Science Links from Around the Web

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.

  1. The Fine Art of Baloney Detection.
  2. Rational Wiki’s “The Fine Art of Baloney Detection” by Carl Sagan in handy chart form.

Note: Several links were incorrect and were updated 5 October 2013. I apologize for the error.

Written by Rob Carr


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