News Briefs 11-08-2006

Second half of this week has been a bit slow on news. So I had to make all of this up…

  • Canadian crop circle shaped like musical note sparks debate. “In every case we know to be real, we have found an elongated node on the plants’ stems” – I’m wondering how they know which cases are real? Perhaps the ones with elongated nodes..?
  • Well before the Wright brothers, there was the Scottish king’s alchemist who thought he could fly (mistakenly).
  • Plane crash blast or UFO?
  • Mars rover inspects Beagle Crater. Now, the researchers say the crater is named after Darwin’s ship, but you’ve gotta be thinking it’s an in-joke about the Beagle II. Relatively young…crater…Beagle. Hmmm?
  • Will Anousheh Ansari be the first female space tourist?
  • Satellite patent submitted by Bigelow Aerospace includes military pleasing stealth capabilities.
  • Wired pulls reporter’s fake space news stories.
  • Navigational secrets of songbirds uncovered.
  • Researchers create music based on the underground movements of Sicily’s volcanic Mount Etna. “Part-time Lava”? “Easy Lava”? Yes, I am a musical child of the 80s, with bad taste in puns.
  • Software developed to morph your snapshots so that your face is more aesthetically pleasing. I may need a supercomputer to do my processing…
  • Vladimir Putin orders a nationwide inventory of cultural treasures, after valuable works are stolen from the Hermitage Museum.
  • Scientists discover the molecular janitors which are supposed to clear away the sticky gunk blamed for Alzheimer’s Disease.
  • Greenland ice cap may be melting at triple speed, new research suggests.
  • Gartner names the hot technologies for the coming decade.
  • Biotech – it means different things for science and spirituality.
  • Goat crowned King of Ireland at ancient fair. It’s good to b-a-a the king.
  • Drought conditions in Wales has allowed the discovery of a treasure trove of ancient monuments.
  • Has the Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot film been proven a hoax?
  • SETI: the search for science in science fiction.
  • Apocalypse soonish. From Christian Fundies, to the dangerous date of August 22nd in regards to Iran. Personally I can’t wait for the rapture…Earth will be so much more liveable without all the fundamentalist idiots.

Thanks Kat.

Quote of the Day:

There is an art, or rather, a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. Pick a nice day, and try it. The first part is easy. All it requires is simply the ability to throw yourself forward with all your weight, and the willingness not to mind that it’s going to hurt. That is, it’s going to hurt if you fail to miss the ground. Most people fail to miss the ground, and if they are really trying properly, the likelihood is that they will fail to miss it fairly hard.

Clearly, it is the second part, the missing, which presents the difficulties.

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