My silicon chip and I are both totally shattered from me reading what seems like a million articles on climate change this weekend — so you won’t have to.
- How Knights Templar gave Bruce the edge at Bannockburn.
- Radiocarbon testing on the Voynich Manuscript has found that the parchment was made betweeen 1404 and 1438.
- Edith Sherwood and Richard Rogers both believe they’ve cracked the code of the Voynich Manuscript. But do their theories fit with the recent radiocarbon dating?
- A brief Voynich Manuscript recap, for those new to the subject.
- Egypt to demand Rosetta Stone from British Museum.
- Ancient Scandinavian settlement shows area around the Torne River Valley was inhabited up to 11,000 years ago.
- Skinned and butchered like animals: Ancient human burial site shows evidence of mass cannibalism.
- Two archaeologists who have studied human bones reject the new cannibalism hypothesis.
- A matchless trove for lovers of New York City, as well as for amateur archaeologists. New York 400 is available at Amazon US & UK.
- Astronomers spot tsunami on the sun.
- Did a large moon cause Uranus to tilt?
- NASA unveils the world’s largest image of the Milky Way — a whopping 120 feet (37 metres) of humbling.
- Findings suggest Earth’s temperature may be 30 to 50 percent more sensitive to atmospheric carbon dioxide than experts have assumed.
- Study shows variability in ocean’s CO2 uptake.
- Wildlife of Galapagos Islands devastated by ocean warming.
- New research shows coral reef fish undergo radical personality changes in warmer water, which suggests climate change may make some marine species more aggressive. Cue theme music from Jaws.
- Emergency water delivered to Australia’s dry Queensland.
- Yellowstone a petri dish for climate change.
- Proposed CO2 cuts cannot avert catastrophe: Global temperatures likely to rise by 3.5C by the end of the century and make large parts of world uninhabitable, says study.
- Before climate meeting, a revival of skepticism.
- The arguments made by climate change sceptics.
- Climategate: Was Russian secret service behind email hacking plot?
- What Climategate really means.
- The biggest stumbling block to meaningful action over climate change may be psychological. So…
- How do we convince our inner caveman to be greener?
- Higher risk of lung cancer for those smoking first thing in the morning.
- The future before your eyes.
- The real attack of the killer tomatoes.
- Police consult ‘warlock’ about a spate of mysterious incidents of horses having their manes plaited, and discover the practice is part of white witch ‘knot magick’.
- Hidden Clues: Would a doctor have looked at Sherlock Holmes and seen a condition to diagnose?
- Baloo the bear, Leo the Lion, and Shere Khan the tiger share a most unusual and unlikely friendship.
- Mythical white stag found in the forests of Gloucestershire.
Thanks to Nick.
Quote of the Day:
Norman Borlaug, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for his work on the “Green Revolution” [boosting grain production to keep pace with worldwide population growth], wrote the afterword of my End of the Game  book with me. He was, he said in his acceptance speech for the prize, very honoured to get the award but did they realise he was pouring gasoline on a fire? Because more food means more people. [Borlaug] knew the end result would be over-population and nature’s destruction, but nobody listened to him. Leonardo da Vinci talked about this in the 1490s. He said humans are monsters with these enormous teeth eating up the world. And when they’ve eaten everything, they’ll want to go up to heaven, but the weight of their stomachs will keep them down, and their bodies make a tomb.
Photographer Peter Beard, in a recent interview.