News Briefs 27-07-2004

Aliens and beagles and Nessie, oh my…

  • Seth Shostak predicts ET first contact within 20 years. Hope they’ve got their radios on…
  • Sending a Messenger to Mercury.
  • Double asteroid impact delivered one-two punch. That’s the sort of punch that could win a few super-heavyweight bouts.
  • Beagle 3 looks to hitch a lift with the Americans.
  • Strange movements may give early detection for autism in children.
  • Fighter pilots may soon command their very own drone swarms. Ah humans, always using techology for the noblest causes.
  • Skeptic Michael Shermer tells us why we should expect a little miracle every now and then.
  • Aboriginal artefacts seized in Australia while on loan from the British Museum. That’s got to have serious ramifications for the future of travelling exhibitions.
  • One of a Neanderthal baby’s first words was probably ‘papa‘, says study. I was banking on ‘ooga-booga’ myself.
  • Discovery of chariot tracks pushes back date of earliest Chinese vehicles.
  • Archaeologists baffled by Iron Age mystery.
  • Historians excited by find of rare Italian pottery in Scotland.
  • Anomalies found in Roswell metal.
  • Mysteries of the deep at Lake Tahoe.
  • The Circle-Makers maintain their recent high profile in the media.
  • Dazed and confused at the UFO Daze.
  • Loch Ness water on sale for £6 a pint. And you can’t even drink it…
  • The laid-back sorceress with uncertain spells – Caroline Tully.
  • World’s tiniest fish identified. Imagine the size of the worm you’d need…
  • Frozen Ark‘ to preserve DNA of animal species.
  • The medical mystery at the heart of the movie Awakenings.
  • It was like the Super Bowl, Woodstock, Mardi Gras, a holy pilgrimage and Chippendale dancers all rolled into one.
  • Hewn from one rock, pillars in 7th century temple produce music.
  • Cave paintings expose origins of Mithrae cult.
  • Ticket to Mars will cost the Earth.
  • Childhood vaccination against drug addiction would protect adults from the euphoria experienced by users. Cause you don’t want that euphoria thing…

Thanks Kat.

Quote of the Day:

The power of music to integrate and cure. . . is quite fundamental.
It is the profoundest nonchemical medication.

Oliver Sacks