News Briefs 27-01-2005

The news seems to be heavy on science and acheology today. Maybe all those alien visitors and ghosts are on vacation right now.

  • A 4.5-kilogram (10-pound) suspected meteorite has landed in rice fields in northwestern Cambodia, narrowly avoiding a nearby village.
  • From Louisiana, US - Voodoo doll found at boss' home leads to police investigation and lawsuit.
  • A water-loving mammal that lived 50 to 60 million years ago was probably the "missing link" between whales and hippos, according to a new analysis.
  • Inbreeding among human ancestors that lived million years ago has left modern humans more vulnerable to genetic disease, a new study suggests. I hate to think of primitive man as a kind of "Walking with Rednecks" scene...
  • Antigravity has feet of clay - Space agency report is a downer for gravity-control researchers.
  • An internet project seems to show that soaring global warming 'can't be ruled out'. I downloaded this and the SETI program and cooked a bunch of alien invaders...
  • Logical and precise, left-brain thinking gave us the Information Age. Now comes the Conceptual Age - ruled by artistry, empathy, and emotion. Singing: "This is the dawning of the...
  • The arid interior of Australia may be due to landscape burning by ancient hunters, causing the Australian Monsoon to fail.
  • The universe is destined to end. Before it does, could an advanced civilisation escape via a "wormhole" into a parallel universe? Here's how to do it.
  • Police say they are closing in on the "Birmingham Vampire".
  • $1 million treasure hunt hidden in pages of fairy tale - The jackpot is actually 12 jewels hidden in very public places around the United States. Think diamonds, think rubies, think the rarest, most perfect Kashmir sapphire.
  • A Christian evangelist doctor has a go at a spot of wicca-bashing, following a pro-wiccan article in 'Seventeen' magazine. Reminds me of a bumper sticker a friend has - "He's your God, it's your sin. YOU go to hell!"
  • This new century finds us poised on the eve of the most exciting chapter in human space flight since the Apollo era, so why, asks the Guardian Newspaper, are there no Brits in space?
  • The climate change denial lobby - funded by the US oil industry - has now moved to the UK, warns the president of the Royal Society. Of course, the RS has always been a freemason conspiracy, right? *grin*
  • Scientists on Tuesday announced the discovery of the remains of 10 people, one dating back to 1,300 B.C., providing evidence of prehispanic cultures in Mexico City's sprawling Chapultepec Park.
  • Archeologist unearths biblical controversy - Artifacts from Iron Age fortress confirm Old Testament dates of Edomite kingdom
  • The Department of Defense has found another use for nanotechnology: a new class of weaponry that uses energy-packed nanometals to create powerful, compact bombs even more destructive than fuel/air explosives.
  • Asteroid "Douglasadams" was among the 71 newly named celestial objects announced Tuesday by the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center in Cambridge, Mass.
  • A technique which measures people's brain waves as they watch erotic film clips could provide the first quantitative method for measuring libido.
  • The colossal black hole at the centre of our galaxy was blasting out a million times more energy 350 years ago than it is today, a European Space Agency telescope has revealed. The dramatic discovery suggests it might well flare up again in the future.
  • Spirits in the Stones - we may now be able to hear the soundtrack of the Stone Age thanks to a new branch of archæological research, archæoacoustics.
  • Virtual reality is helping treat post-traumatic stress disorders stemming from the Iraq war, but developers want to go beyond sights and sounds, to touch and interactivity.
  • North Korea appears to have bought a complete nuclear weapon from either Pakistan or a former Soviet Union state, a South Korean newspaper said on Thursday quoting a source in Washington.
  • MIT is working on a new generation of high-tech spacesuits for 'extreme exploration', including a spray on skin of artificial muscles.

Quote of the Day:

Everybody who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching.

Oscar Wilde

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earthling's picture
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We should thank the pilot of that suspected meteorite for selflessly avoiding the village, and saving all those lives.

khefre's picture
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Ahh, science. I would think that monitoring areas of the anatomy other than the brain would yield a more effect measurement of sexual arousal. So what will come of this? Something like a mood ring apparatus that will act like Anolian throat patches when an attractive member of the opposite sex walks by? Take it a step further, and you could have your libido monitor contact theirs, and set up a date. Menta-Yenta, from Ronco.

Regards,
khefre

"Sex at age ninety is like trying to shoot pool with a rope."
-- George Burns

khefre's picture
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They're not finished with Earth yet; just taking a breather between rounds. But seriously, the HOP is probably still arguing over whether to use a large cannon or a trebuchet as a launch vehicle.

No offense, dudes. :D

Regards,
khefre

"The British have a remarkable talent for keeping calm, even when there is no crisis."
--Franklin P. Jones

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I'd like to amend Oscar Wilde's quote with:

",and moved to New Jersey."

Regards,
khefre

"I was recently on a tour of Latin America,and the only regret I have was that I didn't study Latin harder in school so I could converse with those people."
-- Dan Quayle

earthling's picture
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"science and acheology", so the archeologists don't get upset.

Cernig's picture
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Hi earthling,

Oops, big mistake there :0+

I have at least on friend who occasionally reads TDG who will kick my backend for that (Hi, Feorag!)

Regards, C

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I could add to Oscar Wilde's quote....and moved to Texas.
Or as we say in Australia..........
Those who can...do.
Those who can't...teach.

I love the idea of spray on skin.The idea would be excellent for Australia where we have the box jelly-fish.It is very dangerous swimming in some areas a they can kill.Sometimes people wear panty-hose to avoid being stung.
Spray on skin would solve the problem.

regards,
shadows

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Hi Shadows,

It's not just skin, its artificial muscles too! I love the idea, sounds like something from the back-page adds of an old DC comic, beside the X-ray specs and the carnivourous plants.

"In just seven minutes, you too can look like this!"

Regards, Cernig