Monday, April 21, 2014

Interesting news links - April 21, 2014

Archaeology

Archaeologists' findings may prove Rome a century older than thought

Cryptozoology

SPOTTED: New images from SPACE appear to show Loch Ness Monster is 'ALIVE' --If it is Nessie, then she must be bigger than I thought.  If you compare the size of what ever it is to the trees and road on shore, 'she' is quite large.  My guess it is some kind of camera artifact or glitch.  Or possibly even some kind of small, low cloud that only looks like it is underwater.

History

The Vatican's Precious Manuscripts Go Online

During Cold War, CIA used ‘Doctor Zhivago’ as a tool to undermine Soviet Union

Spiritual Phenomena/Consciousness

Visions of the Impossible: How ‘fantastic’ stories unlock the nature of consciousness

Science

Cosmic bloom? Early blossom for cherry tree after space trip

Space

Fluid Mystery: How Did Mars Ever Have Liquid Water?

UFOs

Wichita’s mystery in the sky --It's weird...it almost looks like a triangular cloud leaving a contrail.  It's whitish along the edges, but appears like it may be clear in the center...or is it?  It almost looks like it might be just a bit darker inside the triangle than the rest of the sky is.  It's a very slight difference and I can't really tell for sure...maybe it's just an illusion.  I don't know.  Pretty cool photo though.





















What is the Wallis UFO? Young mother tells how mystery object sped off before her eyes

Another cool photo!

UFO suspicions still cloud disappearance of Frederick Valentich

What is the Black Ring of Leamington Spa? Mysterious object in the sky is captured by girl, 16, on her iPhone

Other topics of interest...

15 Signs That Alien Life Actually Exists

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Interesting news links - April 6, 2014

Archaeology

Ancient city of Petra was a 'celestial calendar', says new study

Pyramid in Croatia? Secret Dalmatia follows a 1570 map in Zagora

Bizarre Skeletons Unearthed In Russian Mound, Satyr and Giant Horse

Cryptozoology

Bigfoot Sighting: West Linn Oregon --So it was determined that this "bigfoot" was probably just a piece of foliage that gave the appearance of something standing upright and running off when the camera panned away.  It's a conclusion I would agree with.  But videos like these are kind of why I'm not much interested in the bigfoot topic anymore.  It was never really more than a casual interest to me anyway, but seeing low quality video after low quality video has only served to make the topic stale to me.  I mean, in this particular video it's not just something out of focus in the distance, the whole video is just an extremely low quality.   It almost seems bizarre that a video taken now could be of such a low quality, even on a cell phone.  Unless she's using a really old cell phone.  Anyways, I'm tired of grainy, low quality bigfoot videos.

History

Mystery of Blarney Stone's heritage finally solved

World's Oldest Masks Show Creepy Resemblance To Humans

Historians unravel mystery of cryptic Lincoln note

Did the pharaohs know hieroglyphics? - Polish Egyptologist explains

Noah COULD have floated his boat, say scientists: Ark really could have coped with two of every animal  -- They estimate it could hold 2.15 million sheep, which they thought would be about the average mass of an animal.  They say the ship could have stayed afloat with that much weight, but weren't sure if they could actually fit that many animals on the ship.

Is this the first weather report? 3,500 year old inscription revealing a 'tempest of rain' could rewrite Egyptian history -- I think this probably fits in well with one of my favorite documentaries, The Exodus Decoded.  It's an awesome documentary that explains the10 plagues of Egypt by using the eruption of Thera as the primary cause.  It departed slightly from the typically accepted date of the exodus out of Egypt, but this new weather report may put the two in line.

Towering Ancient Tsunami Devastated the Mediterranean --I've said before that I think Atlantis corresponds with the Minoan civilization in Crete....could this be more evidence of that?

Mysterious

Mysterious booms worry Osceola County Florida residents

Weather experts baffled by mystery plume on New Mexico radar near 1945 nuclear bomb test site

Fairy tales? --A few fairy sighting stories.

Psychic/Spiritual Phenomena

Southend Student Emerges from Coma with 'Psychic Powers'

What’s It Like On the Other Side?

Lost and Found in Psychic Space: Airplanes, Aviators, and ESP

After Near-Death, Woman Claims Heavenly Conversation With Jesus

Science

Big Bang – The greatest fairy tale ever told --I feel like this guy is just stating the obvious.  But vast swaths of people in academia, the media, and even a lot of the educated general public seem to not see it.

Sea Anemones Are Half-Plant, Half-Animal, Gene Study Finds

Scientists: mammoth cloning 'now possible'

Green Guru James Lovelock on Climate Change: ‘I don’t think anybody really knows what’s happening. They just guess’ – Lovelock Reverses Himself on Global Warming -- Some of the stuff in this article isn't new news, but it's even more evidence that global warming (a.k.a. climate change) is not caused by our carbon emissions.  How much evidence does it take to convince people otherwise?

'Zebra Stripes' in Earth's Magnetic Field Have Surprising Source

Space

New Gully Appears On Mars, But It’s Likely Not Due To Water

First Asteroid Found Sporting a Ring System

Saturn's Moon Enceladus Has Underground Ocean

Small World Discovered Beyond Pluto

Dwarf planet discovery hints at a hidden Super Earth in solar system

UFOs

Former Air Force officer claims UFOs were cover-up in Mirage Men film

Mysterious UFO appears on Mississippi trail camera --If you watch the news video at the link, it shows several different shots.  The shot that shows what appears to be some kind of object reminds me of a Goa'uld cargo ship from Stargate SG-1 (but much smaller).  Ultimately...I'm guessing the lights are just from a small drone though.

Mysterious unidentified flying object photographed over Texas --It's suggested in the article that this is actually a legitimate photograph of a classified aircraft.

Other topics of interest...

University of York red-faced after it uses the wrong Roman emperor in new logo

So You Think You're Smarter Than A CIA Agent --Some average citizens are better at predicting world events than CIA analysts with access to classified information.

Bill Clinton says alien invasion could unite the world -- But could we be sure that it's aliens and not just someone trying to consolidate world power under their own authority by staging a faux alien invasion?  Not that a united world would be a bad thing, but if the world was united...who'd be running things?  A united world could be a good thing or a bad thing...it depends on who's in charge.

The Lost Sandringhams --The story of a British battalion that allegedly disappeared into a cloud in 1915.  Except they didn't really disappear into a cloud.  And it's not really a mystery either.

Vatican Astronomers Ramp Up Their Search For “Brother Extraterrestrial” --An interesting article...not only does the head of the Vatican Observatory think there may be alien life out there, he also considers the possibility that aliens may have remained in "full friendship with their creator."  Could he be thinking that aliens are actually angelic beings?







Wednesday, April 2, 2014

How many men does it take to move a pyramid stone?

I'm not sure, but 80 Amish men picked up a house and moved it on their own (apparently these are the kind of Amish people who don't mind being recorded).


Granted, a single pyramid stone is smaller but denser than this house, but I thought it was interesting because it really shows what men can do with a little bit of elbow grease.  Ancient men wouldn't necessarily need elaborate technology or aliens to build a pyramid.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A simple experiment in anti-gravity

I came across a video today with a guy experimenting with making a 42 pound flywheel seem relatively light...light enough to hold it over his head easily.  The technique involves spinning the wheel up to a few thousand RPMs which makes the wheel seem lighter than it really is.  Check out the video below.


What really fascinates me about this is the simplicity of it.  Because it is so simple, it makes me wonder if the ancients could have utilized a simple method like this in their megalith building.  Not necessarily what was portrayed specifically in this video since, you know, being able to spin a wheel over your head doesn't exactly get a pyramid built, but what other methods of making objects light could have once existed?  The ancients might not have had a power drill to spin a wheel up to a few thousand RPMs, but what if they didn't really need that?  Perhaps they had another way of spinning it up or maybe it wouldn't have needed to be quite that fast (maybe just fast enough to make it light enough for two people to life instead of one).

I like stuff like this because it shows how you can make a seemingly difficult task very simple.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Interesting news links - March 16, 2014

Archaeology/Paleontology

Ancient Roman Gladiator School Discovered In Austria, Recreated In 3D Models

Santorini tree rings support the traditional dating of the volcanic eruption

Ancient Native American City Discovered

Shilling discovery could rewrite Canadian history

New Texts Found in 'Dead Sea Scroll' Caves

1,500-year-old Roman gold coin unearthed at Chinese tomb

Medieval Candelabra Hints at Forgotten Sea Routes

Huge new dinosaur in Portugal was predator king

German archaeologist suggests British Museum's Warren Cup could be forgery --He said it seemed out of place for the time period.  But an update to the article after the archaeologist was shown an image of corrosion on the object indicated that he may have changed his mind now.

Cryptozoology

On the Trail of Florida's Bigfoot—the Skunk Ape

History

The Strange Survivor Of A 12th-Century Civilization -A lone minaret is the only known remains of an old civilization in Afghanistan.

Ancient Egyptian Soldier's Letter Home Deciphered

History's Mysteries

'Rocket cats': Warfare manual showing 16th-century weaponry puzzles experts --Whatever the reason was, it was probably not a good idea.


Stonehenge bluestones had acoustic properties, study shows


Mysterious

The Black Knight Satellite, Bracewell Probes, and Philip K. Dick

Spiritual phenomena

Beatles Guitarist George Harrison 'Lit Up the Room' When He Died

Science

Plants Are Far More Intelligent Than We Ever Assumed

Mysterious Flashing 'Earthquake Lights' Maybe Explained

Scientific Research Suggests We Unconsciously React to Events Up to 10 Seconds Before They Happen

What Happens When Memories Aren't Seen In First-Person? Out-Of-Body Experiences Are Harder To Remember

Life Continues on After Death States Scientist


Space

Hubble Witnesses Mysterious Breakup of Asteroid

Monster Rare Yellow Hypergiant Star Discovered --But it turns out it is actually one very large star with a smaller star orbiting it so closely that it touches the surface of the larger star.

UFOs

West Virginians report 'intelligent fireball' UFO over small town