Daily archives: May 5, 2006

Heavensent 2.7

Someone had been discreet enough to listen at the door and slid the orders under it rather than intrude. Reed tucked Jay in and padded across to the envelope.

There were two sheets, held together with a folded and crimped metal strip. In effect it was a list of names, a date and destination, but it had been wrapped up in the usual reminders to maintain secrecy and pack spare underwear.

Jay woke after a few shakes. She blinked at the sheets, skim reading when the sleep was from her eyes. “That is a long way away from the action. And why not send the whole squadron?”

“I do not know. Serena, and a few of the other bombardiers and some of the ground crew were transferred out the same way. Before you came along, of course.”

“Of course.”

“I shall tell them at the briefing. Until then…..?”

“Until then, I am going back to my room.”

Heavensent 2.8
Heavensent 2.6
Heavensent 1.1

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Trade Winds Weaken with Global Warming

The Trade Winds serve many purposes beyond the one that got them their name. They bring rains to the west and churn up the oceans, turning surface waters into rich feeding grounds, and drive weather conditions around the world. A study of air pressure records dating back to 1860 has shown the changes over time of the Walker circulation. It had weakened by 3.5% and was expected to fall by 10% by the year 2100.

“Nearly all of this is down to increases in greenhouse gas emissions,” said Dr Vecchi.

“We know this air current has an influence on weather in many regions, so we can expect there to be changes locally. Ecosystems are complex, but our concern would be that this could also affect biological productivity over a large part of the Pacific,” he added.

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All batteries to be recycled by 2008

An EU directive puts the onus on battery manufacturers to cover the cost of recycling their products. Groups representing the industry say this will lead to a rise in the cost of batteries. Which won’t be a bad thing, really, it might drive more people to invest in rechargeables, another way to cut the waste and pollution of one-shots.

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King Tut's Willy

Tutankhamun’s penis, long thought top have been stolen from his mummified remains (people collect these things, apparently) has been found to be intact and exactly where it should be.

All matters appeared intact when King Tut was first removed from his tomb by the Times-sponsored archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922, and photographed by Harry Burton, the official cameraman. Dr Eduard Egarter Vigl, a mummy expert and a member of the recent scanning team, explained yesterday: “The pharaoh’s sex organ is clearly visible in Burton’s pictures; all was normal in King Tut. The penis is a highly vascularised organ and shrinks when it is mummified.”

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