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News Briefs 20-11-2009

Winter, spring, summer or fall, it’s always a Swell Season.

  • Think humankind is immune to extinction? Think again.
  • Mass extinctions and the open ocean.
  • Separating the quantum and classical worlds, one ripple at a time.
  • Solar Tsunamis. SSIE.
  • Fossils from the once swampy Sahara reveal a cache of crocodiles.
  • Fossilized mammoth dung reveals clues to the woolly one’s demise.
  • NASA greenights test to study long-term effects of radiation on primates for future space travel. What, Carrot Top wasn’t available?
  • Trials to cure blindness with embryonic stem cells could soon be underway. Ladies and gentlemen, start your controversy engines…
  • Trials to study whether blind people hallucinate on LSD reveal illuminating results.
  • New evidence leads to new understanding of large animal extinction.
  • The LHC restart could take place this weekend. Higgs Boson here we come!
  • The birth of a star, captured on video.
  • Do you want to go… faster?
  • Scientists discover that eating buttered movie theater popcorn is equal to 3 quarter-pounders with 12 pats of butter. Cheeseburger popcorn, anyone?
  • Then again, if we all stopped eating beef the Earth might breathe a welcome sigh of methane-free relief.
  • Will religion evolve, devolve or disappear?
  • Is the mysterious X-37, the Space Shuttle’s red-headed stepchild?
  • Can you memorize 4000 numbers in sequence? Are you training for the Memory Olympics? The geeks shall inherit the Earth!
  • And if you’re training for said Menta-lympics, you’re probably sleeping with lots of sounds to keep your gray matter finely honed.
  • Nominations for the Bad Faith Awards are now open—Who’ll take the trophy for most outstanding contribution to the cause of unreason this year? Place your bets!
  • Were the ancient Greeks sun worshippers? Just ask their temples.
  • Small world, big pictures. Not to be confused with TV’s 'Small Wonder'.
  • The genetic maze of maize, solved.
  • Are you in like Flynn? Fire up your light-cycles kids, because TRON Legacy is coming soon to theater near you (and by soon I mean Dec. 2010).

Many thanks to Greg & RPJ & Moezilla!

Quote of the Day:

“Probably the central concept of shamanism, wherever in the world it is found, is the notion that underlying all the visible forms in the world, animate and inanimate, there lies a vital essence from which they emerge and by which they are nurtured. Ultimately everything returns to this ineffable, mysterious impersonal unknown…”

Douglas Sharon, Wizard of the Four Winds: A Shaman’s Story

News Briefs 19-11-2009

All we are saying... is give prawns a chance.

Thanks to Rick, Greg, Loren, Jeff & Sugarhush — & thanks also to the mailman, for *finally* bringing my hardcover copy of Darklore 4!

Quote of the Day:

"Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced."

James Baldwin, American novelist.

News Briefs 18-11-2009

I'm wearing my wolf pyjamas, waiting to see Where The Wild Things Are.

Thanks Greg and Mr Whisper

Quote of the Day:

You can't depend on your judgement when your imagination is out of focus

Mark Twain

News Briefs 17-11-2009

Rebellion is called for...

  • Satan, the great motivator.
  • Anti-war soldier faces 10 years in jail.
  • Smart hand: merging mind and machine.
  • Mozart and Orientalism.
  • Mystery dark flow extends towards edge of the universe.
  • Hypnosis has real effect.
  • Tuna body shies from fishing ban.
  • Wake from cryonics.
  • Fluoridation increases infant death rates.
  • Body parts sold to kebab stand.
  • Bacteria glow near landmines.
  • UFO hacker, Gary McKinnon, may have extradition stopped.
  • Ancient Egyptian library rivaled a modern residential university.
  • Red-faced worlds.
  • Last ice age took six months to arrive.

Thanks Moezilla

Quote of the Day:

Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils


News Briefs 16-11-2009

We like lists because we don't want to die. Here's a long one.

Thanks Greg

Quotes of the Day:

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.

A. A. Milne

News Briefs 13-11-2009

“If the Sun and Moon should ever doubt… they'd immediately go out.”

Quote of the Day:

“The eye altering, alters all.

William Blake

News Briefs 12-11-2009

See anything you like?

Tip of my sombrero to Kat.

Quote of the Day:

"Freedom does not make men happy. It makes them, simply, men."

Manuel Azaña, Spanish poet

News Briefs 11-11-2009

If ET prays in an alien forest, does Jesus hear him?

Thanks Kat.

Quote of the Day:

Under controlled conditions remote viewers have never succeeded in finding a hidden target with greater accuracy than random guessing.

Michael Shermer

News Briefs 10-11-2009

Mercury, torture and monster volcanos. There's a film in that somehow.

  • Messenger probe reveals new clues about Mercury.
  • The Martian torture chamber.
  • Mill's prescription for health and happiness.
  • The egyptologist, the Sphinx and the cover-up.
  • Plan to pierce heart of urban monster volcano.
  • Teens' artificial trees will store CO2.
  • Frigid Antarctica loaded with viruses.
  • Is this the legendary lost Persian army?
  • Dawn approaches the asteroid belt.
  • Professor finds that iconic Oswald photo was not faked.
  • Tapeworm link with epilepsy far higher than thought.
  • Genetic breakthroughs in medicine are often nothing of the sort.

Thanks Greg

Quote of the Day:

The enemy is anybody who's going to get you killed, no matter which side he's on.

Joseph Heller

News Briefs 09-11-2009

Old Persian saying: Go and wake up your luck.

Thank you, Greg! And a huge thanks to Markus, too, for my rare good luck yesterday!

Quote of the Day:

Luck: when your burst of energy doesn't run afoul of someone else's.

Mignon McLaughlin