A bit of everything today.
- Zahi Hawass reveals secrets of the Valley of the Kings.
- Legends say the ancient Maya possessed 13 crystal skulls which, when united, hold the power of saving the Earth. In the jungles of southern Mexico, the priests of the Lacandon, the last unassimilated Mayas, still worship the skulls. More on modern-day Mayas.
- Ex-Python Terry Jones uncovers 17th century conspiracy.
- 1,000 ancient tombs found in Colombia. Photos.
- Unearthing a legend: How James Curle became Scotland’s most celebrated archaeologist, thanks to a Roman treasure trove on his doorstep.
- Breaking the Time Barrier: Clive Gamble revisits the moment at which archaeologists realized that human prehistory was far longer than biblical scholars had imagined.
- Catholic Church approves new Marian apparition. Expert explains criteria for making the Vatican’s grade.
- Pagan prisoners win right to keep magic wands in cells.
- Data from one of Columbia’s disk drives survived the shuttle accident.
- Private Space Station Prototype Hits Orbital Milestone.
- Ancient sea creatures dolled themselves up with diamonds from outer space.
- The facts behind the mystery of Morgellon’s Disease.
- Families will make case for vaccine link to autism.
- The woman who remembers everything.
- Biofuel and other derivatives from sugarcane overtake hydroelectric power as an energy source in Brazil.
- With UK petrol prices at £1.25p a litre (converting for us yanks, that’s $9.77 per US gallon), a growing number of Brits are home-brewing biodiesel – for as little as 15p a litre.
- Kick the oil habit and make your own ethanol.
- There’s no place like a $2 billion home.
- Speculate to accumulate: Foodcrops? Self-sufficiency in food? The IMF and WTO had a better idea.
- Intellectual view: Full Marx if you can see history repeating itself.
- Emotional view: Gravediggers of the world unite! Capitalism Must Die…
- Spiritual view: ‘Spiritual balance’, not the nation-states’ notion of ‘freedom’, is the goal of American Indian people.
- The urge to burn books: Why use violence when you can get people to forget about reading through sheer cultural indifference?
- Bloodline: two – reviews.
- Five science fiction movies that get the science right.
- Scientists know better than you – even when they’re wrong. Greg begs to differ. So does Chris Hedges…
- Render unto Darwin that which is Darwin’s.
- Matrixation: Would you ever leave the holodeck? Really? Interesting comments. What would you do?
Quote of the Day:
If patterns of ones and zeros were like patterns of human lives and death, if everything about an individual could be represented in a computer record by a long string of ones and zeros, then what kind of creature would be represented by a long string of lives and deaths?