Shaft Update

The website of Dr Zahi Hawass has been updated with news on the planned exploration of the 'airshafts' leading from the Queens Chamber in the Great Pyramid at Giza. The big Z mentions that a new addition to the exploration robots will allow them to sample material from within the shafts:

I received this week a proposal for collection of the pins and debris sampling inside the shafts leading from the so-called Queen's Chamber inside the Great Pyramid from Dr. Tc Ng, an independent researcher from Hong Kong.

As many know, we received a proposal for a robotic exploration of the shafts from National University in Singapore (NUS). But this proposal described devices that can developed that could be added to the NUS robot with resistible impact, that will significantly enhance the upcoming robotic exploration, by reliably collecting the pins as well as other small artifacts.

Full details available at Dr Hawass' website.

Tuesday Roundup 13-12-2005

A varied list of readings, listenings and viewings to get you through the week...

Enjoy!

News Briefs 13-12-2005

Is it Xmas yet?

  • Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA) comes under fire for criminal charges laid against archaeologist who bought looted Dead Sea Scroll fragments and then donated them to the organisation.
  • 'Conspiracy of five' in the Jesus bone-box fraud case becomes a conspiracy of four.
  • Study finds that the Americas were settled by two distinct groups of early humans, re-igniting the controversy over the first settlers.
  • The world's first private spaceport will be at....Roswell, New Mexico. Doesn't that place have a bad air-safety record?
  • Good thing we've now got the SETI: Post-Detection Science and Technology Taskgroup.
  • Hopes fade for Japanese asteroid probe.
  • US group proposes Neptune mission.
  • Intelligent Design is a war on materialist science: "But supernatural forces would be beyond the ability of scientists to control, repeat and predict." Insert long philosophical rejoinder on the error of scientism being its origin in an underlying need for humanity to feel in control (I'll spare you the details).
  • Big cat sighted in Ohio (with vid).
  • More on those whacky Indigo Children.
  • Taking a look inside C.S. Lewis's mythological mash-up that is Narnia.
  • After psychic helps solve a murder-case, the D.A. doesn't know whether she believes in psychics...but says she can't dispute the results.
  • Wikipedia faces coming-of-age crisis, as the offending 'vandal' comes forth.
  • Researchers admit they have no cure for procrastination. Well, stop talking to the press and get back to work!
  • Perhaps a good cure would be to unplug? Internet Addiction: anatomy of a problem.
  • Farming now covers almost half of all the land on Earth.
  • Hold the front page! Bio-presses may produce life-saving organs.
  • Exploring caves with hopping microbots.
  • New research finds buckyballs could disrupt functioning of DNA. I'm guessing that's a bad thing?
  • Titanic actually split into three pieces and sank much quicker than originally thought. In related news, movie-goof geeks jam chat rooms and giggle at James Cameron...
  • Public Domain Torrents has bitorrents of 500 public domain movies available for download, including Plan 9 From Outer Space and George Romero's Night of the Living Dead.
  • How many things have you been sold recently without knowing it? Every show's an infomercial these days.
  • April Fools? Freaky murder coincidence weirds out police.
  • From the headlines you can't make up department: Alien egg given to psychic Uri Geller by Beatle John Lennon goes on display in London record store.

Thanks Haufoldos.

Quote of the Day:

I had some great things and I had some bad things. The best and the worst... In other words, I had a life.

Richard Pryor

Radio 13-12-2005

Here's the alternative radio schedule for the first half of the week:

Fate Radio: This week Hilly Rose talks to Mark Thurston about Edgar Cayce's predictions for the 21st century (Real Audio download).

Coast to Coast AM: On Monday Charles Ostman will discusses the lightning-fast developments in nanotechnology, space exploration and the military. Tuesday's guest is Lloyd Pye who will review the ongoing debates between creation, evolution and intelligent design, while on Wednesday Peter Gersten will talk about cosmic computers, the winter solstice of 2012, Project Serpo, top secret affidavits and the current state of ufology. Thursday sees Sherry Hansen Steiger sharing stories of Christmas miracles and angelic intervention.

More details including relevant guest links are available at the C2C website. Also C2C can be listened to through KOGO.

News Briefs 12-12-2005

Like Japanese anime, the colours of Sub Rosa gave me an Out of Body Experience.

  • The final season of excavations at Sialk Tepe in Iran begins, a site that dates back more than 8000 years.
  • Also in Iran, staircases and floorings have been excavated in Gour, constructed during the third century AD.
  • In 1925, a humble photographer discovered the tomb of Queen Hetepheres.
  • Scientific testing has shown that Britain's first known cave art at Cresswell Crags is more than 12'800 years old.
  • 4000 lanterns decorated the Pueblo cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde National Park.
  • A pot full of silver coins from the Mughal era has been found in eastern India, despite the absence of rainbows and cursing leprechauns.
  • Italian archaeologists have found five remarkably untouched Roman sarcophagi in a burial vault outside Rome.
  • Fears are held for the safety of a German archaeologist abducted in Iraq.
  • Millions of rare artifacts in museums and libraries across the USA are slowly disintegrating because of improper storage. You should see Dubya's bedroom.
  • Ireland's chief archaeologist, who advised the government on the construction of a highway through Tara, has no track record of archaeological excavations or publications. Again, there's no sign of rainbows nor cursing leprechauns.
  • The Greek Government has changed laws allowing recreational divers access to its coastline, but archaeologists are concerned it will lead to an increase in illegal artifact poaching and smuggling.
  • Chinese archaeologists have found the Vermillion Phoenix Gate of the 1300-year-old Daming Palace in Xian.
  • The ancient murals of northwestern China's Mogao Grottoes have been repaired by a team of Chinese and American experts. For some amazing photos, see here, here, and here.
  • Basque country has many sites where mysterious beings and spirits are glimpsed.
  • Tombstone, Arizona, is a town where many in the Wild West met a violent end, and their ghosts wander the streets like tumbleweeds.
  • A tumbleweed in the sky? Kecksburg Pennsylvania has an unexplained UFO legend to rival Roswell.
  • A SciFi Channel-backed researcher is pressing NASA for UFO files. You'd have better luck convincing Susan Clancy she was abducted by an alien.
  • FATE Magazine has a great article on UFOlogy in the old Soviet Union, by Vladimir V. Rubtsov.
  • Russian researchers say they can explain the mystery of Noah's Ark.
  • What sea monsters lurk in the deep blue sea? The Skeptical Inquirer says none. Kinda premature, considering we've explored more of the moon than we have our own oceans.
  • Did a sea monster devour a German submarine in 1918, and is this what the Beatles were singing about? I didn't see that in Das Boot.
  • Loren Coleman asks what is this mysterious orange humanoid, dubbed the Braxton Beast? Someone drank too much orange Gatorade. Bill denies he has anything orange in his wardrobe.
  • A new cat-like mammal found in Borneo has astounded us all, but millions of animal species are still to be discovered.
  • Susan Clancy, my favourite Harvard Psychologist, says alien abductions are "... so boring after you've heard one ... they're all the same." Could say the same about skeptics like Susan Clancy.
  • An article discussing Graham Hancock's Supernatural (Amazon US or UK).
  • Nobel Laureate David Gross says String Theory is in trouble. Maybe he's just a bit strung out.
  • Astrophysicists weigh up the risks of a cosmic wipeout, and say it's a one in a billion chance. That's still a chance though.
  • Scientists say the Earth's north magnetic pole is drifting from North America at such a rate, it could end up in Siberia in the next 50 years.
  • Two months after the original incident, a mystery smell of maple syrup is drifting over New York again, and nobody knows what it is. They make big pancakes in Canada.
  • U2 band members were recently awarded Amnesty International's highest human rights accolade -- the "Ambassador of Conscience" Award for 2005. No surprise really.
  • Damien Rice, also Irish and a favourite of mine, wrote a song after visiting Burma in 2004 in support of Aung San Suu Kyi. It's available here.

Quote of the Day:

"Two things people throughout history have had in common are hatred and humor. I am proud that, like Mark Twain, I have been able to use humor to lessen people’s hatred."

Richard Pryor 1940 - 2005

News Briefs 09-12-2005

Humm... Shouldn't the CIA's motto read 'And the truth will keep you free'?

  • New evidence suggests human migration out of Africa may have been spurred by a prolonged continent-wide drought 70,000 years ago. Great satellite photo of Lake Bosumtwi.
  • Five untouched Roman sarcophagi have been found in a burial vault outside Rome. With photo.
  • Egyptologists believe Helwan necropolis could reveal much about the transformation of ancient societies from villages to kingdoms, but they're worried that the necropolis may soon disappear.
  • Hatshepsut: The Woman Who Would Be King.
  • Endangered languages such as Chol, which is descended from and uses the narrative style of Classic Maya, are helping archaeologists decipher Maya hieroglyphs and other ancient inscriptions.
  • Shades of Beckett: In his Nobel acceptance speech, Harold Pinter excoriates a 'brutal, scornful and ruthless' United States (full text). The great American hypnosis (extract).
  • An interview with acclaimed social anthropologist and outspoken anarchist and anti-globalist, David Graeber,
    who has been given the boot by Yale.
  • Earth's north magnetic pole is drifting so fast Santa could end up living in Siberia within 50 years.
  • What happens when science is made in China?
  • Scientists figure out our place in the Milky Way.
  • Nobel Laureate admits string theory is in trouble.
  • Researchers find that lack of trust, anxiety in social situations, and depression are all related to low oxytocin levels in the brain (scroll down). Impaired production of the hormone has recently been linked to emotional deprivation in early childhood. An oxytocin pill may soon be developed, but in the mean time, meditation may also help.
  • Electric Humans have weird experiences. In case you missed this in January, UK Scientists are serious about 'electricity sickness'.
  • The Matrix comes closer to reality as scientists hack away at the brain's computer code.
  • Yawn and monkeys empathically yawn with you.
  • Disembodied rat brains may soon fly fighter jets. Yikes.
  • A Star for all Ages: ancient monuments and myths record knowledge of a cosmos that is inexplicable by our current theories of time and space.
  • A strange UFO encounter: Voice from above says 'contact us on the hydrogen waves'.
  • Court filing cites classified Pentagon memo on torture-motivated transfers.
  • Israel approves mechanical euthanasia.
  • Face It: Privacy Is Endangered.
  • US Supreme Court rules that low-income disabled and elderly must surrender 15% of their Social Security benefits to pay off old government-backed student loans. Meanwhile...
  • Feeling old? Supplemental leucine found to prevent - and fully restore - age-related muscle loss.
  • Lion's arthritic joints now good as gold. Is this treatment approved for humans?
  • If you can hardly wait for the 2006 PBS movie on the French and Indian War, Fred Anderson's Crucible of War: The Seven Years' War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766 may be right up your alley. Amazon US & UK.
  • Public database sheds light on spy satellites.
  • In remembrance: Rolling Stone's biography of and 1970 interview with John Lennon, whose family name was originally O'Leannain, says Bob Spitz, author of The Beatles: The Biography. Amazon US & UK. Log-in for book review: dailygrail, Password: article.

Thanks to Rico and Greg.

Quote of the Day:

The majority of politicians, on the evidence available to us, are interested not in truth but in power and in the maintenance of that power. To maintain that power it is essential that people remain in ignorance, that they live in ignorance of the truth, even the truth of their own lives. What surrounds us therefore is a vast tapestry of lies, upon which we feed.

Harold Pinter, Nobel laureate

Weekend Roundup 09-12-2005

Just a few articles for your reading pleasure over the weekend...

Enjoy!

Radio 09-12-2005

Here's the rundown on the radio schedules for the second half of the week:

Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week's show is a topical one for TDGers, with Whitley Strieber talking to Dr Gary Schwartz about the reality behind "Medium", the show based on the life of Allison Dubois. Afterwards, Linda Moulton Howe reports on the finding that apparent human footprints discovered in Mexico are actually 1.3 million years old.

Coast to Coast AM: Friday is a rebroadcast from 2004 in which George Noory hosts a special 4-hour night of Open Lines on the topic of Nine Lives. On Saturday abductee Riley Martin discusses the recent evidence from the Cassini probe which supports his account. Sunday is a rebroadcast from 1995, with Art Bell talking to Mad Man Markham about time travel.

More details including relevant websites are available at the linked pages 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.

News Briefs 08-12-2005

We're involved in an ice storm here. No, it's not like snow. Where's global warming when one needs it?

  • Rats and Europeans are likely to blame for the mysterious demise of Easter Island.
  • The tiny hobbit-like humans of Indonesia may have been the first Australians before they became extinct about 11,000-years ago.
  • Cave paintings reveal Ice Age artists.
  • Jungle discovery opens new chapter in Maya history.
  • The first 2006 hurricane forecast predicts an active season.
  • The six-legged fruitfly appears to have little in common with humans, but a new finding shows that they are really just tiny, distant cousins.
  • The brains of male bats shrink the bigger their testicles get, new research shows.
  • Researchers publish the dog genome sequence.
  • Bird lovers cry foul over parakeet killings.
  • A trust-building hormone short-circuits fear in humans.
  • The recovery of the Antarctic ozone hole may be delayed until 2065 because reservoirs of ozone-destroying chemicals may be larger than anticipated.
  • Coca-Cola Co., the world's No. 1 soft drink company, said it will launch a coffee-infused soft drink called Coca-Cola Blak in various markets around the world in 2006. Get totally zonked.
  • Love is full of chemical reactions, steam, passion and joy. Coke should bottle love.
  • A German Protestant youth group has put together a 2006 calendar with 12 staged photos depicting erotic scenes from the Bible. Here's a link to the calendar, but don't open it at work.
  • Every lunar morning, when the sun first peeks over the dusty soil of the moon after two weeks of frigid lunar night, a strange storm stirs the surface.
  • Are these new daylight bigfoot photographs? Your call.
  • Russian researchers discover giants' graves in Syria.
  • Is interstellar space flight possible?
  • Follow the money. A Taiwanese company has put up $20 million to build a UFO research base where aliens are said to have visited in 1994. [Third story down.]
  • Alien encounters and UFO sightings, along with a fascination for outer space, are alive and strong in Asia. (The author decided to belittle the belief by referring to ‘little green men’.)
  • Australian bloggers are Internet muzzled. Greg may need to comment on this one.
  • Physicists at Kiel University discover an unusual state of matter.
  • The USS George Washington (nuclear) aircraft carrier will replace the USS Kitty Hawk (conventional) at Yokosuka Naval Base receiving mixed reactions from local leaders.
  • Kecksburg to mark 40th anniversary of purported UFO crash.
  • Shadow Hunter, a new Canadian documentary series, explores the world of vampires and lacy panties. Rico, forget China. This sounds like more fun.
  • Nadolig Llawen! (Merry Christmas). When in Wales try out some of these strange Christmas customs which will put the traditional turkey roast to shame.
  • A Japanese space probe that landed on the surface of an asteroid last month may have failed in its mission to collect rock samples that could give clues to the origin of the solar system.
  • Astronomers are urging governments to face up to the threat of an asteroid which could hit Earth in 2036.
  • What does the KGB know about UFOs and other supernatural phenomena, life in space and secret agents’ secret methods.
  • The international Cassini spacecraft has found visual evidence that Saturn's moon Enceladus is geologically active.
  • Nearly two years after NASA's twin rovers parachuted to Mars, a Jekyll-and-Hyde picture is emerging about the planet's past and whether it could have supported life.
  • Tantalizing hints of liquid water have been found buried under several kilometers of ice on Mars.
  • Russia places bets on future spaceship.

Quote of the Day


The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live.

George Carlin

Sub Rosa Poll

We've almost got Issue 3 of Sub Rosa Magazine ready to roll, and it's so dang big we're not sure how it's going to fit down our internet pipeline. Chock full of goodness including an interview with visionary artist Alex Grey, an article on the truth about Rosslyn Chapel, and lots more besides.

Because of numerous people asking about the possibility of Sub Rosa becoming a print magazine as well, I've created a new poll (over at the top of the right hand column) to 'test the waters' and see whether a large financial risk (in terms of printing a few thousand copies) is worthwhile. Please answer as honestly as possible, to give us a fair indication of where things stand.

Note that subscription is the best option in terms of cost and reliability, versus the lottery that is the newsstand business. If we can get a core group of subscribers, then the risk may be justified and allow us to continually attract new readers.

The old poll is still active and available for viewing or voting (as are all old polls) on the poll archive page. Almost half of you plumped for 'hidden history', with consciousness the next most popular topic (almost 3000 votes in all!).