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November 18, 2009
3 Million Tons of Extraterrestrial Ice Fishing
At least three million tons of fishlike creatures could theoretically live and breathe on Europa, according to Professor Richard Greenberg of the University of Arizona in Tucson. Greenberg recently presented his findings to the Division for Planetary Sciences, American Astronomical Society (PDF, Google quick view). Greenberg has written about potential life on Europa before, but his recent calculations suggest that the concentrations of oxygen would be great enough to support not only microorganisms, but also more complex animal-like organisms which have greater oxygen demands. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 10:01 PM PST - 46 comments

HET
The History of Economic Thought Website contains a wealth of information on the many schools of thought in the history of economics and the issues they grappled with.
posted by moorooka at 8:34 PM PST - 13 comments

All in the Apidae family
The Apidae family of bees includes a large variety species with interesting traits. Bees in Apidae are all long tongued bees. Not all have scopa. Those without a scopa cannot collect pollen and are cleptoparasitic. Some are solitary. Some are colonial. Some are burrowers. Most are not. Most collect pollen and nectar. Some do not and yet still produce honey. [more inside]
posted by onhazier at 7:50 PM PST - 10 comments

Drag and Tock
The Scroll Clock has no time zone option, but it's open source. There's also a gallery.
posted by ejoey at 7:50 PM PST - 16 comments

Eponysterical? You betcha.
Employees of Providence St. Vincent Medical Center presents the Pink Glove Dance for Breast Cancer Awareness. via [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 7:46 PM PST - 16 comments

The Hamilton Mixtape
Tony Award nominated actor Lin-Manuel Miranda presents a rap about Alexander Hamilton from the perspective of Aaron Burr titled "The Hamilton Mixtape." [more inside]
posted by America at 7:14 PM PST - 31 comments

WY couldn't get any more square here.
Senators' STATEments: As part of Geography Awareness Week, National Geographic asked United States Senators to draw and label their home states with at least three important places.
posted by NikitaNikita at 6:25 PM PST - 41 comments

Lt. Brad Pitt and his Howling Commandos
Jack Kirby's Inglorious Basterds
posted by Artw at 6:04 PM PST - 33 comments

Contemporary issues as handled by tv
TV and Parables of Our Times: Speaking of Faith ( a weekly radio program about "religion, meaning, ethics, and ideas") looks at how tv deals with issues in contemporary life. A link to the main episode (MP3) is on the page along with various support media.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:41 PM PST - 6 comments

Cheap Talk - Econ and game theory from Jeff Ely and Sandeep Baliga
On pinball's downfall; draft Scrabble; strategies for choosing a seat; visiting our old friend, swoopo.com; and meatball theory: various and sundry economical, game theoretical, and miscellaneous morsels from the folks at Cheap Talk.
posted by cortex at 4:33 PM PST - 53 comments

A message from the future
A message from the future. (SLYT)
posted by juv3nal at 3:39 PM PST - 37 comments

Take your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty ape!
November 24th marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species. Ray Comfort released plans to distribute thousands of free copies to students of the "50 top U.S. universities" on November 19th. His edition includes a 54 page introduction (PDF) written by Comfort. Apparently to thwart protest distribution was moved to today (according to the comments). The National Council for Science and the Environment has set up the website dontdissdarwin.com to counter Comfort's claims. via. previously. [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen at 3:05 PM PST - 75 comments

Cash for Clunkers, State by State
Edmunds released data this month on the results of the Cash for Clunkers stimulus. Freakonomics blog commented. Now the Detroit News has offered a state-by-state analysis of how funds were used. Which state was most likely to trade an American car for another American car? You guessed it...
posted by jefficator at 2:54 PM PST - 37 comments

Oil: enough energy to melt glaciers!
It may win the All Time Millenial Award for Maximal Irony.
posted by Corduroy at 2:50 PM PST - 33 comments

Google won't search for Chuck Norris because it knows: You don't find Chuck Norris; he finds you.
Autocomplete Me: feeling lucky just got weirder.
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The first glass goes down like a post...
Russian food porn. [more inside]
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 12:57 PM PST - 59 comments

Ethnic groups of China
Ethnic groups of China – that is, the officially recognized ones, in their respective finery. (Photo essay, text mostly in Chinese. Via.)
posted by joeclark at 11:25 AM PST - 47 comments

Catholic Bishops Claim Moral Authority
The nation's Catholic bishops approved a broad new document on marriage. "Since marriage and same-sex unions are different realities, it is not unjust discrimination to oppose the legal recognition of same-sex unions," the letter says. "These unions pose a serious threat to the fabric of society that affects all people." Also Tuesday, the bishops reaffirmed a moral obligation to maintain nutrition and hydration for patients in a persistent vegetative state and approved a document on reproductive technology. "Life-Giving Love in an Age of Technology" reaffirms Catholic teaching against in vitro fertilization, egg, sperm and embryo donation, surrogates and cloning. [more inside]
posted by VikingSword at 11:05 AM PST - 202 comments

10 Magnificently Modern Musical Instruments
10 Magnificently Modern Musical Instruments
posted by Joe Beese at 10:58 AM PST - 47 comments

Revenue reality of a bestseller
Revenue reality of a bestseller. Lynn Viehl's Twilight Fall was a top 20 mass market paperback bestseller. Here, she analyzes and posts her royalties and discovers "If I published only one book a year, and it did as well as this one, my net would be only around $2500.00 over the income level considered to be the US poverty threshold."
posted by HumanComplex at 10:27 AM PST - 175 comments

The business of online loyalty programs
A US Senate Committee just released its report on online loyalty programs. Combined, Webloyalty, Affinion, and Vertrue have made $1.4 billion in the past ten years charging customers $10-$20/month for marketing program memberships. Unfortunately, many of their customers (4 million this year) have no memory of authorizing the charges. [more inside]
posted by Nelson at 10:10 AM PST - 26 comments

Thanksbittman
Bittmanfilter: 101 Head Starts on the Day-- "The Minimalist" gives us a hundred and one Thanksgiving dishes that can be prepared in advance.
posted by dersins at 9:50 AM PST - 24 comments

Do Not Try This At Home
You can see that things gradually become more terrifying : Five of the six alkali metals and their reactions to air and water. Learn more at the Periodic Table Of Videos. Lithium, Sodium, Potassium, Rubidium, Cesium (Caesium), and the elusive Francium.
posted by The Whelk at 9:30 AM PST - 29 comments

WE SUPPORT THE CULLEN DIET! ...EAT US!!
"YOU CAN HAVE THE FURRY ONE, I WANT THE ONE THAT SPARKLES." Fan posters at the Twilight: New Moon premiere.
posted by ocherdraco at 9:29 AM PST - 180 comments

Book of the Month
Book of the Month is a feature that the University of Glasgow Library has been running for over a decade now. The format is simple, a single book is selected from their collections, written up and accompanied by pictures, maps and photographs scanned from the books. With over a 100 books to select from, it's hard to know where to start, but anywhere is good because they're all lovely. Still, here are a few, Charles Darwin's The Expression of the emotions in man and animals, a beautiful 15th century illuminated copy of Livy's Roman history, Treatises on Engines and Weapons, Valentines and Dabbities, The Birds of Australia, Facts and Observations on the Sanitary State of Glasgow, Ibn Jazla's The arrangement of bodies for treatment and finally, The Curious Case of Mary Toft, MetaFilter superstar.
posted by Kattullus at 9:28 AM PST - 6 comments

Coffee and Other Important Matters
15 Things Worth Knowing About Coffee. 17 Things Worth Knowing About Your Cat. The MotherF**king Pterodactyl. These and various other amusements courtesy of The Oatmeal.
posted by brain_drain at 8:56 AM PST - 30 comments

Remittances reversed
“We send something whenever we have a little extra, at least enough so he can eat." Remittances, the small money transfers a previous FPP called "the most important antipoverty program in the world", are now flowing the opposite direction. Yes, poor families in southern Mexico are having scramble to find money to send north to their out of work relatives in the US.
posted by Forktine at 7:01 AM PST - 14 comments

Norah Jones, Look Out!
Lady Gaga Stefani Germanotta performing in a 2005 NYU talent show. Could anyone in the house have predicted the rise of this? Previously. [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 6:06 AM PST - 228 comments

straight over their heads
On November 14 "Robert Erickson" was introduced to the Minnesota Tea Party Against Amnesty as a Minneapolis resident concerned about illegal immigration. Sometimes the devil is in the details, as the supporters of the anti-immigrant Minnesotans Seeking Immigration Reform (MINN-SIR) slowly learn. On the other hand, some of them never quite figured out that "Robert" wasn't on their side...
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:09 AM PST - 133 comments

Undercover, uh, food, lover.
Michelin inspectors have been anonymous as CIA spooks. Until now. And now. The New Yorker has a rare interview with one.
posted by converge at 3:30 AM PST - 33 comments

Space Chair
Armchair Viewing
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