That sound is the sound of your workday ending. Enjoy the links and have a great weekend.
From Geoff Engelstein, a link to a fascinating article about language, and here's an excerpt:
The mind apparently has a consistent way of ordering an event that defies the order in which subjects, verbs, and objects typically appear in languages, according to research at the University of Chicago.
Not surprisingly, speakers of different languages describe events using the word orders prescribed by their language. The surprise is that when the same speakers are asked to 'speak' with their hands and not their mouths, they ignore these orders -- they all use exactly the same order when they gesture," said Susan Goldin-Meadow, lead author of a new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
From Sean, a link to 20 abandoned cities and towns, and the photographs are both beautiful and haunting.
From the New York Times, a strangle but oddly fascinating article titled Pill Popping Pets.
From Sirius, a link to a fascinating article on the use of bacteria to clean Renaissance sculptures. Also from Sirius, a link an article about origami master Robert Lang.
From Walt Kass, a link to a story about a University of Texas project that uses grid computing to further cancer research.
From Jesse Leimkuehler, a link to a story about NASAs next attempt to deploy a solar sail.
From the Edwin Garcia Links machine, an article about--I can't even type this without laughing--the vagina spa. Says the article: "it's the dental floss of feminine fitness." And it doesn't get any less strange from here, with an article on ear cleaning parlors in Japan.
From David Gloier, a link to an article about the Hook Island sea monster.
From Fredrik Skarstedt, a link to an outstanding TED lecture given by Evelyn Glennie. Glennie lost almost all of her hearing by the time she was twelve, and yet she's a brilliant percussionist.
Here's a sad but poignant story from ESPN about high school basketball star James Felton titled The Wrong Side of Great.
From Scott, a link to a story about the recovery of a Russian tank--from WWII. At the bottom of a lake.