Eekkkkk!!! The Matrix is coming, the Matrix is coming! No wait – make that, Big Brother is here, Big Brother is here!! Aaahh heck – it’s probably just Ron Howard, the Anti-Christ.
- Physicists pull off their most exotic trick yet: speeding up light to the point that it moves backwards.
- Scientists boost power output of microbial fuel cells more than 10-fold.
- Is there Free Energy on the Moon?
- In pictures: Berlin exhibits ancient Egyptian artefacts from sunken cities found off the coast of Egypt six years ago. More.
- Real head-bangers: Neolithic Britons had a one in 20 chance of having their skulls fractured at the hands of someone else.
- Psychologists find that handling a gun creates a hormonal reaction in men that can prime them for aggression. What about handling a club?
- Men engage in risky behavior to impress women. I think they do it to impress other men, because…
- Women subconsciously detect qualities they fancy just by looking at a man’s face. No wonder it only takes them 30 seconds.
- Old ship logs unlock secrets about Earth’s magnetic field.
- Round ‘n round we go: Climate change, not humans, killed large beasts.
- Tribespeople leave the Amazon in Colombia and declare themselves ready to join the modern world.
- British teams compete to unlock the mysteries of Mars – the planet that devours space missions for breakfast.
- ‘Skelegrow’ formula proves promising.
- New pickpockets don’t just pick: RFID hackers can fleece you, rewrite your data, and spy on you.
- Will the next big thing be water computers?
- Comet break-up puts on sky show.
- Up jumps the ‘Da Vinci’ devil.
- From St Clair to Sinclair – the family who built Rosslyn.
- A first in 83 years: New genus of African monkey found.
- DNA test confirms case of a grizzly-polar bear hybrid in the wild.
- Ultrasonic motion tracking technology, 96 graphics processing units, 24 Sony digital projectors, 8-channel audio – and more than $4m: that’s what it takes to create the most realistic virtual reality room in the world. We’d never get Rico outta there.
- Heartbroken but not heartless: Man drops diamond ring into homeless man’s collection box.
- “It’s worse than a hole”: Three states order new security measures for electronic voting machines. ‘Schneier on Security’ says this newly discovered vulnerability is a big deal. WSJ reports some former backers are now reversing course.
- If you’re worried about a secret record of all US phone calls being kept in the NSA’s database, keep this in mind.
- In 2003, on the promise the data would only be used to prevent acts of terrorism and other serious crimes, the EU agreed to provide Homeland Security with airline passengers’ name records. Will the EU be shocked to learn that DHS has a secret pact to share the data for other purposes? Humm… only one secret pact?
- No word yet on a parrot version, but new PawSense software is designed to catproof your keyboard.
- What makes a ‘power spot’ sacred?
- Whether you’re looking forward to seeing him portray Leigh Teabing or Magneto, this Ian McKellen interview provides meaty details.
- In response to the Plasma UFO story, MSNBC has posted a poll on the existence of UFOs. Skew to your heart’s delight.
- In Asheville, NC on May 17th, Dr. Steven Greer will talk about ETs – and promote his new book Hidden Truth, Forbidden Knowledge: It is Time for You to Know. Amazon US. Cecil Bothwell, who wrote this article, is the kind of journalist who could inspire me to start a Reporter of the Week award.
Quote of the Day:
It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.
Found in the comments under Schneier’s blog about voting machines.