Home again, home again, jiggety jig. And now that I’ve finished finding your news, I’m off to read Russell Brand’s 4,500-word manifesto for revolution.
- Mindful individuals less affected by immediate rewards: People who are aware of their own thoughts and emotions are less affected by positive feedback from others.
- Different DNA: Surprising variation among genomes of individual neurons from the same brain.
- Rare hybrid solar eclipse wows world.
- Volcanoes in Maine – yes, Maine – among Earth’s biggest.
- 9,000-year-old painting of volcano linked to a real eruption.
- The kraken rises! New fossil evidence revives sea monster debate.
- Egyptologist finds evidence that ‘King Tut’ spontaneously combusted.
- Norwegian vikings purchased silk from Persia.
- Heinrich Mueller, the head of Hitler’s Gestapo secret police, was buried in a Jewish cemetery in Berlin in 1945, a German newspaper reported Thursday.
- German police recover 1,500 art masterpieces looted by Nazis.
- How did life begin on Earth? Texas paleontologist says he’s found the biological ‘Holy Grail’.
- ‘Bread from air’: It’s 100 years since Fritz Haber found a way to synthesise ammonia – helping to feed billions but also to kill millions, and contributing to the pollution of the planet.
- New botox treatment for ‘suicide’ headaches takes only 30 minutes, and lasts 3 to 8 months.
- A study using DNA testing offers most credible evidence to date of adulteration, contamination and mislabeling in the herbal supplement industry: Americans spend $5 billion a year for little more than powdered rice and weeds.
- Jump-starter kits for the mind. More.
- Keep the mornings honest, the afternoons for lying and cheating: Harvard study suggests that we’re more likely to be economical with the truth when our brain gets tired.
- Tail-wagging in dogs reveals more than you think – especially to other dogs.
- Octopuses are so smart they get bored. Octopuses are so smart, they don’t just look at you, they stare you down.
- Russian shepherd, 80, kicks and headbutts attacking bear, which tosses him off a cliff – but he lives to tell the tale.
- Nine skydivers leap to safety, as one pilot ejects and other manages to land plane, after midair crash over Wisconsin.
- Scientific research provides tantalising evidence as to the existence of big cats stalking the British countryside.
- Three men arrested after accidental shooting during ‘Bigfoot hunt’.
- 18 percent of Americans claim to have seen a ghost, 29 percent report contact with the dead.
- CIA made doctors torture suspected terrorists after 9/11, taskforce finds.
- No morsel too miniscule for all-consuming NSA.
Quote of the Day:
Contrary to what we once thought, the genetic makeup of neurons in the brain aren’t identical, but are made up of a patchwork of DNA.
Fred Gage, Salk Institute researcher, here.