Archive for August 20th, 2009

“Putpockets”?

20/08/2009

“Putpockets” Give a Little Extra Cash
by Luke Baker

Put-Pocketing

Put-Pocketing

Visitors to London always have to be on the look out for pickpockets, but now there’s another, more positive phenomenon on the loose — putpockets.

Aware that people are suffering in the economic crisis, 20 former pickpockets have turned over a new leaf and are now trawling London’s tourist sites slipping money back into unsuspecting pockets.
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Best Tourist Survey ’09

20/08/2009

Japanese Travelers Top the List in Expedia’s Annual Global Best Tourist Survey

Good Tourists

Good Tourists

Americans Considered Noisy and Not the Best Dressers, but Earn Points for Trying Local Cuisine and Making an Effort to Speak the Language

Expedia, the world’s leading online travel company, today released the findings of a global survey seeking to crown the world’s best tourists and measure travelers based on their best and worst travel traits and habits.  More than 4,000 hoteliers from
across the globe provided opinions on the best overall travelers, as well as
10 specific categories grading popularity, behavior, manners, willingness to
learn the language and try local cuisine, generosity, tidiness, volume, fashion sense and propensity to complain.  The Japanese won top prize and are considered by hoteliers across the globe as overall the best tourists.  German and British tourists tied for second place, followed by the Canadians and Swiss.  American tourists came in at number 11 overall.
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Amino Acid Found on Comet

20/08/2009

Building block of life found on comet
By Steve Gorman

Composite Image of Comet Wild 2 by Stardust's Camera

Composite Image of Comet Wild 2 by Stardust's Camera

The amino acid glycine, a fundamental building block of proteins, has been found in a comet for the first time, bolstering the theory that raw ingredients of life arrived on Earth from outer space, scientists said on Monday.

Microscopic traces of glycine were discovered in a sample of particles retrieved from the tail of comet Wild 2 by the NASA spacecraft Stardust deep in the solar system some 242 million miles (390 million km) from Earth, in January 2004.
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New Biodiversity Museum, Peru

20/08/2009

We stumbled upon Maribel Torres Leon’s  Museum of Biodiversity in Ollantaytambo, Peru,  when we walking on a side street one afternoon. The motto on her business card states, “Trade rightly, Sustainable Tourism, Cultural Identity”. Check out the video, and if you like it, please support Maribel’s work by either visiting the museum (see address and telephone number below), spreading the word about her good work, and/or making a donation. Well done Maribel!

Museum of Biodiversity
Maribel Torres Leon, Director & Founder
Calle La Convencion
Ollantaytambo, Peru
Tel: 51-84-984-962607 or 984-934263
Email: info@biomuseo.org