New technology and a little-known energy source suggest that fossil fuels may not be finite. This would be a miracle—and a nightmare.
posted @ 09:43 AM EDT
about life, the universe, and everything
The reflection of Divertimento’s stern in the water where it’s floating (photo turned upside down and reflected across its vertical midline)
posted @ 04:36 PM EDT
Will we ever be able to cross the universe with the ease of the Enterprise? As ‘Star Trek into Darkness’ prepares to blast into cinemas, Astronomer Royal Martin Rees offers some answers.
The best sciencefiction, from H G Wells onwards, …
posted @ 11:04 AM EDT
Highlights of May 4th NWSL match: Portland Thorns @ Washington Spirit
The stadium at the Maryland SoccerPlex, the home of the Washington Spirit, looks like the best field used by the National Women’s Soccer League; natural grass, 115 by 75 yards. In last evening’s game both teams performed at a high level with the edge in play, as well as in the result, going to the Thorns, who have found their way to build attacks.
Even the live, streaming video via YouTube was not too bad, all leading me to look forward to next week’s game of the Boston Breakers vs. the Spirit at the same facility.
posted @ 02:12 PM EDT
…taking the position that existing laws provides enough protection to software as it is; patents only serve to stifle innovation because of the ever-looming threat of being sued by so-called patent troll companies.
posted @ 07:36 AM EDT
How could I not create an entry for an article with this title? And, of course, it’s Feynman, who deserves every bit of approbation he gets.
posted @ 09:11 AM EDT
Still Alice is a compelling debut novel about a 50-year-old woman’s sudden descent into early onset Alzheimer’s disease, written by first-time author Lisa Genova, who holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Harvard University.
posted @ 06:16 PM EDT
Cicadas that emerge at prime-numbered year intervals, like the seventeen-year Brood II set to swarm the East Coast, would find themselves relatively immune to predator population cycles, since it is mathematically unlikely for a short-cycled predator to exist on the same cycle.
posted @ 11:13 AM EDT
The U.S. … determines the residency of companies based on their incorporation location, but Ireland uses their actual base of operations. So for tax purposes, for example, Apple’s Apple Operations International—officially located in Ireland—exists nowhere.
posted @ 08:11 AM EDT
… capable of surviving a 6 foot drop onto concrete and withstanding up to 30 minutes in 3 feet of water
posted @ 08:31 AM EDT
South Korea, long in the shadow of other Asian ‘tiger economies,’ is suddenly hip and enormously prosperous—so much so that it may have outgrown its thankless dream of reuniting with the North.
Japan’s defeat in World War II liberated the Korean peninsula, which was subsequently partitioned by the Allied powers. Now, 60 years after the resulting Korean War, the two states have diverged, economically and culturally, to an almost unimaginable extent.
posted @ 10:40 AM EDT