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News Briefs: 22-07-2015

I'll split the atom! I am the fifth dimension! I am the eighth wonder of the world!

Quote of the Day:

Consciousness itself is an infinite regress; this explains coincidences.

Robert Anton Wilson

News Briefs 21-07-2015

We're almost at 3000 Facebook likes - like the Daily Grail on Zuckerberg's Spying Network and take us towards 4000!

Thanks @anomalistnews.

Quote of the Day:

Even if intelligence were widespread in the cosmos, we may only ever recognise a small and atypical fraction of it. Some “brains” may package reality in a fashion that we can’t conceive. Others could be living contemplative lives, perhaps deep under some planetary ocean, doing nothing to reveal their presence. The only type of intelligence we could detect would be the (perhaps small) subset that used a technology attuned to our own parochial concepts.

Sir Martin Rees

News Briefs 20-07-2015

Mic check - say g'day in the comments if you're a regular reader!

Quote of the Day:

The web was not envisioned as a form of television when it was invented. But, like it or not, it is rapidly resembling TV: linear, passive, programmed and inward-looking.

Hossein Derakhshan ("The Web We Have to Save")

News Briefs 17-07-2015

“To try to be happy is to try to build a machine with no other specification than that it shall run noiselessly.”

Quote of the Day:

“There are no secrets about the world of nature. There are secrets about the thoughts and intentions of men.”

R. Oppenheimer

News Briefs 16-07-2015

You may think it's just a dwarf planet, Neil, but Pluto sure looks like it has a bigger heart than you!

Thanks to New Horizons. Don't forget to write, little guy!

Quote of the Day:

"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog."

˜Mark Twain

News Briefs 15-07-2015


  • Nosferatu director's head stolen from grave in Germany.
  • Astronomers spot black hole so big, it defies current theories of galaxy evolution.
  • Marden Henge to rival Stonehenge, says leading archaeologist.
  • The last Viking and his magical sword?
  • Outernet and Creative Commons to build a Library From Space.
  • Secret UFO files released as German government lose the right to keep research private.
  • The boneyard of the bizarre that rewrites Briton's Celtic past.
  • So-called haunted dolls: the hot new collectors items.
  • Rendlesham: UFO researcher claims Men in Black tapped phone and tried to end her alien probe.
  • Is the Tasmanian Tiger alive and living on the mainland?
  • New cell division mechanism discovered.
  • Newly-discovered Maya Pyramid at Tonina is one of the biggest.
  • 'Oldest' computer music unveiled.
  • Large Hadron Collider discovers new pentaquark particle.
  • What happens when you give a tree an email address?

Quote of the Day:

“Have you thought of an ending?"
"Yes, several, and all are dark and unpleasant."

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

News Briefs 14-07-2015

17 years posting the news, and nobody's done a Turing test on me yet...

Quote of the Day:

Most of the intelligence out there must be artificial intelligence. We keep looking for critters like us living on a planet like ours, where in fact the majority of the intelligence out there is not biological. That would be my argument.

Seth Shostak

News Briefs 13-07-2015

Just in case you're eating calamari right now...

Quote of the Day:

Call intuition cosmic fishing. You feel a nibble, then you've got to hook the fish.

Buckminster Fuller

News Briefs 09-07-2015

C'mon FOX! You call that a tease!!

Thanks to Charles.

Quote of the Day:

"Trust in dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity."

˜Khalil Gibran