News Briefs 26-03-2008By Rick MGon Wednesday, March 26th I wonder if Dawkins threw popcorn at the movie screen? In 1954, US Congress conducted an inquisition against comic books. Today, we nerds are forced into hiding for other reasons. A declassified report reveals the US Army toyed with a telepathic ray gun and other non-lethal weapons. Now advertisers are using them. UFOs continue to invade CNN’s air time. It won’t be long until CNN has an anchorman like this. Peter Berg is directing a new film adaptation of Dune, the classic scifi masterpiece by Frank Herbert (Amazon US or UK). David Lynch made an admirable effort, but it was wrong in so many ways. The next James Bond film has shot scenes at the Very Large Telescope in Chile. That’s asking for classic Bond sexual innuendo. Astronomers are urging city dwellers to spend Earth Hour this Saturday to admire the stars. Hopefully not the tabloid kind. Antarctica’s Wilkins Ice Shelf is disintegrating. Oil ‘exploration’ in the Amazon is threatening reclusive tribes. Global thawing of ice is creating a boom in mammoth ivory trading in Russia. Archaeologists discover giant statue of Queen Tiy, wife of Amenhotep III. Scholar claims the Ark of the Covenant is hidden in Zimbabwe. A 4000-year-old timber circle dubbed Seahenge on the Norfolk coast will go on permanent display. An Aussie is building a Stonehenge replica. Probably out of beer cans. Tourist arrested for stealing piece of Easter Island statue. Hydrogen sulfide may be key to suspended animation, if you can stand the smell. A Northumberland hotel is haunted by a ghost chicken. I guess it didn’t make it across the road. Caught on camera: mysterious lights and beings. Paranormal paparrazi? Here’s a great reference site for British folklore and supernatural creatures. The world’s first conference on ORBs took place in Arizona recently, and attracted serious scientific attention. Can we communicate with whales through music? Thousand Mile Song: Whale Music in a Sea of Sound by David Rothenberg (Amazon US or UK). Here’s video of the message Arthur C. Clarke recorded shortly before he died. Thanks Greg. Quote of the Day: “There is no doubt in my mind that the Orbs may well be one of the most significant ‘outside of this reality’ phenomena mankind at large has ever witnessed.” Dr. Klaus Heinemann, a former research professor at Stanford University, and researcher in materials science for NASA.