One of the great things you get from Twitter, Digg, or other social networking sites is links to things that aren’t serious, informative, the world is in trouble stuff, although you get that too. Sometimes, it’s just things that make you go “Wow, that’s neat!” Maybe it’s a little weird, maybe it’s a little heartwarming, and sometimes, it’s just jawdropping. So, here’s a few of them.
Did you know that WETA – which did the makeup for films like Lord Of The Rings, also does medical prosthetics? In this case, they did something really great – a mermaid’s tail.
This is art – “Sword Dance and Shadowgraph,” a performance by Taichi Satome
This is just a great Star Wars reference.
and a LOLPicture I couldn’t figure out anywhere else to put
And this really interesting news item: University of Rhode Island scientist discovers 54 beneficial compounds in maple syrup.
URI team has now isolated and identified 54 beneficial compounds in pure maple syrup from Quebec, five of which have never been seen in nature.
“I continue to say that nature is the best chemist, and that maple syrup is becoming a champion food when it comes to the number and variety of beneficial compounds found in it,” Seeram said. “It’s important to note that in our laboratory research we found that several of these compounds possess anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which have been shown to fight cancer, diabetes and bacterial illnesses.”
Which is good news for those of us who love real maple syrup, instead of the crap that gets passed off as “real maple-flavored pancake syrup.” No, it doesn’t taste anything like real maple syrup.