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News Briefs 04-04-2014

“However vast the darkness…"

Quote of the Day:

“...We must supply our own light.”

S. Kubrick

News Briefs 03-04-2014

Last month on the Grail was the biggest reader numbers ever. Welcome to all you new Grailers!

Quote of the Day:

The laws of nature are but the mathematical thoughts of God.

Euclid

News Briefs 01-04-2014

It's April 1 folks. I've done my best to filter out the foolishness, but might still be worth doubling-down on your dose of caveat lector before you begin exploring today's new briefs...

Quote of the Day:

A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.

William Shakespeare

News Briefs 31-03-2014

Hard disk recovery = News Briefs recovery. Was NOT looking forward to to rewriting the news on my iPad from a photo of my frozen Mac screen!

  • The first transparent 3D-printed skull has been successfully implanted.
  • Speaking of see-through heads: glass brain - an anatomically-realistic real-time 3D brain visualisation.
  • Still speaking of see-through heads: a transparent head might foil facial recognition software, but won't stop scientists recognising the face you're thinking of.
  • Whales are cool and all, but this is getting desperate, no? How whale faeces help slow Antarctic warming.
  • Mirage Men - how the US government created the UFO myth §now online.
  • Wirral mathematician solves secrets of stonehenge.
  • How to prove the paranormal: scientists discuss.
  • Quantum experiments show how time emerges from entanglement.
  • Just don't blame the bankers: former World Bank senior council says a "second species" on Earth controls money & religion.
  • Suspended animation trials on humans begin.
  • Could "Ancient Egyptian" glyphs found in Australia rewrite history?
  • Researchers are giving psychedelics to cancer patients to help alleviate their despair - and it's working.
  • James Lovelock: 'Instead of robots taking over the world, what if we join with them?'.
  • Demons, mummies and ancient curses: should the British Museum be afraid?.
  • How to unmake a sea serpent: the case of the Scoliophis Atlanticus.
  • Controversial glow-in-the-dark plants go on sale.
  • How to bake scientifically accurate cake planets.
  • 10 of the most bizarre books ever written.

Quote of the Day:

One man practicing kindness in the wilderness is worth all the temples this world pulls.

Jack Kerouac

News Briefs 28-03-2014

“Every now and then a man's mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation…”

Quote of the Day:

“…and never shrinks back to its former dimensions.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

News Briefs 27-03-2014

Still looking for the PAUSE button…

Thanks Kat & Susan.

Quote of the Day:

"There are cultural, religious, and even political reasons that the story of scientific progress and political enlightenment are so attractive, and filter down even into our children’s entertainment. It allows us to see ourselves as the apex of history, the culmination of an inevitable, upward surge of improvement. It reassures us that our political values are righteous, and reminds us who the enemies are. The messy, complex, non-linear movement of actual history, by contrast, is unsettling, humbling—even terrifying."

~David Sessions, blogger for The Daily Beast.

News Briefs 25-03-2014

Too many meatspace responsibilities, not enough time for Grail duties. But the TDG news briefs wait for no man...

Quote of the Day:

Cause you are a single grain
A mere molecule
Mistaken for a king
You're only a simple fool

Dallas Green/City and Colour, "Take Care"

News Briefs 24-03-2014

How's your eyesight?

Quote of the Day:

I have seen the truth, and the truth has made me odd

Flannery O'Connor