Another bunch of links to waste your day on. I wouldn't be offended if you turned off your computer and did something more positive with your time...
- Dig unearths Round Table evidence at Windsor Castle. Perhaps they found the body of Sir Cumference...
- Study suggest ancient mint painkilling remedy actually works.
- Lebanon's historical sites escape conflict unscathed. Article has some nice accompanying images.
- French excavation reveals Neanderthal 'creative side'.
- Religious zealots destroy ancient Arctic petroglyphs. 'Neanderthals' of a different kind...
- Mayan civilisation collapsed when they learned their kings weren't Gods. What's the implication for 21st century civilisation?
- Saviour of Iraq's antiquities flees to Syria.
- Zahi gives the rundown on the Ramses II statue relocation.
- Forget bandwagon-jumping books. These days the bandwagon is suing Dan Brown.
- Have Russian soldiers found the carcass of a Plesiosaur (with plenty of images)?
- Scientists puzzled by straying ocean mammals. And plesiosaurs.
- The Pope may embrace intelligent design. Are popes allowed to embrace?
- Twins help in sexual orientation study. Stop fantasising boys, it's not what you think...
- The future make-over: an interview with Nick Bostrom, director of the Future of Humanity Institute at the University of Oxford, UK.
- How many Presidents does it take to change a light-bulb? One apparently: is Bush switching off the light that David Hume turned on, 230 years ago?
- Extreme sea-bed survival boosts hopes of aliens. Are we talking aliens, or Aliens? I'm definitely not hoping for Aliens.
- Chimps make great teachers and students. Hail to the chimp!
- Flies provide aerodynamic model for tiny flying vehicles.
- NASA races to protect shuttle from approaching storm.
- Four new satellite galaxies of the Milky Way have been identified.
- USAF commander predicts future attacks on American satellites (not galaxies).
- Lockheed Martin's 'Skunkworks' comes up with a mini-Concorde.
- Rethinking the internal combustion engine.
Quote of the Day:
I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.
The Rosslyn Hoax? is a new book to be published later this year and which looks at a variety of subjects associated with Rosslyn Chapel from a new perspective. Written by Robert L. D. Cooper, the Curator of the Museum and Library of the Grand Lodge of Scotland - the home of Scottish Freemasonry. The author examines all the theories which link Rosslyn Chapel with Freemasonry, the Knights Templar and the St. Clair family etc. In the process he reveals some startling facts and comes to some profound conclusions.
Though the book is not due out until November this year, there is quite a bit of information available on the website already for those interested.
Just a quick heads-up: I have added the RSS feed for Wired Magazine to the site, down towards the bottom of the right-hand column. Members who do not wish to see this feed 'block' on the front page can remove it in their preferences (just as with all other feeds, and a number of the blocks). Now that I've added it, news items from Wired will show up with our other news sources on the TDG news aggregator page (a handy way of keeping up with the latest news).
Here's the alternative radio schedule for the first half of the week.
Coast to Coast AM: On Monday Alexandra Robbins will discuss her new book, The Overachievers, as well as how our current education system is destroying America's children. Tuesday's guest is VP of Communications for Ripley Entertainment, Tim O'Brien, who will talk about the life of Robert L. Ripley, originator of Ripley's Believe it or Not and how the weirdness has not run out after 88 years in publication. On Wednesday Deborah Blum will discuss her new book about the science behind ghost stories, telepathy, and psychic abilities, while Thursday's guest is still TBA at time of posting (check the link for updates).
More details including relevant guest links are available at the C2C website.
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- Are crop circles that appeared in Illinois soybean fields connected to UFOs witnessed in the area days earlier?
- A small independent publishing house in Vancouver Canada claims to have sensational evidence of alien spacecraft, but isn't revealing it to the public just yet. I guess they're waiting for the next version of Adobe Photoshop.
- Is the Da Vinci Code a diversion from something more sinister? Historian Dr Paul Spice thinks so, in his book The Watchers.
- If you're old enough to remember The Smiths, you might be interested in the Princess Diana and Morrissey conspiracies. The biggest conspiracy is Morrissey's hair hasn't changed at all.
- Can't see the conspiracy? Scientists can replace your faulty lenses with plastic ones.
- Scientists have erased memories in the brains of lab rats. I bet you one of the rats was named Philip K Dick.
- Scientists have erased memories in the brains of lab rats. I bet you one of the rats was named Philip K Dick.
- If you like your scifi, the Hugo Award winners have been announced.
- Drinking tea is healthier than drinking tap water, according to a new study.
- Stress is identified as a major factor in the cause of allergies. Are bubble habitats available to order from Amazon?
- The bubble of Pluto's status as a planet has popped, but many scientists are fiercely against the decision.
- Somehow this row over Pluto could also see Neptune losing its status as a planet. The way we humans behave, Earth won't be far behind either.
- In the distant past, the Earth may have spun on its side to keep its balance; and is it about to do so again? To help out, we're all urged to lean to the left a little.
- Scientists have found that oxygen and the life that generates it might have enriched the Earth far earlier than supposed, with implications for extraterrestrial life.
- The Observer has a few good articles about the free energy claims from a Dublin lab. Here's an entertaining article from the Guardian Unlimited. U2 rack up a mighty power bill.
- Speaking of Bono, some of you may have missed an excellent interview in last October's Rolling Stone magazine. Bono could power a small city with his mouth.
- Has evidence of a building linked to the myth of King Arthur been found at Windsor Castle?
- The debate continues over whether King David was real or merely myth, with huge implications for Judaism and Christianity.
- Often forgotten by mainstream academia, the enigma of China's celtic mummies continues to baffle everyone.
- I heartily recommend Elizabeth Wayland Barber's book The Mummies of Urumchi (Amazon US or UK).
- An international team of archaeologists have unearthed a well-preserved blond-haired, tattooed 2500-year-old mummy frozen in the mountains of Mongolia. Here's a nice pic of the grave before excavation.
- Chinese archaeologists believe 35'000 bamboo-slips inscribed with writing must have been mass-produced in factory conditions. Not much has changed in China.
- Five people have been detained in China for arranging strippers at funerals. So that's why some people like to read newspaper obituaries ...
- Tony Blair has been urged to halt the construction of a highway near Stonehenge. He's being urged to halt a lot of things.
- The giant statue of Zahi ... I mean, Ramses II ... continues its slow march through the streets of Cairo to a new home.
- Time Magazine calls the experts involved in the argument over the Flores Island Hobbit as snarky, squabbling fifth-graders.
- The thrill of hunting for dinosaur fossils in the Montana wilderness.
- Christian zealots have destroyed a 1500-year-old gallery of ancient Arctic petroglyphs. Where's Iorek Byrnison when you need an angry, armoured polar-bear?
Thanks Debraregypt, Paul, David and Kat (as always).
Quote of the Day:
Everytime someone ends a prayer in the Western world they say Amen - that is the name of an Egyptian god associated with completion. So we're still praying to their gods.
Andrew Gough has a great little exclusive over at his Arcadia website, with one of his trademark "17 Questions" interviews. Andrew sat down with Rennes-le-Chateau researching 'legend' Henry Lincoln (co-author of Holy Blood, Holy Grail) and asked plenty of in-depth questions about the whole affair. Also available on site are audio excerpts from the interview, and also a 17 minute podcast of highlights from the interview. Nice work Andy!
A few things to keep you busy over the weekend...
- Cryptomundo takes you to Yowieland.
- The Psychedelic Salon has a new podcast available: "The Day the Universe Becomes Conscious", by Bruce Damer.
- An interview with our good friend Randall Fitzgerald, about his book The Hundred Year Lie: How Food and Medicine Are Destroying Your Health. Amazon US & UK.
- An interview with Erik Davis about his new book Visionary State. Amazon US & UK.
- Filer's Files #34 has the latest UFO news from around the globe.
- Jerry Coleman gives you four easy steps towards becoming a cryptozoology field researcher.
- Skeptic Randi gets his thang on in his latest newsletter (yes, of course there's some Geller).
- The Société Périllos have part 3 of their Rennes-le-Chateau series, "And he is there, dead". Here's part 1, and of course part 2.
- Alternative author Filip Coppens talks Twin Peaks in a new essay on his website.
- The Book of THoTH has a few new essays: "Alchemical Vessels as Soul Containers" by Carbonek, and "The Case for Celestial Humans" (part 1 and part 2), by Ed Komarek.
- PopSci Podcasts have an audio interview with futurist Ray Kurzweil.
Here's the rundown on the radio schedules for the second half of the week:
Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week Whitley talks to Colm Kelleher about the Skinwalker Ranch investigation, followed by Linda Howe describing how the next solar maximum is here already, years ahead of schedule.
Coast to Coast AM: Friday is open lines, while on the 'early show' Saturday legal consultant Marc Stevens will explain why he believes there is no "state" or citizens and that our systems of government are an illusion. Late show Saturday Rick Strassman joins Art Bell to discuss his research on the powerful psychedelic drug, DMT, and also address chemically induced paranormal experiences. First hour Sunday is Whitley Strieber on his new book The Grays (Amazon US & UK), followed by open lines.
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.
Have you ever noticed that some walls are harder than others?
- Sean McCarthy and Richard Walshe: two men who think they're about to change the world.
- 2,500-year-old mummy of Scythian warrior found in Mongolia.
- Newly-found condo-like neolithic cave complex suggests not all cavemen were club-wielding, nomadic hunter-gatherers, but included some farmers and shepherds.
- Ramses ll trundles back to Giza.
- Water system at Iron Age palace in Israel was renovated by the Persians after they took control around 539 BC. (3 click-to-enlarge photos)
- Amateur collector, who was unable to convince scholars during his lifetime that he had discovered a painting by El Greco, is finally proven right.
- Sulfur stinks up accepted ideas about when the Earth's atmosphere began to contain oxygen.
- Pluto demoted to one of three newly-defined 'dwarf planets'. Widow of Pluto's discoverer shook up, but says Clyde Tombaugh would have understood.
- Countdown begins for Sunday's space shuttle launch.
- International Space Station: Stepping-stone to Mars mission.
- Here we go again: Possible signs of alien life have been found inside a Martian meteorite.
- Row over hurricanes: Climate scientists are divided over why hurricanes have become so destructive.
- Worst hurricanes yet to come, hurricane chief says.
- The pumping of necessary liquids (e.g. oil and fresh water) consumes nearly 20% of the world’s electrical energy supply. That could soon change, due to a Russian researcher who claims he has designed a pump that uses 80% less power.
- Pioneering drug treatment restores memory function in mice with Alzheimer’s disease.
- Psychologists ponder what propels people who seek fame.
- Conspiracy theories abound as 'evolutionary biology' is mysteriously left off the list of undergraduate subjects eligible for a US federal grant.
- In Ecuador, newly-discovered spiders hunt in packs that employ tactics and teamwork, and live in cooperative family-based communities.
- To the bafflement of insect experts, gigantic yellow jacket nests have started turning up in old barns, unoccupied houses, cars and underground cavities across southern Alabama.
- Killer whales settle personal disputes like humans.
- Leading indicators of octopus intelligence are that they get bored, they play, and there are hints they may even have a sense of humor. They can also do mazes, learn shapes, distinguish colors, and use tools. Don't you wonder how they manage all that without a brain?
- Fungi are the secret to tasty coffee.
- Thousands flock to see statues of Hindu gods drinking milk. Television pictures showed the milk disappearing as people held up spoonfuls to the dieties.
- Princeton study finds people take just a tenth of a second to make character judgments about the people they meet.
- Snakes on the Brain.
- Two NSA whistleblowers found dead: both had uncovered a secret bugging system installed in cell phones around the world. More.
- Peter Lance, author of Triple Cross: How Bin Laden's Chief Security Adviser Penetrated the CIA, the FBI, and the Green Berets - and Paved the Way for 9/11 (Amazon US & UK), has accused the National Geographic Channel of diluting a documentary about the book in order to protect the government.
- Humboldt squid, jellyfish point to ocean upsets.
- Needed wisdom from a forgotten source: A review of Aaron Sachs' The Humboldt Current: Nineteenth-Century Exploration and the Roots of American Environmentalism. Amazon US & UK.
Quote of the Day:
It's a long road for such a narrow path, and a po' man's [considered] no better than a yellow dog.
My dad, whenever he felt like I feel right now.
- Ancient Santorini eruption - suggested by some to be the origin of the Atlantis myth - was much larger than originally thought.
- Grisly remains at Aztec site evidence they captured, ritually sacrificed and partially ate several hundred people traveling with invading Spanish forces in 1520.
- The neuroscience of music: it makes your brain happy. See also: This is Your Brain on Music.
- Stem cells grown without destroying human embryos.
- Cows have regional accents. Le Moo.
- China and Russia to launch joint mission to Mars. It is the Red Planet after all...
- Space Station set for massive expansion. I think that action is trademarked by Bigelow Aerospace.
- NASA confirms new Moon vehicle is Orion.
- After all the media hype last week about extra planets, it looks more likely that Pluto is being dropped.
- 40-year-old Mars mystery solved?
- Rethinking peer review. This news item posted after being approved by a panel of 25 experts.
- One of mathematics' brightest stars turns down his Fields' Medal.
- Time reports how the 'Hobbit Wars' have "turned a group of PhD researchers into snarky, squabbling fifth-graders". The One Ring does that to people...
- 3D TV that actually works. One Wonka Bar, coming right up.
- A little dopamine helps punters spot the best bet. I wonder whether this crosses over to Dean Radin's parapsychology research at all?
- 2006 Texas Bigfoot Conference has been cancelled.
- UFO lights up sky in northern Norway.
- Materialization of items by sheer mental power.
- Paranormal group given permission to do DNA test on alleged Malaysian vampire.
- Forget the Bosnian pyramid...what about those Italian pyramids?
- Teacher removed from class after burning American flags for a lesson on free speech. It's all very cultish isn't it, this sacredness of the flag business?
Quote of the Day:
We are like caterpillars, contemplating pupation. No longer will I chew on the cabbage leaves, no longer will I spend my time moving around on the underside of the foliage. Life must be a preparation for the transition to another dimension...