‘They sang these words most musically…’


We must set aside our Western preconceptions. A better parallel is non-Western folk traditions, such as those of India and the Middle East. Instrumental practices that derive from ancient Greek traditions still survive in areas of Sardinia and Turkey…

via BBC News – How did ancient Greek music sound?.



Here’s a brite.


“It is much worse than we have been led to believe, much worse.”

via BBC News – Fukushima leak is much worse than we were led to believe.


From start to Finnish.


With the mattress in the bottom, the box becomes a babys first bed. Many children, from all social backgrounds, have their first naps within the safety of the box’s four cardboard walls.

via BBC News – Why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes.

Put down your panang!


Some samples exceeded the “provisional total tolerable intake” PTTI set by the US Food and Drug Administration FDA by a factor of 120.

via BBC News – US rice imports contain harmful levels of lead.


There soon will be an app to make you less fat.


The chip and cuffs are designed to read and process electrical and chemical signatures of appetite within the nerve. The chip can then act upon these readings and send electrical signals to the brain reducing or stopping the urge to eat.

via BBC News – Electronic implant designed to reduce obesity to undergo trials.


Here, Boy! C’mere, Boy!

Eyewitnesses even reported them cocking their legs and scenting trees like normal dogs. But what were they?

via Texas Blue Dogs | Fortean Bureau of Investigation | Features | Fortean Times UK.

No End in Sight

If the struggle drags on, the local civilian “political” leadership of the revolution will lose influence, and the more moderate Sufi sheikhs who exercise an influence over armed groups will also lose control. The insurgency and its supporters will become increasingly radicalised. They will condemn those leaders who looked to the outside world for support, and those who called for restraint. Those voices who say Islam is the only solution will become loudest; those voices calling for a declaration of jihad will be raised, and they will, in my opinion, target Sunni rivals as well as Alawites and other minorities.

via Q&A: Nir Rosens predictions for Syria – Features – Al Jazeera English.