A report of findings to be published in Nature magazine, says that Homo Sapiens has been knocking around much longer than we thought... (Brought to you by Zeitgiest - the free Blather news service) ******** Two skulls originally found in 1967 have been shown to be about 195,000 years old, making them the oldest modern human remains known to science. The age estimate comes from a re-dating of Ethiopian rock layers close to those that yielded the remarkable fossils. The skulls, known as Omo I and II, push back the known presence of Homo sapiens in Africa by 40,000 years....


Can spirituality beat cancer? (Brought to you by Zeitgiest - the free Blather news service) ******** When Nancy Mramor learned she had leukemia nearly six years ago, the Pittsburgh-based licensed psychologist turned to mind-body medicine to help herself become well. She refers to the mind-body approach as spiritual fitness and used various techniques, including prayer, faith, and visualization during her struggle with the disease. "A big part of physical healing is attitude and faith," said Mramor, who holds a Ph.D. and has worked in private practice, schools, and hospitals for over 30 years, and appears monthly on KDKA-TV's "Pittsburgh Today...


Just how old do cats get? (Brought to you by Zeitgiest - the free Blather news service) ******** "Amber's secret to longevity is her diet of cod, chicken and prawns A west Wales feline is laying claim to be being the oldest living domestic cat in the world. Amber was a fully grown stray when she took up residence in Diane Sleeman's Ferryside home in 1978. Diane thinks she is now approaching 30, which would make her almost five years older than the current record holder, according to Guinness World Records. Researchers said if Diane can provide them with evidence...


Sad, sad news. "Hunter S Thompson, the American counterculture writer, has been found dead at his home in Colorado." (Brought to you by Zeitgiest - the free Blather news service) ******** 'In a statement to the Aspen Daily News, Thompson's son, Juan, said: "On February 20, Dr Hunter S Thompson took his life with a gunshot to the head at his fortified compound in Woody Creek, Colorado. Hunter prized his privacy and we ask that his friends and admirers respect that privacy as well as that of his family." ' Read more from BBC news Blather will be bringing you...


Instrumental group project Melek Taus III play two dates in London. (Brought to you by Zeitgiest - the free Blather news service) ******** Performances by this underground act are extremely rare. Line-up: Barry K. (Dacianos), Mark P., Giles N. (Now) and Steve ? First performance: Friday 25 February, Scaledown, The King & Queen, Foley St, near Goodge St tube, 7pm, FREE. See bagrec for details of other acts and Scaledown membership. Second performance: Saturday 26 February, Barden's Boudoir, 38 Stoke Newington Road, N16, 8pm, £3. There are other live acts, and a wild party follows. More venue details.


We think this is ingenious. (Brought to you by Zeitgiest - the free Blather news service) ******** "A house burglar was caught after a webcam on the owner's computer recorded images of him carrying out the raid. Stills of serial raider Benjamin Park, 19, of Cambridge, were sent to an email address so even when he stole the computer, the images could be found. " Read more from BBC news


Not the Etruscans. Not the Romans. Not Romulus. Not Remus. But something else altogether. (Brought to you by Zeitgiest - the free Blather news service) ******** A ruined 9th century B.C. palace has been excavated in central Rome, shedding important light on a period of European civilisation which, until now, scholars have only been able to tenuously guess at. "Legend has it that Rome was founded in 753 B.C. by Romulus and Remus, the twin sons of Mars, the god of war, who were suckled as infants by a she-wolf in the woods. Now, archaeologists believe they have found evidence...


How to take over a Power station. Sort of. (Brought to you by Zeitgiest - the free Blather news service) ******** My pal Nick is currently running a weblog a Greenpeace campsite in New Zealand, outside a new oil-fired power station. While he's doing that, his fellow Greenpeace activists are up on the roof of the station. Read the weblog » Kyoto Kicks off Coal Condemnation and Occupation at Marsden B » NZ Herald: Activists camp at power station


The US military is gradually edging closer to unleashing a new model army of robot soldiers on the battlefield.Robots are expected to become a major fighting force within US Army ranks in less than a decade.Technological advances allow them to hunt and kill enemies while their human controllers remain a safe distance away, carefully monitoring proceedings through a laptop. uk.news.yahoo.com


Albatross, anyone? 'A 'necklace' of up to nine incinerators are planned around the country as part of regional waste management plans', according to The Irish Independent Elsewhere: Witness ruling sparks outrage at oral hearing into incinerator 'THE chairman of an oral hearing into a €100m toxic waste incinerator outraged opponents yesterday when he ruled it was not necessary at this stage for directors of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to be called to testify. The ruling by Dr Jonathan Derham, who was appointed by the EPA to the inquiry, led one senior environmental campaigner to dismiss the hearing as "a...