Can't talk, writing…
- Curiosity rover is distracted by shiny objects: Mars Science Lab stops scooping dirt to investigate an anomalous bright object on the ground. Quite obvious that it's a prawn head…I'll set to work on the District 9: Origins script immediately.
- Private rocket company SpaceX acknowledges problems with yesterday's launch, including debris from an engine failure.
- Global Consciousness Project finds significant result during Burning Man 2012.
- Dan Brown fiction coming to life? Pope's butler was fascinated by Freemasons, spies, and the occult.
- Organism without a brain creates external memories for navigation.
- Quantum weirdness gone wild.
- Wasp's tiny brain is a mystery of physics.
- Spider attack caught in amber is a freeze-frame from 100 million years ago.
- Submariners surprised to spot a diving bird 150 feet (50 metres) underwater.
- Dog tracks down ailing owner at hospital two miles away.
- Humans may be one of the early intelligent species in the Universe. Or one of the dumbest.
- Astronomer wants UFOs studied with science. But what if their science is bigger than our science?
- UFOs and Hollywood.
- More evidence that Voyager has left the Solar System. Take that Elvis!
- National Geographic Society members start to ask questions about the NGS's relationship with Zahi Hawass (Part one, part two).
- Powerful magnets can switch off cancer cells.
- Signs of the coming robopocalypse: co-ordinated quadcopters throw and catch balls.
- Decoding secret societies: what are all those old boys' clubs hiding?
- Christopher Columbus was an a-hole.
- Image of the Day: Russian villagers collecting scrap from a crashed spacecraft, surrounded by thousands of white butterflies.
Quote of the Day:
I can never look now at the Milky Way without wondering from which of those banked clouds of stars the emissaries are coming. If you will pardon so commonplace a simile, we have set off the fire alarm and have nothing to do but to wait.
I do not think we will have to wait for long
Arthur C. Clarke (The Sentinel)