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  • Zahi wants his stuff back. Egypt launches a campaign for the return of five of its most precious artifacts from museums abroad, including the Rosetta Stone in London and the graceful bust of Nefertiti in Berlin.
  • Archaeologists believe that they may have found the birthplace of St. Patrick. If that doesn’t mean a green beer day in Chicago, then I don’t know what does.
  • The Sunni Waqf Board, an Islamic trust in charge of maintaining Muslim graveyards and mosques, has claimed ownership of the Taj Mahal.
  • Recent floods in India reveal the remnants of an ancient civilization.
  • Croc teeth shake the dino family tree.
  • What could a fierce dinosaur like Tyrannosaurs Rex and a bird such as a parrot possibly have in common? Hint: Hey Shadows, Captain has dino-breath!
  • The pirate Blackbeard’s flagship may finally be yielding its identity after nearly 300 years on the ocean floor.
  • The fossilized bones of a creature that might have been a mastodon were unearthed in the creek bed in California.
  • The fourth state in the US has decided to fund stem cell research.
  • South Korean scientists say they have successfully cloned piglets whose organs were genetically modified to make them more suitable for human transplants.
  • NASA aborted Wednesday’s launch of the first shuttle flight in 2 1/2 years because of a fuel gauge that mistakenly read full instead of empty.
  • CCTV footage shows London suicide bombers. Pravda claims they were teenagers. Is a beagle the best weapon against public transportation terrorism?
  • The Pentagon is pressing ahead with the development of a new warhead designed to destroy WMDs.
  • Swedish researchers say short men may have a higher risk of suicide.
  • Researchers have discovered a genetically controlled brain mechanism responsible for social behavior in humans — one of the most important but least understood aspects of human nature.
  • Your eyes and your nose disagree over who would be your perfect mate, according to a new study in human attraction.
  • Sneaky subliminal advertising—why it works.
  • Can a pile of garbage become a pile of cash? We hope so.
  • Organic farming produces the same yields of corn and soybeans as does conventional farming, but uses 30 percent less energy, less water and no pesticides.
  • The banana as we know it is on a crash course toward extinction.
  • The earthquake that triggered December’s devastating Indian Ocean tsunami caused a 1,000 kilometers rupture in the sea floor.
  • A robotic Humvee has managed to drive itself for seven hours without crashing on a race course in the US. Can it change a flat?
  • Food means having to say you’re sorry.
  • Microsoft hunts for little green men.
  • Scientist Professor Richard Dawkins has opened a global conference of big thinkers warning that our Universe may be just too queer to understand.
  • A new supercomputer has been installed at the Rochester Institute of Technology to simulate the interactions between black holes and the evolution of galaxies.
  • Cassini gets personal with Saturn’s strange satellite – Hyperion.
  • A superwind has been discovered that is spreading star dust across the Universe.

Quote of the Day

Reason is poor propaganda when opposed by the yammering, unceasing lies of shrewd and evil and self-serving men. The little man has no way to judge and the shoddy lies are packaged more attractively.

Robert Heinlein (Assignment in Eternity)