Yea, I know, It's getting slow around here. Here's some random good stuff.
Front Wheel Drive, the new science and new media zine, is new, with an encompassing interview with Terrence McKenna, psychotropic travel writer. "Hallucinogenic plants may have been the catalysts for everything about us that distinguishes us from other primates, except perhaps the loss of body hair," writes McKenna.
Wasabi is good for you In addition to fighting some bacterial infections, wasabi is known to be effective against anisakis, parasites that dwell in fish, if they enter the human digestive system. More recently, studies have found that wasabi has anti-carcinogenic elements, is good for the skin, and is even effective against thrombosis... Despite its Western name for Japanese horseradish, wasabi is neither horseradish nor radish. If you want to know more about this nasal-blowing green stuff, this New Zealand "Meet Wasabi" page explains what wasabi is and how its grown. Some good recipes too.
Robot planes sent to the artic to map coastal sea ice changes. Via Robot net, a robot news news blog. In 1998, an aerosonde - which can fly more than 1,500 miles on a gallon of fuel - completed the first unmanned flight across the North Atlantic Ocean.
Random Web links
Oldest tick found in New Jersey
A 90-million-year-old tick "is just one find from a bushel of amber located in the vacant lot in Sayerville which has yielded some of the world's most scientifically important amber specimens from the Cretaceous Period" Hey ABC, it's Sayreville! Here's a Scientific American article on the find. Also found in the amber were really old ants.
Acarology: the study of mites and ticks. A subset of entomology, the study of insects. See OSU's Acarology Home Page for lots of tick info, including proper removal techniques, an evaluation of some commercial tick-removal tools and a link to some beautiful and icky mite images.
Dan and Andrew both have mentioned this link to pictures of the Wacker Drive construction project here in Chicago, so I thought I'd throw up this shot I snapped from the "L" just south of Merchandise Mart. I took this at the end of March. The hole is much bigger now.
We could be in for another Aurora show in a few days, although it probably won't be as good as last weekend's show (great images at that link) that was visible as far south as Mexico. Keep an eye out with these links:
Digital Renaissance: Information Cosmos Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the new library at Alexandria is being built with lessons learned from the first one in mind.
"Information is not knowledge. The Alexandrian librarians didn't just collect documents; they struggled to create order (cosmos) from chaos. They developed cataloguing systems, defined disciplines, and produced definitive editions of significant works. Today's interfaces and search engines must support multiple paths to knowledge, but our ultimate goal must still be to seek order from informational chaos."
Random Web links
I'm being very delinquent around here. This is a list to try to catch up.
- Chicago had Cows on Parade, several other cities copied with moose, geckos etc, but I didn't know Rhode Island had 6 foot tall Mr. Potato Heads. Bid for them now!
- If you're in Chicago and want to see some of these city animal sculptures, just head to the Lincoln Park Zoo before September. They put them all over the place.
- xblog redesigns Also keep an eye on their new bblog, for business intelligence. If it's as good as xblog, we'll all be much more intelligent.
- Check mors.ante.servitum everyday to see a new photograph of his trip to Cuba.
- Humanspellcheck Blogging Web media's typos.
- I just updated a list of the U.S. state travel websites for a travel publication, and thought I'd post it.
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