Tracking the Swine Flu

Are we headed for another 1918 pandemic? Let's hope to God not. Perhaps it's too soon to be worried, but we definitely should be concerned.

To view a regularly updated (and somewhat disturbing) map of all the reported cases of H1N1 infections, check out Google Maps. New York City is shown above, but you can zoom out to see how the country and the rest of the world is being affected.

Update: According to Google, "Due to the increasing amount of data, we have moved to a more scalable mapping/data tracking system provided by Rhiza Labs at this URL:"

It's Tan-tastic!


You can get a tan from your computer screen! A company called Computer Tan has discovered a unique technology which causes your computer screen to emit ultraviolet radiation, allowing you to get a tan from your desktop machine, laptop, or even your iPhone! OK, it's a hoax. (Come on, the premise is ridiculous.) It's not meant to be a rip-off scheme, though. It's a clever marketing campaign by the folks at, a skin cancer charity.

To be let in on the joke, go to and click on the button for a "free trial."