Rip up your shredding plans, if you haven’t made them

If you would like “to compete for up to $50,000 by piecing together a series of shredded documents”, but have not yet entered DARPA’s compete-for-up-to-$50,000-by-piecing-together-a-series-of-shredded-documents contest, tough luck. The deadline for entering was November 28. BONUS: They offer a consolation puzzle: UPDATE (December 3): A team has claimed victory in the contest, reports New Scientist magazine […]

‘Millionaire’ Query: Ostrich Bonk Preference

On the Italian edition of the show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?”, a contestant recently spent eight minutes wrestling with a question raised in an Ig Nobel Prize-winning study: Who do ostriches prefer as sex partners? Watch this taut dramatic incident: The study being discussed here garnered the 2002 Ig Nobel biology prize for […]