Thursday, March 31, 2005
"World's most sensitive scales weigh a zeptogram: The world's most sensitive scales can now detect a cluster of xenon atoms a billion, trillion times lighter than a gram. A zeptogram (10 exp-21 g) is roughly the mass of a single protein molecule and its detection has set a new record."
Wednesday, March 30, 2005
The MS Word grammar checker is pretty unreliable. In fact, it's very unreliable. Hence, something like this goes through just fine:
Know sweat. I can due tomorrow, but I knead to leaf by 1pm. Due you want to due that? If sew, I'll just be hear and we can do it on the fly. Don't make eh special trip though - :)
Tuesday, March 29, 2005
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Sunday, March 27, 2005
Saturday, March 26, 2005
Prankster smuggles art into 4 New York museums: According to this article,
Many a visitor to New York's Museum of Modern Art has probably thought, "I could do that."
A British graffiti artist who goes by the name "Banksy" went one step further, by smuggling in his own picture of a soup can and hanging it on a wall, where it stayed for more than three days earlier this month before anybody noticed.
The prank was part of a coordinated plan to infiltrate four of New York's top museums on a single day.
Speaking by telephone from an undisclosed location in Britain, Banksy said he conducted all four operations on March 13, helped by accomplices who filmed him and provided distractions where necessary.The article also links to photographs of Banksy "wearing an Inspector Clouseau-style overcoat, a hat and a fake beard and nose" hanging up his work at the four museums.
"They staged a gay tiff (lovers' quarrel), shouting very loudly and obnoxiously," said the artist, declining to give his real name or any personal details beyond his occupation as a professional painter and decorator.
Friday, March 25, 2005
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Monday, March 21, 2005
Going to Antarctica for a scientific mission? Here's everything you need to know (in either PDF format or HTML format), including:
"Are there ATM machines in Antarctica?"I want to know who replenishes the ATM machine.
"What and how much should I pack?"
"Is there e-mail and Internet access in Antarctica?"
Sunday, March 20, 2005
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Friday, March 18, 2005
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Monday, March 14, 2005
Saturday, March 12, 2005
Friday, March 11, 2005
Poetic justice story of the day: Overly aggressive attorney accidentally sues himself. (Via Fark.)
Thursday, March 10, 2005
Wednesday, March 09, 2005
Tuesday, March 08, 2005
"No give, no take": Given that we don't have a true market in organ transplants, this is probably the second best approach - namely the Dutch plan to give priority on organ transplant waiting lists to those people who have also signed organ donor cards (a system which economist Alex Tabarrok calls "no give, no take"). According to the article:
The Liberal VVD minister defended his proposal by pointing out that Muslims often refuse to donate organs based on religious beliefs. This is despite the fact they are willing to receive an organ if they are ill. "That creates a bad feeling," he said.(Via Marginal Revolution.)
"If you say: 'I refuse to donate an organ because of my religion, but I don't want to receive one either', than I will respect it. But I won't respect a one-sided attitude of receiving and not giving. I find that problematic," Hoogervorst said.
Monday, March 07, 2005
Saturday, March 05, 2005
Friday, March 04, 2005
Collapsing bubbles can reach temperatures as high as 20,000 degrees Kelvin or 35,000 degress Fahrenheit, i.e., 4 times hotter than the surface of the sun. Of course, this does not indicate that there's any merit behind so-called "table-top fusion", but hope springs eternal... Here's a related article.
Thursday, March 03, 2005
"A new study of climate in the Northern Hemisphere for the past 2000 years shows that natural climate change may be larger than generally thought." (Via David Jilk.)
Wednesday, March 02, 2005
Tuesday, March 01, 2005
"Microsoft Technical Support vs. The Psychic Friends Network: Which Provides Better Support for Microsoft Products?" (Via GMSV.)