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News Briefs 21-05-2007

What do you think of Greg's TDG book anthology idea?

Quote of the Day:

It is of interest to note that while some dolphins are reported to have learned English -- up to fifty words used in correct context -- no human being has been reported to have learned dolphinese.

Carl Sagan

News Briefs 18-05-2007

Don't eat the yellow snow...

  • Are military's laser-created plasmas to blame for UFO reports? Greg Bishop comments at UFO Mystic.
  • Tony Wright is 4 days into his attempt to break the world record for sleep deprivation, employing some interesting theories on primate diets and mystical consciousness . Only 7 days to go...ugh.
  • French architect Jean Houdin's new pyramid ramp theory has made the cover of the May issue of Archaeology magazine.
  • Snake cults dominated early Arabia.
  • Ancient Mayan tomb found with upright skeleton.
  • Dan Brown donates a cool million to a local (to him) community center project.
  • Monet didn't evolve into an abstract painter. He just got cataracts.
  • The Annals of Improbable Research (founder of the Ig Nobel awards) is set to go online.
  • Baby stars hatching in Orion's head. I had that same feeling after knocking off a bottle of Dolcetto.
  • Bigelow Aerospace launch date delayed till late-June.
  • SETI's Seth Shostak gets excited about a 'planet of promise'.
  • Greenpeace building Noah's Ark on top of Mount Ararat. Overheard comments include "how the heck do we fit two elephants in here?".
  • Lightning strike just misses two children running in the rain (video).
  • Reporter has her 'sixth sense' removed, with operation to take out her 'transhuman augmentation' (magnet under her skin).
  • Forget that transhuman crap. I want my muscle suit!
  • Chinese grandmother becoming a unicorn, with 4 inch horn growing out of her forehead. Niiiice...

Quote of the Day:

Some scientists claim that hydrogen, because it is so plentiful, is the basic building block of the universe. I dispute that. I say there is more stupidity than hydrogen, and that is the basic building block of the universe.

Frank Zappa

News Briefs 17-05-2007

Weirdness abounds. At least in my head...

Thanks Anonymous.

Quote of the Day:

The biggest threat to America today is not communism; it's moving America towards a fascist theocracy and everything that has happened during the Reagan administration. Is steering us right down that pipe.

Frank Zappa (1986)

News Briefs 16-05-07

Perhaps free will has flies? Post your thoughts

Quote of the Day:


Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten

B.F. Skinner

News Briefs 15-05-2007

I just found out, new power adapters for four-year-old monitors can be hard to come by.

  • An almost perfect 29m-year-old fossilised skull from one of humankind's earliest ancestors has been unearthed in Egypt.
  • From the 'news you couldn't make up' department: To keep back-from-the-dead ectoplasmic soldiers from giving away D-Day secrets, British intelligence agents, including Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond, jailed a famous spiritualist for contravening the Witchcraft Act of 1735.
  • Digital tricks preserve thousands of dinosaur tracks.
  • Will an impending magnetic pole reversal spell danger for the Earth? An article from The Economist no less.
  • ESA's Cluster was in the right place and time to make a shocking discovery. The four spacecraft encountered a shock wave that kept breaking and reforming – predicted only in theory.
  • Mexican sinkhole may lead NASA to Jupiter.
  • Changes in deep ocean circulation triggered the two enormous 'burps' of carbon dioxide released from the depths of the ocean around Antarctica at the end of the last Ice Age.
  • 'My stroke left with me a foreign accent'.
  • Pwnage news: Google has drawn up plans to compile psychological profiles of millions of web users by covertly monitoring the way they play online games.
  • Google study finds one in 10 web pages searched contains malicious code. No surprise to most of us.
  • Spreading viruses as we breathe.
  • Researcher says some children demonstrate unusual abilities after UFO and Extraterrestrial Encounters.
  • Robbie Williams talks to dead people.
  • Mike Oldfield talks about his slow, painful recovery from the mental health problems that underlay his 40-year musical career - and about his autobiography, Changeling.
  • Depleted uranium weapons linked to lung cancer in new study.
  • Human enhancement: right or wrong?
  • Doom creator John Carmack's Armadillo Aerospace is on track to win the 2007 Lunar Lander Challenge (with video link to test flight).
  • Almost 30 years ago, NASA sent a gold record to the aliens. More pertinently though, were some of the strange images within due to Carl Sagan's predilection for a toke or three?

Thanks, Greg.

Quote of the Day:

Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored.

Abraham Lincoln

News Briefs 14-05-2007

Ramen noodles, food of the Gods.

Thanks Greg.

Quote of the Day:

"According to World Bank estimates, $54 billion a year would eliminate
starvation and malnutrition globally by 2015, while $30 billion would
provide a year of primary education for every child on earth. At the
upper range of those estimates, the $456 billion cost of the war could
have fed and educated the world's poor for five and a half years."

News Briefs 11-05-2007

Data, damn data...

Quote of the Day:

I am a pioneer of a new kind of writing that instead of heroes and villains will have floods and bugs and stars and earthquakes for its characters and motifs.

Charles Fort

News Briefs 10-05-2007

At least six impossible things before breakfast...

Quote of the Day:

It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards.

Lewis Carroll ('Through the Looking Glass')

News Briefs 09-05-07

Plenty of good stuff to be getting on with today. Post your thoughts.

Quote of the Day:


The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.

Friedrich Nietzsche

News Briefs 08-05-2007

CIA black ops have taken out Kat's computer. I've barricaded the door and have managed to get today's news briefs out to you...

Thanks Rick and Loren.

Quote of the Day:

The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.

Bill Watterson