Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Coffee and Provocation

Men Want This
Men want more birth control options, and those could be coming in the next decade. A pill, a gel, and a nonsurgical vasectomy are making their way through clinical trials.

Bullet Proof Plants?
Scientists are making light-weight carbon fiber from agricultural plant waste instead of petroleum. That could change everything from cars and airplanes, to wind turbines.

Bathroom Hand Dryers
Hot-air handy dryers in bathroom suck in bathroom bacteria and shoot them straight at your hands.

Hans Rosling Was Wonderful
Hans Rosling's last book, Factfulness, is a reminder of how great he was (and is).

The Guns Came From Where?
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has signed an executive order directing his state to release a report every three months listing the states that are the source of guns used in crimes in New Jersey.  I suspect that Virginia will always lead the list.

Artificial Reefs Pay Dividends
Anglers catch 30% of the Gulf's Red Snapper in Alabama, despite the fact that that state has only 53 miles of coastline. The reason: Alabama has more than 1,000 square miles of designated artificial reef zones.

Vampire Bats in the US?
Vampire bats from Mexico and Central America are moving north thanks to warming weather, and may soon establish a toe-hold in Texas and Florida.

Arboreal Jaguars?
Researchers have discovered Jaguars living in trees without touching ground for months on end when the Amazon rainforest floods.

An Inordinate Fondness for Wasps
It seems that every species of insect is targeted by at least one species of parasitic wasp.

Okay, OK
This place exists and it's growing.

Ironic Flames
No one really knows who invented the fire hydrant, as its patent was destroyed in a fire at the U.S. Patent Office in 1836.


Noel said...

How does Governor Murphy propose to identify the state of origin of these weapons recovered from crime scenes or criminals?

Lucas Machias said...