What kind of future occupies your dreams?
- Scientists extract images directly from the brain. Orwellian applications leap to mind more readily, but the technology may, one day, make it possible to record and replay dreams.
- Jellyfish Gone Wild: National Science Foundation warns that enormous swarms of killer jellyfish – some the size of fridges and weighing up to a quarter of a ton – are ravaging the world’s oceans, and even knocking out nuclear power plants. More.
- Jellyfish taking over, ruining beaches in Hawaii, the Gulf of Mexico, the Mediterranean, Australia and elsewhere.
- Free broadband, and the powerful forces arrayed both for and against.
- Doctors report first-ever case of someone using the internet while asleep.
- Neurologists discover why some men are more interested in football than sex.
- The China-Brain Project: creating an artificial brain of 10,000 -15,000 neural net circuit modules evolved in an accelerator board 50 times faster than in a PC.
- Thanko MP4 watch lets James Bond wannabes discreetly take photos or video.
- Muggles to create ‘Marauder’s Map’ for attendees of the 25th Chaos Communication Congress. Harry Potter fans might soon be able to view the real Marauder’s Map at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry.
- New method of refuelling aircraft brings to mind the Enterprise transferring energy to a Romulan ship via a power transfer beam.
- World’s oldest spider web, spun when dinosaurs still roamed the Earth, discovered in piece of amber.
- A spider as big as a dinner plate and a bright pink millipedes laced with cyanide are among a host of new species found in one of the world’s last scientifically unexplored regions. More photos.
- Hackers employed by logging and charcoal companies illegally accessed the Brazilian government’s logging databases, and stole ‘transport permits’ which allowed the companies to plunder protected rain forest resources.
- Google cranks up Consensus Engine: staff will pick and choose what appears in search results.
- Wikipedia censorship highlights a lingering sting in the tail.
- The Ghosts of Antarctica: Abandoned stations and huts. (Slow-loading – lots of photos.)
- Hidden Travels of the Atomic Bomb: Atomic insiders say the weapon was invented only once, and its secrets were spread around the globe by spies, scientists and the covert acts of nuclear states.
- Archimedes and the 2000-year-old computer. Jo Marchant’s book Decoding the Heavens is available at Amazon US (Jan ’09) & UK.
- Shaman’s ancient cannabis stash unearthed in China.
- Archaeologists unearth 2,000-year-old human brain in Britain.
- Mystery shrouds ancient stone circle in Oshoro, Japan.
- Massive stone flower appears in China.
- Perfume of Mary Magdalene found?
- Ian Hamilton on the Stone of Destiny: I felt I was holding Scotland’s soul.
Big thanks to Ross.
Quote of the Day:
The dream police, they live inside of my head.
The dream police, they come to me in my bed.
The dream police, theyre coming to arrest me, oh no.
Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick