Wow! Almost New Year already. I’ve really enjoyed doing these news briefs this last few months and look forward to more fun in TDG-land next year. In the meantime, I have Hogmanay to celebrate with my family, a hangover to get rid of no doubt, and then 1,000 miles to travel. May I wish you all a wonderful New Year, however you celebrate it, and I will see you all in 2005. With my very warmest regards, Cernig.
- Human brain result of ‘extraordinarily fast’ evolution – emergence of society may have spurred growth.
- A British team have almost finished a steam powered 200mph eco-friendly batmobile for an assault on a speed record. I want one, Uncle Greg! Pweeeeease!
- All across the North, permafrost is becoming squishy ground as the world warms.
- A mural which has come to light in Tuscany has been identified by a British university lecturer as the earliest surviving representation of witchcraft in Christian Europe. Also the earliest representation of self-ambulatory penii…
- Fears grow that some stoneage tribes may have been totally wiped out by the Asian tsunami.
- Virgin soars towards new frontier – Burt Rutan and team design the next step.
- They start with a single stolen file and pump out bootleg games and movies by the millions. Inside the pirate networks that are terrorizing the entertainment business.
- Superconductors are finally ready to ramp up for the real world.
- According to archeological research in the 5000-year-old burnt city, in eastern province of Sistan-Baluchistan, sacrificing human beings was a common practice in ancient times. Gimme that real old time religion, coz I’ve got a little list…
- Major climate change occured 5,200 years ago – evidence suggests history could repeat itself.
- Eight prehistoric granaries found in Egypt – the granaries date back to the Neolithic era that began around 9,000 B.C., known as a transition point from roaming and hunting societies to an agricultural one.
- The Da Vinci Crock? Salon.com runs a ‘debunk’ of Holy Blood, Holy Grail following it’s authors’lawsuit of Brown. (Just click through the tedious ultramercial to get to the article.) – Thanks for the link, Shadows.
- Sex-change chemicals in the water threaten Scottish otters with extinction.
- Wild animals seem to have escaped the Indian Ocean tsunami, adding weight to notions they possess a “sixth sense” for disasters.
- The world can exhale a collective sigh of relief – asteroid MN4 will not hit the Earth in 2029.
- Remote viewing Tibetan monks see Extra Terrestrial powers saving the World from destroying itself in 2012.
- Was the Texas Chupacabra simply a coyote with mange? We may never know as DNA tests were inconclusive.
- Experts advised world museums to re-examine their Bible-era relics after Israel indicted four collectors and dealers on charges of forging items in order to “change history”.
- Scientists find a compound in curry that fights Alzheimers. I find curry good for fighting of a cold, or the effects of too much Aussie beer. Turkey vindaloo, anyone?
- The human eye cannot detect the ‘offside rule’ claims a Spanish doctor. I’m going to let someone else explain the offside rule for those who don’t follow football, or “soccer” as it is called by the heathen.
- The two U.S. and Russian astronauts on the International Space Station had to rely on a candy-laden diet for five weeks because their predecessors raided the pantry.
- The deadly Asian earthquake may have permanently accelerated the Earth’s rotation — shortening days by a fraction of a second — and caused the planet to wobble on its axis.
- Scientists and engineers are at war over NASA’s ambitious plan for space exploration as the former feel funds will be shifted from research.
- The FBI, concerned that terrorists could use lasers as weapons, is investigating why laser beams were directed into the cockpits of commercial airliners six times over the last four days.
- It is often said that the Scots make more of New Year than they do of Christmas, and certainly we have our own traditions for what we call “Hogmanay”. Hae a guid yin, all!.
Quote of the Day:
The trouble with the future is that is usually arrives before we’re ready for it.
Arnold H Glasgow