Of course, we could’ve just ducked and let this one zipped right above our head. But it’s just too good to pass. Cadbury, the British candy-maker owned by U.S. giant Kraft Foods Co., decided that nothing will be more effective to call attention to its latest chocolate bar than to compare it to a certain past-her-prime British supermodel, known equally for both the designer clothes she sports and hyper high-strung temper she Continue reading →
For anyone who’s watched the comedian Robin Williams‘s inspired bit about golf, but never got around to hitting its hard plastic-rubber-and-resin ball into oblivion, it’s hard to conceive its appeal, despite the game’s certified ability to generate passion and revenue throughout the world.
What was once a favorite among celebrities and millionaires, is no longer considered as such. Even small communities now Continue reading →
Lovers have long known that an intimate meal by candlelight can be a promising preamble for a night of romance and dream. Except when you ever so casually disclose, between delicious courses of your newest recipes and repeated sips of a fine vintage, that those wonderfully scented candles are actually made of… human fat.
No need to beg your guest to come back, wait, you forgot your bag, I was just kidding and all that. Chances are, you’ll never see that person again and don’t be surprised if you learn that the words “creepy” and “disgusting” pop up right along your name on an Internet Continue reading →
Mass Squid Stranding May Help Understanding of Whale Deaths
Despite extensive research, and the suspicion that noise pollution has a lot to do with it, the reason why whales, dolphins and other marine species beach themselves to death remain elusive.
The odd phenomenon, which has been recorded since Aristotle times, has been attributed to a number of causes, from increased human activity, to shifts in deep-sea currents to geological changes in the seabed. But none of them has been considered a determining factor.
The picture is clearer when it comes to squids, though. Recent experiments have proven that noise does affect the physiology of cephalopods and in many cases, lead them to beaching.
After thousands of squid washed up along the shores of Spain, in 2001 and 2003, Continue reading →
If verbal expression is the most crucial distinction between human beings and animals, then when a language disappears, a fundamental part of what define us as species is also lost.
The path of technological development, current evolutionary patterns, even the so called globalization, all contribute to the depletion of the languages spoken nowadays, estimated to be between 6,000 to 7,000.
It’s virtually impossible to assess the damage caused to our civilization by the extinction of languages. But anthropologists agree that its pace is accelerating along with the disappearance of tribes and cultures. In Mexico, for example, Ayapaneco, a language that has been spoken for centuries, is in serious risk of extinction. In fact, there are only two known people fluent in this ancient tongue and they are not speaking to each other.
No one knows why, but Manuel Segovia and Isidro Velazquez who live 500 meters apart Continue reading →
Scientists are excited about it. Doomsayers, not so much. It turns out that a large asteroid is coming to visit our home planet before the end of this year, at a quite respectably close distance: the equivalent of only 0.85 of the distance between Earth and the Moon.
Considering its size, it’ll be an unique, and sobering, opportunity to scrutinize up close an object with the potential to end our civilization.
That’s why scientists are so eager to learn everything we Continue reading →