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What’s Left of Patagonia

Odds and ends from the odd end of the world

From seals and sea lions to sheep, Calafate berries, and a picturesque train ride, Patagonia is home to a number of interesting things that didn't manage to find their way into other Interesting Thing of the Day articles.

Designer Pets

The next frontier of genetic engineering

In the near future, genetic engineering may be able to produce hypoallergenic cats and dogs. You can already get glow-in-the-dark fish.
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Non-Human Farmers

Animal agriculture

Several different animal species, including insects, fish, and even snails, grow their own fungus for food in what appears to be an organized farming effort.

Printing Skin Tissue

Human organs from 3-D printers

Using technology similar to that developed for rapid prototyping machines, modified inkjet printers can now produce living human tissue.

Urban Monorail Systems

The rise of Personal Rapid Transit

New designs for urban mass-transit are far more than elevated trains. Some of them provide all the advantages of a taxi and a subway, with fast, individualized, point-to-point service.

Falling Back

Time (for a) change

The end of Daylight Saving Time for another year means (for most of us) an extra hour of sleep, and (for some) additional time for reflecting on change.

Bad Fiction Contests

A way to pass the time on dark and stormy nights

If you're very good at writing very bad fiction, you might consider entering contests that honor the memory of writers such as Bullwer-Lytton, Hemingway, and Faulkner.

The Wittenburg Door

The strange world of religious satire

The world's pretty much only religious satire magazine isn't afraid to rub people the wrong way, even residents of the town in Germany whose name they misspell in their title.

Flywheel Batteries

A new spin on energy storage

Chemical batteries aren't the only way to store large amounts of electricity. Reduce the friction enough, and a large, heavy, spinning wheel can serve the same purpose. It also lasts a lot longer than batteries.

Oil Sands

Alberta’s tarry treasure

The Canadian province of Alberta has vast oil reserves in the form of oil sands (also called tar sands), a mixture of liquid hydrocarbons and sand. Recovering and processing it can be a challenge, though.

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