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News Briefs 02-04-2009

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."

Julian Baggini

News Briefs 01-04-2009

I'm twittering and I don't know why.

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.

Jawaharlal Nehru

News Briefs 31-03-2009

Thanks to Greg for the few links with colourful language at the end.

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.

News Briefs 30-03-2009

'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...

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.

Frank Zappa

News Briefs 27-03-2009

“Sometimes a great notion…”

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…”

Ken Kesey

News Briefs 26-03-2009

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?"

News Briefs 25-03-2009

Last week I was adopted by a one-eyed white cat from an animal shelter. I'll never wear black again, but it's good to be covered in cat fur. The cat thinks so too.

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

News Briefs 24-03-2009

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.

Friedrich Nietzsche

News Briefs 23-03-2009

Big badda boom. Badda boom crash. Need priest to exocise computer.

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.

News Briefs 20-03-2009

The first day of Spring has sprung. Happy Equinox to everyone!

Danke to RPJ and GT!

Quote of the Day:

“…How can you buy or sell the sky, the land?”

Chief Seattle, Ted Perry