Issue #4 of the science fiction webzine Flurb is now available online, with a new bunch of short stories of science, technology, and high strangeness. Host Rudy Rucker introduces the latest volume and also contributes a piece (and artwork). Previous issues are also available at the website. (h/t Post Human Blues)
Here's the rundown on the radio schedules for the second half of the week:
Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week Whitley talks to Nostradamus expert John Hogue.
Coast to Coast AM: Friday is open lines. Early show Saturday 'Art Bell - Somewhere in Time' returns to 1/23/97 for a discussion on the history of hemp with Chris Conrad. Later, Sandra Blakeslee and her son Matthew will discuss their new book The Body Has a Mind of Its Own, which explores the breakthrough technology of body mapping. On Sunday guest host Rollye James welcomes researcher Jerry Katz for a discussion on his pursuit of the nature of consciousness and specifically how the condition of nonduality is a tool for understanding one's fundamental nature, and finding happiness.
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.
I've scraped myself off the floor to bring you today's daily news. I recommend wearing a surgical mask, just in case.
- Has the supposedly defunct Stargate remote viewing program been relocated to the NSA?
- Scientists doubt meteorite strike claim. Except this one. Can we rule out earthquake lights as a possible explanation?
- Should a 15 ton meteorite be auctioned, or should it be given to an indigenous group who claim it is sacred to them?
- NASA Administrator says China will probably get to the Moon before the U.S. (if we ignore that little thing that happened in 1969 of course). Nice tactic to ramp up funds for NASA?
- Giant creature crawls across the Sun. At least, that's what the scientists say...I'm waiting for the 'woo-woos' to offer some common sense. Another fund-raising drive? Movie here.
- The latest issue of Sci-Am looks into the future of space exploration, and they have a number of articles available freely which you might like to check out.
- Indian girl claims to be reincarnation of space shuttle tragedy victim.
- What's in a Rose: Ethnobotany and the search for useful plants (Sci-Am podcast).
- Vicar calls for Harry Potter debate. I don't think Voldemort will show.
- Tensions increase between Egypt and Germany over Nefertiti loan refusal. Please note: the photo on that page is *not* Nefertiti. Just in case you were confused, with the whole legendary beauty thing and all...
- Oliver Sacks has an interesting piece in The New Yorker: "The Abyss: Music and Amnesia".
- The mysteries of a split brain.
- Imagine a world without animal testing...
- Most science studies tainted by sloppy analysis.
- Black mystery cats terrorise Australia. I'm afraid to step outside my door.
- Stranded whale coaxed back to safety by traditional Haida song.
- China's cyber attacks signal the new battlefield is online. Although you really can't beat bodycounts and destroyed buildings when it comes to wars.
- Two of our supposed galactic companions are actually just passers-by.
- Did the Big Bang spawn trillions of black holes?
- Languages racing to extinction in five global 'hotspots'. I murder the English language every day, but it just keeps coming back stronger.
- Homeopaths would be fine, if they would just shut up about the serious stuff like AIDS, malaria and MMR.
Quote of the Day:
It's always funny until, someone gets hurt...and then it's just hilarious.
Faith No More ('Ricochet')
The story of the Yonaguni 'underwater monument' continues its resurrection, with front page coverage at no less a website than National Geographic (what would Zahi say!):
Submerged stone structures lying just below the waters off Yonaguni Jima are actually the ruins of a Japanese Atlantis—an ancient city sunk by an earthquake about 2,000 years ago.
That's the belief of Masaaki Kimura, a marine geologist at the University of the Ryukyus in Japan who has been diving at the site to measure and map its formations for more than 15 years.
Kimura's claims are rebutted by none other than Dr Robert Schoch...but you don't need National Geographic for that, considering we did that two weeks ago. In any case, interesting to see Yonaguni pop up on such a high profile website (note that NG also have a four image gallery).
- Despite up to 200 people hospitalised, the BBC is blaming the Peruvian Meteorite illness on mass hysteria.
- The Elders is a global-issues thinktank made up of senior statespeople such as Nelson Mandela, Peter Gabriel, Jimmy Carter and Mary Robinson, offering the world their wisdom. They won't be in any Generation Next Pepsi commercial.
- A group of eminent lawyers and scientists have condemned a leading judge's call for the whole UK population to be placed on a DNA database. Betchya Margaret Thatcher wishes we had this spiffy DNA technology back in her day.
- 'Feel Good' vs. 'Do Good' on climate change, and suggestions by a controversial environmentalist. I'd rather be poor in a world with polar bears, than rich in a world without them.
- College education ignores life's biggest questions, such as 'why are we here?', and we all pay the price.
- We all make mistakes, but most of them are made in sloppy scientific studies. Mistakes? In Science? I can hear Shermer choking on his breakfast.
- Why we really don't know what makes us unhealthy. Or why most people really don't care.
- Ernie Chambers is suing God to prove a point about frivolous lawsuits. Sounds like a Billy Connolly movie.
- Consciousness in the raw: how the brain stem may orchestrate the basics of awareness.
- Hoyle's Conclusion: three challenges and A Different Approach to Cosmology (Amazon US or UK).
- Astronomers have observed neon in disks of dust and gas swirling around sun-like stars for the first time.
- If you want to go somewhere warm for a holiday, try Neptune's south pole.
- Here's an excellent slideshow of some of the artifacts Yale University is returning to Peru.
- A Late Bronze Age building constructed for Egyptian authorities has been excavated near the Gaza Strip.
- An inspiring story about a young black South African and his homemade paraglider.
- His film work may be quiet lately, but Dan Aykroyd still has his eyes on the stars and what may be flying between them.
- A smug and condescending editorial (with video) on the news conference held by the Paradigm Research Group asking Presidential candidates to demand the truth about UFOs and extraterrestrial contact.
Quote of the Day:
Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realise that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.
As Rick reported in yesterday's news, what was thought to be a meteorite crashed to Earth in Peru over the weekend (video report). What has made the incident jump into the headlines though is that people who have gone near the crash site have become ill, including seven police officers who gathered samples. Officials are ruling out radiation poisoning, suggesting instead that the impact has created some noxious chemical odour. Though most reports are giving the number of sick people between 12 and 200, the BBC now has a front page item claiming 600 have fallen ill. This has all the makings of a bad sci-fi film...
The latest issue of Fortean Times (#228) is about to hit the streets, and you can find a summary of the articles in the new mag at their website. Some of the standouts are Andy Roberts explaining how the Summer of Love in Britain was in part shaped by the hippies' fascination with UFOs, and Loren Coleman's investigation of the similarities between the recent I-35W bridge collapse and the Point Pleasant disaster of 40 years ago. Full details at the website, as well as plenty of free content from the archives.
A strange assortment to get you through the week...
- Linda Moulton Howe interviews Jim Marrs about his new book Psi Spies (Amazon US and UK).
- At Cabinet of Wonders, Emperor takes a look at "The Bridge that Monkeys Built".
- Curious Expeditions takes a sip of "The Green Fairy": Absinthe.
- Nick Redfern uncovers some "Aussie Saucer Spying" at UFO Mystic.
- The latest MAPS news update is now available.
- MAPS are also offering mp3 recordings of talks given at the 2007 Women's Visionary Congress", including Allyson Grey, Kat Harrison and Annie Sprinkle.
- Anthony North debates "Creation and Meaning" at Beyond the Blog.
- Skeptic Randi does the usual debunking in his latest newsletter.
- Speak of the devil (and I'm not sure I mean that metaphorically) - the latest Skeptico podcast features an interview with James Randi.
- The Paranormal Report has "The Angel of Mons Revisited". Dr David Clarke has written on this subject in detail.
- Michael Shermer says we need "The Really Hard Science" in his latest Skeptic column for Scientific American.
- Douglas M. Stokes' Consciousness and the Physical World is now available online in Word Doc format. (h/t Paranormal Trickster)
- UFO Casebook #273 has the latest from the world of saucerdom.
The Centre for Fortean Zoology (aka 'the CFZ') has posted a comprehensive review of their recent 'Weird Weekend' conference, written up by Helen Lester. Speakers at this year's meeting included Nick Redfern, Jon Downes, Richard Freeman, Peter Robbins, Matthew Williams and a host of others. The review gives details of nearly every talk, so well worth the read.
Either Greg fell ill when Melbourne Storm demolished the Brisbane Broncos, or he found a strange glowing rock in his backyard.
- Residents of a Peruvian village close to the Bolivian border are reporting headaches and vomiting after exposure to the impact site of a meteorite. Here's a video report. I'll update this story tomorrow, it could be bigger than Tunguska.
- Douglas Eugene Savoy, a real-life Indiana Jones who discovered more than 40 lost cities in Peru, has died at the age of 80.
- Yale University has agreed to return most of the artifacts it looted from Machu Picchu almost a century ago.
- Did three angels hold back German forces at the Battle of Mons in WWI to help British soldiers retreat?
- A $25 billion project to pump water from China's southern rivers to its arid north has heritage officials racing against time to save thousands of priceless relics.
- Almost half the water used in coolers across Beijing could be tainted. Still safer than China's rivers.
- Satellite images of the North-West Passage in the Arctic have ignited a diplomatic battle between Canada and the USA.
- A boy has recovered from a life-threatening illness, only to emerge with a new accent. It happens every St Patricks Day down here.
- It's not a scene from an Ed Wood movie, but for the first time scientists have filmed the nanoscale interaction of an enzyme and a strand of DNA.
- Trailer for Julie Taymor's Beatles-inspired film Across the Universe. I can't wait to take a trip across this universe, looks ace.
- An international team of astronomers has discovered 14 new galaxies. 13 would have been a much more symbolic number.
- The CIA passed the remote viewing STAR GATE program to the NSA, despite publicly announcing it was finished in 1995. If you can't remote view, visit STARstream Research.
- If you enjoyed reading this article about lucid dreaming, I highly recommend The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche (Amazon US or UK). Close your eyes, and I'll meet you over the seas of Quiddity.
- Meet the dream detective who has been predicting future events for the past 20 years. If I'm psychic, then I'll turn up to work in my underwear next week.
- What if the afterlife is made up of a lifetime of dreams? Glass Soup by Jonathan Carroll is a novel so brilliant, it'll wake you up dreaming (Amazon US or UK).
- It's not literature, but Matthew Reilly's Seven Deadly Wonders is a fun, fast read that's like a TDG news brief with punctuation (Amazon US or UK).
Quote of the Day:
For an adult, eating alone at McDonald's is admitting a kind of defeat.