Saturday, May 27, 2017

Coffee and Provocation

A Surprising Bit of Bird Taxonomy
Falcons are more closely related to parrots than they are to hawks and eagles.

Oldest Tree Was Killed to Determine Its Age
A 5,200 year old bristlecone pine (Pinus longaeva) now known as Prometheus once lived on Mount Wheeler in Nevada. It was chopped down in 1963 by a geologist studying the age of trees.

Floating Solar Panels Over a Coal Mine
In China, a 40 megawatt solar farm is floating on top of a reservoir that is actually flooded coal mining land. Floating solar panels keeps valuable land free, reduces evaporation from reservoirs and, because the water cools the surrounding air, reduces solar module degradation and increase efficiency of production.

Was the First Human European?
European fossils may belong to the earliest known hominid.

Indian Dog Breeds are Going Extinct
The westernization of India is pushing endemic breeds such as the Chippiparai, Jonangi, Rajapalayams, and Kombai, over the edge.

Dogs of Amazon
Amazon has 4,000 registered canines — 500 of which on average come to the offices everyday with their employee owners.

Birth Control Recommended
The new Apple campus has a 100,000 sqft gym and no daycare.

Freecycle is like Craig's list, but of folks giving stuff away for free.

Put in the name of a TV show you like, and this web site will tell you of something similar and where to watch it.

Not Bird Brained
Chickens are remarkably intelligent and may even display empathy. And they certainly have routines.\

The Perfect Cold Brew Coffee?
The folks at Popular Science say that the Toddy Cold Brew Coffee Maker is the ticket.

The Andromeda Strain?
Suppose there are diseases hidden in the ice and they are waking up due to permafrost melting?

An Idiot Actor?
When Hugh Jackman was cast as the X-Men character Wolverine, he researched wolves, not knowing that wolverines were a very real, and entirely different, animal.

A World Without Ice
What would the world look like if all the ice melted? A bit different, but I would still be dry it looks like.

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