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Plague Year: Riveting Novel About Nanotechnology Gone Awry

Plague Year is Jeff Carlson’s riveting novel about a nanotech machine plague that breaks out in Northern California, and ultimately kills nearly five billion people. The hook: the machine plague has a hypobaric trigger that renders the plague inert at elevations over 10,000 feet. While I normally do … Continue reading

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Thirty Chernobyls: Why Space Weather Matters

Last month, Popular Science published an article suggesting more ways civilization could end in a vicious maelstrom of chaos and mass starvation. The scenario goes something like this:

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Cyber War: Why “Click and Kill” Is the Next Threat to Modern Civilization

Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do about It is Richard A. Clarke’s and Robert A. Knake’s all-encompassing tome on current and future cyber security threats. The authors wrote the book in a clear and concise manner so that anyone … Continue reading

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The Filter Bubble: A Great Book That Exposes an Emerging Trend

“A squirrel dying in front of your house may be more relevant to your interests right now than people dying in Africa.” — Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You is Eli Pariser’s fascinating account … Continue reading

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Who Won the Republican Primary Debate?

Because I live on the West Coast and I work modern American hours, I missed the Republican Primary debate by about two hours. I mean, who the heck other than government employees gets home from work before 5 pm? So … Continue reading

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More Nerd Humor from Climate Scientists

The above video is a humorous little ditty (warning: some profanity) about climate change that I discovered via Joel Makower’s Twitter feed. In my opinion, the nerds in this video push the evidence for the anthropogenic causes of climate change a bit … Continue reading

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Reining in the Red Queen: Winning Wars with Science

The most recent issue of The Economist included a tantalizing article about the behavior of complex systems. The system in question was the interaction between coalition forces and insurgents in Afghanistan. According to Professor Neil Johnson, the relationship between the coalition … Continue reading

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