On this day…in 1929 & 1930

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces the winners of the first Academy Awards on this day in 1929. It was a far cry from the suspense, glamour and endless press coverage surrounding the Oscars today: The first award recipients’ names were printed on the back page of the academy’s newsletter. A few … [Read the full story]

Tommy Taylor’s SRU

This week, a young seventeen year old girl from Sri Lanka who worked as a nanny in Saudi Arabia was beheaded. She was executed because a baby (that she was looking after) died whilst being fed a milk bottle. Despite protests from many support groups and the government of Sri Lanka, the guilty verdict was … [Read the full story]

Battle Mug – have a coffee, then shoot someone

Staying awake during commando surveillance operations has never been easier – thanks to a coffee mug that comes with three military-spec scope rails. The Battle Mug, made by U.S firm OpticsPlanet, is clearly the meanest looking mug on the planet, especially when it’s carrying its full complement of hardware. Made from a block of aluminium, … [Read the full story]

How dare FIFA ban the poppy

I know I’m getting old and miserable, but what is wrong with the people who run the governments and the media. This week the news is about a boy of fourteen taking drugs and the refusal to let soccer players wear the poppy. We the ordinary people on the planet, see things quite clearly. So … [Read the full story]

White House denies evidence of aliens

The US government has formally denied that it has any knowledge of contact with extraterrestrial life. The announcement came as a response to submissions to the We The People website, which promises to address any petition that gains 5,000 signatories. Two petitions called for disclosure of government information on ETs and an acknowledgement of any … [Read the full story]

Hydrogen from urine

Currently, most commercially available hydrogen is collected by reforming natural gas with steam. That means fossil fuels are still in the mix, which is a serious black mark against hydrogen use for fuel. While it’s possible to extract hydrogen from water, the process is rather energy intensive and isn’t yet commercially viable. Gerardine Botte of … [Read the full story]