Tuesday, January 23, 2007


Some links for your afternoon reading pleasure.

From MSNBC, an article about the largest predatory bird ever found. Here's an excerpt:
The terror bird, Titanis walleri, belongs to the Phorusrhacid family and holds the record as the largest predatory bird known to have existed. Weighing in at a ground-shaking 330 pounds, it had a head larger than yours.

Past studies of skull and leg bones revealed the bird had a speedy stride and a deadly bite — it could chomp down on dog-sized prey with its hooked beak.

From Rob, a link to a very funny CNN article titled "101 Dumbest Moments in Business." There are some real classics here, including:
In July, bankrupt Northwest Airlines begins laying off thousands of ground workers, but not before issuing some of them a handy guide, "101 Ways to Save Money."

The advice includes dumpster diving ("Don't be shy about pulling something you like out of the trash"), making your own baby food, shredding old newspapers for use as cat litter, and taking walks in the woods as a low-cost dating alternative.

The article is a good reminder of how insular corporate cultures lead to incredible stupidity. Read it here.

PhysOrg has an article about one-photon storage. Seriously. Here's an excerpt:
Researchers at the University of Rochester have made an optics breakthrough that allows them to encode an entire image's worth of data into a photon, slow the image down for storage, and then retrieve the image intact.

Amazing, and you can read about it here.

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