May 1


What If We Never Run Out of Oil?

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

May 2


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

May 3



Star Trek: Sir Martin Rees: ‘How post-humans could colonise other worlds’
By Martin Rees, telegraph.co.uk

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

May 5


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

May 9

New Zealand Government Announces That Software Will No Longer Be Patentable

…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

New Zealand Government Announces That Software Will No Longer Be Patentable">


Richard Feynman: Life, the universe and everything

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

May 13


A revised version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity, recorded by Commander Chris Hadfield on board the International Space Station.


posted @ 09:07 AM EDT

May 14


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

May 15


The Cicada’s Love Affair With Prime Numbers

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

May 21

Apple's Massive Tax Avoidance Scheme Was Probably Legal - Abby Ohlheiser - The Atlantic Wire

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

Apple's Massive Tax Avoidance Scheme Was Probably Legal - Abby Ohlheiser - The Atlantic Wire">


Heavy Equipment Maker Caterpillar to Make Rugged Android Phone - Ina Fried - Mobile - AllThingsD

… 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

May 26


South Korea: The little dynamo that sneaked up on the world

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