News Briefs 03-07-2006

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

Jacques Vallee Interview

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.

News Briefs 30-06-2006

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.

Quote of the Day:

The white man is clever, but he is not wise.

Ishi, the last member of the Yahi tribe

Weekend Roundup 30-06-2006

A few things to keep you busy over the weekend...


Radio 30-06-2006

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.

Bosnian Pyramid on Astraea

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.

News Briefs 29-06-2006

The inquisition, let's begin...

Quote of the Day:

I think anybody who doesn't think I'm smart enough to handle the job is misunderestimating

George W. Bush

Fortean Times #212

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.

News Briefs 28-06-06

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.


Tuesday Roundup 27-06-2006

A strange assortment to get you through the week...