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I could wile away the hours, conferrin’ with the flowers, consultin’ with the rain; and my head I’d be scratchin’ while my thoughts were busy hatchin’, if I only had a brain…

  • Dust into treasures: Ancient Egyptian glass factory discovered.
  • Medieval castle dig turns up jewellery covered in hieroglyphs, Hebrew, ancient Greek and Latin. Pravda has photo of star-headed beings. More.
  • German arms dealers blamed for the Viking invasion of Britain.
  • Brazilian Doctors Uncover ‘Michelangelo Code‘ – a secret lesson on human anatomy hidden in the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling.
  • Lost da Vinci Work May Lie Behind Wall.
  • Tutmania II: Egypt’s hottest mummy still golden in the U.S.
  • More secrets from Karnak.
  • Celtic battle horn, the carnyx, is back to wow us.
  • Great Nuclear Age Mystery Solved: censored news reports from Nagasaki finally published.
  • Exteme melting event defines Earth’s early history.
  • Computer scientists in the US are developing a system which would allow people to “teleport” a solid 3D recreation of themselves over the internet.
  • Scientists figure out how we can grow our own brain tissue transplants. Where do I sign up?
  • NASA says ‘To the moon, Alice!’ — in 2015!? Guess they’re not worried about 2012.
  • Evidence found of molten asteroids.
  • Napalese sherpas are the fittest and most efficient load-carriers in the world.
  • Rare bilateral gynandromorph (duel-sex) crab being studied in Virginia.
  • Snakes have interesting habits!
  • Watch out for those rocks with ears.
  • New model of quantum dots: rethinking the electronics.
  • Scouting sites for a new underwater observatory, scientists map the ocean floor near Palmer Station, find dangerous submerged rocks.
  • Geologists flock to Ethiopia to study how plate tectonics create oceans.
  • Rainforests, the largest and most species rich forests, are changing faster than we thought.
  • Soil emissions are much bigger component of air pollution than previously thought.
  • Climate change to impact Africa on a scale not seen since the Ice Age.
  • Want to know Earth’s climate future? Follow the carbon – from space.
  • Observing the Solar System in Submm Wavelengths.
  • Ripples in Cosmic Neutrino Background Measured for the First Time.
  • Stardust formation found to be completely opposite of what was thought to be true.
  • Why we are all getting younger.
  • Nature’s answer to the obesity crisis.
  • Walk slowly for weight loss – and joint health.
  • Drug-trial breakthrough: Superdrug makes inroads on wide range of cancers.
  • Barriers keep cancer advances from doctors – and their patients.
  • Airborne fungal spores, which outnumber pollen grains in outside air almost 1000-fold, wreck havoc for those with asthma, sinusitis, or cystic fibrosis.
  • Infertility rising: 20% of young men in Europe have abnormally low sperm counts.
  • Jumping genes contribute to the uniqueness of individual brains.
  • Brain development may be influenced by genetic parasites.
  • The high intelligence of Ashkenazi Jews may be a result of their persecuted past.
  • Identifying genes, pathogens, illegal drugs and other chemicals of interest: new method tags them with color-coded probes made out of synthetic DNA.
  • The Golden Dawn’s Scottish Scion.
  • The Rain Queen is dead. Africa’s ancient female dynasty, said to know secrets so powerful no man would dare violate them, may have met its end.
  • Scotland Yard says African boys are being murdered as human sacrifices in London churches. 300 disappeared in 2001 alone.
  • Arrests made in case of four-year-old Indian girl who was sacrificed in black magic ritual. Warning: contains graphic details.
  • Err, Chemical Ali? Most teens cannot name a single living scientist.
  • For months, well-organized Asian hackers have been engaged in an industrial-scale attack on British Government networks.
  • Techno-rebels: grass-roots free wi-fi movement upsets the tele-coms.
  • Greenspan says the gap between the rich and the rest is growing so fast, that it might eventually threaten the stability of democratic capitalism itself. Imho, he’s behind the curve on this one.
  • Kiss of Life‘ coming Saturday as eyes meet across a crowded space-time continuum.
  • Britain’s new drug-testing machine proves itself — as the government minister showing it off tests positive for cannabis.
  • Reincarnation: what’s the best evidence we’ve all ‘been here, done that’?
  • The hipster prophet of sci-fi: a review of I am Alive and You are Dead: The Strange Life and Times of Philip K. Dick. Amazon US & UK.

Quote of the Day:

The dark forces of language, culture, power, gender, class, economic status, ideology and desire are always assailing us, but their work remains dangerously hidden in our blind spots.

Simon Blackburn, in Truth: A History and a Guide for the Perplexed. Amazon US & UK.