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Cruising into the weekend with The Daily Grail news …………..

  • Volcanic rocks from China reveal the date of the Permian extinction, plus another possible cause for it.
  • Our ancestors began walking upright 3.8-million years ago, but we weren’t the first to do so.
  • Ramses II suffered from arthritis.
  • Peru’s pipeline project turns up treasures.
  • Pre-Inca ruins are emerging from Peru’s cloud forests.
  • An Australian Aboriginal delegation will travel to Sweden this month to repatriate ancestral remains, that were taken from Australia by a Swedish explorer in the early 1900’s.
  • How the Han Chinese became the world’s biggest tribe.
  • Plans for the Stonehenge centre are unveiled.
  • The World Bank gives Peru a loan to protect Machu Picchu.
  • The traveling-wave thermoacoustic electric generator has the potential to power space probes to the furthest reaches of the Universe.
  • Mad Hal named ‘top sci-fi moment’.
  • A cool summer gives global warmers the freeze.
  • Both West Nile virus and Malaria might have been eradicated with DDT had it not been for junk science. Just think what we could do with global warming.
  • Hurricanes, global warming and scientists: A volatile stew.
  • There are plants that play music.
  • A former collegiate tennis player is attempting to prove that shape-shifting robots can get a move on.
  • St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church was destroyed by an explosion leaving an undamaged statue of the Virgin Mary. Hundreds flock.
  • What if you were making a movie about a director making a movie about the Loch Ness Monster and things began to get weird?
  • Rumors of Bigfoot’s demise are greatly exaggerated.
  • Does a giant poisonous worm that kills with the power of electricity live beneath the sands of the Gobi? Are you sure?
  • The RAEL and three Raelians in the next Playboy issue! Maybe that makes sense if one thinks about it for a time.
  • A couple are set to tie the knot in Scotland’s first legal Wicca (white witchcraft) witch wedding. Now say that real fast.
  • A Pennsylvanian (USA) man home-schools his kids to protect them from witches he says live nearby.
  • Stress is the trigger of the supernatural human. Or a heart attack.
  • Harry Potter stories not so innocent.
  • A big-budget German film about the last days of Adolph Hitler has dared to shatter a lingering taboo about history’s greatest monster — portraying him as human.
  • The human body can heal dementia itself. That’s cool.
  • Snakes challenge the nature vs. nurture debate.
  • Tibetan mothers have provided anthropologists with living examples of ongoing human evolution.
  • Who needs evolution? High-Tech hearing bypasses ears.
  • Big Brother is always watching in Britain. Good thing?
  • After the recent terrorist act in Beslan, there’s firearm fever in Russia. I don’t think there’s an NRA chapter in Russia.
  • A man-made rainforest that should have taken millennia to evolve has baffled scientists by springing up in just 150-years. Baffled looks good on some scientists.
  • Renowned 17th-century Dutch artist Rembrandt may have been cross-eyed.
  • A Las Vegas-based magician who was mauled and dragged from the stage by his white tiger said in that the animal was actually trying to help him.
  • The Freedom Tower, the 1776-foot skyscraper set to occupy the site of the World Trade Center, will be a Green Giant. It’s hard to keep a good man down.
  • A radical Antarctic telescope with 16-m diameter mirrors would far outperform the Hubble Space Telescope at a fraction of the cost. Sounds like a plan.
  • Astronomers peek inside a neutron star.
  • People on Mars is possible in 20 to 30 years.
  • A laser that can beam data from Mars to Earth at 10-times the rate of current radio links will be flown to the Red Planet .
  • The Red Planet’s wet climate lasted for ages.
  • China’s space program seeks approval for a new-generation rocket.
  • A glimpse at swollen stars hint at the Earth’s demise.
  • Is the Moon the Saudi Arabia of the 21st Century?

Quote of the Day:

I do my thing and you do your thing. I am not in this world to live up to your expectations And you are not in this world to live up to mine. You are you, and I am I, And if by chance, we find each other, it’s beautiful. If not, it can’t be helped.

The Gestalt Prayer, Fritz Perls