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News Briefs 25-03-2009

Last week I was adopted by a one-eyed white cat from an animal shelter. I'll never wear black again, but it's good to be covered in cat fur. The cat thinks so too.

Thanks Greg, Kat, the cat, and the volunteers at Lort Smith.

Quote of the Day:

Thou art the Great Cat, the avenger of the Gods, and the judge of words, and the president of the sovereign chiefs and the governor of the holy Circle; thou art indeed...the Great Cat.

Inscription, Royal Tombs at Thebes

News Briefs 24-03-2009

Cold confusion today. Post your thoughts.

  • Space storm alert: 90 seconds from catastrophe.
  • New life for cold fusion. More on cold fusion here.
  • Water acts as a catalyst in explosives.
  • Star explodes and so might theory.
  • Cancer drug fuels tumour growth. I thought blood vessels carried oxygen to tumours to help kill the tumour.
  • Let it die: Rushkoff on the economy.
  • UK releases archive UFO files.
  • Alaskan volcano erupts.
  • Special yoghurt fights stomach ulcers.
  • Alcohol flush signals cancer risk.
  • Body illusions: leave your body behind.
  • Nanotube tech transforms CO2 into fuel.
  • Fears on Australia web clampdown.
  • A team of amoebas billions strong.
  • Superconducting sheets and gravitational waves.
  • Scientists can see your brain making mistakes.

Quotes of the Day:

Not by wrath does one kill, but by laughter.

Friedrich Nietzsche

News Briefs 23-03-2009

Big badda boom. Badda boom crash. Need priest to exocise computer.

Quote of the Day:

If this were a medical emergency, it appears it would look something like this:

The Illness- Reckless and irresponsible betting led to huge losses.
The Diagnosis- Insufficient gambling.
The Cure- A Trillion dollar stack of chips provided by the house.
The Prognosis- We are so screwed.

John Cole, at Balloon Juice.

News Briefs 20-03-2009

The first day of Spring has sprung. Happy Equinox to everyone!

Danke to RPJ and GT!

Quote of the Day:

“…How can you buy or sell the sky, the land?”

Chief Seattle, Ted Perry

News Briefs 19-03-2009

Boom goes the dynamite... of news

  • Mars rover Opportunity catches a first glimpse of its final destination.
  • The GOCE Satellite will map the subtle variations in Earth's gravity field. Hmm... I wonder what would happen if they scanned the Bermuda Triangle with it.
  • The pics that these teenager Spanish kids have posted on their Flickr page are *literally* out of this world!
  • UFOs photographed over London.
  • the Cylons take over the UN. Srsly!
  • Robot Madness: Creating true Artificial Intelligence. That's not madness, Doc; that's Loonicy!
  • Study rules out Fröhlich condensates in quantum consciousness model. As if you didn't know all about fröhliching and the condensation it causes, right? ;-)
  • Shining a light on the black box of decision-making.
  • An interview with Italian journalist Matt Baglio about the life of modern-day exorcists
  • Thousands in Tanzania fill anonymous forms naming suspects of involvement in the killing of albinos for ritual purposes. You don't have to be a witch to foresee the outcome.
  • What good is Harry's invisibility cloak, if you can't bloody see where you're going? A Chinese muggle is trying to solve that problem.
  • The flying car has finally taken off and it can be yours... if you can afford both its price and its *fuglyness* (Video).
  • Egyptian's 3,500-year-old tomb discovered in Luxor, covered with hierogliphics inspired by the Book of the Dead—they didn't have Kindles back then, you know.
  • What's all the fuzz with the dinofuzz? Click here to find out.
  • Jurassic Nanopark: Smallest meat-eating dinosaur in N. America discovered.
  • Bubbles are a dolphin's Game Boy (Video).
  • If you have diabetes, tobacco will save your life. Ok, put the damn cigarette out, 'cause that's *not* what I meant.
  • A plan that seeks to increase US competitiveness in the global markets involves sending 1 million college students a year to study abroad, especially in developing countries. Um, not to be cynical here, but I think the students are WAY ahead of this already XD
  • Obama needs a good advisor on Latin America, and he needs it faster than the rise of my murderous urge whenever I hear La Macarena (AAAAAaaaaargh!!!!).
  • Wasting Away in Hooverville—or why the neocon criticism of FDR's New Deal is stupid.
  • Go to your kitchen & turn on the faucet to fill a glass with water. What you just did will be considered a luxury to 5 billion people by 2030—now try to swallow...
  • The bad news: A huge chunk of Antartic ice will melt, raising the global sea level by 15 or 20 feet. Click here for the good news.
  • New article in Nature confirms what Hollywood has been preaching us for the last 10 years: New York city is f*$#ed.
  • We've seen the future ... and we may not be doomed. But governments are failing to respond to critical time-sensitive opportunities.

Arigato Greg.

Quote of the Day:

"Father Carmine saw a case where a woman vomited up a small black toad that was still alive. He went to catch it, and it dissolved into saliva. I had another priest who I talked to who dealt with a woman who vomited up seven little black nails, six of which dissolved into this black liquid. Father Carmine saw a woman vomiting up buckets of human sperm."

Extract from Matt Baglio's interview regarding modern-day exorcists.

'The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist' @ Amazon US & UK.

News Briefs 18-03-2009

This edition of the Tuenesday news comes with apologies to Monty Python for the paraphrasing...

Thanks Baldrick and Rick.

Quote of the Day:

A Africa!?

Monty Python's The Meaning of Life

News Briefs 16-03-2009

Remember all those Star Trek episodes that mention 'parsecs'? Thanks to Thunderbolts, I've just found out that one cubic parsec equals 9.78 cubic light-years. But burgyboy says wikipedia disagrees with that figure.
And congrats to Liverpool -- 4 to 1 is quite a rout!

Thanks RPJ.

Quote of the Day:


We should work toward a universal linked information system, in which generality and portability are more important than fancy graphics techniques and complex extra facilities.

The aim would be to allow a place to be found for any information or reference which one felt was important, and a way of finding it afterwards. The result should be sufficiently attractive to use that it the information contained would grow past a critical threshold, so that the usefulness the scheme would in turn encourage its increased use.

The passing of this threshold accelerated by allowing large existing databases to be linked together and with new ones.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, in Information Management: A proposal -- the modest 1989 proposal which led to the creation of the internet. Berners-Lee adds, 'Note that the only name I had for it at this time was 'Mesh' -- I decided on 'World Wide Web' when writing the code in 1990.'

News Briefs 13-03-2009

“Set the gearshift for the high gear of your soul…”

  • The science of time.
  • Your online guide to exoplanets, courtesy of the Planetary Society.
  • How do you survive the heavy bombardment of the Earth? Start digging now.
  • New study shows long-term exposure to minimal amounts of ozone pollution can be lethal.
  • Farmers inadvertently discover a Byzantine monastery buried beneath topsoil.
  • Forget plasma and LCD’s – I want my Holographic TV and I want it yesterday.
  • Cars of the future to feature self-healing super-paint… Yet still no hover or FTL option.
  • It’s so crazy it just might work; When far-fetched ways to save the planet suddenly don’t seem so out of this world.
  • Ancient, carved panels depicting Mayan cosmic monsters and the Popol Vuh unearthed in Guatemala.
  • The day the International Space Station played chicken with space debris.
  • The rich get richer, the poor are getting poorer... Were Johnny Rotten and Afrika Bambaata right all along? It’s world destruction and your life ain’t nothin’, the human race is becoming a disgrace…
  • What’s happened only once in the last 11 years and won’t happen again until 2015? Back-to-back months featuring Friday the 13th. The kind of odd occurence that makes Illinois reinstate Pluto as a planet – for the day.
  • Erasing trauma, one memory at a time. Meanwhile, in other ‘eternal sunshine’ headlines…
  • News from the frontline of the coming robot revolution: Robot responds to nonverbal commands from blissfully ignorant human masters.
  • Need more robot revolution evidence? Check out the robot substitute teacher, coming soon to a suburban nightmare near you.
  • In the battle of Ricky Gervais versus Elmo, everyone wins.
  • Monkey see, monkey floss.
  • From the ‘shark imitates life’ dept… The most well-preserved 4-million year-old great white fossil answers shark ancestry question.
  • What do the Raconteurs and White Stripes have in common? They make up ¾ of Jack White’s new band, ‘The Dead Weather’.

Merci beaucoup a RMG, RPG et GT!

Quote of the Day:

“There is no problem so great that it cannot be overcome through application of creative human thought…”

R. Kurzweil

News Briefs 12-03-2009

Time to exercise those neurons, folks!

Thanks Rick, Greg, Perceval & Kat.

Quote of the Day:

"One can argue that the military has devised plenty of contingency plans of which we’re unaware, and a defense against aliens might be one of them. But assuming this to be true is merely paranoia fed by irrational argument."

Seth Shostak

News Briefs 11-03-2009

Being bed-ridden with a 'flu virus from Hell won't stop the news.

Thanks Kat, Greg, and the elves.

Quote of the Day:

I sent my Soul through the Invisible,
Some letter of that After-life to spell:
And by and by my Soul return'd to me,
And answer'd "I Myself am Heav'n and Hell":

Heav'n but the Vision of fulfill'd Desire,
And Hell the Shadow from a Soul on fire,
Cast on the Darkness into which Ourselves,
So late emerged from, shall so soon expire.

We are no other than a moving row
Of Magic Shadow-shapes that come and go
Round with the Sun-illumined Lantern held
In Midnight by the Master of the Show;

Omar Khayyam