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  • Gene reveals mammoth coat colour.
  • Age of the Sierra Nevada revealed.
  • Two centuries after he dropped anchor in Botany Bay, Capt James Cook has sailed into a political storm in Australia, the country he put on the map.
  • In his new book, Arcadia: The Solution to the Templar Code (Amazon US & UK), code-buster Clifton Power claims to have solved the mystery of the cryptic letters on the Shepherd’s Monument.
  • Acoustics and Mayan Architecture.
  • Mystery object found in supernova.
  • Brown Dwarf = Bad Weather: Failed stars found to have astonishing weather patterns, such as iron rain.
  • Astronauts to go farther on Saturday’s spacewalk.
  • NASA’s Mars mission faces rocky future.
  • Weapons in outer space.
  • In the first paper on music theory that the journal Science has printed in its 127-year history, composer reveals musical chords’ hidden geometry.
  • Can they make you invisible? Rescuers could use this beam of light to peer through rubble after an earthquake, while doctors could gaze at a damaged lung after making a patient’s skin and ribs vanish.
  • Global Warming, a Lost Cause?
  • The ice cream man cometh… to save a melting world.
  • Biologists solve plant growth hormone enigma.
  • On microchips, beams of light traveling through microscopic waveguides may soon replace electric currents traveling through microscopic wires.
  • New ion trap may lead to large quantum computers.
  • Solitons could power molecular electronics, artificial muscles. Did Star Trek get it wrong about Data’s positronic net?
  • The big sleep: There may be a link between the way memories are formed and the adverse effects of sleep deprivation.
  • Baboons talk with their hands.
  • Getting soccer down to a science: Scientists and mathematicians are trying to create a formula for the perfect penalty shot.
  • Fifty of the world’s leading conservation experts call for urgent rescue mission to save frogs, newts and other amphibians from extinction.
  • Duh! Research of the Day: Warming climate plays large role in Western US wildfires. A close second.
  • Even though they’ve been immunized, 40% of UK’s coughing kids show evidence of whooping cough infection.
  • Go-ahead granted for UK hacker’s extradition.
  • Consultant who hacked FBI’s computers in 2004 says, frustrated by bureaucracy, agents approved and aided the breach.
  • ‘Security’ fight expanded: With only a letter, FBI can gather private data.
  • Man raided by FBI, ATF, and Canadian Law Enforcement after handing out ‘subversive’ Alex Jones material.
  • No worries – it’s just unexplained cracks in reactor cores.
  • The psychopaths among us: Research shows they’re oblivious to the obvious.
  • A matter of taste: Americans read food labels, then eat the bad stuff anyway.
  • Here’s a preview of tonight’s Sci-Fi channel special, ‘Quest for Atlantis: Startling New Secrets’.
  • Arggh! Pirate news for me ‘n Rico: Walking the plank on Scotland’s west coast. I was planning to see Pirates of the Caribean: Dead Man’s Chest today, but the critics are really slamming it.
  • Homeless farmer forced to sell home-made robots. What a headline!
  • Tahoe bear takes to the back seat of a vintage red Buick convertible, snacks on pizza, and then swills Jack Daniels, an Absolut and tonic, and a beer. First the video of a bear snoozing in a backyard hammock, and now this. What’s up with bears this year?
  • Mouse potatoes, himbos, googling and drama queens make cross-over from pop culture to mainstream English. Sorry, Jameske – it looks like shemale didn’t make the cut.

Thanks Clifton.

Quote of the Day:

Global warming may or may not be the great environmental crisis of the next century, but—regardless of whether it is or isn’t—we won’t do much about it. We will (I am sure) argue ferociously over it and may even, as a nation, make some fairly solemn-sounding commitments to avoid it. But the more dramatic and meaningful these commitments seem, the less likely they are to be observed. Little will be done… Global warming promises to become a gushing source of national hypocrisy.

Robert J. Samuelson, Newsweek, July, 1997