Lockheed Martin says it has made a technological breakthrough in developing a power source based on nuclear fusion, and the first reactors, small enough to fit on the back of a truck, could be ready for use in a decade. Read more.
— Jonathan Rowe in 2008 State of the World: Innovations for a Sustainable Economy (Chapter 10-PDF)
Someone took a candid photo of a fight in Ukranian Parliament that is as well-composed as the best renaissance art
this is currently my favorite thing on the entire internet
Supernova remnants imaged with the Chandra X-Ray space telescope.
— Hugh Laurie (via hello-goat-lips)
China’s back: the brief period in which America overshadowed China as the world’s largest economy is now over, according to new estimates
Students in my graduate class are having a tough time with nonlinearity. One question that keeps coming up is, “Do models of chaos have any real world examples?”
Well, here is a great picture of a fractal mold growth. Chaos and fractals are not equivalent but this is a great image of the nonlinear nature of nature that is encompassed by chaos and fractals.
Chapter 5, Homage to Catalonia, George Orwell (via femmeviva)
My personal favourite quote:
Once I had heard how things stood I felt easier in my mind…On one side the C.N.T., on the other side the police. I have no particular love for the idealized ‘worker’ as he appears in the bourgeois Communist mind, but when I see an actual flesh-and-blood worker in conflict with his natural enemy, the policeman, I do not have to ask myself which side I’m on.
"Sorry I didn’t answer your text/email/Facebook message, I was too busy being overwhelmed by the prospect of human contact"—My forthcoming novella