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News Briefs 12-02-08

From Aesop to Aesop.

  • Aesop's translators have had varied agendas.
  • Self-cleaning wool and silk developed using nanotechnology.
  • X-rays betray giant electrical particle accelerator in the sky.
  • With climate swing a culture bloomed in the Americas.
  • Computer simulations strongly support new theory of Earth's core.
  • 2,500 years ago, a city bigger than Athens in Orissa.
  • Organic molecules found on alien world for first time.
  • New cosmic theory unites dark forces. Sounds like the aether to me.
  • Napolean didnt die from arsenic poisoning. But dont worry, he did die.
  • Implanting false memories.
  • How writing changed the world. How about the change from seeing is believing to reading is believing? Or how about...

Quote of the Day:

Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.

Aesop

News Briefs 11-02-2008

Arrghhhh! Help! Murphy's after me again.

Quote of the Day:

A world entirely conquered by technology, entirely dominated by industrial processes, entirely occupied by man and machine, would be a world unfit to live in.

Edward Abbey

News Briefs 08-02-2008

Is your guitar gently weeping?

Thanks Rick and RPJ.

Quote of the Day:

My idea in "My Sweet Lord," because it sounded like a "pop song," was to sneak up on them a bit. The point was to have the people not offended by "Hallelujah," and by the time it gets to "Hare Krishna," they're already hooked, and their foot's tapping, and they're already singing along "Hallelujah," to kind of lull them into a sense of false security. And then suddenly it turns into "Hare Krishna," and they will all be singing that before they know what's happened, and they will think, "Hey, I thought I wasn't supposed to like Hare Krishna!"

George Harrison

News Briefs 07-02-2008

Well… here goes nothing!

Muchas gracias Greg, Kat & Rick

Quote of the day:

"I don´t care about them [scientists]. They only give us great publicity! This is great! I will be worried when they don´t talk about me! You remember what I said to you about Oscar Wilde? There's only one thing worse than being talked about and that's not being talked about. I will be then very worried when suddenly they stop speaking about Uri Geller. Then I know it´s the end of Uri Geller".

Uri Geller

News Briefs 06-02-2008

I never know what day or date it is until Wednesday.

Thanks Greg and Kat.

Quote of the Day:

"I am aware that hundreds of military and airline pilots, airport personnel, astronomers, missile trackers and other competent observers have reported sightings . . . These UFOs are interplanetary devices systematically observing the earth, either manned or under remote control, or both."

Colonel Joseph Bryan, CIA (1960).

News Briefs 05-02-08

Sublime and ridiculous.

  • Navy tests incredible sci-fi weapon.
  • Keeping your brain fit.
  • Ocean hydrocarbons made from rocks.
  • Why were the 911 tapes destroyed?
  • Were the Caesars astronauts?
  • Plasma life forms: aliens from a parallel earth.
  • But is it really exercise?
  • The X-ray jets of Circinus X1.
  • An altar beyond Olympus for a deity predating Zeus.
  • Drop of blood can predict future diseases.
  • Turning physics on its ear.
  • Ancient Nasca iron ore mine discovered.
  • Ayahuasca: a strange brew.
  • Should fluoride be forced upon us?
  • Mendel upended.

Quote of the Day:

The multitude of books is making us ignorant.

Voltaire

News Briefs 04-02-2008

With apologies to Kuato... Open your mind. Open your mind! Open your mind!

Quote of the Day:

I'll admit that I wasn't excited about running the initial story of the mysterious sightings when it came to us last week. I was even less excited the next day when I opened the paper and saw the word “UFO” in the headline. (That's what I get for leaving the office early.)
At first glance, I screamed. Then I said a couple of bad words. I'm not a fan of tabloids and I was worried that we looked like one.
...
Since the story broke, and spread across the world, I've been contacted by four editors in the country congratulating me for having the “guts” and “good sense” to go with the story.
“You are listening to what the citizens are telling you, and newspapers don't do much of that any more,” one wrote.

Sara Vanden Berge, Managing Editor of the Stephenville Empire-Tribune, in this January 18 editorial.

News Briefs 01-02-2008

Little bit late today. What can I say, I try to have a life every now and then...

Quote of the Day:

About the million dollar prize, I would be worried if I were you because of the fact that we have perinormal possibilities.

Richard Dawkins, to James Randi

News Briefs 31-01-2008

Likely my last Thursday news update for a while, with Red Pill Junkie coming on board to help out here at TDG. Make him welcome!

Thanks Rick.

Quote of the Day:

The fact that the Earth bends time has to be taken into account, otherwise our sat-navs would drift by 11km per day.

Dr Brian Cox

News Briefs 30-01-2008

Long and bitter, and a touch controversial.

Thanks Greg.

Quote of the Day:

"Behind the scenes, high-ranking Air Force officers are soberly concerned about the UFOs. But through official secrecy and ridicule, many citizens are led to believe the unknown flying objects are nonsense."

Admiral Roscoe Hillenkoetter, former CIA Director (1960)