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News Briefs 10-11-2007

What do you think? Would the development of smarter-than-human A.I. cause a nerdocalypse?

  • Ancient escape tunnel found in Jerusalem.
  • The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico is the largest and most sensitive radio telescope on Earth, conducting searches of the galactic frontier for intelligent life and potentially destructive asteroids, but due to cuts in funding, the project is now in jeopardy, sending ripples of despair through the scientific community.
  • Greenland ice cap is melting so quickly it's triggering earthquakes.
  • 'Beyond Einstein' research should begin with mission to study dark energy.
  • Hunting the holy grail of fusion.
  • Rain Mice: Mutated human gene turns mice into autistic savants.
  • Microchip for people may cause cancer: Company didn't tell public of decade-old studies tying device to rat tumors.
  • Techies ponder computers smarter than us at The Singularity Summit: AI and the Future of Humanity.
  • Brilliant Houdinis of the Deep: A leading indicator of octopus intelligence is that they get bored. Close-up of Shania the octopus being entertained by a smelt-filled Mr. Potato Head.
  • 'Systems Biology' poised to revolutionize understanding of cell function and disease.
  • Study finds good first-year teachers make the biggest, longest-lasting difference for primary school students.
  • Women's health is much more at risk from sleep deprivation than men's.
  • Depression found to cause more physical damage than angina, arthritis, asthma, and diabetes.
  • From coffee and nicotine to pathogens and traces of explosives, newly modified device can identify substances on any kind of surface, including skin, within seconds. More.
  • Engineers use new technique to extend the service-life of aging satellites.
  • Company's patent claims new ultracapacitor will replace the electrochemical battery, meaning a motorist could plug in a car for five minutes and drive 500 miles roundtrip without gasoline.
  • By shining a laser on surface veins, such as those on the wrist and inside the cheek, researchers are able to reveal and count circulating tumor cells.
  • Prion proteins may activate endogenous retroviruses in infected brain cells.
  • Psychological studies show that, for all their intuitive appeal, denials and clarifications paradoxically contribute to the resiliency of popular myths.
  • Got kids? Science Theater's videos (mp4) explain various scientific concepts. Not quite as sexy as Bill Nye or Marc Abrahams, but then, few are.
  • In this CSpan RealPlayer video, William Rodriquez, the last person to get out of the World Trade Center alive, talks about his experiences in the WTC on 9/11, and explains why he doesn't believe the official 9/11 narrative. (The link above worked for me - no webpage loads, but RealPlayer pops up with the right video. To skip the lengthy intro, scroll forward to 26 minutes. If all else fails, go to, and do a search for "William Rodriguez".)

Quote of the Day:

Technology is heading here. It will predictably get to the point of making artificial intelligence. The mere fact that you cannot predict exactly when it will happen down to the day is no excuse for closing your eyes and refusing to think about it.

Eliezer Yudkowsky, co-founder of the Palo Alto-based Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence.

News Briefs 07-09-2007

Computer problems today, so forgive the brevity...

Thanks Rick and Kat.

Quote of the Day:

The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.

Terry Pratchett

News Briefs 06-09-2007

Thursday again, and my supply seems to be dwindling. Who do I talk to about ordering some more?

Thanks Rick.

Quote of the Day:

God does not play dice with the universe; He plays an ineffable game of his own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of any of the other players, to being involved in an obscure and complex version of poker in a pitch dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a dealer who won't tell you the rules, and who smiles all the time.

Terry Pratchett

News Briefs 05-09-2007

I don't know why, but archaeology news is hard to come by on Wednesdays.

Thanks Kat.

Quote of the Day:

There is no doubt in my mind, after 37 years of study and investigation that the evidence is overwhelming that planet Earth is being visited by intelligently controlled vehicles whose origin is extraterrestrial. There are no acceptable arguments against flying saucer reality, only people who either haven’t studied the relevant data or have a strong will not to believe that Earth is at the bottom of the heap sociologically and technologically in our local galactic neighborhood.

Stanton Friedman

News Briefs 04-09-07

As 911 anniversary approaches are we any the wiser as to what actually happened?

  • Hardfire: 911 debate - Fetzer vs. Roberts. Part 1, part 2 and part 3.
  • The year the global warming hoax died.
  • One child foreign policy. Or a veiled rivers of blood speech.
  • No plan to excavate Qin Mausoleum.
  • The return of the Doomsday machine?
  • Ancient humans dodged super-eruption.
  • Archaeologist provides alternative theory as to how first cities grew.
  • Exploring the extreme.
  • Earth’s heat buoys up its crust. Lets hope there’s no weather inside the earth - would an asthenospheric cold front sink New York? Or cause an earthquake in Peru?
  • Washington and Lafayette: should revolutionary ideals be imposed on others?
  • Hunt for Noah’s Ark takes on a new dimension.
  • Oldest living thing found in ice.
  • The neuropsychology of synaesthesia.
  • Fiery UFO blows up off New Jersey.
  • UFOs really do exist out there.
  • Famous rocket scientist saw Roswell spacecraft.
  • Holes in space.

Quote of the Day:

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.

Bertrand Russell

News Briefs 03-09-2007

I'd like to go up this stairway to heaven.

Quote of the Day:

When will I begin my life again? One day I'll fly away - leave all this to yesterday. Why live life from dream to dream, and dread the day that dreaming ends?

Lyricist Joseph Leslie Sample. Here are Randy's and Nicole's versions. To hear more from Joe, go here, and click 'Listen to samples'.

News Briefs 31-08-2007

OMG, Andrew Johns took drugs throughout his career! Drug hysteria descends upon Australia! I'm sure a few beers on the weekend will help relax everyone...

Thanks Rick.

Quote of the Day:

Hell itself is weary of Earth. The son of Darkness cometh now to challenge his right: and seeing all prepared and provided, desires to establish himself a kingdom.

'Murifri' (communicating with John Dee and Edward Kelley)

News Briefs 30-08-2007

Happy birthday to my beautiful Isis!

Quote of the Day:

When a person identifies himself with a group his critical faculties are diminished and his passions enhanced by a kind of emotive resonance. The individual is not a killer, the group is, and by identifying with it, the individual becomes one. This is the infernal dialect reflected in man's history.

Arthur Koestler

News Briefs 28-08-2007

Archaeology, UFOs, ghosts, and Middle Eastern crises: plenty for everyone.

Quote of the Day:

No one can predict how deep the decline in Western economies that is underway will go, because there is so little transparent information. Within the U.S., the government is hiding the severity of the crisis in order to prevent a collapse of consumer confidence.

from an article by Richard C. Cook for Global Research, August 28th 2007

News Briefs 28-08-07

It’s official. The moon is gay.

  • Lost city of Mu found.
  • $4.5 Billion bet on another 911 within 4 weeks.
  • Mars direct.
  • Graphic changes to rings on Uranus.
  • Evolution balls up.
  • Scars of evolution: the aquatic ape hypothesis.
  • Footage of airplane struck by lightning.
  • Superstition blamed for killing thousands of black cats in Italy.
  • Frozen bacteria repair own DNA for millennia.
  • Expanding earth debate. Part 1, part 2 and part 3.
  • Great wall mark two in Iran.
  • Jupiter’s protective pull questioned.
  • AIDS is caused by HIV: it is an established fact beyond any reasonable doubt. Here is the reasonable doubt.
  • Mystery of the black triangle UFOs.
  • I’m no conspiracy theorist, but…

Quote of the Day:

I daresay one profits more by the mistakes one makes off one's own bat than by doing the right thing on somebody else's advice.

W. Somerset Maugham