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Shuffle up and deal. Are you in, human? I warned a sceptical poker-playing friend about this months ago, but some time today Wired Magazine will publish a story about online poker’s autoplaying robots. I can hardly wait to find out if they have an ace up their, err, sleeve.

  • “I am already famous and powerful,”and, “I don’t want to talk about myself”: More than you ever wanted to know about the world’s most-famous Egyptian.
  • By the end of the year, Bulgarian archaeologists expect to find 100,000 artefacts from unknown Bronze Age civilization.
  • Inca ruins uncovered near frosty peaks.
  • 10,000 year old Stone Age site discovered in the heart of Surrey.
  • Viking Religion.
  • Chinese fossils bare 580 million year old bilaterally symmetric organism.
  • Dental DNA reveals our ancient roots.
  • What was the relationship between Neanderthals and early humans?
  • Climate Model Links Warmer Temperatures to Permian Extinction.
  • Evolution of warfare theory says spears spawned ancient group violence.
  • X-Rays reveal lost stone writings.
  • Leapin’ Similarities: the convergent evolution of killer ants and frogs in Madagascar and Panama.
  • Physicists describe a new mechanism for metallic magnetism.
  • Monster meteor leaves dusty clues.
  • Earth’s core rotates faster than crust.
  • Supernova 1987A Decoded: proof that supernovae are catastrophic electrical discharges focused on a star. If you make it to the end of this article, you’ll find out how megaliths such as Stonehenge are related.
  • Thunderbolts’ Aug. 24 update: Seeing Circuits, part two.
  • Scientists express worry about the struggle over science in the US.
  • Are Europe’s floods due to climate change?
  • ‘Peak oil’ enters mainstream debate.
  • Scientists discover flea fossil.
  • What’s so special about the numbers one, two, six, 1,729 and 6.6742?
  • Change blindness: Why we fail to see obvious changes in our environment.
  • New drug reverses the effects of sleep deprivation in monkeys. Where’s the queue to get in the human trials?
  • Polio outbreak in Indonesia is spreading and could pose a global health threat.
  • Second-hand smoke may hook children on nicotine.
  • When coping with negative life events, self-esteem not as important as self-compassion.
  • Neuroscientists find link between daydreaming and Alzheimer’s.
  • Hair follicle cloning could soon spell the end of receding hairlines and shiny, bald crowns.
  • People dying from hunger should not have to wait for the TV camera crews to arrive.
  • New £15,000 prize for short stories suggests Britain is finally getting over its obsession with the novel. But will it motivate Rico?
  • Nicholas Roerich and the Chintamani Stone. (pdf)
  • The Gnostic Science of Alchemy: Parts one and two.
  • The High History of the Holy Grail.
  • One man’s quest to find Atlantis.
  • Last week’s photos of UFOs near Standing Rock, NM, a Navajo community near Gallup, may be the clearest in decades. Only one photo, but it’s a good one.
  • Wikipedians plotting new world order – how to use their vast reservoir of knowledge to educate the world.
  • John Skelton: the medieval godfather of rap.
  • Spate of big cat sightings prompts Dorset wildlife officer to issue warning.
  • Bear arrested for begging.
  • Superman spotted in Serbia.
  • Don’t teach your guard dog to bite – teach him to kick-box.
  • Grumpy Brits are among the biggest moaners in the world.

Quote of the Day:

I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.

Abraham Lincoln