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I’m taking a break from my bat house construction (Amazon US and UK) to bring you a few items worthy of your interest…………

  • What’s up with this? Egyptian Egyptologists challenging the competence, wisdom, and decisions of the self-proclaimed most famous archaeologist who has ever lived, Zahi Hawass. These guys better be careful or they will have very short careers, for one reason or another.
  • Scientists have determined that the collapsing gas cloud that eventually became our sun was glowing brightly during the formation of the first material in the solar system more than 4.5 billion years ago.
  • An organism that evolved into all life on earth — referred to as the ‘last universal common ancestor’ — may have lived in a hot sulfurous pool or a toasty geothermal vent.
  • A strange 525 million-year-old fossil creature is baffling scientists because it does not fit neatly into any existing animal groups. Baffled again.
  • Saplings of a giant tree that was a snack for dinosaurs and was believed to also be extinct until a chance discovery in Australia will soon be offered for sale to the public.
  • The first Inca word emerges from the khipu, the mysterious assemblages of colored knotted strings.
  • Archaeologists discover a 4,100-year-old golden treasure in Bulgaria.
  • Did extra high-oxygen levels fuel eagle-sized dragonflies, mega-roaches and other super-sized insects?
  • Neanderthals craved bison and mammoth. Who doesn’t?
  • Are you ready for some laboratory-grown meat? No cow, pig, or chicken necessary. Not for me, thanks, when I’m hungry something has to die.
  • Scientists suggest relocating African species to North America. Are we going to make the lions eat lab-grown pseudo-meat?
  • Crocodile blood may yield new antibiotics.
  • Jellyfish invade the globe, thanks to humans.
  • Care for a little frog in your GM-potato, sir?
  • Harvard University enters the debate on evolution.
  • How do you like the price of gas? How about 250-miles per gallon? They’re doing it.
  • A team of German and British scientists show how plants ensure that flowers are formed at the right time and the right place.
  • Before you slip into those jeans made in Swaziland, consider that working conditions in overseas sweatshops have turned textile workers overseas into the new slaves of global industrialism.
  • A master-gene for skin may hold the key to youth.
  • Hundreds of stunned tourists were duped into thinking they had seen Scotland’s famous Loch Ness Monster. Cute.
  • Gamblers give up on Elvis, but those are great odds on Elvis crashing in a UFO and hitting the Loch Ness monster.
  • So, why do we believe in aliens?
  • River-like deltas boost the wet-Mars theory.
  • Data from the NASA/ESA/ASI Cassini spacecraft indicate that Saturn’s majestic ring system has its own atmosphere – separate from that of the planet itself.
  • A huge invisible bubble surrounds a well-studied black hole.
  • China plans unmanned moon mission by 2007.

Quote of the Day

A lady came up to me on the street and pointed at my suede jacket. “You know a cow was murdered for that jacket?” she sneered.

I replied in a psychotic tone, “I didn’t know there were any witnesses. Now I’ll have to kill you too.”

Jake Johansen