A molecule of uranium has a million times more energy than a molecule of coal.“ He and Nathan "Mosquito Zapper” Myrhvold are backing a nuclear approach. It’s called Terrapower, and it’s different from a standard nuclear reactor. Instead of burning the 1% of uranium-235 found in natural uranium, this reactor burns the other 99%, called uranium-238. You can use all the leftover waste from today’s reactors as fuel. “In terms of fuel this really solves the problem.” He showed a photo of depleted waste uranium in steel cylinders at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Kentucky – the waste at this plant could supply the US energy needs for 200 years (woah!), and filtering seawater for uranium could supply energy for much longer than that.
Bill Gates on energy: Innovating to zero! | Video on TED.com
This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
His Holiness The Dalai Lama
Big! Exciting! News: ThinkTank Is Now at Expert Labs | Smarterware
The first project that will be putting ThinkTank to use is for the White House itself. The President has identified a series of scientific and technical challenges that are as important to the future as the moon landing was. And we want to help drive feedback on that list, and even suggest what other items should be on there that haven’t been included.
This looks like a really interesting project and an exciting opportunity for Gina and crew. Congrats!
15 Things You Never Noticed on a Dollar – Manage Your Life on Shine
Nothing I love more than interesting and historical facts about things that are so ubiquitous that we tend to take them for granted.
David Byrne’s Journal: 12.12.09: Art Funding or Arts Funding
Funding future creativity is a real investment — there’s a chance these kids will build, write, draw or play something that will fill theaters, clubs, stadiums, web pages, whatever. The dead guys won’t write more symphonies.
So many wonderful thoughts a points here. David Byrne remains one of my all time heroes. Now that JD is gone, he is at the top of my list of someone I would love to spend a few hours with.
Caustic Cover Critic: The 3,988,393,210,272nd Salinger Blog Post
“Before his death, JD Salinger’s publisher, Hamish Hamilton, worked with him to produce jackets for reissues of his books (originally planned for June, they are now due out next month) … [said]Simon Prosser, publishing director, Hamish Hamilton: "There are strict rules about JD Salinger’s covers. The only copy allowed on the books, back or front, is the author name and the title. Nothing else at all: no quotes, no cover blurb, no biography. […] We commissioned Seb Lester, the highly regarded type designer, to hand-draw a font; that font, on the cover of these re-issues, is a one-off and is known in-house here at Hamish Hamilton as the ‘Salinger’.”
Love, Love, Love, Love, Love.
How to Survive a 35,000-Foot Fall
You’re six miles up, alone and falling without a parachute. Though the odds are long, a small number of people have found themselves in similar situations—and lived to tell the tale. Here’s PM’s 120-mph, 35,000-ft, 3-minutes-to-impact survival guide.
Mark Pilgrim on The Setup
Writing will make you a better writer. Writing, and editing, and publishing, and listening – really listening – to what people say about your writing. This is the golden age for aspiring writers. We have a worldwide communications and distribution network where you can publish anything you want and – if you can manage to get anybody’s attention – get near-instant feedback. Writers just 20 years ago would have killed for that kind of feedback loop. Killed! And you’re asking me what word processor I use? Just fucking write, then publish, then write some more. One day your writing will get featured on a site like Reddit and you’ll go from 5 readers to 5000 in a matter of hours, and they’ll all tell you how much your writing sucks. And most of them will be right! Learn how to respond to constructive criticism and filter out the trolls, and you can write the next great American novel in edlin.
A-maze-ing. Every word here is gold, gold, gold.
Front Pages | “All the News That’s Fit without Print”
It’s the Tumblr version of Newseum. Except without having to go to DC in January and stand out in the cold looking at LCD screens in the sun.