February 23rd, 2011

Science!

Climate change, predator fish, and everlasting lightning

WHAT WE NEED MORE OF:
* Wow. Republicans, possibly annoyed by having to keep talking about all those pesky facts about climate change, want to simply stop NASA from researching the science at all.
* "Daphnea pulex, a 1-millimeter insect that lives in freshwater ponds around the world, has nearly 31,000 genes in its genetic blueprint – more than humans or any other creature decoded to date."
* Scientists concerned about a decline in predator fish across the oceans.
* "Here, where the Catatumbo River empties into South America's largest lake, an 'everlasting lightning storm' rages continuously for up to 10 hours a night, in exactly the same place, 260 nights a year."
* A next generation of hybrid airships hopes to revive the zeppelin dreams of yesteryear.

News

Fighting oil, state budget fights, and the late Dwayne McDuffie

SOME NEWS:
* Good wrapup of the ongoing state budget fights.
* Interesting: how we could use the revolutions overseas to wean us off of oil dependency.
* Fallout: unrest in Libya may lead to a refugee crisis.
* Boo. The administration defends the Israeli settlements at the UN.
* Supreme Court hears arguments on 10th Amendment issue. Could be big news, eventually, but I doubt it.
* "Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill want to know why nation-building in Afghanistan is failing. Where were they for the first seven years of the war?"
* Ugh: "A new study by the Southern Poverty Law Center describes a big rise in hate groups across the country."
* Comic book and TV writer Dwayne McDuffie passed away.