stonertom writes: "Two years ago, scientists at the University of California, Berkeley found the marine fossil record shows that biodiversity-the number of different species alive on the planet-increases and decreases on a 62-million-year cycle. At least two of the Earth's great mass extinctions-the Permian extinction 250 million years ago and the Ordovician extinction about 450 million years ago-correspond with peaks of this cycle, which can't be explained by evolutionary theory. Our Sun moves toward and away from the Milky Way's center, and also up and down through the galactic plane. One complete up-and-down cycle takes 64 million years- suspiciously similar to Earth's biodiversity cycle."
stonertom writes: "From the BBC: CCTV cameras already monitor your movements in public places — now they can give you instructions as well. Seven cameras in Middlesbrough have been fitted with speakers so operators can give warnings. Peter Lugg Reports. Video
From Engadget: Seven of the 158 CCTV cams in the Northern town of Middlesbrough have been fitted with loudspeakers. Do something " anti-social " and prepare for an earful of reprimand from the camera operators. As Jack Bonner, who manages the system, gloats: 'It is one hell of a deterrent. It's one thing to know that there are CCTV cameras about, but it's quite another when they loudly point out what you have just done wrong.""
stonertom writes: "Having been asked by my Dad to get free downloads of his album noticed online, I began looking for sites where independent artests can try to gain ratings/recognition. The sites that are available are either badly designed (ie hard to find and rate downloads) or require payment for promotion. Ideally I'm looking for a site that will link to my page mistletoestreetmusic.com, and manage sales of physical CDs on a per-sale basis. Have any readers had any experiance with this kind of promotion?"