Favolaschia รจ un genere di fungo molto strano, infestante, originario dei tropici. Ma la globalizzazione l'ha portato anche nei nostri boschi! Questo sito non parla di funghi, ma favolaschia mi sembrava un nome significativo e evocativo di qualcosa di simile a quello che qui viene raccontato...

19 giugno 2007

News di oggi!

Avatars, and the carbon-based meatbags behind them (that's us)
What a beautiful series of portraits in this weekend's NYT magazine by Robbie Cooper -- people and their avatars, in virtual environments such as Second Life and Everquest.

Clerical visas scrutinized
Carlos Betancourt, a pastor at Brainerd Baptist Church who immigrated to the United States from Ecuador in 2002 under a religious worker visa, says he was guided here.

Taj Mahal - not so wonderful?
There are barely three weeks to go before voting closes in a global poll to decide on a new list of the seven wonders of the world.

ARGENTINA: Psychiatric Patients' Radio Station Up in the Air
BUENOS AIRES, Jun 18 (IPS) - La Colifata was the first radio station in the world to broadcast live from a psychiatric hospital, and has played a key role in the reinsertion of patients in the community. But now the Argentine station, which has inspired the creation of around 40 similar stations in Latin America and Europe, has run out of financing.

ENVIRONMENT-INDIA: Wealth From Waste With Bio-Digesters

UK's Tullow uncovers oil in Ghana
UK firm Tullow Oil has announced the discovery of 600 million barrels of light oil offshore from Ghana.

Who killed the electric car? (S)
Our last post shared GM's latest announcement - where they've stated that the internal combustion engine must be consigned to history. GM are promising full electification of their cars over the coming decade, but it's kind of odd that the time-frame for electification is put so far into the future.

Plastics from Sugar
New catalysts convert glucose into a valuable chemical feedstock
Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have come up with an easy, inexpensive method to directly convert glucose into a chemical that can be used to make polyester and other plastics, industrial chemicals, and even fuels.

Rooftop statues prompt suicide reports
LONDON (Reuters) - Statues scattered across central London rooftops as part of artist Antony Gormley's latest exhibition are proving a serious headache for police...