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Can’t help but wonder how the after-effects of this flood might have sparked the development of agriculture.

  • Canadian geologists shed new light on catastrophic flood, around 8,200 years ago, that cooled Earth’s climate for hundreds of years.
  • West Antarctica’s ‘rivers of ice’ have surged sharply towards the ocean.
  • Possible Druid grave enchants archaeologists.
  • Tudor Parfitt’s 20-year quest to find the Ark of the Covenant.
  • Researchers find simple way to steal encrypted data: PGP says encryption still good; sleeping mode not so much.
  • After 17 years of studying the sun and solar system and traveling 6 billion miles, the Ulysses solar probe is about to freeze to death.
  • Movie of an electron shows how it rides on a light wave just after having been pulled away from an atom.
  • Oz scientists say tiny particles of pure silica coated with active nanomaterial purify water much more effectively and at lower cost than conventional methods.
  • Energy storage nears its day in the sun.
  • Five-minute video about Luke Skywalker-like artificial arm. Impressive!
  • Thanks to Eyeborg device that allows users to hear colours, completely colour-blind artist can now paint with a full palette.
  • Computers can diagnose Alzheimer’s disease faster and more accurately than experts.
  • New gene therapy that attracts and ‘trains’ immune system cells to destroy brain cancer cells also provides long-term immunity.
  • LSD study reveals key to more effective treatment for schizophrenia.
  • Psilocybin schrooms make time feel slower.
  • Waiter, there’s someone playing mind games in my soup: How science could soon be manipulating our choice of food.
  • Lost words of ancestors finally being revealed to tribal Americans.
  • An LSD mind-control experimenter, orders to assassinate, poison toothpaste that makes death seem from natural causes: Memories of CIA officer resonate in a new era. John Prados’ book Safe for Democracy: The Secret Wars of the CIA is available at Amazon US & UK.
  • Torture: Same as it ever was.
  • Be careful who you frag: U.S. intelligence community is working on software to detect violent extremists infiltrating World of Warcraft and other MMPGs.
  • Help Wanted: Experts in nuclear forensics needed to reinforce world nuclear security.
  • From the New Deal, a way out of the sub-prime mess.
  • Study: ‘Global cooling’ a 1970s myth.
  • GW Skeptic Zombie Killed…Again. So, that’s that. The zombie’s dead, right? ***Ominous bumping, shuffling sound in background.*** πŸ™‚ <--- Arrow to smiley
  • How to Talk to a Climate Skeptic. (Scroll down.)
  • Texas UFO sightings continue.
  • From Isn’t it Lucky to A Dream Come True, mystery gambler picks 8 winning horses in a row, to win Β£1million on 50p bet.
  • ZOMG!!! New threat to our way of life: giant pythons. And I thought my worrying was ahead of the curve.
  • Gordon Rodda, zoologist with the US Geological Survey, sparked the article above, and lends his expertise on Burmese pythons to officials everywhere, from Hawaii and Guam to Florida.

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Quote of the Day:

Most ignorance is vincible ignorance. We don’t know because we don’t want to know.

Writer Aldous Huxley, well known for advocating and taking LSD, including on his death bed.