News Briefs 13-07-2009

Wanna know what it really felt like to walk on the moon? Just scroll down to the eloquent photo at the bottom of this page.

  • Website to recreate the Apollo 11 mission in real time. will go live at 8:02 a.m. Thursday, 90 minutes before Apollo 11's launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla.
  • Contact Light: A personal retrospective of Project Apollo, by someone who, on his 13th birthday, got to watch Neil Armstrong descend the lunar module's ladder.
  • Last Man on the Moon: Gene Cernan, who left man's final footprint on the moon in 1972, describes what it was like to lift off from the launchpad, walk in space, spend three days exploring the lunar surface, and reenter the Earth's atmosphere.
  • Mirrors left on the moon by Apollo astronauts may provide the first cracks in Einstein's theory of gravity.
  • Launch already! Fourth scrubbed Endeavour blastoff has well-wishing relatives crossing their fingers for the next try -- at 6:51 p.m. today, if the weather cooperates.
  • In a Baja lagoon, something is going on between whales and marine biologists. Is it interspecies communication?
  • 'Rosetta Stone' of bacterial communication discovered.
  • Baby, you were born to run. But to run better, you need to ditch those running shoes.
  • DARPA plans to end swine flu using Triffid drugs. Possible minor zombification side effect.
  • New study shows how our food is killing us.
  • The history of how LSD inspired scientists and tech pioneers is discussed in this extract from This Is Your Country On Drugs: The Secret History of Getting High in America (Amazon US & UK). Includes a previously unpublished letter from Albert Hofmann to Steve Jobs.
  • Inquisition Neptune conspiracy vs Copernican Heresy: Did the Vatican suppress a hidden 'Galileo Cryptogram'?
  • Could Sardinia be the lost island of Atlantis?
  • Three Chinese miners survive 25 days trapped underground.
  • Dinosaurs burrowed to avoid winter's chill.
  • Former health-insurance exec exposes the truth about the battle over US healthcare.

Quote of the Day:

I'm not an atheist and I don't think I can call myself a pantheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many different languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn't know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God.

Albert Einstein


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red pill junkie's picture
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As an industrial designer, I find the Vibrams t be very interesting; however they sure could use some improvement with the colors offered! They should hire some famous graphic designer that could create some nice & cool concepts to be implemented on the Vibrams. Maybe something that made you look as if you had tattooed feet, or using tribal imagery.

It's not the depth of the rabbit hole that bugs me...
It's all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

Red Pill Junkie

Rick MG's picture
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Arch support in shoes is actually damaging your feet. The arch of your foot is muscle -- it needs excercise to get stronger. Arch supports don't allow the muscle to do its thing, getting bruised and weaker because of the muscle being pressed against the arch support all day instead of flexing. Most podiatrists are now warning against hiking shoes/boots with arch supports, encouraging you to exercise the arch muscle and develop stronger feet naturally -- gee, what an Einstein moment! I was also told by North Face salesmen that the arch support was just a marketing con (our shoes have arch support, the latest designs! Buy our shoes!).

When I walked the Milford Track in New Zealand last February, I wore special North Face hiking shoes with Vibram soles (and arch support) -- and I ended up taking them off halfway and wearing $20 Dunlop Volleys the rest. Much more agile with the rocks too, and my feet didn't ache as much at the end of the day.

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tihz_ho's picture
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Sort of blows the "Moon Landing Hoax" conspiracy theorists out of the water. Haha