Archives for category: Science and Technology

Now I know why I can’t eat just one Oreo! A new study suggests that Oreos may be as addictive as cocaine. 

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Here’s an article from the Guardian on the latest malicious software that can damage computer files. CryptolLocker or”Ransomware” kidnaps files and demands a ransom for their release. As always, never open a suspicious email!


No one really understands the full impact of climate change on the environment, but scientists are beginning to figure out how even minor variations in temperature can have disastrous consequences. Here’s a scary story about wasps that attack and kill. A result of climate change?

A return to low tech? The typewriter could be staging a comeback.  (I had no idea they still made these things.) The Kremlin has announced that it will order 20 typewriters to prevent potential security leaks in the aftermath of the Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, and Bradley Manning scandals. Deploying the almost forgotten typewriter could be an innovative new (old) security weapon. Creating paper documents could reduce cyber-spying, and unlike printers, every typewriter has its own individual pattern of type so it’s easy to link every document to the machine used to type it.

A return to low tech? The typewriter could be staging a comeback.  (I had no idea they still made these things.) The Kremlin has announced that it will order 20 typewriters to prevent potential security leaks in the aftermath of the Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, and Bradley Manning scandals. Deploying the almost forgotten typewriter could be an innovative new (old) security weapon. Creating paper documents could reduce cyber-spying, and unlike printers, every typewriter has its own individual pattern of type so it’s easy to link every document to the machine used to type it.

Dieter Schonlau
 Malaysia 2010
Green Gecko
Jodi Cobb
Tahiti 1997
Two sides of paradise: The
natural beauty of Tahiti and the lasting
effects of French colonialism.

The National Geographic Society is celebrating its 125th anniversary, and as part of that celebration, the Willy-Brandt-Haus in Berlin is exhibiting 55 iconic images from the magazine’s colorful past.






Under the motto, “Inspiring people to care about the planet,” the exhibition illustrates the Society’s dedication and commitment to science, history, archaeology, astronomy, and sustainability. Many of these breathtaking pictures seem unreal. For example, Franz Lanting’s African sunset is like a Vincent van Gogh painting.

The exhibition is on view until August 14, 2013. Admission is free, but a passport is required for entry.

Hugo van Lawick
Tanzania 1964
NGS was an early supporter of
Jane Goodall’s research into
primate behavior. What

defines “human” anyway? 
Jim Richardson
The Isle of Skye 2010
Wow! 



Carsten Peter
South Dakota USA 2003
Tornado Hunter

It’s like the Wizard of Oz
Franz Lanting
Namibia 2012
This unbelievable photograph

was shot at Namib-Naukluft
National Park at sunset.
There is no color enhancement.
This is the real thing. 


William Albert Allard
Texas USA 1982
Lonesome Cowboy

Dieter Schonlau
 Malaysia 2010
Green Gecko
Jodi Cobb
Tahiti 1997
Two sides of paradise: The
natural beauty of Tahiti and the lasting
effects of French colonialism.

The National Geographic Society is celebrating its 125th anniversary, and as part of that celebration, the Willy-Brandt-Haus in Berlin is exhibiting 55 iconic images from the magazine’s colorful past.






Under the motto, “Inspiring people to care about the planet,” the exhibition illustrates the Society’s dedication and commitment to science, history, archaeology, astronomy, and sustainability. Many of these breathtaking pictures seem unreal. For example, Franz Lanting’s African sunset is like a Vincent van Gogh painting.

The exhibition is on view until August 14, 2013. Admission is free, but a passport is required for entry.

Hugo van Lawick
Tanzania 1964
NGS was an early supporter of
Jane Goodall’s research into
primate behavior. What

defines “human” anyway? 
Jim Richardson
The Isle of Skye 2010
Wow! 



Carsten Peter
South Dakota USA 2003
Tornado Hunter

It’s like the Wizard of Oz
Franz Lanting
Namibia 2012
This unbelievable photograph

was shot at Namib-Naukluft
National Park at sunset.
There is no color enhancement.
This is the real thing. 


William Albert Allard
Texas USA 1982
Lonesome Cowboy
Mur Végétal
Height 18m [59″]; Width 15m [49″];
 area 270 sq.m [2903 sq. ft.];
water 16,200 liters [4227 gallons]

Berlin has it all, including a tropical rain forest right in the middle of the city. Dussmann, Berlin’s largest bookstore, not only has an excellent selection of books, CD’s, and DVD’s, but it also houses Le Mur Végétal (Vertical Garden), a collection of tropical plants, which grow, not on soil, but on an elaborate drip irrigation system enabling plants to grow on walls.

This living artwork is the creation of French botanist and horticultural artist Patrick Blanc. Blanc, using a hydroponic system invented by Stanley Hart White, a Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Illinois, has created a spectacular facade symbolizing the world’s need for ecological and social sustainability. Blanc has a number of other gardens around the world, including artworks in Singapore, San Francisco, and Paris. Le Mur Végétal is free to the public, and is an awesome example of 21th century Landscape Architecture.   

Sphinx of Queen of Hatshepsut
(Egypt 18th Dynasty (1475 BC)
Greets Visitors to Mur Végétal









Mur Végétal
Height 18m [59″]; Width 15m [49″];
 area 270 sq.m [2903 sq. ft.];
water 16,200 liters [4227 gallons]

Berlin has it all, including a tropical rain forest right in the middle of the city. Dussmann, Berlin’s largest bookstore, not only has an excellent selection of books, CD’s, and DVD’s, but it also houses Le Mur Végétal (Vertical Garden), a collection of tropical plants, which grow, not on soil, but on an elaborate drip irrigation system enabling plants to grow on walls.

This living artwork is the creation of French botanist and horticultural artist Patrick Blanc. Blanc, using a hydroponic system invented by Stanley Hart White, a Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Illinois, has created a spectacular facade symbolizing the world’s need for ecological and social sustainability. Blanc has a number of other gardens around the world, including artworks in Singapore, San Francisco, and Paris. Le Mur Végétal is free to the public, and is an awesome example of 21th century Landscape Architecture.   

Sphinx of Queen of Hatshepsut
(Egypt 18th Dynasty (1475 BC)
Greets Visitors to Mur Végétal









Ever need to pee while watching a movie? Your dilemma is solved. The RunPee.com app tells you the best times to run and pee during your favorite movie without missing anything important. It’s regularly updated with the latest movie releases, and its built-in timer can be programmed to discreetly vibrate as an additional reminder. Welcome to the 21st century.