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Short and sweet today, because it’s just too nice a day outside…

  • Another review of Deborah Blum’s Ghost Hunters: William James and the Search for Scientific Proof of Life After Death (Amazon US), this one from the New York Times. Good to see some mainstream exposure on this, although there have been plenty of other very knowledgable researchers who have published on these topics previously.
  • The Great Zawi waters down talk of KV64 discovery by Nicholas Reeves: “Mr. Reeves wants publicity more than conducting his work through a scientific approach”. I’ll just hand the Pot a mirror to check his colour…
  • 2500-year-old figurines may be predecessors to Terracotta Army.
  • Israel-Hezbollah war endangers archaeological sites and ecosystems. People too, apparently.
  • Strangers in our skies – a guide to UFO sightings in Ireland. Chariots of the leprechauns?
  • Astronomers set to vote on 12 planets for our Solar System.
  • Space Shuttle Atlantis set for launch on August 27th.
  • Crew members of new James Bond film say aeroplane set is haunted. Seems to be a reliable way of getting publicity these days, to claim a haunted set.
  • Can you see the ghost in the library?
  • Big cat stalks Sydney’s west-sieede. What’s a few westies and Uni students…
  • Fastest evolving human gene is linked to brain development. And I thought it would have been the gene linked to idiotic wars and genocide.
  • Frozen mice parent healthy offspring, redefining the word ‘frigid’.
  • Whale fossil sports some seriously scary teeth.
  • Neolithic stone carving of Big Dipper discovered in northwest China.
  • Circles cropping up across county fields. Probably a bit out-dated to call them ‘circles’ these days…
  • David Copperfield says he’s found the elixir of youth. Obviously he’s found the elixir of money too….wish I could afford to throw down $50 million on a few islands.

Thanks Kat.

Quote of the Day:

I do not think this is a door, and there is nothing behind it.

Zahi Hawass (on the ‘Gantenbrink Door’)