Friday, September 12, 2008

Information and Good Reads

The toughest creature on Earth has survived a trip into space. Tardigrades, also known as water bears, were launched into orbit, came home, and went about normal life again.

10 Things About the Large Hadron Collider You Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask.

eBay has launched an environmentally-friendly shopping site, Your conscience will thank you.

Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia was designed to make prisoners penitent and to encourage their reform. Instead it drove them nuts.

The Gentleman’s Guide to the Calling Card. This charming and extremely useful custom is making a comeback!

When Oliver Sacks writes a book review, it's worth reading even if you never sample the book in question. In this article, he makes psychosis come alive -which might be scary.

Ten things you don’t know about the Earth.

70 Amazing Houses from Around the World. If you lived in any of these, you may as well forget about blending in or hiding out.

The Evolution of National Flags. It may surprise you to learn there's a reason for every symbol and every stitch.

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