January 19, 2008

What is odd and What is normal is Changing

Indeed! :)

Some interesting snippets from the Harpers Weekly Review for Jan 15th

A British artist exhibited 55 “beautiful and delicate” canvases of his ejaculate sprinkled with carbon dust,7

... and French customs officials seized 224,000 fake anti-impotence pills.

Forty-seven U.S. senators were fighting for the return of guns to national parks and wildlife refuges.

Soldiers were being sent to Afghanistan wearing high-tech helmets that gather data on how bomb blasts impact their brains,

..and it was revealed that Blackwater dropped riot-control gas on U.S. soldiers in Iraq in 2005. “This,” said Army Captain Kincy Clark, “was decidedly uncool.”

Scientists from the American Astronomical Society attended their annual meeting and agreed that the universe is bizarre and violent. “This is the glory of the universe,” said the association's president. “What is odd and what is normal is changing.

And a couple other science stories in the news:

Uruguayan scientists have uncovered fossil evidence of the biggest species of rodent ever found, more than eight feet long and weighing between 1,700 and 3,000 pounds.

A species of self-destructing palm trees that flower once every 100 years and then die has been discovered in Madagascar.

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