Father accused of eating child’s eye out. The father was found in the backyard, where he chained himself to a tree and began hacking at his leg with a pickax while yelling incoherently.
Semi-truck Accident Spills Millions of Bees on Highway. The honeybees were on their way to North Dakota from Bakersfield, California.
The Billion-Dollar Bank Heist. How the financial industry is buying off Washington—and killing reform.
The US may be on the verge of making among the biggest and least-necessary financial mistakes in world history. The eurozone might be on the verge of a fiscal cum financial crisis that destroys not just the solvency of important countries but even the currency union and, at worst, much of the European project.
EU considers ban on ratings agencies, followed ire when Moody’s downgraded Portugal’s rating to “junk” status.
Scientists have found a “superbug” strain of gonorrhea in Japan that is resistant to all recommended antibiotics and say it could transform a once easily treatable infection into a global public health threat.
‘Last dinosaur’ supports asteroid extinction theory. A new fossil discovery has suggested that dinosaurs were alive right up until the asteroid impact, and did not go extinct gradually due to climate change or changes in sea level, as previous theories have proposed.
Drug Reverses ‘Accelerated Aging’ in Human Cells. The discovery has implications for the treatment of several diseases—as well as normal aging in healthy people.
A review published in Perspectives on Psychological Science reports scenarios in which happiness is not a good thing. The authors claim that not all types and degrees of happiness are equal, and that the pursuit of happiness can actually make people feel worse, instead of better.
Patients who participate in medical trials are rarely asked about their religious beliefs, so we should be grateful for any studies that do. Here’s one.
Higher cigarette taxes don’t deter all smokers. Price increases don’t persuade wealthier smokers or those aged 25 to 44 to butt out.
From the clothes and sunglasses you wear to computer hard drives and even cleaning products, nanotechnology – often inspired by the natural world – plays a big part in the manufacture of many familiar products.
Researchers presented nine-month old babies with paintings by the cubist painter Picasso and the impressionist Monet. Their first aim was to see if the babies could tell the difference between the two painting styles. Next they checked the babies could distinguish between different paintings by the same artist
In this project we use various visualization techniques to compare artistic developments of Piet Mondrian (1872–1944) and Mark Rothko (1903-1970). (The same techniques can be used to compare any other cultural image sets.)
Jakarta is one of the biggest cities in the world. With 10 million inhabitants, it is the most populous in south east Asia and the 10th biggest on the planet. Lighting such a city at night is an expensive business. Jakarta has over 200,000 street lights, which cost the equivalent of about $17 million dollars to run in 2007. The city has plans to double the number of street lights but would obviously like to minimize costs.
Remember our story last week, discussing the copyright issues of monkeys taking photographs of themselves using a photographer’s camera that he had left alone? News agency asked us to remove photos.
Even major oil companies admit that we are reaching peak oil–the point when the maximum rate of petroleum production is reached and begins to go into an unstoppable decline. We may have also reached peak car usage in our major cities.
Is exportation of hazardous waste the future solution, in the face of unsustainable methods? This paper reviews past experiences with such disposal practices and highlights their unsustainability due to the risks of contamination of ecosystems, the food chain, together with ground and drinking water supplies.
This article argues that queering anarchism means complexifying it. Theoretical Polyamory: Some Thoughts on Loving, Thinking, and Queering Anarchism.
“We’re closing in on a deal,” my agent told me on the phone. The previous Friday, bidding on my first novel had reached six figures.
In 1996, the physicist Alan Sokal perpetrated a hoax on the academic journal Social Text intended to test the intellectual rigor of postmodernist thinking. Jonathan Reynolds reassesses the affair. [the article contains a few errata (like, jacques deleuze)]
Of the five books that I’ve chosen, two of them are analyses of war as a whole, that is to say, Clausewitz On War and Sun Tzu The Art of War. The other three describe the actual experience of war as it is fought, which gives a three-dimensional picture of the whole activity.
The very things that should make politicians less likely to want war – productivity growth, democracy, and trading opportunities – have also made war cheaper. We have more wars, not because we want them, but because we can.
At an unconventional convention in Atlanta in February, conspiracy theorists, UFO researchers, alternative medicine advocates, new patriots, and paranormalists came together to share their “alternative knowledge” with one another and the world.
Trinity was founded by Sister Gormly’s religious order, the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, in 1897. Many of America’s most powerful women went to a college you’ve never heard of.
Cognitive neuroscientist Ogi Ogas points out, “Men who send off penis pictures probably aren’t thinking at all, they’re responding to an unconscious, evolutionary urge likely inherited from our primate ancestors.”
Sand-Castle Consultants. Just one consulting gig can garner thousands of dollars, while building a birthday sand castle in an hour can yield a fee of $300.
If there’s one thing most people know about silica gel, the unseen substance that inhabits those little white packets inserted in new shoe boxes, purses, and Asian snack foods, it’s that you’re not supposed to eat it. OK, so, what happens if you eat it? Nothing.
Instead of providing rules, which often render safe but bland results, we believe that ultimately any font can be successfully combined with any other font. Historia Type Specimen.
This map of Manhattan, for example, follows a similar pattern to Fischer’s previous map on where tourists flock. Flickr and Twitter Mapped Together.