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The NYT's Phys Ed blog examines the utility of stretching before and after exercise and concludes, maybe not so much: For years, flexibility has been widely considered a cornerstone of health and fitness…[snip]…In fact, the latest science suggests that extremely … Continue reading
Luis Sorriano is a librarian in the small town of La Gloria, Colombia. He delivers books to children in impoverished rural areas – up to eight hours roundtrip – on the backs of his donkeys, Alfa and Beto. (Via)
ON A bright day in 1912, an Austrian tailor named Franz Reichelt jumped off the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. This was no suicide attempt. Reichelt was wearing a special overcoat of his own design that was supposed to let … Continue reading
Water break! The call goes out every half hour, echoing off the rust-colored sandstone cliffs and across the mocha waters of the Colorado River. Puffs of dust rise as the archaeologists drop shovels and clipboards, sit down in the dirt, … Continue reading
When the Wall of Death fails to satisfy, add a giant feline predator in a sidecar. Number five in the list of the most badass things ever done by jungle cats: Somebody back in the 1920s thought to themselves, “I … Continue reading
All the information you need to completely bork the timestream, in one handy poster. Remember, insulin can be extracted from the pancreas of dogs and pigs.
Two physicists have suggested that the problems and delays plaguing the Large Hadron Collider, at CERN in Geneva, may be because some force–maybe…from the future–is keeping it from working. Specifically, if the LHC were to produce the elusive hypothetical particle … Continue reading