I had forgotten about the joys of dial-up internet. The kind of joy you experience by poking a hot needle through your eyeball…
- It’s a solstice celebration for SpaceShipOne: June 21 set as launch date for attempt at first privately-funded manned space flight.
- Meanwhile, NASA now optimistic about chances of success with robotic mission to save Hubble Space Telescope (HST).
- Speaking of robots, those Martian rovers just keep roving.
- The ‘nightmare scenario waiting to happen’ – chances of ‘dirty bomb’ attack rise significantly.
- But who needs a dirty bomb when you can count on your own government to dose you up on plutonium?
- Archaeologists search for lost Torah near Auschwitz.
- Afghanistan’s fabled Bactrian Gold to tour the world.
- The archives of the Royal Geographic Society to be opened to the public.
- Major excavation to open Viking graves.
- Following hot on the heels of the cicada plague, comes the massive stink as they all die and rot. Ewww.
- Asperger’s Syndrome – not just a medical condition, but perhaps the creator of geniuses.
- Retired chemistry professor to test Brisbane’s weeping statues. And Randi’s not one to miss an opportunity to get his name up in lights, as he offers his $1million prize if the church can prove the phenomenon is supernatural. Can someone offer a $1million prize to prove that James Randi’s prize is bona fide (see here and here)?
- Star Dreams: A documentary about crop circles.
- Man-made chemicals are affecting the development of children’s brains.
- Forget cold fusion, here comes banana power.
- Alaskan quake of 2002 unblocked geysers in Yellowstone Park.
- Genetically-modifed virus explodes cancer cells. Is that like the opposite to a dirty bomb?
- University unveils tool to check student essays for plagiarism from 4.5 billion webpages.
- Cattle mutilation in Rio Cuarto – hoax or the real deal?
- Book review of Sync: The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order, by Steven Strogatz (Amazon US).
- Sir Paul McCartney reveals Beatles’ drug use. My lord, I had no idea…the 60s have lost their innocence for me now. Just think of the subversity – elevator music created by LSD-crazed junkies. Where’s the Christian Right when they’re needed?
Quote of the Day:
Without anomalies and their validation, later incorporation, and explanation, we would not have any progress in science. We have a fundamental problem in science of somehow trying to balance openness with conservatism, and imagination and creativity with criticism.