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Lots of good things in the news to start the year off…

  • A video interview with ‘NASA UFO Hacker‘ Gary McKinnon.
  • Inventors win funding for research into flying saucer technology. Gary McKinnon’s uncles perhaps?
  • Marijuana might cause new cell growth in the brain. I’m really getting confused as to whether it’s supposed to be good or bad for you.
  • Looking back (or is that forward?) on the story of alleged time-traveller John Titor.
  • Is taking the oath of office on the Koran a threat to American values? What about if it’s on Thomas Jefferson’s Koran?
  • Pat Robertson says God has whispered in his ear that there will be mass killing in the U.S. during 2007. Hrm, hearing voices and predicting mass killing – sounds like someone should be sent to Gitmo without a trial…
  • Free will: now you have it, now you don’t. Is your conscious mind just a puppet of the subconscious?
  • Study finds that coal mining causes earthquakes.
  • Manufacturing uncertainty: how oil money funds groups who “cast doubts and deceive the public on the scientific consensus regarding global warming.” I guess the critical part is whether it’s deception or information.
  • Climate shift helped destroy China’s Tang Dynasty.
  • The music of the hemispheres. Brain hemispheres, that is.
  • 49 of 72 rare rhinos go missing in Nepal.
  • The Lure of Móo: judging Augustus Le Plongeon.
  • The ancient and mysterious history of tattooos. Grisly image warning.
  • Satellites and video game technology used to track the movements of ancient Central Americans. I hope they didn’t frag them.
  • 2007 is the Asian Year of the Moon, as China and Japan ready lunar probes.
  • Lost lakes of Titan found at last.
  • Amazon forest relies on dust from the Sahara. And that butterfly beating its wings too, no?
  • Human brain evolution slows to a crawl. Dubya, you’re dragging our average down!
  • Spaceship Earth sculpture falls apart. Art imitating real life?
  • The Wunderkammer: cabinets of curiosities make a comeback.
  • Spilt Animal parts and a tomahawk missile listed as worst traffic incidents in US during 2006.

Quote of the Day:

We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.

Martin Luther King