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  • Secret Vatican Archives Now Accessible Online.
  • Publication of Gospel of Judas to show ‘Judas was acting for God’.
  • Divers face a desperate race against time to recover 8,000-year-old artefacts from underwater Stone Age site in UK.
  • Seat of Celtic kings is threatened by motorway.
  • Archaeologist on Isle of Wight is asking the public to help find a medieval village mentioned in the Domesday Book. But you might also find a Neanderthal, or gold.
  • Two million years ago, early man was hunted by birds.
  • Chinese find fossil of early mammal that walked like a platypus, looked like a shrew, and lived alongside dinosaurs.
  • Ants offer first example of a teacher-pupil relationship in a nonhuman animal.
  • Mystery solved: Honeybees do it ‘ridiculously fast’, and at a constant frequency.
  • The fastest spacecraft ever built will streak to the moon in 9 hours, and to Jupiter in just over a year, but the trip to Pluto will still take at least 9 years.
  • In a galaxy far, far away, there’s an x-ray tunnel large enough for the entire Milky Way to fit inside.
  • Astronmers discover a helical magnetic field, coiled like a snake around a giant cloud in Orion.
  • Looking like a vinyl record that’s been in the sun too long, the Milky Way galaxy is warped, and vibrating like a three-note chord.
  • Star factory: Orion Nebula shines in grandest portrait yet.
  • Exactly how fast are we talking about when we say ‘glacially slow’?
  • Lots of lightning in 2005 hurricanes baffles scientists.
  • Newfound eye cells sense night and day.
  • Taiwan breeds fluorescent green pigs. Even their internal organs are green.
  • UK stem cell experts seek okay for rabbit-human embryo.
  • Stem cells play a key role in the deer’s remarkable ability to grow new antlers.
  • “Darwinian debt” may explain why fish stocks don’t recover.
  • Scientists are planning a ‘doomsday seed vault’, encased in concrete and buried in an Arctic mountain, to safeguard the world’s food supply against catastrophe.
  • Researchers find largest-ever prime number – 9.1 million digits long.
  • Morning grogginess impairs brainpower as much as being drunk.
  • Brain scans are reinventing the ‘Brave New science’ of lie detection.
  • Real I.D., State Nightmare: Congressional mandate to create a national standard for all U.S. driver’s licenses by 2008 isn’t upsetting just civil libertarians. Pretty boring – until you get to those numbers in the second half.
  • While symbolically casting out the devil – by throwing a rock at a wall – 345 people were crushed to death, and 289 hospitalized.
  • Minnesota gubernatorial candidate, who says he’s a satanic priest, plans to run for governor on a 13-point platform that includes the public impaling of terrorists at the state Capitol building.
  • Climate change experts attack Europe’s plan to promote biofuels, saying it’s leading to tropical forests being cut down for palm oil.
  • With the global economy dependent on $3 trillion worth each year, the fact that we don’t know how much oil is left is extraordinary. Saudi Arabia is already using massive water injection to keep it flowing.
  • Televangelist Jerry Falwell claims that he former Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu conspired to trip up former President Bill Clinton, using the pressure of the Lewinsky sex scandal to force Clinton to abandon pressure on Israel to withdraw from the occupied West Bank.
  • Is America exporting a huge environmental problem?

Quote of the Day:

Eighty percent of all the scrap electronics in the United States end up offshore and usually in Third World countries. I honestly believe there’s a secret brotherhood that ships this stuff over there late at night when no one’s watching, because none of our competitors do it, but it’s all over there.

Bob Glavin, who runs one of the biggest recycling plants in the U.S.