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...

16 aprile 2008

RecycleBank, the Recycling Program that Pays You Back, Heading to Europe
RecycleBank, the company who brought us an innovative recycling program that pays you to throw less stuff away (by throwing more in the recycling bin), is taking their game across the Atlantic Ocean, to Europe. Fresh off raising $30 million, the company will expand services here in the States and will expand into Europe.

Gay Couples May Have Trouble Getting Divorced
Gay couples had to struggle mightily to win the right to marry or form civil unions. Now some are finding that breaking up is hard to do too.


Bigger than Beijing
On August 8, the organisers of the Beijing Olympics will attempt to shrug off human rights controversies and dazzle the world with a spectacular opening ceremony at the stunning "bird's nest" stadium in Beijing. But on the same day, 500 miles to the east, an even more astonishing extravaganza will be taking place inside an even bigger stadium for the fourth day running. This one, however, will be watched by only a handful of foreigners. North Korea's so-called "mass games", also known as the Arirang festival, is perhaps the world's most jaw dropping human-created attraction. For understandable reasons – not least the country's appalling human rights record - it is also one of the least visited by western tourists.

Hormones = good financial market performance
There may just be a biological explanation for the recent twists and turns on global financial markets, and it could come down to the testosterone levels of the market traders. A British study has found that finance desk jockeys with high levels of testosterone are more likely to have a profitable day.

Cubans line up to buy their first cell phone (news from Monday, but i think it could be a good way to approach the subject "Cuba without Fidel" at btalk)
Lines stretched for blocks outside phone centers Monday as the government allowed ordinary Cubans to sign up for cellular phone service for the first time. The contracts cost about US$120 (euro76) to activate - half a year's wages on the average state salary. And that doesn't include a phone or credit to make and receive calls. Lines formed before the stores opened, and waits grew to more than an hour.