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')

Archaeology Odyssey July/Aug 2004

The contents list of the latest issue of Archaeology Odyssey has been posted online with the usual 'tasters' available for the featured content. This month is a special edition on the history of the Olympic Games (has it been 4 years already?). One story even shows that extreme fighting has been around a heck of a long time.

News Briefs 16-06-2004

An inflatable space station? I wonder if that has been thought of before? Post your thoughts.

  • Laurence Gardner on ancient secret science.
  • Big oil and the wars on drugs and terrorism.
  • Astounding discovery from old moon images.
  • Fractional Reserve Banking as Economic Parasitism.
  • I sing the body's pattern recognition machine.
  • An inflatable space.
  • Acid-fast bacteria implicated in prostate cancer?
  • Corruption of intelligence has caused the greatest foreign policy catastrophe in modern U.S. history.
  • Why did Ike support revising the pledge of allegiance.
  • Are there really mole people living under New York City?
  • Odd (b)lack hole defies explanantion.
  • Cannabis triggers transient schizophrenia-like symptoms. Next: cannabis can reduce symptoms of autism.
  • Phoebe's surface reveals clue to origin.
  • Cosmetic surgery was born 2500 years ago and came of age in the inferno of the Western Front.
  • Psychology and the conflict in Iraq.
  • Bioterror grand jury trial begins for art professor.
  • Testosterone damps pain sensation in males.
  • Rupert Sheldrake: The need for open-minded scepticism - a reply to David Marks.
  • Some think telepathy is biologically based.
  • In the shadow of Babylon.
  • Archaeologists in Egypt unearth 5000 year old necropolis with 20 tombs.

Quote of the Day:

There are three classes of intellects: one which comprehends by itself; another which appreciates what others comprehend; and a third which neither comprehends by itself nor by the showing of others; the first is the most excellent, the second is good, and the third is useless.


Randi 110604

The latest newsletter from the skeptical organisation JREF is online, with James ('the amazing') Randi giving his, and reader's, views on a number of issues. These include, but are not limited to, sleep paralysis, Uri Geller the healer, UFO speculation, and 'A Century Ago in Spiritualism'. Funnily enough, the newsletter includes pseudo-scientific speculation about the mechanism of sleep paralysis, and an incorrect comment about the source of UFO effects on car engines. Caveat lector is our friend here at TDG, and that doesn't change just because you're viewing a 'skeptical' website.

News Briefs 15--06-2004

Apparently nothing below is happening (although paradoxically, that would then include the story that tells us none of this is happening). It's tough being my brain...

  • Taking life's final exit. Really nice piece.
  • Climber says Mount Everest is haunted by spirits.
  • Teenagers really like the new magazine-style Revolve Bible. Wonder what'll be in the next issue?
  • 'Invisibility cloak' inventor looks to make invisible walls, as others worry about the criminal implications. "It would become incredibly difficult to spot a thief...if the items they were taking were simply disappearing under the cloak." Ummm, doesn't that happen with a normal cloak/coat/pocket anyhow?
  • Memory fails under stress, throwing into doubt witness testimony extracted during psychological trauma.
  • Cocaine vaccine stops addiction.
  • Parkinson's vaccine shows promise.
  • Independent inquiry to be held into Gulf War Syndrome.
  • Scientists determine solar storm speed limit. Who's going to give the Sun a ticket?
  • Taiwanese space authorities say they may sell imagery from their brand-spankin' Earth Observation satellite.
  • Cassini sends back some nice pictures of Phoebe. No, not some Italian voyeur on's the Cassini space probe.
  • Milky Way's satellite enigma solved.
  • Giving life back to Mars - a debate on terraforming the Red Planet. Astrobiology just keeps serving up the tasty stuff.
  • Nessie, UFOs, and ghosts - where are they all? I think the best measure of weirdness is my spare time...and it has been non-existent for a couple of months. Somebody pass on a few decent web addresses to this guy.
  • Analysis of the Utah UFO. Obviously can't be a UFO as we're in a weirdness drought.
  • But wait, there's more - exhibition traces UFO signs in Slovakia.
  • Researcher returns for another crack at the Sumatran Yeti (known to his friends as orang-pendek).
  • What do you do with a piece of UFO? Leave it at the scene like a hubcap?
  • Research on Nazi underground systems.
  • American travel writer Bill Bryson wins the Aventis Prize for his book A Short History Of Nearly Everything (Amazon US/UK).
  • Divers fail to find Babe Ruth's piano in Sudbury Pond. It's like a mix'n'match headline isn't it?
  • Richard Branson sets the record for the fastest crossing of the English Channel by an amphibious vehicle. If Sir Rich needs to spend big to keep himself entertained, me and my balloon animals are just waiting for the call.
  • Iraqi authorities smash illegal trade in ancient artifacts.
  • More on the new discovery in Egypt.

Quote of the Day:

What if Earth

Be but t' shadow of Heaven, and things therein,

Each to the other like more than on earth is thought?