Great Science Writing

If you like science and want to read more about it, you should be reading Nautilus. And if you like Nautilus, you should subscribe to its quarterly for more unique writing. I’m spending my Saturday morning flipping through it and there’s a beautiful essay by Caspar Henderson on the current frontiers of our knowledge. Here… Continue reading Great Science Writing

Best Metaphor Ever?

Wendy is currently reading Bill Bryson‘s A Short History of Nearly Everything . From it comes the following passage, with possibly the best metaphor ever for the slow pace of geological time: …If you imagine the 4.5 billion odd years of Earth’s history compressed into a normal earthly day, then life begins very early, about… Continue reading Best Metaphor Ever?

Today’s Big Idea

There are big ideas and then there are big ideas.  Reading this blog entry on Ford’s electric vehicles is mind expanding.  Imagine an America with lots of electric cars.  Now imagine a smart electric grid with variable pricing.  Your car charges at night (when power cheap and interestingly most winds are strong enough).  During the… Continue reading Today’s Big Idea