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Ravens via PDPhoto Ravens show that consoling one another is also for the birds, Yet another finding that other species have qualities previously thought uniquely human. Our greatest distinction is that we’re highly social. Yet in that we’ve got a lot of company.   Human brains excel at detecting cheaters. FMRI’s, not so much, says Vaughan Bell…

The sky before Katrina struck, from Rense.com Correction: I been snookered. As alert reader Alex Witze pointed out, these photos were taken by stormchaser Mike Hollingshead in Nebraska and Kansas in 2002 and 2004, and have passed around the net in other guises ever since. For more amazing storm photos, go to Hollingshead’s site, extremeinstability.com.…

Charlie Houston, right, in 1936 with Pasang Kikuli (center) and British climbing legend Bill Tilman I used to do a bit of climbing and a lot of climbing reading — a deep and rich literature. If you read much about American climbing history, you’ll read about Charlie Houston, who made one of the most dramatic…

Ruth may or may not have called his. But former player and Mariners announcer Mike Blowers, asked before the game for his prediction of the game, predicted a rookie player would hit a homer — his first in the bigs — into the second deck in left-center in his second at-bat on a 3-1 fastball.…

Effect Measure alerted me to this very touching video, which shows the crowd at Fenway coming to the rescue of a kid who starts to lose it while singing the national anthem. Revere’s set-up first, then some thoughts of my own: I don’t know what’s going to happen with swine flu. I do know that…

Found some Koufax footage. About halfway through this short clip he Ks Mantle, looking, and a bit later, in the dark footage toward the end, is a good strip of him throwing the devastating curve. Note there the emphatic downward motion of his shoulder — which brought down his hand the faster, which (along with…

Koufax, bringing the four-seamer. God save the guy at the plate. I always look forward to the Illusion of the Year contest, but this year brings a special treat: a new explanation of how the curveball baffles batters. Just a few days ago, during BP, my friend Bill Perreault threw me one of those really…

Brandon Keim, who is part of Wired’s ace science writing crew also keeps a blog, Earthlab Notes, where he recently put this nice post on The Language of Horses: In a few slender leg bones and fragments of milk-stained pottery, archaeologists recently found evidence of one of the more important developments in human history: the…

Two-Wheeled Parkour

Oh I could do that.

A roundup of wonderful stuff I won’t get to. Then again, many of these need no help: “Come tomorrow and sort this hell hole out. Dinner and drinks, 4 p.m. Bring wine and caviar only.”. Woman emails party invitations while asleep. Hat tip: BoingBoing Obviously, the drug and medical device industry is not looking forward…