News Briefs 12-02-2007

I got kinda distracted, so the news is late and short.

  • A new book claims Heinrich Himmler made a secret wartime visit to Montserrat Abbey in Spain to find the Holy Grail. Sorry, no Amazon link, the book's in spanish.
  • But here's a real Amazon link -- another South American 'stonehenge' has been found on a grassy hilltop in the Brazilian rainforest.
  • Gary David discusses how the three major Giza pyramids may have been modeled after three mountains in the Arizona desert. I reviewed his book, The Orion Zone (Amazon US or UK) somewhere on TDG, and an interview is on its way (I better let Gary know about that!).
  • The prehistoric Native American Pilsbury Mound is being sold for $200'000 by the South Florida Museum because it doesn't fit their "mission", allowing the site to be legally developed. Contact details for the SFM can be found here, I encourage everyone to protest.
  • Are there more ancient man-made mounds to be found in Lincoln Parish?
  • If you live in the UK, then this fossil exhibition in Hertfordshire is worth a visit.
  • A 1700-year-old Buddhist temple has been discovered in northern Bangladesh.
  • Ask not what you can do to looters of archaeological sites, ask what looters can do for you.
  • The world's smallest bible has been found in a boot stuffed up a chimney to ward off evil. I'd hate to be a kid living in that house at Christmas.
  • A team of neuroscientists has developed a technique to scan an individual's mind and read their intentions before they act. You get a free souvenir copy of your brain scan before being taken away to Guantanamo Bay.
  • The PEAR (Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research laboratory is closing down after decades of embarrassing university administrators and outraging Nobel laureates with their scientific research into psychic phenomena. They will be missed.
  • Dean Radin has a few words to say about PEAR's closure.
  • UFO Digest's Steve Hammons discusses recent research into anomalous cognition, and how we may get used to it becoming not-so anomalous.
  • Can a mushroom once used by ancient Chinese royalty succeed where western medicine has failed?
  • Vikings may have used special crystals to navigate without the aid of the sun.
  • Scientists have discovered that the surface of the moon can accumulate a huge charge of static electricity.
  • Mars' moon Phobos could be used in a technology trial that seeks to return rock samples to Earth.
  • Lesley the Debris Field blogger rebukes the accusations of skeptics that UFOlogy is a cult by highlighting that the majority of UFOlogists don't agree with each other. She makes a good point about tax exemptions for religious organisations too (wink wink, Greg).
  • Stanton Friedman tears apart a National Geographic 'documentary' that makes a mess of debunking aliens at Roswell.
  • Remember Randi's one-million-dollar Paranormal Challenge? Turns out the prizemoney is in worthless bonds.
  • Speaking of worthless, Prime Minister John Howard has publicly tongue-lashed Democrat presidential hopeful Barack Obama. Howard's too scared of Hilary to attack her.

Quote of the Day:

"So, if [Howard's] ginned up to fight the good fight in Iraq, I would suggest he calls up another 20,000 Australians and sends them up to Iraq. Otherwise, it's just a bunch of empty rhetoric."

Senator Obama, telling Howard to put his troops where his mouth is.

Skeptical Inquirer 31:1

The latest issue of Skeptical Inquirer has been released, and there's plenty of free content on the SI website from the new mag:

Full details of the latest issue available at the SI website.

Weekend Roundup 09-02-2007

A few things to keep you busy over the weekend...


News Briefs 09-02-2007

Even though I've pared it by half, it's still a huge news day.

Quote of the Day:

Aesthetically, earthen floors are "really special. After a while they look like an old cracked leather couch. When people walk in, they don't say, 'Oh, nice floor.' Everyone gets down on their hands and knees to admire it."

Frank Meyer, natural builder in Austin, TX

Radio 09-02-2007

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

Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week Anne Strieber chats with Maureen Caudill, an internationally recognized expert on neural networks and intelligent systems, whose life exploded in her face when she became suddenly psychic. Afterwards, Linda Howe discusses 'junk DNA'.

Coast to Coast AM: Friday is begins with Ian Punnett talking to legendary comic artist Stan Lee for the first hour, followed by open lines. Schedule for Saturday and Sunday not available at time of posting - check the link for updates.

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.

New Dawn #100

Congratulations to New Dawn magazine on bringing up their century, with the release of Issue 100 - in a tough business, that's quite a feat. As per usual, the ND folk have released some free content on the web as tasters to the full magazine:

The ND website has the full rundown on the contents of the latest issue.

Phoenix Flares

Just shy of ten years since the Phoenix Lights incident, more reports of lights over the city were made on Tuesday night. MyFox Phoenix has video of the lights taken from their helicopter, with the prosaic explanation that the lights were in fact military flares (which was the explanation for the original Phoenix Lights event). The story provides a good illustration of the similarities between each incident. On the flipside, the fact that this incident comes so near the 10th anniversary of the original event, and the newsfolk seem so well-versed on the information, one can't but help suspect that this was an intentional demonstration for the benefit of the public (using friendly media sources).

News Briefs 08-02-2007

How's the new Daily Grail working out for you?

  • Nazi Grail hunters: Himmler's secret quest to locate the Holy Grail.
  • Ghosts find a home in Canada.
  • The garbage dump that is our skies. Good thing we haven't had rocket science since the time of the Egyptians (please, no arguments), or we wouldn't be able to see the stars at night anymore.
  • Team envisions exploring Mars with mini probes.
  • UFO(s) over Lake Erie (video)?
  • Maybe it was a few people joy-riding in their advance order X-Hawk fancraft?
  • Court told that HIV deniers are like UFO supporters. Glad to see ufology is held in such high regard.
  • "Global warming, as we know it, does not exist". Careful there, soon you'll be compared to UFO supporters.
  • Where have all the real scientists gone? You know the ones, those tough geeks that will jab themselves or swallow all manner of strange things (right Dr Hofmann?).
  • Hi-tech search for prominent computer scientist lost at sea.
  • Poking fun at Newtonian reality: stopped laser pulse reappears a short distance away.
  • Newly discovered skeletons push primates closer to the dinosaur era.
  • Hobbit skeptics split on what a second skull would mean.
  • First American's arrived recently and settled the Pacific coast. Wonder whether they had to be fingerprinted like the rest of us?
  • The Bible versus science, in the Grand Canyon.
  • Women have played a major role in history - right from the beginning. The Invisible Sex: Uncovering the True Roles of Women in Prehistory is available from Amazon US and UK.
  • Video blogger who recorded vandalism at a G8 conference serves longer in jail than any other journalist for refusing to comply with a subpoena.
  • Woman missing for 25 years, after hopping on the wrong bus.

Quote of the Day:

May God keep us from single vision and Newton's sleep.

William Blake

Arthur C. Clarke Egogram has posted an 'egogram' from renowned space pioneer, futurist and author Arthur C. Clarke, which gives an update on his current activities and interests. In amongst the list is an ambitious program by the Arthur C Clarke Centre "to investigate the reach and impact of human imagination." It's objective is... identify young people with robust imagination, to help their parents and teachers make the most of that talent, and to accord imagination as much regard as high academic grades in the classroom - anywhere in the world....I’m hopeful that the billion dollar communications satellite industry I founded 60 years ago with my Wireless World paper (October 1945), for which I received the astronomical sum of £15, will be partners in this endeavour.

Other mentions in the egogram include Clarke's thoughts on the rise of private space enterprise, and the status of his current book projects.

News Briefs 07-02-07

Quote of the Day:

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.

Marcel Proust