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It’s possible to be bitten by a 45-million-year-old crocodile, as I found out yesterday when I cut myself on a sharp piece of fossil I was excavating at the Melbourne Museum. Today I have strange flu-like symptoms …

  • It’s amazing what you’ll find in the trash. The Knights-Templar didn’t think to look there, did they? Dan Brown was spotted this morning rummaging through the Vatican’s trash, only to find copies of The Da Vinci Code.
  • Rare manuscripts dating from the 7th to the 3rd centuries BC, including works by Sophocles, Euripides and Hesiod, can now be read thanks to a revolutionary infra-red light technique.
  • What to do with Tel Basta, the neglected Ancient Egyptian city? Try not to giggle at the opening sentence.
  • Sweet sixteen foreign archaeological teams are heading to Iran to work with local experts. I hope Bush doesn’t gatecrash the party.
  • Beijing repairs some of the damage it’s done to a Tibetan monastery and two of the Dalai Lama’s palaces.
  • Outrage over plans to build a cemetery next to Scotland’s megalithic stone circle at Cothiemuir Wood.
  • Machu Picchu is in danger of irreparable damage from tourism and erosion.
  • The recently discovered Mamallapuram temple is an archaeologist’s dream.
  • The discovery of underwater structures off India’s southeastern coast could validate ancient legends as historical fact.
  • Who built Egypt’s ancient Osireion? It’s similarity to the unique Valley Temple of Chephren at Giza is no coincidence. Zahi Hawass hasn’t publicly taken credit for building the Osireion, but insiders say it will make up a large part of his autobiography.
  • The mysterious mounds of South Carolina’s Fig Island.
  • Eggs found inside a Chinese dinosaur fossil may be strongest link yet to the evolution of birds.
  • A 115-million-year-old fossilised jawbone reveals evolution repeating itself.
  • A champion race-horse has been cloned, making it the second in the world.
  • A rare whale-dolphin mix has given birth to a wholphin. It has its mother’s eyes and its father’s censored.
  • The remains of a 2000-year-old rabbit were found in an early Roman settlement in Britain. His name was Crusader.
  • The fifty-seventh headless Roman skeleton has been found in York.
  • The oppressive world of internet censorship in China.
  • Racism is alive and well in China.
  • The Heavenly Horse of the West and the Divine Dragon of China: a quest for immortality.
  • An unmanned NASA spacecraft designed to track and link with other orbiting craft has failed.
  • Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft has successfully docked with the ISS.
  • Russia pursues a new space shuttle, and the European Space Agency has its own shuttle project called Hermes. Your time is up, NASA.
  • The distant planetoid Sedna is covered in a tar-like sludge.
  • The Alpha Constant, one of the cornerstones of physics, might not be so constant afterall.
  • A physicist proposes a new theory of light: light may be a direct result of small violations of relativity.
  • The India Daily believes black holes could be used by extraterrestrials as massive weapon systems.
  • The 1983 Chillicothe UFO encounter has set a witness firmly on the UFO research path.
  • More than 200’000 salmon have failed to show up in the Columbia River. This school has the worst case of truancy in history!
  • Dandruff may be contributing to Global Warming. Sometimes I really don’t want to know what’s in the air I’m breathing.

Quote of the Day:

People are difficult to govern because they have too much knowledge.

Lao-Tzu