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News Briefs 17-08-2016


  • Charles Hoy Fort's Notes, transcribed and online.
  • Atoms are even smaller than we thought.
  • In possibly related news, the observable universe just got a bit smaller.
  • This physicist has a groundbreaking idea about why life exists.
  • We’ve been wrong about the origins of life for 90 years.
  • Solar storm nearly sparked war in 1967.
  • Scientists ‘reprogram’ mouse cortical neurons with light.
  • Possible cause of flashbacks discovered.
  • Split personality: Schizophrenia emerged after Humans diverged from Neanderthals.
  • Newly discovered primate bones appear to be the most primitive ever found.
  • Tribal leader shows off ‘smoked’ mummy he sleeps with.
  • Traces of sun storms locked in tree rings could confirm ancient historical dates.
  • 'Poltergeist' baffles hardened Police Scotland officers after they witness paranormal activity including levitating dog.
  • Headline of the day: Sex pigs halt traffic after laser attack on Pokémon teens.

Quote of the Day:

The fate of all explanation is to close one door only to have another fly wide open.

Charles Fort

News Briefs 16-08-2016

Come on baby light my goblet of fire...

Thanks to @UnlikelyWorlds.

Quote of the Day:

There's a lot of money in wars, except in the war on poverty. Can't make any bread helping the poor.

Lenny Bruce

News Briefs 15-08-2016

Pyramids of Earth and Mars, and everything else in between...

Quote of the Day:

Even when we are alone, we are never alone. We exist in symbiosis — a wonderful term that refers to different organisms living together. Some animals are colonised by microbes while they are still unfertilised eggs; others pick up their first partners at the moment of birth. We then proceed through our lives in their presence... Every one of us is a zoo in our own right — a colony enclosed within a single body. A multi-species collective. An entire world.

Ed Yong, in 'I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life'

News Briefs 12-08-2016

“Nirvana is a state of pure blissful knowledge.”

Quote of the Day:

“No self is of itself alone. It has a long chain of intellectual ancestors. The "I" is chained to ancestry by many factors … This is not mere allegory, but an eternal memory.”

E. Schrödinger

News Briefs 11-08-2016

Hang on tight fellow Grailers, as we explore today's news briefs together...

Quote of the Day:

The real problem of humanity is the following: we have paleolithic emotions; medieval institutions; and god-like technology

E.O. Wilson

News Briefs 10-08-2016

Events and accidents?

Quote of the Day:

My life seemed to be a series of events and accidents. Yet when I look back I see a pattern.

Benoit Mandelbrot

News Briefs 09-08-2016


Quote of the Day:

It seems that every time someone looks at the star, it gets weirder and weirder

Benjamin Montet, on KIC 8462852.

News Briefs 08-08-2016

All out of bubblegum...

Thanks Blair.

Quote of the Day:

Outside the limit of our sight, feeding off us, perched on top of us, from birth to death, are our owners! Our owners! They have us. They control us! They are our masters! Wake up! They're all about you! All around you!

They Live