Paying due respect to our furry relations this week…
- Volunteers to help the fading Cerne Abbas giant stand proud once again.
- DNA analysis shows Siberian mammoths originated in North America.
- RAF officer breaks 37-year silence on UFO radar mystery.
- Creationism call divides UK’s Royal Society.
- Charles Darwin to receive apology from the Church of England for rejecting evolution.
- Salvia divinorum: LSD-like drug legal in Canada.
- Simple powder that beats 2,400 genetic diseases to be available in two years.
- Stephen Hawking to unveil strange new way to tell the time.
- Star Wars Jedi Knights course offered by Queen’s University Belfast.
- Put your questions about climate change to Professor Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, one of the world’s most respected climate change scientists, from 1.30pm BST (8.30am EST) on September 16 2008 — or submit now using the form at the end of this article.
- Orwellian first: India convicts someone of a crime based on a brain scan that supposedly revealed the suspect’s memories of the crime in question.
- Google knows where you are right now — or will soon.
- Lieberman Saves YouTube From Terrorists.
- Pro-McCain group is distributing 28 million free terror-scare DVDs in ‘swing states’.
- It’s the creepy plotters who rule us we should really be scared of.
- Economic News: Chicken – Little – was – right — the – sky – is – definitely – falling.
- Prefer a different analogy? How about Financial Russian Roulette.
- At Edge, Jonathan Haidt answers the question What Makes People Vote Republican?, followed by commentary from nine other Edge thinkers.
- This is your universe on acid: The theory that ate the world. Leonard Susskind’s The Black Hole War: My Battle With Stephen Hawking to Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics is available at Amazon US & UK.
- Louisville, KY, honors Yeager, a 3-year-old Labrador retriever, with Distinguished Citizen Award.
- In China, five buffalo save their owner from a bear.
- German shepherd calls 911, saves his owner.
- Lexi, a Bichon Frise, rescues 85-year-old neighbour.
- Cat saves chicken by a whisker.
- Dog saves abandoned newborn baby in Argentina.
- Scooby the dog has become the first animal to appear as a witness in a murder trial.
- Hurricane Ike aftermath: Fema struggles to deliver much-needed supplies, highway flooding makes mess for returning evacuees. Two slide-shows here.
Quote of the Day:
Steven Rushing, a commercial fishmerman, tried to ride out the storm with his wife and several family members, including his pregnant 17-year-old daughter, in their one-story brick home on Galveston Island.
Early Saturday, they watched the water rise and donned life jackets. When the water reached the TV, about 4 feet high, Rushing’s plan was to kick out a window so they could tie themselves to a tree and await rescue.
But then he noticed a sudden calm, apparently the hurricane’s eye passing over. He loaded his family into a 17-foot ski boat and headed for the San Luis resort, the headquarters for emergency personnel about 20 blocks away. It took 20 minutes to float 16 blocks before the boat ran aground. Then the Rushings sprinted for safety, guided by lights from police responding to a 911 call made from the boat.
“I’m drained. I’m beat up,” Rushing said later Saturday morning. “My family is traumatized. I kept them here, promising them everything would be alright, but this is the real deal and I won’t stay no more.”
Found in this NY Times article about Hurricane Ike.