There’s probably more news out there somewhere, but I’m off to watch Star Trek instead.
- MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies) wins law suit against DEA!: Judge recommends DEA end its illegal monopoly on medical marijuana research. (PDF of the judgement.)
- Update: Study finds marijuana eases AIDS patients’ pain.
- Going gaga over Gaia.
- Using data from Mars Express, ESA produces topographic map of Mars.
- Satellite could see shadow of extra dimensions.
- Molecular ‘fishing’ technique paves way for advanced hand-held sensing device (i.e., a Tricorder).
- If whales can communicate by telepathy, why can’t (most) humans?
- Japan pushes to lift moratorium on commercial whaling.
- Tools of the chimps reveal our primate cousins’ Stone-Age skills.
- Researchers publish first working model that explains how biological clocks work.
- Norway reveals design of Doomsday Vault.
- UFO crashes and explodes, killing nomads in northern India.
- Linda Howe’s recent three part series on High Strangeness in Tappen, North Dakota, and MP3 podcast about why UFOs sometimes play cat and mouse with humans, provoked a flood of emails from viewers and listeners.
- Here’s a short video feature on my favorite aliens.
- Ancient Anomalies, from strange petraglyphs to Pedro, the Mystery Mummy.
- How the Maeshowe winter solstice looked to Neolithic humans.
- The dream incubation chambers of ancient Greece.
- Professor claims that archaeological remains, so far ignored by scholars, point to the exact location of the Second Temple in Jerusalem.
- Afternoon naps reduce risk of death from heart disease.
- Nigel Calder, former editor of New Scientist, on why climate change ‘orthodoxy’ must be challenged.
- Professor challenges Darwinian dogma by contending that evolutionary changes occur suddenly. (PDF of Jeffrey H. Schwartz’s paper Do Molecular Clocks Run at All? A Critique of Molecular Systematics.)
- Alfred Russel Wallace: Charles Darwin’s neglected double.
- Reason and Reverence: A review of The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief by Francis S Collins (Amazon US & UK).
- Secrets, Sources & Spin: Democracy Now interviews Raney Aronson, producer, director and writer of Frontline’s two-part documentary, News War. Part one airs Tuesday, Feb 13th on PBS.
Thanks a bunch to Greg.
Quote of the Day:
Whoever’s producing CBS News doesn’t seem to grasp that ‘the blogs’ are not some undifferentiated goo to spread on stories for spice. The salient features of the blogosphere are its diversity and depth. Perhaps that explains why it’s so alien to nightly news producers. Where the nightly news puts a homogenizing sheen on every 2 minute clip, blogs and blog posts vary wildly in length, tone, erudition, evidentiary support, and uses of the term ‘wanker.’
David Roberts, in CBS News and the blogosphere.