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Moon village concept attracts worldwide support

European Space Agency says proposals for permanent lunar outpost have generated international interest Futuristic plans for a moon village proposed by the European Space Agency are winning support from around the world. The idea is to set up a permanent human outpost on the moon that will be a base for science, business, mining and even tourism. Show More Summary

Death Angel, ‘Conflict of Interest': The Week In One Song

The Trump transition continues, as the incoming administration faces a struggle to eliminate potential conflicts of interests associated with the president-elect’s business empire.  

ASCB 2016 meeting (San Francisco, Dec 3 – 7)

0000-0002-8996-1849  This Saturday the ASCB 2016 meeting kicks off in San Francisco, and the city is already packed with excited cell biologists from all over the world. PLOS Biology isn’t missing this annual date, and

Big winter swells are rolling through Monterey Bay, tearing out...

Big winter swells are rolling through Monterey Bay, tearing out kelp and shuffling the seafloor in a submarine shakeup for the coming year! 

Europe’s green energy policy is a disaster for the environment

The EU's massive renewable energy drive is backfiring and its proposed solutions are just greenwashing, say campaigners

Book Excerpt: 'Are Numbers Real?' (US 2016)

In "Are Numbers Real?," author Brian Clegg explores the way that math has become more and more detached from reality, and yet despite this is driving the development of modern physics.

Here Are the States with the Lowest & Highest Diabetes Rates

Diabetes is on the rise in the United States, and a new poll looks at where the disease is most and least common.

The brain has more than one multitasking mode

Better drivers switch between split- and whole-brain tasks more easily.

Sutton Hoo bitumen links Syria with Anglo-Saxon England

Analysis of black organic fragments found in the Sutton Hoo boat burial has revealed they are bitumen from Syria. The Suffolk site was excavated in 1939. Gold and garnet jewellery, silverware and ceremonial armour were discovered. The small black objects scattered among the 7th Century finds were believed to be pine tar used for boat maintenance. Show More Summary

Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun by Sarah Ladipo Manyika

I read this book back in the spring, before it got shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize and got a fair bit of attention. But, as you’ve probably noticed, I haven’t been blogging very regularly, so I’m only writing about it now. What I liked about Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun was the way […]

Now in Print: Tokaji’s Election Law in a Nutshell, 2d ed.

Just in time for finals. The 2d edition of my nutshell is current through the end of the 2015-16 Supreme Court term, including Evenwel, Arizona Legislative Black Caucus, and McDonnell.  The print version is temporarily out of stock at Amazon but is available for Kindle … Continue reading ?

ESA approves 2020 ExoMars rover despite crash earlier this year

Putting aside the dramatic loss of the Schiaparelli lander in October and concerns about cost, ESA member states voted to go ahead with the next part of the life-hunting ExoMars mission

Doting Daddy Spiders Do the Housekeeping

South American spider males are the only known solitary spider to engage in paternal care.

Fly Over Martian Chasms and Craters Through ExoMars Orbiter's Lens | Video

The first images from the European Space Agency mission's Color and Stereo Surface Imaging System (CaSSIS) have been stitched together to show parts of Mars' Arisa Chasmata, Noctis Labyrinthus and more.

Bipedal Human Ancestor 'Lucy' Was a Tree Climber, Too

CT scans of "Lucy," a human ancestor that lived 3 million years ago, reveal evidence in the structure of her bones that suggests she climbed trees as well as a walked on the ground.

Cygnus X-3 System's 'Little Friend' Is A Bok Globule - Most Distant Found Yet | Video

A gas cloud "Little Friend" that is likely forming a new star has been observed in x-rays by the Chandra X-ray Observatory. It was determined to be a small, dense, and very cold cloud, which are the features of a Bok globule.

Expanding the Circle of Trade

I was asked to explain my view on trade - why I think Trump will make America a poorer nation and its people less well off. So... consider this: Is it a good idea to build a wall around the United States, build everything within theShow More Summary

Friday assorted links

1. Five books to change conservatives’ minds. 2. “McDavid is studying economics at Witten/Herdecke University in western Germany’s Ruhr region.”  By the way, he is upset about his implicit marginal tax rate.  A good piece. 3. Mark Thoma comes around on fiscal policy. Show More Summary

The Licentious Thrush.

I’ve been reading Saltykov-Shchedrin’s ?????????? ?????? [Provincial sketches] (1856-57), a now-forgotten work consisting of delightful descriptions of the endemically corrupt town of Krutogorsk (a lightly fictionalized version of Vyatka,...Show More Summary

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