[F2] A green building that eats smog.
[F3] Glenn Reynolds wants to know who has the mineral rites… on an asteroid?
[F4] Science fiction notoriously gets it wrong much of the time, so it’s noteworthy when science fiction gets it right.
[F5] How driverless cars will affect our cities. The first one – increased expansion and sprawl – was not what I expect from such articles.
[P1] Atheists and their relationship with god.
[P2] Being alone is, apparently, bad for your health. Even if you’re a loner.
[E1] An inside look at fracking.
[E2] How much damage did Fukushima do to efforts to combat climate change?
[E3] One of the few reservations I personally have about nuclear power is the amount of time it takes to get a unit up and running. Maybe small reactors will help with that?
[E4] Diana Lind gushes over the possibility of cities without highways. Though I think the “induced demand” argument is not as solid as its proponents suggest, I actually do think that urban highways should be re-evaluated. Highways to get into and around town are good, but once in town, maybe there is a better way.
[M1] CNet gives you a rundown how to get rid of The Soap Opera Effect. My father’s TV has that. It takes some getting used to, but it’s worth it with how nicely the non-HD stuff comes across on his Samsung compared to my Vizio.
[M2] Is the fourth-wall breakdown in sitcoms a product of – and emblematic of – artistic laziness?
[M3] Somehow, I’m not surprised that the best live-action Wonder Woman outfit is from porn.
[M3] The rationale behind child pornography being illegal is pretty rock-solid, though it’s possible the passive consumers of child pornography are not as dangerous as we thought.. Laws against pixie porn, on the other hand, is harder to justify.
[C1] A look at the folks who have dropped out of the job market.
[C2] When we talk about how much physicians are paid, we also need to talk about the costs they incur.
[C3] A great joke: If we really want to dismantle Al-Qaeda, we need only arrange for Yahoo to buy it. I was reminded of that joke when I read this.
[C4] Google Fiber is causing traditional ISP’s to step up their game. Vermont has a plan. Though I have to say, of all the states for the federal government to throw stimulus money at for this project, Vermont does not strike me as the most worthwhile.
[A1] Trailer parks could save us all, or at least solve the retiring baby boomer problem. It takes a lot to overcome the stigma, though, which creates detrimental cycles of ownership.
[A3] I’ve mentioned niche online dating before. Apparently, Alex Jones is getting into the act. I’d love to know what the gender balance on that looks like.
[A4] What do spies read for fun?
[A5] If actual public opinion had its way, instead of interest groups, we would not have more legal immigration. People versus the Powerful, as it were.
[A6] Congressman Steve Pearce thinks congress should be allowed to telecommute. A part of me wonders if we shouldn’t just make’em telecommute. Or, of course, move the capital to Nebraska, and then they’ll want to.
[W1] Thirty-three beautiful places… abandoned.
[W2] Christopher Caldwell takes a look at abortion, national identity, and Ireland.