Everything except the kitchen sink…
- Discovery of workers’ tombs helps solve ancient riddle of the pyramids.
- Eye make-up protected Ancient Egyptians from disease.
- Terminally-ill volunteer sought for mummification on BBC’s Channel 4.
- Archaeologists unearth evidence that Neanderthals wore makeup 50,000 years ago.
- Decorative shells suggest Neanderthals may have been capable of symbolic thinking.
- Bering Strait influenced ice age climate patterns worldwide.
- Dig this: The greatest archaeological finds of 2009.
- William Blake pictures found in train timetable. Tate buys eight hand-finished pictures by the poet and artist for £441,000.
- Zecharia Sitchin: Origin of the species, from an alien view.
- ‘Sungrazers’, comets whose orbits lead them very near the Sun, present an unresolved puzzle for astronomers — but not for electric universe theorists.
- The theory of ‘black holes’ has received another blow from direct observation. It seems that their x-ray and light emissions more closely resemble the behavior of lightning than the supposed behavior of black holes.
- Paul Watson: Sea Shepherd’s stern ‘warrior’ defies Japanese whalers.
- YouTube footage backs claim Ady Gil was intentionally rammed. Better YouTube (4:31). Video interview (2:32) with Paul Watson, from Sea Shepherds, after the attack on Ady Gil.
- Neodymium, dysprosium, cerium, praseodymium, lanthanum: Inside China’s secret toxic ‘unobtanium’ mine.
- Are these widely-available children’s products from China poisoning your children? These children’s products aren’t ‘contaminated’ with cadmium — they’re made of cadmium.
- China is now the world’s top car market, and the world’s largest exporter.
- Macroeconomic effects of Chinese mercantilism.
- Is true love only a cheek swab away? Websites offer DNA matching to help you track down your perfect mate.
- Quantum computer calculates precise energy of molecular hydrogen.
- They are the best of beings; they are the worst of beings. They are animals; they are plants. They are saviors; they are killers. They are predators; they are parasites. They are, in short, dinoflagellates.
- Rare self-rolling giant snow balls found in UK. They may look like winter’s answer to crop circles, but are in fact a natural phenomenon usually found only in the world’s most remote and frozen regions.
- Little Green Footballs: A blogger’s parting with the right creates a maelstrom. Johnson’s Nov. 30th post, Why I Parted Ways with The Right.
- Freud fires opening shot in battle for the soul of Fox News: Rupert Murdoch’s son-in-law says family members are ‘ashamed and sickened’ of the mogul’s right-wing channel Fox News.
- Undressing the Terror Threat: Running the numbers on the conflict with terrorists suggests the rules of the game should change.
- Security expert Bruce Schneier: Since September 11, exactly two things have made us safer.
- UK ‘paid Afghan warlord $2million to find Osama Bin Laden’.
- Mexican drug gangs – now worshipping Saint Death – plumb new depths: gang kidnaps man, cuts him in seven pieces, then stitches his face onto a football.
- Mexico’s drug wars take death toll to record high: 69 violent deaths this weekend, and 283 deaths since Jan 1 — more than double the figure from the same period last year.
- Is this the end of food as we know it?
- Britain is on the brink of a massive expansion in foods containing ‘grey goo’ nanoparticles, which can worm their way into the brain, liver and kidneys with unknown consequences.
- First grit (road salt), then natural gas — now it’s vegetables in short supply in snow-covered Britain, as panic buyers strip supermarket shelves.
- Who will pay for Amazon’s ‘Chernobyl’? A film released this week in Britain recounts the 16-year battle by Ecuadorians for damages against Chevron for oil pollution.
- Attempt to introduce UK-style fixed speed cameras in US has ended in a public revolt, with motorists binning speeding tickets worth $90 million (£60 million).
- How the Magic Sleep Fairy cures babies’ insomnia. Surely there’s at least one Grailer out there with an infant.
- George Kramer, the ‘Rain Man’ of Brooklyn, has thrived in a small hardware store for nearly 60 years.
- YouTube: Is this Bigfoot? That’s one high – and very freshly-broken – limb he’s perched on.
- Scientists say animals are as heroic as humans.
- Avatar sparks 3-D makeovers: Hollywood is preparing to re-release some past blockbusters, including Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, in 3-D.
Thanks Perceval and Lou.
Quote of the Day:
I went into my local Sainsburys late yesterday afternoon and couldn’t believe my eyes – the vegetable aisles looked as though a swarm of scavenging locusts had passed through – a few bags of potatoes, 3 packs of broccoli and a few onions and that was it. A few containers of milk left, half a dozen loaves, virtually no fresh meat and not one single egg in the shop! I’d just returned from a week away and actually needed to buy some basics, but I never got the chance! What is the matter with people – are they really expecting snow so thick they’re not going to make it out of the front door for the next 2 months or something? This is suburban Birmingham for goodness sake – few people round here are likely to live more than a mile or so from the nearest shops – its not like being isolated on a farm in the middle of Dartmoor or the Welsh mountains, whatever the weather.
Comment by ERS on the panic buying at UK supermarkets.