A 500 Year Old Clam?
A living clam collected from Iceland in 2006 has been ring- and carbon-dated to over 500 years old, making it the oldest living animal ever found.
420,000 Gallons of Horse Urine a Day:
Over at the PaleoFuture blog, we find this sentence: "New York City at the turn of the 20th century was a pretty pungent place. Piles of garbage, millions of people cooking food, and about 2.5 million pounds of horse manure emptied into the streets per day will do that to a city. And don't forget the 420,000 gallons of horse urine flowing through the streets each week. But some forward-thinking New Yorkers had an idea to clean up the city: establish a citywide central vacuum system."
Sprinkle Caffeine on Your Eggs?
Yes, caffeine now comes out of shaker so you can caffeinate anything you want, including your morning eggs!
Stopping Pandemics with Social Media:
When epidemiology hits Facebook and Twitter, good things could happen very quickly. A stitch in time saves nine.
Rescue Animals as Fundraising Brands
In a world where children are dying for food, clean water, shelter and a bar of soap, the animal rescue world has decided to fight over the "branding" of animal names for fundraising purposes. Stop giving for "celebrity" animals, and this crap will stop.
Going Broke From Getting Fat?Chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes, among people younger than 65 drives two-thirds of medical spending. About 85 percent of medical costs are spent on people younger than 65. Price increases -- not increases in demand -- account for 91% of cost increases. The biggest-spending disease with the fastest growth rate was hyperlipidemia — high cholesterol and triglycerides — for which spending grew by 14.4 percent annually. Personal out-of-pocket spending on insurance premiums and co-payments have declined from 23% to 11%.