- That Must Be Bob. I Hear His New Hip Squeaking. (New York Times)
The first time John L. Johnson's artificial hip squeaked, he was bending down to pick up a pine cone in his yard in Thomasville, Ga. Mr. Johnson looked up, expecting to find an animal nearby.
- Our surveillance society goes online (The Guardian)
The potential for computers to read and understand data places our privacy under threat.
- Five science fiction movies that get the science right (New Scientist)
So, to give credit where it's due, we have picked out five more sci-fi films that go against the grain, and contain some accurate, plausible science. They may not be completely realistic, but they get it right when it matters most.
- The World's Spookiest Weapons (Popular Science)
Cyborg animals, psychotropics and flying lasers are just some of the terrifying weapons government labs have cooked up over the years.
- Learning to Breathe Mars Air (Video) (Universe Today)
Talk about dedication! Volunteers in Russia are testing the ability of humans to breathe argon-enriched air, as part of a research program that simulates a manned trip to Mars.
- Once shunned by academics, Wikipedia now a teaching tool (PhysOrg)
Wikipedia, the upstart Internet encyclopedia that most universities forbid students to use, has suddenly become a teaching tool for professors.
- Put a Tyrant in Your Tank (Mother Jones)
You thought ExxonMobil was bad? Meet the new kings of crude.
- Dr. Pinker Lays the Smackdown on Leon Kass (Accelerating Future)
In The Stupidity of Dignity, published a couple weeks ago at The New Republic, Dr. Pinker sees right through Kass' hyper-theological, far-right, intolerant, paternalistic bioethics.
May 12, 2008
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