ARMS FOR AN EX-PARALYTIC: in Massachusetts, a stroke victim paralysed for the past 15 years has used her thoughts to control a robotic arm. She used this arm to take a sip of coffee, showing part of a huge breakthrough in technology. Though this is an amazing accomplishment for all involved, I can't help thinking that we're only two steps away from this...
STIMULATE ME: the economy in Greece is so bad that they could end up leaving the Euro. Given the weak economies in other countries, I wouldn't be surprised if Italy or Spain follow suit within a matter of years. The Euro was introduced a decade ago, and already it is highlighting issues with the notion of a currency consistent across a larger region than a country. I'd be prepared to say that Greece is on a slippery slope...
GOT HIS MITT ON THE PRIZE: Mitt Romney is about two steps closer to becoming the Republican candidate for the 2012 Presidential election. Gods help us all.
YOUR FACE IS PUBLIC: Facebook has had its IPO and now its stock is open to the public. And it flopped. Apparently, the dot-com era is over and has been for the last ten years or so. I'm eagerly awaiting the dot-net era, the dot-org era, the dot-edu era, and (hopefully) the dot-biz era.
PLANE STUPID: Julia Gillard's plane suffered a nervous breakdown (and who can blame it) as it was about to fly out of Townsville to Chicago. The trouble is, there's no way to tell why the plane broke down: whether it didn't like its origin, its destination, or its cargo.
DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER: Queen Lizzy's Diamond Jubilee celebrations - that is, celebrating her sixtieth year as reigning monarch of England - are still well and truly in full swing, with a note from Google News about her gloves and how they are pretty much her trademark. I'd make a pun here about "fitting her like a glove" but it's been done to death. FML.
THE HEAT IS ON: Australia's last 60 years have been its hottest, according to new research. This heat also cannot be explained by natural causes. Tell us something we don't know.
RING OF FIRE: an annular solar eclipse is due to take place this weekend, with the best viewing place to be the Bay Area in the US. An annular eclipse is one where the new moon blots out most, but not all, of the sun's light, leaving a ring of the sun visible for a small period of time. Right about now, we need a revival of BARF. No, that link is NOT a troll. Read it fully.
BED TIME: time for me to get some sleep. That's not news, it's just an amusing fact. Nighty night!