Forget fossil fuels - I think if we plugged Chris Cornell's mic into the grid we could power a few small countries...
- Spaghetti, dung beetles and blink-free photos - all subject matter that helped win this year's Ignobel Prizes.
- iPod Voodoo - bad software, telepathy, or just simple statistics?
- Barry Mason, founder of the Psychedelic Shamanistic Institute, has passed on. Here's an obituary from Michael Carmichael.
- The virtual world of 'Second Life' continues to grow, with land sales on the up and big money being made. More at Wired. Here's the official website.
- Another story from the DARPA files: grabbing water from thin air.
- Maggot juice: cures what ails ya. Mmmm, maggot juice.
- Google buys YouTube. Now why didn't I invest some money in that early last year?
- Britannia may have ruled the waves, but Dubya wants the U.S. to rule space. Sorry, but Bootsy is the King.
- Forget market gardening....how about Mars gardening?
- But the Mars dream may become a nightmare with unpredictable space weather.
- Mars Reconaissance Orbiter snaps alien droid on Mars! Oh, that's right...we're the aliens on Mars. Nice images.
- Here's what you're looking for David: Black Holes are the ultimate sub-woofer.
- Scientists to push ahead with rabbit-human hybrid embryo.
- Harry, Ron and Hermione - Satan's recruitment team!
- The Pope may be about to set the unbaptised infants free, if he goes ahead and abolishes limbo. Is it possible to put limbo in limbo?
- 'Monster' fossil found in Jurassic graveyard.
- Compelling evidence that the 'Hobbit' is not a new species? More at New Scientist.
- American offers $50,000 for Johor 'Bigfoot' cast. Another Golden Palace casino item perhaps?
- The Scotsman investigates the mystery of Spring-Heeled Jack.
- Crop circles continue to fascinate.
- Irish exorcists call for better understanding of the paranormal.
- Has King David's spa been found?
- Apply a magnetic field to your head, and you lose your business sense. Maybe we need more magnetic fields around the place...
Quote of the Day:
Most animals, including most domesticated primates (humans) show a truly staggering ability to "ignore" certain kinds of information – that which does not "fit" their imprinted/conditioned reality-tunnel. We generally call this "conservatism" or "stupidity", but it appears in all parts of the political spectrum, and in learned societies as well as in the Ku Klux Klan.
Robert Anton Wilson
Film-maker Paul Kimball hosts a bunch of great writers/speakers on all things ufological this weekend, at the 2006 New Frontiers Symposium in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In what reads as a 'next generation' line-up, speakers include Nick Redfern, Mac Tonnies, Greg Bishop, William Wise and Stanton Friedman (okay, so mostly next generation). If you're nearby, this should be a great event so make the effort to get there.
Here's the alternative radio schedule for the first half of the week.
Fate Radio: This week's guest is Mark Macy, pioneer in the field of Instrumental Transcommunication, who joins Hilly Rose for a one hour interview on Photographs from the Afterworld (Real Audio or Windows Media).
Coast to Coast AM: Monday's guest is Doug Elwell who will discuss the Irish origins of Halloween, and provide info on fairies and leprchauns, as well as wizards, druids and cryptids. On Tuesday Jeffrey Epstein will discuss his research into domestic terrorist threats and al-Qaeda's nuclear intentions, Wednesday sees neuropsychiatrist and anomalistic psychologist Dr. Vernon Neppe discussing his research on déjà vu and related subjective experiences, and on Thursday Patrick Heron will discuss the Apocalypse and return of Nephilim to Earth.
More details including relevant guest links are available at the C2C website.
So very tired ...
- North Korea sends shockwaves across the world with its first-ever nuclear weapons test.
- Anna Politkovskaya, a Russian journalist who exposed the Kremlin's war crimes in Chechnya, has been murdered.
- Orange Orb questions why politicians can believe in baby Jesus, but laugh at UFOs.
- The Book of THoTH has an interview with Stanton Friedman, one of the speakers at the Symposium Conference.
- Paul Kimball wonders how anyone who looks at images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope can think there's no other life out there.
- A cigar-shaped, coal-black UFO was spotted over Minnesota.
- In a field outside of Invermere last month, witnesses observed numerous oval-shaped discs darting about in the sky above them.
- Did former US President Jimmy Carter withold information on a 1956 UFO incident?
- Even if we manage to send people to Mars, how will they survive the radiation?
- Spectacular images of the Martian surface have been taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
- The discovery of 16 potential planets has one scientist stating with confidence that there are billions of planets in our galaxy.
- China has chosen 30 songs to be broadcast to Earth next year from its first lunar probing satellite. No Tool, Greg.
- Scientists have unveiled the first complete census of black hole activity in the local universe, and our neighbourhood is flush with the supermassive variety.
- Heralding a new age of computers, researchers have teleported the information stored in a beam of light into a cloud of atoms.
- The PC is dead, welcome to the Internet Cloud, where massive facilities across the globe store all the data you'll ever use. I hope we don't get a drought.
- Will we see a literary version of the iPod revolution, or are ink-and-paper publishers safe for now?
- Are independent bookstores fighting back against the online ordering giants? That'd make a nice topic in Greg's free Publish Yourself resource.
- A new study shows two-thirds of online gamers in America are female. No wonder I don't have a girlfriend, I won't let women play with my Wii.
- The tropics may be the cradle of much of the world's biodiversity, and where most species arise before they spread elsewhere, according to a new study.
- Archaeologists in Peru have made a stunning discovery of five mummies buried deep in a cave, belonging to the mysterious Chachapoyas; the 'Cloud People'.
- Swiss researchers have found the 100'000-year-old remains of a previously unknown species of giant camel in Syra, and it's as big as an elephant.
- All across Africa, India and parts of Southeast Asia, Elephant rage is on the rise, with the giant beasts destroying villages, crops, and even attacking people.
- A real-life Twilight Zone may exist in southeastern Arizona, close to the Mexican border, where time is altered at random.
Quote of the Day
Most scientists never look at UFO evidence, which leads to their conclusion that there is no evidence.
Bernard Haisch, Physicist.
Robert Bauval's new book, The Egypt Code, has now been released and is available from Amazon UK. I was fortunate enough to get my hands on an advance copy, and as such have reviewed The Egypt Code here on TDG today. Note that due to the limited time with the book, I can't comment too much on the validity of Robert's theories - but as I note in the review I'm sure there will be plenty of analyses in due course from all quarters. You can learn a little more about the book at the official website.
- 'Protecting virus' converts flu viruses into their own vaccines, offering instant flu protection against full range of influenza A infections, including H5N1 and any new pandemic or epidemic strains infecting humans.
- Selfish impulse is set free by magnetic pulse to the brain.
- Marijuana's key ingredient may help fight Alzheimer's.
- Here's why you hate Mondays.
- Climate experts predict extreme droughts will spread, resulting in mass migrations of climate refugees. What's the frequency up to now - one cataclysmic prediction per week?
- Researchers link Ice-Age climate records to rapid changes in ocean salinity.
- Small particles of pollution in the atmosphere may be altering monsoon rain patterns.
- Up close and personal with a leaking magnetosphere.
- Giant gas loops found rising above the Milky Way.
- Discovery of 16 planets deep in the Milky Way leads scientists to conclude there are probably billions of planets spread throughout the galaxy.
- Galaxy Gardening: more than a hobby for future moon and Mars residents.
- First quantum teleportation between light and matter.
- Intelligent, emotional, ingenious: the amazing truth about whales and dolphins.
- Peru finds ancient burial cave of warrior tribe.
- Update: Mummies of 'cloud warriors' tribe found in Peruvian cave. (Read, save, or pay-per-view later.)
- Why woodpeckers don't get headaches, and other Ig Nobel Prize winners.
- China has beamed a ground-based laser at U.S. spy satellites over its territory, exposing the potential vulnerability of space systems which provide crucial data to US troops and to consumers around the world.
- Seizures of radioactive materials fuel 'dirty bomb' fears.
- Oh, dear - Does this news fall into the category of politics or science?
- Personal Preparedness: Ready or Really Ready?
- A review of Edward O. Wilson's The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth. Amazon US & UK.
- Study says 1959 lab meltdown caused cancer.
- We are fighting the wrong war.
- Typically thought of as England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, the 'British Isles' actually number way over a thousand.
- There's definitely a large black panther on the loose in Indiana. After clicking the video link (and enduring the ad), skip directly to the middle of the video to see clear, unambiguous footage of the cat.
- 'Monster' fossils found in Jurassic graveyard on Arctic island off Norway.
- How to fix the global economy by Nobel Laureate Joseph E. Stiglitz. Well, somebody needs to fix it, because half of the UK's university graduates under 40 are unable to buy a home.
- Moyers On America - Capitol Crimes: Following the money through the bizarre maze of Congressional corruption. This transcript is a hard, but rewarding, slog.
- Russia issues massive warning: people who give or take bribes are going to burn in hell.
- Does God Want You To Be Rich?
- The Secrets of the Circle, the Serpent and the Goddess.
- Tourists flock to 'Bosnian pyramids'.
- The Guardian asked 49 musicians, producers and writers to tell them about their favorite obscure album. Tell them about your favorite, and you could win £500 worth of music.
- The Inner and Outer Light of Aten.
Quote of the Day:
The gigantic catastrophes that threaten us today are not elemental happenings of a physical or biological order, but psychic events. To a quite terrifying degree we are threatened by wars and revolutions which are nothing other than psychic epidemics. At any moment several millions of human beings may be smitten with a new madness, and then we shall have another world war or devastating revolution. Instead of being at the mercy of wild beasts, earthquakes, landslides, and inundations, modern man is battered by the elemental forces of his own psyche.
Crop circle website Swirled News awakes from its slumber with another burst of updates to mark the end of the 2006 season. New articles include a review of this year's glyphs, a look at this year's Glastonbury Symposium, and a review of Daniel Pinchbeck's 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl. Head to the website for the full rundown and links to each article.
A few things to keep you busy over the weekend...
- Author-researcher Filip Coppens presents "The Road Not Taken", an essay about the Cult of Mithras. Filip also has an interesting story about a recent meeting he had with Uri Geller, Jack Sarfatti and others which is well worth checking out.
- Kunochan has a wonderful blog entry on "Tired Sci-Fi Tropes That Must Be Retired!". And here's part two.
- SurvivalAfterDeath.org has a new historical essay available: "Science and the Supernormal" by G.C. Barnard.
- The RUSirius Radio Show interviews Neil Gaiman this week.
- Michael Prescott investigates the psychic mafia.
- The TDPF has this handy timeline of drug prohibition (h/t to Mark Pilkington's Further blog).
- The latest mp3-podcast from the Psychedelic Salon is "The Future of Visionary Art", with speakers Alex and Allyson Grey, Martina Hoffmann and Roberto Venosa.
- The Book of Thoth has a bunch of new articles on site: "Friday the 13th by Sol Aris, "Mothman and the C.U.T.E. Factor" by Robert Goerman, and an interview with Greg Bishop.
- Erowid has a review of Peter Lamborn Wilson's Ploughing the Clouds: The Search for the Irish Soma (Amazon US and UK).
- Filer's Files #40 has all the latest ufological news from around the globe.
- Transhumanist George Dvorsky tells Mac Tonnies he has 'misguided focus' in his blog "Unidentified Flying Idiots".
Astraea Magazine finishes out a great week for them (after their interview with Sam Osmanagic earlier this week) with an exclusive interview with Michael Baigent about his new book The Jesus Papers (Amazon US and UK), and of course the Dan Brown court case saga. Michael is of course one of the legends of the 'alternative history' genre, so make sure you check it out. The interview is available as either Windows Media or mp3. Thanks Steve.
Graham Hancock will be touring the United States during October and November talking about his book Supernatural which has just been published there. Head over to Graham's website for a full schedule - if he's in your area I recommend you make the effort, as Graham is extremely knowledgable and eloquent, a fantastic speaker. Not to mention it is a fascinating topic to boot!