Humanity’s deep future. Interesting survey of future-oriented human thinking. The bit on Konstantin Tsiolkovsky’s notion of a great filter is new to me.
The importance of stupidity in scientific research. Sometimes fully realizing the infinite scope of our stupidity is the most liberating thing. This is a cool essay about the importance of productive stupidity.
Swimming On The Hot Side. Talk about a wild job description.
Why I am not worried about Japan’s nuclear reactors. A knowledge smack down about why we should not be alarmed over the damage to Japan’s nuclear reactors. Written by a research scientist at MIT.
Science Proves You’re Stupid. Terrific article about the human brain. Wonderful little nuggets like “The feeling of knowing is just that, a sensation.”
Interesting story from the Boston Globe about a researcher who stumbled across a record whale migration via Flickr. Turns out the whale traveled more than 6,000 miles between photographs. Found via the Atlantic’s Science and Technology blog.