29 April 2012

Every 2040 presidential candidate already unelectable

Details here.

17 April 2012

Cool Treehouse Restaurant

"Set high among the tree tops, tree pod dining at the Six Senses’ Soneva Kiri is an innovative way to experience a meal"

For more pix go here.


14 April 2012

Worrying and intelligence go hand-in-hand

Worrying and intelligence go hand-in-hand. Nobody likes to be a worry wort but everybody envies intelligence. Unfortunately, according to a new study by scientists at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, the two traits are associated. "in those diagnosed with GAD (general anxiety disorder) high IQ was associated with a greater degree of worry. The correlation between IQ and worry was significant," reads the study, published in Frontiers in Evolutionary Neuroscience. The authors say the correlation may be because excessive worrying and intelligence co-evolved together. "While excessive worry is generally seen as a negative trait and high intelligence as a positive one, worry may cause our species to avoid dangerous situations, regardless of how remote a possibility they may be," said author Dr. Coplan. "In essence, worry may make people 'take no chances,' and such people may have higher survival rates. Thus, like intelligence, worry may confer a benefit upon the species." [Frontiers in Evolutionary Neuroscience]

09 April 2012

Do you see what I see?

For a basic intro to colour perception, search on 'himba colour perception' on YouTube.

Then consider whether aboriginal peoples really can see spirits or not.


Something to check out on a US roadtrp:

The world's first Xeriscape Demonstration Garden (now named Dryland Mesa) was created at the Denver Botanic Gardens in 1986. Its design was based on the "Seven Principles" of Xeriscape.[3]

The Sonora Desert Museum holds an annual Xeriscape contest. The Special Awards presented include The J.D. Di Meglio Artistry In Landscaping Award (unique beauty in Xeriscape landscaping) and The Community Xeriscape Leader Award ("a driving force in promoting Xeriscape principles and/or the use of native and arid-adapted plants").[4]


Denver Botanic Gardens (Dryland Mesa) & Sonora Desert Museum

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