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Happy birthday for tomorrow to my wonderful, amazing, beautiful Tonita!

  • Does the ‘Murphy mover‘ explain the pyramids? I didn’t realise there were Irishmen in ancient Egypt.
  • Quarrying company wins battle over ancient Henge site.
  • Is the real Mona Lisa buried in Florence?
  • USD professor says that the Battle of Big Horn was actually a rout, with Custer’s troops disintegrating in panic.
  • Swiss archaeologist digs up African pottery dating to at least 9,400 BCE.
  • Drawing back the veil on Pre-Columbian America: a review of Charles Mann’s 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus (Amazon US and UK).
  • Meet the real Dr Frankensteins of the Cold War era.
  • Mental training has the ability to physically change the brain. As opposed to Cold War scientists changing it for you. This article part of a current Time magazine feature on the mystery of consciousness.
  • Baby mind reader‘ wants to challenge Randi for his million.
  • Uri Geller is ‘spooking‘ Israeli magicians.
  • Is the O’Hare UFO sighting the start of a new ‘flap’?
  • Alfie Carrington has spent half his life trying to build a flying saucer. Probably better off hijacking one this year sometime.
  • New research suggests that the Moon influences our lives in many ways.
  • Exploding robots may scout hazardous asteroids. I’ve been waiting for the day when astrophysics and slapstick would combine for the greater good.
  • Scientists say ‘Fantastic Voyage’ willl be a reality in 2009.
  • The twenty most popular scientific myths.
  • India’s space hopes soar as capsule returns to Earth.
  • Gambling appears to show that consciousness is a sure bet.
  • Ironically, also in today’s news: activation of brain region predicts whether a person will be selfish or altruistic. What about if you gamble your own money and give it to someone else?
  • Western faiths begin to connect with Yoga.
  • Neural ‘extension cord‘ developed for brain implants. Why not add in a double adaptor so that great minds can think alike?
  • While nanotechnology is all the rage in the scientific world, for most people it’s off the radar.
  • MIT study urges use of geothermal energy as a power source.
  • Aerosol pollution slows down winds and reduces rainfall. Apparently also good for cleaning glass, eradicating mosquitoes, and starching your clothes.
  • Stephen Hawking warns of climate change danger. Hmm, his spaceflight training makes more sense now….deserter!!
  • More on that ball lightning in the lab story from a week or so ago.
  • Don’t try this at home kids…television repairman shoots electricity from his fingertips (video). Ball lightning in the home?
  • US man survives 17-story tumble. Unfortunately, loses out in sympathy stakes to the duck that survived being shot and then surviving two days in a fridge.

Quote of the Day:

I’m fascinated that our government could lie to us so blatantly, so obviously for so long, and we do absolutely nothing about it. I think that’s interesting in what is ostensibly a democracy.

Bill Hicks