News Briefs 14-02-2006

Today, I raise my middle finger in the general direction of the bloodsucking vampires that we know as banks…

  • Joan of Arc under the microscope – literally. French scientists are to study the ashes of the French heroine in a search for new insights into her life.
  • Sony sets up a website for Christian critics of the movie version of The Da Vinci Code (see here). Perhaps they’ve been watching all this business about cartoons…
  • China pushes for an answer to the mysterious disappearance of the remains of Peking Man.
  • Physicist to unveil new antigravity solution today, which may be “a huge step forward in making near-speed-of-light space travel safe, possible, and much less costly”.
  • Beyond the visible: studying parapsychological events.
  • Speaking of…the Parapsychology Foundation is on the move. Telekinesis would certainly come in handy…
  • Listening to ghosts: watch the Project Ghost team in action.
  • Are ufologists right to blame General George C. Marshall for a UFO cover-up?
  • Philip K. Dick is missing. Not the original, but his android copy. Perhaps it’s chasing electronic sheep.
  • Does a little Bach over the loudspeaker lower crime levels on public transport? Perhaps it might even lead to a Terry Gilliam inspired waltz in Grand Central Station…
  • New scholarly paper studies the psychopathology of mind control adherents on the Internet. Now that’s just going to make them more paranoid…
  • Table-top desktop fusion device developed.
  • US company implants electronic chips into its employees.
  • Australian scientists claim they were muzzled on climate change. Also: NASA to revise its public affairs policy in the wake of allegations the government muzzled their top climatologist on the issue.
  • Another article that adds the unnecessary ‘God’ word (see the first sentence) to theories of Intelligent Design. Science slowly explains the details of evolution. Mind you, apparently the devil is in the details…
  • Professor challenges Darwinian evolution, with an argument for punctuated equilibrium.
  • The mysteries of ball lightning.
  • New research finds the brain only has to send a command to a limb, in order to feel the sensation of movement.
  • The invention that could give you super vision. Yet another example of the Department of Defense working to make a better world…
  • And here’s another – pulsed energy weapon can paralyse an individual. Symptoms of the weapon sound very like those described by Vallee in Brazil…
  • In case you didn’t realise how pwned you really were – US government plans super-data miner to watch your blogs and emails for tell-tale signs of naughtiness. More here. All for your own good of course, so take that bitter pill (in whichever orifice is most suitable)…
  • Chinese astronomers ‘improve‘ Einstein theory.
  • Scientific journals question the effectiveness of peer-review.
  • Greek archaeologists say they have found the largest tomb of Macedonian antiquity.
  • Stone Age art is getting older. Well, obviously – every second. More precisely, the antiquity of Stone Age art is being pushed back further into pre-history.
  • Scotland’s Stone Age marvels which inspire and astonish.
  • Do caves beneath Edinburgh’s streets lead to Rosslyn Chapel?

Thanks Kat.

Quote of the Day:

As our own species is in the process of proving, one cannot have superior science and inferior morals. The combination is unstable and self-destroying.

Arthur C. Clarke

  1. Massive data sweep
    “The core of this effort is a little-known system called Analysis, Dissemination, Visualization, Insight, and Semantic Enhancement (ADVISE).”

    Somehow this tickles an ancient memory. Oh yeah – now I remember: Total Information Awareness — you know, the agency that convicted felon John Poindexter was going to helm? The one the Senate voted to deny funding to in 2003?

    Stretch your memory back to (or just re-read) this Washington Post report from Saturday, July 19, 2003, which said the name had been changed to the Terrorism Information Awareness program, and “A provision in the House defense appropriations bill that passed last week left room for further work on the program, though it prohibited use of the program’s technology on U.S. citizens without congressional permission.”

  2. Intelligently Designed Banks
    I’m dropping my pants and wiggling my pale buttocks in the direction of the National Australia Bank. I’ve had enough of their profit-before-people attitudes. So I’m joining the Latrobe University Credit Union Co-op. I’ll still pay fees, including $1.50 every time I use an ATM, but I figure that’ll be a small price to pay in return for personal service from people who know you by name.

    But I’m still dreaming of a Star Trek system. Warp 9, Number One … engage!

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