BBC - Earth News - The secrets of ant sleep revealed: "Queen ants dozily dream, while worker ants are forced to get by taking power naps, the first study of the sleeping habits of ants has revealed.
Queen fire ants fall into relatively long, deep sleeps and kip for an average of nine hours every day."
Financial Responsibility in the United States: "Your credit score is a very important part of personal financial health, insuring that credit is extended to you, and at the best rate possible. There are various factors considered when calculating your individual score, and it is important to be familiar with exactly how each of these positively or negatively affects your personal rating. The following map shows averages by state, so you can see how you stack up to the rest of the country."
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Landmark Restaurants: "Open for decades (some more than a century), steeped in tradition and visited by the rich and famous, these restaurants are institutions in their respective cities. When in town, you'll want to make room on your itinerary for a visit."
BBC - Earth News - The cephalopods can hear you: "The discovery resolves a century-long debate over whether cephalopods, the group of sea creatures that includes octopus, squid, cuttlefish and nautiluses, can hear sounds underwater.
Compared to fish, octopus and squid do not appear to hear particularly well.
But the fact they can hear raises the possibility that these intelligent animals may use sound to catch prey, communicate with one another or listen out for predators."
Robert Full: Learning from the gecko's tail | Video on TED.com: "Biologist Robert Full studies the amazing gecko, with its supersticky feet and tenacious climbing skill. But high-speed footage reveals that the gecko's tail harbors perhaps the most surprising talents of all."
10 Most Influential Tech Products: "Each item must have been available to the average consumer via regular retail channels. So, despite the fact that we think the invention of USB was pretty damn cool, USB ports were generally attached to other devices, and so they won’t make the list.
Granted, your list may be quite a bit different than ours. After all, there's a ton of stuff from which to choose. Nevertheless, when it comes to popularity, adoption, revolution, and evolution, there's little doubt the following ten products played – and in many cases, continue to play – lead roles."
Sunday, June 14, 2009
15 Common Drinking Myths Debunked : "When it comes to alcohol, everyone's an expert, aren't they? They start as soon as the first drink is poured: spouting dubious statistics, recalling horror stories, and moralizing about what you should and should not do while drinking. There are more myths, fables, and tall tales surrounding alcohol than almost any other subject - and hearing them recited everywhere drinks are served is pretty irritating. So today, we'll debunk 15 booze myths you can safely ignore whenever and wherever they are told."