British government officials are planning to deploy search-engine optimization in their war on terror, working with certain Muslim groups to push "positive" depictions of Islam up in the Google rankings.
Also in today's links: watching your kids like a hawk, living like a pig, and more.
It's not quite as gross as a teratoma, but it is pretty nuts. Russian media are reporting that doctors found a 2-inch fir tree growing in a 28-year-old man's lungs. Of course then along comes a biologist to point out that trees need such things as light. Anyway, I think the surgeon is smirking just a little bit too much.
Also in today's links: Web-enabling your brain, using the hair off your head to help the earth, and more.
Of the many tools available to public health officials and epidemiologists trying to understand and prevent the spread of global pandemics, one valuable resources has been ignored, until now: zombie movies.
Also in today's links: valuable measures countries take to be clean, worthless tests for predicting diseases.
This is strange: to predict how successful your marriage will be, take out an old yearbook picture of yourself. Are you smiling big, just like the class photographer wanted you to do? That's a good indicator that you're not going to get divorced.
Also in today's links: wolves in Montana, allergies to fruit and veggies, and more.
The new Canine Cognition Lab at Harvard University is studying how dogs behave and how they comprehend the world around them. (Note: if you live in the area, they're also recruiting subjects.)
Also in today's links: deafened dolphins, tailing elephants, and Paul Rudd.
A woman's desire to advertise her vegan lifestyle on her car license plate was shot down by the Colorado DMV, who read a much less appropriate meaning into the letters.
Also in today's links: communication between dolphins, understanding music between cultures, and more.
Apparently, freeing Willy was not so good an idea. A new paper suggests that the killer whale who played the titular character in the 1993 movie did not really thrive after being returned to the wild. However, we're not really seeing a sequel, Keep Willy in Chains.
Also in today's links: a creepy child robot destined to star in a horror movie, breaking down a car factory and more.
It's always the pretty ones who get the attention. Scientists trying to raise awareness about a mysterious illness affecting bat populations along the East Coast say that bats' sketchy reputation keeps them from getting the attention they deserve.
But being cute didn't help little puppies in Hungary circa 900-1200 AD. New research shows that sacrifices of adult and baby dogs was more widespread than previously thought. The domestic animals were thought to have been killed to protect against evil. (Although apparently not the evil of killing puppies.)
Also in today's links: why it's okay to read this at work, another study on testosterone and risk, and more.