Not into prophecy, but I did like the Hopi story. And then there is that quote. One more thing: March is 30 today - Happy Birthday. Post your thoughts.
- The state of the world? It is on the brink of disaster.
- Electric comet could burn the house of science.
- The orangutan and the enigma of human origin.
- Nasa to conquer space with swarms of tiny robot pyramids.
- Hopi warnings to the world.
- The unsung role of Kung Fu in the Kyrgyz revolution.
- China's report on the USA. Pot Kettle Black, and typical big government.
- Mars case for liquid surface water.
- Pundits and panjandrums.
- B.F. Skinner revisited.
- How Germans fell for the Feel-Good Fuehrer. Eva Braun might have something to say about that also.
- Why it makes sense to look on the bright side of life.
- Synthetic biology might someday lead to artificial organisms.
- Electricity controls biomolecules.
- Earth killers from outer space.
- Devils dictionary of the Bush Era.
Quote of the Day:
If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, he is offered something which affords a reason for acting in accordance to his instincts, he will accept it even on the slightest evidence.
Greg says he'll be back Wednesday, and will be posting Friday's news for Bill, who's still hitchhiking around the galaxy. Cernig's been typing his fingerprints off over at his Newshog blog, but as usual, will have news for TDG on Thursday. It's only a guess, but it seems likely our reliable terra incognita, Jameske, will bring us the news on Wednesday. Rico says he's feeling a bit under the weather, so lets' hope he's better by Monday. And, after two news posts back to back, yours truly is now dreaming of dreaming.
- Ancient Metal Works Sites and Mines Discovered North of Jiroft, Iran.
- Landowner blocks hunt for 'Templar treasures' which may lie in a maze of tunnels under Hertford.
- Debate about who killed Admiral Horatio Nelson is about to be revived with the first publication of the lost final novel of Alexandre Dumas.
- 2000 scientists from 95 countries have assessed health of global environment, and say outlook is troubling.
- BBC's Brian Walden considers the gap between science and religion - and what this might mean for the future of humankind.
- Is the universe friendly?
- Do You Know Where You Are? Body and Self Are Not the Same.
- Space station crew complete swift spacewalk.
- Astronomers spot the faintest galaxy ever seen — orbiting the Milky Way.
- Dying Stars May Bring Life to Frozen Worlds.
- MIT's Centre for Bits and Atoms, has built version 1.0 of the personal fabricator, and it is already being deployed around the world.
- 'Invisible' influences reveal unconscious pathways used in visual perception.
- The Star-Trek Generation: Why Top Techies Are Taking to the Skies.
- Brazil opens microbe bank for bio-prospectors.
- The Green Goat, the world's biggest hybrid, is a 2,000-horsepower locomotive that radically reduces fuel consumption and emissions of pollutants.
- Inventor cooks up environmentally-friendly and profitable method for recycling used tires into oil and carbon.
- Revolutionary treatment heals burns in three weeks with no scarring, no skin grafts.
- Pentagon invests in battlefield surgeon robots: unmanned ‘trauma pods’ to operate on and evacuate wounded under enemy fire.
- US Admits Exporting Illegal Genetically Modified Corn, but refuses to say which countries may have imported the illegal seeds as food or for planting.
- U.S. ambassador compromised America's hunt for Osama bin Laden in Pakistan for more than two years.
- As scientists predicted, 8.7 magnitude quake hits Sumatran fault again.
- Man grows penis on his arm.
- NZ Raelian Movement Issues Detailed Press Release About Upcoming Crop Circle Lecture.
- Japanese WWII plague sub, which was to attack the US with biological warfare, found sunk off coast of Hawaii.
- A magazine has offered a $983,000 reward to anyone who can produce proof of a living Tasmanian tiger, a creature long believed to be extinct.
- Residents of a few towns on the Caspian shores in Iran and Azerbaijan say that they saw an amphibious man, swimming amidst huge shoals of fish.
- After his secretary conveyed psychic Jeane Dixon’s prophecies about terrorism in daily briefings, President Nixon ordered Henry Kissinger and others to prepare for attacks.
- The mystery of the Loch Ness monster is Britain’s favourite quest, outdoing even the search for the Grail or Atlantis.
- Detailed Ghost Report on Houghton Manor in Massachusetts, now a Masonic Lodge, includes numerous photo irregularities and EVPs.
- The Phoenix Lights: What was it Arizonans saw eight years ago? Flares? An airplane formation? Top-secret military craft? UFOs?
- A mean witch, hungry for onions and thirsting for blood is rumoured to be prowling the streets of Delhi, causing a scare among the populace.
- Bizarre explanation for one of Hawaii's most horrible murders: Micah White, who stabbed and burned his mother and aunt, told psychiatrists that he thought they were vampires.
- Teenagers who have a television in their bedroom are more likely to take drugs, binge drink, smoke cigarettes and have sex.
A big thanks to Cernig
Quote of the Day:
The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims, one turns, as it were, instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting out ink.
George Orwell, in The Lion and the Unicorn
In the four years or so that I've been submitting news to TDG, I've never seen a news day like today. All sorts of things seem to have gone topsy-turvy; and people everywhere are fed up. Death-defying Ethiopians are chanting 'hungry, hungry' at their dictator, and 'monkey armies' are terrorizing Puerto Rico, but there's so much going on, those stories didn't even make the cut today. So for those of you who hate seeing politics here, you might want to stick to just the first 39 news items.
- Collectors, looters, and forgers: the stone box and discovery of a factory of fakes.
- Ancient bamboo slips shed light on building of Great Wall.
- "Into Africa" rather than "Out of Africa" could well be the better description of how certain mammals originated and spread across the world.
- 'Free trade' may have contributed to the extinction of Neanderthals.
- Ice core 'dipstick' shows West Antarctic Ice Sheet not as thick as previously believed, so it couldn't have contributed as much as believed to higher sea levels 20,000 years ago.
- Gnostic writings are often strange and fragmentary, but they sketch a counter-Christ.
- Pope's stand-ins excoriate Western culture.
- Science replays the crucifixion.
- Did Pope Urban II Frame Islam To Make Money?
- Apologize for the Crusades? Never!
- The Battle Of Magdala: How the son of Robert Napier, the wizard, came to be ennobled by Queen Victoria.
- Football was not intended as a game of skill but as a war against sexuality.
- Swiss scientists find compelling evidence that humans like to reprimand others.
- Cracks may force shutdown of UK reactors.
- Storage of Nuclear Spent Fuel Criticized.
- Earthquakes Threaten Russian Nuclear Power Plants.
- Pluralistic Ignorance: when a dangerous situation appears to be ambiguous, social rules of belonging and acceptance trump looking different or alarmist.
- Pito Deep explorers are beginning to unravel the earth's geological history.
- Dinosaur-killing asteroid rained hot rocks.
- Climate: A hard look at the long term.
- Stem-cell breakthrough could allow women to grow their own breast implants.
- Examining Nietzsche the man.
- Secret Clues: Impressionists hid early version of 'easter eggs' in their paintings to prevent them from being copied. Here's the easy way to find those easter eggs on all your DVDs.
- Fastest supercomputer gets faster.
- Fish oil offers Alzheimer's hope: DHA dramatically slows the progression of Alzheimer's disease in mice.
- Scientists a whisker away from cat allergy cure.
- 'This really changes things': method used by planetary scientists to estimate the ages of various regions of Mars is flawed.
- Sliced-up craters on Saturn's icy moon Enceladus.
- A Star-Studded Cluster.
- Unveiling the high energy Milky Way reveals 'dark accelerators'.
- ISS Crew Deploys NanoSputnik.
- NASA: Comet-Smashing Deep Impact Camera Blurry.
- NASA to study toxicity of moon dust.
- New NASA Image of Earth Seen Through Gamma-Ray Eyes.
- The mission NASA hopes won't happen.
- Do you have 'the right stuff' to be a space tourist?
- Dr. Steven Greer Speaks Out on evidence ignored by the Jennings UFO Special.
- Mothman sightings in London.
- A field guide to the mystery beasts of the British Isles.
- Federal investigators find that U.S. has been illegally selling nuclear wares to Pakistan in secret.
- BBC reveals secret U.S. plans for Iraq's oil were made before the 9/11 attacks.
- Newly released government records reveal a more active role by the FBI in aiding some Saudis in their departure just after Sept. 11, 2001. Some of the departing Saudis were related to Osama bin Laden.
- Texas Accuses Bush of Trampling Its Autonomy in Death Penalty Case.
- Jimmy Carter Makes Case for Saving Nonproliferation.
- Newly released report of abuse at jail in Mosul says prisoners’ rights under the Geneva Conventions were violated.
- Troops thwart Iraq prison escape. Photos of the escape tunnels, which suggest plans for mass breakout.
- Former Scotland Yard detective was KGB spy who set up sleeper agents in Australia's government and intelligence agencies.
- UK's Super-rich hide trillions offshore: Study reveals assets 10 times larger than UK GDP.
- Homeland Security officials failed to keep millions of airline passenger records secure and repeatedly made false denials to the media and Congress.
- No Medical Ethics for the Poor.
- An improbable coalition of liberal and arch conservative organizations have banded together to resist renewal of the Patriot Act.
- No One Is Against Big Government.
- Join the dots and an ugly picture emerges.
- Lawless World: a review. Amazon UK and US
Quote of the Day:
Most people think that shadows follow, precede or surround beings or objects. The truth is that they also surround words, ideas, desires, deeds, impulses and memories.
Bill's gone away for the weekend, but he will arise again next week. Hrmm, sounds familiar ...
- The Pagan roots of Easter. Mmmm, pagan chocolate.
- Did Jesus die from crucifixion, or of old age? Is He buried in Kashmir? Did He go to India?Investigating the possibility that Jesus Christ travelled to the East and did not die on the cross. So far he hasn't been seen in any 24-hour convenience store, but a waitress saw the image of Jesus Christ in a cleaning cloth.
- A teacher has a new theory that could prove the Turin Shroud is a fake.
- When is Spring supposed to start this year? I don't know what you guys are smoking, but it's the start of Autumn down here.
- Is Satanism on the rise in France? Or are they watching too many Hollywood horror films?
- Fighting demons with Islam. Fighting Islam with Christianity. Fighting Christianity with Judaism. Fighting Judaism with Islam. Round and round we go ...
- Two members of the Georgia Paranormal Research Council discuss what they've found. There are shadows among us, and they've written a book about it (available from their website).
- Do you want to be immortal? There can be only one.
- Why reincarnation mystifies scientists. I guess they just can't accept the fact that one day they might be reincarnated as a bestselling alternative archaeology author.
- A UFO has been witnessed over Penghu Harbour, China. It's interesting to note that China has more UFO organisations than any other country in the world, including the United States.
- Atmospheric sprites have been caught on film, dancing high above thunderclouds. It'd take phenomenal eyesight for someone to see through thunderclouds and mistake sprites for UFOs!
- The Northern Hemisphere gets all the attention, what with its Spring Equinox and UFO sightings. The Southern Hemisphere (which is really on top) has just as much paranormal phenomena to offer.
- Brian Appleyard discusses the phenomenon of extraterrestrial visitations.
- First light of distant planets has been seen by astronomers.
- A merman has been spotted in the Caspian Sea. Looking for his mermaid, no doubt.
- Brilliant video of an octopus strutting around on two legs. I love these guys.
- Elephants learn through copying other elephants, making them the only other known animal species apart from the ape and we humans that do so.
- A study will debate the use of non-human primates in science experiments. I like how they stress non-human primates.
- Big Cat fever is hitting the UK, with a man attacked by a panther in his garden, and now a new sighting in the countryside.
- Soft tissue has been extracted from the remains of a Tyrannosaurus Rex.
- In Cambodia, looters are destroying Angkor's ancient ruins. Elsewhere, Cambodian soldiers have found 154 miniature Buddhas.
- Neolithic excavations in the UAE desert have revealed the area was lush with vegetation and water up to 7000 years ago. Does this have implications for the Sphinx?
- Do you have trouble getting out of bed in the morning because you keep hitting the snooze button? This clock may be for you. Me, I'd rather be woken by many beautiful women gently playing violins and cellos.
- Greek prison guards will go on strike, demanding authorities replace their 1911 US Cavalry revolvers. Apparently they're not allowed to fire the antique guns, so inmates aren't scared of the guards anymore! If you're a collector, I'd be contacting your nearest Greek embassy now.
- A black high school teacher in Utah was sent a KKK recruitment letter. I hope there's a return address and the authorities lay charges.
- Toy non-proliferation talks stall.
Thanks Kat and Max.
Quote of the Day:
Most modern calendars mar the sweet simplicity of our lives by reminding us that each day that passes is the anniversary of some perfectly uninteresting event.
It's getting close to the day when "wildlife preservation" will mean using formaldahyde.
- Here's of a more innocent age when a Midlands housewife could have her pregnancy announced by a tall, fair-haired Venusian without even upsetting her husband.
- The latest edition of New Scientist is now available online. Check it out here. The lead story covers turning a blob of jelly into a thinking, feeling liquid brain.
- It's crucifixion season in the Phillipines.
- Fear stalks the streets of a London suburb after a resident is attacked by a black cat the size of a labrador.
- Here comes Easter, but bunnies and eggs have nothing to do with Jesus Christ - and he has nothing to do with Easter.
- "For the first time in history you will be able to save your favourite four legged companion for all of time". Cryo-pet Industries.
- A controversial visiting exorcist says Melbourne's demons are the most vicious in the world. Wait, I thought that was the spiders...or the snakes...or the frogs...or...
- In Washington State, big believers resume the hunt for Bigfoot.
- There is more to conspiracy theories than mass psychology. They are also big business.
- The leader of a secretive Spanish sect who said he was the true Pope and that the Vatican was controlled by the devil has died, a town hall official said Tuesday.
- The Texas Bigfoot Research Center has a website full of information on sightings in the Southwest - but how do we know it isn't Bill on one of his Philadelphia experiments?
- The possibility of communicating with aliens raises one tricky question: what on Earth should we say to them?
- Sixteen years after the hope, hype and recriminations, cold fusion is news again. Investigating a scientific controversy that won't go away.
- Scientists studying the Anasazi calender have concluded they were far more familiar with astronomy, science and possibly math than previously given credit for.
- Seeking to re-create the success of the Ansari X Prize, NASA announces a set of competitions for cunning aerospace inventors. The first challenges: to construct a Space Age tether and a wireless power supply.
- What could be better than seeing the first tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered? Watching it being taken apart.
- Elephants learn some of their calls through imitation which makes them the only land mammal, other than primates, that can undeniably copy sounds.
- Europe has agreed to support India in its quest to send a probe to the Moon.
- The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde was written by Robert Louis Stevenson under the influence of a hallucinogenic drug similar to LSD, according to new research.
- SkyNet getting closer - the US Defense Dept. wants a robot plane that can shoot down other countries' robot planes.
- An advocate of endangered species trophy hunting has been named protector of the US's rare wildlife.
Quote of the Day:
The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity... and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.
So, if superionic water glows bright yellow then perhaps the sun is covered in an ocean of it?
- Giant planets may host superionic water.
- Swiss glacier to get a heat shield.
- Cosmological bogeyman puzzles physicists.
- The good and bad of string theory.
- Building castles in the air.
- Darwin's theory reigns supreme, but many feel it does not tell the whole story.
- Is the Earth really finished?
- Glow of alien planets glimpsed at last.
- Too little sun causes harm, cancer specialists say.
- Research on twins supports God gene.
- Heavenly light show caught on film.
- UFO propulsion system: bending time and space.
- Same face builds trust, not lust.
- Human variety: a revival of racial science.
- Can the spread of nuclear weapons make us safer?
- The new chief inquisitor on campus.
- Found, in an Oxfordshire field: the lost emperor who briefly ruled western Europe.
- Mystery minerals formed in fireball from colliding asteroid that destroyed the dinosaurs.
- North Sea crater shows its scars. Ever opened a 1.5l bottle of Grolsh?
- Whilst a sense of meaning fosters health and longevity, not all of our sources of meaning do us good.
- Eighty-thousand houses need to be demolished yearly for the next decade if the UK is to meet its climate change commitments.
- Wrinkles could be less than skin deep.
- Rogue weeds defy rules of genetics.
- Mummy specialists uncover secrets of ancient Egyptian queen.
Quote of the Day:
Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
The latest issue of Fortean Times (#195) is out for sale, so pick yourself up a copy if you get the chance. This month's mag has a headline story on the UK myth of the 'Black Dog', as well as other articles on Scotland's murdering cannibals and the legacy of the multi-talented Alfred Lawson. See the latest issue page for details - remember too that a new issue means new archived feature content available from the front page of the site.
Let's all have a go, sans dictionary: What exactly is virginity?
- With no words for want, worry, wealth, or when, nomadic Moken remain close to nature.
- Women and men differ genetically almost as much as humans differ from chimpanzees.
- Protein recovered from dinosaur eggs. Looks like we'll soon be needing a review of Crichton's Jurassic Park.
- Silver coin offers solid evidence for a long-dismissed claim that Domitianus had indeed declared himself an emperor at a time of upheaval in the Roman Empire.
- Archaeologists date Afghanistan's Bamiyan Buddhas.
- The tomb of a four-year-old heir of the Medicis has mysteriously disappeared.
- At Rosslyn chapel, present-day Knights Templar are just the Rotary Club in fancy dress. Knight says, "There's no hocus pocus here."
- Saladin and Sir Ridley: Kingdom of Heaven will soon bring the Knights Templar and the Crusades to the big screen, but what's historical fact and what's fiction?
- Scientific genius isn't just about I.Q. It helps to be an outcast with nothing invested in the status quo, and no academic position or reputation to lose.
- Son's disease propels stem cell pioneer to continue research - in an unmarked Harvard lab, kept secret for fear of protesters.
- Gigantic ripples in space-time - larger than the observable universe - may be the cause of the accelerating expansion of the universe.
- Light may arise from relativity violations.
- Parallel Universes & The Suppression of Ether Physics.
- Emerging vision of the body electric is providing fixes beyond the ken of the medical mainstream.
- Will a 19th-century invention, the Stirling engine, become the 21st-century's solar powered alternative-energy miracle?
- Have hackers recruited your PC? More than one million computers on the net have been hijacked to attack websites, pump out spam and viruses, and worse.
- Just don't call it "telepathy": Neuroscientist says "distant neural signaling" is a real phenomena.
- Love at first smell: Males previously rejected by females were rendered irresistible after the synthetic perfume had been applied.
- Why colonize the Moon before going to Mars?
- Tsunami victims, Iraqis to get first taste of recycled water from space technology.
- The Gift Of ADHD?
- Bust-Up chewing gum is said to fight aging, reduce stress, help circulation, tone muscles, and oh yeah, it increases the size of women's breasts while also improving their shape and tone. Who wants to volunteer for the clinical trial?
- U.S.'s Billion Dollar Abstinence Education Program Yields Results: Adolescent Virginity Pledgers More Likely to Engage in Risky Sexual Behavior.
- New report says UK's I.D. card plans too risky.
- A special report published by eminent scientist Leuren Moret names Depleted Uranium as the definitive cause of Gulf War Syndrome. Of 580,400 U.S. soldiers who served in the first Gulf War, 11,000 are now dead, and as of the year 2000, 325,000 were on permanent medical disability.
- Network of top scientists helped 'Angel of Death' Mengele.
- Hitler's Mein Kampf sells 50,000 copies in Turkey in three months.
- Collective Narcissism - Narcissism, Culture, and Society.
- 'The Military Unleashed My Mind' Says Paul H. Smith, author of Reading the Enemy's Mind: Inside Star Gate--America's Psychic Espionage Program.
- London Druids celebrate rites of spring.
- Iceland grants citizenship for former world chess champion Bobby Fischer.
- Smitten Bigfooters keep making tracks into Oregon's Blue Mountains.
- New cameras, Internet connections, sophisticated DNA and fingerprint examinations have already produced a wealth of new information which has researchers convinced modern technology is on the verge of proving Bigfoot's existence.
Quote of the Day:
A major truth about the Grail, often overlooked, is that it can take different forms. It is not just 'one thing', contrary to popular belief.
Karen Ralls, PhD, medieval historian and Celtic scholar
Popping my head in quickly before I disappear into the wilds of Northern Australia (where, if Grandma Grail is to believed, I may be able to spot the odd UFO or black panther). There is plenty of fresh content up at the website of author Ian Lawton, the easiest place to get a handle on what's new is, appropriately enough, at the What's New section of his website. There are new extracts and commentaries available related to each of Ian's books - check the latest updates to the Giza: The Truth, Genesis Unveiled and The Book of the Soul sections of the site for the full run-down.
Issue 51 of Atlantis Rising is completed and likely to be on news-stands in mid-April. However, for those with bandwidth to spare, you can skip the wait (and news-stand price) by going to the Atlantis Rising website and downloading the PDF file of the entire issue for free. Some of the contents in this issue:
- Some guy called Greg Taylor does an essay on whether the Ku Klux Klan will be in Dan Brown's next book.
- Archaeologist Greg Little looks at new evidence for Atlantis in the Bahamas.
For full details, check the AR website, or better yet just download the magazine PDF.