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  • More on the long-sought Maya city Jameske told you about yesterday. Two hieroglyph-covered stone slabs found in Guatemala seem to have settled the debate over the source of a host of looted artifacts.
  • A well-preserved Iron Age grave is found in a Copenhagen suburb. Archaeologists say the area hides finds dating back to the Stone Age.
  • A supernova blast 41,000-years ago started a deadly chain of events that led to the extinction of mammoths and other animals in North America, according to two scientists.
  • Contrary to the Persian cuneiform inscriptions of the Achaemenids that preach peace and fair war, a new translation of inscriptions belonging to Sargon, Assyrian king (8th century BC), speak of the virtues of ravages, plunders, massacres, diasporas, genocides, and kidnapping children and women as war spoils. Sargon knew how to have a good time.
  • Archaeological excavations in Iran, led to the discovery of the remains of the statues that were most probably used in religious ceremonies 3000-years ago. Holy cow, man.
  • All brains originated from a single common ancestral brain that emerged at least 700-million years ago.
  • Earth’s moving continents will collide into one super-mainland in billion years. Mark your calendar.
  • Romeo and Juliet were dinosaurs.
  • Can our cloning capabilities put an end to extinction, perhaps even resurrecting animals like the dodo, thylacine, and woolly mammoth? Just pass the genome, please.
  • One of the most mysterious creatures of the deep sea, the giant squid, has captured on film in its natural habitat. With pics. It’s about the size of a bus.
  • Scientists debunk the quicksand myth. That was one of my favorites.
  • An expert witness from Michigan State University testifies that the concept of intelligent design is a form of creationism and is not based on scientific method.
  • The $25 million Creation Museum stands much of modern science on its head teaching that the world and the universe are but 6,000-years old and that baby dinosaurs rode in Noah’s ark.
  • The folks in Lajas, Puerto Pico are so certain that they have been receiving other-worldly visitors, they want to build a UFO landing strip to welcome them.
  • How a zebra lost its stripes: Rapid evolution of the Quagga.
  • Historic Russian admiral Fyodor Ushakov — a hero of Russia’s wars against Turkey and Napoleon Bonaparte — was designated the patron saint of nuclear-armed, long-distance Russian bombers by the Orthodox Church.
  • God’s existence, mathematically.
  • The mystical powers of water.
  • Treasurer Peter Costello urged Australians to “do their patriotic duty” and have more children but it seems they were doing it anyway, just for fun.
  • Dutch tax authorities have allowed a woman to deduct the 2,210 euros it cost her to take a one-year course in witchcraft. The alternative was to become a tax authority toad.
  • Sweden’s new funeral rite – bodies freeze-dried, powdered and made into tree mulch.
  • Stargates, Ancient Rituals, And Those Invited Through The Portal, Part 3 and Part 4. (See last Thursday’s TDG for Parts 1 & 2.)
  • The comet that speaks Sumerian – Zecharia Sitchin
  • Scientists have developed miniature robots that can self-assemble using parts that float randomly in their environments. The robots also know when something is amiss and can correct their own mistakes. Hey Sara, have you seen this?
  • Physicists who work string theory question why we experience the universe in only three spatial dimensions instead of four, or six, or nine. Because we’re stupid?
  • Every observable galaxy in the universe is embedded in a massive “halo” of dark matter. Though unseen, dark matter can be clearly detected indirectly by observing its tremendous gravitational effects on visible objects. My dog thinks that if you can’t see her head, she’s invisible.
  • Astronomers using two powerful telescopes say they are surprised to have detected a big baby galaxy, which is vastly heavy for its young age and its location in the early universe.
  • The ESA has announced that the Venus Express spacecraft ready for launch to the swelteringly hot and corrosive planet.

Quote of the Day

Scientists are Peeping Toms at the keyhole of eternity.

Arthur Koestler