THE KNOWLEDGE FEED

Your daily ice cream scoop

Mary

We promise, we'll quit with the ice-cream fixation once the weather cools down, but: In its quest to create ice cream as voluptuous as butter and as virtuous as broccoli, the ice cream industry

I think I'll switch to Junior Mints from now on

Mary

One of my favorite blogs at the moment is Effect Measure, which is theoretically all about pressing public health issues but also includes such nuggets as "Paul Revere was a member of the first l

GPS? We don't need no stingin' GPS.

Mary

If you think having to ferry around three screaming kids in a minivan is bad, try carpooling with a swarm of backseat-driving bees, like these British researchers: Bumblebees are being dropped off a

Comma-Free Zone

David K. Israel

Bart Kosko, USC professor and pioneer of the fuzzy logic theory, has a new book coming out soon called Noise. As a writer always in search of solitude and tranquility, I'm intrigued by Kosko&#

For the very discerning traveler

Mary

Grow-a-brain today is featuring the Hemp Hotel, an outpost in Amsterdam dedicated to using hemp "as much as possible, from mattresses, curtains, shampoo, [and] soap to a hemp roll for breakfast.&

31 Flavors (and then some)

Mangesh Hattikudur

If you're bored out of your gourd scrubbing your mouth out with the same old Crest and Colgate flavors (mild mint, strong mint, x-treme mint, peppermint, vanilla mint"¦ what sort of mint wil

Spaced out

David K. Israel

Wired has a cool article in the new issue about commercial space travel. "The first private launches could happen next year for up to $250,000 a ticket," they say. So let's see...

Where the Sidewalk Bends

Mangesh Hattikudur

CNN has an interesting piece today on how we might be able to recycle all those piles of junkyard tires: by turning them into sidewalks!

Gimme Shelter

Mangesh Hattikudur

I for one love camping, but hate, hate, hate putting up tents.

The New (and improved) Yorker piece on Wikipedia

Mary

Don't get me wrong, I love me some New Yorker, but the mag's online division missed an easy opportunity to use the interweb for what it's best at -- being an interweb -- with this new a

Happy birthday, George Clinton!

Mary

No, not you, Mr. P.Funk -- we mean George Clinton, vice president under Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, who would have been 267 today.

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

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