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With sunny days on the way it’s easy to get ice pop fever. In the last two posts we looked at the benefits of homemade popsicles and saw some great non-toxic popsicle molds . Now it’s time to look at some cool popsicle recipes
CREDIT: Karl Tate / Life's Little Mysteries During the new DC Comics Universe series " Flashpoint ," in which a time-traveling supervillain alters the past to warp the present, Life's Little Mysteries presents a 10-part series that examines what would happen if a major event in the history of the universe had gone just slightly different. Part 6: What if ... the moon had never formed?
8 May 2012 Last updated at 10:20 GMT By Mark Kinver Environment reporter, BBC News Urbanisation is a "lost opportunity" for people to interact with biodiversity, including bacteria A lack of exposure to a "natural environment" could be resulting in more urban dwellers developing allergies and asthma, research has suggested. Finnish scientists say certain bacteria, shown to be beneficial for human health, are found in greater abundance in non-urban surroundings.
Argentinean sculptor Adrián Villar Rojas creates enormous sculptural works that seem like remnants of a science fiction movie set , or bizarre moments from a surreal dream. One of my favorite pieces is My Family Dead (2009) , in which he created a life-size blue whale in the woods outside Ushuaia, Argentina. The beached cetacean is pockmarked with tree stumps, making me wonder if it’s being slowly claimed by the forest or perhaps it’s a native resident. Beautiful. (via devid sketchbook ) <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
We're glad Andrea Offermann dropped out of medical school. Otherwise we might never have seen her amazing drawings, depicting scenes of adventure in sepia with the sharpness of a scalpel. Mechanical elephant cities, despotic whales and dragons roam her world. We chatted to her about wordless stories and the moment Pi's boat sinks, amongst other things. I was always interested in art but hesitant to make it my profession.
After decades of urban evolution, the world’s major subway systems appear to be converging on an ideal form. On the surface, these core-and-branch systems — evident in New York City, Tokyo, London or most any large metropolitan subway — may seem intuitively optimal. But in the absence of top-down central planning, their movement over decades toward a common mathematical space may hint at universal principles of human self-organization.
Recycling without limits…designer Garth Britzman of Lincoln, Nebraska used recycled bottles filled with colored water to create stunning topographical shade canopy for a vehicle. This project reused recycled soda bottles as a canopy under which a small park is created. An intriguing environment is created where one can explore the surface qualities of the bottles at eye level. Additionally, this project sought to stimulate creative alternatives for recycling and reusing materials.
9 May 2012 Last updated at 14:14 ET By James Gallagher Health and science reporter, BBC News The trial is being conducted on patients with brain cancer It may be possible to use "stem cell shielding" to protect the body from the damaging effects of chemotherapy, early results from a US trial suggest. Chemotherapy drugs try to kill rapidly dividing cancer cells, but they can also affect other healthy tissues such as bone marrow.
16 May 2012 Last updated at 02:18 ET Blood tests have traditionally been used to detect the HIV virus Over-the-counter HIV tests that would allow people to check in the privacy of their homes if they have the virus have moved a step closer in the US. A panel of experts said the OraQuick In-Home HIV Test was safe and effective and its potential to prevent infections outweighed the risk of false results.
14 May 2012 Last updated at 09:03 ET By James Gallagher Health and science reporter, BBC News A retinal implant - or bionic eye - which is powered by light has been invented by scientists at Stanford University in California. Implants currently used in patients need to be powered by a battery. The new device, described in the journal Nature Photonics , uses a special pair of glasses to beam near infrared light into the eye.
Posted: May 10th, 2012 | Filed under: drugs , hallucinogens , marijuana , opiates | 6 Comments » David Macdonald argues in his 2007 book, Drugs in Afghanistan , that Afghanistan’s increased drug usage is driven by an impoverished battle-scarred population trying desperately to relieve its suffering.* Western-led efforts to universally criminalize drugs are futile because distressed people will always be able to find chemical relief. As an example, Macdonald notes that in Afghanistan even the ubiquitous scorpions can be used for intoxication. Tartars in Bamiyan province prepare scorpions by smashing them between stones and letting them dry. The main part of the tail, with the sting, is then crushed into a powder and smoked with tobacco and/or hashish (marijuana). A friend of Macdonald’s who witnessed a man smoke scorpion in the Afghan town of Peshawar described the reaction:
12 May 2012 Last updated at 19:02 ET By Bimal Gautam BBC News, Nepal Ms Sen has been described by experts as a linguistic treasure Gyani Maiya Sen, a 75-year-old woman from western Nepal, can perhaps be forgiven for feeling that the weight of the world rests on her shoulders.
12 May 2012 Last updated at 20:27 ET By Mark Kinver Environment reporter, BBC News The study identified that high biodiversity areas also had high linguistic diversity The decline of linguistic and cultural diversity is linked to the loss of biodiversity, a study has suggested. The authors said that 70% of the world's languages were found within the planet's biodiversity hotspots. Data showed that as these important environmental areas were degraded over time, cultures and languages in the area were also being lost.