February 7th, 2012 | brainjuice
- Can Bees Make Tupperware?: Scientific American
"…it’s emblematic of the fact that there’s an enormous amount we don’t know about the world around us. It makes me wonder how many other things there are like this."
(tags:eco materials sci )
- BBC News – ExoMars cooperation between Nasa and Esa near collapse
The American space agency looks set to pull the plug on its joint missions to Mars with the European Space Agency… budget woes…"
- Doyle McManus: U.S. targeted killing program needs discussion – latimes.com
"We needed a court order to eavesdrop on him," Hayden notes, "but we didn't need a court order to kill him. Isn't that something?"
(tags:drones war pol crime )
- High planetary tilt lowers odds for life?
"Highly-tilted worlds would have extreme seasons, subjecting life to alternating periods of scorching and subzero temperatures. This could make the development of all but hardiest, simplest creatures a long shot."
- Cult Den interview answers – Jeff Noon, Feb 2012. – MOVIES.SHOWS.COMICS.BOOKS.GAMES.MORE
"Science Fiction is a massive, ever-expanding experiment with content, and I love it for that, I really do. Nothing else comes close. But I’m always surprised by the way the genre tends (apart from some notable examples) to ignore the experimentation of form. Form is the Host, Content is the Virus."
(tags:sf writing )
- BLDGBLOG: Object Cancers
"…object cancers: bulbous, oddly textured, and other dramatically misshapen errors that only appear in 3D-reprinted objects. Chairs with tumors, mutant silverware, misbegotten watches—as if the offspring of industrial reproducibility is a molten world of Dalí-like surrealism."
(tags:fabbing printing physibles art )