How Humans Have Changed In 100 Years


Humans are getting taller; they’re also fatter than ever and live longer than at any time in history. And all of these changes have occurred in the past 100 years, scientists say. So is evolution via natural selection at play here? Not in the sense of actual genetic changes, as one century is not enough time for such changes to occur, according to researchers. Most of the transformations that occur within such a short time period “are simply the developmental responses of organisms to changed conditions,” such as differences in nutrition, food distribution, health care and hygiene practices, said Stephen Stearn.” w/ photos

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Why Japanese Don’t Smell!

“WHAT! You mean I have to continue to wear deodorant even though I now live in this magical world of unicorns known as Japan where people suddenly lose their body odor as soon as they step off the plane?! LIES!!!” — Sharla in Japan

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Mamadou Diabate

“With his music, Mamadou Diabate carries the stories and traditions of his native Mali of West Africa. He is what the outside world call a “griot” and what his native people, the Manding, call a “jeli.” Mamadou is from a long line of jelis who perform at many rituals and celebrations in Mali, and with their artistry they traditionally have carried recent news as well as ancient history to far-flung listeners. Mamadou tells that all important events in Malian culture are marked by jeli performances, and the ritual significance of the performance is ultimately more important than the entertainment value of the music, although both are greatly appreciated.” — ListenForLife1

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New Online Tracking Is Virtually Impossible To Block


First documented in a forthcoming paper by researchers at Princeton University and KU Leuven University in Belgium, this type of tracking, called canvas fingerprinting, works by instructing the visitor’s Web browser to draw a hidden image. Because each computer draws the image slightly differently, the images can be used to assign each user’s device a number that uniquely identifies it. Like other tracking tools, canvas fingerprints are used to build profiles of users based on the websites they visit — profiles that shape which ads, news articles, or other types of content are displayed to them. But fingerprints are unusually hard to block: They can’t be prevented by using standard Web browser privacy settings or using anti-tracking tools such as AdBlock Plus.” w/ photos

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Phantom Traffic Jam

“Andrew Marr explains the phantom traffic jam from a cherry picker and then on a computer graphic.” — Silverfox1100

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The Bac Rac


Bac Rac is an innovative and highly effective exercise device for back pain sufferers. The modular design and simple assembly means that sections can be removed for smaller framed users, it takes a few seconds to undo the retainer and slide out the extra section. Using bac rac is easy. However to get the best from this remarkable device we suggest you use it as often as you can. If work, family, studies prevent you getting 5 minutes during a busy day, then use it after work when your back can really benefit.” w/ photos + video

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