News Briefs 05-08-2013KatMonday, August 5th5 Comments3 min read Whew! Done… 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.