We have a mixed bag for you today, but then don’t we always? TDG refreshes the parts other news cannot reach.
- A South African woman has asked for help breaking the grip of Tutankhamen’s curse on her family.
- Frozen sea on Mars linked to elevated methane in atmosphere – may mean life exists now on Mars.
- A newfound dinosaur species from Argentina suggests that fleet-footed raptors roamed both the Southern and Northern Hemispheres through the end of the dinosaur age.
- Lost: much loved robot submarine, last seen under 200 metres of Antarctic ice last Wednesday, answers to the name Autosub – reward.
- The Five-Billion-Star Hotel – Need to get away from it all? Popular Science presents an exclusive tour of CSS Skywalker, an orbital resort that’s a lot closer to reality than you might think.
- The idea that the Earth may be hollow and home to an advanced civilisation is a curiously persistent one
- Meteor iron – was “sky metal” a bit more than a total rarity and actually a natural bonanza for early man?
- One of the differences between Vietnam and Iraq is that in Iraq the party drugs come via the chain of command.
- In the far North of Australia lie a series of tombstone-like towers aligned perfectly North-South. Meet the magnetic termites of Oz.
- The skeleton of a giant panda has been found in a 4,000-year-old tomb in central China.
- The operators of a trout farm are offering a $1000 reward to anyone who catches what has been described as Melbourne’s own Loch Ness monster.
- At least 60 people are thought to have died in an outbreak of plague in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organization has said.
- Religion may be a survival mechanism (which would really upset Richard Dawkins). So are we born to believe?
- For the Aymara people living in the Andes, the past lies ahead and the future lies behind. A look at how different languages reflect, and shape, our conception of time.
- The discovery of ancient mangrove forest remains under the Great Barrier Reef has cast doubt on some theories about how quickly the sea level rose after the last ice age.
- Moscow lawmakers have come up with a draft law that calls for a complete ban on occult activities in Russia.
- “Astronomers reveal first invisible and starless galaxy.” I’m not sure how you unveil something that you can’t see…
- Forensic teams have ended their 9/11 efforts with only 1,585 of the 2,749 victims who died identified.
- Ancient life thrives in the deep – our planet’s murky deep sea sediments are a buzzing hotbed of life.
- The decline of global biodiversity is linked to the emergence of new human and wildlife diseases such as West Nile Virus and avian flu.
- Many report seeing Bigfoot in Virginia. One man is trying to prove it
- there were 112 UFO sightings in Manitoba last year, which more than doubles the previous record for sightings and is more than four times as many as in 2003. I think they read about that occult building in TDG.
- Mysteries of the mind – your unconscious is making your everyday decisions. Or if you are a Republican, it’s Karl Rove who makes your decisions (jk).
- A UFO fleet is photographed over Chile.
- Take me to your leader. A review of a new book “Aliens: Why they are here.”
Thanks to Shadows for links.
Quote of the Day:
Common-sense appears to be only another name for the thoughtlessness of the unthinking. It is made of the prejudices of childhood, the idiosyncrasies of individual character and the opinion of the newspapers.
W Somerset Maugham