Friday, November 16, 2007

This Week on the Net: Inquiring Minds Want to Know

Where have all the gorges gone? First is the environmental impact of the 3 Gorges Dam in China. An undertaking so massive that it drove up concrete prices around the world and required the relocation of over a thousand villages and hamlets, the rising waters of the dammed Yangtze (couldn't resist) have apparently destabilized the surrounding cliffs. The concensus seems to be that the situation must be addressed. Read it here.

Who invented the vacuum? Scientists pieced together a dinosaur found in the Sahara Desert with a wide mouth seemingly designed to suck up plant matter. Thinking is that it grazed like a modern day cow. Article here. And while you're there, don't forget to read the article about chocolate consumption 3,000 years ago.

How high can it go? Very interesting article on the role of traders in pumping up the price of oil. Can we all say Enron? I know all about the increased demand because of China and India, but there's a whiff of fish out there. One day, we'll be watching a movie about the current hijinks. Mark my words.

Can't they look anywhere else? In the vast bloated bureacracy that is the federal government, in the billions we fork over to places like Egypt, Israel, the Palestinian territories and Pakistan, where is the waste? Yes, TV Marti. If this isn't a spot with an agenda, I don't know what is.

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