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The World's Strongest, Most Expensive Beer Served Inside a Squirrel Screenshot-sm 228

If you have $765 burning a hole in your pocket, and a penchant for drinking alcohol out of a taxidermied animal, the good folks at BrewDog have just the drink for you. Their latest creation, called The End of History, is a 110 proof beer that comes packaged in a variety of small stuffed animals.
Space

Submission + - Solar Cycle Linked to Global Climate (spacefellowship.com) 2

Matt_dk writes: "Establishing a key link between the solar cycle and global climate, new research led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) shows that maximum solar activity and its aftermath have impacts on Earth that resemble La Niña and El Niño events in the tropical Pacific Ocean. The research may pave the way toward better predictions of temperature and precipitation patterns at certain times during the Sun's cycle, which lasts approximately 11 years."
Data Storage

Submission + - World's First LEED Platinum Data Center Opens (inhabitat.com)

Mike writes: "Germany recently unveiled the world's first LEED Platinum data center — the project was no small task considering the energy required to keep stacks of servers running smoothly in a climate-controlled environment. Designed by Arup Associates, the project is nothing short of gorgeous, and it uses only 30 percent of the power that a typical data center would utilize, and only requires 40 percent of the heating energy. Additionally, through the use of innovative reverse osmosis water treatment for cooling, the building will save 50 million liters of water per year."
Links

Submission + - Jellyfish Swimming is mixing the oceans (wired.com)

eviltangerine writes: A new article out of Nature suggests that marine creatures, such as the jellyfish, may contribute as much to ocean mixing as wind and tides. Wired is also covering it and includes a video of the jellyfish in action.

These "could have a profound influence on climate models, which do not now account for this so-called biogenic mixing. If swimming generates tide-scale forces, then 'it has an impact on global climate. This is a rather novel twist to the whole climate story,' said William Dewar, a Florida State University oceanographer. 'How one would extend existing models to include a biosphere mixing input is not clear, largely because no-one has spent much time thinking about it.'" Link to the Nature article here (pricey registration required)

No word yet on when the jellyfish blender is to debut.

Programming

Submission + - A Call for Schwag (daemonology.net)

cperciva writes: "Some people write open source software to "scratch an itch" or for altruistic reasons; but most often what attracts people is the idea of being recognized for their work. People are quite good at recognizing other people, but many companies aren't; consequently, I'm putting out A Call for Schwag: If your company uses open source software and has promotional t-shirts (or hats or bags or coffee mugs or usb disks etc.), please pick an open source developer whose work you're using, and send him one."
The Internet

Submission + - IBM ditches email for web applications (forbes.com)

Dionysius, God of Wine and Leaf writes: "Luiz Suarez lives in the Canary Islands and works from home. He has three bosses — two in the U.S., one in the Netherlands. Ten weeks ago, he decided to stop sending e-mail.

Rather than respond to the daily deluge of e-mail with yet more e-mail, he answers via his preferred means: blogs, wikis, Twitter and social networking sites, including Facebook and IBM's internal social network, known as Beehive. His coworkers, he says, are starting to pick up on the idea.

"I was getting the same questions by e-mail over and over," says Suarez. "Now I never get the same question twice. And when someone asks a question, the whole network helps to answer. It's always an open conversation."

Thanks to Web-obsessed employees like Suarez, IBM has chucked its white-starched-shirt approach and is going hypermodern. The theme of a recent meeting of around 200 of its top researchers: how the world's oldest computing company can tap every aspect of the Web to charge not only its internal communications but also its customers' businesses.

http://www.forbes.com/technology/2008/04/21/ibm-social-networks-tech-enter-cx_ag_0422ibm.html?feed=rss_technology"

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