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News Briefs 15-06-2007

What will vegetarians do if plants turn out to be sentient?

  • Plants recognise their siblings. New spooky revelations about plants every other week lately…it’ll be Day of the Triffids before too long.
  • ‘Beastwatch’ investigators descend upon Cannock Chase, in search of a werewolf. Nick Redfern has been documenting the weirdness at Cannock Chase for a while, and I think has a book out on the subject later this year.
  • Was there a psychic moment on Australia’s ‘Big Brother’ television show?
  • Was an unrepentant Edinburgh sorcerer the inspiration for Dr Jekyll?
  • ‘UFO’ over Salt Lake City turns out to be a blimp. Are they sure it’s not Moroni in his latest hot-rod?
  • Demolishing a cliche, Neanderthals were in fact ‘ahead of their time‘. Although, to be fair, to be ‘ahead of the times’ in 30,000 BCE just meant you didn’t throw your faeces at each other.
  • Partying like it’s 1999 (BC). Visiting Egypt’s Sin City.
  • Ancient Rome brought back to life via world’s biggest computer simulation.
  • An illustrated history of trepanation. Vaughan has a good summary on the topic as well at (the appropriately named, in this case) Mind Hacks.
  • Treasure hunt strikes gold at former Greek royal estate.
  • While Dan Brown might turn out to be a flash in the pan, the Bible continues to sell big. With a plot twist like the resurrection, how can you go wrong?
  • Skeptic Benjamin Radford tells you how it is with Full Moon Fever.
  • Oops – no puddles on Mars actually, say scientists. But forget puddles…new evidence points to oceans on Mars (in the past at least).
  • Meet the man at the top of the ‘United Nations of Space‘. Wouldn’t it be more fun if they called themselves ‘The Federation’, or the ‘Galactic Empire’…heck, I’d even settle for the ’12 Colonies of Kobol’.
  • Revolutionary plasma rocket engine tested in Costa Rica.
  • Seth Shostak discusses the possibilities of habitable planets outside our Solar System.
  • Hail Eris! She’s much bigger than Pluto.
  • Baby monitor picks up video from the space shuttle. The mother should check her baby is still at home…
  • Is the weather to blame for the great bee die-off?
  • An influential life comes to an end – goodbye, Mr Wizard.

Thanks Kat.

Quote of the Day:

Of all the ways of acquiring books, writing them oneself is regarded as the most praiseworthy method.

Walter Benjamin

  1. Sentient plants
    I once wrote a short story about man realising the sentience of plants. I concluded that, if we got to this stage of knowledge, and this stage of respect for other life, our only choices would be cannibalism or extinction.

    Reality, like time, is relative to the observer.

    Anthony North

    1. Jekyll and Hyde
      I think Deacon Brodie was the real inspiration for Jekyll and Hyde. A respected figure who runs a gang of successful robbers who totally baffle the authorities …
      If I remember rightly, there is even evidence of Stevenson’s interest in the case.

      I’m fanatical about moderation

      Anthony North

  2. UN of space….research
    The article is about the UN of Space Research

    There are many who believe in a galactic federation already.

    Word is that earth won’t been joining anytime soon as we are mostly quarantined until we can stop destroying our planet and each other.

    The folks that DO visit us in ships are in stealth-mode as they are essentially bending the rules (prime-directive) and don’t want to be captured or open any “official” relations just yet.

    /tin-foil hat

  3. Growing up with a Tumi Knife
    I enjoyed the article about trepanation and thanks for the links. My mother had a very nice Tumi knife encased in glass and she had it hung in the living room above the sofa. Talk about breaking open the head … that knife brought on a whole new meaning. —————————–Truth is stranger than fiction.

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