I wish I could read and sleep at the same time. Do you ever read in your dreams? I bet Rick does.
- Robbie Graham: Letting go of UFOs.
- First data storage system: Code found in prehistoric clay balls.
- Crumbling ruins of the Mound of the Dead: World’s only Bronze Age city could vanish in just 20 years.
- Review of The Ancient Paths: Discovering the Lost Map of Celtic Europe — an enthralling new history that argues that Druids created a sophisticated ancient society to rival the Romans.
- ‘Diamond rain’ falls on Saturn and Jupiter.
- Elephants get the point.
- Mislabeled microbes: Two papers on plant immunity have been retracted, and questions remain about others with similar results.
- Science’s recent sting on open-access journals featured some selective reporting of results.
- How accurate is the science in modern science fiction?
- Eating popcorn in the cinema makes people immune to advertising.
- BPA doubles miscarriage risk: Scientists say pregnant women should avoid canned food, stop heating food in plastic containers, and avoid touching cash register receipts.
- We’re all technology’s guinea pigs now, whether we like it or not.
- It’s not just us: American animals are getting fatter — even those in strictly controlled research labs that have enforced the same diet and lifestyle for decades.
- Why are hundreds of Harvard students studying ancient Chinese philosophy?
- For Shakespeare, all the world’s a stage. For us, understanding can only be achieved via the page.
Quote of the Day:
…test yourself with the opening speech in the last and darkest of the comedies, Measure for Measure. Read it at the speed of speech, close your eyes, and summarise what Duke Vincentio is saying:
Of government the properties to unfold,
Would seem in me to affect speech and discourse;
Since I am put to know that your own science
Exceeds, in that, the lists of all advice
My strength can give you: then no more remains,
But that to your sufficiency as your Worth is able,
And let them work.
It’s like eating brazils without nut-crackers.