Is it getting warm in here?
- Britain, worried that deals on climate change and aid for Africa at next week’s Group of Eight (G8) summit will fall far short of its goals, is hosting last minute talks to twist the arms of reluctant partners.
- The latest edition of New Scientist is now available online. Check it out here.
- Global Warming is making the sea less salty.
- US clam-fishers face a financial crisis as a red tide hits shellfish stocks.
- Deep Impact’s scheduled run-in with a comet in search of life’s building blocks may not be a one hit wonder. Scientists are studying other potential targets.
- A newly-found sarcophagus made of red granite belongs to an overseer of stables during the reign of Ramses II.
- Revising the Roman invasion of Britain. No-one wants to explain why the Roman’s didn’t notice that Claudius was invading a country that was “already Roman” – nor the huge number of military works needed to pacify what was already supposedly friendly. (In other words, BS)
- In Pakistan, it looks like the theft of some priceless ancient artifacts is being hushed up.
- Mystery in Alaska – were people trading or migrating 7,000 years ago?
- A dark feature on Titan may be a lake of methane.
- Racing’s silent revolution – the prospect of a hydrogen-powered sports car.
- Scientists have begun to look in a different way at how the brain creates the convictions that mould our relationships and inform our behaviour – ‘Where Belief Is Born’.
- For many people climate change is too depressing to think about, and some prefer to simply pretend it doesn’t exist but this issue is too big to ignore. (Part of the Guardian’s special supplement on Global Warming)
- Is suspended animation safe? If you need it, the safety of the procedure will probably be the last thing on your mind.
- New experiment to weigh the world mirrors 230-year old Scottish attempt.
- The US Air Force has failed in an intercine struggle with the US Army to see who controls all the flying robots.
- The Outsiders – a look at the problems of extreme intelligence from the Prometheus Society.
- The immense dunefields of the Kalahari could be stirred up by global warming, engulfing large areas of productive land.
- If you believe in free speech online, you may want to nip over to The Online Coalition and sign a protest at the FEC’s thoughts of restricting it.
Quote of the Day:
For undemocratic reasons and for motives not of State, they arrive at their conclusions — largely inarticulate. Being void of self-expression they confide their views to none; but sometimes in a smoking room, one learns why things were done.