A big thank you to whoever took that ‘o’ out of ‘plastics’.
- The 21st century will be a century of natural disasters and technological crises, and unholy combinations of the two.
- Extreme makeover: Are humans reshaping Earth?
- What new technology could save the world?
- Space Shuttle Endeavour, commanded by Gabrielle Giffords’ husband, Mark Kelly, on final flight.
- Ways to watch Endeavour’s launch, scheduled for 8:56 a.m. EDT today.
- The constellations come out to play above the Very Large Telescope.
- Gorgeous new space photos.
- Deep magma ocean fuels hundreds of volcanoes on Jupiter’s moon Io.
- Scientists surprised by solar wind data retrieved from Genesis mission.
- Continuous cycle of heating and freezing, caused by radioactive core, gives dwarf planet Haumea its distinctive glimmer.
- The loneliest plant in the world.
- Honeybees, rest of the planet, annoyed by your cell phone calls! ‘Em’ere Arkansas redneck boys over at Flathead2020 have this annoying cell phone problem figured out.
- Electromagnetic radiation generated by wireless gadgets – cell phones, cordless phones, baby monitors, laptops – puts kids’ brains at risk. Call for schools to ban them all, including wireless internet.
- Not just angry: Birds confused by mobile technology.
- When the speed of light depends on its direction.
- A protective molecule has been identified in the brain which, if used artificially, may prevent brain damage from the likes of stroke, head injury and Alzheimer’s.
- Plasticity of hormonal response permits rapid gene expression reprogramming.
- Army wants soldiers’ heads to control robots. You think laptop glare is murder on your eyes? Try sending a fleet of wheeled robots down into the horrors of battle using nothing but your icy stare.
- Boldly going for $10 million: X-Prize aims for Star Trek’s ‘medical tricorder’.
- Asimov honored with Foundation Week over at Io9: Parts one, two, three, four, five, six, and seven.
- Dungeon Raid App: No Dungeon Master required.
- Science reveals what you need to do to talk people into anything.
- Raiders of the Lost Grail: Otto Rahn and the Nazi quest for the secret of the Cathars. Great photos over on the right.
- Police in bizarre legal battle to keep Jack the Ripper files secret so Victorian sources keep their ‘confidentiality’.
- The indigenous American berserk. Now that’s some fine writing!
Quote of the Day:
It was hard and humbling. I overworked a lot of good men.