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The world has become too complicated and meaningless. Time to return to the source…

  • Collapsing the wave: an interview with J. Frederick Arment, author of Backbeat: A Novel of Physics (Amazon US and UK).
  • National Geographic gives you the straight dope on global warming. Bill will be happy to see that they describe the mechanism for GW as ‘uncertain’, and stick to the facts.
  • Conversely, does a sudden sea-level rise provide the cause of the last big chill?
  • European scientists propose planetary parks for Mars conservation. Does that mean the rest is open to corporate exploitation?
  • Space Smackdown! Solar storms slam comet tails.
  • NASA drafts evacuation plan for International Space Station after astronauts eat too much. Try a lock on the fridge first guys.
  • Huygens probe all set for January 14th descent onto Titan.
  • Flashes and rumbles in Australia may have been caused by a meteorite. Or Venus. Or the crescent moon. Or swamp gas. I think that’s the multiple choice answer handed out in the astronomy workbooks.
  • Update on the cave of John the Baptist (apparently).
  • Archaeologists disagree on ‘tools’ which may rewrite history.
  • New Zealand army tries to put the Bamiyan Buddhas back together. That’s going to take a lot of superglue…
  • Elgin Marbles controversy takes a new twist.
  • Chinese scientists produce submarine for archaeological research.
  • Randi posts another newsletter.
  • December 1 issue of the Near Death Newsletter is also available.
  • New length-boosting surgery for micro-penises. That’s one diagnosis you don’t want to hear from your doctor.
  • Artificial Intelligence detective works on solving crimes 24/7.
  • Punk professor searches for the elixir of life.
  • Brain assymetries in chimps resemble those of humans.
  • George Tenet recommends changes to Internet – “ultimately the Wild West must give way to governance and control.” Sorry George, but big business already wrecked the Internet. And now its 1984, two decades late. I mourn for the noosphere.
  • National Geographic offers up their 10 quirkiest stories for 2003. Wouldn’t you know it, we covered them all here at TDG. What are the odds…

Thanks Kat and Pam.

Quote of the Day:

Of all the systems of religion that ever were invented, there is no more derogatory to the Almighty, more unedifying to man, more repugnant to reason, and more contradictory to itself than this thing called Christianity

Thomas Paine