- Despite up to 200 people hospitalised, the BBC is blaming the Peruvian Meteorite illness on mass hysteria.
- The Elders is a global-issues thinktank made up of senior statespeople such as Nelson Mandela, Peter Gabriel, Jimmy Carter and Mary Robinson, offering the world their wisdom. They won’t be in any Generation Next Pepsi commercial.
- A group of eminent lawyers and scientists have condemned a leading judge’s call for the whole UK population to be placed on a DNA database. Betchya Margaret Thatcher wishes we had this spiffy DNA technology back in her day.
- ‘Feel Good’ vs. ‘Do Good’ on climate change, and suggestions by a controversial environmentalist. I’d rather be poor in a world with polar bears, than rich in a world without them.
- College education ignores life’s biggest questions, such as ‘why are we here?’, and we all pay the price.
- We all make mistakes, but most of them are made in sloppy scientific studies. Mistakes? In Science? I can hear Shermer choking on his breakfast.
- Why we really don’t know what makes us unhealthy. Or why most people really don’t care.
- Ernie Chambers is suing God to prove a point about frivolous lawsuits. Sounds like a Billy Connolly movie.
- Consciousness in the raw: how the brain stem may orchestrate the basics of awareness.
- Hoyle’s Conclusion: three challenges and A Different Approach to Cosmology (Amazon US or UK).
- Astronomers have observed neon in disks of dust and gas swirling around sun-like stars for the first time.
- If you want to go somewhere warm for a holiday, try Neptune’s south pole.
- Here’s an excellent slideshow of some of the artifacts Yale University is returning to Peru.
- A Late Bronze Age building constructed for Egyptian authorities has been excavated near the Gaza Strip.
- An inspiring story about a young black South African and his homemade paraglider.
- His film work may be quiet lately, but Dan Aykroyd still has his eyes on the stars and what may be flying between them.
- A smug and condescending editorial (with video) on the news conference held by the Paradigm Research Group asking Presidential candidates to demand the truth about UFOs and extraterrestrial contact.
Quote of the Day:
Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realise that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.