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News Briefs 24-11-2009

Ten thousand readers a day, and barely a comment in sight. Y'all are a quiet bunch…

Quote of the Day:

Don't cross the streams - it would be bad.

Dr. Egon Spengler (Ghostbusters)

News Briefs 23-11-2009

Ready for cognitive overload?

Quote of the Day:

Concern for man and his fate must always form the chief interest of all technical endeavors. Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and equations.

Albert Einstein

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

Berlioz

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