Dinner-friendly edition. (I’ll let Greg explain – if he wants to.)
- Massive head of pharaoh unearthed in Luxor. Zahi’s thrilled.
- Food offered to Ancient Egyptian gods, then eaten by priests, was more likely to guarantee an early grave than immortality.
- King Solomon’s wall found. Proof of Bible tale?
- Revealed: The African queen who called York home in the 4th century.
- Mars rover Spirit, now at an impasse, up to its belly in sand, has struggled to tilt its solar panels toward the sun, to collect enough power to survive the perilously cold Martian winter. If Spirit makes it through to spring, the feisty robot will prove it’s still in the game — by solving the mysteries of the Martian core.
- Water found in the disk surrounding a young star. This disk, theoretically the material of future planets, contains a hundred times more water than all oceans on Earth.
- Scientist eyes 39-day voyage to Mars — via his VASIMR plasma rocket, now on track for liftoff after decades of development.
- Scientists can now listen to a set of solar wind data that’s usually represented visually, as numbers or graphs.
- Acting as a microscope for sound, new ‘micro-ear’ could make objects on the micro-scale audible, such as the sounds cells and bacteria make as they move about.
- Quantum measurement precision approaches Heisenberg limit.
- What is time? One physicist hunts for the ultimate theory.
- Deep-sea bacteria form Avatar-style electrochemical networks that conduct electrical currents across the ocean floor, driving linked chemical reactions at relatively vast distances.
- Researchers find the molecular structure of water is more complex than recently thought, suggesting that molecular models that went out of fashion decades ago may be in fact more accurate than recent ones.
- Researchers figure out how ATP is broken down in cells, providing the first clear picture of the key reaction that allows cells in all living things to function and flourish.
- The evolution of depression – and it’s upside – for Charles Darwin, and for the rest of us.
- Research shows that virtual experiences via avatars can change our view of reality and the way we act in the real world.
- Stuck in a rut? Research shows our movements are 93% predictable. Even the most spontaneous among us are 80% predictable.
- Giant iceberg of DEATH.
- We’re ‘eating’ the rainforests.
- Grizzly bears are moving into Canada’s Polar Bear capital.
- Not so Dumbo: Scientists crack elephants’ communication code.
- Sixth mass extinction: For short-lived humans, out of sight means out of mind.
- Researchers discover, rather belatedly, that the internet has made news a shared experience.
- Resistance – to ‘Aurora’ hackers – is futile!
- Rubble in Waiting: Megacities are something new on the planet. In 1800, there was only one city with more than a million people. Now there are 381. Earthquakes are something very old. The next Big One could strike Tokyo, Istanbul, Tehran, Mexico City, New Delhi, Kathmandu, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dhaka, Jakarta, Karachi, Manila, Cairo, Osaka, Panama City, Caracas, Tehran, Lima or Bogota. The list goes on and on.
- Homeless Haitians: Aid halted to force them out.
- The Big Picture features the Chile earthquake.
- Earthquakes, tsunamis, blizzards, killer storms….and now, fish raining from the sky.
- Loud crash at 3 a.m.? It may be your exploding head.
- UK Ministry of Defence officials have been instructed to destroy all UFO reports they receive, in a bid to prevent publication of the sightings.
Quote of the Day:
If you’re at the cutting edge, then you’re going to bleed.
Neuroscientist Nancy Andreasen, in Depression’s Upside.