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News Briefs 04-05-2004

There’s no place like home…

  • Venus: the planet which is the cause of all those kooky UFO stories. Personally, Venus has never given me an anal probe, but I can only speak for myself.
  • Hubble captures a big bug. Damn critter’s Nebula-sized.
  • At the other end of the scale, ‘real’ bugs on Venus might hide from the Sun’s radiation by using an umbrella made of of a molecular rings of sulphur. That’s a smelly umbrella…
  • Astrobiology Magazine talks to Colin Pillinger, head of the ill-fated Beagle 2 mission.
  • Nothing like a Noah’s Ark story to get the media excited.
  • Swedish government watchdog queries regional council as to why they put a lake monster on Sweden’s endangered species list.
  • Educate yourself about the oddities of the full Moon.
  • NASA releases status report on shuttle return – within the year, they say.
  • Brain-watching helps suppress pain. Cool little story about biofeedback.
  • Spinach pigment proposed as radical cure for some forms of blindness. Gives a whole new meaning to Popeye doesn’t it.
  • NASA uses the public to monitor contrails…for climate reasons of course.
  • The Iranian UFOs – here’s the evidence (pics and video). Let’s hope it doesn’t go to court on that.
  • US customs returns $1million worth of smuggled artifacts to Peru.
  • UK government’s chief scientist says Antarctica is likely to be the world’s only habitable continent by the end of this century if global warming remains unchecked. Might get awful cramped down there, with the penguins and all…
  • Israeli scientists create a computer made of DNA that identified lung- and prostate-cancer cells and combatted them with a molecule based on an anti-cancer drug. Wonder what DARPA is doing with this sort of technology…
  • ISS astronauts safely back on Earth, although with a bit extra weight on their shoulders.
  • The sky at night. As seen from China some 1,300 years ago.
  • Push for anti-nerve agent drug. Methinks that might be a good idea.
  • Toutatis, the strange looking city-sized asteroid – planet killer, or just a cosmic peanut?
  • Indie band release their album exclusively as ring-tones. It’s an audiophiles nightmare.

Quote of the Day:

When the Paris Exhibition closes, electric light will close with it and no more be heard of.

Professor Erasmus Wilson (1878)

    1. font size!
      If you’re running Internet Explorer and can make this out, you might want to try going into View -> Text Size and adjusting the settings to either Larger or Largest.


    2. Font sizes
      Hi Paul,

      I’m afraid we’re on a hiding to nothing on this one. I get complaints that the text is both too big and too small (same as the white text on black background, versus the black text on white). The best I can do is try and find a happy medium, and then let people user their browser settings to modify any further (for IE, see as posted by Rich…for Mozilla users try ‘View’-‘Text Zoom’).

      Once we free up a bit of time we might try and create a few different themes – ‘big text version’, ‘little text version’ etc.

      For what it’s worth, to me the text on the page is too big, I reduce it a bit in my browser as I like smaller text…far easier on the eyes for me (although I realise many, like yourself, think the opposite).

      Peace and Respect

      You monkeys only think you’re running things

    3. Better browser
      If you go to and download their free browser you will find many great features including a zoom function that allows almost any image size. You just hold down the control key and spin the wheel on your mouse. I haven’t used that nasty ole Exploder for years!

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