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After winning 168 games in a row, chess grandmaster José Raúl Capablanca said, ‘I see only one move ahead, but it is always the correct one.’ That would be a big improvement for me.

  • Scribbles in Rosslyn’s stonework may prove (okay, may be evidence) that ancient Celts circumnavigated the globe. Somebody ring Crichton. Update: Several comments have now been posted beneath this article. #8 is a detailed comment by Crichton E M Miller, author of The Golden Thread of Time. (Amazon UK)
  • Now widely acknowledged as having solved the Poincaré conjecture, Grigory ‘Grisha’ Perelman will probably be awarded the Fields medal next week, but many believe the brilliant mathematician may spurn the greatest accolade his peers can bestow. Why? Well, he turned down a prestigious European award, supposedly saying those who awarded it weren’t qualified to evaluate his work, and he hasn’t bothered to claim the Clay Institute’s million-dollar award either, even though it would likely be his for the asking.
  • Elusive Proof, Elusive Prover: the Poincaré conjecture explained simply enough that you can at least understand what all the fuss is about.
  • The Expert Mind: Studies of the mental processes of chess grandmasters have revealed clues to how people become experts in other fields as well.
  • Irish tech firm throws down ‘free energy’ gauntlet: Dublin-based Steorn has placed an advert in The Economist seeking 12 top physicists to examine their technology – based on the interaction of magnetic fields – and publish their results.
  • The influence of Vedic philosophy on Tesla’s understanding of free energy.
  • Australia was formed 1.6 billion years ago by the collision of three continents.
  • The 2 percent gene difference between humans and chimps represents at least 15 million changes in our genome since the time of our common ancestor roughly 6 million years ago. One of those changes gave us bigger brains.
  • Your brain boots up like a computer. Mine must still be using Windows 95. It’s good to know an upgrade may eventually be possible.
  • Hubble captures images of the faintest stars in the galaxy – the burnt-out relics of ancient celestial objects that formed many billions of years ago. Read it now, save it, or pay-per-view later.
  • Compared with the technology used in earlier efforts, SETI’s new instrument is like the difference between a Lexus and an oxcart, but what happens if a signal is found?
  • The Key to Atlantis: The Magic Mushroom. And to think, Jake wrote this without ever having visited TDG. No telling what what he’ll come up with now that I’ve invited him to drop by.
  • Microbe being studied in Scotland threatens to overturn current thinking about the production of greenhouse gases.
  • Has Vic Tandy proved that ghosts are created by low frequency sounds?
  • Several airline passengers snap photos of UFOs following their plane to Moscow.
  • Late psychic Dorothy Allison’s 1998 sketch of JonBenet’s murderer bears a striking resemblance to recently-arrested Karr. Investigators were led to Karr by emails he wrote containing details about the murder that were never made public. Why have so many people believed the Ramsey’s killed their daughter?
  • An interview with Bill Katovsky, author of Patriots Act: Voices of Dissent and the Risk of Speaking Out. Amazon US & UK.
  • 9/11 Live – The NORAD Tapes: How did the US Air Force respond on 9/11? Could it have shot down United 93, as conspiracy theorists claim? Obtaining 30 hours of never-before-released tapes from the control room of NORAD’s Northeast headquarters, the author reconstructs the chaotic military history of that day – and the Pentagon’s apparent attempt to cover it up.

Thanks to Alex at Pravda, and to Greg. How ’bout that – somebody at Pravda reads TDG. Cool.

Quote of the Day:

You’re talking about morality. We don’t do morality in the CIA.

Former CIA agent Robert Baer, in Telluride for a talk about oil and war in Iraq. Almost forgot… Baer is the author of See no Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA’s War on Terrorism, the book the movie Syriana was based on. Amazon US & UK.