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Rick’s computer blew up when he clocked World of Warcraft. I’ve donned my elf costume and will do my best Rick impersonation for today’s news…

  • I thought that Phoenix picture the other day was cool. How amazing is this? I think NASA should get into the poster business.
  • SpaceShipOne? The tales that could be told about that little escapade. Oh…they have.
  • Also at Cosmic Log, make sure you don’t miss Mars in 3-D! It’s almost perverse, the combination of multi-billion dollar technology and 10 cent 3D glasses. But to feel like you’re standing on the Red Planet, looking at the landscape? Priceless.
  • And to keep the “space eye candy” vibe going today, note that NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has imaged the inner Milky Way in 5 Gigapixel glory. Head to this page to access a browser-friendly version.
  • Study says carbon nanotubes are as dangerous as asbestos.
  • Anonymous donor gives $5million to keep Fermilab running. The nerve of some people, funding science…doesn’t he/she realise that sort of money could buy 8 Cruise Missiles?!
  • But wait: has science found a way to end all wars? Wasn’t there a war that was supposed to do that?
  • Maybe what the Middle East needs is a good ole-fashioned solar eclipse.
  • E.T. gets a new switchboard.
  • Dean Kamen’s prosthetic ‘Luke’ arm now has mind-control and 3D-spatial interfaces. Hopefully mind control via the owner…otherwise that would be pretty sucky.
  • The Question of Global Warming: two detailed book reviews and commentary by acclaimed ‘maverick’ scientist Freeman Dyson.
  • Caring or cruel? Inside the primate laboratory.
  • Terracotta warriors damaged by Chinese quake.
  • Footprints in volcanic ash suggest humans were walking around in Mexico 40,000 years ago.
  • Unique book dedicated to the trial of the Templars goes on display in Sofia.
  • Titanic discovery occurred during a secret Cold War navy mission.
  • Rennes-le-Chateau is in need of a little resurrection. The irony of that headline is beating me senseless.
  • 50 years since he first entranced Western ears, Ravi Shankar discusses Hendrix, the Beatles, Timothy Leary and Indian ragas.
  • For all you oldies out there: the Classic Science Fiction Channel.

Thanks Kat and Filip.

Quote of the Day:

There is a worldwide secular religion which we may call environmentalism, holding that we are stewards of the earth, that despoiling the planet with waste products of our luxurious living is a sin, and that the path of righteousness is to live as frugally as possible. The ethics of environmentalism are being taught to children in kindergartens, schools, and colleges all over the world.

Freeman Dyson