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Tree/Canopy-living ants glide to safety -- Rainforest dwellers steer themselves home during a fall.

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Mousey (remove AQFL to e-mail)'s engineer co-worker sent him and me this News @ Nature.com article (LiveScience's story with a 4 minutes streaming video) about Canopy/Tree-dwelling worker ants (Cephalotes atratus) in the tropical forests of the Americas have adopted a neat way of averting disaster should they fall from their perch. They glide to safety, steering towards their home trunk rather than plummeting to the ground, where they might never see their nest-mates again.

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Selling Wholesomeness in the Breakfast Bowl

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The New Yorks Times report that nutritionists and researchers have reacted positively to the news that General Mills has added whole grains to breakfast cereals that did not include them before. But the praise is not without reservation: the fiber content of many of the cereals has increased very little, if at all. "Whole grains" are buzz words for 2005. One market research firm, Mintel, has declared them the ingredient of the year. On Monday, Post cereals announced its lineup of whole grain cereals. The rush brings back memories of the late 1980's and the oat bran craze , which lost steam as soon as oat bran potato chips appeared on the market.

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Ant's 4 Top Picks for Viral Videos and Ads on 2/8/2005

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Viral Videos went crazy in posting 21 new TV commercials/advertisements/spots today. Only four of them were funny and worth mentioning to me:

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Unfit and overweight OK by many, a survey suggests...

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MSNBC's article says Americans know exercise is good for their health. Yet many are overweight, out-of-shape couch potatoes -- and that seems to be just fine with a lot of them, suggests a new nationwide fitness survey.

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Army Uniforms Redesigned After 20 Years

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Yahoo! News report that U.S. Army soldiers are being issued new fatigues with easy-to-use Velcro openings and a redesigned camouflage pattern.

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Food Sculptures

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Various sculptures done with various types of foods (butter, chocolate, cheese, and fruits). Quite impressive.

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Apollo Missons' Moon Shots in Panoramas

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This link lets you experience the moon just as the Apollo Missions' astronauts did -- almost as you were there -- with QuickTime panorama views. Less known is that during all the missions they made image sequences which with todays computer technics can be stitched together into 360 degrees interactive panoramas giving you the possibility to view the moon almost as you were there. Many of these panoramas have been published before, but in low resolution and displayed in small sizes. During the last year the original films have been rescanned in large resolution and the Apollo 11 images were released the week before the 35 year anniversary.

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DOOM 3's Scary Screen Shot of the Day -- The Wrench!

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PlanetDOOM shows an amusing, scary screen shot from DOOM 3 with this caption:

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Clean your screen for free by a kitten!

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Let this kitten clean your computer screen for free! It just cleaned my office 21" LCD monitor. :) Flash is required.

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Why North Americans ain't got rhythm...

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This MSNBC article reports that North Americans are worse than babies when it comes to rhythm. A recently published study looked into why people in some parts of the world seem better at grasping offbeat rhythms compared to people in North America. The problem appears to be at least partly cultural. The study would seem complex to those not musically inclined. But here's the upshot:

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Air Drop Mishaps (Long Video Clip) and Clean Your Snake (Photograph)

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Compfused.com posted two cool things to see today:

First one is the Air Drop Mishaps -- A long QuickTime video clip of various air drops that did not go exactly as planned. The one scene is funny with the vehicle keeps on rolling by itself.

Second one is the Clean Your Snake photograph -- Most guys clean their snakes in the shower on a regular basis, but not quite like this kid. I wonder if that snake is even happy to be cleaned by the kid.

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Left-handers have different view... Are you left handed or right handed?

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BBC News report that left-handed and right-handed people view the world differently, scientists have shown. Psychologists found they use opposite sides of their brains when looking at, and making sense of, an image.

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How often do you check and read AQFL (not via a RSS reader)?

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Worms, lobsters, and crabs cannot feel pain?

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Reuters and Yahoo! News report worms squirming on a fishhook feel no pain -- nor do lobsters and crabs cooked in boiling water, a scientific study funded by the Norwegian government has found. "The common earthworm has a very simple nervous system -- it can be cut in two and continue with its business," Professor Wenche Farstad, who chaired the panel that drew up the report, said Monday.

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Is the Half-Life 2 EULA and its Steam illegal?

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This Inquirer article says many people are having problems connecting to the Steam servers to play Half-Life 2. People say that you could always use offline mode to play without an Internet connection, but these people seem oblivious to reports online that many people are unable to get this mode to function properly.

More interesting, perhaps, are the legal agreements that surround a purchase of Half-Life 2. One is that no mention of Steam is on the HL2 box or in the End User License Agreement (EULA), yet it is required to play. The second is that where a gamer buys a copy of the game for which the CDKey has already been hacked, he/she will have to wait up to two weeks to get a replacement from Sierra/Vivendi, since shops will generally not take back opened software. The third is that no copy of the game can be sold without paying Valve a $10 fee to transfer the CD-Key to another Steam account.

The German Consumer Association has recently found that the packaging on Half-Life 2 is misleading.

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A Flower That Detects Wi-Fi Networks

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Broadband Reports, I4U News, and Gear Live report a flower (not a living one) that can detect wireless/wi-fi hotspots. When one comes into range of a hotspot, the Hotspot Bloom Wi-Fi detector (the flower) will simply light up with a designated color to let you know how strong the signal is.

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"The Funniest Oedipus Paper You'll Ever Read"

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"The Funniest Oedipus Paper You'll Ever Read" was allegedly written and submitted by a real college student, who was REALLY high. This is the scanned copy of his graded paper. It is seven pages long.

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Funny TV Commercial/Advertisement/Spot: When driving, don't drive crazily with soda cans...

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Viral Videos & Ads posted a funny TV commercial/spot/advertisement of a car. Just don't drive crazily and then open a soda can.

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World of Warcraft: A Screen Shot of the Day -- Flying Fish

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Ever seen flying fish in World of Warcraft? Neither had I, but apparently Fungah and other have. See here for a screen shot.

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Watch Super Bowl Ads (2005) online!

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IFILM has streaming commercials for Super Bowl 2005/XXXIX. Three of them are already up and more are expected after the game begins.