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News Briefs 05-05-2004

We’ve had Phatarhs as a candidate name for a moon discovered orbitting Uranus. Didn’t make it past go, though. I would certainly favour Phuket as the name of any new planet that gets discovered. Better than Sedna, and more in keeping with how astronomers really feel about having to name newly discovered bodies in this endless cosmos in which we live. Post your thoughts.

  • Cometary panspermia explains the Kerala red rains. You’ll need Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • That natural smile could be just a few years away.
  • Scientists announce cosmic rays breakthrough.
  • The birds are singing in outer space.
  • The science behind climate change forecasts adds up to a lot of hot air.
  • Weather changes may effect stroke.
  • The mystery of mind control.
  • Fortune telling Bangkok septuagenarian has supernatural breasts that produce milk able to ward off black magic. She invites people to suck’em and see. The Phuket Gazette? Is that a joke or is it named by a bunch of very unhappy journalists?
  • Chinese were the world’s first modern astronomers.
  • Ancient maps of the world.
  • Flourescent fish spark GM row.
  • AIDS theory renegade returns with challenging cancer theory.
  • The promise of artificial photosynthesis.
  • This time it’s real: an antimissile system takes shape.
  • Mammals have multiple timers. Any of them fit any planetary motion in the solar system?
  • Flying saucer franchise.
  • Ancient cave in Central Iran dated to 15 Millennia B.C.
  • The myth of the beginning of time.
  • Breaking the chains of illusion. Part I. Part II.
  • Physics meets archaeometry in ancient Greece.
  • I believe that intelligent life must exist somewhere in the vast universe of stars and galaxies. Is he including or excluding Earth. I suppose there’s a case for the latter.
  • Today’s conspiracy, tomorrow’s truth.
  • 18 year-old has severe reaction to prescription drug.

Quote of the Day:

With most people unbelief in one thing is founded upon blind belief in another.

Georg Cristoph Lichtenberg

  1. New Planets?
    I agree – Sedna seems a bit pedestrian. How about something like Upuurs? Or, we could use an acronym, like JACOF (Just Another Case of Orbital Flotsam). Wait a minute: here’s a 21st century solution; offer the naming rights for sale to corporations! Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, Sedna, and Budweiser. Or Ford. Or AlGore (he seems to have lots of cash). 🙂


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  2. Hi Jameske,Excellent arti
    Hi Jameske,

    Excellent articles on our illusions, i really felt quiet at home. Thanks, now lets hope many more TDG readers take the time to read the articles.
    The myth of the beginning of time piece was rather extensive, but that’s what you get when there’s not a conclusion in sight. I’m not in a position to criticize, but it looks to me that these scientists take more for granted then they’re willing to admit when they’re extrapolating their grant >>> freudian! schemes.

  3. New Moon Name
    I couldn’t resist. If there is a newly discovered moon orbiting Uranus, it ABSOLUTELY has to be named Klingons. Imagine, Klingons around Uranus.

    1. Nice one
      Hahah udanax, I’ll pay that one! Be a hell of a job pitching that one to the NASA chiefs though: “I propose a mission to perform a detailed study of Klingons near Uranus”.

      Peace and Respect

      You monkeys only think you’re running things

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