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...

13 maggio 2008

Pain killers and elderly mental decline
Results from a large government experiment are dimming hopes that two common painkillers can prevent Alzheimer's disease or slow mental decline in older people

Nagging Text messages to reminde teens to take their meds
Teens too often skip their meds especially those with chronic illnesses like asthma, diabetes or kidney disease. It is at this stage in their lives when youths may most hate feeling different from their friends because of medication, special diets or other therapy. Cincinnati doctors are experimenting with text messaging to tackle a big problem

Driver buckles beer in the car but forgets to do the same with his child
An Australian driver who secured a carton of beer in his car with a seat belt but left a 5-year-old child unrestrained was fined 750 Australian dollars ($710; €460), police said Tuesday.


Religious believers can no longer quote Einstein
"Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind." So said Albert Einstein, and his famous aphorism has been the source of endless debate between believers and non-believers (...) A little known letter written by him, however, may help to settle the argument (...) Due to be auctioned this week in London after being in a private collection for more than 50 years, the document leaves no doubt that the theoretical physicist was no supporter of religious beliefs, which he regarded as "childish superstitions".

Sweet activism
Ulrika Erdes doesn't set out to be subversive (or to change the world in any way other than to make you smile), but her public embroidery work is unique and presents a new opportunity for activist artists to use craft to stage public interventions.

I'm sorry to announce... Japanese whisky is better than Scottish!
Japanese whisky has finally scotched all criticism by being voted the best in the world, ahead of its Highland rivals.
Yoichi 20 years old, distilled on the shores of the Sea of Japan, has become the first variety produced outside Scotland to win the coveted single malt award in an international competition run by Whisky Magazine, the main industry publication.

From Nazi bunker to modern art home
A collector transformed a Second World War bunker in Berlin into a private museum. The museum opens in June with Christian Boros' collection, that includes works from Damian Hirst,Olafur Eliasson, Wolfgang Tillmans, Anselm Reyle, Tobias Rehberger and Cosima von Bonin. But Boros - who is a Polish business man in Berlin - knows that part of the possible success of the museum will be its building, which is part of the 20th century history: it was built in 1942 and protected the nazi officials from bombs, then it was used as a prison in 1945, later was used as a place to store food.
http://www.revistaenie.clarin.com/notas/2008/05/12/01670489.html (in Spanish)


Someone is following you.
A venician voyeur has been cought filming girls’ bottoms under their skirts.
He confessed to police he had been filming in and around St Mark's Square for nearly two years.

A "fruit only policy" at school.
According to a study from Cardiff University, children are more willing to use fruit tuck shops and eat fruit as a snack at school if they and their friends are not allow to take in unhealthy snacks.
But if unhealthy snacks are to be banned, and children can't get what they want to eat inside school, they’ll probably go down the road and get it.

Crazy sex but sex
A young male Antarctic fur seal’s been seen subduing a king penguin on a beach on Marion Island near the Antarctic spotted.
At first sight it seemed to be hunting the penguin, but then it became clear that his intentions were rather more amorous.