Saturday, February 18, 2012

Coffee and Provocation

Medical Breakthrough Could Change My Life... and Yours:
Two Penn State University doctors have developed a free iOS app called "Caffeine Zone" which tells folks the perfect time to take a coffee break to maintain an optimal amount of caffeine in their blood, and when to stop drinking coffee so caffeine doesn’t interrupt sleep. This is Nobel Prize-worthy stuff!

How to Genetically Modify Yogurt to Make Prozac:
Yes, there's real instruction here

You Want Fierce Looking Dogs? 
We got 'em. Very cool.

How About a Living, Growing Cathedral of Trees?
Check it out.

True Story (maybe):
A British man was bitten "down under" by a venomous Tiger snake while answering a call of nature in the Australian bush. The reptile sunk its fangs into Jackson Scott's testicle as he squatted in the dark, but when he begged best mate Roddy Andrews to suck the venom out, his friend refused. Instead he drove Jackson 40-minutes to Hobart, Tasmania, where doctors gave him an antidote to the "deadly" tiger snake poison.  For the record, a Tiger snake is a great deal less hazardous to humans than most people realize. In fact, every year far more people die in Australia from bee stings and horses than from all the snake bites combined!

Longest Horns in the World:
It's a Texas Longhorn in Australia.  The horns have a 9 foot 1 inch spread.  Check out the picture.

Signs of Economic Recovery at Cabela's:
Cabela's says it plans to add 5 new stores in FY 2012, including their first stores in Ohio and Kentucky.

Not Dead Yet:
Bryan’s Shearwater, a species of burrow-nesting birds recently discovered from a misidentified museum specimens, still has a remnant population that is breeding on islands off of Japan.

Rat Island, Alaska Needs a New Name:
After a couple of tons of poison, the rats are all dead and now the locals and natives want to return the island to its old name.

America Needs This:
A school bus that is pedal-powered by children.  To hell with gym class!

Gomer the Cooper's Hawk:
Isaac is back blogging with a new URL and a new Cooper's Hawk he caught in January. 

14% More Oil Was Always There:
In the last four years, new cars have gotten 14% more efficient. You want to find more oil and more jobs? Here they are, and there's a hell of lot more to be had through conservsation and innovation.

First New U.S. Nuclear Reactor Since 1978:
It's in Georgia. Eventually, others are likely in South Carolina and Tennessee.

Get Your (Chicken) Shit Together:
If you do, you can heat your hen house for free, and get eggs even in winter.

The Sad and Romanic Richard Fenyman:
Nuclear physicist Richard Feynman's wife died in June of 1945, after succumbing to tuberculosis. She was only 25 years old. Some 16 months later Richard wrote here a love letter that remained sealed in an envelope until it was opened after his death in 1988.  Read the whole thingBy the way, the web site this is from is a small gold mine.  Have fun.


Seahorse said...

"The Sad and Romanic Richard Fenyman"

No kidding. I didn't know whether to admire him (I did anyway), or rap him upside his haid. His was an open wound.


Seahorse said...

Well, yippee. I just read the Scientific American article about the nukes. Looks like I'm moving out from under the shadow of one, only to move under the shadow of another. Well, like they said in "Risky Business", "Sometimes you've gotta say W(hiskey) T(ango) F(oxtrot).