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  • Theory about early Spanish explorers in America may be correct.
  • National Treasure: Freemasons, fact and fiction. If you know the secret handshake, check out Seeker1’s review in his blog as well.
  • Classical statues come to life in their original colour.
  • A team of international scuba divers has located an underwater cave which reveals promising signs of prehistoric human activity.
  • Easter Island, fools’ paradise.
  • What was the medieval Islamic conception of Cleopatra?
  • President Bush’s space vision becomes official, with Congress approving NASA’s 16 billion dollar budget request. No word yet on my $2 billion request for running TDG, I’ll keep you posted (I’m feeling optimistic).
  • Brain in dish composed of only 25,000 neurons flies simulated fighter jet. Maybe one day it’ll be President…
  • NASA’s scramjet engine technology ready for Mars mission.
  • Beyond Pluto, there may not just be a Planet X, but Planet Y and Z too. It’s like Dr Seuss doing astronomy. Voom!
  • The Universe seems just a bit too convenient – was it built for us? If that wasn’t spooky enough, the dateline tells me the story was written next week. Now that’s a harsh deadline – “I want it last week”.
  • Perhaps that journalist has been reading physicist Fred Alan Wolf’s new book, The Yoga of Time Travel (Amazon US and UK).
  • Steve Squyres tells Astrobiology Magazine what’s on the horizon for the Mars rovers (gawd, it’s sneaking up on a year since touchdown…).
  • India is go for manned space mission within seven years.
  • Randi’s rant for this week – telling us he’s a skeptic, not a cynic. Mmmhhh.
  • Internet abuzz with election conspiracy theories.
  • Amityville murderer tries to stop the remake of the 1979 horror movie, The Amityville Horror, saying it will impact badly on his parole hearing.
  • Chocolate is the tonic to that perisistent cough. I think I feel a scratchy throat coming on right now.
  • Czech man invents vibrating shoes to help the blind see. Or so Maxwell Smart can enjoy a movie without bothering the other patrons. One of those two.
  • The Virgin Mary Grilled Cheese miracle has spawned its own cottage industry. Does that make it the Virgin Mary Grilled Cottage Cheese?

Quote of the Day:

The people of England have been led in Mesopotamia into a trap from which it will be hard to escape with dignity and honour. They have been tricked into it by a steady withholding of information. The Baghdad communiqués are belated, insincere, incomplete. Things have been far worse than we have been told, our administration more bloody and inefficient than the public knows.

Lawrence of Arabia (1920)