Thursday, December 31, 2009

Good Reads and Information

The moon is ringing in the New Year by shining full for the second time this month, and giving us a partial lunar eclipse on the 31st. Too bad we won't see it in the Western Hemisphere. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Anatomy of A Brain Fart. Excuse me, I mean “maladaptive brain activity changes,” you know, doing something stupid when you know better.

The 6 Stupidest Things Ever Done With Historic Treasures. "Reuse and recycle" may be chic, but this is going too far!

Archaeology's Hoaxes, Fakes, and Strange Sites. As long as people will fall for them, these shenanigans will continue. (via Metafilter)

Everything you ever wanted to know about the ball that drops from One Times Square to count down to the New Year. What was once a few light bulbs is now a one-of-a-kind work of art.

Zinc fingers is the name given to a new technique for altering genes with proteins instead of viruses. It could eventually lead to cures for genetic diseases or even AIDS.

The Mysterious History of Gumbo. The original recipe came from the Africans, the French, or maybe the Native Americans, depending on which ingredient you like best.

Leonid Rogozov served as doctor to an Antarctic expedition in 1961 when he fell sick with pain and fever. As the only doctor, he had no choice but to remove his own appendix using only local anesthesia. (via Cynical-C)

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