Scientists have trained a spider to jump on command – Sky News
Canadians are expected to spend $6.5 billion a year on pot by 2020. That’s more than hard liquor ($5b), junk food ($5b), but not as much as beer ($9b). – CBC (I think there are big opportunity selling Girl Guide Cookies and opening a chain of brownie bakeries.)
- It’s Time for a New Discussion of Marijuana’s Risks – NY Times
My name is Wil Wheaton. I live with chronic Depression, and I am not ashamed.
- Depression And Anxiety From Storm Disruptions Drive Some Puerto Ricans To Suicide – NPR
Chrome OS is getting Linux – Venture Beat, TechCrunch
1960: The U.S. legalizes the birth control pill.
1986: Sherpa Tenzing Norgay dies. He and Sir Edmund Hillary of New Zealand were the first climbers to ascend Mount Everest, in 1953.
1994: South Africa’s new parliament chooses Nelson Mandela as the country’s first black president.
10 years ago, on 11 January 2008, Sir Edmund Percival Hillary, the New Zealand mountaineer, explorer, and philanthropist, passed away. He and Tenzing Norgay were the first to conqueror of Mt Everest.
Seth Sicroff, writing for Nepali Times:
During the 1960s and 70s Nepal was known as the recreational and spiritual jewel of the world, a destination that was on everyone’s ‘bucket list’. In large part, that allure was due to the achievements and the promotional effort of Edmund Hillary. The so-called hippies matured into the generation that fought to protect the environment, promoted recycling, and planetary sustainability. They were inspired by Nepal, but Hillary was the catalyst.
Hillary’s son Peter Hillary, a world-class adventurer and humanitarian in his own right, wrote of the liberating effect of his father’s achievement on Mt Everest: ‘While Ed Hillary and Tenzing Norgay just wanted to climb the mountain because no one had reached the summit, it never occurred to them that this daring climb into the physical and physiological unknown expanded the realm of possibility for every one of us down near sea level the fact that we too could climb the world’s highest mountain if we wanted to … we are all liberated by the successes of others, because their successes show that it can be done.’