News Briefs 18-01-2010KatMonday, January 18th7 Comments8 min read Well, this ought to do it for you — and then some! Diamond oceans possible on Uranus, Neptune. Stunning photos of Mars. The legacy of Howard Carter: Did King Tut’s discoverer steal from the tomb? Isaac Newton’s original apple anecdote now online. Victorian Rhapsody: Queen guitarist Brian May on the 150-year-old photos of a forgotten Britain that became his secret obsession. Strange synchronicities. Calakmul: Into the Kingdom of the Serpent’s Head. Mound of ash reveals shrine to Zeus. Lazy, arrogant cowards: How the English saw the French in the 12th century. Radiocarbon daters tune up their time machine. CO2 Catcher: German professor creates filter which extracts more than a thousand times more carbon dioxide from the air than a tree. Long-dead inventor Nikola Tesla is electrifying hip techies. Spot the gecko: Reptile so small it can fit on pencil top found along with dozens of other new species in threatened Ecuador jungle. 12-foot green anaconda is the first found loose in Florida. The final chemistry frontier: Molecules of the interstellar medium must break the rules to make the stuff of space. Stem cells get performance anxiety, don’t work when watched. Cell phone exposure may protect against, and reverse, Alzheimer’s Disease. Nearly 20 years ago Huntington Potter kicked up a storm of controversy with the idea that Down syndrome and Alzheimer’s were the same disease. Now the evidence is in: He was right. Study finds exposure to synthetic chemicals in the environment increases body fat. How toxic chemicals move around the planet. Elizabeth Grossman’s book Chasing Molecules: Poisonous Products, Human Health, and the Promise of Green Chemistry is available at Amazon US & UK. Why study sled dogs to understand Type 2 diabetes? ‘Any animal that can run a thousand miles in nine days has a pretty impressive metabolism.’ Germs That Are Good For You: How the trillions of bacteria inside your body protect against obesity, diabetes and other diseases. Green sea slug is part animal, part plant. Friday article which bears repeating: All animals sound the same, adjusted for size, temp. Creature feature: Talking mongoose mystery back in the spotlight. Legendary paranormal investigator Harry Price took three pawprints made by ‘Gef’ in plasticine and an impression of his teeth marks to the Natural History Museum for evaluation, but they were not matched to any known animal. Alleged mutated human body with extremely long fingers washes ashore on Plumb Island, a small island where the U.S. Government typically studies dangerous animal diseases. H/T Unknown Country. Arctic methane emissions have risen by one-third in five years. Apparently, science news is a ‘man-thing’ — mostly. Includes a survey at the end. The ominous power of confession. RadioLab: What animals can understand about the minds of humans, their own species, and other creatures. H/T Mind Hacks. Mexico’s Museum of Drugs details their only real enemy, the drug cartels. Photo gallery. Does Avatar owe an unacknowledged debt to the Strugatsky brothers’ The World of Noon and The Emerald Forest? I’d rather be one of the invisible people than blue, myself. (Good for as many entendres as you care to think up.) YouTube movies: The diamonds among the debris. Why the net keeps shrinking. Islam is … verboten on Google. I despise Google Suggest. Christian fundamentalism and the Underground Reich. Does the Fourth Amendment cover ‘the cloud’? 53 percent of employers research potential job candidates on social networks such as Facebook. Speaking of employment. Google hack attack was ultra sophisticated. Haiti eye-witness reports, aid appeals, flood Twitter. So feel free to ignore the luddites who are saying we lack compassion because we’re not following conventional news reports. That said… US military’s takeover of emergency operations has triggered a diplomatic row, with countries and aid agencies furious at having their flights to Haiti redirected. With regard to thousands of US troops due to land in Haiti on Monday, Haitians say, ‘We don’t need military aid. What we need is food and shelter. — We are dying (of hunger and thirst)!’ On Sunday, Doctors Without Borders said bluntly, ‘There is no sign of significant aid distribution.’ How Haiti’s democracy was destroyed. Randall Robinson’s book An Unbroken Agony: Haiti, from Revolution to the Kidnapping of a President is available at Amazon US & UK. In Haiti, burying the dead, rebuilding the shantytown. Maybe ‘building’ with plastic will be safer than cheap concrete. Voodoo is the only escape in Graham Greene’s ‘nightmare republic’. Why the images coming out of Haiti are more graphic than those from recent natural disasters, and the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Super rich and piste off in Switzerland. Quote of the Day: The UN base at Leogane is full of vehicles, equipment, food, water and men. They are stationed to the west of Port-au-Prince at the end of a road leading through the small settlement where we are told some 5,000 people have been left homeless. But instead of being out in the village, the UN representatives at this base are clustered around the front gate, laughing as they buy shampoo from a local salesman. And while they do this, just a two-minute walk down the road in the village itself, the injured and the homeless are waiting. BBC News article.