The acid was long gone…
- Archaeologists have excavated a trove of Stone Age human skeletons and artifacts on the shores of an ancient lake in the Sahara.
- ‘Mythbusters’ fail in their bid to recreate Archimedes ancient death ray. Though as ‘mythbusters’, I guess it’s in their favour to fail in their bids to recreate ‘myth scenarios’? Some images.
- 22-year-old UFO mystery studied again (with photo).
- Another review of Mary Roach’s Spook.
- CBS news poll shows that more than 50% of people still believe (G)od created modern humans.
- NASA names sex as a major problem which could jeopardise future space missions. Hard for astronauts to keep it out of their mind though, with all those thrusting rockets and space station docking manoeuvres.
- Mars swings by for another close encounter. There’s a Spielberg segue in there somewhere, but I can’t find it.
- Space elevator competition gets stuck on the first floor.
- Mathematical sculpture unveils the fourth dimension.
- A review of Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe’s Hidden Dimensions, by Lisa Randall. (Amazon UK.)
- Astrobiology talks further with Sir Martin Rees about the future of space exploration and the limits of human intelligence.
- Outlook is bright for hydrogen biofuel cell.
- Japanese invent a biometric sensor to tell you how bad your breath is to three decimal places. I don’t think I need that kind of accuracy.
- Brain scan shows that women think differently during their menstrual cycle. Umm, duh?!
- New book, The Plausibility of Life, said to disprove Intelligent Design claims of holes in evolutionary theory. (Amazon UK.)
- So-called ‘Junk DNA’ has evolutionary importance.
- Scientists use music to code proteins. What sort of creature would result if they used TOOL? Shub niggurath awakens!
- Brazilian researchers find that higher levels of pollution result in more girls.
- Nanotechnology will make the soldier of the future ‘really scary’. Anything with a gun pointed at me is ‘really scary’, nanotechnology or not.
- Peru finds headless mummy which predates the Incas.
- Iranian dwarf skeleton causes a sensation.
- Yale shows leading anthropologist the door, amidst claims of political agendas.
- Australian Democrats call for Intelligent Design to be banned from the classroom.
- Medical syndrome named after its Nazi discoverer is slowly being renamed.
- The truth behind classic urban legends.
Quote of the Day:
The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world.