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Day January 4, 2005

Tribe Shoots Arrows at Aid Flight

From BBC News:

An Indian helicopter dropping food and water over the remote Andaman and Nicobar Islands has been attacked by tribesmen using bows and arrows.

There were fears that the endangered tribal groups had been wiped out when massive waves struck their islands.

This is my favorite part though:

But the authorities say the attack is a sign that they have survived.

Nothing gets by those authorities.

Tunguska Home Page

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This is a pretty good site about the Tunguska Event with loads of photos and articles from different expeditions.

On June 30th, 1908, something exploded 8 km above the Stony Tunguska river. About 2150 square kilometres of Siberian taiga were devastated and 80 millions trees were overthrown. Up to now, it is not clear whether the great explosion was due to a comet or an asteroid or something else. We are searching for an answer.

Tropical Islands Dome

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A tropical island in the middle of Germany (albeit in a dome)! Watch out Bermuda.

The Tropical Islands dome has a ground surface of 66,000 square meters. With a length of 360 meters, a width of 210 meters and a height of 107 meters, it is large enough to host 8 entire soccer fields.

Even the New York Statue of Liberty (93 meters) could stand upright in it, and the Paris Eiffel Tower (322 meters) could lie in it. The Dome offers enough space for the skyline of Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz including the Sony Centre, the gatehouse and the Daimler Chrysler skyscraper.

The impressive system of indirect lighting of the former CargoLifter dome was originally designed for industrial needs. Together with the new UV penetrable membrane on the south side, it simulates tropical sunlight perfectly, everyday between 6am to 6pm. The light and warmth let the plants grow well and also allow the visitors to gain a healthy suntan.

The Fantastic in Art and Fiction

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Sponsored by Cornell University’s Institute for Digital Collections (CIDC) this image-bank provides a visual resource for the study of the Fantastic or of the supernatural in fiction and in art. While the site emerges from a comparative literature course on the topic at Skidmore College, it is also intended to open the door to consideration of some of the constant structures and patterns of fantastic literature, and the problems they raise. In this sense, the materials presented here may find a use among students in a variety of disciplines.

Jenny, Are You There?

It musbe be very annoying if your number is 867-5309. This guy calls every area code for that number and reports his findings here.

(Saw it first at J-Walk)

Jigsaw Puzzles Reveal Personality

I am sooooooo border obsessive:

University of Bath researchers have found people approach jigsaws in a number of different ways – and if two strategies clash, there can be trouble.

This can lead to subversive acts such as hiding the last piece – to enable that person to be the “winner”.

The study into collaboration said people ranged from ‘border obsessives’ to ‘opportunistic’ jigsaw puzzlers.


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