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UPDATE Wednesday, November 26
The desert sands of the Arabian Peninsula are fine-grained and smooth — unable to be used in manufacturing or, especially, the concrete industry crucial to the massive upscale developments in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and other countries.
LEADING ECONOMIC INDICATORS Wednesday, September 10
Despite all that has transpired in Ukraine this year, the country's defense industry manufacturers continue to sell military gear to Russia (including "key parts for ship engines, advanced targeting technology for tanks and upkeep for Russia's …
DILEMMAS OF THE 1 PERCENT Wednesday, September 10
In July, New York City approved construction of a 33-story condominium/apartment tower housing both luxury units (219, facing the Hudson River) and "affordable" units (55, facing the street) — with separate entrances so the beautiful people could …
GO DEEP Wednesday, September 10
Considering the height restrictions zoned into London's super-prime real estate, the only practical way for some owners to expand is to go underground (as deep as five stories' worth of "basement"), which requires heavy digging machines. However, by …
DAMNED IF YA DO, DAMNED IF YA DON'T Wednesday, September 10
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species recently estimated that nearly 50,000 African elephants were killed for their tusks in the last two years, continuing the century-long drastic decline in wild pachyderms. The Fish & …
IRONIES Wednesday, September 10
In August, a criminology professor at Rome's La Sapienza University arranged a two-hour guest lecture on "emergency practices" by an "experienced" hand — Francesco Schettino, the captain currently on trial in Italy for his role in the sinking of …
BRIGHT IDEA Wednesday, September 10
Bradley Hardison, 24, on the lam in the Elizabeth City, North Carolina, area from two break-in charges, nonetheless decided to enter a newsworthy contest in August — a public "doughnut-eating" competition, in which police officers and firefighters …
RECURRING THEME Wednesday, September 10
Raymond Betson became the most recent perp (in July in Swanley, England) to intend to break into a store (this time, a money-lending store) by ramming the wall with a digger — but broke through the wrong wall (and then another wrong wall after …
READERS' CHOICE Wednesday, September 10
The tornado that ripped through Kingsport, Tennessee, on July 27 damaged Jerrod Christian's house, leaving furniture and tools strewn about his lawn. Unfortunately, according to police who filed four charges against him the next day, some of the …
RED SPACES Wednesday, September 10
Russian researchers launched several critters into space on July 19, including a male and four female geckos (to follow their mating capabilities), but by July 25 reported they had lost contact with the satellite, drawing comical concern (most …
 
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