News Briefs 22-06-2004

Dang, see that video of SpaceShipOne? That's a hell of a ride....

  • SpaceShipOne makes history. A blow-by-blow narrative. And the funky dude behind it all: Paul Allen.
  • The planetary uncertainty principle. Should we terraform Mars?
  • The cosmic collision that gave birth to our Moon.
  • Speaking of Moons, some of you might like to ask your congressman why they attended the coronation of Rev. Sun Myung Moon as the Prince of Peace, dresssed in maroon robes and hailing himself as the second incarnation of Jesus in a lavish ceremony held in a Senate office building. You can't make this stuff up. Advertisement must be viewed to access article.
  • UFO connection to crop circles still unsure.
  • Bob White wants you to see his metallic object, which he saw fall off a UFO.
  • Is Bigfoot out there?
  • Has it come to this? Researchers test Bigfoot buttocks imprint. That'd be one big ass.
  • Paranormal research group explains weirdness to the public. Listen to some audio.
  • Naked shoppers hunt for bargains in London shopping centre. I guess you could pick the shop-lifters by the way they walk.
  • I have enough problem with my lawn...but this lady says she even has a stone that grows.
  • The Grayson County Courthouse is surrounded by mysteries.
  • The town of Blind River is right out of the X-Files - something is moving clocks ahead by 10 minutes.
  • Does the music talk to you? That's because it's language, dummy.
  • Mmmm, pork fat covered in chocolate. 'Supersize me' has nothing on this...
  • Wireless pebbles to track glaciers. Personally I haven't seen too many wired up pebbles.
  • Nuclear terror a matter of time. Sounds like a good time to buy a country home.
  • Douglas Adams' voice to appear in new radio adaptation of the Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
  • More on the Welsh creators of Stonehenge.
  • Outrage over vandalism of 3,000-year-old Celtic fort in County Kerry, Ireland.
  • US and UK sign treaty to protect Titanic.
  • Study finds that dogs predict epileptic seizures in children - and what's more act to protect them.
  • Global study links climate change to rise in asthma rates in children.
  • Scientists have engineered a virus which curbs cocaine cravings.
  • How to trick cancer cells into committing suicide.
  • Smoking triggers genetic changes.
  • The Earth Simulator retains its place as the world's fastest supercomputer. That's right folks, this is just a simulation. The real thing will begin in 2012.
  • But finally, to the important question: why do men have nipples?

Quote of the Day:

We believe no more in Bonaparte's fighting merely for the liberties of the seas than in Great Britain's fighting for the liberties of mankind. The object is the same, to draw to themselves the power, the wealth and the resources of other nations

Thomas Jefferson

UFO Monthly

The past year has been a bad year for UFO enthusiasts. Not only did they see the death of one of their most respected peers, Graham Birdsall, but also subsequently the demise of the publication he founded, UFO Magazine. However, some light has appeared on the horizon, with the announcement that Birdsall's former partner Russel Callaghan has set up a new magazine with UFO researcher Gary Heseltine, titled UFO Monthly.

Due to the prohibitive costs of publication, the new venture is taking a different approach and will offer the magazine in multiple forms - an internet download in PDF, on a CD-ROM, or in a pocket-sized A5 booklet. As an introductory offer, the first edition of UFO Monthly can be downloaded free from the website. Subsequent editions of the magazine will be available for the cheaper than cheap price of £1.50 per download. Get in and support them.

Templars and Megaliths

The website of alternative researcher Filip Coppens has had two articles added to it over the past week. Firstly, an article written by Filip for Nexus in 1997 has been reproduced, titled "The Treasure Trove of the Knights Templar". Also new on the site is a transcript from his lecture at the 1997 "Ancient Astronaut Society World Conference" in Orlando, "Was the Megalithic Society the Mother Culture?" Some interesting reading in there.

News Briefs 21-06-2004

No matter whether your day is really long, or really short, there's still plenty of news. TDG serves both hemispheres with equality...

  • Rupert Sheldrake gets funky with his latest column for the Daily Mirror, "Sexual Telepathy". Somehow I can't see Marvin Gaye singing that...
  • Meanwhile, Timothy Good says that aliens have been living on Earth for a long time....and we're not the ones running the place. Douglas Adams was on to something...
  • Ghostly activity may be on the increase in Wisconsin.
  • Sylvia Browne says she's a telephone. I think James Randi may have called her worse.
  • David Booth, the disposable prophet of the apocalypse.
  • Documentary shines light on the sex magick of former conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
  • 3CPO and Astroboy are to be inducted in the Robot's Hall of Fame. Wonder if there'll be a jam as good as Prince's induction into the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame?
  • SpaceShipOne takes off for the 100km mark today - but is it a historic flight or just stunt-flying? Would you climb aboard for the first flight? Even if you don't make launch time, here's a viewer's guide.
  • Astrobiology has posted the final instalment of the Great Terraforming Debate. The previous five articles are linked from the bottom of the page if you haven't been keeping up.
  • Should we rename Comet Wild 2 to 'Dark City'?
  • Eckankar, a New Age religion that emphasises spiritual development.
  • Adding a chromosome may be just the trick for gene therapies to treat genetic diseases. 46&1 is just ahead of me.
  • WHO lists Europe's top 5 child-killers.
  • Future cities to swelter in summer.
  • Stonehenge built by Welshmen? I don't think so, otherwise it would have been called Styphonddggehengyrrrrre or similar.
  • Regardless of who built it, Stonehenge always has plenty of friends come the Summer Solstice. Let's hope they stay friendly to the old girl.
  • The White Mountain treasure still inspires searchers.
  • Hilltop sites in Arizona functioned as communications hub over 100s of kilometres.
  • Whassamada Torquemada? Vatican downsizes the Inquisition. Is that like neo-Nazis downsizing the Holocaust?
  • The problem with restoring Cairo's Islamic archaeological treasures.
  • Archaeologists seek to unlock answer to mystery anchors.
  • Identical twins break arms identically.
  • Trackers to search for Sydney's mysterious black panther.

Quote of the Day:

Like Marks, I am a sceptic, but of a different kind. His scepticism is directed towards anything he regards as "paranormal", taking as normal that which lies within the limits of current scientific understanding. My scepticism is directed towards the assumption that we know enough to proclaim what is possible and what is not.

Rupert Sheldrake

News Briefs 18-06-2004

I'm having a water well drilled on an ancient fault line. Price is based on depth. Does anybody know any water witches?

  • The skull of Tyrannosaurus rex acted like a giant shock absorber to support his flesh-ripping lifestyle.
  • Brazilian scientists have discovered a ratfish, a species of fish that has been swimming the seas since dinosaurs walked the Earth.
  • The mystery of the longest surviving mammoths.
  • Scientists have discovered skeletons in southern Mexico that could be more than 3,000 years old. Olmecs? Video and pics.
  • The huge mound on the Rum River couldn't be a burial site because, 'It's beyond human comprehension, building something like that'.
  • Ancient maps and corn help track the migrations of indigenous people.
  • Prehistoric rock faces in Northumberland baffle the experts. For more baffling, visit the University of Newcastle upon Tyne Northumberland Website and see the rock art photo gallery.
  • Egyptian tombs older than the great pyramids of Giza reveal a complex society.
  • Federal police have seized dinosaur eggs and fossils worth millions of dollars during raids south of Perth.
  • U.S. Customs officials have returned to Guatemala 26 pieces of Mayan artifacts that survived the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
  • Ding! Your mail has been intercepted. Five mummified skulls from a pre-Inca culture were discovered in the Peru mail.
  • If research released by the Vatican is right, the Inquisition was not as bad as one might think.
  • A guy in Tanzania laced his wife's half-eaten body with poison to kill rogue lions that are terrorizing villages. It worked.
  • Donkeys once heehawed out of Africa.
  • Science and native Indian spirituality clash over a lost and lonely killer whale (who may be a reincarnated chief) on Canada's Pacific Coast.
  • Chinese panda porn results in a pregnant female. Kinky.
  • It's not exactly the Star Trek transporter, but scientists have performed a successful teleportation on atoms for the first time.
  • Pollution controls are going very well in California. The woman who helped design Southern California's pollution-credit anti-smog program was arrested for allegedly defrauding companies.
  • Scientists say they have found how to change promiscuous wayward males into attentive home-loving husbands. Make them into steers?
  • Researchers are developing devices aimed at protecting pilots and soldiers from blinding lasers.
  • NASA data shows that hurricanes help plants bloom in 'ocean deserts'.
  • A German zoologist says bees aren't as busy as people are led to believe.
  • The high priest of British white witches plans to contact Nessie's ghost in a séance.
  • There's nothing natural about this alien invasion.
  • The secret Cold War program Skyhook was the likely progenitor of many key aspects of UFO mythology.
  • The surface of this comet surprised NASA.
  • Researchers show how Jupiter's moon Io vaporize rock gases into atmosphere.
  • Did comets flood Earth’s oceans?
  • How would aliens from Mars view us?

Quote of the Day:

New and stirring things are belittled because if they are not belittled, the humiliating question arises, 'Why then are you not taking part in them?'

H. G. Wells

C2C Schedule 18/06 - 20/06

For those that tune in to the "Coast to Coast AM" show, here's the schedule for the second half of the week. Looks like some good stuff for the weekend, with Kevin Mitnick and Dean Radin both sure to have some interesting things to say:

  • Friday, June 18: First Hour: Computer security expert Kevin Mitnick will present an update. Afterwards, open lines.
  • Saturday, June 19: Brendan Cook & Barbara McBeath
    , from the Ghost Investigators Society, return with a new selection of actual recorded voices of ghosts, known as Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP).
  • Sunday, June 20: Celebrated scientist and author,
    Dr. Dean Radin ( will share irrefutable evidence for the reality of psychic phenomena. Related Site:

Friday's show is hosted by George Noory, the weekend sees Art Bell taking over microphone duties. Shows are broadcast live from 10pm - 2am (Pacific Time).

Lomas AOM at GHHQ

The website of author Robert Lomas has been updated with a couple of notifications. Firstly, that Robert will be Author of the Month for July at Graham Hancock's website, discussing his book The Invisible College (Amazon UK). Secondly, Robert also is spreading the word about a survey currently being undertaken by the University of Bradford into public attitudes towards Freemasonry, asking people to take part.

New Scientist 19/06

The latest print issue of New Scientist is available on newsstands, with a list of content posted on the website. This week's features include 'The Cell That Makes Us Human', the possibility of technology helping endangered animals reproduce, and how a game of frisbee is perfect for a spot of space travel research.

More Human Than Human has a great article online regarding the subject of technological augmentation of humans. Titled "We Can Flourish as More Than Human", this piece by bioethicist Russell Blackford goes deeper than the superficial 'wow' factor normally associated with the topic, taking a more human (scuse the pun) look at our cybernetic future. Definitely a subject worth acquainting yourself with, considering guys like Vernor Vinge and Ray Kurzweil see the 'singularity' just around the corner.

News Briefs 17-06-2004

Go the Maroons...

  • Archaeologist solves mystery of monk who stole the bones of a saint.
  • Review of Ancient Medicine (Amazon US/UK) by Vivian Nutton, which details the story of ancient medicine from early Greece (8th century BC) to Late Antiquity (7th century AD).
  • Project Ghost Hunt has plenty of fun with pub spirits after closing time. It's a one-liner with no extra help required.
  • Ghosts also for San Antonio Paranormal Investigators at the Jailhouse Cafe.
  • SpaceShipOne runs on rubber fuel. Flubber?
  • Not content to be doing great things with SpaceshipOne, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is also behind the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame. Get your Enterprise uniform on and beam on down if you're in the area.
  • President Bush's Moon to Mars Commission labels NASA a 'relic of the Apollo age'. Sounds like NASA's about to be torn apart.
  • Perhaps not if John Kerry is elected: "NASA is an invaluable asset to the American people and must receive adequate resources to continue its important mission of exploration."
  • Utah rocks could help explain Martian 'blueberries'.
  • Astrobiology continues its excellent 7-part series on the 'Great Terraforming Debate' with Part 3. Also see Part 1 and 2. Tres cool astrobiologist David Grinspoon is one of the participants, make sure you read my review of his book Lonely Planets as well - definitely worth purchasing, it's a great read (available from Amazon US and UK).
  • Quantum computing a step closer as scientists confirm quantum teleportation. Where does the science end and the magic begin?
  • Octupuses have a preferred arm. I know left and right, but what do we call the ones in-between? And shouldn't that be octopi?
  • Five UFOs in the sky above Emley.
  • Meteorite the 'size of a house' explodes over Australia. Gotta love the police statement: "There was no bloody great rock sitting in the middle of the highway, anyway".
  • Are mountain lions attacking pets in Kentucky?
  • Listen to your dreams - you never know when you might have to save someone from a rocket fuel explosion.
  • Thoughts captured in real-time.
  • Medical implants to be powered by body heat.
  • Anti-depressant nerve stimulator device approved by FDA.
  • UK and US conspiring on nukes?
  • Weapons that can incapacitate crowds of people by sweeping a lightning-like beam of electricity across them are being readied for sale to military and police forces in the US and Europe. And the funny thing is - we pay the wages of these government research organisations. Go figure.

Quote of the Day:

And along with indifference to space there went an ever more complete indifference to time. "There seems to be plenty of it," was all I would answer, when the investigator asked me to say what I felt about time.

Aldous Huxley ('The Doors of Perception')