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News Briefs 17-07-2015

“To try to be happy is to try to build a machine with no other specification than that it shall run noiselessly.”

Quote of the Day:

“There are no secrets about the world of nature. There are secrets about the thoughts and intentions of men.”

R. Oppenheimer

News Briefs 16-07-2015

You may think it's just a dwarf planet, Neil, but Pluto sure looks like it has a bigger heart than you!

Thanks to New Horizons. Don't forget to write, little guy!

Quote of the Day:

"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog."

˜Mark Twain

News Briefs 15-07-2015


  • Nosferatu director's head stolen from grave in Germany.
  • Astronomers spot black hole so big, it defies current theories of galaxy evolution.
  • Marden Henge to rival Stonehenge, says leading archaeologist.
  • The last Viking and his magical sword?
  • Outernet and Creative Commons to build a Library From Space.
  • Secret UFO files released as German government lose the right to keep research private.
  • The boneyard of the bizarre that rewrites Briton's Celtic past.
  • So-called haunted dolls: the hot new collectors items.
  • Rendlesham: UFO researcher claims Men in Black tapped phone and tried to end her alien probe.
  • Is the Tasmanian Tiger alive and living on the mainland?
  • New cell division mechanism discovered.
  • Newly-discovered Maya Pyramid at Tonina is one of the biggest.
  • 'Oldest' computer music unveiled.
  • Large Hadron Collider discovers new pentaquark particle.
  • What happens when you give a tree an email address?

Quote of the Day:

“Have you thought of an ending?"
"Yes, several, and all are dark and unpleasant."

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

News Briefs 14-07-2015

17 years posting the news, and nobody's done a Turing test on me yet...

Quote of the Day:

Most of the intelligence out there must be artificial intelligence. We keep looking for critters like us living on a planet like ours, where in fact the majority of the intelligence out there is not biological. That would be my argument.

Seth Shostak

News Briefs 13-07-2015

Just in case you're eating calamari right now...

Quote of the Day:

Call intuition cosmic fishing. You feel a nibble, then you've got to hook the fish.

Buckminster Fuller

News Briefs 09-07-2015

C'mon FOX! You call that a tease!!

Thanks to Charles.

Quote of the Day:

"Trust in dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity."

˜Khalil Gibran

News Briefs 08-07-2015


Quote of the Day:

The reason the future feels odd is because of its unpredictability. If the future didn't feel weirdly unexpected, then something would be wrong.

Douglas Coupland

News Briefs 07-07-2015

My daughter Isis has started a blog about the books she's reading - check it out...

Quote of the Day:

You can turn your back on a person, but never turn your back on a drug, especially when its waving a razor sharp hunting knife in your eye.

Hunter S. Thompson

News Briefs 06-07-2015

Surprising fact of the day: the Aztec Empire came into being 200 years after Oxford University began teaching students...

Quote of the Day:

A monopoly on the means of communication may define a ruling elite more precisely than the celebrated Marxian formula of ‘monopoly in the means of production.

Robert Anton Wilson