News Briefs 01-09-2008By Katon Monday, September 1st Lessons of Katrina well-learned: Way to go, WDAM! A blow to the oxygen theory of mass extinction. Fence hid Stonehenge from the unworthy. Explorer maps out complex lost civilisations of the Amazon rainforest. Wired has cool colored maps. Amazon deforestation rises sharply. The journey of our genes. Cosmic Log: Visions of Mars and more. NASA reconsiders Shuttle shelf-life. A company is turning the USSR’s unused, secret Almaz space stations into orbiting hotels. But check out the grueling training space tourists have to endure before you reach for your Visa card. For the first time in human history, the North Pole can be circumnavigated. Scientists say they can no longer rule out a fast-track melting of the Greenland icesheet. Geo-engineering: Scientists say extreme and risky action is the only way to tackle global warming. Radical ideas to save the planet suggested by leading scientists. Medicine for a feverish planet: kill or cure? Geo-engineering isn’t a silver-bullet solution — it’s a testament to political inertia. 45th Mersenne prime discovered. Comeback for steam power. Culture of surveillance may contribute to delusional condition. Flies react within 200 milliseconds to swat threat. Fish are as intelligent as rats, but that won’t stop them from being done in by cat-food makers. Study: American women are living in mercury’s shadow. If mercury is harming fish-eating women, it’s probably harming fish-eating cats. Lead’s legacy: aging, dementia, ADHD, crime, hypertension, kidney disease. Sleuths think Jack the Ripper may be buried in Brisbane. Mysterious UFO caught on film. Steve Jobs is very much alive — contrary to a 17-page obituary inadvertently published by Bloomberg. Private jet cards emerge as alternative to ownership — and airport security. American Dreamers Run Free at Burning Man. Photos, and more photos. Police raid homes of suspected Republican National Convention protesters. With 2 million evacuated, New Orleans is now a ghost town as hurricane Gustav nears. Extraordinary Rendition, Extraordinary Mistake. Michael Otterman’s American Torture: From the Cold War to Abu Ghraib and Beyond is available at Amazon US & UK. Hundreds of thousands march in Mexico, to show they’ve had enough of murders and kidnappings. One mother’s story. Thanks, RPJ. Quote of the Day: The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated. Mark Twain, recounting the tale of a journalist sent to enquire after his health, in the New York Journal of June 2, 1897, according to Wikipedia’s List of premature obituaries.