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Friday at last with a long weekend (American Labor Day) at hand. Life is good.

  • Our human ancestors quickly found their feet.
  • Response to our most ancient instinct is hardwired into the human brain and there’s nothing we can do about it.
  • Contrary to popular belief, Northern European men living during the early Middle Ages were nearly as tall as their modern-day American descendants.
  • 160-million years ago Nessie’s mamma, an Ichthyosaurs, a fish-like reptile with big teeth, swam happily in what is now the Arctic ocean.
  • A student went on a Mexican adventure, an anthropological dig over the summer. Learn what he learned.
  • Hungry? Here’s the recipe for tamales, food of early Incan and Mayan cultures, found in records as early as 5000, possibly even 7000, BC. Make an extra dozen for me, okay?
  • Zahi Hawass, the director of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, has found a hidden tomb between the Sphinx and the pyramid of Khafre. Interesting location.
  • Alaska’s Totem Poles, a new guide, brings the truth of the emblem of Alaska to light. Alaska’s Totem Poles is available from Amazon US and UK.
  • The Stonehenge tunnel faces a tough road ahead. Cernig will be delighted.
  • Stonehenge in Russia?
  • Italian scientists use 3-D scan to reconstruct the face of a mummy.
  • Japanese scientists have discovered the remains of the world’s largest lava flow, more than 11,000 feet (3,400 meters) below sea level off the coast of Peru.
  • If you’re in London you don’t want to miss one of the world’s most bizarre scientific collections from the storerooms of London’s Science Museum. How can you go wrong with drills made to let the demons out of people’s heads and poisonous aphrodisiacs? The man who found the world’s oldest condoms needs to donate them here.
  • Every fifth man has women’s brains. The great punch lines to this are innumerable.
  • Chinese and American scientists have discovered a huge glacier spread over a 20 sq km in the Himalayas. We thought it was all melting.
  • Pig transplants may be safer than thought.
  • Attention Jameske. Cats can spread deadly bird flu.
  • Lord of The Rings director Peter Jackson will revive the 1933 classic, King Kong.
  • Don’t get mad – get even. A pleasure center in your brain appreciates the sweetness of revenge.
  • The Olympics came to a close and everyone parted as friends. BTW, Greece still wants those statues back.
  • Home Depot and the Storm God conspire to hit Florida with the second category-four hurricane of the season. Trailer parks are scheduled to receive no mercy. Would you like to track it?
  • Mysterious fires still threaten Kuku Kakaya.
  • As India prepares to fast-track GM crops to feed its growing population, Thailand retreats from field trials after a public outcry. Now the debate over GMOs (genetically modified organisms) spreads to Asia.
  • As the age of oil wanes, what will take its place? A little bit of everything awaits us in the hybrid future. A hybrid electrical grid could accommodate every available power source.
  • Get ready for the mass-produced, meltdown-proof future of nuclear energy.
  • Cold fusion may be staging a comeback.
  • The Mahabharata tells of ancient nuclear blasts and levitating stones of Shivapur. But what did they know? ;o)
  • Jon Downes tracks King Arthur at Phenomena.
  • Animal mutilations are accompanied by loud, unidentified aerial sound.
  • Flying Triangle sightings on the rise.
  • Bigfoot may be visiting the beaches of the Lone Star state.
  • Virtual humans are proposed as space travelers.
  • Scientists begin mapping the known universe. That will probably take a while. Mapping the unknown part will take longer.
  • The NASA Hubble Space Telescope captures the explosion of a massive star blazing with the light of 200-million Suns in a spectacular supernova.
  • NASA’s Cassini reveals Saturn’s cool rings.

Thanks Kat. Take care, Rich.

Quote of the Day:

People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.

George Orwell