A little news to cure your Monday blahs.
- Mummy reveals Egyptian queen was fat, balding and bearded.
- Lidar, a laser version of radar, reveals archaeological features previously hidden by forests.
- Seven new Wonders of the World chosen.
- They built Petra, but who were the Nabataeans?
- Cornwallis, King George III and his ministers: How a revolution saved an empire.
- DNA reveals Greenland’s lush past.
- In a remote corner of Siberia, a Russian biologist has been trying to recreate a fully fledged Ice Age eco-system, complete, if possible, with woolly mammoths.
- Scientists urge a search for weird life: organisms that lack DNA or other molecules found in life as we know it.
- Cassini finds hydrocarbons on Saturn’s moon Hyperion.
- New light clock concept explains time dilation in special relativity.
- A skeptical scientist expounds on Steorn’s claims of creating a perpetual motion machine.
- Professor Sir Eric Ash, electrical engineer and former rector of Imperial College London, on the perpetual myth of free energy.
- Teleportation method proposed by Oz scientists.
- Williams syndrome — a genetic accident that causes cognitive deficits and a surplus of unguarded affability — is revealing much about what makes us social beings.
- Brain circuitry trouble may explain depression.
- Telomeres: Finding clues to aging in the fraying tips of chromosomes.
- Live Earth concerts just the opening shot of a three-year global campaign to win popular support for reducing emissions.
- Biofuel to push up food prices.
- Bill Willers, emeritus professor of biology, on Darwin and Friedman in the corporate world.
- Quantum physics = Parallel universes: Are there many ‘yous’ populating other realms?
- Blue Frogs: Winding through ‘Big Dreams’ are the threads of our lives.
- Furious druids call on PM to halt programme featuring a sex change of the Longman of Wilmington.
- Documentary ‘Out of the Blue’ sparks debate over UFOs.
- Boeing’s psychic lab.
- A review of Mysteries of the Snake Goddess: Art, Desire, and the Forging of History by Kenneth Lapatin. Amazon US & UK.
- Dowsing: a link between the paranormal and the environment?
- Kathleen Marden, the niece of Betty and Barney Hill, and Stanton T Friedman have authored a new book: Captured! – The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience: The True Story of the World’s First Documented Alien Abduction (Amazon US & UK).
- Justifiable avoidance of direct contact: Is humanity too violent for peaceful extraterrestrials to make contact?
Quote of the Day:
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.
Dwight D Eisenhower