Remember in 2011, when there was that huge tsunami in Japan and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant had a triple meltdown? And remember how it was really fucked and 160,000 people had to evacuate? Well, everything is OK now, because the plant totally has a new cooling system. It's not exactly the world's best cooling system. It's a little cobbled together. But the good news is there hasn't been another tsunami/earthquake, so it is entirely safe forever. Oh, except on Wednesday a rat got into the cooling system and managed to shut the whole thing down.
According to the research of Jasmine Roberts, a 12 year old doing a school science project, Southern Florida has either very clean toilets or very dirty ice. Jasmine collected ice samples from five Florida restaurants, and then collected samples of water from the toilets of the same restaurants. The results are not good: The ice had more bacteria than the toilet water.
Kind of makes you think about how you wash your hands when you go to the bathroom, but people just put their bare hands willy-nilly on those ice scoops that go into the ice machine. And those bare hands are not always pristine, judging from the fact that Jasmine's samples contained E. coli bacteria, which comes from human waste.
Family can be hard. But when you're a giant squid, it's probably less so. You don't have to worry if your parents like your wife. You don't have to worry about who sits where at family dinners or who gets the country house when the squid patriarch dies. So probably the recent study informing us that giant squid populations all over the world are probably related is not such a huge deal to the squid themselves. But to humans, well, it's rather interesting.
Scientists were aware that spiders ate bats. But they thought it was really rare and maybe the sort of thing that just happened once in a while, like when the bat got tired or sick or otherwise negligent with his own bat life and found himself in a spider web. Well, now scientists have gathered evidence from all sorts of people around the world who give a shit about bats -- like bat scientists and people who work at bat hospitals which actually exist -- and they discovered 52 instances of spiders eating bats. That's a lot, considering that's not all the bat-eating spiders, just the ones who got caught.
Google Reader may sadly be a thing of the past, but take comfort: Google giveth and Google taketh away. Just because Google will no longer let you organize your RSS feeds doesn't mean they don't care about you. Because now, in the time you'll be saving not reading your RSS feeds, Google will let you virtually explore the Seven Summits, the highest peaks in the world.
Those peaks include Aconagua, Kilimanjaro, and of course, mighty Everest. Someone dragged a Google camera up all those fuckers just so you wouldn't have to. And here is what it looks like:
Preserved DNA is kind of like preserved lemons. It's DNA that's been sitting around for a while getting ready to do something big. (What? Lemons have dreams.) For example, take the DNA of this amazing frog, which gives birth out of its mouth. That preserved DNA sat around for 40 years before scientists at the University of Newcastle in Australia used cloning technology to bring the weird species, extinct since the '80s, back to life.
There may be as many rats as there are people in New York City, and that is a lot of rats. Fortunately the rats in New York, unlike the standard of living, are not any worse than the rats anywhere else. But they still want to get rid of them. And now city officials are prepared to go straight to the source of rats: rat uteruses. They propose to reduce rat populations through mass sterilization.
So how do you make a rat sterile? Well you mix up some stuff -- salt, sugar, fat, industrial chemical, and an herb. (Which herb specifically is unclear, maybe because city officials don't want you copying their secret recipe, maybe because come on we all know this is a recipe for pot brownies.) Then the rats eat and drink the stuff (some of it is liquid, which supposedly rats like because it's harder to get than say, pizza), and then the chemical basically finds its way into the rat's system and lo and behold. All of a sudden, the rat is still good at being a rat but sucks at making more rats.
Before I get deeper into this story about this cereal that's supposed to make you sexier, which was invented by a Canadian businessman (because whenever I think of sex the words "Canadian businessman" are never far behind), let's look at the nipple on that woman on the cereal box. That's a nipple, right? Just wanted to clear that up.
Anyway, Peter Ehrlich, the Toronto businessman, got the idea for this product -- "his" and "hers" cereals with special ingredients formulated to uh, I don't know, increase libido? Potency? Vaginal mucus? Who cares? It's a SEX CEREAL, it's a cereal that makes SEX -- because he thought there weren't enough "fun" products in the world of health food. Fair enough. Who doesn't like fun? Look at the fun ingredients here.
Rob Rhinehart, a 24-year-old software engineer living in Atlanta, has invented the last food you'll ever need to eat. He calls it Soylent, and it's basically a very nutritious liquid meal, which is meant to be ingested the same way one might ingest actual food -- for a feeling of fullness, to provide the body with nutrients -- but without the other pesky things about food. Like, say, enjoying it, preparing it in a communal manner, chewing it. Screw that. Who do I look like, Alice Waters?