Imagine if New Orleans was named Rico, and you're closer to knowing why the news is late.
- The UK's ID card scheme will do little to stop identity fraud, and may just make it worse.
- Here's a reputable and reliable list of charities to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. I emailed this link to Dubya, but he blocked it with anti-spam software. No, I am not giving you his email address! Gosh!
- A deep-sea exploration team dodged Hurricane Katrina to reveal fluorescent sharks and other marine oddities. Nice pic.
- Urban Legend: are sharks prowling the flooded streets of New Orleans? There has been confirmation of alligators.
- In South Australia, a surfer is extremely lucky to survive a Great White shark attack.
- What disease are you? I'm glad I don't do the Tuesday news.
- Deliberately-lit fires in Southeast Asia continue to wreak havoc with the environment.
- Hundreds of dead geese have been found in Oregon, possibly poisoned by man-made toxins.
- In a step towards better understanding of human biology, scientists have deciphered chimpanzee DNA. Please switch off the gene that makes them susceptible to rollerskating in tutus whilst smoking cigars.
- Neanderthals lived side-by-side with modern man for up to a thousand years. They still do at many football stadiums.
- Crikey! The Orion Constellation is an emu, according to Australian Aboriginal astronomical lore. I wonder if Robert Bauval will publish a revised edition of The Orion Mystery (Amazon US or UK).
- The Ahriman Gate is a fiction novel based on the Dropa Discs hoax (Amazon US or UK). Sigh. That is not a Dropa Disc, it's a Bi disc, of which thousands have been found in China. I'll post more information in a blog tomorrow.
- This mystery ain't a hoax -- the Brown Mountain Lights have bedazzled witnesses for hundreds of years. I like the swamp gas theory, I haven't heard that one before.
- George Van Tassel, extraterrestrial visitors, and a machine called the Integratron. Good gods, don't let it fall into the hands of Hollywood!
- The RRRGroup asks why no UFOs are sighted during natural disasters. My answer is because people are too busy surviving on the ground to notice odd things in the sky.
- In 1965, a UFO terrified the residents of Exeter.
- The Science of Aliens exhibition is open to the public, displaying what extraterrestrial life might be according to scientists. We only have the Ancient Egyptian Afterlife on display at my museum.
- Toys found by Norwegian kids turn out to be 1200-year-old Viking artifacts. Surely the parents had an inkling when their kids brought home axes and a longship? A strange necklace with a dragon motif, and an enigmatic medallion were two of the items -- hrmm, sounds like the beginning of a children's novel ... Kat, fetch my quill and ink!
- Peruvian explorers have found the fossilised remains of a 46-foot-long crocodile, supporting the theory that the Amazon rainforest was once an inland sea.
- An archaeologist from Kyrgyztan helped excavate a Mayan pyramid in Belize. There are bank accounts in Belize belonging to the world's rich and famous that should be excavated.
- The world's first mathematical formula has been developed to accurately model the collapse of societies on Easter Island. You can also view Easter Island's monuments in 3D.
- Petroglyphs in the Amazon rainforest.
- Amazing petroglyphs have also been found in the Iwokrama rainforest of Guyana. I'm imagining a cross between a Star Wars Ewok and the Hindu god Rama.
- Scientists say their recent discoveries on Saturn's moon Enceladus are stunning, if a little baffling.
- A team of astrophysicists claims to have identified evidence that space is six-dimensional. I've been feeling weird lately.
- Like the woman from a Ricky Martin song, black holes start with many bangs.
- Escaping pulsar breaks speed records. Gee, the guys at car manufacturer Nissan have been busy.
- Physicists propose a search for Dark Matter. Maybe it escaped in the pulsar.
Quote of the Day:
If we must have a tyrant, let him at least be a gentleman who has been bred to the business, and let us fall by the axe and not by the butcher's cleaver.
With even the science news sites mesmerized by New Orleans' unfolding disaster, finding other news was a challenge. Here's a bit of both.
- Scottish medieval monks' herbal elixir could be turned into new diet pill.
- Mysterious Temple Mount artifact evokes 'Da Vinci Code'.
- There's no such thing as nothing.
- Mammalian transcriptome mapped, and it makes antisense.
- Bumblebee see, bumblebee do.
- LSD finds new respectability.
- America's pristine wilderness myth.
- New theory on origins of BSE points to human remains in cattle feed.
- Richard Dawkins and Jerry Coyne demolish 'intelligent design'.
- ESP experiments: Putting the psi into science.
- Science and the seance.
- Sacred Smoke.
- Quantum leap from photon to photon.
- Mars Rover Crests Hill, Sees New Terrain.
- Saturn moon, Enceladus, is being constantly regenerated by a mysterious source of heat beneath it's south pole.
- Proving what you already know, researchers identify areas in the brain that battle over big decisions.
- Escaping Pulsar: Speeding, superdense neutron star somehow got a powerful kick that's propelling it completely out of the Milky Way Galaxy.
- We only have 5 billion years to plan our own escape from the Milky Way's ultimate disaster.
- Aquatic life dying in Gulf mystery.
- Groundbreaking research sheds light on Easter Island mystery.
- New catalyst produces hydrogen from water.
- The history and science behind the New Orleans flood: The Times-Picayune's 2002 special edition, Washing Away. Graphic, Going Under (JPG 1.3Mb), which includes the relative elevation of cross-streets along Canal Blvd. (lower right corner).
- New Orleans decends into Anarchy, Chaos, Agony, and Desperation as goodwill is hampered by bottleneck.
- Sheriff's deputies quit in despair amid Katrina chaos.
- Engineers have argued for years over need to revise 1960s design of New Orleans' hurricane levees (JPG 497k).
- Destructive power of hurricanes has doubled over past 30 years. World expert on thermodynamics of tropical cyclones explains why we can expect more hurricanes.
Quote of the Day:
If you had the right kind of storm come in there, you'd really be in trouble.
New Orleans' Times-Picayune engineering consultant Lee Butler, 2002
Plenty of reading material for over the weekend...
- The late John E. Mack reviews David Grinspoon's Lonely Planets. My own review of this excellent book can be found here.
- Whitley Strieber has plenty to say regarding Katrina and the storms (and he isn't walking on sunshine).
- Filip Coppens investigates two of the great American conspiracy theories.
- The Société Périllos has an overview of the writings of Henri Boudet for the PoS researchers out there.
- Universe Today has a book review of The Tunguska Fireball (Amazon US and UK).
- The International Survivalist Society presents a 1959 essay from Hornell Hart, titled "Can Consciousness Survive Destruction of the Brain?".
- BBC Magazine has a piece on the meeting place between sceance and science.
- The RRR Group says that Ufology is a joke in yo town (with apologies to Flavor Flav).
- Mark Pilkington discusses an electrifying 18th century wellness guru.
- Benjamin Radford from Skeptical Inquirer looks at exorcisms, fictional and fatal.
- Another review of Nick Redfern's Body Snatchers in the Desert (Amazon US and UK).
- Filer's Files #36 for 2005 has the week's top UFO stories.
Here's the rundown on the radio schedules for the second half of the week:
Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, this week weather expert Scott Stevens says there has been intentional interference with and control of weather phenomena. Afterwards will be Timothy Kusky, the St. Louis University professor who predicted this scenario in 2003. He tells us just exactly what happened and what to expect in terms of recovery from this disaster.
Coast to Coast AM: First two hours on Friday will be Linda Moulton Howe wiht an update on crop circles, followed by open lines. On Saturday Matt Savinar will be discussing the possible repercussions on fuel prices and availability in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, while on Sunday investigative reporter Peter Lance returns with devastating new evidence that the U.S. Government has been covering up its own counterterrorism failures since the mid-90s.
Fate Radio: This week's guest on Fate Radio is Peter Davenport, on detecting UFOs
More details including relevant websites are available at the linked pages above - Fate Radio is a Real Audio download from the link above. Remember also that while Coast to Coast is subscription, it can be listened to through KOGO, while Dreamland is free. Dreamland also now offers a podcast of the most recent show.
Take a break, chill out, align your frequency, lean back, and enjoy TDG news.
- The first four-legged animals inched along.
- Ancient and modern man lived side by side.
- New Orleans is flooded in wake of Hurricane Katrina. Don't miss the slide show.
- A new structure, a 200' diameter circle, is found at an ancient Ohio site. Chapa Eye?
- Humans smell like bloodhounds.
- Iranian archaeologists say that the historical sites in Iran's northern province of Mazandaran has been looted leaving 100,000 illegal excavation holes.
- The Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Zahi Hawass, discusses his greatness, his career, his pursuit of stolen antiquities, his being a media whore, and his hat. Pic is suitable for framing at your shrine.
- Creationists and New Agers have formed a common front to undermine mainstream archaeology and its scientific view of the human past. Are they winning?
- Update on the Swaziland King as he chooses a new wife (to stable with the 12 others) from among 20,00 topless teens. It's so good being king.
- Robot watchdog keeps overeaters on a tight leash. Hey you, dog, Klaatu barada nikto and pass the potatoes.
- Tens of thousands of people armed with 100 tones of plum tomatoes took part in the Tomatina, joyously splattering each other in the Spanish town of Bunol.
- Briton finds a venomous centipede in his house.
- Parasites brainwash grasshoppers into death dive.
- The human Y chromosome -- the DNA chunk that makes a man a man -- has lost so many genes over evolutionary time that some scientists have suspected it might disappear in 10 million years. But a new study says it'll stick around.
- Simply mentioning words like 'wheeze' can activate the brains of people with asthma.
- Asteroid dust may influence weather.
- Some of the great apes, chimps, gorillas, and orangutans, could be extinct within a human generation.
- Chimp genetic code opens human frontiers.
- The first-ever chimp fossils are found.
- Robotic bat 'sees' with sound.
- The work at the Los Alamos national laboratory in New Mexico has revealed that a thimbleful of soil typically contains at least one million bacterial species.
- What Is this strange Texas 'Chicken-Eater'? (Can you say Chupacabra?)
- It's a mystery even Doctor Who would struggle to explain - a Tardis has appeared in a wall in Glasgow's east end.
- 'Tiger stripes' and a mysterious 'hot spot' are found on Saturn's moon Enceladus.
- Space Penguin Could Hop Around Moon to Explore.
- Spacecraft powered by nuclear fission reactors are of limited use to astronomers.
- NASA's New Horizons aims for the final frontier.
Quote of the Day
The fellow that agrees with everything you say is either a fool or he is getting ready to skin you.
Author Robert Lomas (Turning the Hiram Key) has updated his website with a new section asking for your thoughts on Freemasonry:
During my recent book launch tour for Turning The Hiram Key I have been doing quite a lot of public speaking about the spiritual dimension that I find in Freemasonry. I've spoken to a wide range of people and heard mostly positive views but I'm curious to learn if other people share this perception with me. I've made this new page - The Meaning Of Masonry - available for anyone to post their thoughts.
Robert's certainly busy - he has taken part in a debate about the spiritual aspects of Freemasonry for BBC Radio Four's Beyond Belief which will be available as a webcast from the 5th of September, he will also be attending the Orkney Science Festival again this year, and he has also done an article and radio interview for Astraea Magazine. As a feather in Robert's cap also, the University of Bradford has issued a press release praising him for his work on uncovering the history of Freemasonry. Thanks Dave.
Not much in the news today unless you want to read about hurricanes.
- Why most published research findings are false.
- Miracle mouse can grow back lost limbs.
- Saturn moon made of hot stuff.
- Is intelligent design a hoax?
- The lost ark?
- Earth's super rotating core.
- Downsizing on a cosmic scale.
- How the trauma industry exploited 911.
- American existentialism: real or fiction?
- The sinister figure of the Witchfinder General.
Quote of the Day:
Humility requires the best part of you remaining silent.
The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) are now offering Myron Stolaroff's book The Secret Chief Revealed online in its entirety. The book tells the story of Leo Zeff, one of the pioneers of the underground psychedelic therapy movement, and features contributions from other luminaries such as Sasha Shulgin, Albert Hofmann and Stanislav Grof. Of course, most of us prefer to read on paper, so if the book interests you then stop by the MAPS bookstore and purchase the paperback - not only a worthy addition to your bookshelf, but you help support MAPS in the process.
A varied list of readings to get you through the week...
- A conversation with David Anderson, director of the SETI@home project.
- Is this the truth about Roswell? I'm so confused, I don't know which truth to believe anymore.
- Just in case though, Filip Coppens offers some thoughts on Roswell as well.
- A summary of a recent conference on Consciousness and Teleportation, which featured names such as Stuart Hameroff and Karl Pribram.
- The MAPS Summer Bulletin is now available with the latest news in psychelics research (never mind the 'Spring 2005' heading). Also, the latest MAPS News Update has also just been released.
- The National Archives of Australia is featuring a well-credentialed 1960 UFO sighting near Maralinga (an atomic test site).
- Randi's latest weekly newsletter will keep you on the straight and narrow.
- The Société Périllos takes a look at Mary Magdalene, Jesus, and Necromancy. Now there's a topic for Dan Brown...
- Will Bueche explains the archiving effort to preserve the writings of John Mack.
- Blair Blake, Los Angeles-settled love-child of Loki and Trithemius, takes you into the studio with TOOL (with images). Any song with sections described as trippy, tribal and metal sounds good to me.
Happy 4th Birthday to my little girl Isis!
- NASA's New Horizons probe will be launched on its way to Pluto in January next year. And NASA is allowing you to go to Pluto on the probe (well, your name anyhow).
- Methamphetamines can help make you a better archaeologist. Thought I'd make a positive headline out of it...
- More on the upcoming book on alien abductions by Susan Clancy. A friend of ours here at TDG, Will Bueche, is also in the article.
- They're aliens...but not as we know them.
- Out-of-body experiences may come from within.
- Waking up to the nightmare of sleep paralysis.
- Dowsers are in demand.
- A big fish. You should have seen the one that got away...
- Military researches possibility of teleportation (a new report on an old story).
- Leading medical journal The Lancet makes a damning attack on homeopathy.
- New look at DNA overturns ideas on genetic mutation from UV light.
- Trading rockets for a space elevator.
- Northwood abuzz about crop circles.
- Almost 80% of the British say aliens real.
- Extreme defense peaks the entrepreneurial spirit. There's so much going on in there that's just plain...wrong. Interestingly though, one weapon is described as using microwaves to bring on the 'voice of God' in the enemies head. UFO reverse engineering, followers of Michael Persinger's work, or just TDG readers?
- Star Wars laser cannons may be close to reality.
- Molecular motors push water up hill.
- Forget oil, what are the alternatives. Waves are making waves. Although then I'd have to worry about a 'peak wave crisis'.
- New exhibit at London Zoo - Homo sapiens.
- Piano Man (Andreas Grassl) was psychotic, says his lawyer.
- Asteroid dust influences climate.
- Grand Canyon to get glass bridge.
- Bob Geldof was on to something. New research shows that suicide is most likely to happen on a Monday.
- Peru's glaciers are in retreat.
- A review of the new novel Raising Atlantis...the one which was using fake news stories to promote the book (Amazon US and UK).
- World's oldest known homes were made of mammoth bone.
- Group of religious schools to sue the University of California for a bias against Creationism.
- These aren't your daddy's creationists.
- So who designed the Designer?
- Why do evangelicals feel persecuted? A Jesus complex? Perhaps Jon Stewart has some thoughts.
Quote of the Day:
The time has come for [Christian Conservatives] to stand up and demand the rest of what they tragically do not have quite all of.
Steven Colbert ('The Daily Show', April 27 2005)