Sunday, March 31, 2013

WWF: new tiger reserve in India

India has declared a new tiger reserve.

The forests of the Sathyamangalam Wildlife Sanctuary in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu is the 4th tiger reserve in the state and the 44th in the country.

The forests are part of an area that is home to one of the largest wild tiger populations in the world. Apart from a healthy population of tigers, the Sathyamangalam forests also contain significant populations of leopards, elephants, hyenas and vultures. 

The Easter bunny

The psychopath test

Saturday, March 16, 2013

In the year 2013

In 1988, The Los Angeles Times Magazine published an ambitious, 16 page cover story written by Nicole Yorkin that drew from interviews she had conducted with a few dozen futurists trying to project how people would live in Los Angeles in the year 2013. They got the great Syd Mead, the “visual futurist” and conceptual artist behind Aliens, Blade Runner and Tron—an inspired choice—to illustrate it.

Penguin fail


Photo: Mike Hollingshead

Environmental Graffiti displays a rolling boom of thunder. Dark clouds gather overhead and begin to rotate slowly in a strange, ominous fashion. If it were a movie, this is the point where the giant UFO would break through the clouds; or perhaps an all-powerful supernatural being would emerge and wreak havoc on the puny humans below. Yet while nothing quite that exciting really happens during a supercell storm, these immense thunderstorms certainly create enough drama for most people. 

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Too little sleep

The Huffington Post reports on scary effects of sleep deprivation:

The immediate effects of skimping on sleep are obvious. You're groggy, unfocused, sluggish and dying for a nap (or a second cup of coffee). Then there are the sneakier signs you're overtired: You're overly emotional, starving and clumsier than usual. Most of the time, a solid night's sleep will solve all these problems. The average adult needs about seven to nine hours of sleep each night, according to the National Sleep Foundation, but most of us don't even get that much.

But getting too little sleep -- generally understood to mean six hours or less a night -- can be serious -- enough to change your genes. Of course, one night of short sleep won't put you at serious risk, but one week can. After just seven nights of too little sleep, researchers observed more than 700 genetic changes that could play a role in consequences including heart problems and obesity, according to a recent study.

For more and better sleep, try these eight ideas.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Wealth inequality in America

The Big Lebowski: 15

Wednesday marks the 15th anniversary of the Coen brothers' cult classic "The Big Lebowski."

To celebrate, we metaphorically mixed up a White Russian and spoke with Jeff "The Dude" Dowd, the man who served as the inspiration for Jeff Bridges' character in "The Big Lebowski." "The Big Lebowski" tells the story of Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski, a lovable slacker with a taste for the milk cocktail and a habit of hanging out with his two friends Donny (Steve Buscemi) and Walter (John Goodman) at a bowling alley. His life gets turned upside down when he's mistaken for another Jeff Lebowski -- also known as The Big Lebowski. Dowd is everything a "Lebowski" enthusiast would hope. His speech is muddled and, at times, inaudible. He laughs often and refers to himself as The Dude. He goes on long-winded tangents, speaking with intelligence, but randomness, on everything from the Irish revolution to his past friendship with Jane Fonda to Boy George's given name. Unprompted, Dowd volunteers, "The reason I'm not an actor is because in fourth grade I played a f--king tree in a play and I blew my lines."