Neither safe nor free – just pwned, at our own expense.
- Stephenville resident David Coran’s full videotape of ‘UFO symbols’ was leaked to the Internet on March 5, 2008. The light-show starts about one minute in.
- Neanderthal treasure trove survives in pristine condition at the bottom of the North Sea.
- Astronauts to assemble monstrous robot aboard ISS.
- Doritos and UK astronomers to broadcast first advert to extraterrestrials: Ask British public to submit 30-second videos about life on earth.
- A brief history of time machines.
- 17-month-old girl can read better than most 10 year olds; experts ignore parents’ pleas for advice.
- Eight-year-old Brazilian boy passes law school entrance exam.
- Researchers are popping pills to gain an edge.
- Drug giant Pfizer tries to force medical journal to reveal anonymous sources.
- Microdrone: unmanned spy helicopter captures high-quality video footage and infrared imagery from more than 350ft away, beams the data back to its operators, and squirts criminals with a liquid marker so they can later be identified by police.
- Soon to be everywhere – airports, malls, sporting events: new camera can see through your clothes from 80 feet away to detect weapons, drugs and even explosives.
- CCTV busting infra-red headset obscures wearer’s identity.
- DARPA is well on its way to creating an army of cyborg insects.
- Google caves to Pentagon, pulls images taken on public streets near US military bases. Meanwhile…
- Since 2001, thousands of confidential US Air Force e-mails, some including flight plans for Air Force One, have continued to be mistakenly sent to a British factory worker’s travel website. Wired’s Threat Level says somebody’s got some ‘splainin’ to do.
- Air Force Cyber Command’s New Weapon: a DMCA takedown notice to YouTube, demanding the removal of the 30-second spot the Air Force created to promote its nascent Cyber Command.
- You think you are free?
- How Dungeons & Dragons creator Gary Gygax laid the foundations for our geek-heavy culture.
- In South Carolina, something chewed up the whole front half of a van. Check that second video link. More.
- As if Colony Collapse Disorder isn’t bad enough, honeybees now face a new threat — rustlers.
- Encyclopedia of Life: ‘Wikipedia for biodiversity’ goes online.
- Builder buried alive for two hours says he survived by using Buddhist meditation techniques to slow his breathing.
- A wise old man talked to us for two hours, showed us special magical texts, and rang up our books, but was invisible to everyone else.
Quote of the Day:
We humans are not as civilized as we would like to think. The world population more than doubled since 1975 to over six billion people. We are consuming Earth’s natural resources at an alarming rate. Our global natural resource base cannot support a population of more than two billion persons consuming at the level of Western cultures. Clearly, major changes in thinking and lifestyles are required as developing nations naturally aspire to the consumption of the West. Yet our political system is now punishing dissent, freedom of inquiry and efforts at preservation, tactics certain to worsen the drive toward sustainability.
Apollo astronaut Edgar Mitchell, in an article on Sustainability and the Pressing Need to Raise Our Collective Consciousness.