Ancient mariners and giant mutant rats

Did Phoenicians beat Columbus by 2000 years? Former Royal Navy officer Philip Beale hopes to sail a replica Phoenician boat 10,000 kilometers across the Atlantic to the Americas in an ambitious voyage that could challenge maritime history. His ship, the Phonecia, has already circumnavigated Africa.

In other ancient boating news, Egyptian antiquities officials have announced that a sewage pipe has burst inside the museum holding one of pyramid builder Khufu’s boats. The level of damage is unknown at this time.

Iran is battling a plague of ‘genetically mutated’ giant rats with sniper teams. Better get a longer leash for your chihuahua!

Good news everyone! Sex is as good as medication for migraines! Call me a “migraine relief therapist”, no co-pay required!

Charles Chase is promising that the Lockheed Skunk Works can produce mini fusion power plants by 2017.

Joseph Zawodny, a senior scientist at NASA’s Langley Research Center, is hot to pursue a LENR fusion scheme… as soon as suitable terahertz sources become available.

A nickle-hydrogen LENR system… where have we heard that before? Probably some crackpot.

I’ve heard of a “cold boot” before, but didja know you can bypass Android disk encryption by freezing the phone for an hour?

DC Comics hired Orson Scott Card to pen their digital re-boot of Superman despite his rather outspoken stand against gay rights. Yesterday, illustrator Chris Sprouse announced he is walking away from the project, citing the media controversy. DC says they are shelving the project for now… but they might as well pull the plug permanently if they intend to keep Card as writer. Yeah, he’s that hateful.

The Southern Poverty Law Center says there are more conspiracy-minded ‘Patriot’ groups than at the height of the militia movement in the 1990s. They attribute this to the down economy (hate and radicalism always tick up when things seem desperate), the election/reelection of Barack Obama, a push on gun control, racial tensions over immigration and the declining power of white America. You know, TYRANNY!

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