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News Briefs 21-10-2008

Don't say Phuket or Bangkok anywhere else but Thailand. But you are OK to say fornication or fellation just about anywhere and no one will know what you are talking about anyway.

  • Freedom's curse.
  • The hyped panic over War of the Worlds.
  • Who wrote the Dead Sea scrolls.
  • Rosetta flies by something really strange.
  • The sun's protective bubble is shrinking.
  • TV and the colour of your dreams.
  • Ancient objects, dubious claims.
  • Less ice in the arctic 6000 years ago.
  • Publish and be wrong.
  • Why current publication practices may distort science.
  • Airline had near miss with UFO.
  • India moon probe ready for launch.
  • Typhoons bury vast amount of carbon dioxide at sea.
  • Cosmic ray guns.
  • Scientists determining which species to save. They are all here.
  • Newly released UFO files from the UK government.

Quote of the Day:

The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.

Mark Twain

News Briefs 20-10-2008

High time humanity returned to its roots...

  • Scientists discover evidence Stone Age humans used hallucinogenic plants. For more information on this topic, see Paul Devereux's book The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia (available now from Amazon US and Amazon UK), recently reissued by Daily Grail Publishing.
  • World's first dog lived 31,700 years ago: discovery pushes back the date for the earliest dog by 17,700 years. I'm bettin' dogs domesticated humans.
  • Tomb of 'Gladiator' Roman general unearthed.
  • Sunken treasure: Glittering maritime hoard gives glimpse of ancient past.
  • The heliosphere, the protective shield of energy that surrounds our solar system, is shrinking.
  • UK boffin brings Star Trek's universal translator a step closer.
  • What smells like fried steak, hot metal, and welding a motorbike? Maybe a giant strip of flypaper streamed along behind the ISS could give NASA a few clues.
  • Attempt to restart Hubble runs into new snags.
  • A helium leak, caused by a faulty electrical connection between two magnets, caused the Large Hadron Collider to be shut down until spring.
  • As Hurricane Andrew smashed a Miami waterfront aquarium in 1992, six lionfish escaped into Biscayne Bay. Now thousands of lionfish are devastating Florida's native shoals -- and invading the rest of the Caribbean.
  • Methane hydrates: Energy's most dangerous game.
  • Scientists to probe fragile Antarctic ice shelf for global sea rise clues.
  • Most ambitious expedition ever will explore huge Antarctic mountain range buried 4km beneath the surface of the icy continent.
  • Four-fifths of all life on Earth is beneath the waves: The incredible secret world at the bottom of the sea. Extracted from Oceans: Exploring The Hidden Depths Of The Underwater World by Anne Laking and Paul Rose (Amazon US & UK).
  • Number of West African chimpanzees has fallen 90% in less than 20 years.
  • Combine a little nanotechnology, some metamaterials made of artificial atoms, and Einstein’s theory of general relativity, and what do you get? Optical microscopes so powerful they'll make DNA visible to the naked eye, superfast computer microchips, and a muggle knock-off of Harry Potter's most famous possession.
  • New solar-energy material absorbs all the energy contained in sunlight, and generates electrons in a way that makes them easier to capture.
  • Artificial intelligence chat program fools testers at British university.
  • World's oldest city may hold the key to treatment of tuberculosis.
  • Human disease genes emerged very early in evolutionary history.
  • World's first fully functioning robotic exoskeleton: Bionic suit can multiply its wearer’s body strength tenfold. (Link fixxored, thanks to RPJ.)
  • Magnet treatment awakens car crash victim from year-long coma.
  • Worm grunting: Dune thumper mystery solved.
  • With eloquence and anxiety, Wolfgang Sofsky speaks out about the betrayal of liberties for which generations fought and died, from the dawn of the Reformation to the end of the Cold War. Sofsky's Privacy: A Manifesto is available at Amazon UK.
  • Shrine To Surveillance.
  • Big Brother society: Mobile phone users may be forced to register on a national government database.
  • The 21st century is fast becoming the age of paranoia.
  • Marx makes a comeback: Das Kapital is flying off the shelves as the newly disenfranchised business class tries to work out the root of the financial crisis.
  • Bigfoot hoax costume sold for $250,000 on eBay. A fool and his money...
  • Loren Coleman ponders $250,000 for a Bigfoot hoax.
  • MoD releases more files on UFOs and alien abduction.
  • While based at RAF Manston in 1957, US airman Milton Torres was ordered to arm all weapons and fire on UFO.

Quote of the Day:

The general who became a slave. The slave who became a gladiator. The gladiator who defied an emperor. Striking story! But now, the people want to know how the story ends. Only a famous death will do.

Commodus, in Gladiator.

News Briefs 17-10-2008

Reality check… mate?

Quote of the Day:

“After us… the deluge.”

Louis XV (attributed)

News Briefs 16-10-2008

It’s not like the glass is half empty; actually, it’s half broken. And filled with... um... you get the picture.

A gazillion thanks to Rick, Greg & Kat

Quote of the Day:

"Greed is good"

Gordon Gekko

News Briefs 15-10-2008

Let's skip the preamble and get straight to the news...

Thanks Greg and Kat.

Quote of the Day:

"That strange aircraft is hovering on top of me again … it is hovering and it's not an aircraft."

Last words of Australian pilot Fred Valentich, October 21 1978.

News Briefs 14-10-2008

You learn something new every day. Today I learned that parrots should keep their beaks shut if they want to live.

  • UFO sightings over Philadelphia.
  • My parrot, my self.
  • The key found to unlock Egypt's mysteries?
  • The end of glue?
  • Child robot makes a rare appearance.
  • New pathway for African exodus.
  • Body in mind.
  • Smug men versus straw men.
  • Giant cyclones seen on Saturn.
  • Helmet to convey messages by thought.
  • Flying cars near take off.
  • There is more than one Rosetta stone.
  • The pain ray truck is on its way.
  • Why starving cells prolong life.
  • Secret UN meetings continue on ET life.
  • War and sunspot cycles.

Quote of the Day:

It is nobler to declare oneself wrong than to insist on being right - especially when one is right.

Friedrich Nietzsche

News Briefs 10-10-2008

All things… reconsidered.

Many thanks to Greg, Rick MG, Red Pill Junkie, Kat and Bordeo!

Quote of the Day:

“Don’t look back… something might be gaining on you.”

Leroy “Satchel” Paige

News Briefs 09-10-2008

"Will brief news for food" :-(

Big thanks to Rick, Kat & Greg

Quote of the Day:

(On the defense of Oil companies):"Many people talk about loving the planet, but how many of them actually PENETRATE it"

Stephen Colbert

News Briefs 06-10-2008

Allow me to lend a machete to your intellectual thicket.

Quote of the Day:

...In fact, let us not mince words... The Management is terrible! We've had a string of embezzelers, frauds, liars and lunatics making a string of catastrophic decisions. This is plain fact. But who elected them? It was you! You who elected these people! You who gave them the power to make your decisions for you! While I'll admit that anyone can make a mistake once, to go on making the same lethal errors century after century seems to me nothing short of deliberate. You have encouraged these malicious incompetents, who have made your working life a shambles. You have accepted without question their senseless orders. You have allowed them to fill your workspace with dangerous and unproven machines. You could have stopped them. All you had to say was 'No'....

V, in V for Vendetta.

News Briefs 03-10-2008

Sometimes Friday just feels like… Friday.

  • Sunspots are at their fewest since 1954… but why?
  • This year’s Ig Nobel Awards are being handed out to a slew of wonderfully inspired, terribly misdirected scientists.
  • Could tweaking plants turn toxic soil into farmland?
  • Lessons about space on ice?
  • Clusters of newborn stars might share life-bearing rocks between them. And by “bearing” I mean water bears…
  • Dutch scientists decode the DNA sequence of the fungus which produces penicillin. Take *that* Dr. Fleming.
  • Seeing the ‘true colors’ of the Moon - further proof it’s not just a giant block of limburger cheese.
  • What’s dreaded in the stock market but eagerly welcomed by life in the ancient seas? Change.
  • See no evil, hear no evil… test no evil? The true, behind-the-scenes tale of chimps used in medical research.
  • The lab-coats are determined to find what caused "beaked whales” to strand on beaches in the Canary Islands. Naval sonar exercises or natural selection - you be the judge...
  • Was Sheldrake's stabber a victim of mind control? Get out of my mind, Jobe!
  • Are you a legitimate genius? Then you probably already know the 20 things simple-minded, wanna-be geniuses like us didn't (know)…
  • Black rhinos released back into the wild for the first time in 25 years.
  • BBC releases “post-nuclear blast announcement" to the public. Did someone just screen the “The Day After” or is this a none-too-subtle hint…
  • Jupiter is ready for her close-up, Mr. Demille.

Super Grandé Thanks to Greg, Rick MG, Red Pill Junkie and Baldrick

Quote of the Day:

“To be on the WIRE is life. The rest is waiting… ”

Karl Wallenda