Hidden in a bend of the Mississippi River just south of New Orleans, 29 concrete bunkers lie on a grid of dirt and grass roads. Some hold remnants from the past — 40-year-old gas masks and biohazard signs still hang on a wall. Most of them have been abandoned for decades. But inside two of those bunkers, 15 million fish eyes stare at the walls through the glass of their jars. This is the Royal D. Suttkus Fish Collection, the largest collection of preserved fish in the world, and almost no one knows it exists.
Personality tests are hugely popular, though if you ask working psychologists, they’ll tell you the results are little better than astrological signs. But a new study, based on huge sets of personality data representing 1.5 million people, has persuaded one of the staunchest critics of personality tests to conclude that maybe distinct personality types exist, after all.

In a report published Monday in the journal
Nature Human Behavior, researchers at Northwestern University in Illinois identify four personality types: reserved, role models, average and self-centered.

The new approach was nothing like the basis for widely used personality tests such as the Myers-Briggs, which spits out a personality type with acronyms like INTJ...or ESFP...
A pear seedling selection named Bradford was cloned by the gazillion to become the ubiquitous street tree of America’s postwar suburban expansion. Then it turned invasive.

Its invasive tendencies became widely noticed by the late 1990s, and by the mid-2000s, it had become a weed in the District and 19 states, from Texas to New York. “While callery pear was introduced with the best of intentions, it now seems that a plague is truly upon us,” botanist Michael Vincent wrote at the time. It has now spread to 29 states.
A battery has been design that runs on maltodextrin, a sugar.
There are at least 15 Muslim candidates running for political positions in Minnesota this election season. And while there are no official statistics, many observers believe that is significantly more than in any previous election.
The irony here is that Muslims are becoming increasingly engaged in politics because of Islamophobia. The more the Islamophobia industry ramps up the rhetoric, the more Muslims become involved.
As Japan prepares to host visitors from around the world for the 2020 Summer Olympics, a Tokyo sports and cultural events company has created a mosque on wheels that its head hopes will make Muslim visitors feel at home.
Terrorist attacks committed by Muslim extremists receive 357% more US press coverage than those committed by non-Muslims, according to new research from the University of Alabama.
Terrorist attacks committed by non-Muslims (or where the religion was unknown) received an average of 15 headlines, while those committed by Muslim extremists received 105 headlines.
If you’ve never had a bean pie, you’re missing out on a lot more than a dessert. Made from navy beans, it was developed by black Muslims in the Nation of Islam in the 1930s. The history of why they created it, and what it represents, tells one of the most essential stories about Muslims in America. And as you’ll see, it is extremely delicious.
I am fascinated by this history, so I am sharing it with you all. Come on over and I will bake you a bean pie!
ND Mosque Oldest in US
Posted by Darwish in history 62 days ago
A brief NY Times article about the mosque in Ross, ND; the oldest mosque in the US. I am fascinated by the forgotten history of Muslims in this country.
I recently drove to ND to interview a descendant of the original Syrian Muslim settlers. The man I interviewed was instrumental in rebuilding the mosque a few years ago. Also, the mosque was just added the National Register of Historic Places.
As immigration - particularly Muslim immigration - has become such a flash point, it is important for us to celebrate our rich American history. This story of a tiny mosque in North Dakota is a little piece of our American story.
Conversations with Friends
Posted by Darwish in government 62 days ago
Conversations with Friends visits, writes cards and letters to, and provides safe release and accompaniment to people detained in immigration custody.
Visitors meet with people detained in county jails in Minnesota by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and awaiting hearings or facing deportation. After the visit, they write thank you cards to those with whom they have visited.
This is something I have been involved with recently. There is a lot of beautiful work happening at a very grassroots level.
The article is best summed by the closing quote: "Uranus is truly a mystery. Will humans finally take up the task to explore it?"
Come on folks, this is comedy gold right here.
Bret Harte carved a niche in the 19th century American West, writing stories of miners, gamblers, hookers, and preachers in a way that romanticized, ridiculed, and redeemed them all. "The Luck of Roaring Camp" is a fine introduction to Harte's tales.
The marine planarian, cuttlefish and Nile perch have one thing in common: in order to propel themselves, they use their fins to generate a continuous wave, which advances along their entire length. With this so-called undulating fin movement, the BionicFinWave also maneuvres through a pipe system (and at) the same time the autonomous underwater robot is able to communicate with the outside world wirelessly and transmit data
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And really neat to watch too!
Aural Archipelago
Posted by Darwish in it's the arts 104 days ago
Aural Archipelago is the lovechild of Palmer Keen, an American DIY ethnomusicologist wandering the vast archipelago of Indonesia to find, document, expose and promote little-known traditional musics around the country. Within a few years, Palmer has travelled from vast islands like Sumatra, Java, and Borneo to small dots in the ocean like Rote and Selayar in search of the diverse and beautiful music that fascinates him. With this project, his hope is to allow unprecedented audiences (local and foreign) free access to music that is often difficult or impossible to hear otherwise.
Cockroach bread might feed world’s population in the future