Thursday, July 23, 2009

Informative Links

A dramatic loss of genes from the Y chromosome could mean it may be gone in about a thousand years. However, geneticists believe that men will continue to be men, even without it.

Amazing Ambushes from the Macroscopic Universe. The nefarious ways these insects go about trapping their prey will make you thankful you are as big as you are.

Animal researcher Shaun Ellis teaches an orphan wolf cub to howl. The cub's response is too adorable for words.

The 10 Worst Evolutionary Designs. Wired looks at ten body parts that could've used some intelligence in their design.

7 Fatal Injuries (That People Somehow Survived). With graphic descriptions that are not for the squeamish.

In January of 1960 two men climbed aboard an experimental deep sea bathysphere and dived to the bottom of the Mariana Trench. It was the first (and last) time human beings ever traveled to the deepest part of the earth's oceans -seven miles down!

There was plenty of stress in the 19th and 20th centuries, and people were happy to throw everything nature and medical science could provide to relieve it. That included cocaine, heroine, opium, amphetamines, and of course, plenty of alcohol for all ages. (via the Presurfer)

20 Fascinating Ancient Maps. War maps, demographic maps, William Clark's hand-drawn map, and the island of California.

What rap music sounds like in 30 different languages. In case you don't know, Wolof is spoken in Senegal, Gambia, and Mauritania.

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