THE KNOWLEDGE FEED

Are Prisons Becoming Asylums?

Will Pearson

Frontline has done so many fascinating documentaries for PBS and the latest is no exception.

Google Warming

David K. Israel

Staying on the Google-track today, here's another map-oriented site of theirs that promotes Green traveling (or at least advertises eco-friendly businesses, I'll let you be the judge). Mo

Japan's Fertility Problem

Will Pearson

Will Japan face a population decline? There's definitely a shortage of babies.  "Japanese people simply aren't having sex," Dr.

Questionably Intelligent Design

Mangesh Hattikudur

So, why would anyone pay $750,000 for a loft with concave floors (meant to throw you off-balance), misplaced light switches (you have to grope around for), and a garish aesthetic only a McDonald'

Boooooooooooo.

Mary

Walruses: apparently NSFW

Mary

This blog is mostly written by guys, and I bet you guys don't read the New York Times Styles section, and hey, I can understand that, because you're guys, but -- this is the lede of the Ti

La NextBus

David K. Israel

This morning I was Googlemapping some coordinates when I happened upon my new favorite website (of the day): NextBus. Using GPS technology, the site enables you to follow real buses in real cities,

Why I don't wish I were in Dixie

Mary

Ah, the South in the summertime -- land of creeping kudzu, stifling humidity, and the fire ant: In the 70 years since the imported red fire ant sneaked into Mobile aboard a ship from Brazil, no insec

Viral meme all your friends already know about, #2

Mary

A couple of weeks ago, a writer named Jason Feifer formulated a hypothesis that all of us have probably also come up with: (a) YouTube videos are almost uniformly terrible, therefore (b) an awesomely

These Rats Were Made for Walking

Mangesh Hattikudur

According to CNN, the folks at Johns Hopkins University, led by neurologist Douglas Kerr, now have proof that stem cells can help paralyzed rats walk again.

Malcolm Gladwell Slams the NY Times

Will Pearson

Gladwell really ripped on The New York Times for their story on pharmaceutical prices, with the headline "Drug Prices Up Sharply." The Times story covered the 3.9% increase in prescription

Pittsburghese

David K. Israel

The 77th Major League Baseball All-Star Game is quickly approaching.

It ain't exactly Pollack, but...

Mary

Over at Collision Detection, Clive Thompson has stumbled on another interesting internet art project: MillionArtists is fundraising project with an interesting way of gathering donations: Everyone wh

The CrackBerry

David K. Israel

I'm not sure how many of you have a BlackBerry or any one of a number of new PDAs that have hit the market recently, but take it from me, an avid Treo user, getting your email fix anywhere, anyti

Speech! Speech!

Mary

I've always liked reading other people's college-graduation addresses, maybe because I didn't get to hear the one directed at me -- the geniuses at Duke set up the stadium's acoust

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