Monthly Archives: March 2010

Eight wonders of the solar system

Oh, my. Scientific American has just put up a gorgeous interactive tour of our solar system. Using photos and recordings from our various probes, data collected by astronomers, and breathtaking images by Hugo Award-winning artist Ron Miller, the tour imagines … Continue reading

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Fucking Hell: a new German beer

Ah, the joys of language! Spiegel International reports that the EU trademark authority has approved the brand name “Fucking Hell” for a new beer and line of clothing, because the phrase doesn’t mean what native English speakers think it means. … Continue reading

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Breaking geek news

For the truly geeky among us, the Guardian is doing a live blog of today’s test at the Large Hadron Collider. The LHC is already (as of the November 2009 test) the most powerful collider in the world, but today’s … Continue reading

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Bug love

Phidippus apacheanus, the Apache jumping spider. Posted because I have a huge crush on jumping spiders, and this one is particularly flashy. Also, it’s the colors of one of my alma maters. (Lame, I know, but I had to come … Continue reading

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Wallpaper Monday

The Painted Hills are an oft-photographed part of Oregon, yet if you were to ask, you’d probably find that 95% of Oregonians have never seen them in person. They’re accessed via a gravel road off a highway in a lonely … Continue reading

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US/Portugal culture: hugs and kisses

I was browsing my hometown paper the other day and stopped on this eye-catching headline: Out-of-control hugging leads to ban at Portland’s West Sylvan Middle School A ban on hugging? Sure enough: The hugs were out of control at West … Continue reading

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Fire and ice

Striking footage of the volcano currently erupting in Iceland: The haunting music is a perfect accompaniment. Via Slog. I don’t know how that group finds these things — when they first posted it, the video had all of 500 views … Continue reading

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How to end a territorial dispute

India and Bangladesh have been arguing for years over the ownership of a tiny island in the Bay of Bengal. That issue has now been resolved. Diplomacy? No — global warming. While everyone was busy arguing, the water level in … Continue reading

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US health care: retirees need $250K

For my European readers: If you think the US health care reform creates a system approaching anything in Europe, this Associated Press article might change your mind. Relief to seniors facing high prescription drug costs is one of the first … Continue reading

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Collective beauty

What happens when 185 voices from 12 countries are combined on 243 tracks into one virtual choir? Something truly beautiful: If you’ve time and the bandwidth, I highly recommend that you go straight to the YouTube page and watch this … Continue reading

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