A huge earthquake has killed at least 15,000 people in south-eastern Iran, government sources say. The quake had its epicentre near the ancient city of Bam - most of its buildings have been flattened.
BEAGLE REMAINS SILENT (Added 25- 12- 03)
Scientists are hoping to pick up a signal to tell them the missing British-built spacecraft Beagle 2 has arrived safely on Mars.
BEAGLE 2 HAS SEPERATED FROM THE MOTHERSHIP (Added 17- 12- 03)
The tiny probe will now glide the last three million kilometres to the Red Planet alone; silent, powerless and in hibernation mode. The lander is expected to touch down on Mars on Christmas Day, to search for signs of life, past or present.
100 YEARS OF HUMAN FLIGHT (Added 17- 12- 03)
It's 100 years since the Wright Brothers took to the air on December 17th 1903 and the world has never been the same since.
SADDAM HUSSEIN CAPTURED - STAR AND STRIPES (Added 15- 12- 03)
The Iraqi president was tracked down to a hole in the ground near his hometown of Tikrit and captured in a swoop by US forces.
Scientists have found a sub-atomic particle they cannot explain using current theories of energy and matter. The discovery was made by researchers based at the High Energy Accelerator Research Organisation in Tsukuba. Classified as X(3872), the particle was seen fleetingly in an atom smasher and has been dubbed the "mystery meson".
Laser scanning has revealed ancient carvings on the pillars of Stonehenge that are invisible to the naked eye.
The experiment scanned just part of three of the 83 stones that make up the famous prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, UK. The archaeologists, from the Wessex Archaeology and Archaeoptics companies, hope a full survey could provide compelling evidence that Stonehenge was a memorial for the dead, at least at the time the carvings were made. Reminds one of the Dagger on Adam's Grave, Wiltshire during the summer of 2002. Cheers to Peter Sorensen.
HUGE ROCK-ICE OBJECT CIRCLES SUN (Added 17- 11- 03)
Astronomers have found a large object orbiting the Sun near Neptune's orbit. It was discovered on Friday by an automated sky survey project designed to search for threatening asteroids that may be on an Earth impact course.
The object is about 570 km across, making it one of the largest bodies of its kind found in modern times.
PLANET HUNTERS TARGET NEARBY STAR (Added 5- 11- 03)
A little-known star about 42 light-years away is the top target for European astronomers searching for planets that might harbour life.
The star, which has the rather dull designation HD 172051, is much like our own Sun but is just a little cooler. Scientists believe it is one of the best contenders in nearby space to have planets in orbit that resemble Earth. It will be a key observational target when Europe launches its Darwin space telescope system in the next decade.
HERE COMES THE SUN (Added 29- 10- 03)
Scientists are currently watching the sun.
HERE COMES THE GRID (Added 5- 10- 03)
Scientists are currently constructing the world's largest particle accelerator.
Its aim is to simulate the big bang that created the universe.
When it is ready in 2007 it will run under the Swiss countryside in a huge circle.
The particles fired down its length will generate enough data in a year to fill a pile of CDs the size of the Eiffel Tower.
What to do with that data and how to share it with scientists around the world is the essence of the Grid, the name given to the international network of supercomputers that promises to revolutionise not just the way we use the internet, but computing itself.
Jon Burnett, a teenager from South Wales, UK, was photographing some friends skateboarding last week when the sky did something very strange. By diverting his camera, he was able to document this rare sky event and capture one of the more spectacular sky images yet recorded. Roughly four minutes later, he took another picture of the dispersing trail. What is it? Experts disagree. The first guess was a sofa-sized rock that exploded as a daytime fireball, but perhaps a better hypothesis is an unusual airplane contrail reflecting the setting Sun. Bright fireballs occur over someplace on Earth nearly every day. A separate bolide, likely even more dramatic, struck India only a few days ago.
The first solo European mission to the Moon is well on its way. The Smart 1 probe blasted off from the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana at 2314 GMT.
AND YET ANOTHER POWER CUT (Added 28- 9- 03)
One month later another massive power cut leaves a country in Chaos. Italy has been hit by a massive power cut - and many parts remain without electricity hours after the unprecedented blackout. Only the island of Sardinia escaped the outage, which struck at about 0330 (0130GMT) on Sunday morning.
GRAHAM BIRDSALL DIES R.I.P. (Added 19- 9- 03)
Graham W. Birdsall (Editor UFO Magazine).
At 05:05 this morning (Friday) Graham W. Birdsall passed away. This came just two days after undergoing a seven hour operation following his recent brain haemorrhage. Graham never regained consciousness. His wife Christine and daughters were by his side.
WHY SIEP? (Added 13- 9- 03)
Terra Symbol reported on September 9th 2003, near the ancient Seip Mound in Bainbridge, Ohio USA. Why? Is it anything to do with peace symbolism? In the land of the blind a one eyed man is king. Do you see the daughters dance when Teller died?
TELLER DIES (Added 11- 9- 03)
Edward Teller, who played a key role in U.S. defense and energy policies for more than half a century and was dubbed the "father of the H-bomb" for his enthusiastic pursuit of the powerful weapon, died Tuesday 9th. He was 95.
Strange lights in the North-east Scotland night sky have baffled the experts.
Sixteen lights travelling rapidly across clear skies were spotted over two nights by a Fyvie resident.
Air traffic control bosses and aviation experts have ruled out aircraft or satellites, because the lights were travelling too fast to be planes or orbiting objects. _Follow:http://www.thisisnorthscotland.co.uk
SOUNDS LIKE TERROR IN THE AIR (Added 9- 9- 03)
Mysteriously snuffed out candles, weird sensations and shivers down the spine may not be due to the presence of ghosts in haunted houses but to very low frequency sound that is inaudible to humans.
British scientist Richard Lord has shown in a controlled experiment that the extreme bass sound known as infrasound produces a range of bizarre effects in people, including anxiety, extreme sorrow and chills - supporting popular suggestions of a link between infrasound and strange sensations. _Follow:http://www.infrasonicmusic.co.uk/richardlordbiog.htm
SPACE ROCK 'ON COLLISION COURSE' - 2003 QQ47 (Added 3 -9 - 03)
A newly discovered asteroid could strike Earth in 2014 - the most threatening object yet found in space? Do you remember 2002 NTT from last July? That asteroid could strike Earth in 2019.
IRAQ HOLY CITY BLAST KILLS SCORES (Added 29- 8- 03)
Shia Muslim politician Ayatollah Mohammed Baqr al-Hakim and over 80 people have been killed by a car bomb in the holy city of Najaf.
At least 100 were also injured in the explosion near the Tomb of Ali in the central Iraqi city, one of the holiest shrines for Shia Muslims.
FIRST ITALY, THEN NEW YORK AND NOW LONDON (Added 28- 8- 03)
A power cut caused rush hour misery for 250,000 people in London and the South East on Thursday evening. It stopped about 1,800 trains and closed 60% of the Tube network.
A National Grid spokesman said its engineers were still trying to discover the cause of the problem.
MARS MAKES HISTORY (Added 27- 8- 03)
Mars will be a mere 56 million kilometres (35 million miles) away from the Earth on Wednesday, for the first time in 60,000 years.
The last time it was this close the Earth was in the grip of an ice age. Do you see what is about to unfold?
THANK THE DAUGHTERS OF ZUESS (Added 15- 8- 03)
When the Flower of Life hits the fields of Wiltshire, one has to give grace to the Muses. God bless the circlemakers - long may they reign.
LIGHT OF A NEW SOURCE, FILL THE DARKNESS (Added 14- 8- 03)
Experts are in the, er, dark about a massive blackout that left cities across the eastern United States and Canada suddenly powerless Thursday.
THE LIGHT FROM MARS GETS CLOSER (Added 8- 8- 03)
The Moon and Mars as seen from the Barge Inn, Wiltshire, England. Do you see what is about to unfold?
DR DAVID KELLY IS FOUND DEAD (Added 20- 7- 03)
Iraq weapons expert Dr David Kelly reportedly warned of "many dark actors playing games" in an e-mail sent hours before he bled to death from a slashed wrist.
The message, sent to a journalist, appeared to refer to officials within the Ministry of Defence and British intelligence agencies with whom he had sparred over interpretations of weapons reports, according to the New York Times.
Legality, integrity, objectivity, a sense of proportion about our work, and Respect and consideration for each other and for those with whom we work outside the Service
R.I.P. IAN McINTYRE (Added 15- 6- 03)
Ian McIntyre (Macci) was found dead in his bed earlier this week. He was 42. Never stop believing, good luck on the rest of your travels. 23/11/60 - 8/6/03.
OLDEST HUMAN SKULLS FOUND (Added 14- 6- 03)
Three fossilised skulls unearthed in Ethiopia are said by scientists to be among the most important discoveries ever made in the search for the origin of humans.
The crania of two adults and a child, all dated to be around 160,000 years old, were pulled out of sediments near a village called Herto in the Afar region in the east of the country. They are described as the oldest known fossils of modern humans, or Homo sapiens. What excites scientists so much is that the specimens fit neatly with the genetic studies that have suggested this time and part of Africa for the emergence of mankind.
NASA'S 'SPIRIT' RISES ON ITS WAY TO MARS (Added 10- 6- 03)
A NASA robotic geologist named Spirit began its seven-month journey to Mars at 1:58:47 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (10:58:47 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time) today when its Delta II launch vehicle thundered aloft from Cape Canaveral Air Force.
EUROPE'S FIRST MISSION TO MARS IS ON ITS WAY (Added 2- 6- 03)
The Mars Express orbiter and its lander Beagle 2 were hurled towards the Red Planet on a Russian Soyuz-Fregat launcher, which blasted off from Baikonur in Kazakhstan at 1845 BST (1745 GMT) today.
DEADLY VIRUS FROM SPACE (Added 23- 5- 03)
The virus believed to cause Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (Sars) may have come to Earth from outer space, according to scientists writing in a leading British medical journal. http://news.bbc.co.uk
GILGAMESH TOMB BELIEVED FOUND (Added 29- 4- 03)
Archaeologists in Iraq believe they may have found the lost tomb of King Gilgamesh - the subject of the oldest "book" in history. http://news.bbc.co.uk
US BLAMED FOR FAILURE TO STOP SACKING OF MUSEUM (Added 13- 4- 03)
The United States was fiercely criticised around the world yesterday for its failure to protect Baghdad's Iraq National Museum where, under the noses of US troops, looters stole or destroyed priceless artefacts up to 7,000 years old.
Not a single pot or display case remained intact, according to witnesses, after a 48-hour rampage at the museum perhaps the world's greatest repository of Mesopotamian culture. US forces intervened only once, for half an hour, before leaving and allowing the looters to continue.
RACE TO CONTAIN DEADLY VIRUS (Added 4- 4- 03)
When the World Health Organisation issued a 15 March global alert on the mystery pneumonia-type illness emerging from Asia, the response was unprecedented.
At the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, staff were inundated with calls and e-mails, mainly from concerned travellers wanting advice on whether to cancel travel plans. Receiving thousands of e-mails and working up to 16 hours a day, staff were treading a fine line between keeping the world informed and trying not to engender panic. Two weeks later, and with the death toll still rising, the disease, known as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (Sars), is continuing to cause immense concern to the WHO and governments across the world.
SAND STOPS BOMBS (Added 26- 3- 03)
A blanket of dust on Wednesday was covering much of Iraq, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.
The dust storm has caused a drastic drop in temperatures and is impeding visibility for US-led troops advancing on Baghdad. The extreme weather also has disrupted bombing missions over Iraq from the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk.
The warship was caught up in the sand storm as it passed over the Gulf.
In Kuwait, people around the country were seen wearing surgical masks or using their clothes to ease breathing while street lights were kept on well after the sun had come up.
IRAQ MARSHES VANISHING (Added 24- 3- 03)
The United Nations has revealed new evidence of a growing ecological catastrophe in the very region where tanks are advancing towards Baghdad.
Latest satellite images show that less than 7% of the Mesopotamian marshes now remain intact. This is the area where the rivers Tigris and Euphrates join, and is thought by some to be the original site of the Garden of Eden.
THE AMERICAN , SPANISH and BRITISH INVADE BABYLON (Added 20- 3- 03)
The many heads of the Serpent this time stretch too far.
EU INVESTIGATES MYSTERY BUGGINGS (Added 19- 3- 03)
European Union officials have launched an investigation after bugging devices were found at offices used by several delegations - including those of France, Germany and the UK.
KORAN WRITTEN IN SADDAM'S BLOOD (Added 13- 3- 03)
A copy of the Koran written in Saddam Hussein's blood was unveiled yesterday. He donated 37 pints over three years for the project. An artist mixed the blood with chemicals, then used it to write all the book's verses on 605 pages.
The Koran was laid out behind glass in Bagdad's Mother of All Battles mosque, which commemorates the 1990-91 Gulf conflict and features minarets shaped like Scud missiles.
OLDEST HUMAN FOOTPRINTS FOUND (Added 12- 3- 03)
The oldest human footprints have been found in volcanic ash in Italy.
They were made by individuals scrambling down the flanks of an active volcano about 350,000 years ago. Italian scientists, who identified three separate fossilised trackways, say the people that made them walked on two feet using their hands only to steady themselves on a difficult descent.
COLIN ANDREWS ANNOUNCES NEW THEORY FOR CROP CIRCLES (Added 12- 3- 03)
Last night live on the ECTV Radio Hour, Colin Andrews who is best known as the top researcher of crop circles, made a first time surprise announcement. Colin has stated publicly for the first time, he believes crop circles are made by us. Thats right, by our own minds. Listen to this Free live interview which occurred just last night.
N. KOREA 'RESTARTS NUCLEAR REACTOR' (Added 27- 2- 03)
North Korea has begun operating a controversial nuclear reactor, according to United States officials.
The move, if confirmed, will add to diplomatic pressure on Washington to resolve the continuing crisis over North Korea's nuclear programm
BLAIR SUFFERS MAJOR REVOLT ON IRAQ(Added 26- 2- 03)
Tony Blair's position on Iraq suffered a setback on Wednesday as his government's motion sparked the biggest rebellion of his premiership.
An estimated 122 Labour backbenchers lined up to vote against the government.
A total of 199 MPs from all parties backed an amendment to the motion in which they said the case for war had not been proven.
INDIA EASES HOLY SITE RULES(Added 26- 2- 03)The Indian Government has made concessions to Hindus after unrest over a holy site claimed by both Hindus and Muslims in the central state of Madhya Pradesh.
The authorities now say Hindu worshippers can use the site in the town of Dhar every Tuesday, instead of the current rules which only allow them in once a year.
There are no changes for Muslim devotees who use the complex, known as Bhojshala - they can offer prayers every Friday.
'MILLION' MARCH AGAINST IRAQ WAR(Added 15- 2- 03)Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets of London to voice their opposition to military action against Iraq.
Police said it was the UK's biggest ever demonstration with at least 750,000 taking part, although organisers put the figure closer to two million.
PEOPLE OF BRITAIN ALLOW THIS TRUTH TO BE HIDDEN?(Added 14- 2 - 03)
Campaigners yesterday called for a review of the 100-year secrecy rule imposed on some documents seen by the inquiry into the Dunblane killings which were never made public.
The move comes after the Scottish cabinet this week instructed Scotland's most senior law officer (Lord Cullen aka Lord of the Cull them) to look again at the 100-year ban placed on a police report on Thomas Hamilton, who murdered 16 primary schoolchildren and their teacher. You Bastard establishment.
Flame balls onboard the space shuttle Columbia (STS-107) have been doing some strange and wonderful things.
They're creatures of space: tiny flames that curl into balls and flit around like UFOs. They burn using almost no fuel at all, dim and often hard to see. Yet they have plenty of personality.
Seven astronauts die as the space shuttle Columbia breaks up in flames on re-entry to the Earth's atmosphere after a 16-day mission.
PAEDOPHILES IN BRITAIN'S WAR ROOM?(Added 30- 1 - 03) A child-sex scandal that threatened to destroy Tony Blair's government last week has been mysteriously squashed and wiped off the front pages of British newspapers. Operation Ore, the United Kingdom's most thorough and comprehensive police investigation of crimes against children, seems to have uncovered more than is politically acceptable at the highest reaches of the British elite.
If officially authenticated, the find would be the first piece of physical evidence backing up biblical texts.
It could also intensify competing claims to the site in Jerusalem's Old City, where the stone is said to have been found, which go to the heart of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
A cosmic "message in a bottle" is to be left in space as a relic of the world's languages.
A disc engraved with the first three chapters of Genesis in 1,000 native tongues will travel to a distant comet.
It will be carried on the European Space Agency's (Esa) Rosetta mission, set for take-off some time in 2003.
MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM COULD COST $1.2 TRILLION(Added 12- 1 - 03) A newly released study prepared jointly by a pair of arms control advocacy groups puts the total life-cycle cost for a layered missile defense system at nearly $1.2 trillion through 2035.
FIRST SPEED OF GRAVITY MEASUREMENT REVEALED(Added 4- 1 - 03) The speed of gravity has been measured for the first time. The landmark experiment shows that it travels at the speed of light, meaning that Einstein's general theory of relativity has passed another test with flying colours.
Ed Fomalont of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Sergei Kopeikin of the University of Missouri in Columbia made the measurement, with the help of the planet Jupiter.
"We became the first two people to know the speed of gravity, one of the fundamental constants of nature," the scientists say, in an article in New Scientist print edition.