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  • Are we closer to solving the mystery of the 600-year-old Voynich manuscript?

    01/26/2018 9:01:47 AM PST · by mairdie · 57 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 26 January 2018 | Phoebe Weston
    For centuries people have tried to decipher the meaning of the Voynich manuscript, and now a computer scientist claims to have cracked it using AI. The 600-year-old document is described as 'the world's most mysterious medieval text', and is full of illustrations of exotic plants, stars, and mysterious human figures. The 240-page manual's intriguing mix of elegant writing and drawings of strange plants and naked women has some believing it holds magical powers. But even the cryptographers from Bletchley Park, the team that broke the Nazi enigma code, couldn't make sense of the manuscript. Now a computer scientist says the...
  • This Extraterrestrial Stone Contains Compounds Not Found Anywhere Else in Our Solar System

    01/09/2018 9:03:11 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    sciencealert.com ^ | Jan 10, 2018 | Michelle Starr
    The Hypatia stone, as it is known, is not only extraterrestrial in origin. It contains micro-mineral compounds not known to occur anywhere on Earth, not found in any other meteorites, and not known to occur anywhere in the Solar System. It's a discovery that raises some questions about the formation of the Solar System. Subsequent analysis revealed that the diamond-filled stone was not from any known comet or meteorite - its combined features were unique among known extraterrestrial materials. One hypothesis proposed that it might be a fragment of comet nucleus, shocked on impact, and another found that it was...
  • The Fairy Investigation Society

    12/28/2017 10:25:16 PM PST · by vannrox · 29 replies
    Fortean Times Magazine ^ | 29DEC17 | Simon Young
    The Fairy Investigation Society, dedicated to tracking down modern accounts of the Little People, must rank as one of the strangest British organisations ever to come into being. SIMON YOUNG tells the story of this curious enterprise through five key episodes – from a Fairy Census to a tabloid scandal – in its eccentric and largely forgotten history.1. SLEIGH AND CRAUFURD MEET (1927)It was the kind of moment over which flies queue up for wall space. Two of the most eccentric men in Britain in one room – and they had come to talk about fairies. On the one...
  • New York Times Links Darwin, Dawkins, and Witchcraft Chic

    Times reporter Michelle Goldberg notes the “well-documented resurgence of occultism among millennials.” In investigating this, she visited a “fashionable occult boutique” in Brooklyn, attending a presentation on witchcraft by an individual called Dakota Bracciale: Bracciale, who uses the gender-neutral pronouns they and them, grew up in an evangelical household — somewhere “between ‘Jesus Camp’ and snake handlers” — and said that the new atheism of Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens had a profound effect on their generation. But atheism wasn’t enough, said Bracciale: “It left this huge vacuum, and that vacuum had to be filled with something.” This is a...
  • 17th century alchemist's scroll giving instructions for the 'elixir of life'

    12/17/2017 2:27:40 PM PST · by mairdie · 62 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 17 December 2017 | Sophie Inge
    An incredibly rare 17th century alchemist's scroll giving instructions for the elixir of life has sold for a magical 585,000 [pounds]. The delicate manuscript was an illustrative methodology of 15th century scientist George Ripley's recipe for the philosophers' stone which made a potion that supposedly granted the drinker eternal life. It also gave instructions for turning base metals into gold. Although the instructions were impossibly cryptic - there is one reference to using dragon's blood - it didn't stop scholars of the time, including Sir Isaac Newton, giving it a go.
  • Alien life? Bacteria ‘that had not been there’ found on ISS hull, Russian cosmonaut says

    11/28/2017 6:50:18 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    Living bacteria were found on the surface of the International Space Station (ISS), and they might have extraterrestrial origins, Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov said. The microorganisms will be studied further on Earth. Shkaplerov, an ISS expedition flight engineer who will take his third trip to the ISS in December as part of the Expedition 54 crew, said that scientists found living bacteria while they were taking samples from the surface of the station. Speaking to TASS, he said that the microorganisms might have come from outer space. ... However, traces of bacteria originating on Earth – from Madagascar – and...
  • Witch Prison Found in 15th Century Scottish Church: Medieval Chapel Was Used to Hold Suspects

    07/22/2016 11:51:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 22 July 2016 | Richard Gray
    Witch prison found in 15th century Scottish church: Medieval chapel was used to hold suspects before they were killed and burnedIn the years before the Reformation, a small chapel in a church on the outskirts of Aberdeen had provided a quiet place for Catholic women to pray in peace. But within 30 years of the switch from Catholicism to the Protestant faith, St Mary's Chapel at the Kirk of St Nicholas in Aberdeen took on a far darker and sinister role. Historians have uncovered evidence that the chapel, built during the 15th century, served as a prison for suspected witches...
  • The Struggle to Revive the Lost Native Language of Thanksgiving

    11/23/2017 12:11:37 PM PST · by righttackle44 · 14 replies
    Atlas Obscura ^ | November 22, 2017 | Natasha Frost
    Just a few decades ago, there were no living speakers of Wampanoag, the native tongue of the Cape Cod–based Mashpee Wampanoag tribe. (Their ancestors famously shared a meal with the Pilgrims, 400 years ago.) Then, in 1993, Jessie Little Doe Baird, who was then in her 20s, had a series of dreams about her ancestors, she told Yankee magazine. They were speaking to her, but she couldn’t understand them. A prophecy known to the tribe said that their lost language would come back when they were ready for it, revived by the children of those who had broken the language...
  • 3-Billion Year Old Manufactured Spheroids? Even NASA is baffled)

    03/04/2005 6:47:53 PM PST · by The Loan Arranger · 222 replies · 11,775+ views
    At least 200 have been found, and extracted out of deep rock at the Wonderstone Silver Mine in South Africa, averaging 1-4 inches in dia. and composed of a nickel-steel alloy that doesn't occur naturally. Some have a thin shell about a quarter inch thick, when broken open are filled with a strange spongy material that disintegrates into dust upon contact with air. A complete mystery according to Roelf Marx curator of the South African Klerksdorp Museum, as the one he has on exibit rotates on its own, locked in a display case, free of outside vibrations. The manufactured metallic...
  • Scientist-World’s Largest Egyptian Obelisk Not Human Origin

    04/27/2016 7:39:07 PM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 54 replies
    Anonymous Mags ^ | 27 April 2016
    n the northern region of ancient Egypt, a large obelisk has been found, which is said to be the biggest ever discovered. The stone quarries in Aswan house, which is an unfinished obelisk, has mad scientists pull their hair out and cause a permanent denial for historians. A discovery like this is likely to split the academic community in two. Archaeologists are now arguing that the female pharaoh who where also known Hatshepsut, did actually sanction its construction. Of course, modern engineers, who are clearly in massive opposition, say that the Dynastic Egyptians did not have the type of technology...
  • Heinrich Himmler's stash of books on witchcraft is discovered in Czech library...

    03/20/2016 5:19:45 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 73 replies
    A rare library of books on witches and the occult that was assembled by Nazi SS chief Heinrich Himmler in the war has been discovered in the Czech Republic. Himmler was obsessed with the occult and mysticism, believing the hocus-pocus books held the key to Ayran supremacy in the world. The books - part of a 13,000-strong collection - were found in a depot of the National Library of Czech Republic near Prague which has not been accessed since the 1950s. Norwegian Masonic researcher Bjørn Helge Horrisland told the Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang that some of the books come from...
  • The Mystery behind Oregon's 'Old Man of the Lake'

    11/29/2015 4:44:03 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 12 replies
    Weather.com ^ | Nov 19 2015 12:51 PM EST
    It floats upright in Oregon's Crater Lake, but it's not a buoy or a pillar. It can be seen in different locations in different days, depending on the weather. In fact, it's not connected to anything to tether it to the lake's floor. Known as the "Old Man of the Lake," this mysterious phenomenon has perplexed park staff and visitors for decades.The Old Man is actually a hemlock tree stump that somehow remains upright in the water, even as it moves. Indeed, the Old Man goes along with the whims of the wind and waves. The 30-foot-long stump was first...
  • Giant 7-Foot to 8-Foot Skeletons Uncovered in Ecuador Sent for Scientific Testing

    11/28/2015 7:30:28 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 62 replies
    theepochtimes.com ^ | Liz Leafloor
    Strikingly tall skeletons uncovered in the Ecuador and Peru Amazon region are undergoing examination in Germany, according to a research team headed by British anthropologist Russell Dement. Will these remains prove that a race of tall people existed hundreds of years ago deep in the Amazonian rainforest? Since 2013, the team has reported finding half a dozen human skeletons dating to the early 1400s and the mid-1500s that measure between 7 feet and 8 feet (213 to 243 centimeters) in height. ... In late 2013, Dement received word that a skeleton had been uncovered by a Shuar local, approximately 70...
  • For Sale: Island with Mysterious Money Pit [Oak Island]

    11/09/2005 7:14:42 AM PST · by ZGuy · 80 replies · 3,193+ views
    LiveScience ^ | 11/7/05 | Heather Whipps
    It may look like a fixer-upper at first glance, but what is buried beneath scrubby little Oak Island might just make its estimated $7 million price tag worth the investment. Oak Island, in Nova Scotia, is famous for its Money Pit, a mystery that has endured two centuries, claimed six lives and swallowed up millions in life savings. The Pit was discovered in 1795 by a local boy named Daniel McGinnis who, spotting an unusual clearing in the earth under one of the island's oak trees, was prompted to start digging. The discovery of layered planks, mysterious stone slabs, and...
  • The Oak Island Mystery...What lies at the bottom of the Money Pit?

    07/25/2002 2:22:59 PM PDT · by vannrox · 86 replies · 5,886+ views
    The Oak Island Mystery ^ | FR Post July 2002 | Bradley Keyes
    What lies at the bottom of the Money Pit? Imagine yourself walking through the trees of a wooded island rumored to hide buried pirate treasure. Suddenly you come across a depression in the ground. It's roughly circular and there's a tree standing above it with a branch that has been cut and appears to have been used as a pulley. Your imagination is fired and hope soars. You run off to get your friends and digging equipment. You and two friends return the next day, shovels in hand, ready to claim your prize. The digging is easy. The dirt...
  • Pyramids exist in Bosnia: Archaeologist

    08/14/2015 8:46:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Straits Times ^ | August 14, 2015 | Carolyn Khew
    But experts say the five that he identified in Bosnia-Herzegovina are natural hills.Despite his many critics, maverick archaeologist Sam Osmanagich stands by his claims that he has uncovered not one, but five structures which he says are pyramids in Visoko in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Dr Osmanagich, who earned his doctorate on the history of civilisations at the University of Sarajevo in 2008, was in Singapore recently for a conference, where he spoke about his work on pyramids. The 55-year-old claims that he has discovered the "biggest complex of pyramidal structures in the world" comprising five pyramids, all connected by underground tunnels. The...
  • Expert: The Pharaohs Discovered Australia, Egyptians Have Legal Rights There

    03/23/2015 3:51:34 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 49 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 3-6-15 | TRT Arabic (Turkey)
    During a recent TV debate on the destruction of antiquities by ISIS, Syrian political analyst Yahya Badr said that the Egyptian people was entitled to claim legal rights in Australia, since inscriptions in ancient hieroglyphics had been found near Sydney, indicating that the grandson of a pharoah had landed there. On the show, which aired on the Turkish TRT TV channel on March 6, 2015, Badr was introduced as owning the patent to mummy technology. Following are excerpts: TV host: Let's discuss the destruction of antiquities. Yahya Badr: This is a crime, because antiquities constitute documentation, which preserves the [legal]...
  • Iceland to build first temple to Norse gods since Viking age

    Icelanders will soon be able to publicly worship at a shrine to Thor, Odin and Frigg with construction starting this month on the island’s first major temple to the Norse gods since the Viking age. Worship of the gods in Scandinavia gave way to Christianity around 1,000 years ago but a modern version of Norse paganism has been gaining popularity in Iceland.
  • The many mysteries of Rosslyn Chapel (Another 'DNA of Jesus' story)

    11/01/2005 7:51:17 AM PST · by gobucks · 55 replies · 2,176+ views
    Scotsman ^ | 31 Oct 05 | DIANE MACLEAN
    AS A BUILDING, Rosslyn Chapel, on the outskirts of Edinburgh, is intriguing. The exterior features Gothic gargoyles and flying buttresses, while inside there are ornate pillars, carvings and an extraordinary ceiling. As a place of mystery, it is a magnet for those with exotic - some might say outlandish - theories. Built in the mid-15th century by some of the best stonemasons in Europe, the chiselled scenes and symbols would have been easily understood by their medieval audience but seem baffling to us today. The most striking example of their craft is the Apprentice Pillar, which is beautifully carved and...
  • Ancient tools intrigue author

    08/18/2010 1:27:31 PM PDT · by rosettasister · 41 replies
    Commercial-News ^ | August 15, 2010 | MARY WICOFF
    The ancient Egyptian toolboxes didn’t have precise, sophisticated measuring instruments like we have today … or did they? Christopher Dunn examines that question in his new book, “Lost Technologies of Ancient Egypt: Advanced Engineering in the Temples of the Pharaohs.” Dunn has made nine trips to Egypt since 1986, and each time he’s amazed at the precision of the columns, tunnels and statues. He brushes aside conventional thinking, and suggests the ancient Egyptians used highly refined tools and mega-machines. “There’s more going on here than meets the eye,” he said. A manufacturing engineer by trade, Dunn works as human resources...