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  Animal Rescue  
 
 
Posted 2003-04-10 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
A herd of elephants is credited with the daring rescue of a captive group of antelope in South Africa this week. Ignoring bales of feed, the elephant matriarch "moved to the gate and very carefully and deliberately undid all the gate's metal latches with her trunk and pushed it open," allowing the antelopes to escape. The elephants then ran off, snickering to themselves. [source]
 
     
 
   
 
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  Coalition Tanks In Downtown Baghdad  
 
 
Posted 2003-04-09 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Looks like the worst is over. Live images from Baghdad show a few Iraqis preparing to topple a mammoth Saddam statue. Many media outlets are speculating that the war is pretty much over. Here's the Guardian Unlimited's coverage simply because it's the most recently updated news page at the time of this writing.
 
     
 
   
 
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  GM Crops Feed Insects  
 
 
Posted 2003-04-02 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Scientists at Imperial College London and the Universidad Simon Rodrigues in Caracas, Venezuela have found that cabbage modified to contain the natural poison "Bacillus thuringiensis" (Bt) encouraged a 56% higher growth rate in moth larvae as compared to ordinary cabbage. [story]

Well that's a bit of an "oops," isn't it?
"Oops, we accidentally created a poison-resistant form of diamondback moth."
"Oops, genes from our GM soybean plants accidentally contaminated ordinary soybean plants."
"Oops, a GM salmon somehow escaped our fisheries."
 
     
 
   
 
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  Ice Pirates:  Global Water Grab  
 
 
Posted 2003-04-02 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
This ain't science fiction: According to the United Nations, 1.3 billion people worldwide lack access to clean water. Worldwide demand for water is doubling every 20 years, twice the rate of population growth. By the year 2025, demand for fresh water is expected to outstrip global supply by 56 percent. According to a report by Canada's Polaris Institue, control of public water is increasingly being turned over to private corporations.

"Experience shows that transnational corporations, regardless of how responsibly they try to carry out their business, are simply not designed to provide public services to all people on an equitable basis. Indeed, the delivery of water services is based on the 'ability to pay,' which means that poor communities frequently end up without adequate services." -- Global Water Grab pamphlet
 
     
 
   
 
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  Jumbo Shrimp: Toxic Mutation?  
 
 
Posted 2003-02-20 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Cowabunga! What's cooler than a 12" shrimp? A teenage mutant ninja shrimp, maybe. Honolulans (I just made that up) are dredging up gigantic mantis shrimp from a canal suspected of being tainted by runoff. "'In Hawai'i our storm drains go right into our waterways...There is a bunch of heavy metals that have accumulated in the canal, primarily from road runoff, the most notorious being lead from all our gasoline use.'" Hey, Hawai'i, maybe pooping in your water is not such a good idea. [source]
 
     
 
   
 
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  Monty Python’s Terry Jones on USA vs Iraq  
 
 
Posted 2003-02-18 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
"For some time now I've been really pissed off with Mr Johnson, who lives a couple of doors down the street. Well, him and Mr Patel, who runs the health food shop. They both give me queer looks, and I'm sure Mr Johnson is planning something nasty for me, but so far I haven't been able to discover what..." [more / link:momo]
 
     
 
   
 
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  Clearchannel: Preparing for War  
 
 
Posted 2003-02-13 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Internalmemos.com has leaked broadcaster Clearchannel's alleged war plans: "Make certain that we are monitoring CNN and ABC's Sat Que. Sat Que must be turned up loud. We can not just rely on someone occasionally checking the wires. Do NOT turn down the volume on ABC Sat Que. Ross, please consider setting the volume high and removing the volume knob, otherwise someone will turn it down and you'll miss an important bulletin." Remember, kids, "People will be angry, frightened-- the emotion of America IS part of the story. Use it!" [link>stephan]
 
     
 
   
 
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  Release the Hounds  
 
 
Posted 2003-01-27 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Hans Blix: Iraq apears "not to have come to a genuine acceptance of the disarmament demanded of it, and which it needs to carry out." [source] What's that I hear? It's the sound of a zillion U.S. bombs on their way to blasting Iraq into dust. I wish there was another way.
 
     
 
   
 
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  Man-Eating Rats  
 
 
Posted 2003-01-17 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Rats as big as "fat house cats" have been munching on the flesh of incapacitated, weak, or small human beings of South Africa's Western Cape. "...a survey targeting informal settlements in and around Khayelitsha recently had shown that 72 percent of residents were troubled by rats." Troubled? Yes, I think having your legs chewed off counts as troubled. [source]
 
     
 
   
 
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  Bananana… Bananana…  
 
 
Posted 2003-01-17 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Reuters reports everyone's favorite weiner-shaped fruit has about 10 years left in its lifespan due to lack of genetic diversity. NewScientist.com: "Because they have been in evolutionary limbo for thousands of years, the edible varieties are particularly vulnerable to pests and disease. 'Banana is one of the most heavily sprayed crops in the world,' says [Emile Frison, director of the International Network for the Improvement of Banana and Plantain]. In Costa Rica, for example, they spray bananas roughly once a week, compared with four or five times a year for most other crops." A huge chunk of the earth's population relies on bananas for caloric intake. Bioscience is heralded as the potential saviour for bananas. Emile Frison's organization is the driving force behind an effort to map the banana genome within five years.
 
     
 
   
 
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Dinozoiks wrote:
Wow! Thanks for that Tony. Just posted a bunch of other tips here... http://www.dino.co.uk/labs/2008/45-tips-when-designing-online-content-for-kids/ Hope it helps someone... Dino...
in Dino Burbidge's '10 Things To Remember When Designing For Kids Online'


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in Free iPhone Games Are Awful: Strategy?


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in More iPhone Gestures, Please


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