Wednesday, April 30, 2008

No Green Fairy Here

Just the ordinary, everyday, crystal-clear fairy we all know and love ...

Absinthe uncorked: The 'Green Fairy' was boozy -- but not psychedelic
A high alcohol content, rather than thujone, the compound widely believed responsible for absinthe's effects. Although consumed diluted with water, absinthe contained about 70 percent alcohol, giving it a 140-proof wallop. Most gin, vodka, and whiskey are 80 to 100-proof and contain 40-50 percent alcohol or ethanol.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Festo AirJelly

Saw this over at Engadget. Not sure what its for, but it looks fun to fly.

Made in China

The workers at the factory didn't know what the colorful flag represented. But orders kept flowing in for more....

BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | 'Free Tibet' flags made in China
Police in southern China have discovered a factory manufacturing Free Tibet flags, media reports say.

The factory in Guangdong had been completing overseas orders for the flag of the Tibetan government-in-exile.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Hobbit Feet

Flores 'hobbit' walked more like a clown than Frodo - being-human - 16 April 2008 - New Scientist
And because of their long feet, H. floresiensis probably had to bend its knee further back than modern humans do, resulting in a sort of high-stepped gait. "You would watch these hobbits walk and say they're walking a little funny," Jungers says

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Neanderthals Voice

Neanderthals sounded like Eric Cartman. Interesting.

Neanderthals speak out after 30,000 years - being-human - 15 April 2008 - New Scientist
Talk about a long silence – no one has heard their voices for 30,000 years. Now the long-extinct Neanderthals are speaking up – or at least a computer synthesiser is doing so on their behalf.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Al Gore's Zombie Army

Global Warming. Dangerous? Sure. Oh you think flooding, drought and searing heat are the big concerns? Read on. The polar bears may have their revenge after all.

Climate Threat: Thawing Tundra Releases Infected Corpses | LiveScience
Fear of frozen corpses lying beneath the tundra may even be the reason that the United States and Russia maintain stockpiles, according to Donald Henderson. Henderson, an epidemiologist currently at Johns Hopkins University,