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Another week gone. Who hit the fast forward button on my life?

  • Fresh from his ‘win’ over Baigent and Leigh, Dan Brown now has this Catholic author’s $400 million plagiarism suit to worry about. Actually, looking at what the author says in the article, I don’t think Dan’s got much to worry about…
  • Caral may have a rival for the title of the oldest citadel in the Americas: Bandurria.
  • British Parliament asked how much did the Condign Report (the plasma UFO thing from last year) cost. Fourth item down on the page.
  • New Malaysian Bigfoot tracks?
  • Cone-headed skulls discovered near Nazca. Fodder for the next EvD book?
  • Archaeologists find remnants of legendary ‘lost’ Islamic kingdom.
  • Experiments show that communication signals between neurons are indistinguishable from random firings, calling into question fundamental theories of how the brain works.
  • Artery stents found to be no more helpful than drug therapy.
  • Asteroid? We don’t need no steenking asteroid to triumph over the big lizards.
  • China and Russia join forces for Mars mission. The Red Planet is about to go crimson.
  • And just to add to the colourful view of space: star explosion highlights the “Purple Rose of Virgo“.
  • Is living on the coast becoming a risky proposition?
  • Scientific precision at work: Mount St Helens could go on erupting for centuries, or it could stop today. Nothing like keeping your options open.
  • Religious precision at work: Pope says there really is a hell, with flames and heat and that whole eternal damnation thing. And, being the closest man to God on the planet, he should know. Except the previous Pope said the opposite. Ummmm.
  • Robotics engineers use amoeba movement for inspiration in their latest search and rescue bots.
  • Wall Street Journal comment to Americans concerned about Global Warming: you are morons.
  • Does the Mayan calendar predict apocalypse in 2012?

Quote of the Day:

Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar”, every “supreme leader”, every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there — on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

Carl Sagan