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News Briefs 11-04-2014

"May your trails be crooked, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view..."

With thanks to Kat for today’s looming robo-pocalypse news.

Quote of the Day:

“May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. May your rivers flow without end, meandering through pastoral valleys tinkling with bells, past temples and castles and poets' towers into a dark primeval forest...”

Edward Abbey

News Briefs 10-04-2014

Beware of his coming…

Thanks to Susan.

Quote of the Day:

“Their mouths, which mere minutes before had been employed in the process of demolishing and ingesting various foodstuffs, were now jammed up damply against one another while still being used for breathing, which must have been more than a little uncomfortable.”
“Bits of one jammed into bits of the other, dangerously close to some of the weakest and most important internal organs.”
“With absolutely no regard for personal space, the two of them created an unnecessary amount of friction, generating sweat in the process.”
“Some sort of gel emerged.”
“One sat upon the other, like furniture that sneaks inside of your body.”

Erotica Written By An Alien Pretending Not To Be Horrified By The Human Body (excerpt), by Mallory Ortberg.

News Briefs 09-04-2014

Happy birthday, Daz!

Thanks Gidon.

Quote of the Day:

“I’m all for mystery. I think it’s going to be a very dull world when there’s no more mystery at all.”

~ Peter Matthiessen

News Briefs 08-04-2014

Sorry for the slow-down in posts here at the Grail…real-world responsibilities have been taking priority for the last few weeks. Hope to be back on the Grail horse again now though.

Quote of the Day:

God wanted to hide his secrets in a secure place… Then the solution occurred to him. 'I shall put my secrets in the inner sanctum of man’s own mind. Then only those who really deserve it will be able to get to it'.

Tale recounted in the Amazon to Professor Benny Shanon, and quoted in his book The Antipodes of the Mind

News Briefs 07-04-2014

'In unseen worlds, science invariably crosses paths with fantasy.'

Quote of the Day:

Long live transfinite mountains, the hollow earth, time machines, fractal writing, aliens, dada, telepathy, flying saucers, warped space, teleportation, artificial reality, robots, pod people, hylozoism, endless shrinking, intelligent goo, antigravity, surrealism, software highs, two-dimensional time, gnarly computation, the art of photo composition, pleasure zappers, nanomachines, mind viruses, hyperspace, monsters from the deep and, of course, always and forever, the attack of the giant ants!

Rudy Rucker

News Briefs 04-04-2014

“However vast the darkness…"

Quote of the Day:

“...We must supply our own light.”

S. Kubrick

News Briefs 03-04-2014

Last month on the Grail was the biggest reader numbers ever. Welcome to all you new Grailers!

Quote of the Day:

The laws of nature are but the mathematical thoughts of God.


News Briefs 01-04-2014

It's April 1 folks. I've done my best to filter out the foolishness, but might still be worth doubling-down on your dose of caveat lector before you begin exploring today's new briefs...

Quote of the Day:

A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.

William Shakespeare

News Briefs 31-03-2014

Hard disk recovery = News Briefs recovery. Was NOT looking forward to to rewriting the news on my iPad from a photo of my frozen Mac screen!

  • The first transparent 3D-printed skull has been successfully implanted.
  • Speaking of see-through heads: glass brain - an anatomically-realistic real-time 3D brain visualisation.
  • Still speaking of see-through heads: a transparent head might foil facial recognition software, but won't stop scientists recognising the face you're thinking of.
  • Whales are cool and all, but this is getting desperate, no? How whale faeces help slow Antarctic warming.
  • Mirage Men - how the US government created the UFO myth §now online.
  • Wirral mathematician solves secrets of stonehenge.
  • How to prove the paranormal: scientists discuss.
  • Quantum experiments show how time emerges from entanglement.
  • Just don't blame the bankers: former World Bank senior council says a "second species" on Earth controls money & religion.
  • Suspended animation trials on humans begin.
  • Could "Ancient Egyptian" glyphs found in Australia rewrite history?
  • Researchers are giving psychedelics to cancer patients to help alleviate their despair - and it's working.
  • James Lovelock: 'Instead of robots taking over the world, what if we join with them?'.
  • Demons, mummies and ancient curses: should the British Museum be afraid?.
  • How to unmake a sea serpent: the case of the Scoliophis Atlanticus.
  • Controversial glow-in-the-dark plants go on sale.
  • How to bake scientifically accurate cake planets.
  • 10 of the most bizarre books ever written.

Quote of the Day:

One man practicing kindness in the wilderness is worth all the temples this world pulls.

Jack Kerouac