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News Briefs 19-05-2005

I am resisting the urge to make “Mr. Ed” jokes. Here is the news…

  • Area 51 will be 50 years old on the 28th of May – at least as far as we know – and Dreamland Resort are holding a campout to celebrate.
  • The latest edition of New Scientist is now available online. Check it out here.
  • Nuclear power has surged back onto the agenda as a solution for global warming as leaders of the world’s richest nations try to draw up a blueprint for staving off climate disaster.
  • If you want to win in sports, wear red!
  • Why, it’s an … an alien implant!
  • Iraq veterans’ unspoken epidemic – over 10,000 already being treated for Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.
  • One of the key advisers to a study into whether tasers are “non-lethal” or not moonlights for the stungun manufacturer. That will be a fair study then…
  • A spider relative called a harvestman trapped in amber could shed light on how arachnids were affected by the extinction that wiped out dinosaurs.
  • Japanese scientists say they have made a technical breakthrough in the quest to perfect the world’s most accurate clock: a timepiece that would lose only one-quintillionth (a million-million-millionth) of a second per day.
  • Natural-Born Liars – Why do we lie, and why are we so good at it? Because it works.
  • Georgia Christian fundie Neil Horsley, advocate of murdering abortion doctors, admits to bestiality with a mule.
  • Sasquatch conference tackles mating habits of questionable creature.
  • Bigfoot has nearly vanished from the Southwest Washington landscape, blown away, along with everything else, in the cataclysmic eruption of Mount St. Helens that took place 25 years ago Wednesday.
  • Efforts are under way to restore part of Siberia to the way it was more than 10,000 years ago, before the end of the last ice age.
  • Ufologists of Brazil have made some headway in regards to the government, or specifically the ‘Brazilian Aerospace Defense Command’ (Comdabra) pertaining to the release of classified documents concerning UFOs and official investigations thereof.
  • A major study by the UN and Iraqi officials found that life in Iraq has decayed significantly since foreign forces invaded, as well as producing a new estimate of 24,000 civilian dead as a result of the war and occupation.
  • A fascinating look at the work of Chris Stringer, who is piecing together the messy evidence of human evolution.
  • It’s not easy building a laser weapon. And the hardest part might be keeping the ray gun cool, as US military boffins are discovering.
  • Fossilised human bones found in the Czech Republic have been dated back 31,000 years, confirming them as the oldest-known examples of Homo sapiens ever found in Europe.
  • The following cautionary tale must surely rate in the top five of “most embarrassing things that can happen to you in public – ever”.

Quote of the Day:

The best thing about animals is they don’t talk much.
Thornton Wilder

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