One of my infamous ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ editions…
- Cracking code to Rosslyn takes more than Da Vinci.
- Dan Brown is writing a book about exorcism with the apparent help of a former Roman Catholic archbishop from Zambia.
- Greg says the Da Vinci copyright appeal is set for a mystical date.
- 3000-year-old pyramid-shaped tombs found in China.
- Underground chamber, undisturbed since the Iron Age, was revealed when 10-foot hole opened up beneath the wheel of a tractor.
- Fossils suggest chaotic recovery from mass extinction.
- Scientists pinpoint polar catastrophe: Antarctica hit by meltdown about 12 million years ago. (With photo)
- Archaeological study dents Polynesians’ reputation as great seafarers.
- ARC – the Alliance to Rescue Civilization – says we need to back-up our planet, off-planet, and proposes a secure lunar colony, where a huge computer would contain a complete record of everthing on earth. (Read it now, save it, or pay-per-view tomorrow. Or, maybe this link will last longer.)
- An alternative history of the world: What if the dinosaurs had survived? Or Hitler won in 1945? Or the aeroplane had been invented 1,000 years earlier? Would there even be life on earth if the moon had failed to form? Science fiction writer Stephen Baxter canvasses the possibilities.
- A review of King Arthur’s Enchantresses: Morgan and Her Sisters in Arthurian Tradition, by Carolyne Larrington. Amazon US & UK.
- Astronomers record supernova in real time.
- NASA and Harvard scientists are planning a conference to provide an alternative to the recently adopted definition of a planet.
- Big Bang’s afterglow fails an intergalactic shadow test.
- Lockheed Martin wins multibillion-dollar NASA moon contract.
- Former Lockheed Martin engineer blows whistle on security issues – by posting a video on YouTube.
- 35 years ago, Gary Berman and Adam Malin put together the first Star Trek convention in New York, when they were just fourteen. Enterprise’s 5-year mission has stretched to 40, and Star Trek continues to live long and prosper, as a record 20,000 trekkies beam to Las Vegas convention, and a new movie begins production.
- All 79 episodes of the original Star Trek are being digitally remastered, and will be heading into syndication next month in honor of the sci-fi classic’s 40th anniversary.
- New portable generator is actually a mini power plant that offers power, water, cooling and ice, all in one – and will run on hydrogen, conventional fuel and even biomass.
- Top US scientist says Earth is now undergoing dangerous climate change.
- The Compost Effect: warmer temperatures could force soils across the world to release their stocks of carbon, accelerating global warming.
- Due to Spain’s worst drought in 10 years, in some areas running water may soon be cut off, leaving up to two million people dependent on bottled water.
- Debunking the ‘tongue map’: the entire tongue senses all tastes more or less equally.
- Pill could replace allergy shots for hay fever.
- In a finding that could help treat an inherited form of baldness, a research team in Manchester claims to have discovered a protein ‘code’ that instructs cells to sprout hair.
- Drinking fruit and vegetable juices frequently may significantly cut the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease>.
- Gene therapy transforms cells into tumor killers: experimental treatment saves two men dying of end-stage melanoma.
- Angry, hostile middle-aged men suffer accelerated decline in lung function.
- Quit using mercury in your Voodoo rituals, urges EPA, but use of the poison is viewed as a religious freedom.
- Report on Mount Weather, the top-security underground installation an hour’s drive from Washington.
- Britain’s Channel 4 courts furore in the US with documentary-style film in which George Bush is assassinated.
- FBI thinks someone in the office of the Sec. of Defense at the Pentagon has been spying for Israel.
- US accused of bid to oust Chávez with secret funds.
- Return of the Sandinista: More than 20 years after the US ousted Daniel Ortega’s democratically elected Government, the left-wing Nicaraguan has emerged as a front-runner for the Presidency despite Bush’s attempts to undermine his party.
- In a meeting that could avert a clash of civilisations, former US president Jimmy Carter may make his peace with former Iranian president Mohamed Khatami.
- Four of the 40,000 US deserters explain why they refuse to fight.
- NYTimes blocks British readers from seeing terror article; British ‘Ministry of Truth’ wants to prosecute American bloggers.
- CNN will mark the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks by replaying the network’s entire coverage of the attacks in real time – on the internet – beginning at 8:30 am, minutes before the first reports of an airplane hitting the WTC, until midnight.
- The great housing crash of ’07. US housing bust could get ugly. Update: Money magazine asks, ‘How is the recent slowdown in real estate affecting you? We want to hear your story for an up-coming feature. E-mail us at email@example.com.’
- Applebee’s bartender in Hutchinson, Kansas gets (real) $10,000 tip on $26 tab.
- Priest drowns while trying to walk on water.
- Norwegian police recover Munch’s stolen ‘Scream’.
- Holy hole in the road, Batman! ‘Pavement Picasso’ dazzles pedestrians with 3D masterpieces. Thumbnail gallery of Julian Beever’s 3D stunners.
Quote of the Day:
What I am going to tell you is going to seem preposterous. It may be very hard for you to believe that our government and the largest defense contractor in the world [are] capable of such alarming incompetence, and can make ethical compromises as glaring as what I am going to describe.
Former Lockheed Martin engineer, Michael De Kort, in his YouTube whistleblower video.