Sunday, September 16, 2012

Interesting news links - September 16, 2012

Archaeology

Have UK archaeologists found Richard III's skeleton?

Discovery: Ancient Fort Aided Julius Caesar's Conquest of Gaul

Heavenly Egyptian Charm Found in Israeli City 

Cryptozoology

4 freaky new bat species discovered

New Monkey Discovered in the Congo

History

MONA LISA COMING BACK FROM THE GRAVE?

NUDE, MONA LISA-LIKE PAINTING SURFACES

16th-Century Trial Records Reveal Priest's Magic 'Superpowers'

History's Mysteries

The Incredible Powers of D. D. Home --- This one isn't really news, just an article about a historical medium (or magician...it's not exactly clear).  I'm surprised he's not more famous, and the article questions whether or not he would have been more famous if he had actually portrayed himself as a magician instead of a medium.  Being a "professional house guest" doesn't sound too bad though.

Science

DARPA's robot pack mule takes a stroll --- Make it bigger and add some lasers and you have an AT-AT.  This thing might actually be even better though.

Jurassic Park? Mammoth fragments from Siberia may be clonable

Remote-Control Roaches Seek Out Disaster Victims --- Couldn't they find something to use besides nasty cock-roaches people will want to step on?

DOES TIME SLOW DOWN FOR ELITE ATHLETES?

Antimatter Spaceships Could Make Long Flights Before End Of Century, Space Consultants Say

Space

Explosion on Jupiter spotted by amateur astronomers

Spheres spark new Martian mystery

Martian moon bites into the sun --- A solar eclipse...on Mars.

UFOs

UFO files of close encounters in Aussie airspace 

Multicolored UFOs over England? Mystery solved --- I usually don't care for articles written by the notoriously condescending skeptic Benjamin Radford, but this one involved a UFO sighting that turned out to be quadcopter like I wrote about it my post the other day here.

Other topics of interest...

FBI begins installation of $1 billion face recognition system across America

Too soon? Too late? Psychological distance matters when it comes to humor

Cops set up cameras to watch the cameras that watch you

7 Side Effects of Drinking Diet Soda --- I've long thought that artificial sweeteners (as well as a lot of other chemicals with weird names that are put into foods and beverages) were unhealthy.  The artificial sweeteners are actually more unhealthy than the sugars.  And ironically, a potential side effect of drinking drinks with artificial sweeteners is obesity.  Oh...and they taste nasty.


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