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It’s a big day: Hubble turns 15, but more importantly my little boy turns 2. Happy Birthday Phoenix!!

  • The big eye in the sky turns 15, but its future remains uncertain.
  • To celebrate, the ESA releases a book, a CD and DVD. I’m guessing all the Beagle commemorative gear has been warehoused.
  • For more casual enjoyment, check out this gallery of Hubble goodness.
  • Two years on, and history is still being lost in the dust of war-torn Iraq.
  • National Geographic gives its take on the rediscovery of those ancient writings that we first mentioned last week.
  • Quantum dots are the latest generation of nano-probes, and could give scientists a peek inside your cells. Just think of it, all those tiny quantum dots, swarming through your body, creeping into all your cells. Hurrah for science!
  • Florida ‘psychic’ heads back to jail. Complete with snappy one-liner from the arresting detective.
  • Fresh astronaut crew takes charge of ISS.
  • The chaos of Mars. Apart from all those 19.5 degree things…
  • The grisly mystery of dumped organs. Nothing like waking up to find lungs on your front lawn.
  • Ants: they’re meaner than you think.
  • Alzheimer’s gene therapy hailed as positive results come in.
  • Volcanic eruption revives the legend of the Indian Ocean Bigfoot: Red Headband.
  • New Bigfoot footage: finally proof, or just the latest hoax?
  • A picture is worth a thousand words: Ethiopian crowds greet the return of the Axum obelisk.
  • Randi stands strong against the retreat of rationality in his latest newsletter. Personally, I’ve traded my rationality in for a bit of surrealism, but don’t tell Mr Randi please.
  • Meanwhile, the skeptics get the knives out for What the Bleep!?!
  • Did Michelangelo hoax an ancient find? Dan Brown seen scribbling furiously into his notebook…
  • Turning the tables on parapsychology.
  • Meteor shower explains Long Island UFO sightings? I prefer today’s quote of the day.

Quote of the Day:

The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus.

Kay (‘Men in Black’)