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  • Australian archaeologists discover a hidden chamber containing a pristine mummy that is almost as fresh as the day she was buried, 2,500-year ago. Zahi Hawass maintains his status as the most famous archaeologist that has ever lived by unveiling the mummy.
  • Critics silenced by skull scans of of Homo floresiensis, aka the ‘hobbit’.
  • Plans are being made to free a woman of a stone-carved scarab from the tomb of Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun, which she believes has cast a curse on her family.
  • An archaeologist says Germany’s ‘Sky Disk’ is a fake.
  • The high tech of prehistory.
  • Two thousand years ago in Peru, a mysterious and little known civilization tore itself apart.
  • The ancient Chinese used rice pudding as cement.
  • Evolution: It’s only a theory, but one worth teaching. However, turkey mating games challenge theory of ‘survival of the fittest’.
  • Brazil clears way for GM crops.
  • Bill Gates received his honorary knighthood, but don’t call him ‘Sir Bill’.
  • A scientist has rated bird IQs. Your parrot has an intellectual superior.
  • Animal stories that may melt your cold, cold heart: An adult goat at a nature preserve has adopted a baby rhinoceros whose mother was killed by poachers. Wyoming woman rescues lost giant tortoise.
  • Animal experts admit that they had no explanation for a spate of what appear to be canine suicides – all from the same spot.
  • What about ‘plant’s rights’? New research opens a window on the minds of plants.
  • A strange world of see-through shrimp, crabs and other life forms teems around a newly explored field of thermal vents near the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Germans discover a cabbage-loving gene. I like cabbage, but not sauerkraut.
  • Scientists discover why the North Pole is frozen.
  • What we see and how we perceive things isn’t always a matter of black or white.
  • In an opinion piece, Thomas Keyes believes that you’re a fool if you believe in superstition, magic or religion.
  • God under a microscope.
  • Town considers removing Carlisle’s ‘Cursing Stone’.
  • Is telepathy truth or fiction?
  • The Collapse of Societies: From Easter Island to Iraq – to Western World?
  • Laser-boy sees people’s illnesses in the mirror.
  • The man who died a hundred times.
  • Russian scientist predicted tsunami two days before it hit Southeast Asia.
  • Adventurer Steve Fossett became the first man ever to make an around-the-world trek solo and without refueling.
  • Remember the word – sonoluminescence – a star in a jar. Researchers strive to create and harness bubble-driven desktop fusion.
  • Researchers have found new evidence that the laws of quantum mechanics apply not just to microscopic particles such as atoms and electrons, but also to large electronic devices called superconducting quantum bits (qubits).
  • Two filmmakers, researching for their movie about extra terrestrials, were detained over the weekend by government agents outside the infamous government facility known as Area 51. Maybe they really mean it when they say ‘Keep Out”.
  • How is it that a huge (football field size) UFO is seen by 50 or more people near Mt. Beacon but the event goes unreported? There’s a reason for that.
  • What would you call an dinosaur-skinned, agile, erect, three or four feet tall, two-legged creature with eyes the size of hens’ eggs, long fangs, and multicolored spikes down its head and back that is hopping animatedly in the yard outside your house? Some call it el Chupacabra (the Goatsucker).
  • NASA satellite sees ocean plants increase, coasts greening. Chicken little is disappointed.
  • More than 7,000 people have signed up for Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic space ship.
  • A mystery object near the center of our galaxy is sending out powerful pulses of radio waves. What made the five strong radio bursts at the center of our galaxy?
  • Given the immensity of the Cosmos, it is a mathematical impossibility that we are alone. The chances are very high that you will encounter another intelligent life-form in the course of your life and when you do it may come as a big surprise. It’s time to prepare for our first encounter.
  • The process that formed the giant planet Jupiter may also have spawned some of the tiniest and oldest members of our solar system — millimeter-sized spheres called chondrules, the major part of the most primitive meteorites.
  • A team of European astronomers have discovered a highly structured cluster of thousands of galaxies at an incredible 9 billion light-years away. In other words, this structure was highly evolved only a few billion years after the Big Bang; a situation that should be impossible, according to current theories.
  • New images reveal volcanic hotspot on Mars.
  • Jupiter’s second-largest moon, Europa, may have more than water under its fissured, icy crust – there may be life hiding in the cracks. Europa, The Ocean Moon is available at Amazon US and UK.
  • Can a human survive a trip to Mars?

Thanks Marlin.

Quote of the Day

All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.

Arthur Schopenhauer

German philosopher (1788 – 1860)