X-rays have revealed the first known oil painting of Antarctica (left), which was hidden for over 200 years underneath a tropical image. Painted by the neglected British artist, William Hodges, he made the canvas while accompanying Capt. Cook on his second voyage to the southern continent. The image is now on view at the National Maritime Museum in England. More info.
An article published today in the LA Times (requires registration) finds that the tale of the fearless 'Elena,' who claimed to ride through the desolate and radioactive zone of Chernobyl alone on her motorcycle (as depicted on her website kiddofspeed.com) is actually a fictionalized account. 'Elena' has been identified as a woman who took a tour organized by a Kiev travel agency, and her party traveled by car, "as closed motor vehicles are the rule in the zone, where radiation levels are thousands of times normal in places," the article informed.
Phil Plait has just posted an essay explaining why he chooses not to debate "pseudoscientists." Tonight we are featuring some of your emailed comments on this issue below.RESPONSES:I agree with much of what Phil says in his essay, but on the other hand, I believe many of whom Phil would call "real" scientists are too bound by the constraints of what is already accepted as fact or knowledge. For instance, many "real" scientists may not give certain theories any consideration because they have to do with subjects that are commonly referred to as "fringe sciences." This is a shame, because some of the greatest discoveries of all time have been regarding what would, at their respective times, also been considered fringe science or in many cases, preposterous. There needs to be a balance between those who would ask "what if?" without any specific adherence to "the scientific method" and those who would dismiss the questions of "what if?" out of hand, simply because they don
A new image taken by the Cassini spacecraft of Saturn's moon Titan reveals never seen before details that suggest geologic activity. In this false-color composite, yellow areas correspond to hydrocarbon-rich regions and the green areas are icier regions. The circular feature is thought to be a possible impact crater. More info
Some people believe the following Quatrains foretold of the terrorist attacks that brought down the World Trade Center towers on 9/11...At forty-five degrees latitude, the sky will burn, Fire approaches the great new city. Immediately a huge, scattered flame leaps up, When they want verification from the Normans [the French]. Garden of the world near the new city, In the path of the hollow mountains: It will be seized and plunged into a boiling cauldron,Drinking by force the waters poisoned by sulfur. (Quatrain 97, Century 6 and Quatrain 49, Century 10, The Prophecies of M. Michel de Nostradamus)
When asked what they thought about the aforementioned verses, C2C listeners sent in the following comments:"This quatrain might refer to a near earth object (NEO) coming in across Canada and striking in New Jersey, the Garden state, which is truly in the shadow of New York. That would be an odd approach for a meteor, but who knows?As for the verification from the Normans? Who better than from the Canadian government, perhaps even from viewers in Montreal (at about 45 degrees North Latitude), surely the most French community in North America?If it entered the lower atmosphere over Montreal there could definitely be a flash, almost as impressive as an airborne nuclear explosion. In fact it would definitely set off the U.S. automated air defense systems.The part about it being seized means that our defense systems will probably fire on it, driving it off course. It will, however, strike a very polluted river full of sulphur....and with all the pollution from the chemica
Paul Neave of Neave Games has created a Flash version of the original Simon game. You remember the slogan:"Simon's a computer, Simon has a brain, you either do what Simon says or else go down the drain."Use your mouse to follow the pattern of lights and sounds, or the following keys: R - RedG - GreenB - BlueY - Yellow*This game requires Macromedia Flash Player to be installed on your computer.
The History Matters website offers an in-depth archive related to the medical coverup in the JFK assassination. Included are medical illustrations, audio recordings, transcripts and important documents.
After nearly 7 years of traveling through our solar system, the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft entered into Saturn's orbit at 7:36 pm (PT) on Wed. night. NASA TV is offering live coverage via webcasts during this critical phase of the mission, though Space.com reports that communications may be hampered because one of the dish antennas receiving the signal here on Earth is facing severe wind conditions.