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...

08 aprile 2008

Solo energia pulita per Round Rock
Ieri Dell ha annunciato che il suo enorme quartiergenerale di Round Rock d'ora in poi sarà alimentato esclusivamente attraverso energia rinnovabile: il 60% con energia eolica e il 40% grazie a un impianto di recupero di gas dai rifiuti.

Brazil says condoms to stem Amazon losses, AIDS
BRASILIA (Reuters) - The Brazilian government began producing condoms on Monday using rubber from trees in the Amazon, a move it said would help preserve the world's largest rainforest and cut dependence on imported contraceptives given away to fight AIDS.

Preservativi per salvare l'Amazzonia
Il Brasile, da ieri, ha iniziato a produrre preservativi dal lattice della Foresta Amazzonica. Sembra che questa mossa aiuterà sia a preservare la foresta tropicale che a rendere indipendente la nazione nella produzione di profilattici. Anche gli ambientalisti sono d'accordo: la raccolta del lattice genererà profitto per i residenti e ridurrà la pressione economica che porta all'abbattimento della foresta.


An argument between nature-loving, planet saving neighbours ends in court to decide if the one's trees which are blocking the other's solar panels should be removed or the solar panels should be removed.

Workers in Britain are "safer" to greet colleagues of the opposite sex with a handshake than a kiss, a common greeting in other parts of Europe, a study released on Friday said.

While secular schools like Princeton were apprehensive of allowing girls in a short saying they would drop the standard of education the new dillemma is that the girls in US schools are actually outsmarting and outnumbering the boys. Thus the new plan of action: affirmative action for boys.
Mobiles in the plane
You can use your cell phone in the skies over Europe as early as this summer under new European Union rules. Announcing the guidelines Monday, EU officials said they expect several Europe-based airlines to move within the next few months to launch services, effectively making the 27-nation bloc the first region in the world to scrap bans on the use of cell phones in the sky.
Two years ago, The Economist had this really good piece on how most of the stuff the crew tell you inside an airplane is not true (for example, that you have to switch off your mobile). I thought I could use the news of the liberation of mobile to talk about it as well.
http://www.economist.com/opinion/displaystory.cfm?story_id=E1_SRRQGVQ (the link to The Economist, but you have to subscribe)
http://www.dshen.com/blogs/musings/archives/welcome_aboard_the_economist_9906.shtml (a link where you can read the article)

Bring your baby to work
An unlikely trend is emerging in the US: a growing number of companies are allowing parents - usually mothers - to bring their babies into work. But is it possible to get anything done? A very sceptical Zoe Williams attempts it in the G2 office, with her six-month-old son in tow. Plus new parents Ian Prior and Imogen Tilden also put the idea to the test

I'm too fat for that bed
Increasing Obesity Requires New Ambulance Equipment
Calls from obese patients had increased nearly 25 percent in recent years, and the Fire Department could no longer handle them.
The department's gurneys could not adequately support the patients' weight, and the department had to pay a private ambulance company.
Last fall, the department bought three gurneys that can hold patients weighing up to 600 pounds, about twice the holding capacity of a regular stretcher.
"We had to do something," Acting Chief Tim McGinley said. "It was one of those things where we would try to use the equipment we had and were afraid that you were going to end up hurting somebody, the patients themselves or the staff."