News Briefs 12-07-2004

Spent the weekend camping on Moreton Island. Back to civilisation now…ugh.

  • The occult beginnings of our powered world: a review of Dark Light: Electricity and Anxiety from the Telegraph to the X-Ray (Amazon US and UK), by Professor Linda Simon.
  • The next space probe will be staying close to home, checking our atmosphere. Hope it doesn’t fall in that big ozone hole.
  • Farms may be getting futuristic: have your own R2-D2 check your crop.
  • Last Halloween’s solar storms were the most powerful ever measured, with the blast rushing past the Earth at 8 million kilometres/hour. Now, it’s even reached the Voyager probes (11 billion kilometres away). And: solar storms may have torn away Mars water.
  • Scientists worry that Mars Express might be in trouble.
  • Smoke: bad for us lung-using critters. Not so for plants though.
  • Whenever the tourist season is getting a bit slow, you can count on the Bear Lake monster to rustle up some business.
  • Third lion sighting in four days sparks police response.
  • More on the urban legends conference mentioned earlier last week.
  • Is there a spirit world?
  • Perspiring deity signals impending catastrophe. You have to admit, when a god starts sweating you know there’s trouble. And: wooden cross cries resin tears each on anniversary of bloody battle. Not to mention: Brisbane miracle report still weeks away. Tech stocks are down, invest in weeping icons and watch your funds grow.
  • Scientists discover pattern to whale beachings.
  • New discoveries reveal more of Karnak’s secrets.
  • Dementia may have played a large part in recent history. That and just plain stupidity.
  • New type of AIDS drug offers hope.
  • On the 28th of July, 2003, Eric Williams blacked out while driving and crashed into Gordon White’s living room. One year on, they meet again after Eric blacks out and drives into Gordon’s living room…again.
  • The latest newsletter from James Randi, in case you require salvation from your own gullibility.
  • Stocked up on skepticism? The Philadelphia Experiment – new evidence surfaces.
  • Ghost-hunters hear sound of girl laughing.
  • Medici family’s secret crypt unearthed.
  • Forget about those boring old baseball cards. Go get yourself some infectious disease cards from the CDC. I’ll give ya Cryptosporidiosis if you’ve got spare Recreational
    Water Illness.

Quote of the Day:

If you go to one demonstration and then go home, that’s something, but the people in power can live with that. What they can’t live with is sustained pressure that keeps building, organisations that keep doing things, people that keep learning lessons from the last time and doing it better the next time.

Noam Chomsky