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Sorry the news is late, my street is blocked off for the Australia vs Italy World Cup soccer match tonight (Lygon St in Melbourne is Little Italy, as well as a plot locale in a William Gibson novel).

  • Harriet the Turtle, rumoured to have been taken from the Galapagos Islands by Darwin, has died aged 175. Forget botox, try eating hibiscus flowers every day.
  • Sophisticated radar techniques will allow a glimpse into the USA’s mysterious Creek Nation pyramid-mounds, without a Bosnian controversy in sight.
  • More fantastical artifacts have been unearthed during archaeological excavations in Iran.
  • Up to 35 excavations in an Anatolian province will provide new information on how civilisation began in the archaeological paradise of the Fertile Crescent (which sounds like the name of a seedy strip-joint where dirt detectives go on their nights off).
  • Here’s an article on revolutionary research that dispels current theories about the rise of agriculture in the Fertile Crescent, and it’s all about wild lentils. I always suspected Neanderthals were hippies.
  • Modern medical science has exposed a 2000-year-old Egyptian fraud. I had no idea Zahi Hawass was so old.
  • A half-billion year old volcanic eruption may be the cause of the first mass animal extinction event in the history of life, the universe and everything.
  • An international team of scientists will attempt to recreate the immediate aftermath of the Big Bang, hopefully at a remote location a thousand miles away from me, you and everyone else.
  • Is String Theory a disaster for physics, holding back better theories?
  • Pluto’s two newly discovered moons have been named Nix and Hydra. Hollywood’s expecting celebrity couples are running out of baby-name options.
  • An emotionally aware computer that can guess a user’s mental state is in development. So that explains why my old computer blew up last January.
  • SETI’s Dr Jill Tarter isn’t convinced by UFO sightings and alien abductions, but will keep listening for communications anyway.
  • Did the US military fly a secret spyplane called Aurora over the UK without the MoD’s knowledge? It wouldn’t be the first time they did something without asking first.
  • Perhaps it’s a revolutionary aircraft designed by Northrop Grumman? It’s not due until 2020, but we all know they have time-travel technology back-engineered from the Martians.
  • ThothWeb has an interesting article discussing whether the US has secretly developed flying saucers over the past 60 years for ulterior motives.
  • The Other Side of Truth’s Paul Kimball interviews UFO Review’s Stuart Miller, who believes UFOs have a paranormal origin.
  • The Why Files take a skeptical look at India’s Red Rain phenomenon.
  • The city of Roswell will host its 12th annual UFO festival from Thursday until July 3rd. I hope to get abducted there later tonight.
  • South Korea plans to launch a new space program to search for extraterrestrial life.
  • An 83-year-old British pensioner believes his idea for a unique flying device challenges the accepted laws of physics and could revolutionise the world’s travel industry. With hair like that, I’m on his side!
  • Tap the energy of the intuitive universe through Craig Conley’s Follow Your Bliss wheel of fortune. I highly recommend reading Craig’s website.
  • Or you can try your hand at reading Philip Pullman’s alethiometer, and gain the wisdom of Serafina Pekkala or the strength of an armoured polar bear.
  • Greg’s days of Counter-Strike are about to get interesting as India’s youth challenges China in the online computer game market. I knew I recognised the voice of that phone company helpdesk representative I talked to last week, he pwnd me in World of Warcraft with critical dps and a “Thank you very much, please come again!” l33t FTW!
  • But will they boldly go where no Indian geek has gone before, and play Star Trek Online? The only question is, will Kat aim for command of the Voyager or accept an ensign position on the Enterprise? Look for me at the bar on Deep Space Nine.

Thanks Craig.

Quote of the Day:

When you follow your bliss … doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors, and where there wouldn’t be a door for anyone else.

Joseph Campbell