Mosquitoes are the IRS of the Animal kingdom: it's bad enough that they suck your blood, but why do they have to be so F*%#&G ANNOYING???!!!
- How would Dr. Evil get rid of those pesky mosquitoes? With a freaking *laser* that's how! MUAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAA!
- And you know what freaking *lasers* are good for, too? Triggering nuclear fusion. MUAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAA!
- Earth Hour 2009: A cool animated gallery on this event's effect on some of the major cities of the world—try to find out which one of the lights kept on belong to Earthling's apartment :-P
- A humble example of why those grandiose geo-engineering schemes to fix global Warming should remain on the drawing board... for now.
- To cure that tummy ache, there's nothing like Grandma's chicken soup. To cure the ENTIRE PLANET? There's nothing like the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers.
- The new enemy of Atheism: the new Atheist movement.
- Data miners find hidden exoplanet in Hubble's old files. They also found many stars on my old files—the kind with fake breasts, puffed lips, and tattoos on their... nether regions.
- Mysterious Dark Matter possibly detected. Is it time to call the Nobel committee?
- Is Chelation therapy a sensible treatment for autism, or an immoral money scam? And what's a concerned parent of an autistic child supposed to do then?
- Coupable jusqu'à preuve du contraire (guilty until proven otherwise). That's how Sarkozy wants to solve the problem of digital piracy in France.
- Conficker: The worm that destroyed the Internet. Starting... NOW. Um... any minute now... still waiting... OK so I guess it was a false alar%%%%%%&&&&&&&&&&&&##########.......
- [Video] Genetic Snobism: David Ewing Duncam brags about his super enzyme for longevity.
- Marble slabs were the Twitter of 2000 BC: Inscription from the time of Alexander the Great - found in Baktria, land of origin of ancient Bulgarians.
- Dragging tail or swinging tail? Feathers or no feathers? Upright necks or level heads? Somebody had better be working on that damn time machine to get this over with!!
- Seems that British Cro-Magnons were a very nourishing diet for prehistoric cats.
- Nick Redfern —the 'Joey Ramone' of Cryptozoology— writes about the "phantom wallabies" of the British Isles.
- Yep, that old lady at the Scottish castle is sure spooky, but is she a ghost? There's new evidence which seems to back up this claim.
- Newsweek covers the Great UFO Hoax of 2009. But we're still in April! Surely there's a creative jackass with ample free time who can top it.
- Lech Walesa, one of the key players in the demise of the Comunist block, threatens to leave Poland over allegations of being a former communist informer—which is like saying that the Pope manages a secret brothel at the Vatican.
- Farewell to Raúl Alfonsín, the man who restored democracy & dignity in Argentina. Gardel & Borges will greet him at Heaven's gates.
- There's no law for taste in clothing. Except in Israel, thank God. Now if they could only do something to improve their pilots' intel...
- Now that 'toxic assets' are called 'legacy assets' & the 'War on Terror' is now the 'Overseas Contingency Operation', there's a tragically misunderstood minority group that seek to rebrand themselves.
Thanks Kat; & thanks Rick, who is—despite what Lula says—the kindest & nicest blue-eyed person I've ever met ;-)
Quote of the Day:
"For me, atheism’s roots are in a sober and modest assessment of where reason and evidence lead us. That means the real enemy is not religion as such, but any kind of system of belief that does not respect these limits on our thinking. For that reason, I want to engage with thoughtful, intelligent believers, and isolate extremists. But if we demonise all religion, such coalitions of the reasonable are not possible. Instead, we are likely to see moderate religious believers join ranks with fundamentalists, the enemies of their enemy, to resist what they see as an attempt to wipe out all forms of religious belief."
I'm twittering and I don't know why.
- Hitler survived WWII! Actually, maybe he really did.
- Kamyana Mohyla: a stone barrow in the Ukrainian steppes.
- Nefertiti's real wrinkled face found in CT scan of famous bust?
- Cast of Homo Floresiensis 'hobbit' skeleton to go on public display.
- Yarr, this 'ere treasure be from Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge!
- He charted the moon before Galileo, but you've probably never heard of him.
- Mystery bear in Suffolk woods a hoax to promote Shakespeare. To bear or not to bear...
- A sick sea turtle almost swam directly to a turtle hospital. Turtle ambulances have sirens.
- Inmates of Brazil prison using pigeons to smuggle cell phones. No, they're not smuggling them the way you're thinking...
- A cat's central nervous system can repair itself.
- UFOs circle Australia's top end, with one photographed.
- Russian rocket booster source of flaming UFO seen across eastern USA?
- US military vows to track 800 satellites by October. Er, who's tracking them now?
- Honda develops brain interface to control robots by thought.
- How our brain differentiates between reality and fantasy.
- First-person computer games improve vision. Dungeons & Dragons improved my charisma +10.
- Why science doesn't make sense (Amazon US & UK).
- Wiccan numbers are increasing in the USA, and so is the newt population.
THanks Kat and Ross.
Quote of the Day:
The forces in a capitalist society, if left unchecked, tend to make the rich richer and the poor poorer.
Thanks to Greg for the few links with colourful language at the end.
- Dyson: the civil heretic.
- New cold fusion evidence reignites hot debate.
- Nothing to think about.
- What is narcissistic personality disorder, and why does everyone seem to have it?
- Babylonian dreams.
- Moonwalking mice may help solve brain riddle.
- UFO investigator finds mystery at Colorado Springs park.
- Scientists offer new theory for largest known mass extinction.
- Mysterious illness is causing calves to bleed to death.
- Lost in the Amazon.
- What the heck is it?
- Autistic toddlers live in a synchronized world.
- NASA unveils Orion spacecraft.
- P.Z. Myers wins 2009 Humanist of the Year! Bravo, to that thin-skinned lying wanker.
- Most habitable zone on Mars revealed. Right where the non-life-investigating Phoenix probe landed. Doh!
Quote of the Day:
Bravo to that thin-skinned lying wanker.
Greg Taylor on his arch nemesis P.Z. Myers winning twat of the year.
'We are currently experiencing a service interruption in your area...': the recorded message at my ISP for the past several hours. Ah well, whatcha gonna do...
- March 30, 240 BC: Comet cometh to Cathay.
- Based on computer models of the interior of Saturn's moon Iapetus, scientists come up with theory to explain the bulging ridge which encircles the moon's equator.
- Surprise supernova: Massive star explodes despite being 'too immature' to self-destruct.
- Solar storm could cause planetary disaster at any time, warn scientists. New transformer hubs, needed to rebuild electrical grids, would take up to a year to make to order.
- Here we are, sitting in a tin can: Six volunteers to spend 105 days simulating trip to Mars.
- Reminiscing with Carl Sagan: Hulu has posted all 13 episodes of Carl Sagan's Cosmos online.
- Cosmic Log: Billion-dollar pictures of the virtually complete international space station, and more.
- A history of quantum mechanics that goes beyond the point in the 1920s where most popular science books leave off. First Chapter of The Age of Entanglement (Amazon US & UK).
- Can fractals make sense of the quantum world?
- Rebuilt: See inside a Turing Bombe, forerunner of the modern computer, which cracked 3,000 messages a day sent on Nazi Enigma machines during WWII.
- Spectacular Borneo caverns are so big, British scientists look like ants.
- Lioness shows odd behaviour after killing pregnant antelope.
- Interview with Nicholas Stern about climate change.
- James Hansen launches an excoriating attack on our long love affair with coal.
- Among climate scientists, a dispute over 'tipping points'. More views on tipping points.
- Brits hope to buy immortality for just £10 a week.
- Your toddler isn't ignoring you: he's just saving your advice for later.
- Vacuum cleaner senses human stress, and responds accordingly.
- China believed to be behind cyber-spy network that tapped into classified docs in 103 countries.
- Conficker worm prepares for new release on April 1.
- 'Cybercrime exceeds drug trade' myth exploded.
- 'Propaganda.com': This year’s report on 'enemies of the Internet' paints a very gloomy picture for freedom of thought on the Web.
- Snub of the century: TS Eliot’s snort of rejection for George Orwell's Animal Farm.
- Bubblespeak: The Orwellian language of Wall St finds its way to the Treasury Dept..
- The question of nature vs. nurture has fuelled some of history's fiercest scientific and political feuds. Now we have an answer.
- 35,000 protesters turn out for march in London.
- That's no angry mob -- it's a movement.
- The ghostly images voted best in the world.
- Ultimate proof that ghosts exist, or just dust on the lens? Looks like someone in a Guy Fawkes mask to me.
- Mystery of ghostly image of 'Mary Poppins' in Google Street View solved -- she was planted there by Google. Which could well explain why...
- A fleet of UFOs is menacing east London -- in Google Street View.
- AIG Exec Whines About Public Anger, and Now We're Supposed to Pity Him? Yeah, Right. One of the best rants to ever grace the internet, by Matt Taibbi.
Quote of the Day:
It is not getting any smarter out there. You need to come to terms with stupidity and make it work for you.
“Sometimes a great notion…”
- Turning off lights by the billion, all thanks to Earth Hour (3.28.09).
- What if the domes on Mars were mud volcanoes? And what of the briny pools?
- The repeated eruptions of Alaska’s’ Mt. Redoubt leaves little – doubt – as to its effect on air travel.
- Who needs dark matter when you’ve got the ‘Fifth Force’ up your sleeve.
- Remnants of the first shooting star to be predicted and witnessed have been found in Sudan. It’s even been dubbed a celestial ‘Rosetta Stone’.
- Life on Mars - what NASA *isn’t* telling us.
- The Rice Krispie approach to planet hunting.
- At long last, a new tilt on SETI.
- Burning ice… the next chapter in green energy?
- Phase one of the Pentagon's plans to re-grow limbs is now complete. Jeff Fahey was not consulted.
- More UFO non-news from the British MoD.
- Forget the dogs: Beware of dragons!
- Mythbusters episode shatters neighborhood windows.
- Déjà vu or just another dream? And why does this all seem so strangely familiar…
- Creating stem cells with something we all have plenty of… skin.
- Seven awesome superpowers ruined by science. (NSFW language).
- Gamma ray bursts and black holes… the missing link?
- The top ten timelapse videos of mother nature doing that voodoo that she does so well.
- Global warming due to lack of dust.
- Wallace and Gromit… the museum exhibition.
Super-size thanks to GT and RPJ
Quote of the Day:
“The answer is never the answer. What's really interesting is the mystery. If you seek the mystery instead of the answer, you'll always be seeking…”
Hillary is here; Obama is coming, too. Which is nice & all... But you know WHOSE visit has really gotten me leaping & banging my head with pure extasy?? :-D
- Speaking of extasy, our friend Loren Coleman is really excited about a recent paper published at a peer-reviewed scientific journal, discussing the possibility of new marine mammals likely to be discovered.
- Wild bees could become our next best friends.
- Ötzi goes 3D!
- Is Chernobyl the clearest sign that the planet will get over us in NO TIME? And if that does not convince you, I give you exhibit (V) —as in Exxon Valdez.
- Freeman Dyson: The Civil Heretic.
- The Vatican is getting prepared for the second round with their most malevolent archnemesis—Dan Brown.
- The Dalai Lama has turned into a cause of division in Africa. Hmm...now who does that remind me of?
- Triangular UFO spotted by two South African pilots. Maybe the Dalai Lama did find another way to attend the Peace conference after all ;-)
- O'Hare UFO video surfaces on Youtube. So crappy that it doesn't matter if it's real or not...
- Scientists suspect Venus's atmosphere might hide exo lifeforms. At last! George Adamsky is vindicated!!!
- Alan Boyle's Magical Mystery Tour "is going to take you away"... to Titan.
- Astronomers had just 13 hours warning before watching a car-sized asteroid hit Earth's atmosphere. That is SO not reassuring :( [More info here]
- US billionare Charles Simonyi is set to become the 1st Civilian Space Frequent Flyer. I wonder what kind of discount he'll get.
- Be careful what you wish for... and how you make use of your horde of unconditional followers.
- The science behind 'unseen phenomena' —as seen by the unbiased editors of Popular Science.
- There are 4 things that The Boston Skeptics adore: the scientific method, the Amazing Randi, pancakes, and behaving like a*#holes —THEIR words, not mine.
- Six words to describe skepticism's biggest publicity problem.
- Anthony North addresses the Woosayers.
- Despite Uncle Sam's persistent efforts to NUKE him to Kingdom Come, Tsutomu Yamaguchi is still alive & kicking —He says his extra arm comes real handy in the morning :-P
- After 8 years of abandonment, Lady Liberty could finally be allowed to receive visits on July 4th. About time.
- Seems that the Change we were all waiting for is only happening semantically :-/
- F-22 Super fighter jet crashes in the desert. Pilot dies.
- Sergey & Larry are the world's biggest stoolies. They're gonna end up sleeping with the fishes if they don't come around.
Thanks Rick, Greg, Kat, James, Lars, Kirk & Robert.
Quote of the Day:
"The naive view that cryptozoological research methods are only practised by people on the fringes of the scientific community, and furthermore consistently result in failure, is falsified by the fact that new species continue to be discovered following the investigation of eyewitness reports, deductive inference and/or ethnozoological knowledge systems."
Michael A. Woodley, Darren Naish & Hugh P. Shanahan, on their paper "How many extant pinniped species remain to be described?"
- Scientists observe supernova collapsing in on itself for the first time.
- Subatomic particles have free will.
- Stuart Hameroff responds to criticism (here) of his quantum consciousness theory.
- Brain switches off rationality when given 'expert advice' (or pseudoskepticism).
- Chimps use geometry to navigate the jungle.
- New technology for dating rock art. I dated a neanderthal once.
- Archaeologists discover almost 10'000 cave paintings, Pre-Inca citadel and cemetery in Peru's Amazon jungle.
- Greek fisherman nets part of 2200-year-old bronze statue.
- Iraqi Kurds celebrate solar new year with fire.
- Third-century palace in Japan may belong to legendary Japanese queen.
- UFOs in Japan that aren't from Akihabara.
- Military jets seen chasing UFO over Arizona town.
- Arizonian Gary David explores the Hopi-ET connection in UFO Magazine.
- UK government was alerted to Perthshire UFO sighting in 1990.
- Dr Michael Salla: Kissinger's influence on Obama admin and UFO policy.
- Spy plane with thermal imaging to snoop on homes wasting energy.
Thanks Greg, Kat, the cat, and the volunteers at Lort Smith.
Quote of the Day:
Thou art the Great Cat, the avenger of the Gods, and the judge of words, and the president of the sovereign chiefs and the governor of the holy Circle; thou art indeed...the Great Cat.
Inscription, Royal Tombs at Thebes
Cold confusion today. Post your thoughts.
- Space storm alert: 90 seconds from catastrophe.
- New life for cold fusion. More on cold fusion here.
- Water acts as a catalyst in explosives.
- Star explodes and so might theory.
- Cancer drug fuels tumour growth. I thought blood vessels carried oxygen to tumours to help kill the tumour.
- Let it die: Rushkoff on the economy.
- UK releases archive UFO files.
- Alaskan volcano erupts.
- Special yoghurt fights stomach ulcers.
- Alcohol flush signals cancer risk.
- Body illusions: leave your body behind.
- Nanotube tech transforms CO2 into fuel.
- Fears on Australia web clampdown.
- A team of amoebas billions strong.
- Superconducting sheets and gravitational waves.
- Scientists can see your brain making mistakes.
Quotes of the Day:
Not by wrath does one kill, but by laughter.
Big badda boom. Badda boom crash. Need priest to exocise computer.
- Finally lending credence to ancient Roman accounts of Druidic savagery, evidence suggests Druids committed cannibalism and ritual human sacrifice, possibly on a massive scale.
- Mexico City museum shines a torch on the country’s drug war in all its ugliness and complexity, but also devotes space to the ancient roots of drug use in Mesoamerica, such as the use of hallucinogenic peyote and mushrooms by the Maya and Aztecs.
- How Two Lady Adventurers Found the Hidden Gospels. Janet Soskice's Sisters of Sinai is available at Amazon US & UK.
- Revelation: Genius of medieval church builders rediscovered with crucifix that is only illuminated twice a year. Nice pics!
- A brief history of Stonehenge theories.
- Photos from the mid-1960s Lunar Orbiter program lay forgotten for decades, but archivist Nancy Evans was determined to see them restored.
- Shuttle and space station dodge debris again.
- Two former teachers take final spacewalk of shuttle mission. With video.
- Teens capture stunning images of space from 20-miles above Earth -- with a £56 camera and a latex balloon.
- First two-time space tourist shells out $60 million for orbiting station vacations.
- With grit, spit and super gear, scientists cross icy unknown in search of climate clues.
- Maths professor comes up with formula that will solve any Sudoku.
- Enthusiasts say camel milk may be a cure-all.
- After legally buying poppy seeds, a University of Colorado student recently died of opium tea overdose. Unfortunately, as Friedrich Wilhelm Sertürner discovered in the early 1800s, morphine and other opiates have a narrow therapeutic index, i.e. there's an extremely fine line between their therapeutic and toxic effects.
- Teenager who fell unconscious in bath is saved by twin sister's 'sixth sense'.
- Parrot honored for saving toddler's life.
- The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better.
- Woman reports meeting ET with Scandinavian accent.
- I hate defending the religious beliefs of human beings to aliens.
- New stratospheric bugs probably not alien.
- Extreme sheep art goes viral.
- WikiLeaks exposes Australian web blacklist -- and promptly crashes due to the huge surge in traffic.
- Obama administration says Fourth Amendment prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizures does not apply to cell-site records.
- Geithner's toxic asset bailout plan is worse than terrible (Galbraith), an awful mess and here's why (Krugman), discouraging (Dean Baker), depressing (Calculated Risk), and utterly dishonest (Naked Capitalism).
- Are We Home Alone?
- Under US's 'education stimulus package', well-off school districts will find themselves swimming in cash, while those that are struggling will get too little to avoid cutbacks.
- Wot, No Bush Rollback?
- Has Obama's 'Katrina Moment' arrived?
Quote of the Day:
If this were a medical emergency, it appears it would look something like this:
The Illness- Reckless and irresponsible betting led to huge losses.
The Diagnosis- Insufficient gambling.
The Cure- A Trillion dollar stack of chips provided by the house.
The Prognosis- We are so screwed.
John Cole, at Balloon Juice.
- Underwater 'ring of fire' volcano erupts near Tonga, prompting tsunami warning. With video…
- Perfect storm of overpopulation and growing demand for waning vital resources will create a global crisis by 2030.
- Are cows’ electromagnetic sense disturbed by power pylons?
- Where does consciousness come from?
- Is Mars red because it’s rusty?
- Better Red (Sea) than Dead (Sea).
- The pagan roots of Easter.
- Study finds language of music really is universal.
- Life's crystal code.
- Stephen J. Hawking’s bedtime stories… You know, for kids.
- Nanotube ribbons to give robots super strength. Time to put John Connor on speed-dial.
- Honey-gathering chimpanzees redefine ‘hive mentality’.
- NASA unveils new spacecraft plans for potential flagship mission to Venus. Bananarama fades in on the radio…
- The 4,500 year-old, bent pyramid of Dahshur to be opened and explored by the one and only ZH.
- Lab-coats crack enigma around the Sun’s corona.
- It appears 1/3 of birds in the U.S. are endangered or threatened. Meanwhile, once stable Caribbean fish populations are on the decline.
- Move over T-Rex, now there’s something meatier. Make room for the Cambrian super predator.
- U.S goes to pot… More here about the new administration’s vow to cease prosecution of medicinal marijuana dispensaries.
- Could doctors be on the verge eliminating Parkinson’s symptoms with a spinal-stimulation process?
- The realization of quantum computers just took another quantum leap forward.
- Think the Earth’s crust would be difficult to melt? Think again. Don’t take my word for it – ask the polar bears.
- Predicting the collapse of an ecosystem.
- The fine art of urban camouflage.
Danke to RPJ and GT!
Quote of the Day:
“…How can you buy or sell the sky, the land?”
Chief Seattle, Ted Perry