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Guys, we’re gonna miss you somethin’ awful. I thought the Pentagon might accidently do you all in with a gender-specific weaponized virus, but this is worse – much worse.

  • Mesozoic ‘cow’ that chomped on mystery plants and had nine rows of replacement teeth that moved forward as if on a conveyor belt is helping rewrite theories about long-necked, plant-eating dinosaurs.
  • Elite Mayans binged on big game animals, loved wearing furs.
  • Archaeologists discover Roman road in Jerusalem.
  • The famous curse of the Pharaoh’s tomb — and other curses reaching back through time.
  • French ‘mathlete’ claims new world record after working out in his head the 13th root of a random 200-digit number in just 72.4 seconds.
  • Hubble zooms in on heart of Comet Holmes.
  • NASA has extended the SORCE satellite mission until 2012 — to resolve predictions about the upcoming solar cycle peak and it’s influence on Earth’s climate.
  • U.N. Report describes risks of inaction on climage change.
  • White House says it’s 90 percent likely that humans are contributing, but it remains impossible to define a “dangerous” threshold in the concentration of greenhouse gases or resulting global warming.
  • First-ever ‘State of the Carbon Cycle Report’ for North America finds troubling imbalance.
  • Rising sea levels could swallow 40% more potable groundwater than previously thought.
  • Estrogen-mimicing man-made chemicals are causing males to change into females in the womb In one village in Greenland, only girls are being born.
  • China not fighting off e-waste nightmare.
  • Most Americans think they’re helping when they ‘recycle’ their old computer, tv, cell phone, but chances are they’re just contributing to the global trade in electronic trash.
  • Cockroaches successfully nest with their robotic clones. More.
  • From ants to people, an instinct to swarm.
  • Scorpion genes used to create a hypervirulent fungus which kills specific insect pests, including mosquitoes that carry malaria and a beetle that destroys coffee crops, but does not contaminate the environment as chemical pesticides do.
  • The new lie detector: Researchers use fMRIs to track blood flow in the brain to determine if someone is fibbing.
  • ‘Speed of thought’ guides brain’s memory consolidation. Wild.
  • Tapered approach to smoking slashes nicotine addiction.
  • Beware of Cat-nappings: The disappearance of hundreds of cats has sparked an outcry amid fears they may have been killed, skinned and turned into blankets. Fur traders insist they only buy the skins of wild housecats in Britain and Switzerland.
  • Mean streets hold little magic for young African ‘witches’.
  • A History of Histories: “Witty, scholarly and, above all, fair, it relates, in chronological order, the lives, learning and influence of the greatest historians, from Herodotus, Thucydides and Polybius to Herbert Butterfield, G.M. Trevelyan and Arnold Toynbee.”
  • Mind of a Rock: Is everything conscious?
  • All hail the mystic President.
  • It may have tripled traffic at some science blogs, but not everyone is impressed with Garrett Lisi’s theory of everything.
  • Forever Weird: A tribute to Hunter S. Thompson through the memories of those who were there for the ride. Great photo.
  • Reagan UFO Briefing: Transcript of classified tape recording made at Camp David during a presidential briefing on UFOs and extraterrestrial visitation of Earth.

Quote of the Day:

We already have the means to travel among the stars, but these technologies are locked up in black projects and it would take an act of God to ever get them out to benefit humanity…. Anything you can imagine, we already know how to do.

Ben Rich, former Head of the Lockheed Skunk Works, in a lecture shortly before he died.