March 16, 2009

Prosthetic USB finger

Posted in Fun, Life, Science, Science Fiction, Technology at 4:37 pm by deadlikeme

usb-finger

Software developer Jerry Jalava lost part of his ring finger in a motorcycle accident. But instead of replacing it with a regular prosthetic finger he decided to enhance it with a USB flash drive.

read more about it on his blog.

for more pictures visit his Flickr account.

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May 15, 2008

That’s the way the cookie crumbles

Posted in Fun, Life, News tagged at 8:54 am by deadlikeme

A Michigan Girl Scout sold 17,328 boxes of cookies this year.

15-year old Jennifer Sharpe from Dearborn set up her shop on a street corner and sold cookies every day, with help from her mother and troop leader, Pam Sharpe.

Jennifer’s Troop 813 raised about $21,000 in cookie sales. And they plan to use the money for a 10-day trip to Europe.

MSNBC News

P.S. according to girlscouts.org the best-selling Girl Scout Cookies are:

  • 25% Thin Mints
  • 19% Samoas/Caramel deLites
  • 13% Peanut Butter Patties/Tagalongs
  • 11% Peanut Butter Sandwich/Do-si-dos
  •  9% Shortbread/Trefoils

March 19, 2008

Waterbeds make cows udderly happy

Posted in Animals, Biology, Fun, Humor, Life, Nature at 2:43 pm by deadlikeme

cowinbed.jpgOhio farmer Bill Timmons installed waterbeds for his cows. It cost him nearly $40.000, but apparently it pays off.

Daily milk production has gone up more than 20% in only two weeks. Timmons’ explanation: “You take care of them and they’ll take care of you.

Visit Fox News for more.

Interested in buying one of those beds for your cows? Just go to Advanced Comfort Technology, Inc.

October 6, 2007

World’s first artificial life form?

Posted in Biology, Education, Evolution, Life, Nature, News, Science at 5:48 pm by deadlikeme

protolife.jpgInstead of merely manipulating existing DNA, Craig Venter and his team have built a DNA from scratch, a synthetic chromosome called Mycoplasma laboratorium.

Using lab-made chemicals, a team of 20 scientists (led by Nobel laureate Hamilton Smith) has stitched together a chromosome that is 381 genes long and contains 580,000 base pairs of genetic code.

Once transplanted into a living bacterial cell it is expected to take control of the cell and in effect become a new life form.

Artificial DNA? Bio-ethicist Pat Mooney thinks Mr. Venter is creating a

chassis on which you could build almost anything. It could be a contribution to humanity such as new drugs or a huge threat to humanity such as bio-weapons

Visit The Guardian for more information. 

September 20, 2007

Toddler saves Mom by calling 911

Posted in Education, Family, Fun, Humor, Life, News, People at 7:03 am by deadlikeme

911-call.jpg2-year old Alana Miller from Oak Harbor, Washington, was smart enough to dial 911 when her mother collapsed.

Erika Miller and her daughter were playing in their home when Erika was struck by a painful migraine that made her pass out. Little Alana was resourceful enough to dial 911 to get help.

Operator: 911, where is your emergency?
Alana: Momma owie.
Operator: Momma owie?
Alana: Momma owie.
Operator: Is momma there?
Alana: Momma owie

The operator was able to trace the call and send help. 

Her mother has actually shown Alana how to dial 911 a few month earlier, in case “there is a big owie“.

ABC News

Will we soon be watching Are you smarter than a 2-year old? on FOX?

September 18, 2007

U.S. Senator sues God

Posted in Culture, Fun, God, Humor, Life, News, Religion, Society at 6:38 pm by deadlikeme

manwhosuedgod.jpgState Senator Ernie Chambers from Omaha, Nebraska, has sued God. His lawsuit was filed last friday in Douglas County District Court and seeks a permanent injuction ordering God to cease certain harmful activities and the making of terroristic threats.

The lawsuit accuses God of:

fearsome floods, egregious earthquakes, horrendous hurricanes, terrifying tornadoes, pestilential plagues, ferocious famines, devastating droughts, genocidal wars, birth defects and the like,…

calamitous catastrophes resulting in the wide-spread death, destruction and terrorization of millions upon millions of the Earth’s inhabitants including innocent babies, infants, children, the aged and infirm without mercy or distinction

Chambers said he has done it to prove a point about frivolous lawsuits.

KETV

P.S.: the picture is from the Australian movie The Man Who Sued God (2001), starring Billy Connolly and Judy Davis.

July 31, 2007

237 reasons why people mate

Posted in Biology, Culture, Education, Fun, Humor, Life, Love, Psychology, Science, Sex, Society at 9:44 pm by deadlikeme

mate.jpgTwo researchers from Texas asked more than 2000 men and women for their reasons on why they have sex.

Cindy M. Meston and David M. Buss, psychologists at the University of Texas at Austin, have categorized 237 reasons and published them in the August 2007 issue of Archives of Sexual Behavior.

The answers ranged from “It feels good” to  “I wanted to punish myself”.

The four general categories are:

  • Physical Attraction

  • Goal Attainment

  • Emotional Reasons

  • Insecurity

Instead of listing the most common reasons, here are some more unusual reasons:

I wanted to get a job

I wanted to feel closer to God

it was a favor to someone

I felt sorry for the person

I wanted to get rid of a headache

I wanted to stop my partner’s nagging

I wanted to relieve “blue balls”

for more read the New York Times article or the Original Publication (PDF file).

July 29, 2007

Oscar, the Grim Reap-purr

Posted in Animals, Biology, Life, Mystery, Nature, Science at 5:57 pm by deadlikeme

cat.jpg2-year old cat Oscar can predict the death of patients in a nursing home in Providence, Rhode Island.

So far Oscar has foreshadowed the death of 25 patients, by curling up beside them a few hours prior to their death.

His track record not only got him a mention in the New England Journal of Medicine but also an own Wikipedia page.

USA Today article

P.S. dogs are known to be able to predict epileptic seizures and sniff out different kind of cancer. Can they also be trained to smell an upcoming death?

July 5, 2007

Are you smarter than an Orang-Utan?

Posted in Animals, Anthropology, Biology, Education, Evolution, Fun, Humor, Life, Nature, Science at 8:24 am by deadlikeme

orangutan.jpgIt has recently been shown that Orang-Utans are capable of using water as a tool to solve a “nutty” problem.

Five Orang-Utans were confronted with a vertical, transparent tube with a peanut floating deep down inside, well out of reach. The primates filled their mouth with water from a drink dispenser and spat it into the tube, thus raising the water level. It took them an average of nine minutes to come up with this idea.

Natascha Mendes and colleagues at the Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany were inpspired by a more than 2000 year old story (by the greek poet Aesop) about a crow throwing stones into a pitcher to raise the water level until it was high enough for drinking.

How long would it have taken you to solve the problem? More than nine minutes? Come on, be honest!

Try this experiment on friends or relatives. Put a peanut in a tall glas and tell them to get it out, of course without tilting or even touching the glass.

The New Scientist article has a short video of this experiment.

The original article was published in Biology Letters.

June 30, 2007

Mighty Ducks: a 15-year journey around the world

Posted in Events, Fun, Humor, Life, Media, Nature, News, Oceanography, Science at 6:27 pm by deadlikeme

duckmap.jpg

An armada of plastic ducks, known as Friendly Floatees, is heading for Britain’s coast after their accidental release 15 years ago.

Their birth place was a chinese factory and they were supposed to be shipped from Hong Kong to the US. But during a storm on January 29, 1992 three containers fell off the cargo ship and got lost in the Pacific.

Two third of the plastic ducks landed months later on the shores of Indonesia, Australia and South America. But about 10.000 ducks headed north.

For the past 15 years Curtis Ebbesmeyer has been tracking those plastic ducks and recently said that those that had not been trapped in circulating currents in the North Pacific, crushed by icebergs or blown ashore in Japan are bobbing across the Atlantic on the Gulf Stream. Now the ducks are heading for Britain’s beaches.

Since 2003 the toys’ american distributor, First Years Inc., rewards anyone who finds one of these ducks with $100.

for more read the Times article

the map is from Spiegel Online

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