-- "Anyone who has not made these clumsy forays into DIY taxidermy has probably never wondered where the dead things come from."

-- "If bees go extinct, this is what your supermarket will look like."

-- "China is pushing ahead with a sweeping plan to move 250 million rural residents into newly constructed towns and cities over the next dozen years." (Though see here for a counterpoint.)

-- Norway is peculiar: "One idea currently on the table is to launch a live show in which experts knit while spectators sit in their living rooms eagerly awaiting the next stitch."

-- "If you want to wade through some unutterably depressing reading on this Monday morning, you should spend some time with the official Detroit Proposal for Creditors."