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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'

News Briefs 12-08-2016

“Nirvana is a state of pure blissful knowledge.”

Quote of the Day:

“No self is of itself alone. It has a long chain of intellectual ancestors. The "I" is chained to ancestry by many factors … This is not mere allegory, but an eternal memory.”

E. Schrödinger