My theory about the itty-bitty iPod shuffle is that Apple made it so small so that people will constantly be losing them, and buying replacements.
But besides the over-the-top portability, the new shuffle has another advantage: it can be swallowed.
Also in today's links: cute ancient creatures, a link between anorexia and autism, and more.
Locally sourced organic food is so passe. Meet "the world's first entirely synthetic gourmet dish." The future of haute cuisine, according to one Michelin chef, will be formed from tartaric acid, 4-O-a-glucopyranosyl-D-sorbitol, and triacylglycerol. After all, he says, sugar is just as artificial as anything else.
Also in today's links: the taste of evolution, the taste of the Milky Way, and more.
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.
How's this for innovation?: electronic cigarettes. Little white tubes that look like the real thing have a nicotine solution that's heated by a battery, and the user exhales a water vapor that looks like smoke. The FDA isn't quite sure what to make of them, although the manufacturer is clear: "It is not a drug, if you will. This is an adult smoking experience."
Also in today's links: a battle over pork and science, scratching an itch with a phantom limb, and more.