News Briefs 18-09-2007

Either Greg fell ill when Melbourne Storm demolished the Brisbane Broncos, or he found a strange glowing rock in his backyard.

  • Residents of a Peruvian village close to the Bolivian border are reporting headaches and vomiting after exposure to the impact site of a meteorite. Here’s a video report. I’ll update this story tomorrow, it could be bigger than Tunguska.
  • Douglas Eugene Savoy, a real-life Indiana Jones who discovered more than 40 lost cities in Peru, has died at the age of 80.
  • Yale University has agreed to return most of the artifacts it looted from Machu Picchu almost a century ago.
  • Did three angels hold back German forces at the Battle of Mons in WWI to help British soldiers retreat?
  • A $25 billion project to pump water from China’s southern rivers to its arid north has heritage officials racing against time to save thousands of priceless relics.
  • Almost half the water used in coolers across Beijing could be tainted. Still safer than China’s rivers.
  • Satellite images of the North-West Passage in the Arctic have ignited a diplomatic battle between Canada and the USA.
  • A boy has recovered from a life-threatening illness, only to emerge with a new accent. It happens every St Patricks Day down here.
  • It’s not a scene from an Ed Wood movie, but for the first time scientists have filmed the nanoscale interaction of an enzyme and a strand of DNA.
  • Trailer for Julie Taymor’s Beatles-inspired film Across the Universe. I can’t wait to take a trip across this universe, looks ace.
  • An international team of astronomers has discovered 14 new galaxies. 13 would have been a much more symbolic number.
  • The CIA passed the remote viewing STAR GATE program to the NSA, despite publicly announcing it was finished in 1995. If you can’t remote view, visit STARstream Research.
  • If you enjoyed reading this article about lucid dreaming, I highly recommend The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche (Amazon US or UK). Close your eyes, and I’ll meet you over the seas of Quiddity.
  • Meet the dream detective who has been predicting future events for the past 20 years. If I’m psychic, then I’ll turn up to work in my underwear next week.
  • What if the afterlife is made up of a lifetime of dreams? Glass Soup by Jonathan Carroll is a novel so brilliant, it’ll wake you up dreaming (Amazon US or UK).
  • It’s not literature, but Matthew Reilly’s Seven Deadly Wonders is a fun, fast read that’s like a TDG news brief with punctuation (Amazon US or UK).

Quote of the Day:

For an adult, eating alone at McDonald’s is admitting a kind of defeat.

Jonathan Carroll