Friday Link Dump

Science

– There’s a new flu strain running around in China. As is often the case, Maryn McKenna over at Wired has the most important piece to read.

– Allie Wilkinson’s piece in Ars Technica about a climate change’s irreversibility, but not inevitability… it’s a weird distinction, but it makes sense.

– Another good post from Keith Kloor on GMOs, but I’m not a fan of equating Monsanto with GMOs. One is a company, the other is a technology. Just because the technology is used by the company, that does not imply that the two are related.

Not Science

– The most important video I’ve seen in a while. Normally, I dislike TED – but this is important. Lawrence Lessig on money and politics

– Google bought up Nik Software (tools for editing photographs), and recently released them all for cheap. I’ve been using them for less than 24 hours and I am in love… absolutely amazing. You can try them for 14 days for free. Only downside is you can’t use them for non-destructive editing, but still.

Music

Haven’t been listening to much music lately, but this song is amazing: