Global warming is here, human-caused and probably already dangerous -- and it's increasingly likely that the heating trend could be irreversible, a draft of a new international science report says. The United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on Monday sent governments a final draft of its synthesis report, which combines three earlier, gigantic documents by the Nobel Prize-winning group. There is little in the report that wasn't in the other more-detailed versions, but the language is more stark and the report attempts to connect the different scientific disciplines studying problems caused by the burning of fossil fuels, such as coal, oil and gas. read more
Veteran film and television comedic actor Robin Williams was found dead at his home on Monday. He was 63. The cause of death is believed to be suicide via asphyxiation, according to the coroner's office in Tiburon, California. He was found in his home. His publicist said the actor had been battling depression of late. "This is a tragic and sudden loss," his publicist Mara Buxbaum said. "The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time." read more
You won't find the 300 MPG Volkswagen XL1 in an American showroom, in fact it has even been denied a tour of America because it is too efficient for the American public to be made widely aware of, and oil profits are too high in America with the status quo in place. No tour has been allowed for this car because the myth that 50 mpg is virtually impossible to obtain from even a stripped down econobox is too profitable to let go of, and when it comes to corporate oil profits, ignorance is bliss.
Mary's Gourmet Diner in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has announced it will no longer offer occasional discounts to people who pray before eating, citing the threat of legal action. On Wednesday, the restaurant posted a handwritten notice in its front window stating that it must "protect your freedom from religion in a public place." "It is illegal and we are being threatened by lawsuit," the note goes on to say, offering apology for "any offense this discount has incurred." read more
Interesting list...although, I'm not sure if the methodology provides an accurate degree of measurement. Several other interesting "lists" can be seen, as well.
(yeah, I was too lazy to list more than 5) read more