* 'Afghanistan is now India's problem.'
* Good read: the modern era of amnesia, where we never learn from the past.
* Phil Plait on the last shuttle landing.
* Nice. Crunching the numbers on a government 40% smaller.
* The lurking specter of unemployment in Saudi Arabia.
* An uncertain future for the ethanol industry.
* The Dead Sea is dying, thanks to diverted rivers.
* 'How sci-fi let women be in charge.'
* The AV Club interviews comic book author Ed Brubaker.