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- Meet the scientist on a quest to reunite with his dead father - by building a time machine.
- How we'll solve the mystery of the 'alien megastructure' star.
- Juno begins Jupiter free-fall before closest approach.
- Antimatter spacecraft propulsion: birth of a concept.
- NASA is sending a spacecraft to a potential killer asteroid.
- Could life on Earth have come from a comet?
- There's life in the clouds, and it makes it rain.
- Scientific crop circle research is being held back by links to UFO conspiracies.
- What really caused the voice in Joan of Arc's head?
- Noah's Ark docks in northern Kentucky, complete with dinosaurs and wi-fi.
- Vampire capitalist: billionaire Peter Thiel is very interested in taking young people's blood to help him live longer.
- Corpse flowers in different locations are blooming at the same time and it feels ominous.
- The secret life of cadavers.
- Alien hunters claim 'seashells' in Mars pictures are evidence ancient ocean once had life.
- Fake bomb detectors finally banned in Iraq.
- Humpback whales around the globe are mysteriously rescuing animals from orcas.
- Tarot card reading with beautiful ancient decks.
- Carl Sagan single becomes the first record played in space.
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Quote of the Day:
Policymakers who deny basic scientific truths should be denied penicillin, horseless carriages, and airtime on the magic box of shadows.
In the video above, well-known skeptic Chris French (Professor of Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London) introduces the field of 'anomalistic psychology', and how it can be of use in understanding strange beliefs in the paranormal and conspiracies.
Ever since records began, in every known society, a substantial proportion of the population has reported unusual experiences many of which we would today label as ‘paranormal’. Opinion polls show that the majority of the general public accepts that paranormal phenomena do occur. Such widespread experience of and belief in the paranormal can only mean one of two things. Either the paranormal is real, in which case this should be accepted by the wider scientific community which currently rejects such claims; or else belief in and experience of ostensibly paranormal phenomena can be fully explained in terms of psychological factors. Chris French provides an introduction to the sub-discipline of anomalistic psychology, which may be defined as the study of extraordinary phenomena of behaviour and experience, in an attempt to provide non-paranormal explanations in terms of known psychological and physical factors.
There's plenty in the talk that a smart Fortean should take on board when evaluating evidence for strange phenomena, even if sometimes the full skeptical viewpoint can wear a little. Overall, a great little talk though.
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- Apollo astronauts found to have higher rates of cardiovascular problems, possibly caused by space radiation.
- Scientists find distinctive patterns in the brains of patients under hypnosis.
- UFO sighting over America last week was a Chinese rocket re-entry.
- Gullies on Mars probably weren't carved by water flowing.
- Anthrax outbreak in Russia blamed on a frozen 75-year-old reindeer carcass defrosting in a recent heatwave.
- The Goetia of Music: what the vibration patterns of musical notes look like.
- 21st century biohacking is fruity: human ears are being grown on apples.
- Ten of the weirdest things found on the bottom of the ocean.
- 'Ayahuasca is changing global environmental consciousness', says Dennis McKenna.
- How nitrous oxide inspired early psychedelic literature: An interview with Darklore contributor Mike Jay.
- Wild theory suggests that Snow White is actually a Lord of the Rings sequel.
- Earthquake clues from ancient temples in the Himalayas suggest the area could be overdue for a catastrophic quake.
- Australia to move itself one metre to fix GPS discrepancy - an illustration of how self-driving cars will need to take tectonic plate movement into account.
- Video of the Day: How to free-fall 25,000 feet from a plane without a parachute and survive.
Quote of the Day:
It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.
Nightmares of the Present: Anthrax Outbreak in Russia Came From a 75-Year-Old Frozen Reindeer Carcass Thawed by HeatwavePosted by Greg at 12:39, 31 Jul 2016
A horror scenario straight out of a science fiction story appears to have come to life in Russia, with an outbreak of anthrax - which has killed 1500 reindeer and hospitalized a number of humans - being blamed on a frozen 75-year-old reindeer carcass that has been thawed by a recent heatwave:
According to the Siberian Times, officials initially thought that the reindeer deaths and human illnesses were the result of a heat wave, after uncommonly high temperatures of up to 95 degrees F swept through the region. And, in a way, it seems they were: Officials with the Russian Ministry of Agriculture believe the cause of infection is the thawing of the frozen carcass of a reindeer that died 75 years ago. Reindeer, weakened by the heat, may have eaten the carcass, and then passed on the disease to the nomad herders.
Grailers will remember one of Mikey's posts in his "Nightmares of the Future" series touched on the 'climatological horror' scenario depicted in the British TV show Fortitude (if you haven't seen it, spoilers follow). In that case, a thawing mammoth carcass was to blame for bringing back to life an ancient parasite that spreads through the population of a small settlement in Norway.
As our planet continues to warm, and glaciers and other ice packs disappear, hopefully there aren't any greater 'evils' waiting to wake from their slumber...
Here's your dose of crazy for the day: American skydiver Luke Aikins jumped from a plane at 25,000 feet with no parachute or wingsuit, aiming to freefall the entire distance and land in a (relatively) small net held off the ground by four cranes.
Spoiler alert: He's still alive.
A summary of all the stories and news briefs posted on The Daily Grail over the past week. Feel free to share anything interesting!
- Upcoming Giveaway of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Signed by Alan Moore, for Supporters of the Grail
- News Briefs 25-07-2016 (Monday)
- New Theory Attempts to Explain Ball Lightning Anomaly
- News Briefs 26-07-2016 (Tuesday)
- Archaeology Continues to Reinforce the Truth That Human History Has Been One Long Trip
- News Briefs 27-07-2016 (Wednesday)
- Why Does Our Universe Seem to be Fine-Tuned for the Existence of Life?
- News Briefs 28-07-2016 (Thursday)
- News Briefs 29-07-2016 (Friday)
Have a good weekend!
“A frog in a well cannot conceive of the ocean.”
- Nanoblock holograms.
- Seeking proof of ABC.
- As the crow flies… toward using tools.
- Will algae unlock biotechnology?
- The 100th monkey?
- Cleaning the ocean one plastic-gobling sea bin at a time.
- Boosting memory via brain stimulation.
- New York’s Fukushima?
- Solar cells 2.0?
- Future tech that could change lives.
- Dandelion rubber.
- The nose knows... how to fight drug-resistant staph.
- This week’s evidence of the looming robot uprising… Worm ‘bot.
Quote of the Day:
“The wise man looks into space and does not regard the small as too little, nor the great as too big, for he knows that, there is no limit to dimensions.”
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- Archaeology continues to reinforce the psychedelic truth: that human history has been one long trip.
- Easter Island bacteria may contain fountain of youth drug.
- Why did Iran's Lake Urmia just change from bright green to blood red?
- Trove of ancient jars found in the waters off Sicily.
- Throughout human history we have been fascinated and fearful of the eternal.
- Orangutan found to be copying sounds of human speech.
- How miraculous microbes help us evolve better, faster, stronger.
- Website tests predictive powers of the hive mind.
- What can we learn from recording and reading people's dreams?
- SETI: Detecting 'stellified' objects.
- Futurist Ray Kurzweil is talking bullshit again.
- Scientists discover mysterious purple blob at the bottom of the ocean.
- Mercedes demonstrates its self-driving bus of the future in Amsterdam.
- A professor is working with NASA to 3D-print houses on the Moon.
- Ten strange inventions that could exist in ten years.
- 'Ice Bucket Challenge' leads to ALS breakthroughs.
- Mysterious vanishings at the Nevada triangle.
- 'Infomercial psychic' Miss Cleo has died, aged 53.
- Listen to the rare, uncut recordings of the 67 terrifying exorcisms of Anneliese Michel.
Quote of the Day:
If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.
A continuing bone of contention in modern physics is the strange manner in which our universe seems perfectly tuned to give rise to life. For some, it is evidence that our existence is no accident, while more skeptical thinkers have suggested that the thinking is back to front - and we only see things as perfectly tuned because life was what arose under the conditions of our universe.
The video above is from a recent discussion hosted by the Institute of Art and Ideas titled "A Goldilocks World", featuring philosopher Massimo Pigliucci, M-Theorist and author of Universe or Multiverse? Bernard Carr, and Oxford constructor theorist Chiara Marletto:
Is the universe finely tuned for life? Copernicus and Darwin taught us to be skeptical of feeling we were special. Yet from the size of the electron to the cosmological constant our universe is strangely fine-tuned for life. Is this a spectacularly fortuitous accident? Has the universe been tailored for us or do the theories just make it look that way?
- The LUCA - last universal common ancestor of all life on Earth - was only half alive.
- UCSB researchers find similarities in chaos and entanglement.
- Ants invented farming 60 million years ago after ditching hunter-gatherer lifestyle.
- New DNA tests on Paracas skulls yield unexpected results.
- Researchers find pre-Inca petroglyphs at Machu Picchu that could rewrite Andean history.
- Data storage breakthrough could store the Library of Congress on a dust mite.
- Voice control in orangutan gives clues to early human speech.
- UFO hunter spots ‘alien city’ on Google Earth.
- Google’s quantum computer just accurately simulated a molecule for the first time.
- We'll only have one year's warning before a planet-devastating super-eruption.
- Social status leads to trust, but not vice-versa.
- Has the Beast of Dartmoor mystery been solved?
- Why can’t we remember being a baby?
- Britain’s ‘Pompeii’ likely torched by Bronze-Age warriors.
- Properties of spider silk continue to surprise scientists.
Quote of the Day:
The multiverse is the last refuge of the die-hard materialist.