Friday, July 2, 2010

Strange News of the World

This artists' rendering provided by the journal Nature shows a raptorial sperm whale Leviathan melvillei attacking a medium-size baleen whale off the coast of the area now occupied by Peru.  (AP) Prehistoric whale-eating beast discovered

Scattered finds of huge fossilized teeth had long hinted at the vicious predator's existence. "Moby Dick"? - More about the find - Ostriches' dinosaur link - Origin of life revised

World's biggest traveling exhibit of mummies opens today
Mummies never go out of fashion, and what's billed as the world's biggest traveling exhibit of carefully preserved humans will open to the public today at the California Science Center, next to the USC campus. "We are excited to launch 'Mummies of the World' in Los Angeles, a city that is lauded for its commitment to arts and culture," said Marc Corwin, president of American Exhibitions Inc. "As witnessed in the phenomenal success of the King Tut Exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art just five years ago, Southern California residents have an appetite for antiquities, which give us a glittering glimpse into the past." The exhibit will reveal how the scientific study of mummies provides a window into the lives of ancient people from every region of the world. The collection includes ancient mummies and artifacts from Asia, Oceania, South America, and Europe as well as ancient Egypt. More>>

North Carolina billboard (WCNC Charlotte) Atheist group's billboard defaced

Vandals spray-paint two new words on an atheist group's sign quoting the original Pledge of Allegiance. Vatican rebukes cardinal - Pledge of Allegiance

Burma denies nuclear weapons program

The defector, Sai Thein Win, is second from the left in this DVB picture

The Burmese government has denied recent reports that it is developing a nuclear weapons program. A statement from the foreign ministry said foreign media reports alleging such a program were "politically motivated." The Norway-based Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) broadcaster had run a documentary based on a defector's information about a nuclear plan. US Senator Jim Webb cancelled a planned trip to Burma due to the reports. More>>

Job seekers line up in front of a Dollar General booth at a Little Rock, Ark. (AP file photo) What exactly is a double-dip recession?

The new Apple iPhone during a product test review in San Francisco, Thursday, June 24, 2010. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Apple "stunned" at iPhone flaw

Man checking his watch on a date (Getty Images) 10 ways to avoid botching a date - Body language tricks - Six fun ways to flirt - How to be charming

Earth's protective ozone layer and hole. (Photo by Newsmakers) A downside to the recovering ozone layer

The atmosphere is definitely healing, but the resulting climate change may have an unwanted effect. Danger to humans

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