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We’re involved in an ice storm here. No, it’s not like snow. Where’s global warming when one needs it?

  • Rats and Europeans are likely to blame for the mysterious demise of Easter Island.
  • The tiny hobbit-like humans of Indonesia may have been the first Australians before they became extinct about 11,000-years ago.
  • Cave paintings reveal Ice Age artists.
  • Jungle discovery opens new chapter in Maya history.
  • The first 2006 hurricane forecast predicts an active season.
  • The six-legged fruitfly appears to have little in common with humans, but a new finding shows that they are really just tiny, distant cousins.
  • The brains of male bats shrink the bigger their testicles get, new research shows.
  • Researchers publish the dog genome sequence.
  • Bird lovers cry foul over parakeet killings.
  • A trust-building hormone short-circuits fear in humans.
  • The recovery of the Antarctic ozone hole may be delayed until 2065 because reservoirs of ozone-destroying chemicals may be larger than anticipated.
  • Coca-Cola Co., the world’s No. 1 soft drink company, said it will launch a coffee-infused soft drink called Coca-Cola Blak in various markets around the world in 2006. Get totally zonked.
  • Love is full of chemical reactions, steam, passion and joy. Coke should bottle love.
  • A German Protestant youth group has put together a 2006 calendar with 12 staged photos depicting erotic scenes from the Bible. Here’s a link to the calendar, but don’t open it at work.
  • Every lunar morning, when the sun first peeks over the dusty soil of the moon after two weeks of frigid lunar night, a strange storm stirs the surface.
  • Are these new daylight bigfoot photographs? Your call.
  • Russian researchers discover giants’ graves in Syria.
  • Is interstellar space flight possible?
  • Follow the money. A Taiwanese company has put up $20 million to build a UFO research base where aliens are said to have visited in 1994. [Third story down.]
  • Alien encounters and UFO sightings, along with a fascination for outer space, are alive and strong in Asia. (The author decided to belittle the belief by referring to โ€˜little green menโ€™.)
  • Australian bloggers are Internet muzzled. Greg may need to comment on this one.
  • Physicists at Kiel University discover an unusual state of matter.
  • The USS George Washington (nuclear) aircraft carrier will replace the USS Kitty Hawk (conventional) at Yokosuka Naval Base receiving mixed reactions from local leaders.
  • Kecksburg to mark 40th anniversary of purported UFO crash.
  • Shadow Hunter, a new Canadian documentary series, explores the world of vampires and lacy panties. Rico, forget China. This sounds like more fun.
  • Nadolig Llawen! (Merry Christmas). When in Wales try out some of these strange Christmas customs which will put the traditional turkey roast to shame.
  • A Japanese space probe that landed on the surface of an asteroid last month may have failed in its mission to collect rock samples that could give clues to the origin of the solar system.
  • Astronomers are urging governments to face up to the threat of an asteroid which could hit Earth in 2036.
  • What does the KGB know about UFOs and other supernatural phenomena, life in space and secret agentsโ€™ secret methods.
  • The international Cassini spacecraft has found visual evidence that Saturn’s moon Enceladus is geologically active.
  • Nearly two years after NASA’s twin rovers parachuted to Mars, a Jekyll-and-Hyde picture is emerging about the planet’s past and whether it could have supported life.
  • Tantalizing hints of liquid water have been found buried under several kilometers of ice on Mars.
  • Russia places bets on future spaceship.

Quote of the Day

The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live.

George Carlin