News Briefs 07-05-2009

Things are slowly returning to normal. But it almost feels as if Mexico City turned into Amity Island :-/

  • John Michell gets a much-deserved obit at the NY Times —even though he was a ‘Yard man’ 😛
  • Despite his bad rep —in no small part created by his own obsession with self-promotion— Uri Geller still fascinates many people.
  • Another one bites the dust, & Randi couldn’t be happier.
  • The Science of Concentration: How important it is t—oh, wait! I’ve got a new e-mail. BRB…
  • The origin of creativity may be as enigmatic as the origin of consciosuness—maybe you can’t explain one without the other?
  • A fight is looming on Long Island over the ghostly remains of Nikola Tesla’s biggest and most audacious project. Because the stature of a genius is only measured by the size of its failures.
  • It looks like a b&w finger paint, but this is actually the first photo of the A H1N1 virus.
  • This swine flu business is getting kinda old, ain’t it? Well, there’s a new kid in town: Rabies!
  • Gaia vs Medea: is the Earth a nurturing mom, or a bipolar beyatch?
  • …Speaking of witch which, Bloomberg appointee Betsy Perry resigns after writing this lovely & COMPLETELY unprejudiced blog post.
  • ‘Cause we say so, partner! Texans want to vote that the world is 6000 years old. Phil Plait challenges them to a pistol duel at dawn.
  • The girl who named Pluto dies at 90. Did Neil deGrasse Tyson send flowers?
  • In other news, Jupiter turned into a star. But first: the weather…
  • A Swiss expert claims that Nefertiti’s bust is a fake. If you remain absolutely quiet, you can hear the ‘WTF??!’ that came out of Zahi’s office & has been circling the globe since he learned of this.
  • Big Z’s homies have found a nearly 5,000-year-old tomb near Egypt’s mud brick Lahun pyramid.
  • The Hobbits are winning the scientific battle for Middle Earth. There will soon be a victory celebration at the Party Tree.
  • The Blogsquatcher reports on some Yowie activity that has an striking ressemblance with N. American Bigfoot reports —apart of the obvious “big-ass hairy monkey” ressemblance, that is.
  • Scientists reveal the face of the first European..
  • What was once the plot of a Nicolas Cage & John Travolta flick is now a reality: meet America’s first face transplant patient.
  • Critics are warming up to Robert Langdon after his 2nd trip to the movie theaters.
  • Video games were the drug that Allen Dulles had always dreamed of for the MK Ultra project.
  • Video: Southern Colorado cattle mute from last March —Warning: it’s the perfect incentive to start a beefless diet @_@
  • Space hotels; underwater hotels; moving islands. Learn about the future of (expen$ive!) travel (gallery).

Thanks Rick, Kat, Greg & Chief Brody.

Quote of the Day:

Mrs. Kintner: “I just found out, that a girl got killed here last week, and you knew it! You knew there was a shark out there! You knew it was dangerous! But you let people go swimming anyway? You knew all those things! But still my boy is dead now. And there’s nothing you can do about it. My boy is dead. I wanted you to know that.”

From the movie ‘Jaws’ (1975)

  1. re: Randi’s psychic challenge article
    One comment really, really irks me, but being an admin I have to bite my tongue:

    I would be interested to know how you “rehabilitate” a psychic…. Can any of these people be recruited by JREF to help the mission?

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