You may say that I'm a dreamer...
- This is an awesome Right Brain/Left Brain test. Watch the dancer spin around -- the direction you see her spin determines which side of the brain you use most. I'm Right Brain; no matter how hard I squint, I can't make her spin the other way.
- A plane smuggling 3.7 tons of cocaine that crashed in the Yucatan a couple of weeks ago had previously flown to Guantanamo Bay.
- Protestors report seeing insect-sized robotic spies. So that's what keeps biting me.
- DARPA plans to use cyborg insects -- part bug, part machine. I can't imagine a mosquito talking like Arnie.
- Do infants have an innate spider detection mechanism? My parents tell me my first words weren't "mummy" or "daddy", but "my spidey sense is tingling".
- Little Savages is an art exhibition at the Natural History Museum exploring how faeries behave in the wild, such as tormenting foxes. I don't think Inari and her fox spirits will be happy about that.
- Man-eating Trees and Mongolian Death Worms, oh my: that's a tree that eats men, not a man eating a tree.
- A plague of bogong moths has invaded Sydney. Why don't they just turn off the lights?
- Brisbane is alive with ghost activity. Who ya gonna call? Greg Taylor!
- Interest in ghost-hunting is becoming increasingly popular.
- A photographer swears a phantom cat that appears in a photograph wasn't at the church wedding. I happen to be writing a story about a ghost-cat.
- Nick Redfern discusses Brad Steiger's Shadow World, and how spirits and beings from dark realms connect with UFOlogy (Amazon US or UK).
- More than 60 glowing red orbs were throbbing and hovering above Uckfield, UK. Roxanne...
- The Jesuit and the Skull: Teilhard de Chardin, Evolution, and the search for Peking Man by Amir Aczel (Amazon US or UK).
- The democratically-elected Tibetan government-in-exile (TGIE) has challenged China's law forbidding lamas from reincarnating. Hopefully China's lawmakers reincarnate as Buddhist monks.
- The United States didn't set out to eradicate the Mandeans, the only surviving Gnostics from antiquity, but they're not helping either.
- Searching for God in the brain: are spiritual epiphanies neurological?
- A geneticist who made a synthetic chromosome says he is creating artificial life that could combat climate change. He should've said, "It's alive!"
- Saving the world is easier than you think: 10 little things that make a difference.
- Pregnant moose stay close to humans to escape the threat of hungry bears. Unfortunately, hunters don't have to walk as far.
- A plan to build a stairway on an ancient Native American mound in the Toltec Mounds Archaeological State Park has experts fuming.
- A little known nomadic tribe has been photographed deep in Peru's Amazon. Encounters with unknown tribes are increasing.
- A private dive team has discovered the wreckage of an American ship that sank off the Alaskan coast in 1868.
- The notes of 17th-century scientist Robert Hooke are now online thanks to the Royal Society.
- The New Horizons spacecraft has taken incredible pictures of Jupiter, including footage of a volcanic eruption on Io.
- Happy 67th birthday to John Lennon for yesterday, and best wishes to Yoko and her Imagine Peace project.
Thanks Greg, Kat and Brian.
Quote of the Day:
Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.
The latest issue of Nexus magazine (14:6) has been released, and as usual there are some sample articles available on the intarweb:
- Philip Coppens investigates "The Truth and Lies of Wikiworld".
- Dr Tom Lonsdale writes about "Junk Pet Food and the Damage Done".
- Willem de Ridder interviews healer Alfons Ven.
Check the website for the full rundown. Also, the Nexus conference is on next weekend on the Sunshine Coast, so anybody nearby might want to check on that.
I guess all these yoga masters must not understand what yoga is supposed to do.
- Great floods cut off Britain.
- Current not responsible for Antarctica's ice.
- Sun to blame for mysterious blemishes on Saturn moon.
- I am creating artificial life declares scientist.
- Giant jellyfish of doom.
- Evolution transforms junk DNA into genetic machinery. Or pre-determinded plan unfolds over time.
- Searching for God in the brain.
- Relativity derived without calculus possibly centuries ago.
- Do infants have an innate spider detection mechanism?
- The top ten outlandish mega disasters.
- River reveals jurassic dragon.
- Spacecraft surfs Jupiter's magnetic tail.
- When yoga hurts.
- New evidence for quasar ejection.
Quote of the Day:
The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments.
William H. Borah
There's an excellent write-up on cryptozoologist Loren Coleman (another contributor to our upcoming anthology) online via the website of the Sun Journal. The article features an open and honest chat with Loren, along with some great images from his Cryptozoology Museum. Additionally, you'll find extra information, images and audio in a new Cryptomundo posting from Loren. The story also got a mention on Boing Boing, and so now that I'm posting it here on TDG I think we can classify Loren Coleman as having officially gone 'viral'.
A strange assortment to get you through the week...
- Andrew Gough investigates the Spain-Rennes le Chateau connection in a 2-part article - "Chaplin in Girona", parts one and two.
- Graham Hancock's forum has a new article posted, by November 'Author of the Month' Jonathan Black, titled "The Secret History of the World".
- Bryan Williams again guest blogs at Public Parapsychology, this time discussing "Chocolate Intentions". Also, Dean Radin fills you in on where you can read the original study.
- Also at Public Parapsychology, Annalisa Ventola summarises the "Ian Stevenson Memorial Panel" section of the 50th Annual Parapsychological Association convention.
- The Autumn 2007 MAPS Bulletin (PDF file) has been released for downloading.
- Darren Niash reviews "That Cryptozoology Conference".
- The Societe Perillos asks whether Berenger Sauniere was a Freemason.
- Non-Prophet has part two of Peter Gorman's guest blog "25 Years of Shamanism" (part one is here).
- Graylien writes about Apollo astronaut Edgar Mitchell's "Instant Epiphany".
- At Cosmic Spoon, Daz has a new entry titled "Lost! Operational Remote Viewing".
- Anthony North looks back at the spiritualist investigations of "Harry Price and Friends" at Beyond the Blog.
- Skeptic Randi's latest newsletter debunks the bunk.
- Filip Coppens takes you to "The Giantess' Landscape".
- Speaking of Filip, he was recently interviewed by Occult of Personality.
- UFO Casebook #276 is now online.
For those interested in our saucer-sailing friends from elsewhere, here's a great resource: Best UFO Resources. The site features a summary of ufology, technical overviews, relevant videos and much more...without the semi-usual kookiness you usually find on such sites. Well worth stopping by for a browse. (h/t/ UFO Mystic)
Here's the alternative radio schedule for the first half of the week.
Coast to Coast AM: First hour Monday privacy expert Lauren Weinstein shares an update, followed by Graham Phillips discussing his new work on how comets can contaminate the atmosphere with chemicals that cause aggressive behavior, leading to escalation of warfare. On Tuesday Richard C. Hoagland and former Boeing aerospace engineer Mike Bara will discuss the secret history of NASA. Wednesday's guest is Prof. Jon Klimo who will discuss his research on contact with other dimensions and inhabited realms, as well as communications with suicide victims. On Thursday 'alien abductee' Jim Sparks will discuss how he went from resistor to cooperator..
Better late than never...
- Knights Templar exonerated in new Vatican book, to be published Oct. 13th - on the 700th anniversary of the Templars' arrests. As one defender of the Templars' honor said, "and to conspiracy deniers, a collective 'bite me' I think is in order, from all of us to all of you." More.
- Papers of 'Britain’s Leonardo', lost for centuries, become available to read online today.
- Great World Wide Star Count: Scientists want you to participate.
- Five essential goals for exploring the solar system.
- The future of space exploration.
- Humans are returning to the moon, and plan to stay a while.
- If you have the right stuff, NASA's recruiting.
- We've all been taught that our bodies, the Earth, and in fact all matter in the universe is composed of tiny building blocks called atoms. Now imagine if that's not the case.
- New plastic is thin, transparent, and as strong as steel.
- Missiles, satellites, nuclear power plants, and even a critical part of the space shuttle have all fallen victim to tin whiskers.
- Created in 3 days, Canyon Lake Gorge boasts three species of dinosaur tracks.
- Biologists discover how normally benign Dr. Jekyll-like fungus, Candida albicans, transforms into potentially life-threatening Mr. Hyde-like form.
- New telomere discovery could help explain why cancer cells never stop dividing.
- Stem cell transplant leaves man with two sets of DNA.
- From wisdom teeth to ear muscles, the human body has a number of useless parts, but scientists have discovered that the appendix does have a function after all.
- Squelching the dark past: The mechanics of memory suppression.
- What's it like to have your brain split in half?
- When your most significant other is a computer.
- Why do we conform to society?
- Online game companies get serious about cheating. Always good to know what you're up against: Exploiting Online Games is available at Amazon US & UK.
- Rats and Bees trained to sniff out TB.
- Tiny 'tailcams' reveal cleverness of crows.
- Cats continue to amaze with uncanny abilities.
- Meeoow and my shadow.
- Toddler lost in Brazil's Amazon for 11 days has been found, unharmed but for dehydration and thorns.
- Blow'd Up Real Good: Part One.
- Breaking the poverty trap.
- Earthen cottage was born from a desire for the simple life. The Hand-Sculpted House is available at Amazon US & UK.
Thanks, Cernig and Rick.
Quote of the Day:
Perhaps I'm old and tired, but I always think the chances of finding out what really is going on are so absurdly remote that the only thing to do is to say "Hang the sense of it" and just keep yourself occupied.
Slartibartfast, in The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy.
This weekend 'afterlife researcher' Dr Gary Schwartz was the subject of an investigation by Fox's "Geraldo at Large". The hour-long show alleged that Schwartz contacted a man named Michael Knopf, saying that he was in contact with his dead son. Knopf says that Schwartz tried to extract $3.5 million from him by playing on this 'communication' with his son.
During the show medium Laurie Campbell also told how she (along with Allison Dubois) had a falling out with Dr Schwartz due to breaches of her confidence and past agreements (see our previous update concerning Schwartz vs Dubois). All in all, the show painted Dr Schwartz in a very bad light.
Schwartz is still yet to respond to these accusations (of course, we'll keep you up to date if anything emerges - he does tend to answer his critics though). Given Geraldo's past and the tabloid nature of the show, not to mention 'boggle factor' of a high profile researcher trying to fleece someone of millions, this story could well be overblown - so the old maxim 'innocent until proven guilty' is worth holding to. Beyond the drama of this actual case though, this report could deliver quite a body blow to paranormal research in general, and give plenty of fodder to 'skeptics' in future questioning the reliability and honesty of researchers in the field of the paranormal.
Michael Prescott announced news about the show on his blog, and there have been regular updates and commentary from a number of people over there which are well worth checking out.
Neatorama has a great feature up on the "Ten Most Fascinating Tombs in the World". In there you'll find images and text about places such as Newgrange, Giza (okay, I know what you're going to say about that one), the Capuchin Catacombs, Sedlec Ossuary and the 'City of the Dead' in Russia. The Valley of the Kings is in there as well, and on the basis of my earlier story about Tutankhamun its stocks probably have risen even further. Any other candidates that you think have been overlooked? Post them here, or at Neatorama.