Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Interesting and Informative Links

The Toll of “Rassenschande” on a Family. Auguste Landmesser was sentenced to two and a half years imprisonment for falling in love. The rest of the family suffered their own fates.

The Newspaper Hoax that Shook the World.

How the Rainbow Became Associated with Gay Rights.

New hi-tech goggles convert visual data into sound. Once a blind person learns to use the device and interpret the audio, he can navigate by technology alone.

A new study says the NHS is one of the most cost-effective health systems in the developed world. The US health care system performed dismally in this regard.

The Hanging at Mankato. The story of the 1852 execution of thirty-eight Dakota Indians is told in pictures and the memories of those who witnessed it.

Burning the Shelter. In this book excerpt, a Forest Service worker ponders the value of wiping out evidence of human intervention when humans are a part of the environment, too.

One Man’s Hands: The Watts Towers. The iconic artworks in Los Angeles are Simon Rodia’s labor of love.

The Vice Guide to Norwegian Prisons. Their progressive corrections system may be the nicest on earth, but there’s a reason for what they do.

What kind of people should NASA select to send to space in future programs? Risk-taking military test pilots like John Glenn can inspire the masses, but so can regular folks like Christa McAuliff.

Transplant patient Lyndon Baty can’t attend school in person since his immune system shut down. So he controls a robot that attends classes for him. (via Metafilter)

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