- Meaning is healthier than happiness: People who are happy but have little-to-no sense of meaning in their lives have the same gene expression patterns as people who are enduring chronic adversity.
- Ice core data suggests a cosmic impact killed off Clovis people.
- Subterranean ‘highway from hell’ enables some volcanoes to erupt at high speed, a discovery that also throws up options for predicting the peril.
- Physicists explain why teleportation of humans is unworkable.
- Back from the dead: Jupiter’s gravitational pull breathes life into ‘graveyard’ of comets that burned out millions of years ago.
- Neonicotinoids are the new DDT killing the natural world.
- Parasites are little-understood, and they are everywhere. An ecologist explains why we need to learn more about them.
- The 60-foot-long jet powered animal you’ve probably never heard of. More.
- One for xibalba: New ‘demon’ ants named for Maya underlords.
- Bizarre behaviour of baboons at Dutch zoo baffles zoologists.
- Tourists to Mexico still drawn by peyote trips.
- Rising ocean temperatures are rearranging the biological make-up of our oceans, pushing species towards the poles by 7kms every year.
- Return of the Jesus wars.
- The trauma of being alive: An undercurrent of trauma runs through ordinary life, shot through as it is with the poignancy of impermanence.
- Coin-of-the-realm in China’s graft: phony receipts.
- Other agencies clamor for the data that NSA compiles.
- Secretive Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) unit told to cover up massive spy program it uses to investigate Americans.
- Watching our every move — from space.
- Japan nuclear body says highly radioactive water at Fukushima an ’emergency’.
- Post-scarcity economics. Reminds me of Henry Ford’s fight for higher wages.
- The hole in our collective memory: How copyright made mid-20th-century books vanish.
- Biometric and other locks fail to foil lock-hackers at DefCon. Are your home’s locks vulnerable? Holy smoke, those DefCon guys are fast!
Quote of the Day:
If we believe that humanity may transcend tooth and claw, if we believe divers races & creeds can share this world as peaceably as the orphans share their candlenut tree, if we believe leaders must be just, violence muzzled, power accountable & the riches of the Earth & its Oceans shared equitably, such a world will come to pass.
Author David Mitchell, in Cloud Atlas.