Linky Friday #53
[P1] Oil is making everyone in Norway is a millionaire.
[P2] Japan is planning to meltdown a nuclear reactor, to prevent unplanned meltdowns of reactions.
[P4] We may be on the cusp of power storage innovation, which has implications for wind and solar power.
[F1] A ghost ship sails with cannibalistic rats on board.
[F2] For aliens living underground, astrobiologists say that there may be a lot more habitable zones than we think. Thinking of how intelligent aliens living so far underground might evolve is interesting. It’s the only sort of aliens I could imagine us coexisting with, to an extent. Also… sea anemone… alien life?
[F3] John Mack is a Harvard scientist, and he believes in alien abductions. With this, Alexa Clay writes a personal story.
[F4] Astronomers discovered a black hole orbiting a spinning star.
[En1] A great article on the history of Superman, exploring the question of who can claim to have discovered him.
[En2] Hollywood is increasingly turning to the Bible.
[M2] For IT staffs, is there too much supply or too much demand?
[M3] Adam Ozimek asks… why do economists disagree so much about the minimum wage?
[M4] This may be the most convincing case I have heard, to date, on the utility of the Bitcoin.
[Ed1] From Christopher Carr: This article discusses language acquisition from a medical standpoint plus some of the ways that process is different for children raised in bilingual environments.
[Ed2] A Los Angeles liberary is offering high school diplomas. Fortunaely, they don’t have to be returned.
[Ed3] Joshua Davis touts a teaching method to produce geniuses! Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry likes it, but points out that it’s over 100 years old. This sort of student-initiated learning (which isn’t quite the right description, but it’s the best I have) has the odd effect of making me feel uneasy but wishing that I could believe in it more.
[A1] The twinnish cities of Duluth (MN) and Superior (WI) are on different trajectories thanks to the state line between them.
[A2] The case for placing tech jobs to Iowa. When I lived out west, the husband of one of my wife’s colleagues was making inquiries about starting a tech company and found himself on the phone with the governor. He points to numerous cases of tech companies opening offices in unexpected places (including Dubuque, Iowa).
[A3] A part of me hopes that there’s more to this story than the guy is letting on. Some sort of suspicious behavior that warranted the attention, or that the incident was not what he says it was. The other part of me feels bad for hoping that a guy that might have been unduly harassed is a liar. Anyway, it’s the story of a guy who was (allegedly) harassed by Maryland cops for a gun that he didn’t have with him.
[A4] Excellent news! We’re probably not backing that Mexican drug cartel!
[A5] James Poulos argues that our obsession with bad romance is the ultimate first world problem.
[A6] Good news for the states offering more generous Medicaid packages: It won’t really attract sick people.
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