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News Briefs 22-02-2016

Caption this, please!

Quote of the Day:

Not long ago, if you wanted to seize political power in a country you had merely to control the army and the police. Today it is only in the most backward countries that fascist generals, in carrying out a coup d'état, still use tanks. If a country has reached a high degree of industrialization the whole scene changes. The day after the fall of Khrushchev, the editors of Pravda, Izvestiia, the heads of the radio and television were replaced; the army wasn't called out. Today a country belongs to the person who controls communications.

Umberto Eco

News Briefs 18-02-2016

I need to trepan myself like I need a hole in my head...

Quote of the Day:

Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.

Eleanor Roosevelt

News Briefs 17-02-2016

Happy birthday to Grail-Seeker!

Mega-props to Grail-Seeker, Liz Leafloor, David Metcalfe, and viewers like you.

Quote of the Day:

"Equally unfounded is the complaint that the study of science and the technical application of the forces of nature gives to mankind a thoroughly material direction, makes them proud of their knowledge and power, and alienates ideal endeavours. The deeper we penetrate into the harmonious action of natural forces regulated by eternal unalterable laws, and yet so thickly veiled from our complete comprehension, the more we feel on the contrary moved to humble modesty, the smaller appears to us the extent of our knowledge, the more active is our endeavour to draw more from the inexhaustible fountain of knowledge, and understanding, and the higher rises our admiration of the endless wisdom which ordains and penetrates the whole creation."
- Werner von Siemens

News Briefs 16-02-2016

Disappointment...

Quote of the Day:

The majority of clinical trials are funded by pharma companies, which contributes to a medical system that prioritises the prescription of drugs, even for conditions such as pain that are strongly influenced by social and psychological factors.

Jo Marchant

News Briefs 15-02-2016

Bummer...hope you're all still here.

Quote of the Day:

We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.

Richard Dawkins

News Briefs 12-02-2016

"Whether you can observe a thing or not depends on the theory which you use. It is the theory which decides what can be observed."

Quote of the Day:

“Science is international but its success is based on institutions, which are owned by nations. If therefore, we wish to promote culture we have to combine and to organize institutions with our own power and means.”

A. Einstein

News Briefs 11-02-2016

So… does that mean the Illuminati gather at Red Lobster, then?

Quote of the Day:

"What is mind?
No matter.

What is matter?
Never mind."

˜ Bertrand Russell

News Briefs 10-02-2016

Unearthly delights...

  • Bizarre worm-shaped object on Red Planet sparks claim it is 100% proof of life on Mars
  • Were geniuses like Andy Warhol & Albert Einstein mentally ill?
  • Is 'Planet 9' really a second massive Kuiper Belt?
  • Science and superheroes: how close are we to creating real superpowers?
  • 'Alien' reports to MUFON.
  • That wasn't a meteorite that killed a man in India, NASA says.
  • Horses can read human emotions, according to new research.
  • A mammal's brain has been cryonically preserved and recovered.
  • Earth-like planets have Earth-like interiors.
  • You can train your body into thinking it's had medicine.
  • Hieronymus Bosch's 'Garden of Earthy Delights' is now a VR universe.

Quote of the Day:

The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.

Nikola Tesla