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The Size Of Our World June 29, 2006

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The Size Of Our World

Giant Bat-Eating Centipede June 29, 2006

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YouTube – Giant Bat-Eating Centipede Video

Globalization and Resilient Enterprises June 28, 2006

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Enterprise Resilience Management Blog: Globalization and Resilient Enterprises
The emerging business model of the 21st century is not, in fact, “multinational”. This new kind of organisation – at IBM we call it “the globally integrated enterprise” – is very different in its structure and operations. Many parties to the globalisation debate mistakenly project the twentieth-century multinational on to 21st century global reality. This happens as often among free-market advocates as among those opposed to globalisation. (more…)

Held back at home, French try their hand abroad June 28, 2006

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Held back at home, French try their hand abroad on Yahoo! News
Once only an option for the adventurous few, the growing globalization of the labor market has made the leap across borders, channels and oceans far more inviting for those with a good education, some language skills and get-up-and-go.

The Foreign Ministry estimated in 2004 that the number of French citizens living abroad had surged by almost 30 percent since 1992, from roughly 1.6 million to 2.2 million. Labour market experts say most of the job-seekers are young.

What Shamu Taught Me About a Happy Marriage June 28, 2006

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What Shamu Taught Me About a Happy Marriage – New York Times
I listened, rapt, as professional trainers explained how they taught dolphins to flip and elephants to paint. Eventually it hit me that the same techniques might work on that stubborn but lovable species, the American husband.

The central lesson I learned from exotic animal trainers is that I should reward behavior I like and ignore behavior I don’t. After all, you don’t get a sea lion to balance a ball on the end of its nose by nagging. The same goes for the American husband.

The runaway interest of this article is covered in this “Shamu-mania” Salon article.


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”The mojito is probably the third most popular cocktail right now and it’s muscling in on No. 2,” said Dale DeGroff, author of The Craft of the Cocktail and considered one of the country’s leading mixologists. “Everything Latin is hot.’

But as the mojito reaches out to places like Missouri, some industry experts believe the trend setters have moved on. In Miami and other markets with a large Latin influence, the next hot thing may be the caipirinha, a traditional Brazilian drink.

An Anti-Addiction Pill? June 26, 2006

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An Anti-Addiction Pill? – New York Times
A series of recent surveys sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence and by Faces and Voices of Recovery, a recovery advocacy group, found that half the public called addiction a personal weakness. Among those who did see addiction as a disease, most put it in a special category of diseases that people get by making poor choices. In a 2004 poll of the general public, two-thirds said they believed that a stigma — usually defined as a thing that disgraces a person or injures one’s reputation — exists for people in recovery from addiction.

The pharmaceutical companies came to San Diego to argue that addiction is a chronic and recurring disease like diabetes or hypertension — and no one, they say, tells a diabetic to try to tough it out without insulin. They don’t discount the importance of environment in inducing addictive behavior or psychosocial interventions as part of the recovery process; in fact, most stress therapy as an essential adjunct to their products. But they insist that medications will stabilize addicts and make the deeper therapeutic and spiritual work more effective. (A long, but balanced article -free subscription required)

Device Burns Fuel with Almost Zero Emissions June 26, 2006

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Georgia Institute of Technology :: News Room :: Device Burns Fuel with Almost Zero Emissions
Georgia Tech researchers have created a new combustor (combustion chamber where fuel is burned to power an engine or gas turbine) designed to burn fuel in a wide range of devices ― with next to no emission of nitrogen oxide (NOx) and carbon monoxide (CO), two of the primary causes of air pollution. The device has a simpler design than existing state-of-the-art combustors and could be manufactured and maintained at a much lower cost, making it more affordable in everything from jet engines and power plants to home water heaters.

RFID tags Spy on Bartenders June 25, 2006

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RFID Journal – Vegas Hotel-Casino Uses Tags to Keep Tabs on Liquor

Do you know how much money is lost in annual sales of liquors in the US? Capton, a provider of liquor-monitoring technology, estimates that $7 billion is lost from bartenders. The system, which consists of RFID-enabled liquor spouts, an RFID reader and proprietary software, costs between $10,000 and $20,000, but can save $90,000 per year for an average bar.

The myth of the full-time mother. June 25, 2006

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Working mothers, don’t feel guilty, said Carol Sarler in the London Times. You probably spend more time with your kids than most women have throughout history. (more…)

A9.com Maps June 24, 2006

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A9.com Maps

Specially-equipped vans have been driving up and down city streets, videoing both sides of the blocks. With this site, you enter an address and then you can move up and down the block and see pictures of what it looks like there.

$100 Burger June 24, 2006

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State: A big-bucks burger

The burger contains three kinds of it, from three continents — from corn-fed American Prime cattle from Colorado, free-range cattle from the Argentine pampas and Japanese Wagyu cattle that were raised on soybeans and beer, then bathed in sake and hand-massaged.

For Tuesday’s official first tasting, the beef was flown into Fort Lauderdale, then driven to the restaurant in a climate-controlled, armored stretch Hummer limo.

The burger is fried in about 8 ounces of grape seed oil —“It’s healthier,” said Joe Galison, chef de cuisine — and then nestled onto a toasted Brioche bun and topped with heirloom tomatoes, exotic mushrooms and organic micro greens. (other coverage)

The Tempest June 24, 2006

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The Tempest
As evidence mounts that humans are causing dangerous changes in Earth's climate, a handful of skeptics are providing some serious blowback as did the publication of this article about them in The Washington Post.

The moral flaws of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth June 24, 2006

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The moral flaws of Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth. By Gregg Easterbrook
This raises the troubling fault of An Inconvenient Truth: its carelessness about moral argument. Gore says accumulation of greenhouse gases "is a moral issue, it is deeply unethical." Wouldn't deprivation also be unethical? Some fossil fuel use is maddening waste; most has raised living standards. The era of fossil energy must now give way to an era of clean energy. But the last century's headlong consumption of oil, coal, and gas has raised living standards throughout the world; driven malnourishment to an all-time low, according to the latest U.N. estimates; doubled global life expectancy; pushed most rates of disease into decline; and made possible Gore's airline seat and MacBook, which he doesn't seem to find unethical.

The big question is how can we alleviate global poverty and its associated ills while simultaneously trying to avert the consequences of global warming?

The New Geopolitics – By Jeffrey Sachs June 24, 2006

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Scientific American: The New Geopolitics
Each era has its own dominating themes of global politics. The 19th century had the politics of industrialization and empire. The first half of the 20th century bowed to world wars and economic depression. The second half was overshadowed by the cold war. Our era, I believe, will be dominated by the geopolitics of sustainability.

With that increase in economic output have come some phenomenal benefits, such as rising life expectancy and improved overall public health, and some planet-threatening adverse effects, such as massive tropical deforestation, ocean fisheries depletion, man-made climate change, violent competition over limited hydrocarbon resources, and newly emerging diseases such as SARS and avian flu (H5N1). Until now, the favorable outcomes have outweighed the bad.

Poison Ivy Getting Meaner June 24, 2006

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Poison Ivy Getting Meaner – Forbes.com
In their six-year experiment, Mohan and her colleagues showed that elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide in an intact forest ecosystem increases photosynthesis, water use efficiency, growth and biomass of poison ivy. "This was out in the real world," Mohan said.

Poison ivy plants exposed to elevated C02 levels averaged 149 percent faster growth compared with control plants, Mohan said. "Something we did not expect to happen, but indeed did — the form of the poison they make was more poisonous," she added.

"This is kind of sad news, not only for humans but for forests," Mohan said. "Increased vine abundance inhibits tree regeneration by killing young trees," she added.

African Farmers Anecdote June 24, 2006

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Parker Mitchell of Engineers Without Borders, a group that has shown how far you can get if you roll up your sleeves and start tackling the problems. Mitchell argued that antipoverty programs sometimes stall for want not of money or ideas, but of good implementation. He described how development specialists in southern Africa have long advised farmers to switch from corn to sorghum, a cereal native to Africa that is more resistant to both drought and floods. When Zambian farmers were reluctant to plant the crop, aid groups chalked it up to stubbornness and tried to force it on them. (more…)

Meteorite Collision simulation June 24, 2006

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Meteorite Collision simulation.
From the folks that brought us Godzilla comes the ultimate Disaster bummer.

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“When a meteorite collides with the earth” We tried to find the answers: Simulation Experiment. The diameter of the meteorite is slightly bigger than the breadth of Honshu Japan. The collision point is located at the 3,000km south from Japan in the ocean. The velocity of the meteorite is 70,000km/h. But the meteorite is bigger than we can imagine, so that it appears much slower. The earth’s crust of 10km in thickness where ground in the earth is composed is wholly peeled off. This is called,”Earth’s crust tidal wave”. There is 1km width of the rock, and it flies to the sky it by the impact. (more…)

Pitchfork Feature: 100 Awesome Music Videos June 22, 2006

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Pitchfork Feature: 100 Awesome Music Videos
sharing 100 of our favorite music videos; simply, dozens of clips that, for various reasons (because they’re so good, because they’re so bad, because they feature the Jacksons imagining themselves as gigantic golden gods sprinkling gold dust on humanity) and stick to clips roughly from the MTV era.

Muslims and the West: Antipathy and mistrust June 22, 2006

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Muslims and the West: Antipathy and mistrust – Europe – International Herald Tribune
Muslims view people from the West, especially the United States and Europe, as selfish, immoral and greedy. People from the U.S. and Europe view Muslims as arrogant, violent and intolerant.

The deep divide between Muslims and the West was clearly illustrated in the findings of a new 15-country poll by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

Solid majorities in Indonesia (65 percent), Turkey (59 percent), Egypt (59 percent) and Jordan (53 percent) said they do not believe the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States were carried out by groups of Arabs. Even in Britain, 56 percent of the Muslims surveyed did not believe that Arabs carried out the attacks; only 17 percent said they believed it. The results show that many Muslims are still in denial about something that even Osama bin Laden has acknowledged.

Kyoto promises are nothing but hot air June 22, 2006

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New Scientist News – Kyoto promises are nothing but hot air
Two teams that have monitored concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere say they have convincing evidence that the figures reported by many countries are wrong, especially for methane. Among the worst offenders are the UK, which may be emitting 92 per cent more methane than it declares under the Kyoto protocol, and France, which may be emitting 47 per cent more.

The distance that separates Lula da Silva from Wen Jiabao June 21, 2006

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The distance that separates Lula da Silva from Wen Jiabao

Jiabao, like his predecessors for the past 15 or 20 years, had learned a lesson that Lula da Silva, like so many other left-wing politicians in Latin America, has not managed to understand fully.
By 1976, the year Mao died, the better-informed Chinese, especially those in the ruling circles of the Communist Party, had already noticed a painful reality that distanced them from the dogmas stubbornly defended by The Great Helmsman: the Chinese in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore were on the road to riches, prosperity and popular development. The Chinese who believed in private property and the market, who had embraced globalization, triumphed. In contrast, those who clung to the superstitions of collectivism and waved the Little Red Book at mass demonstrations lived in misery and scarcity. (more…)

Southeast Asia’s new best friend June 21, 2006

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Southeast Asia’s new best friend – Los Angeles Times
THE MAPS SPREAD ACROSS the desk of senior Thai trade official Pisanu Rienmahasarn show an important piece of Southeast Asia’s future: a highway that, when it opens next year, will run more than 1,000 miles from Kunming in southwestern China, through Laos, to the ports of southern Thailand and beyond.

Beijing’s diplomatic message to Asia is fundamentally reassuring: Let’s get rich together. China’s modernization can only succeed if its neighbors also grow prosperous. That’s a far cry from the ideological clashes of a generation ago, when from behind its bamboo curtain, China bankrolled leftist groups to foment revolution in the capitalist Asian nations.

The Race for Iran June 21, 2006

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The Race for Iran – New York Times
Unfortunately, by refusing to consider a “grand bargain” with Iran — that is, resolution of Washington’s concerns about Tehran’s weapons of mass destruction and support for terrorism in return for American security guarantees, an end to sanctions and normalization of diplomatic relations — the Bush administration is courting failure in its nuclear diplomacy and paving the way for Russia and China to win the larger strategic contest.

Iran has the world’s second-largest proven reserves of conventional crude oil, after Saudi Arabia, and the second-largest reserves of natural gas, after Russia. Its relatively low production levels make it one of the few states with the potential to greatly increase its exports of both oil and gas over the next two decades. (more…)

The Gay Animal Kingdom June 21, 2006

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Seed: The Gay Animal Kingdom
Darwin imagined sex as a relatively straightforward transaction. Males compete for females. Evolutionary success is defined by the quantity of offspring. Thus, any distractions from the business of making babies—distractions like homosexuality, masturbation, etc.—are precious wastes of fluids. You'd think by now, several hundred million years after sex began, nature would have done away with such inefficiencies, and males and females would only act to maximize rates of sexual reproduction.

But the opposite has happened. Instead of copulation becoming more functional and straightforward, it has only gotten weirder as species have evolved—more sodomy and other frivolous pleasures that are useless for propagating the species. The more socially complex the animal, the more sexual "deviance" it exhibits. Look at primates: Compared to our closest relatives, contemporary, Westernized Homo sapiens are the staid ones.

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