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News Briefs 30-07-2009

The unstoppable journey continues:

Thanks to Greg, Rick, RPJ

Quote of the Day:

If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?

Albert Einstein

News Briefs 29-07-2009

Today's news is an eight-White Russian result, Daz. Er, make that nine.

Quote of the Day:

I know other astronauts share my feelings... And we know the government is sitting on hard evidence of UFOs.

NASA astronaut Gordon Cooper, 1997

News Briefs 28-07-2009

Madness in all its glory.

  • Treason in the air.
  • Climate change helped the Incas build civilisation.
  • The diagnostic madness of DSM-V.
  • Living things glow with visible light.
  • Get vitamin D, not the flu shot.
  • Hacker Gary McKinnon will receive no pity, insists US.
  • Venter: programming algae to pump out oil.
  • Nanotube growth caught on camera.
  • Sun pyramid was the axis mundi for Teotihuacan culture
  • Ohio witness photographs triangular UFO.
  • Russian navy UFO records suggest aliens love oceans.
  • Scientists worry machines may outsmart man.
  • The tiny black dot in Galileo's notes.
  • Geological narratives.
  • Dragon-king of the outlier events.
  • Rethinking Brownian motion with the emperor's new clothes.
  • Could deep source hydrocarbons migrate up Into oil and gas reservoirs?

Quote of the Day:

Strange as it seems, no amount of learning can cure stupidity, and higher education positively fortifies it.

Stephen Vizinczey

News Briefs 27-07-2009


  • Good news, comrades: The Russian Navy has declassified its records of encounters with UFOs. Read more here.
  • An orb... with a face?!
  • Beings of light in Argentina —What do you make of that photo?
  • Hubble snaps the sharpest image of Jupiter's most recent scar left by the impact of a comet. Seems Hubble has received an offer from Perez Hilton to become the paparazzi of the Solar System.
  • No, that's not a lost frame from Independence Day, that's the shadow cast by the recent eclipse, in God's POV.
  • 15 inventions that changed the world, thanks to the Apollo missions —were those part of Kubrick's plot?
  • The Apollo missions: Brave, spontaneous, improvised, and at times VERY reckless. Would they be allowed to happen now?
  • What is buzzing Aldrin these days? Why, a monolith on Phobos, that is!
  • Going to Mars in just 39 days, thanks to i-Propulsion.
  • The Ornithopter Cometh: The world's first successful flight of a self-powered, rudderless, flapping aircraft has been achieved by engineers from AeroVironment.
  • (Video) Jake Lloyd, the actor that played lil' Anakin in Phantom Menace, is complaining about how George Lucas & Jar Jar ruined his teenage years —the Force is SO not with him.
  • The death of 'Halo' was the birth of 'District 9': Video interview with Peter Jackson about the upcoming movie that promises to change the paradigm of Sci Fi.
  • Peter says "Shock the monkey!", but in India, they prefer to put it in a reform school.
  • Conservationists celebrate the discovery of an 'extinct' leopard eating a monkey. The monkey wasn't too excited, understandably...
  • California suffers the invasion of terrifying jumbo squids... that are no threat to humans —better luck next time, MonsterQuest.
  • Eff the apples! An injection a day is what's really going to keep your ticker healthy.
  • Ooooh! Rock me Amadeus! Two long-lost works by the Moe-Zzart discovered.
  • Among the sex & the scandal, Silvio Berlusconi's recorded conversations yield an even more tantalizing story: that of 30 undeclared ancient graves.
  • 10 lost cities of the ancient world that you can still go visit —Who cares about Vegas, when you can visit Petra!
  • God bless the ancient idiots! Archaeologists discover five Roman shipwrecks untouched since they sank nearly 2,000 years ago.
  • Paleolithic CSI: We killed our cousins the Neanderthals —this might explain why Bigfoot is so eager to hide from us!
  • (Video) Philosopher Slavoj Žižek explains his ideas about Violence [Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5] —'Violence: Big Ideas/Small Books' [Amazon US & UK]

Thanks, Kat & Slavoj.

Quote of the Day:

"Think about the strangeness of today's situation. Thirty, forty years ago, we were still debating about what the future will be: communist, fascist, capitalist, whatever. Today, nobody even debates these issues. We all silently accept global capitalism is here to stay. On the other hand, we are obsessed with cosmic catastrophes: the whole life on earth disintegrating, because of some virus, because of an asteroid hitting the earth, and so on. So the paradox is, that it's much easier to imagine the end of all life on earth than a much more modest radical change in capitalism."

Slavoj Žižek

News Briefs 24-07-2009

Souma yergon, sou nou yergon, we are shaking the tree...

Mucho gracias to GT and my cousin Matt!

Quote of the Day:

“To be shaken out of the ruts of ordinary perception, to be shown for a few timeless hours the outer and inner world, not as they appear to an animal obsessed with survival or to a human being obsessed with words and notions, but as they are apprehended, directly and unconditionally, by the mind at large - this is an experience of inestimable value to everyone and especially to the intellectual…”

Aldous Huxley

News Briefs 23-07-2009

Happy Maybe Day!

Linksthanks to Rick, Red, Greg & Kat

Quote of the Day:

Resonance is nature’s way of transferring information.

Edgar Mitchell

News Briefs 22-07-2009

The lunacy continues...

Quote of the Day:

Yes, there have been ET visitations. There have been crashed craft. There have been material and bodies recovered. There has been a certain amount of reverse engineering that has allowed some of these craft, or some components, to be duplicated. And there is some group of people that may or may not be associated with government at this point that have this knowledge. They have been attempting to conceal this knowledge. People in high level government have very little, if any, valid information about this. It has been the subject of disinformation in order to deflect attention and create confusion so the truth doesn’t come out.

Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 astronaut and sixth man on the moon


News Briefs 21-07-2009

Stanley Kubrick - how could he?

  • July eclipse is best chance to look for gravity anomaly.
  • Strange new Air Force facility energizes ionosphere and fans conspiracy flames.
  • California's channel islands hold evidence Of Clovis-age comets.
  • Is the sun missing its spots?
  • One giant leap to nowhere.
  • How Kubrick faked the Apollo moon landings.
  • Get smarter.
  • What went wrong with economics.
  • Tough microbe has the right stuff for Mars.
  • Another fogged image of Stephan's Quintet.
  • The 10 alleged worst evolutionary designs.
  • The calorie delusion.
  • China finds new warriors at terracotta army site.
  • Growing sea lamprey embryos dramatically alter genomes.
  • Dust cloud circled entire globe.

Quote of the Day:

Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.

Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

News Briefs 20-07-2009

What an irresistible headline... More than one, come to think of it.

A big thanks to Greg for contributing most of today's news.

Quote of the Day:

God squanders infinite time and patience on the growth of a perfect thing.

Cash Bateman

News Briefs 17-07-2009

“That’s no moon…

Many dankes to RPJ

Quote of the Day:

“Remember… The ark was built by amateurs - but professionals built the Titanic.”

Author Unknown