Photo: "Clematis 2013" Copyright © 2013 by Katinka Matson. View larger size.
Each year, literary über-agent and big idea wrangler John Brockman of Edge.org poses a new question to an assortment of scientists, writers, and creative minds, and publishes a selection of the responding essays. Read the rest
Above, one of the last images taken by the Mars rover Spirit (NASA/JPL/Cornell).
NASA this week announced it will cease attempts to re-establish contact with the Mars Exploration Rover "Spirit," which last communicated on March 22, 2010. Read the rest
In the photograph above by Robert Pearlman, space shuttle Endeavour emerges from behind the launch pad's rotating service structure. SpaceFlightNow has ongoing coverage (and live webcast of the launch), and SomaFM has a terrific ambient audio feed going. Read the rest
[iPhone snapshot above: Xeni Jardin; illustration inset, Shepard Fairey.]
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, was in Long Beach, California this morning to accept the inaugural edition of a "Shine a Light on Human Rights" award from Amnesty International. Read the rest
For you early risers, I'll be discussing the tenth anniversary of Wikipedia with John Hockenberry on The Takeaway at 7:20 am Eastern time. Check your local listings or the live stream. Read the rest
Bruce Sterling and Jon Lebkowsky have once again produced a beginning-of-the-year "State of the World" conversation, their eleventh annual edition on The Well. Read the rest
LONG LIVE THE WEB: Tim Berners-Lee's inspiring, call-to-arms essay on why the web matters now more than ever, and what we must do to defend the principles of openness and interoperability at its heart. Read the rest
Image (click for large): The map of the genome of the first synthetic cellJ. Craig Venter: Genome Scientist, J. Craig Venter Institute; Author, A Life Decoded
From the Edge.org Serpentine Map Marathon. Read the rest
If you'd told me a year ago that the City of Los Angeles would close off almost 8 miles of primary city streets to let cyclists have free rein for a day I never would have believed it. Read the rest
In which I am inspired by a snarky comment on another blog.
My normal routine involves a fair amount of procrastination, but I tell myself that's OK (really), because sometimes it leads to work ideas. Read the rest
Not pictured: A convenient terrestrial solar panel. Image from thebadastronomer Flickr stream, via CC.
Light can't escape a black hole. Some people look at this fact and get the shudders. Read the rest
After however many years of living, do you still have things about yourself, who you are and how your brain works that you don't entirely understand? Read the rest
"Freedom of expression and of thought was not invented by the West. It has existed in traditional societies -- even primitive ones -- for centuries. Human progress would not have been possible without it. Read the rest
Space Shuttle scheduled to land