News Briefs 22-08-2011By Katon Monday, August 22nd Which do you want first – the good news or the bad? China is going to save us from Apophis. Galaxies are running out of gas – a discovery that explains why fewer stars are being born now than in the past. Mysterious object reported falling from the sky into Loch Ness. VGER is still exploring. Really, really dark matter: Is the Universe made of holes? Were North America and Antarctica once attached? Fossil microbes discovered in Australia could be Earth’s oldest known life form. Interbreeding with Neanderthals gave our ancestors a ready-made cocktail of DNA invaluable in fighting diseases common in northern climates. The very ancient mariners: Early human ancestors were more advanced than first thought and sailed the high seas. Ancient Roman jar riddled with mystery. First recorded instance of tool use by elephants. Wait…sorry, that should be ‘stool use’. Why birds of a feather flock together. Woman injects herself with horse blood, wears hooves Rescuing endangered languages saves ideas. Oxytocin: could the ‘trust hormone’ rebond our troubled world? A lesson in never trusting anything again: digital puppetry of real people. Study proves that rock stars die young. Harry Potter-style time-freezing binoculars offer instant action replays. Bulletproof without tequilla: Researcher creates silk that helps stop bullets, among other things. New York to London by car? Now that would be a road trip! How we got to super: Jeff Kripal reviews Grant Morrison’s “Supergods”. Available at Amazon US & UK. Image of the Day: Where’s Wall-E? Thanks to Greg and Red Pill Junkie. Quote of the Day: Corporate earnings are highest they’ve been relatvie to worker wages and benefits since just before Great Depression. Tell you anything? Tweet from @RBReich.