Linky Friday #66
[Sp1] To the right, an unknown-to-me draft of a nuclear thermal propulsion spacecraft.
[Sp2] Ever want to know what they call the planets in other languages? Here you go.
[Sp3] The story behind the scariest wardrobe malfunction in NASA history.
[Sp4] Article title of the year (of 2011): Uranus takes a pounding more frequently than thought.
[Sp5] From Jaybird: Cherry Blossoms. Space. Trees.
[Sp6] NASA is trying to entrance youngsters with space and science.
[E1] The US’s manufacturing surge is apparently a product of the fracking boom. So, gulp, what happens at the end of the fracking boom?
[E2] The world’s largest solar farm is causing headaches for pilots.
[E4] The United States has West Texas and West Dakota, Australia has Western Australia, where there is a mining boom.
[M1] Former MLB baseball player Doug Glanville writes a piece about his encounter with police, who looked at him with suspicion for shoveling his own driveway. (Link from Kazzy)
[M2] Over Easter, atheists had a convention in Salt Lake City. Which may sound odd on both accounts, but who else is going to have a convention on Easter? And Mormons and Atheists may have some things in common.
[Sc1] You, too, can make human bones. With Elmer’s Glue (link via James Hanley)
[Sc2] What is missing from news coverage of the GMO debate in Vermont? Science is missing.
[L1] UPS may be able to teach us a something or two about our automated future.
[L2] Here’s a job we need to automate: Umpiring. They not only get it wrong, but they do so with systemic bias.
[L3] From Christopher Carr: Probably the clearest sign of rising income inequality in the United States today.
[L4] Bob Weber explains why we should wear productivity sensors on the job, and what they’re telling us.
[L5] As some predict a post-employment future, others see labor shortages.
[R1] One of my favorite videos is a primer on how to pick up chicks. It shows an ugly guy walking up to a woman and asking her what her sign is and says that is the wrong way to do it. The right way to do it is a hunk walking up to a woman and asking her what her sign is. Apparently, this by-the-seat wisdom is wrong, and here’s how to flirt.
[R2] Reports thatfree contraception makes women less careful appear to be misguided. My own view is that in a vacuum it could make a difference, but we’re not in a vacuum and any effect is has is overwhelmed by cultural influence.
[R4] Jon Fortenbury looks at sexual late-starters.
[Sm1] Social worker Helen Redmond writes about the link between mental illness to smoking. She implores us to give them access to ecigarettes, but the really interesting thing is the history of the tobacco industry actively courting the mentally ill.
[Sm2] Removing tobacco branding may not do anything to stop people from smoking. I have no real opinion on this.
[Sm3] The New York Times discusses an issue of interest to me: Smoking and economic class. I’m glad that Clay County discovered vaping and wish the guy at the end all the luck on saving money for a down payment on a house.
[Sm4] An article in Academic Medicine makes the case that hospitals refusing to hire smokers is contrary to the principles of medicine. First they went after the smokers, then they went after the fatties.