Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Link roundup

1. "Deadly lake turns animals into statues." Via:
The lake takes its name from natron, a naturally occurring compound made mainly of sodium carbonate, with a bit of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) thrown in. Here, this has come from volcanic ash, accumulated from the Great Rift valley. Animals that become immersed in the water die and are calcified.
2. "Since the end of 2007, police in the UK have run a secret network of fully-furnished fake apartments and townhouses, solely for the purpose of capturing local burglary suspects. These are called 'capture houses.'"

3. Relatedly, "Car thief sprayed with invisible dye in police trap."