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The sky is blue, water is wet. Apart from that, here’s some other things I found out today…

  • Alien spacecraft photographed orbiting Mars! Just a shame that we’re the aliens.
  • Fundamentalist Christians build dinosaur museum to prove literal interpretation of Genesis. It’s a prankster God.
  • Scientists theorize flying whales and other bizarre creatures in rethink of possible alien life. Hmm, “Alien versus Flying Whale” (AvFW) does have a ring to it…
  • Speaking of life, but not as we know it, check out Peter Ward’s essay over at the Astrobiology website Jim.
  • Space Station crew prepare to light first oxygen-generating candles. Does that mean they blow themselves out?
  • Scientists warn about weaponizing space. Just as long as we don’t see pictures of Donald Rumsfeld shaking hands with space in two decades time…
  • Mac Tonnies asks: is this the end of SETI (as we know it Jim).
  • Study demonstrates feasibility of custom-made stem cell.
  • The quest to find Bigfoot is a lot like a drug. Except you really don’t want to see an 8-foot-tall hairy man with large teeth when you’ve just dropped five dried grams.
  • Does this French woman have Diana’s kidney? Wouldn’t it require blue blood to be compatible?
  • Roswell – why can’t the government keep its story consistent?
  • The Loch Ness Monster quits smoking. Imagine the size of the nicotine patch.
  • Can the Moon cause earthquakes?
  • Bob Lazar gets friendly with KLAS-TV: “The Man Behind Area 51” and “The Man Behind Element 115“.
  • Brazilian Air Force opens up to UFO investigators.
  • Private Moon trips forecast.
  • Space-savvy civilians one step closer to launching Cosmos I, the first solar-sail spacecraft.
  • Leading British futurist thinks we’ll be immortal by 2050, and able to download our brain into a machine.
  • Wormholes are no longer the vehicle of choice for time travellers. What happened to the Tardis?
  • Ufology is for idiots, science is a candle in the dark. Onward scientific soldiers!
  • Speaking of, here’s the latest newsletter from Randi – the scientific equivalent of a Southern preacher.
  • And here’s Aaron Sakulich, the scientific equivalent of those annoying ‘teenagers for abstinence’.
  • Richard Wiseman reassures us not to worry about hauntings – it’s just the humidity.
  • Pop culture brings obscure Roman Catholic theology up from the catacombs.
  • Mother Goddess figurines found in Tamil Nadu.
  • The end of excavations in Chinese desert tombs creates more puzzles than answers.
  • British Museum embarassed after finding hoax exhibit. Careful examination of the brush stroke style suggested the cave painting of a cave man pushing a shopping trolley might be a fake.
  • UK police officially conclude that God’s Banker was murdered.
  • Those kooky DARPA folk head into the desert for their annual robotics rally.
  • Understanding sarcasm is a complex business. I’m just not sure whether they’re being sarcastic about that…
  • Pharmaceutical companies discuss genetic engineering of vampires (not sarcasm, just parody, in case you were struggling).

Quote of the Day:

How can cosmic religious feeling be communicated from one person to another, if it can give rise to no definite notion of a God and no theology? In my view, it is the most important function of art and science to awaken this feeling and keep it alive in those who are receptive to it.

Albert Einstein