Archives for April 21, 2012

What happens if I eat mold?

A common concern people have is the outcome of eating food that is moldy. This happens when you are not paying attention to what you are eating and suddenly realize that you just ate half a sandwich made with bread that has some mold on it. Then you go “Oh, crap, I just ate some…

Speaking before a packed lecture theater at MIT yesterday, Neal Stephenson worried that the gloomy outlook prevalent in modern science fiction may be undermining the genre’s ability to inspire engineers and scientists. Describing himself as a “pessimist trying to turn himself into an optimist,” and acknowledging that some of his own work has contributed to…

Earth the Owner’s Manual

I have it on good authority that this is going to be great. Jeff Masters has a writeup. Penn State climate scientist Dr. Richard Alley hosts parts II and III of Earth: the Operator’s Manual on PBS beginning at 7pm Sunday, April 22–Earth Day. Part I of this excellent series aired in April 2011. The…