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News Briefs 12-02-2010

“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one…”

Danke to RPJ, GT and Airminded.

Quote of the Day:

“Everything should be as simple as it is, but not simpler…”

A. Einstein

News Briefs 11-02-2010

This Wednesday night I had the privilege of meeting, talking to, and shaking hands with one of the best writers in the world.

It cost me my best jacket, too —but what the frak! it was *so* worth it :)

Thanks to Rick, Kat, Greg & to Maestro Carlos.

Quote of the Day:

"Education does not bring us closer to the Truth, but to the search for the Truth"

Carlos Fuentes

News Briefs 10-02-2010

I think there's enough leftover for RPJ tomorrow.

Thanks Kat.

Quote of the Day:

"True love is a discipline in which each divines the secret self of the other and refuses to believe in the mere daily self."

William Butler Yeats

News Briefs 09-02-2010

More accuracy is often just real change...

  • Easy equals true.
  • When your brain gets the joke.
  • More evidence of water on Enceladus.
  • Seemingly loopy technique could dramatically improve communications networks.
  • Pentagon looks to breed immortal synthetic organisms.
  • Paralyzing the frown muscles inhibits the ability to understand anger and sadness.
  • Which organs can I live without and how much can I get for them?
  • The interconnected sun. Part One. Part Two.
  • At last we will know how bright the stars really are.
  • Founders of British obstetrics were callous murderers.
  • A tree carving in California: ancient astronomers?
  • Photosynthetic slugs.
  • Electric planes could transform how we fly.
  • New theory on the origin of primates.

Quote of the Day:

No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own wings.

William Blake

News Briefs 08-02-2010

... not to reproduce what we can already see, but to make visible what we cannot

Thanks Rick

Quote of the Day:

The invisible & the non-existent often look very much alike.

Julia Sweeney

News Briefs 05-02-2010

Reality is the new myth

Quote of the Day:

But my dear man, reality is only a Rorschach ink-blot, you know.

Alan Watts

News Briefs 04-02-2010

I don't know about you, but I feel more like an alien from inner space.

Big thanks to Greg and Red Pill Junkie.

Quote of the Day:

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

News Briefs 03-02-2010

Fnord is not a Norwegian word.

Thanks to bleepingdeadalien.

Quote of the Day:

The Pope being a dick doesn't discredit religion just as Dawkins being a dick doesn't discredit science.

John Reppion, who's copping a lot of flak but -- we Grailers 'get' it. ;-)

News Briefs 02-02-2010

Homeopathy is taking a bashing. Anyone remember Benveniste?

  • Global warming science implodes overseas: American media silent.
  • Mythical temple found in Peru.
  • Smart Dust? Not quite, but we’re getting there.
  • How Paulson's people colluded with Goldman to destroy AIG and get a backdoor bailout.
  • Obama cancels moon project.
  • Twins' different DNA sparks parents' divorce.
  • Sceptics stage homeopathy overdose. More here.
  • Bloom and bust: how volcanoes suffocated ocean life.
  • The Grasping Hand: The modern democratic state pillages its productive citizens.
  • A skeptic's skeptic.
  • What to get the man who has everything? An underwater plane of course.
  • Paying zero for public services.
  • Laser fusion test results raise energy hopes.
  • DNA testing on 2000 year-old bones in Italy reveal East Asian ancestry.
  • Fetid fish revise understanding of fossil formation.

Quote of the Day:

I have learned to use the word 'impossible' with the greatest caution.

Wernher von Braun

News Briefs 01-02-2010

A palindrome of news:

A howling thanks to Kat & Perceval.

Quote of the Day:

"What's real? What's not? That's what I do in my act, test how other people deal with reality".

Andy Kaufman