Thursday, October 13, 2011

Hot Links

Scientists have sequenced the genome of the Black Death and say they want to recreate the original bacterium. Is this a great idea?

Colorado girls get busted for making s'mores. It's tough out there.

Enjoy this interesting interview with Charles Mann about his new book 1493. I'm in the middle of it now.

Some gardeners think raising carnivorous plants is fun.

Surely you heard the story about the Massachusetts family that got lost in a corn maze and called 911 for help getting out? Turned themselves into a world-wide laughing stalk.

A study has found that ants find their way back to the nest by counting their steps.


Reid Farmer said...

I just looked at the Charles Mann interview again and noticed one of the commentors is Ray Sawhill

Anonymous said...

Regarding dinkering around with the "Black Death"--I often think this will be the collapse of society and the end of our species--stupid scientists(brilliant in their fields, stupid in practical, common sense matters) "experimenting" in their "secure" facilities--all there has to be is ONE boo-boo(intentional or not--a LOT of nuts out there, you know), and good-bye homo "sapiens"! All so someone can get recognition by writing a paper on it, or something. Then when it DOES happen, any potential survivors will soon die-off because they can't even do the most basic things for themselves, like start a cooking fire, because such activity in children and others is squelched by society!("Smores") Evidence of that includes IDIOTS who get lost in a corn maze and have so little common sense they can't find their way out! Unbelievable!(If sadly true....) Yet I see evidence of it regularly right where I live--people getting "lost" on a hiking trail nearby. The trail is BEAT TO DIRT from constant use, and runs smack through the middle of what I consider little more than a woodlot. In any direction, there are houses and paved roads within a mile or two--hard to get anywhere in this "wilderness" where you can't hear traffic! Yet people get "lost" there almost every year--incredible. Well, hopefully some of the "uncontacted" tribes will still be around to inherit the earth, if they have any resistance to the virulent diseases that eventually escape.....L.B.

dr. hypercube said...

People with carnivorous plant gardens are complete weirdos ( Rarefind - the nursery reffed in the NYT piece - is an excellent source. Their plants are big & healthy.

The 2012 Intl Carnivorous Plant Society Conference will been here in New England, by the way. Woo-hoo!

Looking forward to getting my hands on 1493.

Reid Farmer said...

Looking forward to getting my hands on 1493

You'll enjoy it - just full of amazing stuff I never knew. Did you know that prior to European arrival, there were no earthworms in what is now the northeastern US? Earthworms there now presumably arrived in orchard tree rootballs or in ballast from Europe. Did you know that in Mexico City in the late 1500s - early 1600s there was a large "Chinatown" with thousands of inhabitants?

Anonymous said...

Laughing stalk. Ugh! Poetic license — revoked!

Jim Cornelius

Reid Farmer said...

Ugh! Poetic license — revoked!


I've been told for years I have too many points against my license