A round-up of the latest news, just in case you needed a fix…
- Alan Boyle eases our mind about the Xmas Eve-issued asteroid alert.
- NASA to put trees on Mars?
- Believe it or not, they’re all the same species.
- Indonesian ‘hobbit’ legends may be factual.
- Wave of devastation.
- Scientists revise deadly quake’s rating to 9.0.
- Did Tasmanian tremor kick off the big one?
- Why we sleep.
- Huygens probe released and heading for Titan.
- Jupiter’s moon Amalthea was probably captured.
- Beware the alien microbes don’t eat your face off.
- GI tract microbes are key to preventing allergies and asthma.
- The real Ebenezer Scroggie, who inspired Dickens’ Scrooge, was a ‘meal man’, not a ‘mean man’.
- UFOs sighted over Iranian nuclear installations.
- Thaw sees grass take hold in Antarctica.
- Personal power: bendable organic solar cells.
- Roots of graying hair Discovered.
- Scientist examines technology’s impact on personal well-being, and finds we’re all suffering from cognitive overload. Duh!
- Synthetic biology: Researchers mass produce genes on a chip.
- Ancient America’s complex society.
- Tianluoshan, 7000 year old site in China, linked to seafarers who populated Polynesian islands.
- Did the Chinese discover Australia first?
- Were the three wise men Zoroastrian priests.
- Debate continues about why Dec. 25 was chosen for Christmas.
- If you want to live longer, then go to church. Of course, if you take into account all the time you spent listening to boring sermons, it probably evens out.
- Britons’ belief in God vanishing as religion is replaced by apathy. Too bad I don’t care.
- From the man that brought you the James Ossuary fake: new scandal as alleged pomegranate from King Solomon’s Temple is proved to be a fake.
- Portrait of boy Jesus (note: not Boy George) created from Turin Shroud image.
- A challenge to the idea that religious experiences can be artificially stimulated.
- The prognosis for our diseased planet earth and its most predatory species, Homo Sapiens, is grim, diabolical creativity knows no limits, and our only hope is to transform our consciousness.
- Randi’s Xmas rant.
- New Scientist Xmas edition.
- Bible Review has even gone with the flow and released their latest issue.
- Time magazine’s resident skeptic huffs and puffs.
- Diary solves the mystery of Rudolf Hess.
- Evidence of trepanation. I need that like I need a hole in my head.
- Is Siberian monk dead or just in a state of nirvana?
- Sci-Am’s top science stories of 2004.
- And the Top 10 astrobiology stories of 2004, from who else but Astrobiology Magazine.
Big thanks to Kat for the help.
Quote of the Day:
I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.