Monday Starlinks

November 25th, 2013

Still having issues switching over to the new computer and keeping track of things, so here we are a day late…

Golden Goose Award highlights strange sounding science with big benefits. Easy way of finding basic research that paid off in hard to foresee ways.

Is the Universe Saddle Shaped? No, this is not a result from cowboy astronomers from Wyoming! It’s also not definitive.

Relaunch the Space Race! I kind of agree — competition has its advantages.

A letter of recommendation for Einstein. Yes, it was positive.

Academic Scattering. One reason the life of a scientist is not for everyone.

Nature has 20 tips for evaluating scientific claims, but I worry that anti-science deniers will use lists like this for more nefarious purposes.

High-Paying Jobs for People Who Don’t Like Stress. Astronomer made the list, but I think the numbers are exaggerated a little. More senior tenured profs may make that kind of money and don’t have to worry about losing their jobs, but until that point, not so much in that location of parameter space.

A nice, brief article about the science of dragons. What’s plausible, what’s not, kind of stuff.

The science of Thor. OK, but personally I’m not wild about trying to make the Marvel Universe on the big screen magic free.

U.S. Army to have Iron Man suits in four years. OK, not quite Iron Man level, but a start.

The physics of “taking a bullet.”

I love this one: Thanos and Darkseid are Carpool Buddies with Doom.
10 Reasons the SyFy Channel sucks. They got a lot of them there, for sure. I can’t disagree with most.

13 Reasons to Read Sci-Fi by Women. Some good choices, a few I’d not heard of and can watch for, so a nice list.

Kind of weird article tying together chess and science fiction “grandmasters.” Worth a quick look, still.

Climate change is not undergoing a “pause.” And the “unavoidable” solution to climate change. The first story is illustrative of science at work, and a big problem for deniers to cope with. The second makes sense at one level, but I think there may be other solutions, but that nuclear power should be on the table and part of them.

I would pay real money for a real flying Enterprise like this!

Gravity parody set in Ikea.

Dan Simmons on The Abominable.

A not so radical or original explanation for the Fermi paradox.

David Brin at Centuari Dreams re: risk of METI. I tend to side with Sagan’s line of thinking on this, as I tend to think anyone capable of harming us is also capable of finding us without our help. Also James Benford on METI.

David Gerrold on living in the future. But why not the internet AND flying cars?

Held by Elves for seven years…and it wasn’t even at a science fiction convention.

Hawking bored by Higgs. Would have preferred something surprising. (Note: this is how scientists think, as opposed to how science deniers think scientists think.)

How a scientist (Richard Feynmann) tricks his brain into solving complex problems. I admit — I do think of things like this, which is also useful as a science fiction writer.

The Preacher on TV? Can you imagine it? Who should play Arseface?

A textual analysis of the Hunger Games, Harry Potter, and Twilight books. Interesting, but I’m not sure it means a lot.

50 Life Hacks. Simple, but not as obvious as they seem. I’ll probably use a few of them.

Stories like this one make me pretty sure humans would have sex with aliens, too.


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