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Canned air as a commodity:

Exhausted Japanese workers in need of a pick-me-up will soon be able to get a hit of canned oxygen at their local convenience store.

Seven-Eleven Japan will start marketing the new product, "O2 Supli," at select stores in the Tokyo area later this month and expand sales nationwide in June.

Each can contains enough oxygen for about 35 doses, in either a grapefruit or peppermint fragrance.


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James Sooy, a miniatures artist, wears a beautiful example of a piercing-mounted set of eyeglasses that he made himself with his friend Oliver, (one of the founding members of the suspension group TSD).

"They feel exactly like a regular pair of glasses, actually. I put the nose pads on to keep them from swinging around, so all the pressure is placed there, just like any other pair of glasses. Since they have no frame on the side I can wear them while I sleep and still roll onto my side."

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old news, but worth mentioning

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Electric Fish on Verge of Evolutionary Split:

...in the Ivindo River in Gabon, Arnegard and colleagues have found fish with the same DNA emitting distinctly different signals.

... Arnegard cautioned that it is possible the differing electrical signals might be like varying eye color and possibly won't result in speciation. He plans to return to the site this month to continue the research project, which is funded by the National Geographic Society.

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from Rueters:

TOKYO - Japan's Canon Inc. said on Thursday that it would consider halting development of new film cameras as it focuses resources on digital models, the latest sign of the rapidly fading role of film in photography.

A spokesman at Canon, the world's largest digital camera maker, said it would consider whether it needs to continue developing both compact and single lens reflex (SLR) film models because the markets for both are shrinking.

Canon said it would continue to produce and sell existing models and make a final judgement on the business in the future while monitoring market demand.

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Fifty-five million years ago the North Pole was an ice-free zone with tropical temperatures, according to research.

... in 2004, the Arctic Coring Expedition (Acex) used ice-breaking ships and a floating drilling rig to remove 400m-long cylinders of sediment from the bottom of the ocean floor.

The cores were taken from the 1,500km-long (930 miles) Lomonosov Ridge, which stretches between Siberia and Greenland.

Map (BBC)
The core holds layer upon layer of compressed fossils and minerals, which when studied can tell the story of millions of years of Arctic history.

The bottom end of the cylinder helped scientists to uncover what had happened to the Arctic during a dramatic global event known as the Palaeocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum, which occurred about 55 million years ago.

Add this to the flora and fauna found in the Russian tundra, and you've got the beginnings of a really good argument for either the Greenhouse Effect or, if you're a bit more extremist, the Deluge, one name for a theory of General Extinction that uses the world's centrifugal force on tectonic slippage to explain the vanishing of dinosaurs.

"Responding to the Bush administration's call to know "who is in our country and why they are here,"  [Scott Silverman, Chairman of the Board of VeriChip Corporation] proposed using VeriChip RFID implants to register workers at the border, and then verify their identities in the workplace. He added, "We have talked to many people in Washington about using it....""

Homeland security should be interested. They're already testing tags and tracking devices in documentation.

And what does EPIC know, anyway.

I guess this beauty would fall under fascinating critters. Even the pupa looks as if it were made out of glass.

In addition to the transparency trick, it apparently lays its eggs on a plant in the poisonous nightshade family, which the caterpillars then feed on to store the alkaloids even into adulthood and thus become distasteful to predators.

Oh, and scientists seem to be interested in its (and other critters) attachment mechanism.

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Some cool 3D Chalk Art

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Italian archaeologists have found a female skeleton from lived 3,000 years ago, a time dating before the founding of Rome:

The astonishing fact about this discovery is that it dates back to at least 300 years before the traditional date of the founding of Rome, 753 BC.

It has long been known that Bronze Age people were living on the site where the ancient Romans founded their city.

But few traces of their society have ever been brought to light.


A female mummy found in a ceremonial burial site in Peru may have been a warrior:

The presence of gold jewelry and other fine items indicates the mummy was that of an important person, but anthropologist John Verano of Tulane University said the researchers are puzzled by the presence of war clubs, which are not usually found with females.

The woman had complex tattoos, distinct from others of the Moche, covering both arms and other areas. Bone scarring indicated the woman had given birth at least once. The cause of her death was not apparent.
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On June 17th, every year since 1976, the Golberg family takes individual photographs of themselves and posts them on-line. Here are examples in ten year increments:


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