News worth pondering…
- After unearthing a wealth of bones, scientists uncover an entire Ice Age ecosystem.
- Neanderthals were sex-obsessed thugs.
- 35,500-year-old stone axe – the world’s oldest – discovered in Australia. The previous oldest ground-edge axes were 20,000 to 30,000 years old, and conventional belief was that the tool first emerged in Europe.
- Isla nd myste rY: Ancient stone temple on Maui keeps its secrets.
- Mayans converted wetlands to farmland.
- The ancient Egyptians weren’t the only ones who created art for magical purposes: The secret magic of Renaissance art.
- Underwater archaeologists have discovered the skulls of four Arctotherium – a genus of short-faced bear that went extinct 11,300 years ago – 42 metres down in a submerged cave on the Yucatan peninsula, Mexico.
- Honor Frost, the diver who pioneered underwater archaeology, has died.
- Large Hadron Collider creates first mini Big Bang.
- Bionic implants: ‘We have the technology.’
- Patients could soon be transfused with blood made from their own skin in a breakthrough that could revolutionise cancer treatments and solve the blood donor shortage.
- New York to Sydney in just 2hrs 30mins: Nasa to develop ‘hypersonic’ passenger jets that travel at five times the speed of sound.
- Every single candidate who signed a net neutrality pledge (nearly 100) lost in the recent US election.
- The Pentagon’s new Cyber Command is seeking authority to attack computer networks around the globe to protect American interests.
- Cookie and beacon monsters: browser beware as political websites plant spy devices.
- Climate scientists plan campaign against global-warming skeptics.
- Electrical stimulation of the brain boosts maths ability for up to six months.
- Language and toolmaking evolved together, say researchers.
- Research on primates goes on despite ban on trade, because the ban doesn’t include the offspring of wild-caught parents..
- RNA molecules found to willfully violate a fundamental tenet of genetics.
- Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi: Holographic communication flickers into life in Arizona.
- Photo gallery: Satellite eye on Earth.
- Are older people blocking wind power?
- Will solar panel gold rush ‘ruin British countryside’ and/or save British farmers?
- High Society: An exhibition of drug taking throughout the ages — and a drug production line that would make modern South American cartels green with envy.
- Mafia mind revealed by psychiatrists, as Italy’s real-life Tony Sopranos face crisis of record numbers of arrests.
- Alarmed passers-by spot (and photograph) a large panther-like cat lurking in trees near Wolverhampton. Police dispatched a helicopter to hover over the area. I’m sure that helped.
- Nick Redfern says stranger things than panthers are lurking in Britain’s woods.
- Meet Big Foot’s Chinese cousin.
- Early Sasquatch were called Mowglis.
- Brent Raynes: A great deal of paranormal and inter-dimensional stuff is going on.
- The Search For Atlantis At Bimini — Final 2010 Update.
- New vocabulary word: Plutonomy.
- The rich ate all the pie. Whatcha going to do about it?
Thanks to Dr. Greg Little, to former TDG news editor Cernig, and to the very magical Greg Taylor.
Quote of the Day:
The old parties are husks, with no real soul within either, divided on artificial lines, boss-ridden and privilege-controlled, each a jumble of incongruous elements, and neither daring to speak out wisely and fearlessly on what should be said on the vital issues of the day.