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Red, Bike & Green wants to shift the color balance in bicycling The cycling community would do well to acknowledge that poor folks have been using bikes and their own two feet as their primary form of transportation since long before all their spandex and activism and bike lanes and $3000 bikes became the stereotype of cycling.

Lockheed Martin finds way to slash the amount of energy needed to remove salt from seawater Very cool

What Empathy Is Why is it easier for most people to feel empathy for the rapist than for the victim?

Nixon sabotaged Vietnam peace talks

Using compressed air as green energy storage

Crime & Punishment Getting over it

The Brains of the Animal Kingdom Lines get blurry

Spring vegetables, winter fats How to eat meat

Interdisciplinary computer science at Mills College Very cool things people who can program did

Years ago, you ate what you liked, stopped when you were satisfied, and didn’t get fat. Bullshit. Years ago you ate what you could get and if you were lucky got enough nutrition to not die and reproduce.

March 21, 2013
by sarcozona

Still, says Clette, it is fascinating to ‘work’ with colleagues from hundreds of years ago. For instance, he says that even though Galileo’s coverage of the Sun was spotty because Galileo was “busy with planets and other things”, the drawings are detailed enough to reveal information about the magnetic structure of the sunspot groups and the size and tilt of the star’s dipole. “You can extract from those drawings exactly the same information as from a drawing made today,” he says.

More than that, however, he is taken with his forebears’ foresight. They faithfully recorded what they saw, thinking that it could be useful later on, he says. “It’s a fundamental aspect of science,” he says, “not worrying what will be the final result.” [emphasis mine]

From a wonderful article in Nature on long term research.