“Where’s Bill? Isn’t today Friday?” I hear you ask. No, today is Monday. Things have been getting a bit weird around here since Bill took to the air for Philadelphia-Experiment-like tests on top-secret aircraft. Weird is normal — when things are normal, that’s when things are weird.
- Scientists lose their heads over headless bodies excavated at Teotihuacan’s Pyramid of the Moon. More grisly details here.
- The Oriental Institute’s Diyala Project will make Mesopotamia’s history more accessible.
- The discovery of a 4000-year-old village in Uruguay challenges mainstream theories of the origins of Mesoamerican cultures.
- Say hello to Unaysaurus Tolentinoi, a recently discovered new species of dinosaur.
- Two fossilised Pterosaur eggs have been discovered. They’ll go nicely with Wooly Mammoth steak.
- Ahoy me mateys, sailing through space on a plasma beam nears reality. I prefer the old-fashioned way around the Greek Islands myself.
- Do we need a new internet? But I only just got the hang of the old one!
- A piece of Nutri-Grain breakfast cereal resembling Spielberg’s E.T. fetches $1035aus on Ebay. That’ll teach me for always skipping breakfast.
- Is this piece of breakfast cereal a one-off? News.com.au reporters found 34 E.T. lookalikes, which adds up to $35’000. I want off this planet. Now.
- Do Martian microbes returning to Earth on space-probes pose a risk to humanity? Hrmmm, what’s this black oil slithering under my skin ..?
- Does proof of ancient water on Mars constitute proof of Martian life? Where there’s water, there are hoons on jetskis.
- Rare discovery of murals in an Ancient Chinese tomb some of the best ever found. Interesting how the tomb was once a large mound that was leveled off for farming; you can read more about China’s ancient Pyramid-Mound tombs here and here.
- High-tech alarm systems will protect Ancient Chinese tombs from thieves.
- Here’s a great article on Bill Stone, robotics and diving-gear engineer who has explored some of the Earth’s deepest caves, and the tragic circumstances of his friend’s death in a cave 4’500 feet beneath Oaxaca, Mexico.
- Wired.com’s top 15 underwater sites to explore.
- An A-team of biologists will drop a camera 7 miles down to the deepest spot on Earth — the Mariana Trench.
- There’s a galaxy of life 400-metres underwater near Maui.
- Dreaming of a permanent outpost 5’000-feet beneath the ocean’s surface? Phil Nuytten is making it a reality. I’ve already been there, in the PC game No One Lives Forever 2.
- What occurs in our brain when we remember our own past? Probably the same thing that occurs in my brain when I can’t remember what I had for breakfast.
- Is autism a form of synesthesia, allowing the autistic to feel words?
- The Holy Grail of Geology, a method to measure land elevation over geological areas, has been developed.
- The young man who cured a rock star and an astronaut. How about curing TDG news presenters?
- A breath sample may replace the need to take blood for diagnosis.
- NASA confirms Einstein’s general theory of relativity.
- Japanese scientists hope to invent a telephone that beams holographic images. Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi. Moshi moshi?
- Martian blueberries indicate presence of water — past or present?
- The roots of altruism and human anger in the face of uncooperative behaviour.
- Relations between Russia and America are icy over Antarctic lake. Hey, at least I resisted the cold war pun!
- Moon rock found in Antarctica.
- Mystery tremors in Queensland, Australia. What are you up to, Greg?
- Indonesian scientist “borrows” Flores man bones. This is going to get ugly, and it’s an archaeological brawl that doesn’t even involve Zahi Hawass!
- Speaking of the Big Zee, 130 objects from King Tutankhamen’s tomb will tour America for the next two years. I wonder if anyone will admit that many of Tut’s treasures were pilfered from another Pharaoh’s tomb?
- At the Melbourne Museum, Australia, all we can get are 12 Chinese dinosaurs. Better than a funny-shaped cereal collection I guess.
- Video footage of UFOs around Mount Adams, Washington. Requires Windows Media Player.
- The excuses people come up with to avoid speeding fines. Wouldn’t it be funny if the driver with the vibrating surfboard who desperately needed to pee and was being chased by aliens was actually telling the truth?
- The U.S. Department of Energy’s report on cold fusion.
- 2004 U.S. hurricane season among worst on record.
- Climate predictions for Asia in 2050 paint a very ugly picture. Is it too late? Post your thoughts.
- China asks Scotland to help save rare plants threatened with extinction.
- Ice Age reindeer disappeared from Southwest France during episodes of Global Warming. Sorry kids, but Santa won’t be coming this Christmas.
Don’t thank me for today’s news … thank Kat, truly an angel.
Quote of the Day:
We can always imagine a better detail than the one we can remember.
John Irving, from Trying To Save Piggy Sneed