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August 13, 2006, 11:48 AM CT

OneWebDay: September 22, 2006

OneWebDay: September 22, 2006
The Web has changed millions of lives. Just two months from now, on September 22, we'll be celebrating the first OneWebDay. OneWebDay is one day a year when we all - everyone around the physical globe - can celebrate the Web and what it means to us as individuals, organizations, and communities. In short, it's like an Earth Day for the Internet-a day to stop and think about what the Internet means to us.

Add the OneWebDay Button to your site and get together with friends in your town to plan an outdoor celebration with an online component that people elsewhere on the Web can appreciate. Put a link on the OneWebDay wiki In New York's Bryant Park, San Francisco's Union Square, in London with the Lord Mayor, near City Hall in Austin, in downtown Chicago, in downtown Portland, Maine, all over Canada, and in Naples (Italy), and Canberra (Australia), OneWebDay will be celebrated for the first time on Sept. 22 - and those are just the celebrations we know about.

The goal of OneWebDay is to make the Web, and our individual connection to it, visible - so that we don't take it for granted. We make progress when we make things visible.........

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August 12, 2006, 3:29 PM CT

Sharpest Manmade Thing

Sharpest Manmade Thing

A field ion microscope (FIM) image of a very sharp tungsten needle. The small round features are individual atoms. The lighter colored elongated features are traces captured as atoms moved during the imaging process (approximately 1 second).

Reported by: Rezeq et al., Journal of Chemical Physics, 28 May 2006.........

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August 12, 2006, 3:11 PM CT

Fish Eating Fish

Fish Eating Fish

Two fish for the price of one!

Some lucky one can have both.........

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August 12, 2006, 3:05 PM CT

Atomic Bonsai Kit

Atomic Bonsai Kit
It's always nice to have some plant life around the house or to freshen up your drab cubicle, but let's face it -- a number of a modern urbanite (or suburbanite, for that matter) lacks a green thumb.

Enter the Atomic Bonsai Kit! A hip, clever, and evergreen alternative to wilting foliage, you simply interlock the cardboard bonsai leaves and branches together -- no scissors or glue (or watering or sunshine!) required. Like its real-life counterpart, the Atomic Bonsai can be pruned into new and unique forms; simply move a few "leaves" from one branch to another, and voilá -- a brand new configuration! Designed by Joji Okazaki.........

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August 12, 2006, 2:35 PM CT

Art On The Moon

Art On The Moon
The only piece of art on the moon (depending, we suppose, on one's definition of art) is a 3?-tall aluminum sculpture titled "Fallen Astronaut."

It was created by Belgian artist Paul Van Hoeydonck and installed by Apollo 15 astronaut David Scott, along with a plaque bearing the names of the 14 astronauts and cosmonauts who died in the service of space exploration.........

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August 12, 2006, 2:31 PM CT

Coke And Pepsi Told To Spill Secrets

Coke And Pepsi Told To Spill Secrets
INDIA'S highest court yesterday demanded that Coca-Cola should reveal its secret formula for the first time in 120 years.

The Supreme Court ordered the US soft drinks maker, along with its rival PepsiCo, to supply details of the chemical composition and ingredients of their products after a study released this week claimed that they contained unacceptable levels of insecticides.

Justice S. B. Sinha and Justice Dalveer Bhandari directed the companies to file their replies within four weeks, the Press Trust of India reported. "If they don't comply, then the court has the authority to suspend sales," Shreyas Patel, a lawyer at Fox Mandal Little, India's oldest law firm, said. "But no one is going to give away a 120-year-old secret, particularly in a country like India. Someone would go and make it themselves."........

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August 12, 2006, 2:28 PM CT

Blooming Of Amorphophallus Titanum

Blooming Of Amorphophallus Titanum
The titan arum (Amorphophallus titanum) is one of the world's most remarkable plants. Native to tropical forests in Sumatra, it produces a monstrous four- to nine-foot-tall flower head, which releases a monstrous stench of putrefaction at peak bloom (another name for the plant is the corpse flower!). The species rarely flowers in cultivation-the last time one bloomed in New York was 1939. However, Brooklyn Botanic Garden's ten-year-old specimen recently began to flower. It's in peak bloom right now!!

Don't miss this major botanical event! Visit our webpage for daily photo and plant-growth updates, as well as daily weblogs from members of BBG's horticultural staff. A webcam provides an updated image of the titan arum every 60 seconds. On this webpage, you'll also find links to articles on the natural history of the titan arum, the history of BBG's specimen, information about growing and conserving this threatened species, and more.........

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August 12, 2006, 2:06 PM CT

Whiplash the Cowboy monkey

Whiplash the Cowboy monkey
Whiplash the Cowboy monkey is truly a fan favorite, he is an international star and a true cowboy.

He is an 18 yr old Capuchin Monkey and he is one of the biggest little monkeys in the world. Whiplash has been riding since he was two yrs old and has been a part of our family since he was born.........

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August 12, 2006, 2:01 PM CT

Puzzle Fantastica

Puzzle Fantastica
What's all this then?

P.F. #1 has become born and grown and lived and shown its charity and, to quote Whitman, it will forever "be curious, not judgmental." It has not been solved. Near 200 contributions have been made, and near 10,000 people have gandered.

Where do we go from here? We weren't being coy earlier when we said the puzzle was bigger than us. We'd like to say it was now bigger than Sudoku but, as Kerouac would have it (certainly quoting someone else anyhow), comparisons are odious. We've not offered a clue in these sentences, please understand. We dont' seek to be mysterious for mystery's sake. That is sincere.........

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August 12, 2006, 1:49 PM CT

What You Can Find In The Moon?

What You Can Find In The Moon?

What you can find in the moon.

Charlie Duke took this photo of a family picture that he left on the surface of the moon. The photo, taken by Loudy Benjamin, is shrink-wrapped and contains a message on the back which reads "This is the family of Astronaut Duke from Planet Earth. Landed on the Moon, April 1972." Underneath the message are the signatures of his wife and kids. (NASA Photo AS16-117-18841.).........

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