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News Briefs 20-05-2004

From travelling across the Universe, to just around the United States - it's a power-day for space news today. Let's start big and work our way down...

  • Planning a trip across the Universe? Latest figures give a topology scale of 75 billion light-years. Better pack some refreshments for the trip.
  • Not to mention, you should get going soon - researchers have found the Universe is still expanding rapidly.
  • Heck, the slow-poke Cassini probe has spent the last seven years just getting to Saturn, but is now just one month away from orbital insertion (sounds painful).
  • But do we have the 'right stuff' for a trip to Mars?
  • Especially if part of the 'right stuff' is to recycle drinking water from your own poo.
  • Could be why China's first astronaut has decided a quick trip around the United States will do him fine.
  • Speaking of that dude - remember how the Great Wall was visible from space, but the Chinese astronaut found that it wasn't, but then the ESA said it was. Well it wasn't.
  • NASA said to be still facing enormous challenges before getting shuttle missions going again.
  • Asteroid about to crash into your planet and destroy life as we know it? No problem...release the asteroid-eaters.
  • Chocolate good for the longevity of your arteries. Okay, that's a good enough excuse for me - I'm off to the shops to load up.
  • Artificial gene created to help make random mutants (in mice, not quite the X-men yet).
  • Be a god and make your own Universe. Home lab experiments have changed since I was a kid.
  • Smart houses of the future to offer a helping hand. I think the 'persuasive mirror' would last about a day.
  • Sunglasses for video blog, and to detect when someone makes eye contact with you. Believe me, plenty of people will be looking at you.
  • Adventurer to hunt the Yeti in the deepest gorge on Earth.
  • Old Melbourne Gaol is quite a spooky place. Just ask the boss.
  • Scientist finds world's most beautiful woman. Or should that headline read "Supermodel gets another geeky stalker"?
  • UK ID card plan may struggle, as one million say they'd rather go to jail than register for a card. But hey, these new fancy biometric measures will ease a lot of those concerns. Just put the chip under our skin and get it over with, save us the time and energy.
  • Faulty gene doubles breast cancer risk.
  • Weirdniks descend upon Oregon for yearly UFO parade. They should know better - the UFO community is a "Galactic Crime syndicate preying on the unsuspecting minds, fears, hopes and wallets of millions of people worldwide".
  • The cicadas are here! Board your windows, harvest your crops, get into your bunker.
  • The Top 10 conspiracy theories of 2003-2004. They may have to go monthly with that soon, the way things have been going.
  • Claim made for new kind of life - nannobacteria which may cause a range of human illnesses.
  • Disaster may have killed ancient group.
  • Virtual reality church blocks visits from Satan. I say get a few Quake players in there, they'll soon get rid of Shub-Niggurath (and make church a whole lot more entertaining besides).

Quote of the Day:

I already see the world that will come after we plant our flag in the dust of the moon: I fear it will be a strange dreamless world. I worry that the entire sky may soon become filled in every direction with spy satellites, flying bombs, orbital barracks and the cosmic latrines of the new secret armies.

Jacques Vallee (1969)

News Briefs 19-05-2004

So, if vaccines are harmless then why shouldn't the proponents of them take doses equivalent in potency to those given to children. If your own Doctor or local politician advises that you take your children for vaccination, ask if he or she will take the vaccine first. After all, if they are safe then nothing tragic should happen to them. Post your thoughts.

  • Black Death blamed on man. I'll bet the rats are relieved.
  • Prostitution law used to prosecute Greenpeace. I've always considered joining Greenpeace.
  • Heat death: Blair spins climate change.
  • A remedy that's all in the mind? Either way, it is a real effect.
  • UFOs, implants and aliens.
  • Is Earth getting darker? Metaphorically.
  • Universe seems to be older than expected.
  • Microwave mismatch proves our cosmos is a whopper. Would that not depend on where the radiation comes from, and if there's no big bang...
  • AIDS treatment a human right. But what if this group is right?
  • Atrocities in Iraq: "I killed innocent people for our government."
  • War is a racket.
  • Utah microbes may have Martian mirror.
  • Scientist seeks reason as to why the Earth wobbles. Perhaps it is scared of Venus and Mars?
  • Bacteria will produce electricity from Spacecrap.
  • Hoaxing the UK Mirror - MI6 Disinformation Plot.
  • Magnetic fields may be visible to birds.
  • Dark Energy: The Great Divide?
  • Halley's comet portrayed on ancient coin.
  • Early man had mining in mind.
  • On eve of surgery, child's deadly tumor vanishes.
  • 25 Years After Three Mile Island, Is Another Nuclear Power Plant Disaster Inevitable?
  • The Real Trojan War: Digging up clues to the truth behind the myth. In the wrong place, of course.
  • Join the experiment.
  • The turbulent life of dolphins.
  • Rumour-mongers bow to vaccination campaign. The rumour is that the vaccine can seriously damage your health.

Quote of the Day:

Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.

Mark Twain

News Briefs 18-05-2004

Roll the window down, this cool night air is curious...

  • Plan to classify Silbury Hill as a building to stop it falling apart from human traffic.
  • Scientists endorse Atkins Diet. Study sponsored by the Atkins foundation.
  • Why move an asteroid? Ever seen that movie DEEP IMPACT?
  • Sci-fi writer Ray Bradbury testifies to President's Commission about our destiny in space, five centuries from now.
  • Ghost-busting team says former RAF base in Wales is definitely haunted.
  • Kenyan rock art stumps experts.
  • Diabetes increases risk of Alzheimer's Disease.
  • Got a heart disorder? Why not try microwaving your ticker (don't try this at home kiddies).
  • For the first time in 120 years, geologists have added a new time period to human history - the Ediacaran Period.
  • Scientist says he knows why the Earth wobbles. Personally I think it's a result of too much dancing - please stop people!
  • Latest UFO and abduction reports at Profind.
  • US to accelerate its approval of new HIV drugs for the world's poor from four years to as little as six weeks. Why not for other life-threatening diseases?
  • Medicinal GM crops produced. Not to mention, GM crops could help feed the poor. How long before the brand name Panacea appears?
  • Scientists uncover anti-aging enzyme target.
  • THE DAVINCI CODE for kids - CHASING VERMEER. Wonder if they replaced Teabing with Barney the Dinosaur.
  • Fred Crisman - key man in JFK/UFO Conspiracy cover-up? Busy man.
  • Texas man captures UFOs on video. Mexico, Texas...heading to Washington?
  • Richard Dolan gets a little feisty about the debunkings of the Mexican UFOs.
  • Human settlements existed in the Amazon Basin some 4,000 years ago.
  • Megalithic-style Oseirion in Abydos under threat.
  • Unearthing the mysteries of the Anasazi in Chaco Canyon.
  • Cloning resets cellular clock.
  • Study finds passive smoking kills one bar worker a week.

Quote of the Day:

We expect that our analysis will show that certain areas in the United States have had an abnormally high number of reported incidents of unidentified flying objects....we recommend that one or two of these areas be set up as experimental areas. Many different types of aerial activity should be secretly and purposefully scheduled within the area.

US Military ("Pentacle Memorandum") - 1953

News Briefs 17-05-2004

A bit slow on the news front this weekend, but still a few interesting stories out there...

Quote of the Day:

Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.


News Briefs 14-05-2004

Hi friend, pull up a chair, get comfy, and let me tell you a few tales..............

  • Scientists think they may have evidence of an impact crater that contributed to the Great Dying, a mass extinction wiped-out more than 90-percent of the species on Earth.
  • Sampson is poised to crush the old Tyrannosaurus Rex image.
  • The largest particle detector in Mexico is being built inside a pyramid in the ancient settlement of Teotihuacan.
  • A virus found in the Yellowstone National Park thermal pools has a structure so ancient that scientists think it sits near the root of the universal tree of life.
  • A tiny Iron Age tool found in Holland marks move to steel.
  • Explorers still seek El Dorado in the mountains of Peru.
  • U.S. authorities have returned to Honduras nearly 300 pieces of Mayan jewelry, some dating back to about 500 A.D.
  • Ufa, the capital of Bashkortostan, a republic in Russia, should mark its 5,000th rather than the approaching 430th anniversary of its foundation.
  • A campaign has begun to secure the return to Wales of the Red Lady, a skeleton that predated Stonehenge by 20,000-years.
  • The skull of a man believed to have lived more than 6,000-years ago has been dug-up in Shanghai's Qingpu District.
  • Satellites see shadows of ancient glaciers.
  • The information environmentalists are seeking to rid mental space around the world from too much data contamination. Just don't throw paint on my keyboard.
  • Today's handsome hunks evolved thanks to picky females.
  • Dads deliver a vital mating package.
  • Migratory birds, as well as many other animals, are able to sense the magnetic field of the earth, but how do they do it?
  • The Human Hell and the Demons of War: Think Never Again? Try Again and Again. Part 1, Part 2.
  • Last week I told you of Kiwihenge, a Stonehenge replica in New Zealand. This week it's Texashenge.
  • Money doesn't grow on trees, but machines can grow diamonds.
  • Come spend some quality time with the fauns, elves, imps, and fairies - she did. Let's get the 'I want some of what she's smoking'-line out of the way early.
  • Underwater bright lights and unidentified objects may indicate an underwater civilization.
  • The Mexican Santa Muerte death cult draws a diverse membership and she favors tequila, half-smoked cigarettes, and eggplants.
  • Invasion of The Giant African Land Snail. It sounds like something from those old black-and-white "creature features" from the 1950s, but this one is real.
  • A remarkable anti-freeze protein prevents the winter flounder from freezing-up in northern polar oceans.
  • Are lottery winners really less happy? I'll volunteer to test this theory empirically.
  • Is modern-day lycanthropy an explanation of werewolves?
  • An ET visits a Dutch home so they took his/her picture. Your call.
  • Producing an out-of-body experience at will and staying lucid outside the body requires ideal physical conditions as well as strong desire, concentration and determination.
  • Van Helsing opens this summer's big-budget movie season, but there's little excitement or surprise to be found here.
  • Mexican UFO Sightings: Real or B-Movie fare?
  • A UFOs filmed in the skies over Mexico could have been caused by a scientific phenomenon involving gases in the atmosphere.
  • Alien galaxies are entering the Milky Way.

Quote of the Day:

Scientists who go about teaching that evolution is a fact of life are great con-men, and the story they are telling may be the greatest hoax ever.

Dr. T. N. Tahmisian
Atomic Energy Commission

News Briefs 13-05-2004

Perhaps I should have this computer surgically attached to my body...seems like the logical thing to do.

  • Mexican UFO case gains worldwide attention (video and pics). Discovery Channel 'expert' (read 'cynic') says 'nothing to see here, move on people'.
  • Rumours of aliens are greatly over-rated. Ah, the faux intelligentsia...always ready to correct our bizarre thinking.
  • That antiquated piece of junk, the Hubble Space Telescope, provides historic first image of a planet orbiting another sun. Also - HST sees ladder of light around dying star. Good to get these pictures from the old girl, as she looks about to croak it.
  • Chinese textbooks are going through plenty of revision: Great Wall is indeed visible from space ( image of the day). More meat in this story.
  • A more detailed report on the new Shugborough Hall investigation, which considers some of the topics we're discussing over at the Inside the DaVinci Code forum.
  • Medical study finds that magnetic therapy helps those with spinal cord injuries.
  • Empathy is a basic emotional response, and even your pets probably have it.
  • Archaeologists claim to have found the original Library of Alexandria.
  • Brood X: a swarm of billions, if not trillions, about to invade Washington. Not the latest Sci-fi film, but periodic cicadas about to emerge from the ground after their (prime number wait) of 17 years.
  • Australian cricket males can copulate 50 to 58 times within three to four hours with the same female, setting the world record for any creature within the animal and insect kingdom. That's not Shane Warne by the way, we're talking insects here.
  • Poisonous frogs generate their poison by eating certain ants.
  • Scientists say climate disaster movie is 'flawed but useful'. It's a strange trend, this judging of movies as scientific or truthful. They're movies people, pay your money, have some fun, go home with a smile on your face.
  • Guatemalan murals show sophistication of ancient Maya. Also: archaeologists find first evidence of human remains at Maya site.
  • Archaeologists begin work on restoring prehistoric pagan stone circle. Make sure those modern druids wear a hard hat and covered footwear while on site!
  • Too much testosterone blights social skills. So push off, ya pack of morons.
  • Researchers get serious: don't drink one big cup of coffee, go with frequent low doses. My god, they make it sound like caffeine's a drug!
  • An interview with a Vatican astronomer. Does that mean he calculates God's ephemerids?
  • Review by Rick Kleffel of The Agony Column of Randall Sullivan's THE MIRACLE DETECTIVE: An Investigation of Holy Visions (available from Amazon US and UK). Looks good.
  • Quantum entanglement technique may increase CD capacity. It's always about solving the big problems isn't it.
  • China plans to send two astronauts into space in 2005.
  • Is 'junk DNA' the critical code for life?
  • Homegrown rocketeers prepare for next space shot.
  • Strong evidence of link between passive smoke and miscarriage.
  • The campaign of fear and lies about Ecstasy.

Quote of the Day:

"Pray more," the apparitions keep saying. Is there a race of beings who suck up the psychic energy of such prayers? Perhaps our major value in "their" eyes is our very stupidity. Everybody likes a nice clean fat pig. But a pig who asks questions about the square of the hypotenuse is an embarrassment to his own species, and an annoyance to his masters.

Jacques Vallee

News Briefs 12-05-2004

Psychopathic corporations, teleportations and rat micturations for your delectation. Post your thoughts.

  • Aussies make teleportation breakthrough. If they can't teleport Crocodile Dundee off the planet what's the point?
  • Rare movement of Venus gives scientists a clue.
  • Riding the death line.
  • Ancient code stumps codebreakers.
  • Plants purify poison water. Is it really the plants?
  • Flesh-eating dinosaur footprints unearthed on Skye. Are the footprints flesh-eating?
  • Abuse of Iraqi's well thought through.
  • Formaldehyde, Ammonia and Benzene molecules on Mars? Would probably mean Life.
  • Time for the climate doomsters to face reality.
  • Wetter world counters greenhouse gases.
  • Mexican Airforce video creates UFO stir.
  • Rat's urine not good for breasts.
  • X prize will be won this year.
  • The Doctor will freeze you now.
  • If the corporation were a person, would that person be a psychopath?
  • Pets should be made available for prescription. They're not to be taken like pills.
  • Calculating doom: Examining a probabilistic Doomsday argument.
  • In terms of fertility, geometry seems to matter. Esmerelda?
  • Europe's space shuttle passes early test.
  • Guatemalan murals show sophistication of ancient Maya.
  • Archaeologists are starting work to restore one of Cornwall's prehistoric stone circles.
  • Ancient Korea, first state in the East.

Quote of the Day:

At times one remains faithful to a cause only because its opponents do not cease to be insipid.

Friedrich Nietzsche

News Briefs 11-05-2004

No mention of four thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire - but here's the news today anyhow (oh boy)...

  • Robert E. Fulton dies aged 95 - considering he was there when King Tut's tomb was opened, motorcycled through 32 countries as he travelled around the world, and invented a flying car, we can assume he lived a full life.
  • Bad blood flows between the Medici family as plans progress to exhume their illustrious ancestors.
  • When trees go bad - scientists find evidence of chemicals leading to toxic ozone production.
  • But you can always rely on those goody-two-shoes cabbages and sprouts, with their chemical which fights cancer.
  • Zookeeper says Ohio 'lion tracks' are probably actually those of a dog.
  • Mathematicians study strange prime number obsession of cicadas.
  • The mystery of the underwater man-made islands of Orkney.
  • Searching for other Earths.
  • Nancy Reagan tells Bush Administration to support stem cell research. Just say yes.
  • Researchers teleport information to multiple recipients.
  • The fairy circles of Africa baffle scientists. Set up a few fairy traps, you're bound to bag one of the little blighters soon enough.
  • Possibly the first photo of an extrasolar planet taken.
  • Drug zaps fat least in those little obese mice anyhow.
  • Delusional parasitosis. Not the sort of thing you want much to do with.
  • Europe's space shuttle passes early test. Nice to see they've named a spacecraft after my little boy.
  • Remains of famous ancient poet Petrarch are actually from two different people.
  • Record number of entries for popular science book prize.
  • Ghosthunters get shut out of UK historical site.
  • US chemists take molecular robot for a stroll around the petri dish.
  • Russian space agency chief backs plan for manned mission to Mars within a decade.
  • As if the snakes, spiders, jellyfish and crocodiles aren't enough, researchers say Australia once had its fair share of large mammalian carnivores.
  • Historic castle to go to highest bidder. Ghosts thrown in for free.
  • The Milky Way gets another arm.
  • A group of virgins and an evangelist from the US to tour the UK urging teenagers to remain celibate.

Quote of the Day:

Stoop not down into the darkly splendid World; wherein continually lieth a faithless depth, and Hades wrapped in clouds...stay not on the precipice with the dross of Matter, for there is a place for thy Image in a realm ever splendid

Chaldaean Oracles

News Briefs 10-05-2004

Several interesting history related stories this weekend, as always feel free to post your thoughts...

Quote of the Day:

There is truth in the high opinion that in so far as a man conforms, he ceases to exist.

Max Eastman

News Briefs 07-05-2004

Welcome to the eclectic news center. It all made sense when I wrote it ........

  • Dinosaurs may have been wiped out by a mighty Verneshot, an underground explosion with the energy of 7-million atom bombs.
  • Arthropod animals were molting to make room for growth more than 500-million years ago.
  • Hummingbirds may be 30-million years old.
  • Physics meets archaeometry in ancient Greece.
  • The tomb of a Mayan queen has been found in the rain forest of Guatemala.
  • An ancient musical instrument has been found in the central highlands of Vietnam.
  • Archaeologists have made a sensational discovery in Turkmenistan -- a royal mausoleum.
  • Zahi Hawass, the man in charge of Egypt's antiquities and the greatest archaeologist of all time, is leading the hunt for to recover ill-gotten artifacts. Classic pic of Zahi and the Sphinx.
  • The Mudslingers protect an ancient ruin.
  • More than 2,000-years ago this ancient Maya community may have been major city.
  • It took ancient peoples in Great Britain a millennium or more to create Stonehenge, but the New Zealand version will be built in a little more than a year. Kiwihenge.
  • The drugstore culture threatens ancient Arab medicine.
  • Far-away Easter Island has become an exotic port-of-call for medical researchers.
  • The infamous, crawling, air-breathing, predatory snakehead fishes may be indicators of ancient climate shifts.
  • The humpback whale is believed to sing its mysterious songs for the same reason generations of teens have started bad garage bands.
  • A rising tide of micro-plastics is plaguing the seas. Where did you think those 2-liter bottles went?
  • Here's a follow-up on that lion in Ohio that Greg told you about yesterday.
  • In Wassaw Sound off Savannah, Georgia there's an 11-foot-long bullet with a snub nose and four stubby fins, an aluminum cylinder with No. 47782 written on it lying in the silt. Enclosed in its metal skin is 400-pounds of conventional explosives and a quantity of bomb-grade uranium. Take a guess what No. 47782 is.
  • Scientists uncover how the brain retrieves and stores older memories.
  • Ex-Nazi corporal says Germany attempted to kidnap Ike. If I told you more you would swear I made it up. Just read it.
  • No one is pretending the forthcoming climate change filmThe Day After Tomorrow is anything but implausible, but that the public is probably smart enough to distinguish between Hollywood and the real world. I wish.
  • Monsters like Godzilla may be scary, but they could be a parent's best friend.
  • Man is not a useless speck lost in the Universe.
  • You're invited to participate in the Massive Medicine Wheel Ceremony set for tomorrow. One Heart, One Mind, One Circle.
  • The James E. Webb Space Telescope is scheduled to take a few baby pictures in 2011.
  • Life in the universe could be everywhere.
  • Join the quest to unlock universe's missing link.
  • One-third of the universe still eludes us.
  • Our map of the Milky Way will have to be redrawn after Australian astronomers made the astonishing discovery that our spiral galaxy has a huge, out-flung arm.
  • Four vast petro-chemical oceans on the surface of Saturn's giant moon Titan wait the arrival of the ESA Huygens probe.
  • Mars scientists find some tempting new rocks.

Quote of the Day:

Nobody succeeds beyond his or her wildest expectations unless he or she begins with some wild expectations.

Ralph Charell