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News Briefs 08-11-2007

Feel free to post a review of Darklore to Amazon. Our good friend Michael Tymn already has...

Quote of the Day:

LeMay said, "If we'd lost the war, we'd all have been prosecuted as war criminals." And I think he's right. He, and I'd say I, were behaving as war criminals. LeMay recognized that what he was doing would be thought immoral if his side had lost. But what makes it immoral if you lose and not immoral if you win?

Robert McNamara

News Briefs 07-11-2007

So much great news posted at TDG the past week, I hope you have room for more.

Quote of the Day:

Personally, if someone digs me up in a thousand years, I hope there's a curse on them, too.

Agent Mulder, The X-Files

News Briefs 06-11-2007

More deception comes your way.

  • Operation begins on Indian girl with eight limbs.
  • Scientists baffled by Indonesian volcano.
  • More artificial ruins on the moon.
  • On possible electric phenomena in solar systems and nebulae.
  • Gene links breastfeeding to IQ. If you are happy you perform better on tests.
  • Volcanoes may have swallowed early Earth's oxygen.
  • Comet draws scientific and amateur interest.
  • Extinction theory falls from favour.
  • Stonehenge's huge support settlement.
  • Life in 2020.
  • The Salzburg cube.
  • Thought police: how brain scans could invade your private life.
  • Proposals to terraform Mars about, but are any of them feasible?
  • UK climate bill's 60% emission cut.

Quote of the Day:

The secret of life is to appreciate the pleasure of being terribly, terribly deceived.

Oscar Wilde

News Briefs 02-11-2007

Apathy makes the baby Jesus cry...

Thanks Kat and Rick.

Quote of the Day:

I could be mistaken. Maybe it was another bald-headed, jigsaw-puzzle-tattooed, naked guy I saw.

Mulder ('The X-Files')

News Briefs 01-11-2007

Roswell, Presidential candidates, and LSD. Sounds like a fun night out in anyone's books...

Thanks Kat.

Quote of the Day:

I didn't go looking for LSD, it came looking for me; it decided to ring my doorbell, to make its presence known... the world needs it now more than ever.

Albert Hofmann

News Briefs 31-10-2007

It's an auspicious night, the cat has brought me a mouse just as I start the news. Darn, it's a toy mouse, not a real one; but it's the thought that counts.

Quote of the Day:

Receiving a visit from outer space sounds almost as comfortable as having a God. Yet we shouldn't rejoice too soon. Perhaps we will get the visitors we deserve.

Jacques Vallee

News Briefs 30-10-2007

Sleepers awake and post your interesting dreams.

  • Military experiments target the Van Allen Belts.
  • How the push for infant academics may be a waste of time or worse.
  • The Venusian greenhouse.
  • The really long goodbye of the baby boomers.
  • Haydn versus Mozart. Celebrity death match with kid gloves.
  • Let there be Aluminium 42. Experiment creates surprise isotope.
  • Why blame me? It was all my brain's fault. Put the brain on the witness stand!
  • Electric Io revisited.
  • Iran threatens decisive strike if US attacks.
  • Ming the clam is the oldest animal. Flash Gordon must be a cockle.
  • Researchers show evidence of memory in cells and molecules.
  • Light activated cancer drug hope.
  • Aliens caused Sicily fires. Blaming ET for the Electric Universe.
  • Building tomorrow's nanofactory.
  • Digging the scene: Dinos buried and built dens. Or, quick get digging. There's a giant conflagration headed this way.
  • Altering perception: good outcomes from club drugs?
  • Scientists say dark matter does not exist.
  • Debunking the commercial press, and why scientists hate to talk to the media.
  • Airforce veteran chimes in on Phoenix Lights.

Thanks Greg

Quote of the Day:

We have no dreams at all or interesting ones. We should learn to be awake the same way - not at all or in an interesting manner.

Friedrich Nietzsche

News Briefs 29-10-2007

Idiots*: a word derived from ancient Greek, meaning those who ignore public matters. Always something interesting to learn here at TDG. But there's way too much news today, to fill you in on everything.

Quote of the Day:

Who would have ever thought that I would make Fox News announcing the end of the world?

Vincent Bridges, in his blog, yesterday, on the Lost Book of Nostradamus.

News Briefs 26-10-2007

Sometimes, sniffing around reveals the most interesting things...

Quote of the Day:

“Eddies,” said Ford, “in the space-time continuum.”

“Ah,” nodded Arthur, “is he. Is he.” He pushed his hands into the pockets of his dressing gown and looked knowledgeably into the distance.

'Life, the Universe and Everything' (Douglas Adams)

News Briefs 25-10-2007

Presidential weirdness awaits you in today's news briefs...

  • Did Italian saint Padro Pio fake his stigmata with acid?
  • Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich said to have had a UFO encounter at the home of Shirley Maclaine (the smell of roses bit is very interesting...).
  • Man levitates outside the White House (with video). Cool trick (or is it.....cue Twilight Zone music).
  • The art of Ouija.
  • Are they monsters, or make-believe?
  • When being the big fish in the pond isn't so great...small fish eats fish 4 times its size. And I thought I felt full after last night's dinner...
  • Scientific studies showing that the foraging patterns of albatrosses, bumblebees and deer conform to a single mathematical axiom all got it wrong, say researchers.
  • Rabbi reveals the name of the Messiah. Much to my disappointment, it isn't 'Brian'.
  • St Bernard study casts doubt on creationism. There wasn't any before?
  • China launches lunar orbiter with patriotic zeal. As opposed to those other space-faring nations, with nary a flag in sight...
  • Russian cockroach gives birth to the "first creatures conceived in space" (assuming we're alone in this big 'ole Universe...). Now that's a Space Race that could get interesting...
  • Space elevator isn't going anywhere yet. Negative points to that journalist for not going with the obvious headline, "Space elevator stuck on ground floor".
  • Some fun DIY: How to build your own Sputnik. I have an old satellite dish I'm going to throw out next week - anybody know of a fun DIY project for that?
  • Or how about this one: Nigerian man builds helicopters from junk.
  • Near-Earth 'space bubbles' mapped for the first time.
  • Could quantum effects explain consciousness? (New Scientist subscription required).
  • What happens when you spend eleven days awake? Elephants on Acid, and other Bizarre Experiments is available from Amazon US.
  • Micro-robot can travel through blood vessels and clear arteries. Sounds like a Fantastic Voyage...
  • The future is here right now, if you can read the signs, says futurist.
  • Scientists have a new way to reshape nature - but none can predict the cost...
  • Ancient cataclysm rearranged Pacific map.
  • Fossil record supports evidence of an impending mass extinction.
  • Ethiopia begins re-erecting the famed Axum obelisk.
  • Solomon's Temple artifacts found by Muslim workers.
  • Archaeologist claims legendary Qin palace didn't exist.
  • Presidential contender says signers of the U.S. Declaration of Independence were "brave people, most of whom, by the way, were clergymen." How wrong was he? 'Pants on Fire' wrong.

Quote of the Day:

After sleeping through a hundred million centuries we have finally opened our eyes on a sumptuous planet, sparkling with color, bountiful with life. Within decades we must close our eyes again. Isn’t it a noble, an enlightened way of spending our brief time in the sun, to work at understanding the universe and how we have come to wake up in it? This is how I answer when I am asked - as I am surprisingly often - why I bother to get up in the mornings.

Richard Dawkins