Faster than a speeding solar sail, more timely than a CIA report…it’s…it’s…the TDG news.
- A Russian attempt to launch the world’s first solar sail spacecraft fizzled when a booster rocket failed less than two minutes after liftoff
- The latest edition of New Scientist is now available online. Check it out here.
- California stem-cell conference scientists are rowing hard against strong currents of financial, political and technical turmoil.
- Deep in Nevada rock is a store built to hold 70,000 tonnes of highly radioactive waste. If safety protesters win the day, it will never open.
- The simple things are hardest – The Guardian meets Igor Aleksander, an engineer who isn’t afraid of treading on philosophers’ toes as he attempts to replicate consciousness in a machine.
- Could Martian life be dangerous? It is highly unlikely, but Nasa is taking no chances, thinks that that robotic missions will be sent to Mars to check for nasty natives before any human expedition is launched.
- Physicists clarify exotic force, but no ‘Theory of Everything’ yet
- A body found in a peat bog in northern Germany, first thought to be a murder victim, turned out to be a sensational archeological find: the 2,700 year old mummified corpse of a teenage girl.
- Temple titan with carnal carvings. Ancient complex bigger than Nalanda found near Raipur
- Afghanistan now produces almost 90% of the world’s opium. Will it become the next Columbia?
- A French magazine said on Tuesday it had carried out experiments that proved the Shroud of Turin was a fake.
- The Dallas International Shroud of Turin Conference, a scientific conclave for presenting peer-reviewed research papers on what is thought to be the 2,000-year-old burial cloth of the historic Jesus, will be held in Dallas, September 8-11, at the Adolphus Hotel.
- Members of the US House of Representatives approved legislation on Wednesday to quickly replace themselves if they are killed in a Sept. 11-type attack
- Florida Gov. Jeb Bush officially joined his brother in opposing human embryonic stem-cell research at the annual Biotechnology Industry Organization meeting in Philadelphia on Tuesday.
- Details of Japanese nuclear plants appear on web – a virus is blamed.
- Revueltosaurus skeleton unearthed at Petrified Forest upsets dinosaur tale.
- I, Cyborg. Rehab patients are teaching scientists how to connect our brains directly to machines.
- Looting of Iraq’s ancient treasures is becoming a far more organised business.
- No CIA report on 9/11 accountability yet – 2 years after Congress ordered it.
- The Dow Jones Newswire says US climate change policy is good for big oil.
Quote of the Day:
It is perfectly monstrous the way people go about nowadays saying things against one, behind one’s back, that are absolutely and entirely true.