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News Briefs 23-07-2009

Happy Maybe Day!

Linksthanks to Rick, Red, Greg & Kat

Quote of the Day:

Resonance is nature’s way of transferring information.

Edgar Mitchell

News Briefs 22-07-2009

The lunacy continues...

Quote of the Day:

Yes, there have been ET visitations. There have been crashed craft. There have been material and bodies recovered. There has been a certain amount of reverse engineering that has allowed some of these craft, or some components, to be duplicated. And there is some group of people that may or may not be associated with government at this point that have this knowledge. They have been attempting to conceal this knowledge. People in high level government have very little, if any, valid information about this. It has been the subject of disinformation in order to deflect attention and create confusion so the truth doesn’t come out.

Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 astronaut and sixth man on the moon

(Amazon)

News Briefs 21-07-2009

Stanley Kubrick - how could he?

  • July eclipse is best chance to look for gravity anomaly.
  • Strange new Air Force facility energizes ionosphere and fans conspiracy flames.
  • California's channel islands hold evidence Of Clovis-age comets.
  • Is the sun missing its spots?
  • One giant leap to nowhere.
  • How Kubrick faked the Apollo moon landings.
  • Get smarter.
  • What went wrong with economics.
  • Tough microbe has the right stuff for Mars.
  • Another fogged image of Stephan's Quintet.
  • The 10 alleged worst evolutionary designs.
  • The calorie delusion.
  • China finds new warriors at terracotta army site.
  • Growing sea lamprey embryos dramatically alter genomes.
  • Dust cloud circled entire globe.

Quote of the Day:

Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.

Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

News Briefs 20-07-2009

What an irresistible headline... More than one, come to think of it.

A big thanks to Greg for contributing most of today's news.

Quote of the Day:

God squanders infinite time and patience on the growth of a perfect thing.

Cash Bateman

News Briefs 17-07-2009

“That’s no moon…

Many dankes to RPJ

Quote of the Day:

“Remember… The ark was built by amateurs - but professionals built the Titanic.”

Author Unknown

News Briefs 16-07-2009

Got your wand ready?

...Er, that's not what I had in mind, Rick @_@

  • Pope absolves Harry. Eat your heart out, Robert!
  • Gap between scientists & public widens. Somewhere among the billions & billions of stars, Carl Sagan is weeping :(
  • Light: has it always been constant in speed?
  • Wanna simulate the Universe? Start by simulating the human brain.
  • Finally! After six attempts the candle was lit @ Florida. But wait...
  • 105-day Mission to Mars has ended, and the crew has returned home. What, you didn't know? see what happens when you don't read TDG every day?
  • Could Gary McKinnon kill himself if he's finally extradited to the US?
  • UFO caught near a crop circle?
  • "Off me field, you bloody Nordic aliens!" Armed farm worker threats some Scandinavian UFO hunters.
  • Hunger! Hunger! Hunger Cats! PURRRR!!! Hungry kittehs trick owners with baby cry mimicry.
  • Why did turtles develop a shell? Pfft! Because teenage ninjas need some shielding to protect their backs; I mean, hellooo?
  • Do crabs have rights? Hey, if they can sell burgers, they can vote & own fire arms in my book.
  • Scientists find Dino with Nine-Inch-Nails [Memo to Tool: you need to have someone find a shark or a giant spider that can be named after your band, PRONTO!]
  • (Video) Experts in Tokyo finish assembling skeleton replica of the biggest dino that ever dinoed.
  • Robot unemployment rate soars in Japan. The machines marched in protest holding claws & chanting "0100011010011" —*Snif* so touching.
  • Mad Max Vs Terminator? Australia seeks new army robots.
  • ...And speaking about mashups, here's a sneak pic to the hair-raising conclusion to the Alien vs Predator saga —produced by the BBC :-p
  • Thighbones were scepters for ancient Zapotec men? Because nothing says 'Big Boss' as wielding another dude's femur.
  • An Alberta archeologist feels certain to solve the Artic's most enduring mystery —No, it ain't no fattie in a red suit we're talking about.
  • Jamie Neale: The backpacker who came back from the dead.
  • Revolution by numbers: Mathematical model that reveals the tactics a small number of interlopers can use to seize power —read it quickly, before the NSA censors Math classes.
  • Chinese Ministry halts controversial electrotherapy program for Internet addicts. Thank God I wasn't born in China.
  • Russian activist Natalia Estemirova was found murdered. Estemirova was friend & collaborator of Anna Politkovskayaalso murdered in 2006— (more here) so now excuse me while I go punch a pillow with a photo of Vladimir Putin pasted on it, BRB >_<

Quote of the Day:

"I sit on a man's back, choking him, and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his lot by any means possible, except getting off his back"

Leo Tolstoy, 'Writings on Civil Disobedience and Nonviolence' (1886)

News Briefs 15-07-2009

Ambigrams are all the rage!

Quote of the Day:

If you have a particular faith or religion, that is good. But you can survive without it.

Dalai Lama

News Briefs 14-07-2009

2+2 makes 5 even when 4 is staring you in the face.

  • Is floating the last best hope for liberty?
  • Ancient runaway global warming still a mystery.
  • Girl's heart heals itself after transplant.
  • Study suggests oceans on ancient Venus.
  • Ancient fortress city unearthed in Egypt.
  • How chaos drives the brain.
  • The invisible hand trumped by Darwin?
  • Transgender mummy discovered in museum collection.
  • Unholy Grail Nazi chalice revealed in fraud case
  • Amphibians mate under a full moon.
  • The great worm of Avebury.
  • Gigantic orange sphere hovers over man causing missing time.
  • How old are the stars?
  • The smoking gun?
  • Time-series photos of death of the Aral Sea.

Quote of the Day:

We simply must do everything we can in our power to slow down global warming before it is too late. The science is clear.The global warming debate is over.

Arnold Schwarzeneggar

The solution?

Get to the chopper

Arnold Schwarzeneggar

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. WeChooseTheMoon.org 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

News Briefs 10-07-2009

"The truth may be out there, but the lies are inside your head." - Terry Pratchett

Quote of the Day:

No doubt, in the depth of my eye, the picture is painted. The picture, certainly, is in my eye. But me, I am in the picture.

Jacques Lacan