Sunday, August 31, 2008

How to die greenly 

I've never cared much about what happens to my body/ashes when I die, until today. I think this urn is way cool (and it is also environmentally friendly). I would be very pleased if my ashes end up in one of these:


Thursday, August 21, 2008

Many wives help men live longer 

Scientific fact, from, you guessed it, New Scientist:

After accounting for socioeconomic differences, men aged over 60 from 140 countries that practice polygamy to varying degrees lived on average 12% longer than men from 49 mostly monogamous nations, says Virpi Lummaa, an ecologist at the University of Sheffield, UK.

It might be due to the grandfather effect (read the article for more on that), or just that polygamists are more likely to have a wife (or three) when they are elderly, and therefore more likely to be looked after.


Sunday, August 17, 2008

Beer Googles 

It has been proven (again) that if someone drinks alcohol, they are more likely to find someone of the opposite sex more attractive. You can now add to this that you are more likely to find someone of the same sex attractive, although not necessarily in a sexual way. More at New Scientist


Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Welcome to the Spy Era 

It's bad enough that people can slip a GPS tracker into your car, or put a microcamera in a teddy bear to spy on the babysitter...

Now there's the mini-remote-spy-plane:

It has a 4-inch wingspan and weighs just over 3 grams. It looks like a dragonfly, and its flapping wings make it fly just like one. But it's a man-made aircraft which carries a tiny camera that transmits live video of what it sees — and it is intended to be merely the forerunner of much smaller aerial drones to come.

OK, it only has enough power for 3 minutes of flying - but at 5 metres per second it can easily fly across the street, through an open window, and into you home!

Who needs Orwell's Big Brother?

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