THE KNOWLEDGE FEED

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

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.

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