THE KNOWLEDGE FEED

T-minus 10 Years...

David K. Israel

So I'm sitting at a red light today, turning the AC up another notch, when suddenly the guy in front of me opens his window and dumps his entire ashtray of cigarette butts on the ground!

Say cheese!

Mary

Last week I went to a backyard wedding where the main entertainment was not dancing or drinking but cheese racing.

Rats! (or the curious lack thereof in Alberta, Canada)

Mary

We got the following note from a reader named Cindy Karpiak: I want you guys to research why Alberta (Canada) spends hundreds of thousands of dollars every year to be christened a "rat-free pr

Why is the sky blue?

Mary

The next time someone asks you, don't tell them it's simply because gas molecules in the air absorb light waves with short wavelengths and then reflect them back out (or, God forbid, because

Japanese Hot and Sour Bath

Mangesh Hattikudur

For some reason there's no commentary on this CNN video, but apparently spas in Japan have started offering hot curry treatment for spa-seekers.

Science: it's what's for dinner!

Mary

Apparently, in the weeks since we first wrote about test-tube filet mignon, it's become a real red-meat issue for vegetarians: The super-veggies and the mere-veggies can't agree on whether

University Shrugged: Duke ethics professor to launch for-profit college

Mangesh Hattikudur

Sick and tired of how American universities operate, professor Gary Hull is setting out to launch a new, for-profit university.

I scream, Mangesh screams

Mary

My husband was reading Mango's ode yesterday to the emperors of ice cream and volunteered a story about the sweet stuff served to new arrivals at Ellis Island: quite a few of them couldn't i

Small Peanuts?

David K. Israel

If you've been reading our blog more or less every day (and if you haven't, shame on you), you'll recall that one out of every 200 people is allergic to peanuts. That means there

Monopoly Applies for a Debit Card

Mangesh Hattikudur

If you thought the unholy alliances between McDonald's & Monopoly, Lord of the Rings & Monopoly and Disney Princesses & Monopoly were terrifying (see horrific pictures above), check o

Like Water for Advertising

Mangesh Hattikudur

Continuing my theme today of all things wet, I saw this piece on OhGizmo, and found it completely mind-blowing.

Raining Cats and Gods

Mangesh Hattikudur

According to UPI reports, this summer's massive drought has spurred public officials in Lubbock, Texas to plead their case to a higher authority "“ you guessed it, they're taking their

Fish catches man

Mary

Last week we wrote about how hard it is to be a member of Class Osteichthyes; this week it seems the fish are fighting back: A fisherman was recovering from surgery after he was speared in the chest

When particles collide

Mary

No, that's not a Death Star under construction -- it's the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, featured in a great slideshow over at SEED.

The World Games go solar

David K. Israel

The good folk over at Treehugger have an interesting post today about a self-sufficient stadium being built in Kaohsiung City (that's in Taiwan for those geographically challenged) to host the 20

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