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News Briefs 11-02-2014

Thanks to all readers who have left reviews for my book Stop Worrying! There Probably is an Afterlife!

Thanks Kat.

Quote of the Day:

I am not anti-reason. I am also not anti-religion. I am opposed to dogmatism. I am skeptical of each person’s individual powers of reasoning, and I’m even more skeptical of the reasoning of groups of activists, hyper-partisans, and other righteous reformers who would remake society according to their own reasoned (or revealed) vision.

Jonathan Haidt

News Briefs 10-02-2014


  • 850,000-year-old human footprints found in Norfolk.
  • UK floods flush out a "troll".
  • Jonathan Haidt uses science and reason to reveal new atheists' love of certainties - but admits that he could be wrong.
  • Mysterious 'jötunvillur' code in Viking runes is found to be ambiguous and playful.
  • Want to mine the moon? Apply now.
  • Is the rise of the robots just a reflection of our own spiritual devolution?
  • Huge Chimpanzee 'megaculture' survives in Congo forest.
  • Nessie goes missing?
  • MIB: a small addition to a legend.
  • "Archaeobunnies" unearth a trove of New Stone Age finds at Land's End.
  • Nerve implants make bionic hand feel almost real.
  • Origins of 'Eagle's Nest' in Russia continues to baffle scientists.
  • The esoteric secrets of fantasy books.
  • Transformational website/community Reality Sandwich, version 2.0.
  • Mad science becoming respectable? It’s more likely than you think….
  • Science explains the munchies.

Quote of the Day:

It's absolutely horrifying to think of human beings living off my geochemistry and atmosphere, but to be honest, if I can just get through the next 50 or so Earth years, I should be in the clear.

WR 67c

News Briefs 07-02-2014

“To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.”

Quote of the Day:

“Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides.”

Lao Tzu

News Briefs 06-02-2014


Thanks to Kat, Susan & Meilen.

Quote of the Day:

"I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells."

~Dr. Seuss

News Briefs 05-02-2014

And you can dream, so dream out loud.

Quote of the Day:

"Sleeping is the height of genius."

~ Soren Kierkegaard

News Briefs 04-02-2014

The only way I can understand The Hangover 3 is to assume it was some sort of primitive attempt at a Voight-Kampff test...

Quote of the Day:

You cannot use butterfly language to communicate with caterpillars.

Timothy Leary

News Briefs 03-02-2014

Soon, anywhere else but Earth may be considered 'superhabitable'.

  • Star next door may host a 'superhabitable' world.
  • New DNA sequencing technique solves the problem of contamination, promising new insights into human origins from previously-handled samples.
  • Dinosaur bones and jelly donuts on Mars.
  • Need-based psychic ability appears to be strongest type.
  • Babylonian tale of round ark draws ire from some Christian circles.
  • NSA spied on climate talks so the Obama admin. could sabotage them.
  • Did alien life evolve just after the Big Bang?
  • Vinay Gupta talks about crisis preparation and resilience on a macro/micro scale on London Real.
  • Seeing as a service: Forget augmented reality. What about diminished reality?
  • New Cretaceous Titanosaur discovered.
  • Mirrors may have worked magic in ancient Japanese rituals.
  • Scientists who warn of the dangers of believing too much in science.
  • Theo Paijmans asks "Where have all the monsters gone?"
  • Is alchemy back in fashion?
  • Theft of Pope John Paul II's blood raises the question "Is there really a Satanic New Year?"
  • First-person view of Felix Baumgartner's space jump.
  • Animated online realtime global weathermap. H/t BoingBoing.
  • And here's what that weather around Britain has been up to.

Thanks Rick

Quote of the Day:

Without a free press, we have nothing, not even an illusion of freedom.


News Briefs 31-01-2014

"To entire sincerity there belongs ceaselessness."

And a very Happy Birthday to the Mightiest Quinn!

Quote of the Day:

“To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous.”