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News Briefs 22-10-2009

If Life gives you lemons, make Margaritas :-P

  • Nasa's Ares I-X rocket —unveiled *Applause* [Video]
  • "To boldly score, where no-one has scored before!" : New book reveals US and Russian astronauts tested sex in space.
  • In Constantinople, scholars discussed the sex of angels; today, they calculate the number of Universes in the Multiverse.
  • Hyperdrive propulsion could be tested at the LHC. Higgs bosons, mini black holes... Oh, dear humongous magic ring: is there anything you can't do? :)
  • "And the Nobel prize for Defense against the Dark Arts goes to..." : 5 Forms of black magic that Science is making possible ($#%* warning).
  • More alien big cats sighted in the British Isles, much to the skeptics' chagrin.
  • Loren Coleman discloses Roger Patterson's deathbed confession —but not the one you might have expected.
  • How would we humans react to that mythical First Contact: with a "Whoa!" or a "WHAAAA!"?
  • The Wall Street Journal trashes "The Fourth Kind" in this movie review.
  • The story about the police officer who saw three Nordic aliens inspecting a crop circle has finally hit the mainstream press. Those blokes at the Telegraph should read TDG more often.
  • "Trick or BIGOTreat!" : 'Illegal Alien' costume stokes anti-Latino fervor.
  • "Don't tase me bro'!!" Taser Intl. has a bit of advise for police officers —avoid shooting at the chest. No worries, since in America there's an ever-increasing *ahem* target area.
  • Super-penalize me: Would being obese in America become prohibitely costly in the future?
  • Is there a vaccine in the horizon for the epidemic of fear we are suffering? Why skipping shots is bad for everyone.
  • 15 minutes of sensory deprivation can stir hallucinations —so I guess that next thing the DEA will start banning closets and mini saunas :-P
  • Darwinism: It ain't only about the monkey stuff, ya know ;-)
  • Chimps are happy to help each other, but ONLY if you ask them nicely —otherwise they'll go all Jack Nicholson on your sorry ass.
  • The woman of Tomorrow: Shorter, plumper, & more fertile? —not if Ralph has something to say about it, dammit!!
  • DIY body parts will be the hobby of our grandchildren.
  • Rare Crusader-era murals (12th century, not Bush-era) found in Syria.
  • Ancient cult of the Viking kings —if by "cult" you mean drinking & cavorting, that is.
  • Hair allegedly belonging to missing aviator Amelia Earhart exposed as fake. It should be exhibited alongside Elvis & Jacko's capillary remains, though.
  • Remnants of Federico García Lorca —a Spanish poet assassinated by the one Fascist regime no one cared to overthrow— may soon be found.

A round of Margaritas to my amigos Kat & Rick.

Quote of the Day:

"As I have not worried to be born, I do not worry to die."

Federico García Lorca

News Briefs 21-10-2009

Meow.

Thanks Kat.

Quote of the Day:

As long as man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower living beings he will never know health or peace. For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other.

Pythagoras (c. 570 - c. 495 BC)

News Briefs 20-10-2009

Noli nothis permittere te terere, Georgius!

  • Wall Street's naked swindle.
  • The lost prestige of nuclear physics.
  • Cosmic pattern to UK tree growth.
  • Block of ice glows red hot.
  • When America showed up on a map, it was the universe that got transformed.
  • It all started 96 hours after 911.
  • McKinnon wins US extradition delay.
  • Feminism made women miserable.
  • Lost Greek city that may have inspired Atlantis myth gives up secrets.
  • New robotic hand can feel.
  • The amazing blob-bot.
  • Dinosaurs may have been wiped out by a meteor four times bigger than Yucatan.
  • Did Chinese ships discover America?
  • Scientists announce planet bounty.
  • Scientists watch evolution unfold.
  • Large Hadron Collider failure put down to time travel.
  • A very close call.

Quote of the Day:

Lack of money is the root of all evil.

George Bernard Shaw

News Briefs 19-10-2009

It's a heckuva news day. Well... not as good as the day the Catholic Church admitted conspiring against the Templars, but still...

A big thanks to Greg and an anonymous commenter.

Quote of the Day:

Visit us, please, from a previous century and you'll see us walking down the streets, wired cockleshells in ears, jabbering like lunatics in a Victorian asylum. It has long been understood in any line at any shopping till that the electronic will take precedence over the physical. The queue will wait while the sales assistant answers the phone. In any given situation, Absence always trumps Presence, presumably on the grounds that the unknown has more potential for excitement than the known. "Is he all there?" we used to ask of our neighbours' idiot children. Now we ask of everyone, "Is he there at all?"

From David Hare's righteous rant It all started 96 hours after 9/11. The 240+ comments it's garnered aren't bad either.

News Briefs 16-10-2009

“Twas brillig…”

Merci Beaucoup a Greg et Kat

Quote of the Day:

“Only human beings have come to a point where they no longer know why they exist…”

Lame Deer, Lakota Shaman

News Briefs 15-10-2009

TDG: Nourishment for the soul.

Thanks Kat.

Quote of the Day:

"We do not ask for what useful purpose the birds do sing, for song is their pleasure since they were created for singing. Similarly, we ought not to ask why the human mind troubles to fathom the secrets of the heavens. The diversity of the phenomena of nature is so great and the treasures hidden in the heavens so rich precisely in order that the human mind shall never be lacking in fresh nourishment."

Johannes Kepler

News Briefs 14-10-2009

Rick had almost recovered from his embarrassment over the Jackson Jive bruhaha, when along came the dwarf race. Now he's too distraught to do today's news. ;-)

Quote of the Day:

Most of us think of our DNA as sort of locked in our body, waiting to be passed on to our children, but in fact your DNA at every moment is interacting with your environment, interacting with every bite of food you take, interacting with your thoughts, your feelings, and various things, so when you take a bite of food, literally, the information -- beyond the calories in the food -- goes right into your cells, into your DNA, and switches on genes, or turns off genes based on what information is in that food.

Dr. Mark Hyman

News Briefs 13-10-2009

Magical u-turns...

  • The collider, the particle and a theory about fate.
  • The BBCs amazing U-turn on climate change.
  • Out of your head: leaving the body behind.
  • Mayan elder: 2012 is not the end of the world.
  • Veggie spider shuns meat.
  • Where does science end and magic begin?
  • Surprising ship contrails seen from space.
  • Ancient herbal remedy beats hayfever.
  • Closing gaps in our knowledge.
  • Subterranean vibration blues.
  • What prevented the rise of modern science in Asia?
  • Nanoparticles plus stem cells equals faster healing wounds.

Quote of the Day:

Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.

Aldous Huxley

News Briefs 12-10-2009

As the old Cuban saying goes, they only call it class warfare when we fight back.

Quotes of the Day:

Banking was conceived in iniquity and was born in sin. The Bankers own the Earth. Take it away from them, but leave them the power to create deposits, and with the flick of the pen they will create enough deposits to buy it back again. However, take it away from them, and all the great fortunes like mine will disappear, and they ought to disappear, for this would be a happier and better world to live in. But if you wish to remain the slaves of Bankers and pay the cost of your own slavery, let them continue to create deposits.

Sir Josiah Stamp, President of the Bank of England in the 1920's, and the second richest man in Britain.

News Briefs 09-10-2009

Splashdown ballsup?

Quote of the Day:

Individuality is only possible if it unfolds from wholeness.

David Bohm