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Instead of roses and chocolates, I bring you today’s news with a whole lotta love.

  • Italian forensic experts have developed a picture of Jesus Christ. It’s comforting to know even Jesus can have a bad driver’s license photo.
  • Mexican drug gangs are forcing indigenous tribes to grow drug crops and worship Jesus Malverde, Patron Saint of Drug Runners.
  • New research suggests it’s unlikely lobsters feel pain. Has anyone conducted a study to see if researchers feel pain? I wonder what they ate for dinner that night. I’m going to run a nice hot bath for Pinchy now …
  • Do scientists shy away from controversial research?
  • Brain-damaged people who appear unaware of their surroundings may in fact be fully alert, but unable to respond.
  • Scientists are baffled by an American man’s shrinking brain. A Bush joke would be too obvious.
  • High achievers and smart people who worry too much are more prone to break under pressure. Why does this article have a picture of me?
  • Having your heart broken really can put stress on your heart. What about when a woman rips open your chest, tears out your heart, throws it on the ground, stomps on it, then kicks it down a drain? Fear not, heart-renewing cells have been discovered that might one day replace open-heart surgery.
  • Is Valentine’s Day healthy for you? It’s certainly not healthy for your wallet. In Saudi Arabia, people are defying a Valentine’s Day ban.
  • Did Neanderthals die out because they couldn’t adapt to the cold? Maybe male Neanderthals had their hearts broken by cruel modern women.
  • Homo Floresiensis fossils go missing again. Does this make it the Missing Link?
  • How the elephant got its ears has just become more complicated due to a tiny 115-million-year-old fossil. Haruki Murakami told me elephant ears are made in an elephant factory: read The Dancing Dwarf from his short story collection, The Elephant Vanishes (Amazon US or UK).
  • Strange corpse has people muttering chupacabra. No, it’s not Michael Jackson, it’s an ocean skate.
  • How much is that New Age healing in the window?
  • Hong Kong’s lucky Lam Tsuen tree proves unlucky for some. Maybe it’s just branching out into petty violence.
  • My theory is confirmed (see TDG’s poll): US spy drones over Iran could explain UFO sightings.
  • The European Space Agency successfully launched the Ariane 5 rocket.
  • How does a star get flung from a galaxy?
  • The Huygens Space Probe has successfully measured Titan’s winds.
  • The bizarre moon of Iapetus and it’s bulging equator.
  • Researchers are convinced life exists elsewhere in the universe. It’s just a question of whether it’s simple microbes, intelligent civilisation or somewhere inbetween (I think it’s all of the above).
  • Perhaps a little black box can tell us. I love the opening sentence, DEEP in the basement of a dusty university library in Edinburgh lies a small black box. It’s a heart-warming tale of scientists who take paranormal phenomena seriously.
  • Is this an extraordinary UFO photo, or an ordinary hoax?
  • Oil production in Libya may be endangering priceless Saharan rock art.
  • Excavations continue at Iran’s 5200-year-old Burnt City.
  • An Afghan archaeologist seeks the 1000-foot-long Sleeping Buddha.
  • The December 26th Tsunami reveals ancient ruins along the coast of Southern India.
  • There is a lost city in the jungles of Johor, Malaysia, but government officials dispute which city it is exactly. Dr Chandran Jeshurun insists it is the lost city of Kota Gelanggi.
  • Does a mysterious city made of black stone exist in the Malaysian jungles? It appears the Chinese may have been there too.
  • A Tibetan religious site up to a thousand years old and containing 383 stone buddha shrines has been discovered in Sichuan, Southwestern China.
  • A large section of the Great Wall of China has been destroyed by a road crew plundering supplies. Perhaps they should be buried alive within the wall if it’s repaired?

Thanks Bill and Kat.

Quote of the Day:

You are permitted in times of great danger to walk with the devil until you have crossed the bridge.

Bulgarian proverb