April 26, 2015

Miscellany 11

Scientists Claim They Found a New Species of Frog, and It Looks Like Kermit.  The newly discovered species of translucent frog, Hyalinobatrachium dianae,  was found in Costa Rica's Talamanca Mountains.

 New Frog Kermit?

X-Ray Art Reveals the Internal Beauty of Everyday Objects

 Xray-Tulips Arie Van't Riet
Dutch artist/physicist Arie van't Riet

Twinkie's Miracle Comeback: The Untold, Inside Story of a $2 Billion Feast
But while you wouldn’t find Twinkies on Whole Foods’ shelves or in Gwyneth Paltrow’s pantry, Hostess had something you can’t find in a locally sourced, chia–seed snack–millions of nostalgic fans. “The brand awareness was unbelievable,” says Jhawar. “It’s not every day you have an opportunity to acquire a brand that is ubiquitous, that had $1 billion in revenue before the bankruptcy and 80–plus years of legacy.”

Pasta? Ruby grapefruits? Why organic devotees love foods mutated by radiation and chemicals
Ruby Red grapefruits, along with 3,000 other crop varieties consumed by millions every day, were actually created through mutation breeding, also known as mutagenesis. Plants were exposed to atomic radiation, thousands of genes scrambled in laboratory experiments that took years.

In the last 60 years, mutation breeding has produced a sizeable fraction of the world’s crops. Varieties of wheat, including almost all the most popular varieties used to make top-grade Italian pasta, vegetables, fruit, rice, herbs and cotton have been altered or enhanced with gamma rays, and often separately or additionally soaked in toxic chemicals, in the hopes of producing new desirable, traits. Now these varieties are marketed as conventional and organic foods, and are unlabelled.

The English Trailer for ‘The Little Prince’ Is Here, and It Will Break Your Heart  Watch it here.

From Bon Appetit.  Be a Rebel: Cook Your Vegetables to Death
But last summer I had an experience with a pot of fat green Romano beans that changed the whole game for me. They were cooked to the point of collapse, completely soft and yielding, a process that took (gasp!) two whole hours. Seasoned with nothing more than olive oil, garlic, and salt (plenty of all three), they were insanely delicious: deeply vegetal, rich and satisfying, completely yielding in texture but maintaining definition. They turned my whole vegetable-cooking world upside down. I didn’t miss the crunch. I just wanted more…….With a little care, soft-cooked vegetables can be more satisfying than any raw kale salad could ever dream of being. We developed a formula for long-cooked vegetables so good it had editors’ eyes rolling back in their heads.

The co-founder of Earth Day Ira Einhorn killed then composted his girlfriend.  He jumped bail and evaded authorities for 23 years before he was extradited to the U.S. to be tried for murder.  His defense?  The CIA did it.  The jury didn't buy it and he was found guilty and is now serving his life sentence.

If you haven't seen the video of the giraffes diving into a swimming pool by animator Nicolas Deveaux,  don't wait any longer

 High-Diving Giraffes

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