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March 31, 2007

San Francisco peregrines George and Gracie nested on the Bay Bridge this year; bad idea. Scientists from the Predatory Bird Research Group at UC Santa Cruz removed their eggs for incubation and hatching in a more safe location. more inside
Curious George: Breaking In A Mitt What's the best way to break in a mitt? more inside

March 30, 2007

"...only a chocolate Jesus / Can satisfy my soul..."
No rulebreaking at Wal-Mart! more inside
Boston Marathon run virtually Sunita Williams qualified for the Boston Marathon but will be out of town on the day of the race next month. The race committee was gracious enough to let her participate virtually, bungee'd down on a zero-G treadmill in the Zvezda module of the International Space Station. more inside
Sport Bean! Need a quick burst of energy but don't like trail mix or Clif bars? Give the Jelly Belly Sport Bean a try! more inside

March 29, 2007

Cuteness, lethal dose of. A single link to YouTube, yes, but also, technically speaking, the single cutest thing ever.
Dog Performs Heimlich Maneuver, Saves Owner's Life Golden labrador Toby jumped on Debbie Parkhurst's chest repeatedly as she choked on a piece of apple which had become lodged in her throat. At first, she thought the two-year-old was playing but now she believes he knew exactly what he was doing.
Digitised version of Matteo Ricci's 1602 map of the world. Via
The Drachen Foundation has some stuff about kites. (I particularly liked the idea of miniature kites) more inside
The BBC is the future of your newspaper. Maybe.
For the one-time gangster who built it, it is nothing less than "the eighth wonder of the world".
A Little Love for the Lefties Tired of smudging when you write? Someone's finally come up with an answer for you! via.

March 28, 2007

And the winner is... The 2007 Pritzker Prize (architecture's Nobel) has been awarded to Richard Rogers -- a man of many talents. (*cough*) [WARNING -- Flash stretches from Oklahoma to South Pacific.]
Kwik-E-Marts made real As a tie-in with the upcoming Simpsons Movie, eleven 7-11 stores are going to rebrand themselves as Kwik-E-Marts, complete with KrustyOs and Buzz cola. No word on the availability of Duff Beer or how many people named Apu will be needed. via.
10 Important Differences Between Brains and Computers Difference # 2: The brain uses content-addressable memory -thinking of the word "fox" may trigger thoughts of fox hunting, horseback riding, a sexy woman Difference # 3: The brain is a massively parallel machine; computers are modular and serial -areas of the brain marked as memory centers are also important for imagination Interesting stuff via linkfi
Scientists have created the world's first human-sheep chimera. The resulting "chimera" has 15 percent human cells and 85 percent animal cells. See also, Dr. Zanjani's previous work on the pig-human chimera.
Saturn. Come for the freaky human eye-like hurricane at the south pole, stay for the bizarre hexagon at the north.
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