News, news and more news. We don't just fill your Xmas stocking, we're here for the duration.

News Briefs 11-01-2007

Happy 101st birthday to Dr Albert Hoffman (I don't blame him for anything). Why not celebrate with a signed portrait poster by the incomparable Alex Grey (click on 'Posters' in in the shop)...

Quote of the Day:

In America attendance at church is much higher, and it convulses the body politic because, unable to fulfill it's sacral function, the church has become simply a lobbying force for fundamentalist social policy...I think we should level [churches] to the ground and start over.

Terence McKenna

News Briefs 09-01-2007

My to-do list has exceeded the limits of time provided by all of history combined. I'm going to have to become a deity to get through it...

Quote of the Day:

All of us have mortal bodies, composed of perishable matter, but the soul lives forever: it is a portion of the Deity housed in our bodies.

Flavius Josephus

News Briefs 04-01-2007

Lots of good things in the news to start the year off...

  • A video interview with 'NASA UFO Hacker' Gary McKinnon.
  • Inventors win funding for research into flying saucer technology. Gary McKinnon's uncles perhaps?
  • Marijuana might cause new cell growth in the brain. I'm really getting confused as to whether it's supposed to be good or bad for you.
  • Looking back (or is that forward?) on the story of alleged time-traveller John Titor.
  • Is taking the oath of office on the Koran a threat to American values? What about if it's on Thomas Jefferson's Koran?
  • Pat Robertson says God has whispered in his ear that there will be mass killing in the U.S. during 2007. Hrm, hearing voices and predicting mass killing - sounds like someone should be sent to Gitmo without a trial...
  • Free will: now you have it, now you don't. Is your conscious mind just a puppet of the subconscious?
  • Study finds that coal mining causes earthquakes.
  • Manufacturing uncertainty: how oil money funds groups who "cast doubts and deceive the public on the scientific consensus regarding global warming." I guess the critical part is whether it's deception or information.
  • Climate shift helped destroy China's Tang Dynasty.
  • The music of the hemispheres. Brain hemispheres, that is.
  • 49 of 72 rare rhinos go missing in Nepal.
  • The Lure of Móo: judging Augustus Le Plongeon.
  • The ancient and mysterious history of tattooos. Grisly image warning.
  • Satellites and video game technology used to track the movements of ancient Central Americans. I hope they didn't frag them.
  • 2007 is the Asian Year of the Moon, as China and Japan ready lunar probes.
  • Lost lakes of Titan found at last.
  • Amazon forest relies on dust from the Sahara. And that butterfly beating its wings too, no?
  • Human brain evolution slows to a crawl. Dubya, you're dragging our average down!
  • Spaceship Earth sculpture falls apart. Art imitating real life?
  • The Wunderkammer: cabinets of curiosities make a comeback.
  • Spilt Animal parts and a tomahawk missile listed as worst traffic incidents in US during 2006.

Quote of the Day:

We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.

Martin Luther King

News Briefs 02-01-2007

All the best for the New Year! I took two weeks worth of news, and via secret alchemical techniques, distilled it into this one news update. Whether it's lead or gold is left to your opinion...

Quote of the Day:

Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain
You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun

Pink Floyd, 'Time'

News Briefs 22-12-2006

Solstice, smolstice. Like the guy in Groundhog Day, I'm convinced there's no way this annis horriblis is ever gonna end. Nevertheless...

~*~*~*~ Merry Christmas! ~*~*~*~

Quote of the Day:

For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child himself.

Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

News Briefs 21-12-2006

Xmas madness. As such, it's a short news for a short day (or night, depending on whether you live north or south of the equator)...

Quote of the Day:

We think our civilization near its meridian, but we are yet only at the cock-crowing and the morning star. In our barbarous society the influence of character is in its infancy.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

News Briefs 20-12-06

Brain tumours contagious, more like depleted uranium.

  • Are brain tumours contagious?
  • Head-butt from horse restores man’s sight. Like bashing the TV - perhaps this should be tested as a medical treatment?
  • Strange sighting in the sky over Ohio.
  • Depleted uranium, diabetes, cancer and you. Sounds like a sitcom.
  • Fire from heaven.
  • Unique petroglyphs discovered in the Caucasus.
  • Study finds air rich with bacteria.
  • Harebrained hypotheses prove invaluable to scientific debate.
  • Jinn: born of fire.
  • Psychic animals.
  • The moon and its rilles. Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.
  • Race to the moon for nuclear fuel.
  • Alternative theory of gravity explains large structure formation without dark matter.
  • Superconductor glory still up for grabs.
  • A two-faced reptile.
  • Now everyone’s paranoid.
  • Rugged bacteria may be a sign of martian life, on earth.
  • Health workers accused of deliberate HIV infection found guilty.

Quote of the Day:

The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.

William James

News Briefs 19-12-2006

Rick was all set to do Monday's news when he saw a reindeer silhouette spotlighted upon the night-time sky. He ran off changing into a red suit, muttering something about some deadline next Monday. I can only guess what that's all about...

Quote of the Day:

The apocalypse is not something which is coming. The apocalypse has arrived in major portions of the planet and it's only because we live within a bubble of incredible privilege and social insulation that we still have the luxury of anticipating the apocalypse.

Terence McKenna

News Briefs 15-12-2006

Happy Hanukkah to all of our Jewish readers. Err... I can't find any digital gelt. Would this be an appropriate gift for the children?

Thanks, Pam.

Quote of the Day:

We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.

Ray Bradbury

News Briefs 14-12-2006

All I want for Xmas is to get over this flu...

  • Nobel Prize-winning scientist defends the paranormal.
  • Martians could kill life on Earth, says Mars Express scientist. A million to one they said! (but still, they come).
  • Question of the day: how do you steer a spy shark? Video here.
  • Colour of dog fur linked to personality.
  • So what colour was the dog that tunnelled through snow to save its owners?
  • Scientists debate severity of the next sunspot cycle.
  • Microsoft unveils free robotics software package. Perhaps that's what powers Mr Gates...
  • Christian video game stokes controversy with its "convert or kill" message. Hey, if it's good enough for the 13th century Catholic Church...
  • 4,000-year-old Seahenge will rise again in 2008. Felt like I was channelling a bit of Edgar Cayce when I said that...
  • Archaeologists solve riddle of mysterious faces on South Pacific artifacts.
  • Aboriginal language had Ice Age origins.
  • Experts rush to record coastal history in face of advancing North Sea.
  • Egyptian conservationists fight to protect dwindling Mummy population (The Onion).
  • Boy who could feel no pain leads scientists to pain-killing discoveries. Interestingly, the boy died aged 14 jumping from a house. I guess that tells you why we experience pain...
  • Regeneration ironically hinges on cell death.
  • Laughter really is contagious. So make sure you don't have unprotected jokes.
  • Skepticism is on the rise in Australia. Would it be paradoxical for me to be skeptical of that claim?

Quote of the Day:

I am comfortably numb.

Pink Floyd