Cheetahs’ Secret Weapon: A Tight Turning Radius [New York Times]
"Anyone who has watched a cheetah run down an antelope knows that these cats are impressively fast. But it turns out that speed is not the secret to their prodigious hunting skills: a novel study of how cheetahs chase prey in the wild shows that it is their agility — their skill at leaping sideways, changing directions abruptly and slowing down quickly — that gives those antelope such bad odds."
posted by Fizz
on Jun 13, 2013 -
"Twelve years ago, Portugal eliminated criminal penalties for drug users. Since then, those caught with small amounts of marijuana, cocaine or heroin go unindicted and possession is a misdemeanor on par with illegal parking. Experts are pleased with the results
." [more inside]
posted by vidur
on Mar 27, 2013 -
It's been a big week for high speed rail proponents and infrastructure hawks. This week, the California Legislature approved startup funds for the $68 billion
high-speed line linking San Diego to San Francisco and Sacramento and points in between. Today, Amtrak unvelied
its $151 billion plan (PDF)
for the Northeast Corridor. Both will take decades to complete. Detractors worry about exploding costs
and operating losses, while supporters
stress jobs, mobility, and international competitiveness. Europe
have lapped us a few times over. However, those who want to do this quickly and cheaply might want to take a lesson from once-ambitious China.
posted by moammargaret
on Jul 10, 2012 -
The need for speed This article contrasts two very different timeframes in the 'social life' of the plant stimulant miraa--known elsewhere as khat--in Kenya and beyond.
One, the heritage and cultural associations around the age of the trees themselves and the other, the impact of the perishability of the product even as demand for it grows on continents halfway around the world, thus the "need for speed". (Previously
posted by infini
on Jun 9, 2012 -
Who Killed Nancy
is a documentary examining the lives and deaths of Sid Vicious
and Nancy Spungen
. It features interviews with many of the people on the Punk scenes in both London and New York, including people who were in Sid and Nancy's Chelsea Hotel room on the night Nancy died.
posted by marienbad
on Apr 22, 2012 -
A writer in Slate
examines the scientific literature for clues that will help him to write faster
posted by chrchr
on Aug 11, 2011 -
plays the title character. Christina Ricci is Trixie. John Goodman is Pops, Susan Sarandon is Mom. And Matthew Fox
plays Racer X. The Wachowski brothers are directing. Hollywood screws
with yet another happy childhood memory.
posted by metasonix
on Jun 4, 2007 -
"I'm not from here, so when I was told that what these boys do in the fields makes 'em fast, I didn't believe it." Welcome to Muck City
posted by kyleg
on Apr 16, 2007 -
, a frentic combination of Speed, Solitaire, and Tapper, is an extremely compelling virtual card game which is sucking up a lot of my casual time, so I might as well pass along the obsession.
posted by Durhey
on Feb 24, 2007 -
An act of civil obedience.
Kids with cameras drive the speed limit en masse, thereby blocking traffic and raising questions not only about the difference between de facto and de jure speed limits, but also about how incredibly pissed I'd be had I been behind them. [via]
posted by Sticherbeast
on Mar 1, 2006 -
Crashed Cars of Kuwait
With a 120kph (75mph) highway speed limit, an 80kph (50mph) urban speed limit, a lot of expensive high performance cars, next to no law enforcement, driving in Kuwait can be a little, err, exciting. Psycho Milt, a New Zealander working in Kuwait, has a substantial and ever-growing flickr photoset of crashed cars
he's snapped on his daily commute.
posted by noizyboy
on Aug 30, 2005 -
must drive fast faster faster
The use of cocaine is widespread among Formula One drivers, a former Ferrari team doctor has claimed.
Although random FIA tests have never returned a positive result, Benigno Bartoletti said in Rome that 'as many as one third' of the current field take the drug as a stimulant prior to grands prix.
posted by halekon
on Jan 3, 2005 -