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Over a year since my last TDG news post, it’s just like riding a bike…

  • St. Michael’s apparition linked to earthquake.
  • Want to help with the dig for pre-Clovis artifacts in South Carolina?
  • New archaeological discovery rewrites Hong Kong’s history of human activity, moving the previous oldest dates from the Neolithic back to the Paleolithic.
  • A review of China’s 7 significant archaeological discoveries in 2005.
  • The king and I by Zahi Hawass. Tut’s last tour is currently underway in America, as Zahi hobnobs with Jeb and Columba Bush.
  • A year of museums is the Ministry of Culture’s theme for Egypt in 2006, including the building of a Grand Museum of Egypt overlooking the Giza Plateau amongst other projects.
  • Archaeologists are preparing a major excavation on a tiny Greek island to try to explain why it produced history’s largest collection of Cycladic flat-faced marble figurines.
  • Ancient bog men make fashion statement.
  • Two ancient Malta temples dating back over 5,000 years and previously closed, are now open to the public on a weekly basis.
  • Discover magazine’s top archaeology stories of 2005.
  • The murky evolutionary history of cats is finally becoming clearer.
  • Attacks on humans by man-eating lions are on the rise in Tanzania and Mozambique due to a shrinking habitat.
  • LSD chemist wants drug ban eased.
  • A star South Korean scientist fabricated key research, including claims to have cloned the first human embryo in 2004 and patient-specific stem cell lines last year. However. Snuppy really is the world’s first cloned dog.
  • Dude! Catch the wave! Pacific storms create surf nirvana.
  • Climate change drives widespread amphibian extinctions.
  • Deep-rooted plants have much greater impact on climate than experts thought.
  • Scientists surprised to find that plants produce methane.
  • China and India hold the world in balance.
  • Spitzer telescope sees heart of Milky Way.
  • NASA gambles all for a shot at the moon.
  • ESA and ANU make ion engine space propulsion breakthrough, allowing us to potentially leave the solar system.
  • Planet finders use much faster instrument to discover distant planet.
  • Dark energy changes over time, controversial new calculations suggest.
  • Spin doctors create quantum chip.
  • Strip-searching goes digital at London train stations.
  • Man claims to be reincarnation of snake god’s wife.

Quote of the Day:

Passive acceptance of the teacher’s wisdom is easy to most boys and girls. It involves no effort of independent thought, and seems rational because the teacher knows more than his pupils; it is moreover the way to win the favour of the teacher unless he is a very exceptional man. Yet the habit of passive acceptance is a disastrous one in later life. It causes man to seek and to accept a leader, and to accept as a leader whoever is established in that position.

Bertrand Russell