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A slideshow of various rich New Yorkers' sweet rooftop pads.
Via Cynical-C Blog.

Man builds working Batman: The Dark Knight Tumbler batmobile thingy on his own with bare hands, using only the DVD as reference.

Tiny sub-virus (?) that attacks bigger virus discovered, proves viruses are a form of life.
Like a bacteriophage, or a virus that attacks bacteria, except this attacks other viruses.

Member of Saudi Religious Police has been accused of having six wives, which is two over the limit by Saudi sharia (Islamic) law.

How magic teaches us about human cognition, and how it manipulates it.
"Our picture of the world is kind of a virtual reality... it's a form of intelligent hallucination." The benefit of these sorts of cognitive shortcuts is that they allow us to create a remarkably rich image of our environment despite the fact that our two optic nerves have roughly the resolution of cell-phone cameras. We don't have to, for example, waste time making out every car on the highway to understand that they are, indeed, cars, and to make sense of how they are moving - our minds can simply approximate from the thousands of cars we have already seen in our lives. But because this method relies so heavily on expectation - not only to fill in the backdrop around us but to determine where to send what psychologists call our "attentional spotlight" - we are especially vulnerable to someone who knows our expectations and can manipulate them, someone like a magician. "In magic," says Teller, half of the well-known duo Penn & Teller and one of five magicians credited as coauthors of the Nature Reviews Neuroscience paper, "we tend to take the things that make us smart as human beings and turn those against us."
Entire article here.

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Athletes and fitness buffs have better brains.

WIRED: 10 green concept cars that are way out there.

Apple can remotely disable apps installed on your iPhone. As much as I love Apple, I'm not surprised :(

Jupiter and its moons may be plotting to explode and trigger a nuclear winter or even wipe out all life on Earth. Scientists have been observing as the star-like gas planet developed two new red spots, or giant storms five and ten times the size of Earth, and one of its moons flipped over to its side, its icy poles trading places with its equator, among other freaky shit.

New Google network box for offices can scan ten million files.

Exploring the myths and contradictions of coffee.

25 examples of clever and creative navigation in website design.

12 popular modern myths busted. Examples: It takes seven years to digest gum / The Great Wall of China is the only manmade structure visible from space / A penny dropped from the top of a tall building could kill a pedestrian / etc.

The Large Hadron Collider fires up for the first time tommorrow, creating tiny black holes and causing paranoid people with inadequate science education to freak out and believe the world will be destroyed. Yeah, we should be so lucky.

About a dude that had sex with 400 cows. He also tortured and sometimes killed them.

Spam king sentenced to four years in prison.

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Reuters Oddly Enough: Possibly world's most expensive coffee apparently good to the last drop(ping)

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Would you pay $175 for a pound of coffee beans which had passed through the backside of a furry mammal in Indonesia?

Apparently, some coffee lovers wanting to treat themselves to something special are lapping it up.

Kopi Luwak beans from Indonesia are rare and expensive, thanks to a unique taste and aroma enhanced by the digestive system of palm civets, nocturnal tree-climbing creatures about the size of a large house cat.

"People like coffee. And when they want to treat themselves, they order the Kopi Luwak," said Isaac Jones, director of sales for Tastes of The World, an online supplier of gourmet coffee, tea and cocoa.

Despite being carnivorous, civets eat ripe coffee cherries for treats. The coffee beans, which are found inside of the cherries, remain intact after passing through the animal.

Civet droppings are found on the forest floor near coffee plantations. Once carefully cleaned and roasted, the beans are sold to specialty buyers.

Jones said sales for Kopi Luwak rose three-fold just before the Christmas holiday compared with the first half of the year. The company started selling the rare coffee in February 2005.

He expects to sell around 200 pounds of the coffee this year, with orders coming from North America and Europe. So far, most of the orders have been from California.

Indonesia produces only about 500 kilograms, or roughly 1,100 pounds, of the coffee each year, making it extremely expensive and difficult to find.

"It's the most expensive coffee that we know about in the world," said Jones.

By comparison Jamaica's Blue Mountain coffee, considered to be an expensive type, sells for $35 to $40 per pound, while a pound of Colombia's Supremo arabicas can be bought for about $14.

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