Scientists at McGill University in Montreal have discovered that hitting the ventilation systems of office buildings with ultraviolet light reduced some respiratory symptoms in office workers by 40 per cent. Makes my throat kinda scratchy just thinking about it.
Archive for November, 2003
You know, carrying around a folded dollar bill, an ID, or a credit card can really be inconvenient for some folks. They just don’t have pockets or something, I guess. For them, there’s VeriChip. About the size of a grain of rice, VeriChip is implanted under the skin of your arm and works as a miniaturized, implantable radio frequency identification device (RFID) that has the potential to be used in a variety of personal identification, security, financial, and potential healthcare applications.
Wanna know how to get the girls? There’s one tip you gotta know: learn to disco dance.
The fleet of helicoptors and electronic gadgetry which surrounded Bush as he was fortressed in Buckingham Palace during his recent state visit has wrecked the Queen’s gardens. Apparently she’s pissed.
Scientists in Israel have finally created a self-assembling nano-transistor. Someday circuits will build themselves.
While the RIAA continues to sue grannies and 12 year-olds for the music on their computers. London-based Warp Records will post it’s entire collection of music for sale on the internet. The site, bleep.com, will launch next month and directly sell MP3 tracks by artists including !!!, Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada, and Squarepusher, among others.
Stephen Hawking is selling his hot air balloon. In case you’re in the market for such things.
An article in the British website thisislondon.com claims George Bush has ordered all U.S. companies out of the UK and that the US is on the verge of starting a full-scale trade war with England. US-based multinationals have been told they will receive compensation from American trade authorities if they cancel contracts in Britain and take jobs home, according to CBI director-general Digby Jones.
Take a snarky tour of the world’s money, including a look at the weird bills used by the US Army (like the 1 MPC dollar at left).
In case you only wanna look at the pictures and not be bothered by the news stories, go to news-images.com and see just images from the news.
An English opthalmic surgeon, James McGill, is convinced that the great English impressionist painter J.M.W. Turner painted his smoky riverside landscapes the way he did because he was color blind and suffered from cataracts.
Wouldn’t want to be dubya this week. Bush arrives in London today, where the mayor just said of our current president: I actually think that Bush is the greatest threat to life on this planet that we’ve most probably ever seen. The policies he is initiating will doom us to extinction. Scotland Yard is bringing out 14,000 police officers to protect him from protests that may reach 100,000. Good luck with that, George. More logistical info, if you’re interested. You know, like a tank that can kill dozens of people, shoot to kill orders, and limited liability if the CIA kills protestors.
Is WalMart actually hurting the US economy? An interesting Fast Company article shows they just might be. One fact: 10% of all Chinese exports to the United States are sold in WalMart stores. Now that can’t be good for US manufacturing jobs. It’s great to have bargains, says textile CEO Steve Dobbins. But you can’t buy anything if you’re not employed. We are shopping ourselves out of jobs.