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Yeah, the news is late ’cause I’m still rubbernecking Katrina stories. Have I ever told ya’ll I lived in the French Quarter the summer I turned 21? *sniff* Happily, my aunt called today, and all’s well, even though half the family in Miss. still lack phone service, and are making do with portable generators for power.

  • Thothweb unveils another stunningly beautiful ancient Egyptian text, The Darkest of Nights. Thank you, Seshat.
  • Mexican fossil shows pterosaur had 60-foot wingspan. For a little perspective – the Space Shuttle has a wingspan of 78 feet.
  • BBC says pterosaurs were beautifully designed. Love their illustration.
  • Found: The Domitius brothers’ 2000-year-old brickworks, which provided material for ancient Rome’s most famous buildings.
  • Archaeologists to study world’s oldest-known houses in Moravia – some of them built from mammoth bones.
  • Unique statue of Persian goddess uncovered near Prague.
  • Nephalim, Grooved Script, and The Ahriman Gate: book (excerpt included) offers new twist on the Dropa puzzle. Amazon US & UK.
  • John Law: the Edinburgh boy who founded New Orleans.
  • Hundreds of kilometers up the Amazon, are the painted stones of Monte Alegre. With photos.
  • Russian scientists find new rock drawings beyond polar circle.
  • Clues to dinosaur extinction may lie buried in Colorado.
  • For 500 years, historians have erred in thinking the last Viking king was buried with his mother.
  • Sicilian headquarters of Spanish Inquisition discovered to contain graffiti by ‘witches’ condemned to burn at the stake.
  • NASA scientists to join Vedic scholars to explore mysteries of ancient Indian cosmology.
  • Secrets of the Pharaohs’ Physicians Revealed.
  • Persia’s kings are history’s great villains. Does the British Museum’s ‘Forgotten Empire‘ do them justice?
  • The Origin of the Gods.
  • Created with lasers and photographic projection, project leader says touring replica of the Lascaux caves will be ‘better than the real thing.’ Includes how the caves were discovered – by a dog named Robot.
  • Researcher’s twelve-year search for rare white giraffe finally rewarded. With photo.
  • British women say great sex begins at 40.
  • Ambitious, implausible, but technically feasible: A manifesto to eradicate suffering in all sentient life.
  • Depressed? Here’s an entertaining guide to chemically-induced happiness. Gee, why haven’t we heard more about the one that occasionally causes spontaneous orgasms?
  • What you need to know about that $15,000 Vagus Nerve Stimulator.
  • High levels of daily stress may prevent breast cancer. If true, my risk is zero.
  • Stress: the modern plague.
  • This bacteria ‘hunts’ as a pack, makes collective dormancy decisions, polices individual behavior – and communicates with multiple phosphate switches. Sounds like the Mini-Borg to me.
  • Asthma symptoms are triggered by endotoxins released by bacteria in household dust.
  • UK scientists get okay to create baby with two genetic mothers.
  • The first human “virgin conception” embryos to be created in the UK have been made at the Roslin Institute.
  • Schizophrenia may not exist.
  • Having trouble thinking up brilliant ideas to help humankind? Here’s how you can put your brain to good use. Eventually.
  • Newly discovered nanohelix resembling helical structure of DNA may provide new building block for nanoscale piezoelectric devices. For Bill.
  • Backpack converts energy from walking into electricity – up to 7.4 Watts.
  • Fourth Sister Rising? Oregon’s 100-square-mile bulge keeps getting bigger.
  • Methane gyrations in ice cores show human influence on atmosphere over past 2,000 years.
  • The Weather Modification Research and Technology Transfer Act is set to take effect on Oct. 1. What more do you need to know?
  • Relief Chaos Continues: “This is the most frustrating exercise in futility I’ve had in my entire professional life.”
  • Canadian search-and-rescue team reached New Orleans suburb five days before U.S. Army and FEMA.
  • Deamonte Love: the 6-year-old hero who took charge of 6 babies.
  • Gulf fisherman says the shrimp knew a bad storm was coming their way.
  • California earthquake could be the next Katrina.
  • Diamonds in the desert equal despair for Kalahari’s bushmen.
  • Where to pump the toxic soup? Wrong choices now could spark problems for decades.
  • ‘World’s most properous country’ for fifth year running: Norway’s formula for a happy life.
  • World’s richest 500 individuals have a combined income greater than the poorest 416 million. UN says, we must share with the world’s poor or face disaster.
  • Wednesday’s huge solar flare may be fifth largest ever observed.
  • Dead and alive: Mars still holds surprises.
  • Down a weed-choked path in Moscow, lies the key to any successful flight to Mars – three battered, stainless steel capsules linked by cables and corrugated metal pipes.
  • Comet Tempel 1 contains minerals that form only in the presence of liquid water. (login: dailygrail & article)
  • Tempel 1 impact shows comets may not have solid cores.
  • New observations show dynamic particle clumps in Saturn’s A ring, and a baffling spiral of powder-sized particles that wind around the outermost ring.
  • Mars rover, Spirit, turns to astronomy.
  • William Henry on The Blue Stones of Atlantis – Ireland and the lost tribe of E.A.
  • Scratch marks on tree are calling card of UK’s mysterious big cats, which may have struck again in recent weeks. With photo.
  • Locals mystified by wild and aggressive bison, wreaking havoc in Oklahoma. One ‘buffalo’ knocked a horse and rider into a ravine! (Login: dailygrail@aol.com & article)
  • Restaurateurs sued for backing out of lease after discovering the building is haunted. Jehovah’s Witness beliefs require them to ‘avoid encountering or having any association with spirits or demons.’
  • Grim new JK Rowling portrait unveiled. A billion pounds, a happy family, 3 mansions, world-wide fame, acclaim, and adoration – what does it take to make someone happy these days? Then again, maybe it’s just the artist who’s unhappy.
  • At least there’s one British cat who’s in the pink.

Quote of the Day:

Bureaucracy is a challenge to be conquered with a righteous attitude, a tolerance for stupidity, and a garotte.

Found at Uncle Al’s, author not identified