News Briefs 08-07-2013By Katon Monday, July 8th Today, a bit more than usual about the human condition. Mystery intergalactic radio bursts detected. Where are they from? Fast Radio Bursts: new intergalactic messengers. Antarctica’s Lake Vostok is teeming with life. Fossils reveal ‘missing links’ in Earth’s evolution after dinosaurs. Prehistoric DNA sequencing: Jurassic Park was not so wide of the mark. As theories of its origin abound, what does future hold for Narragansett Rune Stone? Five thousand metres under the sea: Marine ecologist Jon Copley describes the first manned mission to the Earth’s deepest known hydrothermal vents. Jockeying 400 tons of space station around space junk ain’t like dusting crops, boy. In secret, court vastly broadens powers of NSA. What the TSA has in common with the NSA: unreasonable searches. In addition to airports, TSA agents now also infest train stations, subways, bus terminals, and even highways. NSA recruitment drive goes horribly wrong. Postal Service computers photograph the exterior of every piece of paper mail that is processed in the United States — about 160 billion pieces last year. Dark magic: The rise of the robot traders. Global threat to food supply as water wells dry up. Online dating: Hoaxer who breaks women’s hearts tracked down. Why good deeds don’t go unpunished. Hikikomori: Why are so many Japanese men refusing to leave their rooms? Only The Lonely: a recent blog-post from Stephen Fry. You can now donate to WikiLeaks with your credit card via Iceland. Quote of the Day: “Duping delight” — “a thrill derived from having victims being intensely controlled and manipulated by carefully formulated deceptions. This is often the modus operandi of a psychopath.” From an article in today’s news.