The latest issue of Atlantis Rising has been released (#59). In this issue:
- John Kettler explores new research into the science of making solid objects vanish.
- John Major Jenkins on startling new research on the Great Year.
- Mark Stavish investigates Nazis and the occult.
- Sol Aris on Arthur Conan Doyle and the Grail.
The AR website offers a free PDF sampler of the current issue to whet your appetite.
There are a couple of bright spots, but on some fronts, especially human behavior and the environment, the news is quite grim. Any errors in today's post are most likely due to smog. Who knows - maybe it accounts for my pessimism as well. You can sign-in for WashPost articles with firstname.lastname@example.org, pw: article.
- Egg-shaped carved stone still mystifies scholars.
- Scientists plan to rebuild Neanderthal genome.
- Original Neanderthal man was found 150 years ago.
- The ability to spot venomous snakes may have played a major role in the evolution of monkeys, apes and humans.
- After the last Ice Age, the Sahara Desert experienced millennia of plentiful rainfall and lush vegetation.
- Cannibalism cover-up: Why John Rae, discoverer of Canada's Northwest Passage, was spurned by history.
- Archaeologists believe they've found the birthplace of Augustus, Rome's first emperor.
- Ancient theater had a rotating stage with different decor on each side.
- The perils of being huge: Why large creatures go extinct.
- The first delta-wing fighter was a reptile - who used his hind legs for the heavy lifting.
- Digging into foreign cultures by studying their archaeology: A review of Brian Fagan's From Stonehenge to Samarkand: An Anthology of Archaeological Travel Writing (Amazon US & UK).
- Force of nature parts the Red Sea.
- Bigelow posts two videos sent from Genesis I.
- Asteroid impacts: can we keep Armageddon at bay?
- Is SETI barking up the wrong tree?
- Mystery of explosive starsolved.
- Bubbles of dark matter could be masquerading as black holes at the centres of galaxies.
- All about lunar standstills.
- 19 of the world's most eminent biodiversity specialists have called on governments to save the planet as Earth faces 'catastrophic loss of species' - 12% of all birds, 23% of mammals, 25% of conifer trees, 32 % of amphibians, 52% of ancient tropical plants face extinction within 100 years.
- Bees and the flowers they pollinate are disappearing together.
- Direct link established between tropical tree and insect diversity.
- Ozone hole is killing sea life.
- Sniffer dog to track down Scotland's endanged bumblebees.
- Heat wave in Britain breaks record, with no let-up in sight. That explains why Jameske's thinking of moving to the Arctic.
- As sweltering Brits seek air conditioning, CBI chief warns of energy crisis. Talk about burying the lead: Due to demand for cool air, electricity prices have more than tripled, going from £81 per megawatt hour on Monday to £300 per megawatt hour on Wednesday.
- Europe fears repeat of catastrophic heatwave of 2003 that killed 15,000 people in France and 2000 in Britain.
- Like lemmings off a cliff: Humans worldwide are migrating into danger. And...
- Despite last year's devastating hurricane season in the US, one-third in high-risk areas say they may ignore evacuation warnings.
- Oppressive summertime heat claims more lives than hurricanes, tornadoes and all other weather-related disasters combined, but of the 90% of all people who are aware of heat warnings, half fail to heed them.
- Salps to the rescue: Could breeding more 'Gummy Bears' save Earth from global warming?
- After corn stalks are turned into ethanol, new microbial fuel cell can make electricity from the waste. As it stands now, 1/3 of the total solid waste produced in the US - 250 million tons a year - is made up of corn stalks and leaves, about 90% of which is left unused in the field.
- Robo-multiplicity: Meet the remote-control self. Exclusive pics.
- The wisdom of robots: a report from the artificial intelligence conference. Here's a gallery of these crafty automatons.
- Discovery of agile molecular motors could aid in treating motor neuron diseases.
- Nature vs. Nurture: Mysteries of Individuality Unraveled.
- Your outlook in life is forged in childhood.
- 'Paramutation' breaks genetic laws: Newly cloned corn gene explains how unusual interactions between a parent's genes can have lasting effects in future generations.
- Many patients say it saved their lives, but neurosurgery for anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders is as risky as it is effective.
- Although differences in performance have previously been well-documented, new study confirms males and females use different parts of their brains for verbal and visuospatial tasks.
- Amnesia-inducing drug sheds light on how we form new memories.
- Anxious adults judge facial cues faster, but less accurately.
- Dementia may rob an older person of memory and focus, but new study shows they retain the ability to offer advice about life's big questions.
- Teenage ridicule shown to have lasting effects on brand consciousness and consumer behavior.
- Been there, done that: Researchers find insight into deja vu.
- Shedding light on a world of darkness.
- Doctors say listening to music brings about physical changes that can improve health.
- Autistic brains found to have fewer neurons in area related to emotional processing and social behavior.
- Researchers discover on-off switch for chronic pain.
- Maverick medic reveals details of baby cloning experiment.
- Nicotine, while not carcinogenic itself, has been found to promote cell proliferation and the progression of tumors.
- Kidney donors literally pay a price. No good deed goes unpunished?
- Millions in the US and UK are injured or die each year from prescription errors.
- Duh! research of the Day: People who drink alcohol are more likely to sustain physical injuries such as a fall or punch than non-drinkers, and mixing drinks increases the risk five-fold.
- Stress over low social status linked to faster ageing.
- Scientists find that sharing a bed with someone drains men's brains.
- Who exactly are bloggers? A trend-tracking business blogger said, 'It astounds me that people are willing to do this stuff without getting paid.'
- Bigfoot researcher sues over keepsakes.
- Engineers seek what's left of WTC facade.
- Sons of the American Revolution hope to identify thousands of black soldiers who fought for American independence in the Revolutionary War.
- Who Owns Leo Strauss? A review of Steven B. Smith's Reading Leo Strauss: Politics, Philosophy, Judaism (Amazon US & UK).
- The 14 defining characteristics of fascism: How does America stack up?
- Homeland Security monitoring political dissent on college campuses.
- Gitmo detainees adhering to al-Qaeda training manual's instructions for prisoners.
- Sufism and the Struggle Within Islam: Part 1 & Part 2.
- Another Cover-up Exposed: Bush personally blocked a Justice Department investigation into the administration's controversial secret domestic spying programs.
- European ministers come under fire for secret meetings on immigration and terrorism.
- Archaeologists and anthropologists accused of artificially pacifying the past: a review of Nicholas Wade's Before The Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors (Amazon US & UK).
Thanks Badeye and Greg.
Quote of the Day:
More than an end to war, we want an end to the beginning of all wars -- yes, an end to this brutal, inhuman and thoroughly impractical method of settling the differences between governments.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
After what seems a very long break, alternative historian Ralph Ellis has returned with a new book - well, actually, two books. Ralph's new release is divided into two separate parts: Part 1 is Cleopatra to Christ, in which Ralph makes the case for Jesus being the great grandson of Cleopatra VII, and Part 2 is Scota, Egyptian Queen of the Scots, which suggests that Ireland and Scotland were first settled by the descendants of an Egyptian pharaoh and his queen. Full details of the new releases (and Ralph's back catalogue) are available at the Edfu books page. Thanks Mark.
Swirled News is reporting that the 2006 UK Crop Circle season is finally picking up, with a number of new formations appearing in the first two weeks of July (see Crop Circle Connector for the latest images). Certainly enough to put an end to talk of a circle-less season, although not enough yet to fulfil John Lundberg's promise of the biggest season yet (in celebration of 30 years since 'Doug and Dave' made their first circle). Stay tuned...
Stop the Internet, I want to get off...
- China to explore Mars as well as the Moon. It is the Red Planet, after all.
- Yesterday we had 'Batboy', today it's Dog-girl: girl raised by dogs for five years.
- Can Adam Dreamhealer's touch cure sickness? And: Dreamhealer responds to criticisms.
- King Tut's necklace hints at an ancient space impact.
- Mysterious circles found in Namibia.
- Artificial Intelligence reaches the Golden Years.
- An update on Mel Gibson's Mayan film epic, Apocalypto. Suitably crazy portrait of Mel included.
- Telepathy tests taken into the virtual world. I could use a bit of telepathy in Counterstrike.
- Taiwan just can't give up the ghosts.
- Surrounding himself with a human shield of photo opportunities, Bush vetoes stem cell bill.
- Runaway kangaroo on the loose in Ireland.
- 'Hobbits' confirmed as a new species.
- A work of God? Girl survives lightning strike that evaporated the gold cross hanging around her neck.
- Modern faith has roots in superstitions of old.
- Africa and Arabia are tearing apart. Metaphorically and geologically.
- Global Warming may be driven by gas escaping from the ocean floor. Is that like Mother Nature breaking wind in the bath?
- Patch of Titan's Moon looks suspiciously Earthy.
- Britain on the search for a new real-life 'Q'. I think John Cleese would be good...
- Looking to treat me with a Xmas present? How about gift-wrapping the world's first battery-powered supercar?
- The Dream Director - a tool for lucid dreaming?
Thanks Pam and Eric.
Quote of the Day:
More than academic theories, paradigms are cultural straitjackets...the only way to break out of the straitjacket is to keep tracking the anomalies, the facts that don't square with the paradigm.
For those within range of New York, Graham Hancock will be holding a workshop on shamanistic consciousness over the weekend of 11th to 13th of August:
Less than 40,000 years ago humans had no art, no religion, no sophisticated symbolism, and no innovative thinking. Then, in a dramatic and enigmatic change, the skills and qualities that we value most highly in ourselves appeared already fully formed as though bestowed on us by hidden powers. How did this happen?
In this workshop we set out to investigate this mysterious turn of events and explore the influences that gave birth to the modern human mind.
More details can be found at the link above.
I think I will move to the Arctic.
- British outbred by Anglo-Saxon apartheid. Those Germans and their breeding experiments - seems like the most successful in the history of history.
- Etna awakes with storm of fire and lava.
- The boy who sees with sound.
- Europe’s pyramid history unveiled. Much richer history of motes.
- A Randi Vagina challenge. I have heard Pussies were used as familiars by witches in medieval Europe.
- A little something on Tesla weapons.
- Magnetic vortex in space.
- Plenty of oil in the US.
- Grow your own gold.
- Terminator’s bionic arm only $170k.
- The puzzling of polluted skies on climate.
- Red spot junior buzzes its big brother.
- Vitamins could boost attraction. This sort of thing already does work on humans - it is called ten pints of beer and causes attraction between men and lizards.
- Earth’s writhing magnetic field could aid fusion research.
- Virtual worlds to test telepathy.
- Blooming good mental health therapy.
- Brain-machine interfaces.
Quote of the Day:
Life isn’t long enough for love and art.
W. Somerset Maugham
A strange assortment to get you through the week...
- Loren Coleman tackles the big issue of the day, with "World War III and Cryptozoology".
- Esolibris has a new essay on-site: "The Art of Meditation in Daily Life".
- Michael Prescott investigates the mediumship of Eusapia Palladino.
- Europe's pyramid history is unveiled by Filip Coppens.
- The Société Périllos have part 2 of their essay series "The Origins of the Priory of Sion". Part 1 is here.
- Skeptic Randi's latest newsletter takes the 'woo-woos' to task for their stupidity.
- UFO Casebook #214 is now online.
- ThothWeb has "Imaginal Perception: A Window into the Unexplained".
I've found the lack of news coverage about the Bigelow Aerospace "Genesis I" inflatable space module a little frustrating (and perplexing). For updates, you're best off heading straight to the Bigelow Aerospace website, which has updates on the status of the module, as well as some cool images that have been relayed back. Also newly available is an insider essay on the launch: "Bigelow Aerospace Looks to the Stars" (also available as a PDF).
Robert Bigelow is an interesting man - a real estate tycoon who has followed his dream of making space travel a reality. Not to mention, he's also very interested in 'border phenomena', and was the backer of the excellent (though sadly, on hiatus) National Institute of Discovery Science, which presented some excellent analysis of Black Triangle sightings, cattle mutilations and of course the 'Skinwalker Ranch'. Certainly a guy worth watching.
- Jesse Marcel Jr tells his account of what his father found at Roswell. With video.
- MUFON conference gets underway (well, it's finished now, but this story anticipated the weekend).
- Why is exopolitics on the outer in ufology? Ask cancer man.
- Heavenly omens carry inexplicable messages.
- Psychics aid police in crimefighting.
- Has Jack the Ripper been identified at last?
- Graveside ghost photo of Jim Morrison still haunts fan. Break on through to the other side....
- Psychologist investigates stigmata claims from around the world.
- Vatican says that any Catholics involved in stem cell research could be banned from taking Holy Communion, relieved of church duties and even denied a church burial. Mmm, good to see they've moved on since that embarassing Galileo incident.
- What are you, psychic? Er, yes!
- Why do we dream? Ironically, perhaps to restore the balance from overly materialistic and rational analysis, just like this article?
- Desire controls what we see.
- This computer is so smart, it's creepy.
- Bionic eye turned down by the FDA.
- NSA says that it's so secret, it can't be sued.
- A safe landing for space shuttle Discovery, after 13 days in space.
- Plasma bubble could protect astronauts on Mars trip. Plasma is the hot word of 2006.
- The hullabaloo about hobbits (Mike Morwood hobbits, not Tolkien hobbits).
- World War II bomb found in ruins of Pompeii. God sure had it in for that city.
- Digging up Megiddo. Just be sure to put everything back in the right place before Armageddon begins please....
- Nearly a third of ancient Egypt's major monuments are still buried says Hawass (methinks the reporter got the headline wrong).
- Haunting secrets of the Rollright Stones revealed.
Quote of the Day:
When we die we shall slough off this cheap intellect, and go abroad into Dreamland clothed in our real selves.