secret birds.
- Two old Private Eyes are hired to look into the mystery of the (in)famous ‘Drone’ photographs.
- The search for ghosts is on at a pre-Civil War mental hospital in Weston. Hmmm… somehow looking for ghosts of lunatic soldiers does not strike me as the brightest of pastimes!
- Skull changes show time of Human-Neandertal split. Maybe the Neanderthals resented our ancestors’ smelly feet?
- Ever wonder how Nintendo’s Mario would look in real life? Well, wonder no more.
- A weird video in which a high-school kid makes a statement against the war on terror… by using PORN! (no kinky stuff, so chill out).
Quote of the Day:
"I hope that we have learned something from the most barbaric century in history -- the twentieth. I would like to see us overcome our tribal factions, and begin to think and act as if we were one family. That would be real globalization."
Arthur C. Clarke
It's Wednesday already?
- Explore the mystery and majesty of Turkey's Cappadocia.
- Loren Coleman ponders the Argentinian gnome video.
- Debate over Flores Island Hobbit intensifies after Palau Island discovery.
- Anthropologist argues size and shape of craniums did not give humans advantages over Neanderthals. Same for Randi.
- The official poster for the new Indiana Jones movie has a very interesting skull.
- 6000-year-old Neolithic carvings were found by a Scottish plumber taking a stroll.
- An amateur archaeologist found an unprecedented collection of Stone Age hand axes among material collected at the bottom of the North Sea.
- 4000-year-old skeleton buried with a Bronze Age beer mug. That's how most men wish to be buried, with essential items they'll need in the Afterlife.
- America's Stonehenge in Florida is still surrounded by condos and controversy.
- 2200-year-old jar burial containing a Parthian girl discovered in Iran, with pic.
- Temple ruins found at the Sacsayhuaman archaeological park near Cuzco, Peru.
- The ESA's Venus and Mars orbiters have found the two planets have surprisingly similar atmospheres. Uranus however...
- In the wake of meteorite strikes, new life blossoms. Like the Phoenix.
- Cancer-causing chemicals found in products claiming to be 'natural'.
- Satellite image of pollution from East Asia to North America isn't a pretty picture.
- How prescient was HG Wells when he wrote about a system of world governance and scientific control? The Open Conspiracy (Amazon US or UK).
- News from China of Tibet protests is blanketed by a media blackout.
- Officials warn perennial Arctic ice is diminishing rapidly despite freezing winter.
- Does this Antarctic iceberg look like a giant humbug?
- There's humour in the darkest places: an interview with author Terry Pratchett.
- The Nine Billion Names of God, a brilliant short story by Arthur C. Clarke.
Quote of the Day:
There is hopeful symbolism in the fact that flags do not wave in a vacuum.
Arthur C. Clarke
Science fiction author and future visionary Sir Arthur C. Clarke has passed away aged 90. The man behind 2001: A Space Odyssey had quite a prescient mind when it came to picturing how the future would look - this is a huge (though hardly unexpected) loss:
George Whitesides, the executive director of the National Space Society, on which Clarke served on the board of governors, paid tribute to Sir Arthur.
He told BBC News 24: "That particular enthusiasm of his was what I think made him so popular in many ways.
"He was always thinking about what could come next but also about how life could be improved in the future.
"It's a vision that I think we could use more of today."
Clarke was also fascinated by the paranormal and mysteries, and many will remember him for his "Mysterious Worlds" television series. Although he later recanted some of his previous 'belief' in the paranormal, he appears to have retained his interest in 'strange' topics throughout his life.
Sure to be many thousands of words written about his passing, so no need for me to add any more to it.
I'm slayed with a flu at the moment, so apologies if updates are a bit scarce this week. New briefs should continue as normal, but some features I had planned for this week may have to wait until I can handle the glare of the monitor...
A strange assortment to get you through the week...
- Paranormalia recounts the story of "The Andover Poltergeist".
- Cabinet of Wonders offers some lifestyle programming via "Cooking with Qi".
- This week's Binnall of America audio interview is with paranormal researcher and author Jeff Belanger (mp3/podcast download, or streaming via Flash).
- Psychedelic research advocacy group MAPS have released their March Email News Update.
- The latest Fate Radio interview is with Australian UFO researcher Bill Chalker (Real Audio or Streaming mp3).
- At Beyond the Blog, Anthony North gets into the Easter spirit by taking a look at...err..."Vampire Mythology".
- Filip Coppens opens the sacrililicious pages of "La Vie de Jesus". That's more like it.
- Skeptic Randi's latest newsletter offers salvation from the Lord of Skepticism.
- UFO Casebook #298 has nothing to do with Jesus...it's all about the UFOs baby.
Entheogenic Reformation has a heads-up to an upcoming television documentary that I'm very excited to hear about: "Peyote to LSD: A Psychedelic Odyssey":
Plant Explorer Richard Evans Schultes was a real life Indiana Jones whose discoveries of hallucinogenic plants laid the foundation for the psychedelic sixties. Now in this two hour History Channel TV Special, his former student Wade Davis follows in his footsteps to experience the discoveries that Schultes brought to the western world.
Shot around the planet, from Canada to the Amazon, we experience rarely seen native hallucinogenic ceremonies and find out the true events leading up to the Psychedelic Sixties.
Featuring author/adventurer Wade Davis ("Serpent and the Rainbow"), Dr. Andrew Weil, the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir and many others, this program tells the story of the discovery of peyote, magic mushrooms and beyond: one man's little known quest to classify the Plants of the Gods.
The feature is scheduled to air on The History Channel on April 20th. Not only is the topic a great one, but I'm really looking forward to seeing Wade Davis presenting it (see this video for an example of the man's knowledge and passion about ancient cultures).
Who knows - this could well be one of those paradigm-shifting days. Shall we all start looking for a rock to hide under, or have you already made other plans?
- Seven-stone megalith discovered 40 feet below the surface of Ontario lake.
- Inscriptions more than 10,000 years old discovered in cave in Sri Lanka. With photo.
- Relic older than the pyramids found by Orkney plumber.
- Israeli archaeologists find remains of ancient city (great video), preserved beneath a Roman road.
- The 'fairy chimneys' and tunnel cities of Turkey's Cappadocia.
- Venus and Mars: Surprising similarities found.
- Crashed Genesis probe yields Sun secrets.
- Frozen life cubes.
- Building Dextre the robot both frustrating and elating for astronauts. Testing now underway.
- Oz boffins say royal jelly turns bee larvae into queens by boosting the activity of particular genes.
- World's glaciers suffer record shrinkage.
- Chinook salmon have vanished without a trace.
- Historian looks at human evolution and cultural advances through the lens of mood-altering substances. Daniel Lord Smail's On Deep History and the Brain is available at Amazon US & UK.
- Researchers say overeating disrupts an entire network of genes, causing obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
- Woman says new kidney changed her whole personality.
- Big Brother and TiVo are watching you.
- X Prize Foundation kicks off contest for affordable 100 mpg car.
- Bad Bad Movie Physics.
- Fed acts Sunday to prevent global bank run Monday. Chaos ensues.
- Update: Bear Stearns' rock-bottom fire-sale price, and the Fed's expanded lending for the first time since the Great Depression have sent shock waves throughout the world.
- Pyramids, crop circles, and a tasty slice of pi, warmed over especially for Rick.
Quote of the Day:
Part of me lives in a world of new age remedies and science. And some of the science is a little like voodoo -- but science was never an exact science. And personally I'd eat the arse out of a dead mole if it offered a fighting chance.
I intend to scream and harangue while there is time. I am, along with many others, scrabbling to stay ahead long enough to be there when the Cure comes along. There's nearly as many of us as there are cancer sufferers, and it looks as if the number of people with dementia will double within a generation. It is a shock to find out that funding for Alzheimer's research is just three percent of that to find cancer cures.
Author Terry Pratchett, on pledging $1million (£500,000) to the Alzheimer's Research Trust.
Gary A. David writes:
My new book "Eye of the Phoenix: Mysterious Visions and Secrets of the American Southwest" has just been published by Adventures Unlimited Press.
This nonfiction book is a sequel to "The Orion Zone", which was reviewed by Rick Gned in the October 2006 issue of Sub Rosa. The new book continues to explore enigmas and anomalies in the vast American Southwest. Having witnessed sacred Hopi ceremonies and rock art, I discuss little known aspects of the indigenous people. It is my belief that a global culture existing in pre-Columbian times profoundly influenced the dynamics of daily life there. The dimensions of high desert strangeness boggle the mind and enchant the soul of anyone who enters.
Gary is a TDG member and often posts here, so great to see one of 'our bunch' putting out a book on historical mysteries.
A few things to keep you busy over the weekend...
- Michael Tymn is "Debunking the NDE Debunkers" on his blog. It's like a debunking vortex.
- Curious Expeditions takes you on a tour of bioluminescence, in "Living Lights: A Glowing Compendium".
- Cracked riffs on "Seven Insane Conspiracies That Actually Happened".
- Robert McLuhan says there are "No Shortcuts" to properly understanding the argument for life after death.
- Loren Coleman is giving regular updates on his "Pinky Expedition" at Cryptomundo.com.
- Charles Eisenstein goes in search of "The Original Religion" for Reality Sandwich.
- The latest eSkeptic newsletter features "The Hydrogen Economy
Savior of Humanity or an Economic Black Hole?", by Alice Friedemann.
- Filer's Files #11 for 2008 has the latest ufological roundup.
- Greg Bishop continues his discussion about "The (UFO) Aviary" in part two of his UFO Mystic series. Part one is here.
- The latest Skeptico podcast features Dr Marc Beckoff discussing animal consciousness and emotions.
After numerous requests, I've changed the poll over (down the side column a little). To remain topical with today's story about Moses and ayahuasca, I'm asking a simple yes/no question: do you think Moses and other Biblical identities used psychedelics in order to see their visions? Reading through Benny Shanon's paper "Biblical Entheogens: A Speculative Hypothesis" should give you some background...also consider the literature, and shamanistic techniques from other parts of the world.
A simple yes or no, because I'm just asking for your opinion....