Synthetic Biology — A short defintion from Wired's Geekipedia.
Will War Drive Civilization Underground? — Pessimistic futurism from 1942.
APOD with a photo montage of Jupiter and Io — Wow. Just wow.
More on outer planets and moons — Money shot: "Such an ocean would be energetically hospitable for terrestrial marine macrofauna. The availability of reductants could be the limiting factor for biologically useful chemical energy on Europa." More wow.
Legislating reincarnation — Like legislating morality, only weirder.
George Bush on George Bush — "I can predict that the historians will say that George W. Bush recognized the threats of the 21st century, clearly defined them, and had great faith in the capacity of liberty to transform hopelessness to hope, and laid the foundation for peace by making some awfully difficult decisions..." Hey, the president's bucking for the Sidewise Award! On behalf of the reality-based community, and brown people everywhere, I wish him luck.
5 Myths About How People Vote — This article is a little fluffy, and seems to leave some key points off the table, but still interesting reading.
Language Log deconstructs Huckabee's reference to "vertical politics"
The Washington Post on the (possible) collapse of Hillary's campaign — Of interest primarily to political process junkies, I think. But definitely of interest.