I stalled yesterday trying to write another article on geoengineering to reduce global warming. There were two problems:
- I wanted to mention that the Martians attempted to “martiform” the Earth in H. G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds.”
- The origin of the word “terraform” is to give something the “likeness” (form) of Earth (Latin “terra”). “Geoengineering” is “Earth (Greek “ge”) engineering.” Terraforming and geoengineering refer to concepts so similar (changing the surface of a planet using technology) that they tend to be used interchangeably, which is technically wrong from a grammatical standpoint.
I got stuck on the grammar technicalities and editing. One of the reasons I created the UnSpace blog was to recover my writing skills that I lost when my focus was on editing. I’m still learning.
In the meantime, here are a bunch of fascinating links from around the web.
- World Space Week: October 4-10
- Why are so many meteorites found in Antarctica?
- High-resolution climate projections: Where do they come from and what can we do with them?
- How to detect pseudo-science B.S.
Two useful linksfrom that article:
- Naked mole rats are even freakier than we thought
- Known Unknowns of Dark Matter Annihilation Over Cosmic Time by Katherine J. Mack, who is on Twitter as @AstroKatie
- Seriously, reset your Adobe Password
- Do Black Holes Have ‘Hair’? New Hypothesis Challenges ‘Clean’ Model
- Accelerator On a Chip: Technology Could Spawn New Generations of Smaller, Less Expensive Devices for Science, Medicine (There’s a joke about making your proton packs smaller, but I’ll skip it.
- Manufacturing Graphene with Aromatics (A possible path to very small circuits and more)
- It seems sonar mapping is killing whales.
- A Recording of the Seti Institute’s Searching for Kardashev Type II and III Civilizations with WISE Hangout
Note: Several links were incorrect and were updated 5 October 2013. I apologize for the error.