Oldest and Fatherless: The Terrible Secret of Tom Bombadil — Hahaha. (Via @daviddlevine.)
Shades of gray of shocking lingo — Language Log on who gets to use offensive language in regulated or public settings (in this case, movie ratings).
The Nose Knows: Telling Age Based On Scent — I used to have a friend who could sit on a bench with his eyes closed and tell who was walking by via their scent: their gender, age and a lot of other details. It was very weird.
Is This the Key to Vastly Better Batteries? — One company thinks it's solved a key problem that's been holding back new energy technology. In a world where almost every major technology has seen significant advances, Alessadro Volta would still recognize our modern batteries. Energy storage is an area badly in need of a technological revolution.
Mustafa's Space Drive: An Egyptian Student's Quantum Physics Invention — (via
Falcon Heavy rocket, Dream Chaser vehicle move forward — SpaceX preps its Falcon Heavy, while its competition tests a manned space plane.
Wanted: alien life – dead or alive — Much of the work of Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California is focused on searching for traces of past life on Mars, but what astrobiologist Kevin Hand dreams of finding living creatures on watery moons. (Snurched from Scrivener's Error.)
The threat to global health from the hunt for bin Laden — Feel safer yet?
Rattlesnake bite kills snake handling Pentecostal pastor
Police: Seattle gunman kills 5, then himself — Thank God for the NRA and the Republican party, standing for every citizen's right to defense of essential liberties. Why, without freely available firearms, who knows what might have happened in Seattle yesterday?
?otd: How the hell did you get over as an emcee?
Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.5 (solid)
Weight: 243.0 (!!)
Currently reading: Shattering the Ley by Benjamin Tate