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“Enlightenment is not imagining figures of light but making the darkness conscious…”

  • Oldest ‘human’ discovered in Ethiopia is our last, common ancestor– simultaneously disproving the missing link and rewriting anthropological history. More here about their primal motivation.
  • Looking at cracks in the dark matter pavement.
  • The fungus among us points to a catatastrophe of global proportions.
  • Meanwhile, the asteroid-hunting telescope is off the grid for repairs.
  • Hear that? It’s the earth’s hum. What better way to map Mars?
  • The exoplanet with rock rain and molten lakes of lava.
  • Twisted Italian supervolcano that makes Pompeii look lucky.
  • Climate change has landed on the shores of the Galapagos.
  • Want to improve your memory? Just inhale.
  • What didn’t kill the dinosaurs?
  • 22nd century babies: New study claims children born this century could live to see 100.
  • India hasn’t seen a drought like this since ’72.
  • Mercury’s mysterious bright spot.
  • Prophetic letter from Philip K. Dick reveals how Blade Runner would change the face of science fiction.
  • Is consciousness the brain’s wi-fi?
  • Architectural mystery proves families that play together stay together (even on 5th Ave).
  • Skeptics turn on their own, Part one and Part two.
  • This year’s winner of the Ig Nobel Prize goes to…
  • Could Dan Brown be afraid of the Freemasons? Can’t see why– they only hold a few key positions of influence.
  • The Beatles’ Lucy in the sky, undoubtedly with diamonds.
  • Building Rome in a day, with flickr.
  • The Earth, after us.
  • Discovering order in the chaos of currents.
  • EPA makes sweeping plans to cut greenhouse gases.
  • Thanks to Roland Emmerich, the 2012 bubble may finally pop.
  • And in this week’s news of the looming robot revolution…New international treaty seeks to limit war robots. Like there’s such a thing as too many war robots…

Mutiple thanks to all the Greg Taylors in the multiverse.

Quote of the Day:

“As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being.”

C.G. Jung