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News Briefs 1-09-2004

So, the War on Terror cannot be won? Depends on the purpose of it in the first place. If it was to increase domestic government powers, increase taxes and reduce civil liberties then it has been an unqualified success.

  • War on terror cannot be won.
  • Curious circle: Retiree seeks explanation for mysterious ring
  • Sceptic spots UFO.
  • Why an orgasm really is all in the mind.
  • Humans march to a faster genetic drummer than other primates.
  • Scan as damaging as atomic bomb.
  • Brain may produce its own antipsychotic drug.
  • The flying triangle enigma.
  • Sitting in front of a screen for hours can do irreparable harm to a child's eyesight.
  • Questions in Qumran.
  • Jedi Academy opens in Romania.
  • Toothpaste, water and sunshine equals energy for the future.
  • A catalogue of false terror warnings.
  • Enron boss pleads guilty to conspiracy. So who else did he implicate to make it a conspiracy?
  • Adam and his eves. There's nothing so certain than the story born of unjustified axioms.
  • Fred Whipple passes on at 97.
  • Egyptian mummy unwrapped by scanning.
  • Portable atomic clock is the size of a grain of rice.
  • Life on Mars: a definite possiblility.
  • Planet madness continues with two new discoveries.
  • Neolithic homes unearthed at roadside.
  • Ancient Pasargadae threatened by construction of dam.
  • A sleeping giant lies under Afghan sands.

Quote of the Day:

When war is declared, truth is the first casualty.

Arthur Ponsonby

News Briefs 1-09-2004

So, the War on Terror cannot be won? Depends on the purpose of it in the first place. If it was to increase domestic government powers, increase taxes and reduce civil liberties then it has been an unqualified success.

  • War on terror cannot be won.
  • Curious circle: Retiree seeks explanation for mysterious ring
  • Sceptic spots UFO.
  • Why an orgasm really is all in the mind.
  • Humans march to a faster genetic drummer than other primates.
  • Scan as damaging as atomic bomb.
  • Brain may produce its own antipsychotic drug.
  • The flying triangle enigma.
  • Sitting in front of a screen for hours can do irreparable harm to a child's eyesight.
  • Questions in Qumran.
  • Jedi Academy opens in Romania.
  • Toothpaste, water and sunshine equals energy for the future.
  • A catalogue of false terror warnings.
  • Enron boss pleads guilty to conspiracy. So who else did he implicate to make it a conspiracy?
  • Adam and his eves. There's nothing so certain than the story born of unjustified axioms.
  • Fred Whipple passes on at 97.
  • Egyptian mummy unwrapped by scanning.
  • Portable atomic clock is the size of a grain of rice.
  • Life on Mars: a definite possiblility.
  • Planet madness continues with two new discoveries.
  • Neolithic homes unearthed at roadside.
  • Ancient Pasargadae threatened by construction of dam.
  • A sleeping giant lies under Afghan sands.

Quote of the Day:

When war is declared, truth is the first casualty.

Arthur Ponsonby

News Briefs 31-08-2004

The seasons are changing, but the news keeps rolling in. Make sure your cuppa is a big one, there's plenty to read about today...

  • Amateur archaeologists track lost tomb of Cheops inside Great Pyramid.
  • A wooden carving of the bisexual Viking god Odin was part of Seahenge.
  • Unearthing the Bible: the hunt for treasure and truth grows ever wilder.
  • Technology unravels new views of mummies.
  • Sudan's ancient treasures reveal the mighty culture that humbled Egypt's pharaohs.
  • Analysing the firestorm that has erupted over the Qumran community.
  • 'Lucy' may be going on show, after all these years.
  • Catch a ray of falling sunshine - NASA's daring "catch" of the Genesis spacecraft bearing solar samples is coming soon. No doubt you'll see this one on the television news (success or failure, it's all good TV). More at space.com.
  • Life on Mars a definite possibility.
  • Geobiologists create novel method for studying ancient life forms.
  • ESA space technology may yield house designs that can withstand earthquakes, hurricanes, fires, flooding.
  • Expedition to seek 50-million-year record of Earth's climate in underwater mountain chain.
  • Brain scans reveal that revenge is sweet.
  • Forget planes and skyscrapers - protect the cows and chickens from Al Qaeda!
  • To learn about the Earth at the time of life's origin, just look for footprints on the Moon.
  • Shock and awe - author Linda Simon chronicles history of electric inventions in Dark Light (Amazon US and UK).
  • Lining up charged particles called free radicals, British scientists have developed the first practical plastic magnet. That's going to cut the weight of my fridge in half.
  • Could a single dark matter particle be light-years wide?
  • Quark study breaks logjam between theory and experiment.
  • Plumbing the nature of nature comes natural at the University of California, as leeches, moss, microbes, and worms make the cut for genome sequencing.
  • Scientists may use drugs to stop addiction.
  • Viagra helps climbers deal with high altitudes. I'm biting my tongue on this one, the punchline possibilities are endless...
  • Study finds that children from tidy homes grow up more intelligent. I better stop neglecting my kids and wash the dishes.
  • Carrie-Anne Moss bullet times her way from the Matrix trilogy into a new thriller about remote viewing.
  • Farmer baffled by Wisconsin crop circle.
  • A circle with a difference: this one has been evolving for three years.
  • Manager of Dryden Airport wants to get to the bottom of recent UFO sightings in the area.
  • New Zealand man plans expedition to find Noah's Ark. Maybe he should concentrate on the One Ring.
  • Scorpion Queen eyes record, despite being stung twice (you'd have to expect that, living with 6000 scorpions).
  • Is there something to the Mothman death list, as more tragic deaths are added?
  • New Age magazines are ready to enlighten you.
  • Fiction is stranger than truth, at least when you talk about the Bear Lake monster and the Kelly Green Men.
  • Meet the man who studies alien abductees and ritual abuse victims.
  • Computer maker in an alien world.
  • The latest rant from Randi. Speaking of which, where have all the skeptical websites gone? Skepticweb is blank (perhaps hacked), Dangerous Ideas has definitely been hacked, and the Hall of Ma'at has disappeared (hacked as well?). Fill us in if you know the answer.
  • Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, pioneer thanatologist and NDE spokesperson, has passed away. Bon voyage!

Thanks Kat, Vincent and Rico.



Quote of the Day:



I've told my children that when I die, to release balloons in the sky to celebrate that I graduated. For me, death is a graduation.

Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

News Briefs 30-08-2004

If news was slow last week, it went away for a holiday over the weekend. So today's news is a mix of this and that and everything in between.

  • Some guy named Greg Taylor has new articles posted on Graham Hancock's website. Remember the name, one day he's going to be famous.
  • Michael Hayes has a new book, High Priests, Quantum Genes. He's discussing his work over at Graham Hancock's Mysteries Forum as the Author of the Month. Subscriber response has been disappointing so I highly recommend everyone give his books a read and plague him with questions.
  • The discovery of a 1300-year-old handwritten copy of the Qur'an has been made public.
  • NASA plans rescue shuttles. Thunderbirds are go!
  • Innovative technology may help clean up pollution.
  • Only in Australia: bananas will generate electricity for homes of the future. In related news, monkeys in Australian zoos protest the confiscation of their bananas. Being a Queenslander, Greg Taylor rejoices and throws out his old solar panels.
  • North Korea has an environmental crisis.
  • This could be linked to the Asian continent's water crisis. This is the perfect example why a big population isn't necessarily better.
  • Do you enjoy telling people off? According to a study, many people do. Now get back to work, you lazy good-for-nothing TDG readers!
  • A US White House report says people are the cause of global warming. Duh. People are the cause of all the world's problems.
  • El Nino won't go away, according to U.N. agency.
  • A mystery beast in Texas ate 35 chickens in one day.
  • The remains of 3000-year-old Pacific Islanders had their skulls removed and replaced with shell bracelets.
  • Artifacts found in Nicaragua could shake up Central American history. Aye carumba.
  • A deceased man's family find a solid gold Viking arm ring in his attic. In related news, grandparents across the UK have their attics raided by gold-hungry relatives.
  • Flying cars are still decades away. I'm so disappointed, when I was a kid 20 years ago I thought we'd all be driving hover cars and wearing tight-fitting silver suits by the year 2004.
  • Psychologists in Stockholm think that if your boss is a charming, well-educated and polished leader intent on climbing the career ladder, then he/she could be a psychopath.
  • A friendly killer whale is damaging boats. This headline should read: Idiots in boats are damaging killer whale.
  • Dinosaur kangaroos are spotted in Chile. Perhaps eyewitnesses were hallucinating after eating kangaroo chili hotpot that was out-of-date and older than the dinosaurs?
  • Queen Victoria's underwear secret. Hrmm, I wonder if the founder of Victoria's Secret lingerie knew about this?
  • A Kentucky Presbytarian studies paranormal phenomena.
  • Scientists say full moons have no influence on earthly events. Oh yeah? Then explain why Bill turned into a werewolf and ate 35 Texan chickens!
  • From Fortean Times, an intriguing tale about a mysterious object photographed on the ocean floor in 1964.
  • The planet Venus may once have been habitable?
  • Ford is destroying its stock of TH!NK electric cars, saying they're economically unviable.
  • Japanese Salarymen swelter in business suits during summer. Could air-conditioned jackets be the answer? Or society could be a little more lenient and allow for business people to dress practically in the hot summer months, but no, the complicated option is much better, the Salaryman must wear a shirt and tie at all costs! My heartfelt sympathies go out to the very sweaty and forever suffering Salaryman -- may you get to crack open an ice-cold Asahi after work my friends!
  • There's a new book called Bigfoot The Musical. Not to be confused with a broadway production of Jerry Springer the Opera.
  • Are you an American and can't decide between Bush, Kerry or Nader? Then vote Bono for President (with Tool's leadsinger James Maynard Keenan as Vice-President). When asked if he'd like to enter politics, Bono replied, "I don't think I could live with the pay cut or moving to a smaller house."

Arigato Mitch and Asahi.



Quote of the Day:



I'm sick and tired of party politics. You know, the left, the right - I'm sick of the left, I'm sick of the right. Even the liberals are giving me a pain in the ass. We need new solutions to old problems.

Bono

News Briefs 27-08-2004

I won't kid you - news is slow today. But I'll give you what I've got............

  • Historians of the Stone Age fear that they will have to rip up their theories about Neanderthal Man after doubt has been cast on the carbon dating of skeletons.
  • Textile fragments provide details of ancient lives.
  • The first toilet and sewer system of prehistoric period has been found.
  • Each day, more than 4,000-people visit the place where the mighty thunder god Zeus took the form of a great white bull and won the the love of a girl named Europa.
  • Crocs may have evolved their tough skull before they turned amphibious.
  • What secrets do the Masons hide, not even revealing them to most of their own members?
  • How do UFOs, aliens, and alien abductions find a home at the conservative Baptist Baylor University?
  • The Leaning Tower of Pisa has been stabilized. The Stabilized Tower of Pizza doesn't have a ring to it.
  • London's Natural History Museum welcomes flesh-eating bugs.
  • Do you want the truth about GM crops?
  • Greenpeace is leading the charge to introduce a GM-food fear factor to the Chinese.
  • An online bookmaker is taking bets on the outcome of 10 big scientific endeavors, including the search for life on other planets (10,000:1) and the quest to harness nuclear fusion (100:1) as a substitute for oil.
  • An Australian inventor claims to have made the world's first commercially-viable motor vehicle powered by compressed air.
  • Recreational fishing seriously harms threatened species.
  • From Southern Australia to Scotland to Northern California, entrepreneurs are seeking to generate electricity by channeling the energy of the Earth's oceans.
  • The Unknown Life of Lobsters: Sex, Robots, and Beyond.
  • Mother Nature may give you a toke. A cannabis-like substance is produced by the brain that may keep you from going nuts.
  • From concept to Megalon - everything you always wanted to know about Godzilla. This could be important if you are Japanese, a 9-year old boy, or both.
  • Tons of flying tomatoes streaked the streets red and left 20,000 visitors wallowing in a pond of pulped fruit as a tiny Spanish town celebrated the world's largest food fight.
  • Scientists vote Blade Runner best ever sci-fi film.
  • The United States is preparing for a global flu epidemic.
  • A Cuban woman shipped herself in a wooden crate to the United States.
  • A 16-year old girl was hanged for having a sharp tongue.
  • You can kiss your sovereignty goodbye. The European Union is rapidly descending into Soviet-style totalitarianism. The U.S. is right behind them.
  • You can blame NASA for the peculiar weather.
  • Doctors might soon ask, 'What's your sign?'
  • Scientists discount the full moon's influence on events.
  • Magnets may not really work for pain.
  • Chupacabra's cousin is found in Valparaiso.
  • Tunguska? If any people are more gullible about Unidentified Flying Objects than Americans, it’s the Russians.
  • Unexplainable phenomena have been said to happen at thousands of churches throughout time, but on an early December 2000 morning at San Juan Bautista Mission, even a scientist was astonished.
  • NIDS investigates the Flying Triangle enigma.
  • NASA’s redesigned space shuttle fuel tanks should no longer shed dangerous pieces of foam when launches resume next spring.
  • The ancient history of Venus may have included water and life.
  • The Beagle 2 mission team bites back.

Quote of the Day:

Being eaten by a crocodile is just like going to sleep... in a giant blender.

Homer Simpson

News Briefs 25-08-2004

Anyone seen F for Fake?

  • Noah's ark discovered?
  • Signs of life on Mars: Part 1. Part 2.
  • Lightning bolt kills Danish cows.
  • How can it rain fish?
  • Terrified of needles? Help is on the horizon.
  • Language may shape human thought. And vice versa?
  • Miracle on probability street.
  • A genetically modified survey.
  • When the body says no.
  • Sedna has invisible moon.
  • Pigs test positive for bird flu.
  • Mystery of Wales turtle solved.
  • Jolts of electricity reviving coral reef off Bali coast.
  • Deepest image of exploded star uncovers bipolar jets.
  • New species of shark uncovered in Germany.
  • Researchers are trying to predict how much rain to expect based on how often lightning strikes.
  • Remains of a prehistoric Berber town have been discovered in Western Sahara and are supposedly 15000 years old.
  • Painter jailed for committing masterpieces.
  • Allegations abound that the Holy Grail has been found.
  • Vast new energy source almost here. Wait for the rises in global temperature that will follow.
  • The bizarre evolution of male genitalia. As if the look of a butchered chicken covered in elbow skin weren't enough.
  • Sardine migration one of natures's great wonders. Getting in those tins was a master stroke.
  • Hebrews of the old testament were Arabs. Next it will be neither.
  • Genghis Khan was a contemplative chap.
  • Meteorites supplied Earth life with phosphorus. Earth life? Do they know something?
  • Russia on alert after double jet crash.
  • The Garden of Eden.
  • I'm not guilty, but my brain is.
  • Scientists debate methane on Mars.
  • Viking find extremely significant.

Quote of the Day:

I must believe that at least art is real.

Anon

News Briefs 24-08-2004

Does the internet have a pause button? I'd find that quite handy at times...

  • Ah the glamour of archaeology, sifting through the mud at the bottom of the Hudson River.
  • Across the Middle East, the quest for sacred artifacts and for the lessons they can teach us is taking on new urgency.
  • Was Genghis Khan's pen mightier than his sword? That would be a hell of a pen.
  • The 1400-tonne time bomb that lies at the bottom of the Thames could blow at any time.
  • Stem cell discovery may help diabetics.
  • US scientists genetically engineer mice with twice the endurance capability of normal mice. Say bye-bye to the Olympics folks.
  • Researchers find that fruit flies have sex longer when their body clock is impaired. The world is in turmoil, and science is improving the sex life of fruit flies.
  • We all might be capable of enjoying the pleasure of synesthesia. Shh, can you smell something?
  • Electric shock treatment revives coral reef.
  • God's fragrance descends upon Church two weeks after the prophetic proclamation "When you experience my fragrance, know that my glory is not far behind." Try that line out next time you break wind in an elevator.
  • Better the devil you know in Rennes-le-Chateau.
  • Pope condemns human cloning and arrogance of man. Not sure if he means one man in particular, or all of us in general.
  • Canadian film company releases full-length documentary about Aztec UFO crash.
  • Noah's Ark discovered?
  • Lightning bolt kills 31 Danish cows.
  • It's raining fish, hallelujah it's raining fish.
  • Dowsing: is it science or mysticism?
  • Randi rants about Roswell, Radin and reader queries. Damn, last week was alliteration week here at TDG, what a waste.
  • Hot meteorite found in backyard. Alternatively, it could be a cooked mushroom or fresh dog droppings. No wonder the guy picked it up with a paper towel...
  • Raelians hold public lecture to share their message, and insist they are not 'nuts'.
  • For some strange reason, scientists are unconvinced by the Tunguska UFO story.
  • Mars Odyssey mission gets a new lease on life.
  • Asteroid shaves past the Earth in the nearest miss so far recorded.
  • Exploded star detailed in new Chandra X-ray image.
  • Scientists puzzled by remnants of 1994 Jupiter comet collision.
  • In the loneliness of space, astronauts may one day count on the company of Robonaut. At least it doesn't have one of those funny round mouths.
  • New Moon Rising (Amazon US and UK) details the behind the scenes recent history of NASA, from the Columbia explosion to the release of the Presidential Commission's report on "Moon, Mars and Beyond".
  • Human hibernation being investigated by the European Space Agency (ESA).

Quote of the Day:



The things that will destroy us are: politics without principle; pleasure without conscience; wealth without work; knowledge without character; business without morality; science without humanity; and worship without sacrifice.

Mahatma Gandhi

News Briefs 23-08-2004

Today's News is 99.9% politics free. It may contain traces of peanuts and personal bias.

  • Remember the Kent County Court House ghost caught on security camera earlier this year? It's an insect according to the security company who studied the recordings, and they say it's happened before. Yeah, but have they considered it could be the ghost of an insect?
  • Want to catch your own ghost? A ghostbusting kit will soon be mass-marketed. I always wanted to be Venkman.
  • Richard Freeman's report of his expedition to Sumatra in search of the Orang-Pendek and other cryptozoological mysteries.
  • Fancy learning more about Cryptozoology? Check out Ben Roesch's Online Cryptozoology Archives.
  • Does a dinosaur named Mokele-Mbembe exist in the African Congo?
  • The world may be getting smaller, but there's still plenty of wild territory for Extreme Expeditions.
  • Bizarre creatures of Japan. No, not lolita-goths and cosplayers, but goblins and ape-men. Genki link!
  • An excellent website detailing Archaeoastronomy in Japan. Of particular note is the star chart of Kitora Kofun.
  • Cesare Berrini's theories of Tiahuanaco's Gateway of the Sun.
  • Explorers find new districts of ancient city in Peruvian Andes. If similar expeditions could get decent funding, I'm sure more discoveries could be made in South America.
  • Paul Stonehill, of the China Paranormal Research Center, presents an interestin article about Ancient China's mysterious Yellow Emperor, Huang-Ti.
  • Gusev Crater on Mars may contain evidence of a watery past. The evidence is watery because Skeptics keep peeing on it.
  • Are magnetic hills a hoax or the real deal?
  • Greens call for action on Scotland's chaotic summer weather. Cernig wonders if it's safe to return. It is, but only when the soccer's not on.
  • First Dr Wynn warns of massive tsunamis smashing America's east coast, now he says he was exaggerating and the volcanic collapse of the Canary Islands will only cause mini waves. Surfs up, Prez.
  • Butterflies are disappearing, possibly due to climate change. Butterflies are symbolic of what, according to Jung? Post your answers and I'll think of a prize.
  • Hopes for an International Linear Collider to be built are rising.
  • The darkest body in the universe may be a moon that partners Sedna.
  • A shortage of primates for lab experiments could slow medical breakthroughs. Uh ... any volunteers?
  • The world is experiencing an increase in dust storms. Where's Iorek Byrnison when you need him?
  • Munch's painting The Scream has been stolen. Give it back, Greg: administrating TDG isn't that stressful and it hardly looks like you anyway.
  • A woman hanging out her washing becomes the first person in Britain to be hit by a meteorite. What surprises me is that other people in the world have been hit by meteorites! I wonder if she saw stars?
  • Impact craters hidden under the Antarctic ice sheet are mapped.
  • A strain of China's Avian flu is discovered in pigs.
  • A US County Sheriff suspects "Al-Qaeda or teenagers" for a string of unsolved petty crimes.
  • A feel-good cute animal story to end today's news, as Henry the new-born leatherback turtle swims out to sea.

Quote of the Day:



The essential thing in art cannot be explained.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir

News Briefs 20-08-2004

There's nothing I enjoy more than Myth-Breakers; evidence that contradict beliefs that every just 'knows' are true. You know, Captain Kirk never said 'Beam me up, Scotty' and lemmings don't commit suicide by drowning themselves in the sea.

It's a slow news day, so there's a change of pace here today, folks. I've selected articles that are contrary to commonly-held beliefs. Let us know how you like it. Warning: If you've got some belief that you hold very dear to your heart, and it appears that I'm about to step all over it, just skip it. I'm not here to trash your psyche or crash your karma. Just having a little Phriday Phun here at TDG.

Oh yeah, just in case this doesn't work we don't need to mention it to Greg, do we? ;o)

  • The first humans came to North America after the last Ice Age ended about 13,500 years ago, crossing a land bridge from Asia into what is now Alaska and spreading quickly across the continent. Then what's this.
  • History tells us that the arrival of Columbus in the New World marked the beginning of the extinction of the native population of Cuba. But history is often in error.
  • Everyone believes that a tunnel is the best way to reduce traffic and congestion around Stonehenge. Not.
  • The cave art of Ice Age Britons is rather dull and uninspired when compared to their Paleolithic counterparts on continental Europe. Really?
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls found a half-century ago in the caves above Qumran leave no doubt that the Essenes occupied that region in Biblical times. No.
  • Some scholars maintain that King Solomon is a mythological figure, a kind of Jewish King Arthur.
  • The first Olympic participants performed their competitions in the nude. Not intentionally.
  • The dingo descends from ancient, wild wolf-like animals unique to Australia. DNA evidence says the Dingo's mamma was Chinese.
  • Friday the 13th and the number thirteen are universally considered unlucky. Nope.
  • The news coming from the rovers on Mars is so exciting that no printed publication would find it necessary to embellish the truth. Not quite.
  • Alzheimer's disease has only been identified as a collection of brain cell abnormalities since 1906 making an ancient Chinese cure absolute nonsense. We shall see.
  • President Bush has banned stem cell research. Not at all.
  • First proposed in 1950, the idea of linguistic determinism has been discredited.
  • There are no South American Piranhas in Dutch canals. Wanna bet?
  • President Bush was looking for an excuse to invade Iraq and used 9/11 as an opportunity to do so. Not according to the 9-11 Commission Report. Read Chapter 10.3 'Phase Two' and the Question of Iraq (14 ppg.). BTW, if you read the whole report it refutes about 95% of Michael Moore's movie.
  • The damp Rosslyn Chapel has deteriorated and has few visitors.
  • No one would object if the U.S. military policy offered free breast implants to female soldiers.
  • Europe is adamant about maintaining their status of remaining GM-crop free. Not everyone.
  • The story of Noah's Ark is mythology, a local river flood at best. Okay, what's this?
  • The concept of the automobile has matured and very little innovation is necessary. Scroll through the numbers and hold on tight.
  • President Bush is saber-rattling, threatening Iran with invasion if the don't abandon their nuclear weapons projects. Not hardly. A diplomatic approach seems to be working well in Iran.
  • Gravity is well understood and and perfectly explained by Newton's Laws of Motion and General Relativity. You left out the invisible hand and the pendulum.
  • All scientists agree that soaring levels of the greenhouse gas cause Global Warming making the Kyoto Protocol our only hope. Uh oh, maybe Bush's mean ol' USA scientists were right.
  • Humankind needs religion for moral guidelines.
  • The earth is well-mapped and we know everything about it. There are no remains of an 'ancient civilization' yet to be discovered.
  • All little boys grow up to be violent boyfriends and husbands, and that all little girls grow up to be docile wives and mothers who maintain family harmony at all costs.
  • They sting, bite, spread disease, and annoy us. The world would be a better place if we could rid the planet of insects. Mankind has no use for bugs.
  • These 'mystery animals' that keep popping-up are all known species. Are they? Okay, what's this one?
  • Russian cosmonauts have never reported seeing UFOs while in space.
  • The concept of a flying car is the stuff of science fiction and the Jetsons. It will never become reality. Don't bet on it.
  • Virtual reality systems rely on a user navigating through a space using a joystick or some other controller, but lack the physical feeling of movement. Not anymore.
  • Ghosts are associated with family castles, predominantly in Great Britain. Not always.
  • Wondering whether extraterrestrials exist or not is just an entertainment, it really doesn't matter.
  • Having no magnetic field and being so small, Mars never had an atmosphere or liquid surface water.
  • There's very little to be gained by further exploration of our solar system. We know everything.

Thanks Jerry and Marlin.

Quote of the Day:

Space travel is bunk.

Sir Harold Spencer Jones
Astronomer Royal of Britain
1957, two weeks before the launch of Sputnik

News Briefs 18-08-2004

Time doesn't work quite the same way here in Atlantis.

  • Cassini finds new Saturn moons.
  • Stars reveal the Milky Way's age.
  • Seoul ticks off Beijing for distorting history.
  • Tibetan medicine packed with unusual pharmaceutical properties.
  • Cosmic ray link to global warming boosted.
  • Ice yields ancient plant matter.
  • Hurricane Charley's sharp turn baffles scientists.
  • Churchill and Hitler: Titans of World War 2.
  • The forgotten black confederate soldier.
  • Greenstock: If Iraq in 2006 looks very little better than under Saddam, then the whole thing was a waste of lives, money and effort.
  • 100,000 Radiations - A Review.
  • The devil in their diet.
  • Prions act as stepping stones in evolution.
  • Ganymede has a lumpy interior.
  • A flash flood in the pan or a rainstorm caused by global warming?
  • Taking the pulse of planet Earth.
  • Nanotubes may have no temperature.
  • Scientists to investigate genetic history of Britons.
  • Maligned and ridiculed, cold fusion gains respect as a cheap way to produce nuclear weapons.
  • Is Mercury an incredible shrinking planet?
  • Low-carb diets get thermodynamic defence.
  • On the electromagnetic basis for gravity.
  • Walden's ripple effect.
  • Could Australia's deadly snakes put the bite on cancer. Perhaps they could even provide for a test of another viewpoint?
  • Cornish sun pillar.
  • Earth in 2050: Expect 9 billion humans.
  • Explorers find ancient city in Peru jungle.
  • Venus: an inhabited world?
  • Sankapala Viharaya's archaeological importance.
  • Marijuana extract fights brain cancer.

Quote of the Day:

Better late than never.

Anon