Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Good Reads and Information

In 1959, Marine Corps pilot William Rankin was cruising at nine miles above the earth in an F-8 Crusader combat jet when something went wrong and he had to eject. Between him and the ground was a big, black storm.

Essays on the trap of US student debt. Crunch your numbers before you sign on the dotted line.

Steve Made Me Famous. Meet some of the specific people and companies who owe their success in part to Steve Jobs and the company he created (some will surprise you).

The new movie The Ides of March has disturbing yet familiar political shenanigans that will make you cringe. Plus, it’s got George Clooney and Ryan Gosling, so there’s that going for it.

The ‘fantastical’ exoskeleton that could help patients walk again. Not only did test monkeys move the machine with their brains only, they felt sensations coming from it.

7 Unsung Events That Deserve Your Attention. Even if all they do is make your jaw drop.

There are two or three different film versions of Snow White preparing to hit theaters in 2012. See pictures from one featuring Julia Roberts and a Village People cast of dwarves.

James Cameron often provided voices and sound effects in his films. A montage of those sounds reveals that he was the voice of the Alien Queen.

In 1897, doctors buried a time capsule containing common bacterial spores. Now scientists are planning to resurrect them to see how they differ from the current version of the species, which may tell us what effect antibiotics have on microbial evolution.

The ‘exotic’ viruses that live in your sewage. Scientists have found 43,381 viruses so far, and they’re just getting started.

Monkey-Men, Dancing Plagues and Other Mass Hysterias. When one goes crazy, everybody goes crazy!

Charging for Debit Cards Is Robbery. And another reason I don't use debit cards.

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