-- Good luck, right?  
But here's the reality: naps are a powerful source of competitive advantage. The recent evidence is overwhelming: naps are not just physically restorative, but also improve perceptual skills, motor skills, reaction time and alertness.  
(Health,blinded by science)  
-- What could taste better than rat hair, maggots and cigarette butts? Insect feces of course. But not to worry, says the FDA. Food manufacturers are kept to strict limits of all kinds of weird things that can wind up in food. The agency says just a little bit really won't hurt you.  
-- Britain's biggest wasp nest has been discovered in a pub in Southampton, Hants measuring a staggering 6ft by 5ft and containing half a million insects.  
-- Could a blind person drive a car? Researchers are trying to make that far-fetched notion a reality.  
The National Federation of the Blind and Virginia Tech plan to demonstrate a prototype vehicle next year equipped with technology that helps a blind person drive a car independently.
Weaponizing Mozart
Posted by kid-ney in blogs & zines 9 years ago
-- How Britain is using classical music as a form of social control.
-- I do realize that I’m somewhat neurotic, and others might not put as much stock as I do into a thing as silly as a perfunctory handshake. But, as it turns out, the importance of a firm handshake isn’t just the stuff of career day fairs and fatherly advice. Psychological scientists have discovered that the nature of your handshake—say, whether you proffer a dainty, boneless hand or one that’s tight and intense, whether you make sustained eye contact or stare at the person’s feet, whether you pull away prematurely or hold on for an uncomfortably long time, and so on—says a lot about who you are as a person.
-- String theorists Neil Turok of Cambridge University and Paul Steinhardt, Albert Einstein Professor in Science and Director of the Princeton Center for Theoretical Science at Princeton believe that the cosmos we live in was actually created by the cyclical trillion-year collision of two universes (which they define as three-dimensional branes plus time) that were attracted toward each other by the leaking of gravity out of one of the universes.
-- The battery, which has powered our lives for generations, may soon be consigned to the dustbin of history.  
British scientists say they have created a plastic that can store and release electricity, revolutionizing the way we use phones, drive cars - and even wear clothes.  
-- Dog and cat meat - age-old delicacies in China - could be off the menu in the food-loving nation under its first law against animal abuse.
-- When you run experiments, there's inherently an element of the unknown. After all, we're trying to figure out things we don't know. And sometimes, things go wrong. FATALLY WRONG! Here are some of the most interesting, most intriguing, and sometimes most horrific, experimental deaths we've ever heard of.  
NSFW due to language.
— A new study has revealed how New Caledonian crows use tools in the wild.  
Video about crows: 45 minutes
A history of walking on water
Posted by kid-ney in history 9 years ago
-- On the afternoon of 22 January 1907, a wailing chorus of steamboat whistles sent the residents of Memphis, Tennessee, running to the banks of the Mississippi river. "A great crowd assembled on the riverside, thinking some great disaster was taking place on the water," reported the Memphis News-Scimitar. Instead, the swelling crowd was greeted by the sight of a man calmly walking on water. This was no miracle. Gliding along on a pontoon-like pair of "water shoes" was "Professor" Charles W. Oldrieve, the world's pre-eminent "aquatic pedestrian".
-- New rules to be introduced by government decree will require people who upload videos onto the Internet to obtain authorization from the Communications Ministry similar to that required by television broadcasters, drastically reducing freedom to communicate over the Web, opposition lawmakers have warned.
-- Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species, published 150 years ago Tuesday, opened the book on our evolutionary past, which has since been traced by scientists back to fossil apes. But where is evolution taking us? Will our descendants hurtle through space as relatively unchanged as the humans on the starship Enterprise? Will they be muscle-bound cyborgs? Or will they chose to digitize their consciousnesses—becoming electronic immortals?  
And as odd as the possibilities may seem, it's worth remembering that, 150 years ago, the ape-to-human scenario in On the Origin of Species struck many as nothing so much as monkey business.
-- VEGETARIAN teenager Robyn Cairney told how she is being kept alive by a PIG'S heart.  
(just add bacon)