Oh good – my internet connection is finally back on. I’d about given up.
- Hobbits may have been the first to leave Africa and colonize the world.
- Markings in caves in France may be ancient man’s first attempts at writing.
- Secrets of the Lost City of Z: Fawcett’s fate may finally be known.
- Who the heck is Herwart von Hohenburg, what is the Thesaurus Hieroglyphicorum, and how did a complete copy of it suddenly appear out of the blue?
- Legends about Mummy Paper confirmed: In the mid-1800s, New England paper mills imported Ancient Egyptian mummies for their rag content. The actual mummies, along with their sarcophagi and other personal effects, could well be in old Connecticut garbage dumps.
- Turin Shroud exhibition expected to attract two million visitors.
- The skulls of a mother-and-daughter pair of female Swedish saints, treasured as holy relics for centuries at the abbey of their order, have been exposed as fakes by genetics boffins.
- History of Oz’s Northern Territory under siege: The closure of Darwin’s national archives office will rip the heart out of Aboriginal history.
- Seoul to ask Paris for permanent loan of ancient royal texts looted by French troops.
- Italian archaeologists claim to have found a stone enclosure which once protected the legendary ‘Golden Bough’ — a tree branch with golden leaves that enabled the Trojan hero Aeneas to safely travel through the underworld.
- Columbian woman returns from the world of the dead — just as undertaker was about to pump her full of embalming fluid.
- Searching for Bobby Fisch… err… Magnus Carlsen, the youngest player to ever top the world rankings of the International Chess Federation.
- Lost Nazi nuke-project uranium found in Dutch scrapyard. Interesting historical info…
- Shuttle’s 2-week mission ends smoothly.
- Hydrogen-powered taxi cabs to serve London by 2012 Olympics.
- Still think all that dust you’re breathing is coming from China or the Sahara? New evidence shows some of that dust is coming from Icelandic glaciers, and it may be affecting the climate and your health.
- Study finds Indian Ocean clues to predicting El Nino.
- El Nino now on the wane, but heat is up.
- Oz’s cane toads meat their match.
- Illegal pet trade is emptying south-east Asia’s forests.
- Researchers say crickets born to mothers that were exposed to Wolf spiders were more predator-savvy than those whose mothers were not. Shades of Sheldrake?
- Dolphins have diabetes off switch.
- Children with ADHD who use drugs to manage their condition are 10 times more likely to perform poorly at school than ADHD kids who avoid medication.
- Making music boosts brain’s language skills.
- Guy Lyon Playfair discusses twin telepathy. Playfair’s book Twin Telepathy is available at Amazon US & UK.
- New investigation shows that Belgian coma ‘writer’ Rom Houben can’t communicate.
- Google gets go-ahead to buy, sell electricity in bulk like utility companies.
- Chinese schools deny Google cyber-attack links. Five weeks later, Google is still censoring China search.
- How we punters and taxpayers subsidize Google’s Soviet-style Net.
- Harvard boffins probing ‘misspelled’ domains peg Google’s typosquat cash at $497million per year.
- Google back in court over book deal, as 26 critics line up for legal counterblast.
- Privacy, complexity seen as Google’s blind spots.
- How to escape from Google’s clutches, once and for all.
- George Noory, host of Coast to Coast AM, brings talk of the supernatural down to Earth.
- PZ Myers is dismayed by Amazing Gibberish. I usually find ‘teh atheists’ [sic] quite boring, but this post, as well as the long list of comments, really cracked me up. Speaking of discontent in the Homeland…
- In Defense of Joe Stack.
Quote of the Day:
Mobilizing the masses into a movement was never easy, and never harder than in America where moving the ever-expanding national ass toward anything other than the refrigerator is a job for a fork lift.
Joe Bageant in Taking Tea with the Lizards.