Monday, March 29, 2010

Good Reads and Information

How the internet can be used to scare everyone even better than campfire stories. If this creeped you out, you're not the only one.

Scientists say they've identified a new human ancestor. The unnamed hominid species roamed as far as Siberia and may have coexisted with Neaderthals and humans. (via Boing Boing)

The Sexual Politics of Toilets. Men might laugh, but equality is not equity in comfort stations, and women get the short end of the stick. (via Metafilter)

Detecting Wine Fraud in the Nuclear Age. Scientists can detect a wine's vintage to within a year using methods to detect traces of radioactive carbon-14 released into the atmosphere by nuclear testing. (via Arbroath)

Art of the Steal: On the Trail of the World’s Most Ingenious Thief. If Hollywood made a movie about Gerald Blanchard, critics would call it "over the top and unbelievable."

Brave New World novelist Aldous Huxley died of cancer in 1963. His widow recounts his last days and the LSD he took to reconcile the knowledge of his coming death.

It turns out that science of fat intake and obesity is a lot more complicated than we thought. It's getting to where I can't even decide whether I want a jelly donut or a burrito.

The Lake Wobegon effect applied to Indian stereotypes. (via Metafilter)

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