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News Briefs 07-01-2010

Whoa... Déjà vu.

A big piece of rosca de reyes to Greg, Rick & Kat.

Quote of the Day:

"You can tell your children of the day when everyone looked up and realized that they were only tenants of this world. We have been given a new lease and a warning from the landlord."

Excerpt from the movie '2010: The Year We Make Contact'

News Briefs 06-01-2010

I think I remember how to post news. If I push this button...

Thanks to Greg and Kat.

Quote of the Day:

“The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.”

--Bertrand Russell

News Briefs 04-01-2010

...and New Year's desserts. For your convenience, here's a link to Sunday's News Briefs. Hey, I figured after such a long break, you'd enjoy a double dose. ;-)

Quote of the Day:

Let's bid a not at all fond farewell to the decade in which we achieved nothing and learned nothing.

Paul Krugman, in The Big Zero.

News Briefs 03-01-2010

Christmas leftovers...

Thanks Randy.

Quote of the Day:

To say that one had 'seen the light' is a poor description of the mental rapture which only the convert knows. … The new light seems to pour across the skull. … There is now an answer to every question. Doubts and conflicts are a matter of the tortured past—a past already remote, when one had lived in dismal ignorance in the tasteless, colorless world of those who don't know.

Arthur Koestler, who came by this insight the hard way.

News Briefs 30-12-2009

Stopping in to add some news briefs. Because life can't be all about reef fishing, snorkelling off tropical isles, reading books and watching blockbuster James Cameron movies...can it?

Quote of the Day:

The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once.

Albert Einstein

News Briefs 18-12-2009

My God, it’s full of… watery planets.

A plethora of thanks to the one they call Greg.

Quote of the Day:

“If we have learned one thing from the history of invention and discovery, it is that, in the long run - and often in the short one - the most daring prophecies seem laughably conservative.”

Arthur C. Clarke

News Briefs 17-12-2009

It's been a hard decade's night...

Thanks to Zach & Moezilla.

Quote(s) of the Day:

"By all means, we should apply our own powers of reason to every interesting problem. But when our reasoning leads to some conclusion at odds with the apparent consensus of a lot of smart people who seem to know what they’re talking about — whether it’s on the nature of dark energy, the best way to quantize gravity, the most effective route to health care reform, or the state of the environment — the burden is on us to understand the nature of that difference and try to reconcile it, not to take refuge in “experts don’t know everything” and related anti-intellectual piffle."

Sean Carroll

"A danger sign of the lapse from true skepticism into dogmatism is an inability to respect those who disagree."

Dr. Leonard George

News Briefs 16-12-2009

What's a skeptic? Read today's news, and you'll be even more confused...

Thanks Kat.

Quote of the Day:

[S]keptics must set aside the conceit that our goal is a cultural revolution or the dawning of a new Enlightenment. That concept resonates with me as powerfully as it does with anyone, but it is a dream with a bitter price: exhaustion and disappointment. After decades of labor, the horizon is just as far away as ever.

Daniel Loxton

News Briefs 15-12-2009

Assorted misunderstandings...

  • The science of success.
  • Memphis pilot spots triangular UFO the size of a football field.
  • People who look young for their age live longer.
  • Hospital study shows full moon werewolf effect.
  • People with autism have a problem with self-awareness.
  • Octopus uses coconut shells as a suit of armour (with video). I dub thee Sir Phelapod.
  • Unprecedented warming? Science shows total fraud.
  • Walkout triggers Copenhagen breakdown.
  • Kansas scientists probe mysterious possible comet strikes on Earth.
  • Super-earths found around sunlike stars.
  • Psychiatry's civil war.
  • Rock-breathing bacteria could generate electricity and clean up oil spills.
  • Giant virus discovery trumps scifi.
  • Clever folds in a globe give new perspectives on Earth.
  • Sex and the eight-circuit brain.
  • Seeing red giants.

Quote of the Day:

You're only as young as the last time you changed your mind.

Timothy Leary

News Briefs 14-12-2009

Just in time for the holidays...

Thanks to Greg.

Quote of the Day:

Well there ain't no time to wonder why,
Whoopee! we're all gonna die.

Country Joe & the Fish