Favolaschia è 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...

14 marzo 2008

A local African Animation

World’s First Wave Powered Boat
Ken-ichi Horie, a 69 year old Japanese sailor, is planning a solo 4,350 mile trip from Hawaii to Japan using an innovative wave powered boat. If successful, the trip would earn him a Guinness record while simultaneously proving the viability of wave powered propulsion.

Japan's Unique Cow/Whale Hybrid Experiments
Controversial scientific research happens all the time, but a review conducted by scientists in Japan uncovered a list of 'bizarre' trials - including one program designed to crossbreed cows with whales.

Nigerian clinches Writers’ Prize again
A Nigerian, Karen King-Aribisala, has won this year’s Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, dashing the hopes of Kenyan writer Ken Kamoche. King-Aribisala was awarded the prize for The Hangman’s Game. This is her second Commonwealth Writers’ Prize award. In 1999 she won the Best First Book award for her collection of short stories Our Wife and Other Stories.

Macedonian Court Convicts Bear Of Stealing Honey
SKOPJE - A Macedonian court convicted a bear of theft and damage for stealing honey from a beekeeper who fought off the attacks with thumping "turbo-folk" music.

Go on. Just deceive the young.
Go on. Just deceive the young.
Apparently, the Ministery of Defense in England is more interested in getting soldiers into Iraq then in the education of British children. Teachers claim that their worksheets for students age 16 present an unbalanced description of the army actibvities in Iraq.


Read my mind!
There is no trick or joke on the title. We are, in fact, close to the day that we'll be able to see people's thoughts. Scientists from University of California came up with impressive results on their "reading thoughts" machine. And, in The Guardian, James Randerson discuss today whether this is a great thing or a dangerous thing to our world.

Finally, a really simple and great (great!) idea to help us save some water.

The world's top 20 polluters gathered here today for a meeting that host Japan hopes will set a positive tone for negotiations on a successor to the Kyoto Protocol.

Under the statute popularly known as Proposition 300, illegal immigrants could not receive in-state tuition at public colleges and universities in Arizona. Nor could school administrators like Ms. Watterson use state money to pay it. New Arizona law does not allow schools to provide the same education to illegal immigrants – one headmistress is contesting it.

Buddhist monks in Tibet have begun a hunger strike and two others attempted suicide as troops surrounded monasteries in a government crackdown on protests against Chinese rule taking place across the Tibetan capital Lhasa.

Man burned alive for 'not washing feet'
A Chinese bride burned her new husband to death after he got into bed after a drunken argument without washing his feet, state media reported on Wednesday.

Traditional female leaders in Ghana are beginning to open their communal gatherings to discussions of women's legal rights to abortion. The country has one of the most liberal abortion laws in the continent, but women are dying in ignorance of it.

Happy Pi Day! Mathematicians everywhere (at least the crazy ones) celebrate today,March 14 (3.14) as Pi day.

A new Wall Street Journal research says that bigger computer screens make you more productive

A water pump in Africa that is powered by a merry-go-round. Children generate energy when they play on it, so their mothers don't have to pump out the water.