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Unbelievable amount of quality news content today, fascinating stories from top to bottom.

  • 20,000 people expected to gather at Stonehenge for Summer Solstice. One person expected to gather near the heater in my house for the Winter Solstice.
  • New evidence suggests that human DNA evolved in rapid bursts. Stephen Jay Gould rests in a little more peace.
  • Scientists: White House whitewashed our data.
  • Censored reports from the Nagasaki atomic bombing finally unveiled.
  • Air Force gives up search for lost nuke.
  • Weapons in space: is this the beginning of a deadly new era?
  • New Phoenix UFO video thought to be a hoax. I noted my doubts last week.
  • Foo Fighters descend on Roswell. That’s Dave Grohl’s Foo Fighters, I leave it up to you to decide if he’s an alien or not.
  • New model allows for time travel and gets rid of the famous ‘stop your own birth’ paradox.
  • Cryptozoology conference draws fans of the unusual.
  • Author says dinosaur fossils inspired Native American monster myths. Fossil Legends of the First Americans is available from Amazon US and UK.
  • Lost Da Vinci work may lie hidden behind wall.
  • Brazilian doctors uncover ‘Michelangelo code‘.
  • Psychotic pill-pushing robot runs riot in Californian hospital. Another entry into the “you can’t invent headlines this good” file.
  • Not to be outdone, robotic bins and benches run amok in Cambridge. Has Skynet become self-aware?
  • Two British MPs launch new drug testing machine, and are found to test positive. “I can’t think where I could have got it from” – yeah, sure.
  • Imitation is the key to making digital characters more lifelike.
  • Orgasms are a real turn-off for women. I’d just like to point out that headline is the original, and not my invention, and I distance myself from any connection to it. Ahem.
  • Solar sail spacecraft set for solstice launch.
  • Martian life may threaten human mission. “Chances, of anything, coming…”
  • NASA develops free-flying mini-robot.
  • After a string of mini-quakes, is Los Angeles primed for the ‘Big One’?
  • Progress made towards artificial eggs and sperm. Are we going to make humanity obsolete?
  • Pressure on to lift whaling ban.
  • Libraries report 200 inquiries from law enforcement agencies since October 2001. Can you say Orwellian boys and girls?
  • John K. Vance, the man who uncovered MK-ULTRA, has passed away aged 89.
  • Salem officials commemorate their dark history (such as the execution of 20 accused witches) by raising a statue of Samantha Stephens from 60s television show Bewitched. Funny how it popped up with a certain movie about to be released (this story brought to you with hot drippings of cynicism)…
  • Paul Daniels on the attack against spiritualism and psychical research.
  • Aliens have taken the place of angels – a comment from Margaret Atwood.
  • Randi gets his Geller fixation going again in his latest newsletter.
  • Romanian village still in the thrall of Dracula. How do I get some thrall, sounds like handy stuff to have around…
  • More news from Romania – ‘possessed’ nun crucified after row with priest.
  • Amityville character claims libel in new movie remake.
  • New…no wait…old evidence revives controversy over Polynesian links to California.
  • Geologist solves mystery of holey rock.
  • Kennewick Man to be studied in Seattle next month.
  • Native American tribe halts telescope project.
  • Museum curator labels Antikythera mechanism “invaluable“.
  • Monks to use hi-tech camera to unveil secrets of ancient texts.
  • Experts to trawl the Aegean for secrets of ancient Greek sea battle.
  • As Spielberg prepares to launch his new version, let’s revisit Orson Welles’ 1938 radio broadcast of the War of the Worlds.

Quote of the Day:

We’re playing with half a deck as long as we tolerate that the cardinals of government and science should dictate where human curiousity can legitimately send its attention and where it can not. It’s an essentially preposterous situation. It is essentially a civil rights issue because what we’re talking about here is the repression of a religious sensibility. In fact not a religious sensibility, the religious sensibility.

Terence McKenna