News Briefs 09-06-2008

The Spice must flow…

  • Britain’s own Atlantis: Medieval metropolis swallowed by the sea is to be rediscovered.
  • Searching the Sky for Aliens.
  • As two spiral arms go missing, formerly elegant Milky Way is downclassed to a lousy bar galaxy. There goes the neighborhood.
  • Dark, Perhaps Forever: After decades of effort, some scientists are beginning to despair of explaining the universe. Or is it universes?
  • A chance observation by scientists studying the atmosphere above an Australian military transmitter suggests a new way to combat the damaging effects of solar flares on orbiting satellites.
  • ‘Squeezed light’ may improve gravitational wave detectors.
  • Brain evolution: New study links intelligence to complexity of synapses.
  • Video gamers to vanquish villains, move mountains, with a thought — via new headset that translates brain signals into onscreen commands. ‘In time for Christmas’, for a mere $299.
  • Mind reading by MRI scan raises ‘mental privacy’ issue.
  • Rather than beating a path to the door of better-mousetrap designers, the world seems to actively avoid them. More.
  • Water For All: New desalination technology is 600 to 700 percent more efficient, and can be powered by solar panels.
  • Food riots. Scores of panicked people protesting, burning effigies and chanting. Shops being ransacked, supplies running out as soon as they come in, and stricken communities stockpiling rice, bread and water for fear of going without. The global food shortage is a growing problem
  • Playing the Odds: A mind-bending crash course in probability and statistics. Leonard Mlodinow’s The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives is available at Amazon US & UK.
  • The pros and cons of broadcasting “Here we are!” into space — will we get the visitors we want?
  • Transparent humanoid in Mexico. Or does RPJ need to eat more vegetables?
  • Thai politics are still in the grip of the spirits and the stars.
  • New Dungeons & Dragons rolls a 20 for playability. More.
  • Update: Dune Genesis by Frank Herbert. ‘The scarce water of Dune is an exact analog of oil scarcity. CHOAM is OPEC.’

Thanks, Rick — glad you’re back online!

Quote of the Day:

What a wee little part of a person’s life are his acts and his words! His real life is led in his head, and is known to none but himself.

Mark Twain

  1. Wound me up!
    The New York Times piece on cosmology that is. I just fired off a 600 word blog entry on the waste that’s going on in that field – and this while there are significant food shortages, out-of-control oil prices and policy wonks screaming about Global Warming. And that’s just for starters.

    Priorities are interesting, aren’t they? Complexity of synapses might relate to intelligence, but it’s pretty clear that wisdom is sorely lacking.

    A scan of my brain at the moment would reveal massive chaos. I think I need a nap.

    🙂

  2. transparent humanoid
    Chale! Only 7 seconds of the so-called transparent humanoid, followed by a minute of the guy babbling about why people shouldn’t think this is a hoax.

    BTW I eat my fruits and veggies everyday—mushrooms in pizza and orange in Vodka screwdrivers 😉

    —–
    It’s not the depth of the rabbit hole that bugs me…
    It’s all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

    Red Pill Junkie

  3. Thought videogames
    At $299, somebody had better come up with some pretty interesting games for this gadget, otherwise it may end up being an economical failure.

    Maybe if Nintendo developed a Wii game with Mario and Luigi that combinend the headset with the normal Wii control, that maybe turn into something fun.

    It would also be interesting to explore the possibilities of this gadget for psychic studies, maybe creating a Ouija game of sorts, where instead of putting your hands on the wooden cursor, you focus on an incon on the screen but try not to consciously think of it moving to a specific point.

    —–
    It’s not the depth of the rabbit hole that bugs me…
    It’s all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

    Red Pill Junkie

    1. even more crazy
      An idea out of left field –

      with a real graphical interface, realistic sound, and realistic gravitational effects, and realistic weather effects.

      You know what is coming don’t you?

      People could go outside and play. No ?

      —-
      if everything is under control, you are not going fast enough (Mario Andretti)

      it’s not how fast you go, it’s who gets there first

      1. Yes, but…
        With that graphical interface, you only get ONE LIFE per player 😉

        —–
        It’s not the depth of the rabbit hole that bugs me…
        It’s all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

        Red Pill Junkie

        1. indeed a problem
          how would we get them to play the next game?

          They have that figured out in the middle east, sadly.

          —-
          if everything is under control, you are not going fast enough (Mario Andretti)

          it’s not how fast you go, it’s who gets there first

  4. Cool links
    Great way to start the week Kat, thanks for the cool links! In fact, the last two weeks here on TDG have been superb. Not that I’m biased…
    😉

    Kind regards,
    Greg
    ——————————————-
    You monkeys only think you’re running things

    1. The Spice must flow…
      Thanks, Greg.

      I have such a weird sense of humor, I doubt anybody will figure out the idea behind that first link:

      The Spice must flow…

      Today’s my birthday. So the photo at the link is a humourous, if oblique, reference to myself, as both provider and imbiber of the spicy substance in question — the news. Being basically an ascetic, I tend to reserve such direct self-indulgence for special occasions — a birthday present to myself.

      Ditto for the QotD.

      The blue-eyed Kat

      1. Mmm, spice — HAPPY BIRTHDAY! XD
        I hope you had a brilliant birthday with lots of cake, Gemini! Amazingly blue eyes you have too. 😉

        Good to be back online, I missed the spice (my eyes are naturally blue). Actually, they’re red and imploding from staring at a computer all day, so time for a break. Need more spice…

        Rick

      2. Feliz Cumpleaños
        I can has Kwizats Haderach?

        Happy Birthday Kat, and thank you for everything you have taught me 🙂

        —–
        It’s not the depth of the rabbit hole that bugs me…
        It’s all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

        Red Pill Junkie

      3. Spice must flow
        I actually saw this first over at GeekDad — weez haf not laffed dis hard in weeekz!!

        Wonderful!!! and so glad to fortuitously find its source right here at Daily Grail (where I have been a reader for many years)

        Thanks u muchly!
        & Happy Birthday!

        Vimania
        avec Mitz (he also luvez 2 be wurmy!),
        Amidala, & Brave Sir Muffins

      4. many more times
        happy birthday Kat, and may you enjoy many more.

        I can recommend a few good beverages for adults upon request. Just don’t call me at 3am in the morning after you have had too many 🙂

        —-
        if everything is under control, you are not going fast enough (Mario Andretti)

        it’s not how fast you go, it’s who gets there first

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