I would call this ‘the paranoia edition’, but you know the old saying…
- Neanderthals: How needles and skins gave us the edge on our kissing cousins.
- 12,000-year-old mine found in Northern Chile.
- Builders of Stonehenge used giant wicker baskets to move the stones. No, really — it’ll make sense when you see the sketch.
- Discovery of sacred ancestor stones in Peru has archaeologists dancing a jig.
- England’s medieval serfs were wealthier than modern poor.
- Easter Island land dispute clashes leave dozens injured.
- Operation Mincemeat: During World War II, the Nazis fell for an audacious British plot to pass off a dead tramp as an officer carrying secret documents. How – and are such tactics still in use today?
- A suitcase full of Picassos: French electrician shocks the art world with his newly-discovered collection of 271 Picassos.
- Full-scale replica of Noah’s Ark to be built near Cincinnati.
- Flamboyant new squid worm surprises and delights experts.
- Jellyfish are taking over the oceans.
- MS could be reversed by activating stem cells in brain, new study suggests.
- UK plans to scrap requirement to appoint scientists to Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs. Because science is just so inconvenient.
- Psi Skeptics: If psychologists find signs of ESP, maybe psychologists have a problem.
- Freedom… We’re Talking About Your Freedom.
- Feds are warrantlessly tracking Americans’ credit cards (and more) in real time.
- Web browser flaw secretly bares all.
- Tuning in to the background hum on the net.
- Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide: XM-25 laser-guided grenade launcher now in use.
- One tv station in the US has recently been airing Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup. You can watch it online.
- Meet the most dangerous man in cyberspace: Jacob Appelbaum, the American face of Wikileaks.
- Update: The rich are different: More money, Less Empathy. More.
Thanks to Greg and RPJ.
Quote of the Day:
If we take the inevitability of future large leaks for granted, then I think the debate must eventually centre on the things that will determine the supply of leakers and leaks. Some of us wish to encourage in individuals the sense of justice which would embolden them to challenge the institutions that control our fate by bringing their secrets to light. Some of us wish to encourage in individuals ever greater fealty and submission to corporations and the state in order to protect the privileges and prerogatives of the powerful, lest their erosion threaten what David Brooks calls “the fragile community”—our current, comfortable dispensation.
From After Secrets: Missing the point of WikiLeaks, Democracy in America blog at The Economist.