Archives for April 27, 2011

Huxley loves to go to bed at night. You say “Huxley, time for bed” and he runs for the bedroom giggling. Sometimes he stops on the way to read a book, or more exactly, get a book read to him because he can’t read yet. Sometimes the book is Goodnight Moon. But some kids are…

Yes, apparently.

All over the planet, giant telescopes and detectors are looking (and listening) for clues to the workings of the universe. At the INK Conference, science writer Anil Ananthaswamy tours us around these amazing installations, taking us to some of the most remote and silent places on Earth.

When Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters came out, I got myself an electronic copy of it and searched for the words “God”, “Jesus”, “Miracle” etc. Amanda and I had watched Capt’n Sully be interviewed a few times and we guessed that he was a straight up guy who knew how to land…

Using wikis and digital fabrication tools, TED Fellow Marcin Jakubowski is open-sourcing the blueprints for 50 farm machines, allowing anyone to build their own tractor or harvester from scratch. And that’s only the first step in a project to write an instruction set for an entire self-sustaining village (starting cost: $10,000).

Donald Trump, Orly Tate, others are “side show carnival barkers” and questions by birthers, others “silliness” according to Obama, in a press conference moments ago. Following a down-and-dirty live statement to the press asking everyone to just shut. up. and get down to business on the important issues facing the nation, the press vowed to…

The reactors at Fukushima continue to be hotter than “cold shutdown” levels, and at least one reactor (#1) is probably leaking from the core containment vessel. Fission products in high amounts, high pressure, and high temperature indicate that something close to fission is still happening although an apparent lack of large quantities of short lived…

Celebrate Freedom Day

I started to work in Africa in the mid 1980s. Since I had been admitted to a graduate program that was heavily involved with work in Kenya, it would make sense that I’d work there, but I was well aware of the fact that there would be no work at Koobi Fora until the Koobi…