News Briefs 22-09-2004By Gregon Wednesday, September 22nd Energy seems to be the main theme of the news. That and weirdness…but that’s a given here at TDG. First published study on Martian methane concludes that pockets of life are the only plausible cause. Mussels near North Pole hint at global warming. Scientists find extremophiles in some of the most inhospitable environments on Earth – widening the prospects for extraterrestrial life. Physicsweb.org explores the question of whether petroleum is really just a fossil fuel. Having said that, is the hydrogen car a possibility? Photosynthesis – via spinach – may the future of solar cells. France to convert 34 tonnes from surplus US weapons into fuel for power stations. So relieved to see France and the US working together on this, maybe the fries will be French again now… Those nifty Mars rovers have survived the communications blackout and are set to continue their already extended mission. I want whatever batteries those things use put in my kids’ toys. $3000 for a ride in a vomit-comet seems like an expensive way to lose your lunch. What do you eat on the way to Mars? Sweet-tooth astronomers find sugar reservoir some 26,000 light years away. Send out the mining ships! Northrop-Grumman gets $400 million contract to design NASA’s “Jimo” Jupiter probe. I really need to get my money into military stocks. Global light relay idea meets opposition. Incans smashed and burned their own temple rather than have it fall into the hands of the Spanish, says archaeologist. Uncontrolled looting in Iraq signals the massacre of Mesopotamian archaeology. Was the proposed expedition to find Noah’s Ark, just a stunt? National Geographic investigates. Transcript of Zahi Hawass’ keynote speech to the ninth International Congress of Egyptologists. They sure don’t make ’em like they used to. Plain old Texas 40-watt lightbulb to celebrate 96 years of continued illumination. For humans, the sky is always falling. Perhaps with good reason – with CJD and CWD on the rise in animal populations, what are the implications for humans? A chat with the director of the indie movie “Incident at Loch Ness“. What better reason do you need – a vote for Bush is a vote against the occult armageddon plot. UFO hot-spot clocks up another sighting. Capturing fairies on film – it’s a tough gig. The upside of hurricanes – rangers on the lookout for washed-up shipwrecks. New plan to legalise online file-sharing, but cover losses through internet taxes. Forget your package – it’s the voice that rules your sex life. Barry White must have really got it on. Quote of the Day: Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power.We have guided missiles and misguided men.Martin Luther King, Jr.