”Education is what survives when what has been learned is forgotten.”
- A galaxy far, far away.
- Newly lensed 7-planet system confirmed.
- Conspiracy vs. archaeology.
- The waters of Stonehenge.
- The end of bees, 65 million years ago.
- Fake data for real science.
- The highest temperatures in 44,000 years.
- Like sqeezing water from a stone.
- There are no accidents.
- Ancient mummies re-discovered in Peru.
- Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.
- This week’s evidence of the pending robot uprising… Fully Automatic ‘Bots .
Quote of the Day:
“A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying.”
My book Stop Worrying! There Probably Is An Afterlife is done! If you contributed to the IndieGoGo campaign, you should have an email about it. If not, it's got lost somewhere, so please get in touch.
- The Artist of the Unbreakable Code: 115 years on, composer Edward Elgar still has cryptographers playing his tune.
- Ancient tattoos may have been used as medicine.
- Ancient magician's curse tablet discovered in Jerusalem.
- Etruscan warrior prince turns out to be a princess.
- Russell Brand guest-edits the New Statesman, and includes articles by Graham Hancock and Daniel Pinchbeck.
- As Halloween approaches, the dreaded
VampireWallaby of Highgate Cemetery has emerged from its subterraneanAntipodean crypt.
- When science and archaeological theories collide.
- Time is an emergent phenomenon that is a side effect of entanglement, say physicists. Lunchtime doubly so.
- How many cells are in your body? Roughly 37.2 trillion, give or take a few.
- Video: the top 10 conspiracies of all time.
- Are we observing extraterrestrial intelligence without realising it?
- Extraterrestrial étiquette: how should humanity interact with alien life?
- Earth's extremophiles can aid the search for alien life.
- Military training video may debunk many UFO sightings.
- Museum experts investigate Britain's dragon skulls & space slime.
- Laser-scanning hundreds of artificial caves hidden beneath the streets of Nottingham.
- For $75k, you can take a balloon ride to the edge of space.
- Wow.. NASA's Jupiter-bound Juno spaceprobe completes its portrait of Earth.
- A colourful art project you can only do in space.
- The many Posthuman aspects of Pacific Rim.
- Guillermo del Toro gives an exclusive peek inside his Cabinet of Curiosities.
- This video of David Lynch showing you how to cook quinoa feels like a foreboding Lynchian surreal dream.
- Image of the Day: Shiva the Destroyer submerged in the waters of the Ganges.
Quote of the Day:
In darkest England, a man in ritual garb prepares to wash the magic evil (put there by a talking snake) off a tiny hereditary monarch.
Adrian Bott (@Cavalorn)
To celebrate Halloween the fine folk over at Mysterious Universe have teamed up with artist Drew Shields to offer a bunch of monster-themed wallpapers for your mobile device. If you're looking for a fresh Fortean feel for your phone, go check 'em out!
What would Wolfgang Pauli do?
- Egyptologists unearth the 4000-year-old tomb of a Pharaoh's doctor.
- Here's a photo of the tomb's entrance for you to imagine chthonic horrors.
- Work begins to restore the ancient theatre of Sparta.
- Huge Neolithic structure discovered in Finland has solstice alignments.
- Laser survey maps hundreds of artificial caves beneath Nottingham.
- More about the Nottingham Caves Survey & its merry band of spelunkers.
- Koalas aren't eating eucalyptus leaves, they're mining them for gold.
- Common insecticide shuts down a key immune protein in bees.
- Horrific smog shuts down one of China's largest cities.
- Mongolia's nomads decide to stay put to combat chronic overgrazing.
- Modern stress means a steady stream of clientele for a Mongolian shaman.
- Terrific article on Ayahuasca, the Amazon rainforest's medicine for the soul.
- Hardwiring happiness into the brain (Amazon US/UK).
- Darwin's son drew all over his original On the Origin of Species manuscript.
- Invisible Cities is a choose-your-own-adventure redefining opera.
- If David Bowie was a yogi, Labyrinth would have looked a lot like this.
- A land serene, a crystal moon... awesome caves around the world.
- How lucid dreaming can help you be more awake (Amazon US/UK).
- A brief history of dreaming & the reality of dreams.
- A dove narrowly escaped becoming a lion's elevenses at the Adelaide Zoo.
Quote of the Day:
The more enlightened our houses are, the more their walls ooze ghosts.
Alternative history author Graham Hancock is currently researching a follow-up to his bestselling book Fingerprints of the Gods, and he recently visited a site that surely would have been in that book if its age was known at the time: the Turkish megalithic site of Göbekli Tepe, which is thought to be a (mind-shattering) 12,000 years old. The above short video, filmed and edited by Hugh Newman last month during the 'Origins of Civilization' tour organised by Megalithomania and Andrew Collins, has some nice images of the site, as well as some commentary from Graham and Andrew.
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- Okay, all you future-haters can shut up now. Here's your damn flying car!
- 20 years ago this week, Carl Sagan and a team of astronomers announced they had found life on a planet in our galaxy.
- Researchers ask synesthetes what the colour of orgasm is.
- Holy man dreams of $50-billion treasure under Indian fort. And now, digging archaeologists say they’ve found something.
- Stonehenge's secret revealed at last: Ice Age man was drawn to nearby pools which never froze over.
- Yowie….err, I mean yowzers! 'Asian neanderthals' may have occupied Australia more than 100,000 years ago.
- Researchers past and present unravel the mystery of miracles.
- Talking to plants: does it make them grow better?
- The law of urination: mammals of every size take 21 seconds to pee.
- Bigfoot Files documentary approaches cryptozoology the right way.
- Atlas Obscura covers the Dyatlov Pass Incident as part of its '31 Days of Halloween' series.
- Mexico's Trinity of Death: Santa Muerte, Day of the Dead and Calavera Catrina
- Police investigate bones found at apparent occult scene.
- Where to find vampires in America.
- Did a UFO land in Iceland? Perhaps it was there to pick up Bjork and take her home.
- Man hears people speak before he sees their lips move.
- Woman develops a North England accent after suffering a stroke.
- Did sci-fi author Philip K. Dick see the future?
- Nobel Peace laureate calls for new 'secular Ten Commandments'.
- A modest proposal for solving the 'Meaning of Life' problem.
- Our supernatural obsession has us conjuring up our own gods.
- Deconstructing a viral video of a dragon.
- Labyrinthine M.C. Escher stairs line vast Indian well.
- Scientists discover parts of our bodies age at different rates.
- Google creates a Minecraft mod to help kids understand quantum physics.
- Forget the regular Halloween monsters: 'The Most Horrifying Parasites' video is a lesson in pure terror.
- The Devil's Bait: symptoms, signs, and the riddle of Morgellons Disease.
- Disturbing pictures of baby doll street apes in Jakarta are…disturbing.
Quote of the Day:
These are the days that must happen to you.
Do plants grow better if you talk to them? The idea is pervasive in modern society, although it probably has its roots (no pun intended) in the work of Dr. Gustav Fechner, a German experimental psychologist, who in 1848 suggested that plants would thrive if given attention and talked to. Since then, opinion (and experiments) seems to have alternated between confirming and debunking the idea, though that hasn't stopped keen gardeners (such as Prince Charles) from having a chat with their gardens.
The Mythbusters team have always been happy to investigate this sort of folklore, and a number of years ago when they tested this they returned a verdict of 'Plausible' based on their experimental findings. Here's the episode in question:
Now, for those that are interested in the topic, the Mythbusters currently have an interactive, online experiment running in which two plants are being monitored, one of which is being 'talked to' by a synthesized voice which is reading aloud tweets sent to the plant. It's not exactly scientific, given it seems to be a sample of only two plants, but a neat set-up all the same:
Does talking to plants help them grow? Become a MythBuster and find out. Tweet a message, and your words will be read aloud to the plant. Go ahead, get something off your chest, wish it well, or just pass along today's musings. The plant doesn't care; it just wants to hear from you.
As I write this, it seems that plant being talked to has definitely grown more than the plant sitting in silence. Is there an effect, or is it pure chance? If there is an effect, what causes it? Do sound waves encourage growth (see this recent story for more)? Is it any sound, or only certain sounds or frequencies? Or is it a magnetic field from the speakers surrounding the plant? What do you think?
Link: Talk to a Plant
Why is the word abbreviation so long?
- Ukrainian astronomers discover 1300 ft asteroid heading for possible devastating 2032 impact with Earth.
- SETI could hunt alien transmitters in our own Solar System.
- After last week's 'sea serpent' discovery, another oarfish washes ashore in California. In Japan multiple oarfish finds are said to foretell big earthquakes…
- Robert F. Kennedy may have stolen JFK's brain.
- The psychology of spiritualism: science and seances.
- NDEs and the science of death: Is the AWARE Project really finding answers?
- Life after death? New techniques halt dying process.
- Is the Yeti an ancient polar bear-brown bear hybrid?
- ‘The Maury Island Incident’ movie revisits UFO frenzy, rumors of a coverup.
- Men-in-Black encounters: a short catalogue.
- Mexican drug lord assassinated by killer clowns. Hope the Northampton clown has a good alibi...
- 'Mind-boggling' skull discovery revolutionises scientists' idea of human evolution.
- Is this the stomach-turning truth about what the Neanderthals ate?
- The ocean is broken.
- Psychic orchids and nightmare origami: Director Shane Carruth's Upstream Color is the year's best sci-fi film that nobody has seen. Yet.
Thanks Kat and Theo.
Quote of the Day:
The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.
Legendary cryptozoologist (and Darklore contributor) Loren Coleman is getting hitched on October 31. If you'd like to wish Loren and his partner Jenny all the best, why not drop a few dollars into PayPal to support the International Cryptozoology Museum fund?
I am getting married on Halloween, October 31, 2013, to my fiancée Jenny.
Some people will send important personal gifts, and we don’t wish to get in your way about that. A pick-ax from a Himalayan Yeti expedition from 1958 is something that will not be returned, of course.
But in general, we both are requesting that in lieu of personal wedding gifts to us, donations be made to the International Cryptozoology Museum fund.
If you wish to give us something, please, do donate to the ICM, (PayPal to lcoleman [at] maine.rr.com)
Loren has more details on his website about how you can contribute a few dollars (PayPal button, mailing address for checks etc).
Congrats from all at TDG to you both!
A summary of all the stories and news briefs posted on The Daily Grail over the past week - check 'em out if you missed any:
- News Briefs 14-10-2013 (Monday)
- Mark Twain in Nikola Tesla's Laboratory in 1894
- News Briefs 15-10-2013 (Tuesday)
- Billionaire Richard Branson: The 'War on Drugs' Has Been An "Abject Failure"
- 17-Foot Long 'Sea Serpent' Dragged From the Ocean Off Los Angeles
- Vale Nevill Drury
- News Briefs 17-10-2013 (Thursday)
- Viral Video for Rayban Sunglasses Shows How Easily Our Eyes Can Be Fooled
- Is the Yeti an Ancient Polar Bear-Brown Bear Hybrid?
- News Briefs 18-10-2013 (Friday)
Have a good weekend!