28 March 2017
For less than $20 you can buy a fiberoptic endoscope that attaches to your smart phone and potentially check yourself for polyps in the nose, larynx, and maybe elsewhere.
A review of 13 cases of ocular injury caused by bottle corks. "Most of them are due to sparkling white wine served at room temperature."
"Recently, research has come out strongly in support of dietary fat and cholesterol as benign, rather than harmful, additions to person's diet. Saturated fat seems poised for a similar pardon."
An extended argument that using a bidet is more sanitary than using toilet paper.
Gut-wrenching photos of plastic pollution entering the ocean. About 6000 tons per day from India alone.
Trump things: He was not, as he has said, first in his class at Wharton; he wasn't even on the Dean's list. A Tweet from 2013 oddly relevant to the recent health-care legislation fiasco. A list of the companies to boycott if you're protesting the Trump presidency. This truck driver really doesn't like Donald Trump. Donald Trump's father was arrested after a Klan riot in 1927. And lyrics from a Woody Guthrie song about "old man Trump." Clever title of a picture of Merkel and Trump sitting for an awkward photo-op. And an even better one.
Video of an eagle trained by the Dutch National Police taking down a drone.
"Climate of Concern, a 1991 educational film produced by Shell, warned that the company’s own product could lead to extreme weather, floods, famines, and climate refugees, and noted that the reality of climate change was "endorsed by a uniquely broad consensus of scientists."" (full-length video embedded at the link).
Fossil hominid skulls found in China have both human and Neanderthal characteristics.
During an 18-month period in 1969-70, 370 bombs were set off in New York City.
A longread about the invasion of the Great Lakes by zebra mussels.
"A teenager with sickle cell disease achieved complete remission after an experimental gene therapy at Necker Children’s Hospital in Paris." That is fantastic news.
An interactive map of thermal hot springs in the United States. An interesting distribution.
Showerthought: Chocolate is a flavour of milk, and milk is a flavour of chocolate.
"I swear to God, the sight of people with deadly diseases crowdfunding their health care is the most dystopian thing about America right now."
Speculation that Jane Austen was poisoned by arsenic.
A petition to remove health-care subsidies for members of Congress and their families has now gathered over 800,000 votes.
A longread about the events that will follow the death of Queen Elizabeth.
TIL that shrimp can be raised on farms in landlocked states.
Attempts are underway to recover "billions of pounds worth of British gold hidden in the wrecks of merchant ships sunk during the First and Second World Wars."
Pinhole cameras are being embedded in streetside ATMs to steal financial information.
Today's blue mineral embeds are (top to bottom) aquamarine and albite, chrysocolla, fluorite, barite, and pentagonite.