Friday, May 25, 2012

Signs of the times

Just because everything is different doesn't mean anything has changed. ~ Irene Peter
 • Nike has applied an idea from golf balls to track suits for the Olympics. The new suits use dimples to reduce drag.

• Tata, the Indian manufacturer of automobiles, will soon sell a model powered by compressed air. It has an onboard compressor that can refill the air tank in 3-4 hours, which gives a range of 300 km.

• A new bylaw in Oakville, Ontario, will prohibit motorcycles operating louder than 92 decibels (roughly equivalent to a lawnmower or snowmobile). Preventing them from doing so will be a more difficult matter.

• Pete Porath of Portland, Oregon, "rehomes" hens from backyard chicken coops to his farm so they can retire to live out their lives after their egg-laying days are over. [Source: New York Times.]

• Couples average three arguments a month about financial issues.

• The presence of happy people appears to raise suicide risk. Researchers speculate that unhappy people may become suicidally distressed by others' contentment.
Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

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