News Briefs 10-09-2004By Billon Friday, September 10th I’m aware that this appears as the Return of Rich, but it isn’t. I’ve received a great amount of help with this post. Enjoy, and have a great weekend. 70-million years ago, Lucky took a hit to prove that Tyrannosaurus Rex was a hunter rather than a scavenger. The rapid climate-change theory takes a hit. The last ice age began with gradual cooling rather than a dramatic climate crash. Divers discover what appears to be one of the oldest human skeletons in Mexico. The first Americans may have been Australian aborigines, but artifacts suggest a Chinese influence. Who’s a Celt? Celtic nations like Ireland and Scotland have more in common with the Portuguese and Spanish than with people from ancient Alpine Europe. DNA’s amazing stuff, isn’t it. A WalMart discount store rising a half-mile from the Pyramid of the Sun of Teotihuacan has touched off a fight. Clean air technology has ancient roots. Thales, Anaximander, Leucippus, and more: those great Greek geeks who invented science through observation, experimentation and theory. Irish scientists have isolated a bacterium that can convert a toxic waste product into plastic. Molecular biologists uproot the Tree of Life perspective of ancient ancestry. Native Americans’ and The Lion King’s take on life vindicated – it’s a circle, not a tree. Deputies say a man in Pensacola, Florida, who was trying to shoot seven puppies was shot by one of the dogs. Holster that hardware puppy, we just want to talk. British scientists are developing a smelly robot that will generate its own power by eating flies. SkyNet notified. Plants have become the silent witnesses to crime. Why bloodletting may have actually worked. Bring me a leech. Sandia experiments may reduce the possibility of future water wars. The European Union has approved a genetically-modified seed for planting. Brain scans show hypnosis at work. Now cluck like a chicken. There seems to be a dream-specific region in the brain. Something about this article reminds me of the story of Pandora’s box. Wave at Big Brother. The City of Chicago plans to monitor you with a vast security network. It’s time for Muslims to stand up for the once-noble, nearly lost traditions of their faith and condemn what Arab and Chechen terrorists and blasphemers did in the Russian town of Beslan. Potential employers have gotten much better at mining your past. There are no secrets. 20% of Germans want the Wall back. That means 80% don’t. France, Russia and China supplied Saddam Hussein with missiles, arms, defense technology and spare parts before — and after — the start of the Iraq war, an explosive new book claims. Amazon US and UK. A paranormal researcher says people should expect more terrorist attacks that mimic Sept. 11. The Copycat Effect is available from Amazon US and UK. Europe is failing to clean up its air. Talk is cheap. Much to the chagrin of global warming proponents, CO2 is not polluting the atmosphere at the rate that we generate it. So, where does the CO2 go? Methane ice on the seafloor may hold a big tsunami risk as well as a great energy potential. What could go wrong? A Welsh inventor has a rooftop plan to harness wind power without the need for hideous turbines. British researchers want you to burn flower power in your vehicle. The demand for gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles is exceeding the supply. Fad? How shall we explain the increased Atlantic hurricane activity – global warming or cyclical? Hurricane Ivan the Terrible has killed several people in Granada and has Jamaica and Cuba in his sites. You guessed it – they’re evacuating Florida, again. Here’s the projected path and the track. The Earth’s magnetic field is fading. Is that a ‘so what’? Linda Moulton Howe has an update on the Ohio corn pictogram – Were there balls of light? You sound skeptical; don’t you believe that jinn exist? Sweden’s Great Lake Monster will soon be fair game for hunters and curio seekers, as its protected status is about to be lifted. Trophy time! A peculiar beastie, a mini Loch Ness Monster, has washed-up on the shore of Whitehaven (UK). Aliens saved a family from collision to protect a pregnant woman. Alleged witchcraft forces closure of a school. There’s a quest to shed light on the secrets of Rosslyn Chapel, if any. Genesis scientists try to salvage solar dust. The White House plans to share earth data with other nations. Oh no, they’ll see the Big Board! Was there life or just water on Mars? Gas may yield clue to life on Mars. NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has set its infrared sight on a major galactic collision and witnessed not death, but a teeming nest of ‘life’. UK scientists using the Cassini probe find a new ring and one, possibly two, new objects orbiting Saturn. Ground control to MIT: Shoot for the moon, then get us to Mars, ASAP. Thanks X_O, Marlin, and Kat. Quote of the Day: Methinks we are flagellating a deceased equine quadruped here. Khefre The Daily Grail Tue, 07/09/2004 in reference to Zahi Hawass’ rejection of the theories of two French Egyptologists.