Lost in the Noise?

May 19, 2010 is an interesting day in the history of the world, though its significance passed by unnoticed by most people – even people who watch for momentous events. But today, two thing happened that will, in their knock-on effects, change the world in ways every bit as profound …

If You Build It, Will They Come?

Free content – particularly in the audio fiction space – suddenly seems a lot less of a perpetual free lunch than it did six months ago, and it’s got a lot of folks freaking out in my corner of the Internet. Providers are dropping like flies this year! Matthew Wayne …

This Week’s Cool Biotech

Stopping in quickly during a break in my hectic production and writing schedules to drop a handful of links that have recently blown me away in one way or another. First, the coolest biomedical news this year: Synthetic arteries have arrived. Second, some really cool news on dog evolution from …

Falling For A Ruse?

Are the New Atheists Bad for Science? By J. Daniel Sawyer In an article on Beliefnet this week, Michael Ruse argues that the “new atheists” are a “bloody disaster.” He argues using a mixture of caricatures, complaints, and criticisms, so before I go into why I think the man is …

Getting the Words Right, part 1

When writing a period piece, whether that period is past or present, getting your terminology right is essential to maintaining the illusion. It’s also one of the easiest things to miss on a revision. Lest you think the following rant is thoroughgoing self-righteousness, let me preemptively explain that it’s not. …

TED of the Day: Creativity and Play

As we grow and learn about responsibility and darkness in the world, we often lose the ability to play at life, at love, and to take the kinds of risks that children take for fun every day. It’s an interesting paradox, because as our world gets freer and more prosperous, …

TED of the day: The Story of Everything

Today, I bring you physicist Brian Cox discussing the Large Hadron Collider and what it means for our understanding of the universe. Chock full of wonder, delight, and beauty – join me in marveling at the magnificence of the universe, and the fact that we are able to understand it …

TED of the day: Patient Capitalism

Your moment of thoughtiness for the day: Jacqueline Novogratz discusses markets and foreign aid and underclass empowerment in Africa. Worth every second.