January 4th, 2010 | brainjuice
- Hong Kong air pollution: ‘life-threatening’ levels
"Hong Kong's roadside air pollution reached life-threatening levels one in every eight days last year, a report said Monday, citing figures obtained from the government."
(tags:eco cities )
- The world’s most likely trouble spots in 2010 | World news | guardian.co.uk
"From Iran to Yemen, and from Zimbabwe to Italy, we look at the prospects for conflict and include the Guardian's Troublespotometer rating"
(tags:pol war dooooooooom )
- What Happened to the Hominids Who Were Smarter Than Us? | Human Evolution | DISCOVER Magazine
?There?s just one thing we haven?t quite dared to mention. It?s this, and you won?t believe it. It?s all happened already. Back there in the past, ten thousand years ago. The man of the future, with the big brain, the small teeth. He lived in Africa. His brain was bigger than your brain. His face was straight and small, almost a child?s face.?
- Microsoft patent filing: Control a computer by flexing a muscle
"According to a newly surfaced filing, the company is seeking patents on a method of controlling computers using Electromyography, or EMG — a system that translates electrical activity from muscles into instructions for the computer."
(tags:tech bodymod computing )
- Small Victories
Webcomic by a friend whom I think is remaining an anonymous author at this time.
- Thirst for Kava drink is growing like weed
"Mary Jane?s Relaxing Soda, a sugary drink laced with Kava, a South Pacific root purported to have sedative properties… Along with new drinks like Slow Cow and Ex Chill, Mary Jane?s is part of a new group of so-called slow-down or anti-energy drinks, and are expected to be one of the top food trends of 2010…"
(tags:social food )
- sit down man, you’re a bloody tragedy: From the Mill to the Mall
"How did this city, which by all accounts was once the undisputed regional capital (a perusal of The Buildings of England's extremely complimentary 1966 entry on the city is instructive here) get to the point where an entire stretch of its centre, as large as a small town, was given over to a gigantic retail park? How is it that the 16th largest city in the country has the 3rd highest level of violent crime and the 3rd worst exam results, despite being central to one of the most affluent counties? And does any of this have anything to do with the fact that the city contains what was, when built, the largest urban mall in Britain?"
(tags:architecture culture social )