Io9. 'Toilet row' lowers space morale. The International Space Station, once a place where astronauts would share food and facilities, is said to be embroiled in a Cold War-like stand-off.
A Russian cosmonaut has complained he is no longer allowed to use a US toilet as well as a US exercise bike. Gennady Padalka, 50, told Russia's Novaya Gazeta newspaper the lack of sharing was lowering the crew's morale. The veteran cosmonaut said the problem was due to the ISS becoming a more commercial operation. For several years after his first space mission in 1998, Mr Padalka and his American colleagues worked in total harmony, he told the newspaper.
Irony. Winter Solstice 2009: Facts on Shortest Day of the Year. Updated December 21, 2009 Today is the winter solstice and the first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere.
It's all due to Earth's tilt, which ensures that the shortest day of every year falls around December 21. But it's not all about astronomy. Since ancient times people have marked the winter solstice with countless cultural and religious traditions—it's no coincidence the modern holiday season surrounds the first day of winter. Solstice in Space: Astronomy of the First Day of Winter.
Top 10 Bizarre Disappearances - Top 10 Lists. Mysteries History is peppered with intriguing tales of people who, for all intents and purposes, inexplicably vanish from the face of the earth without a trace.
These stories – some of the most fascinating in the annals of the unexplained – vary from being well-documented to having the flavor of mere legend and folklore.
Volcano. Pollution. Earthquake. Historico. Various stuff. Cyberpunk Review. Somalis accused of piracy are charged in South Korea. 25 February 2011Last updated at 09:42 The five young suspected pirates say they were following orders from their boss Prosecutors in South Korea have charged five Somali men suspected of being pirates with attempted murder.
The charge can carry a sentence of life in prison, or death; lesser charges such as maritime robbery were also brought against the men. The Somalis were seized when South Korean special forces stormed a cargo ship that had been hijacked by pirates last month. The ship's captain was shot during the rescue; eight pirates were killed.
Carl. Mine. Houseboat. Coro. Formas. Geneva_convention. Thermite. Tabela. C&EN: COVER STORY - THE MANY FACETS OF MAN-MADE DIAMONDS. Before the 1930s, the gems of choice for engagement rings included opals, rubies, and sapphires. But in the 1940s, De Beers--the South African mining firm that controls the majority of the world's diamond supply--introduced "A Diamond Is Forever. " The success of this campaign turned diamond into the symbol of eternal love and dramatically increased demand for the gems. Today, two start-up companies are staking their futures on the lure of more affordable, laboratory-grown diamond gemstones.
But because of diamond's remarkable optical, thermal, chemical, and electronic properties, synthetic diamond promises to offer a lot more than just beautiful jewelry. In a warehouse in Sarasota, Fla., a company called Gemesis is growing diamonds in two dozen or so high-pressure, high-temperature crystal growth chambers, each the size of a washing machine.
HOWTO. Home. [Translations: French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish] The long tail is famously good news for two classes of people; a few lucky aggregators, such as Amazon and Netflix, and 6 billion consumers.
Of those two, I think consumers earn the greater reward from the wealth hidden in infinite niches. But the long tail is a decidedly mixed blessing for creators. Individual artists, producers, inventors and makers are overlooked in the equation. The long tail does not raise the sales of creators much, but it does add massive competition and endless downward pressure on prices. Les UX. The UX (for Urban eXperiment) is an underground organization that improves hidden corners of Paris.
Their works have included restoring the Pantheon clock, building a cinema, complete with bar and restaurant, underneath the Trocadéro, restoring medieval crypts, and staging plays and readings in monuments after dark. The group's membership is largely secret, but its spokespeople include Lazar Kunstmann. History Beginning in September 1981, the founders of the group stole plans of the many underground passage ways and tunnels for which Paris is famous. Using these information venues as a base,  the group of anonymous artists and citizens have restored much of the underground infrastructure, including the restoration of the Pantheon clock which chimed for the first time in many years after their repair.