With even the science news sites mesmerized by New Orleans’ unfolding disaster, finding other news was a challenge. Here’s a bit of both.
- Scottish medieval monks’ herbal elixir could be turned into new diet pill.
- Mysterious Temple Mount artifact evokes ‘Da Vinci Code’.
- There’s no such thing as nothing.
- Mammalian transcriptome mapped, and it makes antisense.
- Bumblebee see, bumblebee do.
- LSD finds new respectability.
- America’s pristine wilderness myth.
- New theory on origins of BSE points to human remains in cattle feed.
- Richard Dawkins and Jerry Coyne demolish ‘intelligent design’.
- ESP experiments: Putting the psi into science.
- Science and the seance.
- Sacred Smoke.
- Quantum leap from photon to photon.
- Mars Rover Crests Hill, Sees New Terrain.
- Saturn moon, Enceladus, is being constantly regenerated by a mysterious source of heat beneath it’s south pole.
- Proving what you already know, researchers identify areas in the brain that battle over big decisions.
- Escaping Pulsar: Speeding, superdense neutron star somehow got a powerful kick that’s propelling it completely out of the Milky Way Galaxy.
- We only have 5 billion years to plan our own escape from the Milky Way’s ultimate disaster.
- Aquatic life dying in Gulf mystery.
- Groundbreaking research sheds light on Easter Island mystery.
- New catalyst produces hydrogen from water.
- The history and science behind the New Orleans flood: The Times-Picayune’s 2002 special edition, Washing Away. Graphic, Going Under (JPG 1.3Mb), which includes the relative elevation of cross-streets along Canal Blvd. (lower right corner).
- New Orleans decends into Anarchy, Chaos, Agony, and Desperation as goodwill is hampered by bottleneck.
- Sheriff’s deputies quit in despair amid Katrina chaos.
- Engineers have argued for years over need to revise 1960s design of New Orleans’ hurricane levees (JPG 497k).
- Destructive power of hurricanes has doubled over past 30 years. World expert on thermodynamics of tropical cyclones explains why we can expect more hurricanes.
Quote of the Day:
If you had the right kind of storm come in there, you’d really be in trouble.
New Orleans’ Times-Picayune engineering consultant Lee Butler, 2002