Thursday, August 9, 2007

Thursday Miscellaneous

1) Ok, I know this is old but....OH MY GOD. I'll be sleeping with a can of bug spray tonight.

2) In rebuttal to crazy lady dissing Harry Potter, here are two articles discussing the latent pro-Christian symbolism of the books.

3) Defending Earth: Two Space-Based Approaches. An excellent summary reflecting on asteroid deflection options. Also, there's reference to two papers by a man named Claudio Maccone that discuss how to use Lagrangian points for asteroid deflection.

4) 10 Little Known Historical Mysteries. About half of these are new to me. And I call myself a history buff.

5) NASA revises temperature figures used by pretty much everybody. But that's not the punchline. I had no idea the governments' software for analyzing temperature data isn't shared so that other scientists can duplicate the results. How does that make any sense at all? Look if global warming really is a problem, then we need the best possible information to counter it. And if it's not a problem, then a lot of people will be appearing in the late 21st century version of Stephen Jay Gould's The Mismeasure of Man.

1 comment:

lilmissunshine said...

Seriously, that was wicked. Ian thought it was cool and yours. Thanks for the nightmares I will now have tonight...maybe one will be of the return of Jessica and the aliens after your sacrifice and salvation of mankind...