A strange assortment to get you through the week...
- Cryptozoology posts the Top Ten Cryptozoo Mystery Pix of 2006.
- Paul Kimball gives his "50 Most Influential People in the UFO Phenomenon" on his blog.
- Richard Dawkins reads from his book The God Delusion (Amazon US and UK) in front of the technorati at Menlo Park (video).
- This week's BoA audio podcast is the second instalment of Bill Ryan on Project Serpo (with some Kerry Cassidy thrown in. Available as mp3 download, or streaming via Flash.
- Alternative author Filip Coppens writes about "Old Europe".
- Skeptic Randi's latest newsletter is on the Internets.
- UFO Casebook #235 is now available.
- The Psychedelic Salon continue to post podcasts of McKenna, Sheldrake and Abraham doing their Trialogue thing. Stimulating listening.
- Michael Prescott has a new blog entry, "It's All In Your Head", on the strange case of 'A.B.'. Michael's blog is worthy of a bookmark, he is regularly adding quality content on TDG-related topics.
- Erowid.org has Terence McKenna's "New Maps of Hyperspace" (PDF). Also available as a convenient printable PDF booklet file.
Rick was all set to do Monday's news when he saw a reindeer silhouette spotlighted upon the night-time sky. He ran off changing into a red suit, muttering something about some deadline next Monday. I can only guess what that's all about...
- The Jesus you didn't know. Sneaky Jesus.
- And when was this shady character born anyhow?
- Dan Brown opponents, Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh: up close and personal.
- The burning mystery of Joan of Arc, solved at last?
- Ancient Egyptian carving sheds light on Temple of Karnak.
- Exhibit shows Egypt's sunken treasures.
- Forget the stop sign - your star sign is an signficant indicator of whether you will have a car crash.
- The ultimate tourist destination: step off the Grand Canyon.
- Want to be an autistic savant. Perhaps you'd like to talk to a few aliens. Why not build your own Transcranial Magnetic Stimulator (TMS)? Now *that* would be a cool Xmas present.
- Bill Gates writes for Sci-Am about his prediction of a robot in every home.
- Direct brain control of robot demonstrated. It's all starting to make sense now isn't it...
- UFO buff says ridicule factor is fading. "Now the aliens pay attention when I tell them I talk to humans."
- Bryan Appleyard talks to Michael Crichton about his new novel, Next (Amazon US and UK), a satire on the science and laws of genetic engineering.
- US marijuana crop bigger than heartland staples such as hay and corn. Does that mean Cheech and Chong should play Farm-Aid?
- Diana's death: why are we so hooked on conspiracies?
- Reading Shakespeare has a dramatic effect on the brain.
- The race to the Moon for nuclear fuel.
- Is String Theory unravelling?
- Canadian man the only person alive without a pulse.
- National Geographic give their top ten animal stories for 2006.
- Fossil discovery turns scientific theory on its head.
- Pharma company said to play down the risks of its top pill.
- Michael Shermer detects airborne baloney in his latest Skeptic column for Sci-Am.
- The Good Book business is a good book business. A skater's bible? "Like yo, and the Lord did execute a gnarly 360 upon the Mount of Olives".
- NASA overwhelmed by climate data.
- Also: NASA and Google team up to bring you closer to space.
- Computers could store whole life by 2026. I'd be using CTRL-X a fair bit.
- US citizens ignorant of their GM diet.
- French high-speed train to try and break world record by travelling at over 540 km/hr (325 miles/hr). French flies.
- Sherlock Holmes vs Cthulu. Smackdown!
Quote of the Day:
The apocalypse is not something which is coming. The apocalypse has arrived in major portions of the planet and it's only because we live within a bubble of incredible privilege and social insulation that we still have the luxury of anticipating the apocalypse.
Here's the alternative radio schedule for the first half of the week.
Coast to Coast AM: On Monday former NASA scientist and contactee, Dr. Fred Bell, will give an update on important health related issues, progress with Andromedian Technologies and a current project related to homeland security. Tuesday is TBA (check the schedule link for updates), Wednesday is William Henry who will be discussing 'Starwalkers', which are inter-dimensional beings that come and go from the blessed realm where the immortals dwell. On Thursday best-selling author, Steve Alten, will discuss the Mayan Calendar's 2,000 year old prophecy that predicts humanity will end on December 21st in the year 2012.
More details including relevant guest links are available at the C2C website.
With the release of Issue 218 (as mentioned here a few days ago), the Fortean Times website has also added a few very readable articles from previous issues:
- Patrick Harpur discusses 'Angels and Daimons'. If you enjoy the article, I recommend Harpur's excellent book Daimonic Reality (Amazon US and UK).
- Merrily Harpur goes in search of stoat packs.
- Loic Rich goes travelling to Roche Rock in Cornwall.
Browse the FT website for more great articles, and check out the latest issue of the print mag - always a quality publication.
- Germs trapped in amber lived with first dinosaurs.
- Mammals may have soared before birds.
- Humans first migrated out of Africa 70,000 years ago, but 30,000 years later some of them moved back.
- Update: Discovered buried under mud in 2002, a 3,246-year-old dam built by the Hittites - complete with purifying pool to make the water drinkable, as well as irrigation channels - is now back in service in a Turkish village.
- New transcription reveals Newton's rare 'theory of everything'.
- Freak solar explosion disrupts satellites.
- Astronauts reroute space station's power, but retracting the solar array proves tricky.
- Dust samples from comets upend scientists' beliefs.
- Venus Express sees right down to the hell-hot surface.
- Australian astronomers strike gold in search for planetary nebulae, the beautiful remains of dying stars.
- Some physicists think stars can be strange.
- Alternative theory of gravity explains large structure formation - without dark matter.
- Very high frequency radiation makes dark matter visible.
- Structure of self-assembling nano-ice resembles DNA.
- Cryptologist takes a crack at deciphering DNA's deep secrets.
- Remember Toxoplasma gondii, the brain parasite that may be driving us crazy? Researchers may have just discovered its Achilles' heel.
- Brain tumors and other neural system cancers may be contageous.
- Breast cancer may be sexually transmitted.
- World's first cloned cat has kittens - the old-fashioned way.
- After years of preparing them for life in the wild, conservations say 200 orangutans are ready for release in Borneo forest.
- Enviro-cateclysm of the week: Study based on air temperatures and sea level changes, rather than computer models, suggests oceans could rise much faster and higher than previously thought.
- Worldwide, 2006 is set to be the 6th hottest year on record, but it's Britain's hottest year since records began in 1659.
- 2006 brought a deluge of severe record-breaking weather, and a new study predicts more wet and wild weather in the decades ahead.
- Inventor claims pump device could reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere by almost one third. Good - thing, huh?
- UN says world's livestock industry is degrading land, contributing to the greenhouse effect, polluting water resources, and destroying biodiversity.
- Discovery of a relatively shallow deposit of natural gas hydrates brings use of one of Earth's biggest untapped energy sources a step closer.
- Cool idea from British scientists: A magnetic fridge based on quantum spin's magnetocaloric effect.
- Announcing they've produced a prototype that ran independently for four weeks, and have built another free-energy motor that produces enough energy to power a Porsche, Steorn reiterates the free energy claims which have outraged scientists around the world.
- A cut above fiberglass: London barber makes chair from recycled human hair.
- From the 'you can't make up headlines this good' department: The world's tallest man has saved two dolphins by using his long arms to reach into their stomachs and pull out dangerous plastic shards.
- Wisconsin hunter bags hermaphroditic deer - with 7 legs. More.
- Called in to fix a blocked toilet, Oz plummer looks down to find head of seven-foot-long python peering at him from the bottom of the bowl.
- Amphibian cryptid caught in Bolivia.
- Sasquatch sighted in Saskatchewan.
- Had a car crash? New study says it's all in the stars.
- Cool UFO photos.
- Bush administration clamps down on scientists at U.S. Geological Survey, the latest agency subjected to controls on research that might go against official policy.
- UK diplomat's previously suppressed evidence lays bare Tony Blair's lies about Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction. The whistleblower that ministers tried to muzzle, and full transcript of evidence. (Read, save, or pay-per-view later.)
- Saddam seen as no threat - then politicians got to work.
- Boston air traffic controller says 9/11 was an inside job. He also says other air traffic controllers have been ignored or silenced.
Quote of the Day:
We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.
A few things to keep you busy over the weekend...
- Andy Gough has a new addition to his Rennes-le-Chateau blog 'Arcadia' - the latest is an interview with renowned researcher Jean Luc Robin. At the bottom of the page you'll also find a podcast of the highlights of the interview.
- Erowid.org have Mike Jay's review of Shroom: A Cultural History of the Magic Mushroom (Amazon UK).
- Thothweb examines the legend of the Thunderbird.
- Lesley from Binnall of America has a good round-up of the year that was in ufology (2006).
- Skeptical Observations has a new article available, the latest is "How Scepticism Blocks Progress: Cuvier and Spallanzani", by Guy Lyon Playfair.
- The latest MAPS news update has the lowdown on the latest in research with psychedelics.
- The Psychedelic Salon continue to post podcasts of McKenna, Sheldrake and Abraham doing their Trialogue thing.
- Mac Tonnies discusses the link between UFOs and bodies of water.
- Nick Redfern gives his thoughts on Gary McKinnon.
- Filer's Files #50 for 2006 has the latest ufological news from around the globe.
- Seth Shostak for the SETI Institute writes about "Making the Search Simple". Alliteration not intended.
Here's the rundown on the radio schedules for the second half of the week:
Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week William Henry interviews William Mann, who hasn't just written about the history of the Knights Templar in the New World, but is also a descendant of the Supreme Grand Master of the Knights Templar in Canada.
Coast to Coast AM: First 2 hours on Friday Associate Professor of History Dr David Jacobs will be discussing alien abductions, the rest of the night is open lines. Early show Saturday is a rebroadcast of Ian chatting with freelance science writer Ann Finkbeiner about her book, The Jasons: The Secret History of Science's Postwar Elite. Later on Saturday, Art Bell talks to astrophysicist Dr. Bernard Haisch about his work reconciling the Big Bang, Darwinian evolution, and special properties of the universe that will reveal infinite conscious intelligence, and that matter arises from consciousness and not the other way around. Sunday's guest is Dr John Jay Harper, who will discuss how solar cycles affect climate, consciousness & civilization, and how current solar activity will increase at a cataclysmic rate as we approach the solar maximum in 2012 AD.
More details including relevant websites are available at the linked pages above. Remember also that while Coast to Coast is subscription, Dreamland is free. Dreamland also now offers a podcast of the most recent show.
Just to keep the ufological theme running this week: well-known researcher Nick Redfern has joined the world of regular bloggers with his new site UFO Mystic. Nick is well-respected as both a ufological investigator and writer (Strange Secrets, Body Snatchers in the Desert, On the Trail of the Saucer Spies), and also in the field of cryptozoology, so it should be stimulating to see what he writes about. Obviously I'll include worthy items in the TDG round-ups, but definitely a site worth bookmarking.
All I want for Xmas is to get over this flu...
- Nobel Prize-winning scientist defends the paranormal.
- Martians could kill life on Earth, says Mars Express scientist. A million to one they said! (but still, they come).
- Question of the day: how do you steer a spy shark? Video here.
- Colour of dog fur linked to personality.
- So what colour was the dog that tunnelled through snow to save its owners?
- Scientists debate severity of the next sunspot cycle.
- Microsoft unveils free robotics software package. Perhaps that's what powers Mr Gates...
- Christian video game stokes controversy with its "convert or kill" message. Hey, if it's good enough for the 13th century Catholic Church...
- 4,000-year-old Seahenge will rise again in 2008. Felt like I was channelling a bit of Edgar Cayce when I said that...
- Archaeologists solve riddle of mysterious faces on South Pacific artifacts.
- Aboriginal language had Ice Age origins.
- Experts rush to record coastal history in face of advancing North Sea.
- Egyptian conservationists fight to protect dwindling Mummy population (The Onion).
- Boy who could feel no pain leads scientists to pain-killing discoveries. Interestingly, the boy died aged 14 jumping from a house. I guess that tells you why we experience pain...
- Regeneration ironically hinges on cell death.
- Laughter really is contagious. So make sure you don't have unprotected jokes.
- Skepticism is on the rise in Australia. Would it be paradoxical for me to be skeptical of that claim?
Quote of the Day:
I am comfortably numb.