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News Briefs 24-08-2016


Quote of the Day:

How vast those Orbs must be, and how inconsiderable this Earth, the Theatre upon which all our mighty Designs, all our Navigations, and all our Wars are transacted, is when compared to them. A very fit consideration, and matter of Reflection, for those Kings and Princes who sacrifice the Lives of so many People, only to flatter their Ambition in being Masters of some pitiful corner of this small Spot.

Christiaan Huygens

News Briefs 23-08-2016

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Thanks Kat.

Quote of the Day:

Somehow, the universe has engineered not only its own self-awareness, but its own self-comprehension. It is hard to see this astonishing property of (at least some) living organisms as an accidental and incidental by-product of physics, a lucky fluke of biological evolution.

Paul Davies

News Briefs 22-08-2016


Thanks Kat, @djp1974 and @JohnReppion.

Quote of the Day:

Kindness is in our power even when fondness is not.

Samuel Johnson

News Briefs 19-08-2016

”The wise man looks into space and does not regard the small as too little, nor the great as too big…”

Quote of the Day:

“…For he knows that, there is no limit to dimensions.”

Chuang Tzu

News Briefs 18-08-2016

Shaman cat!

Thanks to @AnomalistNews, @JohnReppion and @DoctorAtlantis.

Quote of the Day:

If you have built castles in the sky, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.

Henry David Thoreau

News Briefs 17-08-2016


  • Charles Hoy Fort's Notes, transcribed and online.
  • Atoms are even smaller than we thought.
  • In possibly related news, the observable universe just got a bit smaller.
  • This physicist has a groundbreaking idea about why life exists.
  • We’ve been wrong about the origins of life for 90 years.
  • Solar storm nearly sparked war in 1967.
  • Scientists ‘reprogram’ mouse cortical neurons with light.
  • Possible cause of flashbacks discovered.
  • Split personality: Schizophrenia emerged after Humans diverged from Neanderthals.
  • Newly discovered primate bones appear to be the most primitive ever found.
  • Tribal leader shows off ‘smoked’ mummy he sleeps with.
  • Traces of sun storms locked in tree rings could confirm ancient historical dates.
  • 'Poltergeist' baffles hardened Police Scotland officers after they witness paranormal activity including levitating dog.
  • Headline of the day: Sex pigs halt traffic after laser attack on Pokémon teens.

Quote of the Day:

The fate of all explanation is to close one door only to have another fly wide open.

Charles Fort

News Briefs 16-08-2016

Come on baby light my goblet of fire...

Thanks to @UnlikelyWorlds.

Quote of the Day:

There's a lot of money in wars, except in the war on poverty. Can't make any bread helping the poor.

Lenny Bruce

News Briefs 15-08-2016

Pyramids of Earth and Mars, and everything else in between...

Quote of the Day:

Even when we are alone, we are never alone. We exist in symbiosis — a wonderful term that refers to different organisms living together. Some animals are colonised by microbes while they are still unfertilised eggs; others pick up their first partners at the moment of birth. We then proceed through our lives in their presence... Every one of us is a zoo in our own right — a colony enclosed within a single body. A multi-species collective. An entire world.

Ed Yong, in 'I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life'