Science and science fiction Tuesday here on TDG, though I’ll avoid the cheap tie-in to the ID4 film…
- NASA continues shuttle countdown despite concerns over foam crack.
- And: NASA wants to reward the U.S. with an Independence Day launch. Not sure that’s a great idea, with the whole fireworks thing and all (keeping this in mind).
- SETI’s Seth Shostak tells us why we must flee the planet. Don’t worry, it’s nothing to do with any particular message that SETI has received from the Reavers.
- Engineers restart Hubble camera.
- Military pulls out of alien invasion at Roswell.
- Ghost Quest International unveils controversial ghost video. I must need a new optical prescription, because I can’t see anything of note (and the domain name isn’t exactly conducive to taking things seriously…).
- BOOOO!!!! Sorry, just saving you from the dangers of mindless reading (and heck, who can help it with the amount of news we post?).
- Korea to test 1,000 remote-controlled domestic robots. Haven’t they seen I Robot? Is there a Korean equivalent to Will Smith?
- Creepy story of the day: frozen brains await resurrection. For some reason I’m getting the visual of the incubator room in “Genesis of the Daleks” (yes, I am a child of the 70s).
- Scientists ponder ways of harnessing people power…literally. I prefer the Matrix battery imagery.
- Rewired brain revives patient after 19 years.
- Judge bans use of military sonar allegedly responsible for marine mammal deaths.
- Wiccan widow takes tombstone tussle to D.C.
- Woman tries to clear ‘witch’, convicted in 1706.
- The New York Times review of The Devil is a Gentleman (Amazon US and UK).
- News on Project Serpo deceptions takes us on complex paths to truth.
- Documentary sets a new date for Exodus.
- China’s ancient terracotta army set to march on British Museum.
- Are the Angkor Wat temples doomed?
- Society in 2025 ‘will be based on selfishness‘. So not much different from today then?
- Foreign accent syndrome: Geordie stroke victim wakes up with Jamaican accent. Aye Mon!
- New AT&T/NSA conspiracy theory.
- Also: former Reagan defense assistant calls 9-11 a “dog that doesn’t hunt.”
- Flying robots made from cellophane? That could spell disaster if you gift-wrapped it…
- Hard to avoid the topical news stories being pumped out: science saves the Star-Spangled Banner.
Quote of the Day:
If they board us, they’ll rape us to death, eat our flesh and sew our skin to their clothes. And if we’re lucky, they’ll do it in that order.
Zoë on the Reavers – from Joss Whedon’s ‘Firefly‘