I do not know why this is making me giggle, but it is (I think it’s the idea of exiling them to the patio). There are tons of things in your pantry and fridge that you can use to give your garden a thrifty start. Organic dried beans and spices are the obvious choices, but don’t forget beautiful heirloom garlic from your local farmers market, ginger, avocado pits, Meyer lemon seeds, sweet potatoes, and more. Here’s a fun New York Times piece on the topic from a few years ago. ~AR
Over soaked black beans and they actually started sprouting. I’m relieved the food I buy is actually real food, but I’m hardly an urban farmer. Threw the sprouts onto the patio and left them to fend for themselves.
From Winners of the National Geographic Photo Contest 2012, one of 14 photos. Grand-Prize Winner: The Explosion! The subject’s name is Busaba, a well cared for Indochinese Tigress whose home is at Khao Kheow Open Zoo, Thailand. I had taken many portraits of Busaba previously and it was becoming more and more difficult to come up with an image that appeared any different to the others. Which is why I took to observing her more carefully during my visits in the hope of capturing something of a behavioral shot. The opportunity finally presented itself while watching Busaba enjoying her private pool then shaking herself dry. In all humility I have to say that Mother Nature smiled favorably on me that day! (© Ashley Vincent/National Geographic Photo Contest)
Dr. Harvey Karp, the subject of a profile in the September Atlantic, rose to fame as the author of The Happiest Baby on the Block. In his sequel, The Happiest Toddler on the Block, Karp shares techniques for defusing temper tantrums. One of the most unusual is a caveman-like dialect called “toddler-ese.” In these scenes from his Happiest Toddler DVD, Karp shows parents how to talk back to their enraged young children.
A request: Can somebody loop 1:25 to 1:28?
Click through for the interactive version.
Yesterday, a team of scientists funded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen unveiled an interactive computerized atlas of the brain. “Until now, a definitive map of the human brain at this level of detail simply hasn’t existed,” Allan Jones, the chief executive of the Seattle-based Allen Institute for Brain Science, told the Wall Street Journal. “For the first time, we have generated a comprehensive map of the brain that includes the underlying biochemistry.”
The complete atlas (the photograph above is of one thin slice of human brain tissue that was used in its construction) will be available for free at www.brain-map.org to be used as a resource for scientists.
We just announced our Top Volunteer States! Did your state make the list?
For the second consecutive year, the District of Columbia, Vermont and Oregon top the list of Volunteer-producing states per capita, with 8.1, 7.2 and 6.4 Volunteers per capita, respectively; while the greatest number of Volunteers call California, New York and Texas home with 1,084, 448 and 381 Volunteers, respectively.
Nate Silver has brought his trademark data analysis to the newfound gun control discussion today, breaking down what gun ownership in this country looks like numerically. Using data from a 2008 national exit poll—the question was not included, he explains, on 2012 exit polls—some of the details in his chart will likely strike you as obvious: for instance, that Republicans own more guns than Democrats and that there are far more guns in rural areas. What might be more interesting, as Silver points out, is that gun ownership is not necessarily tied to being religiously devout, despite Presdident Obama’s 2008 suggestion about communities that “cling to guns or religion.” Also, the chart reveals that gun ownership is “highest among the middle class,” as Silver writes, with people making $50,000 to $100,000 per year more likely to own guns than their counterparts in other wage groups.
One of the clearest regional differences in the U.S. can found by tracking the words people use to refer to soft drinks, which is in fact the map you saw at the top of this story. Pop or soda, or even Coke, these small linguistic differences are not as small as we might think. While “soda” commands the Northeast and West Coast (green) and “pop” is in between (black), “Coke” reigns in the south (turquoise). These small distinctions can often act as touchstones for larger cultural differences.
Read more. [Image: Samuel Arbesman]