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  • Scientists develop tiny implantable biocomputers that can monitor the activities and characteristics of human cells. And we’ve been worrying about RFID chips…
  • New form of matter melds the characteristics of lasers with those of the best electrical conductors.
  • Scientists are a step closer to developing a Star Trek-style scanner which gives a diagnosis with no more than a wave over the body.
  • Pellets made of aluminum and gallium produce pure hydrogen when water is poured on them, offering a possible alternative to gasoline-powered engines.
  • Tracing our Sun’s family tree.
  • Rainbows may be the key to identifying habitable planets around nearby stars.
  • Spirit unearths surprising evidence of a wetter past on Mars.
  • Mysteries to behold: The revolution in lights, cameras, electronics and digital photography is revealing a strange undersea world.
  • Scientists convert protein sequences into music.
  • The way people talk about their past reveals a lot about how they approach and write their future.
  • Sex in space: How do you handle love, sex, romance, heartbreak, jealousy, unrequited longing, inf*ctuation, and loneliness when you’re 18 months away from Earth?
  • Ten real reasons why geeks make better lovers. Please read the ‘Editor’s note’ under the title.
  • Wayne Gretzky’s ‘field sense’ may be teachable.
  • Dried apples preserved with cancer-causing chemical, catfish laden with banned antibiotics, seafood coated with putrifying bacteria: Tainted food exported from China is all too common, and what few contaminated products the FDA discovers are often shipped again. More.
  • Early arrival of butterflies demonstrates impact of climage change.
  • Enviro-catastrophe of the week: Recent CO2 rises exceed worst-case scenarios.
  • Feminized to extinction: Sex-changing chemicals can wipe out fish. So can viral hemorrhagic septicemia.
  • A vast swath of the Pacific, twice the size of Texas, is full of a plastic stew that is entering the food chain. Scientists say these toxins are causing obesity, infertility…and worse.
  • Smithsonian altered exhibit on climate change in the Arctic for fear of angering Congress and the Bush administration.
  • Producer says US government is trying to seize Michael Moore’s new healthcare documentary.
  • Cyber-vandals bomb island created by Australian Broadcasting Corporation in the virtual world, Second Life.
  • The mystic secret weapon of the Third Reich: A look at the occult side of Nazi Germany.
  • The Human Equation: Economic historian Robert Fogel has found a new species of human evolution.
  • Researcher announces cure for hepatitis C.
  • Colours of the mind: Hyperconnectivity behind synaesthesia revealed.
  • Nanomedicine opens the way for nerve cell regeneration.
  • First Tongue: An early global language. For more, see links on the left.
  • From Schrödinger’s cat to Borel’s monkeys: The best thought experiments.
  • Bruce Schneier explains how rare risks breed irrational responses.
  • Straight from the Black Swan’s mouth: A Q&A session with Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable (Amazon US & UK).

Quote of the Day:

So for me, the Black Swan is epistemic, having to do with confident but incomplete knowledge – ‘epistemic arrogance.’ It has to do with being a turkey.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb