2014-08-14 Life in a “Moderate” Muslim Country
A teenager in Malaysia is being investigated by the police
for “sedition.” His sole act was to click the “Like” button on a
Facebook page supportive of Israel. He says he clicked it by mistake.
He has also received death threats from his fellow citizens.
2014-08-10 Python as Shell
A project that allows python to be used conveniently
on the command line.
2014-08-06 The never-ending conundrums of classical physics
Check out my article in Ars Technica: “classical
physics remains a vibrant arena of active research. Its foundations
and the fundamental problems posed by several of its subfields still
engage the imaginations of thousands of physicists throughout the
world. And like all areas in active development, it attracts
contention and controversy”.
2014-08-05 Nature’s God
This new book about the philosophical and religious attitudes of the
founders of the U.S. of A. looks interesting.
2014-07-26 Mystery in the Perseus Cluster
‘“I couldn't believe my eyes,” says Esra Bulbul of the Harvard Center
for Astrophysics. “What we found, at first glance, could not be
explained by known physics.”’
2014-07-21 Rosetta’s comet ‘sweats’ two glasses of water a second
ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft detects enough water vapor coming
off of comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko to fill an Olympic swimming
pool in 100 days. “Glasses” and “swimming pools” are the only units of
volume offered by the article on the European Space Agency website, which is otherwise
2014-07-20 Earth-like Soils on Mars
“Phosphorus depletion within the profiles is especially
tantalizing, because it [is] attributed to microbial activity on Earth.”
2014-07-20 Introduction to A*
A* is an algorithm for finding the shortest path on a grid.
This article is a lovely example showing how to use interactive
animation to help the reader understand complex ideas.