The valleys of Antarctica are the coldest places on Earth — where dense, super-chilled air accumulates, dropping the temperature as low as -136 ˚F (-93.2 ˚C). — Maggie
Tully's "Zombie Unicorn," posted to CGHub, is the unicorn we've all dreamt of, but never dared to conjure forth. If only I could buy this as a life-size piece for the office (or even just the head on a trophy plaque).
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Better than swimming with the dolphins (though maybe not as awesome as wading with the platypuses
), Pig Island in the Bahamas is home to miniature piggies who paddle around the bay
seeking handouts from charmed tourists. — Maggie
Back in September, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a report connecting the use of antibiotics in livestock to antibiotic resistance in humans. It was an important step in turning science into action. Although human use and misuse of antibiotics and the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in hospitals are important parts of the puzzle of antibiotic resistance, the massive use of antibiotics by the agricultural industry also plays a key role. In fact, the vast majority of antibiotics used in the United States are used by animals. (Reasonable estimates range as high as 80%.)
What's more, the vast majority of that antibiotic use has nothing to do with the health of the animals. The antibiotics have the side effect of promoting weight gain. Important drugs like penicillin and tetracycline are regularly doled out to cows and pigs and chickens as part of their daily feed in order to make them fatter — a practice which has been shown to directly reduce those drugs' effectiveness at treating actual illness in humans. Today, the FDA announced that it plans to change this ... but there are problems.
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Alexander Calder's (1898-1976) father was Alexander Stirling Calder (1870-1945), who sculpted George Washington as President
on the Washington Square Arch in New York. His grandfather, Alexander Milne Calder (1846 – 1923), sculpted the 37-foot tall William Penn statue, which stands atop Philadelphia City Hall. His great-grandfather was a tombstone carver.
So it's not surprising that Calder become a sculptor as well. But unlike his forebears, Calder was not interested in traditional sculpture. Instead, he invented a new art form -- kinetic sculpture -- the most famous of which were his "mobiles," (a word coined by his friend, the artist Marcel Duchamp). These delicately balanced sculptures consist of biomorphic shapes cut from sheet metal and painted in black, white, orange, red, white, yellow, and blue, and which hang from metal rods and wire.
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To linguists, the central feature of Valleygirl Dialect is the tendency to make a statement sound like a question. For decades, this has been considered not just part of Valleyspeak, but part of female speech. That's changing. Like, dudes are totally doing it, too. — Maggie
Just when you thought Toronto Mayor Rob Ford couldn't sink any lower, he implied that a Toronto Star reporter was a pedophile
. The reporter he targeted is a particular thorn in the mayor's side, having gone to the mayor's house to investigate an adjacent property that he's pulled strings to buy.
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Rita Smythe of Chagrin Falls, USA, finds herself in the trenches of the War on Christmas.
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Next Level is a neat new show where extreme makers help young kids build their favorite nutty inventions! Directed by Daren Rabinovitch, Sean Hellfritsch, and Isaiah Saxon, Next Level is part of the new DIY youth organization to inspire, support, and connect creative and ingenious kids. (Thanks, Tim O'Reilly!)
Tor.com has an excerpt from Work Done For Hire, a new thriller from Joe Haldeman, forthcoming in January. Haldeman is the author of numerous science fiction classics, including The Forever War, and is a titan in the field. Any year with a new Haldeman in it is a good year.
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Russian photographer takes absolutely stunning photos of snowflakes on his balcony using an old point-and-shoot camera with a vintage USSR Helios lens mounted in reverse for extreme macro functionality. He describes his hacked rig and technique here: "Snowflakes, night city and other things"
More photos at Kljatov's Flickr stream: ChaoticMind75 (Thanks, Bob Pescovitz!)
"Spray gun is coated with gilt and trimmed with bee and flowers, can be used on household pests when company is around." Go here for more wonderful gifts from 1953 that LIFE magazine deemed were "far better to give than to receive."
Lisa Rein writes, "The Internet Archive is hosting its first ever 'Ethics in Tech' event
this Wednesday, December 11th at 6:30pm. (Show starts promptly at 7:00
pm.) Political Comedian Will Durst will be on a panel with the EFF's Legal
Director, Cindy Cohn Frontier Foundation and the Internet Archive's own
Digital Librarian, Brewster Kahle. Inder Comar, from WitnessIraq.com, and
Janet Weil, from CodePink.org, will also be speaking."
Learn about how to protect your Fourth Amendment rights and other
constitutional rights and freedoms while attempting to see the lighter
side of these very serious issues. Tickets are still available here (Proceeds will be donated to the following
organizations, based on a selection process from ticketholders: Veterans
For Peace, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Internet Archive,
WitnessIraq.com, EthicsInTech, SF99Percent.org, and CodePink.)
NSA Comedy Tour with Will Durst! A Night of Comedy, Ethics & Tech!
Pope Francis is Time Magazine's Person of the Year
. The magazine's staff also considered Edward Snowden, Barack Obama and several other candidates; the official public poll's choice, Egyptian general Abdul Fattah al-Sisi
, reflects the international appeal of the annual pick. — Rob
Lawmakers in the small South American nation voted Tuesday to legalize and regulate weed
. — Rob