Friday, April 04, 2008

Read and Learn Something

Lenore Skenazy writes about her son’s first solo subway and bus trip in the New York Sun. He had been preparing for the chance, and knew how to read a subway map. The 9-year-old made it home just fine, but half the people who heard about it thought it was too dangerous. Neatorama readers have a variety of opinions on this.

Astrologer Isaac Bickerstaff published an almanac predicting the events of the year 1708, including the death of rival astrologer John Partridge on March 29th. On April first, news of Partridge’s death was all over London, and he spent the rest of his life trying to live down the hoax.

Social Versus Financial Thinking. People often work harder to help a friend than for monetary rewards, but only as long as you don’t confuse the two.

Design Proposals for vertical urban agricultural buildings. Someday, “locally grown” might mean right there on your block!

The Ancient Mechanics and How They Thought. Real-world problem solving is much older than the literature that explains it.

Tooth Regeneration May Replace Drill-and-Fill. It may be ten years from reality, but the question is, how much will it hurt?

An animation from the BBC reveals the 4,500 years of history behind Stonehenge. However, it does not show the giants who built it.

Scientists think they've found evidence of the oldest known creatures to engage in sexual reproduction. I’ll skip the obvious punchlines and reveal they were spongelike invertebrates who lived 565 million year ago.

Scientists discover a newborn planet! Well, a few hundred years old is pretty young in astronomical terms.

New York City's GreeNYC campaign has a logo that looks like an apple. But Apple Inc. says it infringes on their trademark.

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