Reblogged from Our Compass: Source Center for Biological Diversity SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Gov. Jerry Brown today signed a bill that will ban commercial bobcat trapping around California’s national and state parks, monuments and refuges.
I can never get fairy cakes to rise. They come out the oven, lopsided, and barely peeping over the cases. In short, they are an embarrassment. Is it the sifting, the eggs, the mixing, my oven or simple incompetence?
We've made huge strides towards finding exoplanets and surveying the other worlds in our solar system recently — but most of us will never know what it's like to stand on another soil, especially under another sun.
Taking this side of the question is Clive Thompson, author of the new book Smarter Than You Think: How Technology Is Changing Our Minds for the Better. Thompson says he is “regularly astonished by the quality and length of expression I find online, the majority of which is done by amateurs in their spare time.”
The length part, at least, is inarguable. Thompson, a journalist who has specialized in covering technology, asserts, “Before the Internet came along, most people rarely wrote anything at all for pleasure or intellectual satisfaction after graduating from high school or college.” Now, according to his back-of-the-envelope cyphering, people compose about 3.6 trillion words a day via e-mail, blogs, and social media—the equivalent of 36 million books, give or take.
Science Fiction Comic Book Review: 'Katana' #8 Science Fiction katana 8 The problem with doing a gimmicky crossover month is trying to get back into the rhythm of a series once it resumes its normal storyline.
In today's comments we fretted over the definition of average, oohed and aahed over some DIY costume skills, and (with the help of Gravity's science advisor) teased out the precise intersection of science and story-telling.
Garry Rogers's insight:
When the science is inaccurate the story is no longer science fiction. It becomes fantasy. That's fine, but even fantasy has rules. Departure from accuracy without new rules can get you bad reviews.
What if the cost of uploading your brain is giving up your body? Forever? That's just one of the thought-provoking questions raised by Erin Biba's piece on the ethics of uploading yourself, over at Tested.
Ecologists at the University of Toronto and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) have found that, given time, invading exotic plants will likely eliminate native plants growing in the wild despite recent reports to the...
Garry Rogers's insight:
Creating native enclaves might save a plant species from extinction, but the species' decline over a large area will have tremendous negative effect on the species' herbivore/detritivore and sheltering associates.
Slate Magazine We Are Teaching High School Students to Write Terribly Slate Magazine “It doesn't matter if [what you write] is true or not,” says Perelman, who helped create MIT's writing placement test and has consulted at other top universities...