Personal carbon trading: I just bought 16 compact florescent lightbulbs – to off-set the tree that will be cut for my copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
- From space, the view of Earth is ‘mind shattering’.
- 8,000-year-old footprints found on Welch beach.
- Europe’s first stegosaurus discovered.
- Art sleuth looks for lost Da Vinci masterpiece.
- UN report says global warming likely man-made and unstoppable. Whether 3 degrees or 6 degrees, rise in global temperatures will be a disaster for life on earth.
- Climate change report paints doomsday scenario for Sydney.
- Oil lobby has been offering $10,000 each to scientists and economists to undermine the UN climate change report.
- Enviro-cateclysm of the week: Human stupidity has turned a ‘sustainable biofuel’ into an eco-nightmare.
- Dig yields surprising find at Ground Zero – large steel columns from the fallen twin towers.
- Lightning glass yields ancient climate clues.
- The new race to the Moon.
- Edinburgh scientists have recreated Moon rock in the lab, to figure out why the Moon looks black and white.
- Cassini images mammoth cloud engulfing Titan’s North Pole.
- Wanted: Home-builders for the Moon.
- What gives sea air its bracing aroma?
- Former US marine controls new bionic arm by thought, and can feel when hand is touched.
- Virus may be the cause of mad cow.
- Bad news for male couch potatoes — and this time it really hits where it hurts.
- Lavender and tea tree oil in soaps, shampoos, cause breast growth in boys.
- Quantum mechanics may explain how humans smell.
- Journey Into the Underworld: An interview with R.J. Stewart, author of The Living World of Faery.
- 2012 and the Old Equator. With loads of helpful photos.
- Just days ago, J.K. Rowling finished writing the scenes she’d been planning for more than 12 years, and her publisher announced that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (already a bestseller at Amazon US & UK) will be released July 21st. Meantime, Dan takes on Equus (photo).
Quote of the Day:
There are no shortcuts to moral insight. Nature is not intrinsically anything that can offer comfort or solace in human terms — if only because our species is such an insignificant latecomer in a world not constructed for us. So much the better. The answers to moral dilemmas are not lying out there, waiting to be discovered. They reside, like the kingdom of God, within us — the most difficult and inaccessible spot for any discovery or consensus.
Stephen Jay Gould